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Free Veterinary Lecture
Monday, October 1

NERA Meeting
Thursday, October 4

Zumba And Koga Party
Saturday, October 6


Friday, September 28

Military Bridge

Military bridge at Christ the King Episcopal Church (between 5th and 6th Streets, off Prospect Ave.) in East Meadow at 7 p.m. Cost is $7 per person. Refreshments and prizes for all. For information call 516-731-3902.

Long Island Fair

The Long Island Fair begins Thursday, Sept. 27 at Old Bethpage Village Restoration. Corn husking contests, farm animals, games, crafts, vegetables, flower sales, and more. Visit www.lifair.org or call 516-572-8416 for more information. Fair runs through Sunday, Sept. 30.


Saturday, September 29

Catholic Daughters Of The Americas Annual Dinner

Enjoy an evening of music and entertainment from every generation featuring Jim Papa at the Catholic Daughters of the Americas #869 Annual Dinner. This fun and entertaining evening will be held at St. Ignatius Loyola School, Msgr. Tarrant Hall, 30 E. Cherry St., in Hicksville. Doors open at 6 p.m. with happy 1/2 hour, bring your own drinks. Full sit down dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Dinner includes loin of pork, potato pancakes, vegetable, coffee/tea, and dessert. All proceeds go to charity. Dinner and show are $20. Reservations required. Call Ellie at 516-433-8860 to reserve tickets by Sept. 25.

St. Margaret’s Fall Festival And Flea Market

Quality vendors, seasonal plants and decor, food, baked goods, handcrafts, raffle baskets, community raffles and grand prizes. Family fun and something for everyone. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1000 Washington Ave., Plainview. Rain date: Sept. 30. For more information call 516-692-5268 or visit: www.stmargaretepiscopal.com.

Thrift Shop

Fall festival of savings from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Plainview Reformed Church Thrift Shop, 560 Bethpage Rd., Plainview. Rain or shine.


Monday, October 1

Free Veterinary Lecture

Long Island Cat Fanciers, Inc. will be hosting a free veterinary lecture at Syosset-Woodbury Community Center, 7900 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury at 7:45 p.m. Topic is Homeopathic and Chiropractic and Medical Care for Cats and Dogs. Guest Speaker is Dr. Alberto Gil. Free refreshments. For more information, call 631-277-3844.


Thursday, October 4

NERA Meeting

There will be a NERA meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the Marine Corps Center, 605 Stewart Ave., Garden City. Open to all maritime personnel. Bring a shipmate. Call 516-526-0144 for more information.


Saturday, October 6

Zumba And Koga Party

Last Hope Animal Rescue will be hosting a Zumba and Koga Party led by Darlene Smith, founder of Be Fabulous Foundation, Inc., a non-profit fitness wellness company. Darlene is a certified group instructor who will lead workout sessions of Zumba and Koga (kickboxing/yoga) from noon to 3 p.m. in the parking lot of the Last Hope Adoption Center, 3300 Beltagh Ave., Wantagh Great fun and exercise for all ages. Tickets are $10. All proceeds benefit Last Hope’s foster animals and community outreach programs. There will be an open house at the Adoption Center so visitors can meet the Last Hope dogs and cats available for adoption, tours of Adoption Center and raffles. For more information, call 631-946-9528 or visit: www.lasthopeanimalrescue.org.


Sunday, October 7

North Shore Land Alliance Fall Walk

Join North Shore Land Alliance and Naturalist Peter Martin for an early fall stroll at Norman J. Levy Park & Preserve in Merrick at 2 p.m. Experience the wonder of early autumn foliage and fall migrating birds with Peter at this magnificent 52-acre former landfill. Bring the kids. The program is free. Registration is encouraged. To register and for directions please contact North Shore Land Alliance at 516-626-0908 or visit: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Friday, October 12

The Eyes of Learning

Lecture: “The Absolute Arrival of the Golden Age and The Final Breakthrough of The Veil Between the Worlds,” with Daniel Akner. Each with our own particular repertoire of metaphysical gifts, come and let Daniel help you validate yours. Expect accurate spot readings, instantaneous examples of healing, and succinct communication from the other side. Don’t miss this spectacular experience that everyone will be talking about. Members $10/non-members $15. 8 p.m. Daniels website: www.danielakner.com.


Saturday, October 13

Blood Drive

Parkway Community Church, 95 Stewart Ave., in Hicksville, is holding a blood drive for Long Island Blood Services from 9:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. All donors will receive a free small pumpkin. Must bring ID. Ages 17 to 75 (16 with parental consent, 76+ with doctor’s consent). Call the church office at 516-938-1233 to schedule a time. Walk-ins are welcome. Eligibility changes all the time so if you were unable to donate before, you may be able to donate now. Questions on eligibility contact the Blood Center at 800-688-0900.


