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Garden City Recreation Department News: July 23, 2010

The Best Secret in Town

Did you know that each of our neighborhood parks runs a playground program every summer? Children entering first through eighth grades who are residents of the village are invited to come to the park during the summer to find out what activities are taking place.

Each park has its own flavor and “favorite” activities. The park directors and their staff run games, sports, tournaments, and arts and crafts activities during the day and into the evening. Trips are also run through the parks.

These activities, except for the trips, are free to anyone attending. Registration is not necessary. A child may attend any day they choose. The children are supervised while in the park, but the children attending must be able to come and go to the park as they please or a parent or childcare provider must be in attendance while the child participates. This program cannot be used as babysitting.

When: Monday through Friday, which began Monday, June 28 and ends Friday, Aug. 13.

Where: Nassau Haven, Edgemere, Tullamore, Grove, and Hemlock parks

Time: Beginning 10 a.m. and running throughout the day, check your local park to posted schedules.

This program is only as great as the children who attend. Please support our staff as they strive to create a great summer for the children.

Youth Baseball Camp

The department will again conduct a Summer Baseball Camp at the Community Park baseball fields for boys and girls who are residents of the Village of Garden City. This instructional program is offered for boys and girls in first through sixth grades. Children who register for this program must be six by the start of the session. The camp will focus on individual skill development, and the importance of playing together as a team.

Equipment Needed: Baseball Glove, Sneakers or Rubber Cleats

When: Week of July 26 to 29

Where: Community Park’s Baseball Fields

Time: Choice of 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for children entering first through third grades; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for children entering fourth through sixth grades

Fee: $75

To register for this program, visit the Recreation Office at 108 Rockaway Ave.

Men’s Basketball

Men’s open basketball has begun in St. Paul’s Field House. This program is open to Village of Garden City residents only ages 18 and over. A photo ID is required. Games are strictly pickup and the program is free. Basketball will take place on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 to 10 p.m. and will run until Wednesday, Aug. 18.

Summer Arts and Crafts

Arts and Crafts are offered in each of the five neighborhood parks at 10 a.m., Monday through Friday. This program is open to children ages 6-12 who are residents of the Village of Garden City. Clean up time is 11 a.m., so don’t be late. Come, do a craft and then stay for some games!

Youth Soccer Camp

This instructional program will be offered for boys and girls, ages 6 through 12. This camp will be held at Community Park. The two-hour session will run from 9:30 until 11:30 a.m., at a cost of $75 and will focus on individual skill development. The five-hour session will run from 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at a cost of $160. The five-hour session will include an hour lunch break and recreation session supervised by the Soccer Camp Staff, to be followed by field games.

The purpose of the program is to provide a fun-filled soccer learning experience incorporating the values of sportsmanship. Safe playing techniques and team cooperation will also be stressed.

Equipment Needed: Cleats or sneakers, shin guards, and a soccer ball and lunch with drink if attending the full day program.

When: Week of Aug. 2 to 5

Week of Aug. 9 to12

Where: Garden City Community Park

Time: 9:30 to11:30 a.m. or 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Fee: $75 for two-hour camp

$160 for five-hour camp

To register for this program, visit the Recreation Office at 108 Rockaway Ave.

Us Sports Institute Multi Sport Camp for Ages 5 - 14

Our department is pleased to work in conjunction with the US Sports Institute to offer several new programs this summer. Experience over 15 different sports in one week in a fun and exciting setting. A sampling of sports offered are cricket, bocce, rugby, soccer, handball, and baseball. The camp is divided into a half or full day camp as follows:

When: Week of Aug. 30 – Sept. 3

Where: St. Paul’s Fields

Half-day camp for ages 5 to 7 (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) Cost: $169

This camp gives the younger participants the experience of 12 sports in a week. Instruction will be given in each sport culminating in a game situation. After a half-hour lunch break, the children will return to participate in USSI’s “Olympic Games” and World Cup.

Full-day camp for ages 7 to 14 (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) Cost: $189

Participants in this camp will receive all of the above plus several additional sports and challenges.

Please note that a special application is needed for this camp. Please visit the office at 108 Rockaway Avenue to register.

Have Fun at Preschool Camp

The Recreation Department’s Preschool Camp is a great way for children ages 3 ½ to 5 years to spend the summer. The Camp runs in one-week sessions for two hours each day at St. Paul’s Cluett Hall. Pat Haas-Leonenko, preschool teacher at St. Joseph’s, designs an interesting and fun program that includes arts and crafts, nature, story time, and free play among others topics. This camp runs from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and a cost of $110.

The following weeks have space available:

Week of July 26

Week of Aug. 9

For further information or to register for any of these classes, visit the Recreation Office at 108 Rockaway Ave.

Summer Concert Series

The Recreation Department is pleased to announce our 2010 Summer Concert Series. Our concerts are held at the Garden City gazebo, located at the corner of Stewart Avenue and Hilton Avenue every Thursday at 7:15 p.m. Bring your own chairs and enjoy the wonderful music from the following groups:

July 22 Terry Nova Little Big Band

July 29 Manhattan Jazz

Aug. 5 Village Musicmakers

Aug.12 The Dimensions

In the event of rain, concerts are moved inside to St. Paul’s Cluett Hall.

Summer Adult Tennis Lessons

The Garden City Recreation Department will conduct evening tennis lessons for adults who are residents of the Incorporated Village of Garden City. The lessons will be held at the Garden City Community Park Tennis Facility and will run one evening a week. There will be a maximum of four players on a court. The dates, times, and fees will be as follows:

Session 2:

July 29 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. or $100

(four weeks); or Thursday, 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Session 3:

Aug. 2-26 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. $100 (four weeks); or Thursday 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Visit the Recreation Office at 108 Rockaway Ave., to register. Payment must accompany registration. You can register for any or all of the sessions. Separate checks should be written for each session. Please make checks payable to “Inc. Village of Garden City.”

Adult Yoga Classes

Registration has begun for our very popular summer adult yoga classes. Connie McKnight, a certified yoga instructor, has designed adult yoga classes with all ages in mind. Each class is one hour long and the course will run for six weeks. All classes are held in Cluett Hall at St. Paul’s and will begin the week of July 5. Any resident of the Inc. Village of Garden City is invited to join these relaxing classes.

Wednesdays, which began July 7 at 10:30 a.m. Cost $36

Mondays, which began July 12 at 7:30 p.m. Cost $36

To register, visit the Recreation Office at 108 Rockaway Ave.