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Garden City Recreation Department News: April 2, 2010

Easter Hunt

The Garden City Recreation Department is once again sponsoring the annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 3 at Community Park. This year, three hunts will be held beginning at 10 a.m. sharp, with three age divisions: preschool to kindergarten, grades one and two; and grades three to five.

Special eggs will be stuffed and hidden for all divisions and the lucky children who find the special eggs with the certificate inside can redeem them for a prize. Each hunt will also feature a grand prize (an Easter basket filled with goodies), which will go to the youngster who finds the egg marked “#1 Lucky Egg.” For further information about the Hunt, call the Recreation Dept. at 465-4075

Peewee Sports Sampler – Spring Registration Begins

The Recreation Department is running a second session of our very popular PeeWee Sports Sampler for 4- and 5-year-olds. This session will begin the week of April 5. Each week your child will be given an introduction to a different sport, using equipment geared to his/her age level in a non-competitive atmosphere. The 55-minute classes will be held in St. Paul’s Field House according to the following schedule:

Tuesdays at 10:45 a.m. beginning April 6

Tuesdays at 1:45 p.m. beginning April 6

Thursdays at 1:45 p.m. beginning April 8

Fridays at 1:30 p.m. beginning April 9

Classes will run for six weeks at a cost of $50. Please note that your child must be 4 years old by the start of the session in order to attend. To register, please visit the Recreation Office at 108 Rockaway Ave.

Men’s Spring Softball Applications

If you would like to receive an application for, or information about, the G.C. Recreation Men’s 2010 Spring Softball League, call Recreation Supervisor Steve Espey at 516-483-2525. Applications can be picked up at Community Park or the Recreation Office beginning March 12. If you prefer, we can mail or e-mail your application. League slots are limited so prompt action is recommended.

Registration for Roller Hockey Begins

The Garden City Recreation Department is proud to announce its Spring Roller Hockey Program. Whether you played last season or haven’t played in a couple of years, now is the perfect time to sign up and experience all the fun. Our spring season is set to begin the weekend of Friday, April 9. This season we are excited to be adding a new program for ages 14-16. All programs take place at Community Park’s Roller Rink.

Registration Information

Applications are being accepted at the Recreation Department’s Administrative Office at 108 Rockaway Ave. Applications can be picked up at Cluett Hall and the Recreation Office, or they can be downloaded from the website listed below. Make checks payable to the “Inc. Village of Garden City.”

A Reminder:

* Each participant is required to wear full equipment at all times. This includes: Hockey helmet with cage, hockey gloves, shin pads, elbow pads, roller blades, hockey stick, long pants, and a protective cup.

A description of each program offered is as follows:

Recreation Department Leagues

The Roller Hockey Leagues are broken into age groups. Please pay careful attention as our age groupings and dates/times have changed.

Mites Division is for 6- and 7-year-olds who have basic skating skills. Since this division is games only, if your child is new to the sport, you should register them for the learn-and-play clinic. Games will take place on Sunday afternoons with either a 3:15 or 4:30 p.m. start, depending on your child’s team schedule. The cost of this program is $60.

Junior Division, ages 8 through 10, will play on Friday afternoons, with either a 4 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. start depending on your child’s team schedule. The cost of this program is $60.

Senior Division, ages 11 through 13, will play on Friday evenings at either 6:45 or 8 p.m. depending on your child’s team schedule. The cost of this program is $60.
High School Open Hockey, a new program for ages 14 to 16. Games will be played on Sundays at 5:30 p.m. in a “pickup” format. The cost of this program will be $50.

Adult Division for ages 30 and over – games will take place on Sunday evenings at 7:15 p.m. with an occasional “Friday Night Under the Lights.” Games are in “pickup” format. The cost of this program is $50.

For further information on any of these programs, you can call 465-4075 or go to They look forward to seeing everyone this spring at the rink!

Adult Dance Classes in Cluett Hall

Are you looking for a fun way to stretch and tone your body? The Recreation Department is offering dance classes to help move those muscles and get back into shape. The adult ballet class is a fun way to exercise and the classes are geared to remember the “little ballerina” in you, whatever level that might be. The stretch and tone class offers simple dance movements, stretching and other exercises to music designed to add flexibility to your body.

The schedule of classes is as follows:

Adult Ballet (Began March 2), Tuesdays at 9:15 a.m.

Adult Stretch (Began Feb. 11), Thursdays at 9:15 a.m.

All classes are led by Felicia Lovaglio, director of the Dance Conservatory and adjunct professor at Adelphi. Each class is one hour long and will be held in Cluett Hall. The classes will run for 10 weeks at a cost of $80. To register for any of these classes, please visit the Recreation Office at 108 Rockaway Ave. For further information, call 465-4075.