Friday, October 19

Flu Shots

Assemblyman Tom McKevitt in conjunction with the East Meadow Public Library and Nassau University Medical Center, will be holding a flu shot program for senior citizens 60 and over and spouses. The program, for which there is no out-of-pocket expense to the senior, will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the East Meadow Public Library, 1886 Front St. Registration is required. Call 516-739-5119, weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments are on a first-come, first-served basis. Those with allergies to latex are advised to go to their physician or Nassau University Medical Center to receive their flu shot. Pneumonia shots are also available.


Saturday, October 20

Sagamore Hill Day Family Festival

Sagamore Hill National Historic Site will host a traditional fall family festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival will celebrate Sagamore Hill’s agricultural history as well as Theodore Roosevelt’s 154th birthday. Activities will include entertainment for children, old-fashioned games and crafts, interactive farm demonstrations, exhibits, music, farm animal petting area, food vendors, Theodore Roosevelt as portrayed by James Foote and more. Hamburgers, hot dogs, and popcorn will be available on the site or you may bring your own picnic. Rain or shine. For more information call 516-922-4788 or visit www.nps.gov/sahi.


Wednesday, October 24

The Eyes of Learning Executive Council Meeting

All members are welcome to attend the monthly Executive Council meetings held on the last Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Levittown Hall, 201 Levittown Parkway, in Hicksville. Call first 516-731-0909 to confirm that a meeting is scheduled for the month that you want to attend.


Saturday, October 27

Hospice Care Network’s Crystal Ball Gala

“Halloween Casino Night” cocktail reception, sit-down dinner, games of chance, silent auction, entertainment and dancing to benefit Hospice Care Network’s programs and services. Honorees include Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice and Justice Ute Wolff Lally. At the Glen Head Country Club, 240 Glen Cove Rd., Glen Head from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. Tickets are $350 each and sponsorships begin at $100. Call 516-224-6467 or visit www.hospicecarenetwork.org.


Tuesday, October 30

Mt. Airy Casino Trip

The Joseph Barry Columbiettes, 45 Heitz Place, Hicksville, will be having a bus trip to Mt. Airy Casino in Pennsylvania. The cost is $42 per person, which includes the bus driver’s tip. You may spend the full day at the casino or you may choose to spend a few hours at the Crossings Outlet Mall. You may make the decision about shopping on Oct. 30. The bus will leave Cantiague Park at 9 a.m. and return 8:30 p.m. Call Barbara at 516-935-5576 for reservations. All profits benefit the Columbiettes’ charities and scholarships.


Friday, November 9

The Eyes Of Learning Event: Meet the Psychics

This evening’s program is designed to bring you the opportunity to get up close and personal with gifted readers, mediums and psychics. So mark this date on your calendar and be there at “Meet The Psychics” to experience firsthand, in a very intimate environment, many of these gifted metaphysicians that will read at our Nov. 11 festival. Members: $10/non-members: $15. 8 p.m.


Saturday, November 10

CCAN’s Gala Event

The Carcinoid Cancer Awareness Network (CCAN) will host the 9th Annual “Celebration of Life” Gala on Worldwide NET Cancer Awareness Day from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. The evening includes a cocktail hour, dinner, open bar, coffee and cake, music, dancing, 50/50 raffles, and raffle prizes. The gala will be held at The Sterling, 345 Hicksville Rd., Bethpage. Attendance is $95 per person or $875 for a table of ten. To register or for more information visit: www.carcinoidawareness.org.


Sunday, November 11

The Annual Eyes Of Learning Fall Festival

Come join the Eyes of Learning’s Fall Festival with raffles, vendors, free lectures, food, camaraderie and the option to purchase your own psychic reading. Spend a day with “like minded individuals” and make some new friends. The festival is a source of the Eyes of Learning operating revenue thanks to the many volunteers and psychics who generously give of their time and talents to keep the regularly scheduled lectures and workshops available to all. You can “give back” to the Eyes of Learning through your annual membership dollars and by generously supporting festival vendors. A token admission fee of $4 will gain access to lectures, vendors and food providers while helping to fund operations. Visit: http://eyesoflearning.org


Friday, December 7

Doo-Wop Fundraiser

An Evening With the Stars: Doo-Wop Fundraiser to help support the games for the physically challenged will be held on Friday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. at Bethpage High School. Featuring Winnie Winfield, Lenny Dell and the Dimensions, Continentals, Cathy Jean, The Fireflies, The Jarmels, and Classic Sounds. Tickets are $25 each, reserved seating only. Free parking. Go to www.larentr.com or call 631-873-8817 for more information.


Upcoming Events

Night At The Races Benefit

Night at the Races benefiting Shriners Hospitals for Children will be held on Saturday, November 3, at 7 p.m. at Kismet Shriners, 18 W. Nicholai St. The event will feature several races, door prizes, raffles for lots of great prizes (including baskets of cheer, sports memorabilia, gift certificates to local restaurants and more). Cost is $10 per adult and $5 per child (kids under 5 are free). Admission includes food, soda, coffee and dessert, as well as free entertainment for children (clowns, balloons, etc.). For tickets and information, contact John or Sue at 516-305-5189 or Robert at 718-497-2676 or Maria at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Vendors Wanted

Vendors wanted for the Temple B’nai Torah of Wantagh located at 2900 Jerusalem Avenue for the Holiday Shopping Flea Market fundraiser on Sunday, November 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sell your merchandise or promote your business to shoppers from the South Shore of Nassau County. Rain or shine. For information call Ben at 516-221-2370 or e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.


Ongoing Events

Dance Classes

Learn the art of social and ballroom dancing with professional dance instructors. Singles and couples welcome. Beginners and advanced. At Kismet, 18 W. Nicholai St., Hicksville. Fridays from noon to 3:30 p.m. Lesson is $10. Social dancing takes place at 12:30 p.m. Chicken, salads, bagels, cream cheese, and pastries. DJ, singles and couples areas, singles introduced, dance hosts, large dance floor. A donation of $14 includes group lesson. Dates: Sept. 28 and Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26. For more information call 718-332-7825 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Twin County Chorus

Ladies, do you love to sing? Then we’ve got a place for you. Join Twin County Chorus in the joys of a cappella harmony. We rehearse every Thursday evening in Levittown from 7 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. Call Bobbi at 516-798-4325 or Susan at 516-729-8323 for more information. Or visit our website: www.twincounty.org.

Miscarriage Support Group

A safe, confidential, supportive environment to talk about what you have been through, reactions and feelings and how to move forward. You are not alone. Facilitated by a professional therapist. Three consecutive Tuesday evenings at 8 p.m. in the Hicksville-Plainview area. $60 for three meetings. To register call Nancy Berlow, LCSW: 516-356-7109. All inquiries are confidential.


Weekly Events

•Bible Studies conducted by the Cornerstone Christian Church of LI every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at 250 W. Old Country Rd., Country Bridge Plaza, (behind Antun’s Catering House; nearest cross road: Route 106). For more information call 342-1552 or go to www.cornerstonechristianchurchny.com.

•Martial Arts America in Hicksville, 300 South Broadway, holds free Child Safety workshops on Saturdays. The free workshops are offered as part of the school’s monthly community service. For more information, visit www.MaaSchools.com or call 932-5275.

•Calling All Seniors. Why be bored at home? Come for fun, trips and to meet new friends. Qualifications: resident of Hicksville, Plainview or Levittown. Meetings every Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bethpage Senior Center, 103 Grumman Rd. West, Bethpage. Call Andrew Grieshaber 349-7801.

•Hicksville-Jericho Rotary Club meets every Thursday at 12:15 at Franks Steak House, 4 Jericho Turnpike, Jericho.

•Hicksville Homemakers business meeting from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the William Bennett Community Center, 28 W. Carl St. Come in and join the group and become a member. Classes held every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

•Hicksville Mid-Island Seniors currently meets Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bethpage Senior Community Center. The organization is open to seniors ages 62 and older and offers trips, games and more. Call Andy for more information at 349-7801.

•Bible Study at Parkway Community Church, 95 Stewart Ave., Hicksville. Every Wednesday at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.  For more information call 516-938-1233 or go to www.parkwaychurch.org.


Monthly Events

•Charles Wagner American Legion Post 421, founded in 1919, meets the first and third Monday of each month (July and August the post meets only the third Monday) at 8 p.m. at the Hicksville VFW Hall, 320 S. Broadway, Hicksville. All eligible veterans are most welcome. Dedicated to assisting veterans, POW-MIA, military, children and the community. Come and help your fellow veterans. For further information, contact American Legion Post 421 by writing to American Legion 421, PO Box 925, Hicksville, NY, 11801 or e-mail your request for further information to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or telephone 516-781-0843.

•William M. Gouse Jr. Post #3211 VFW meeting at 7:30 p.m. at 320 S. Broadway. For information call 931-7843. Meetings are held every second and fourth Monday of each month.

•William M. Gouse Jr. Post #3211 VFW Ladies Auxiliary meets at 8 p.m. at 320 S. Broadway. Meetings are held every second Monday of the month.

•Order Sons Of Italy in America invites those interested to join the Galileo Galilei Lodge #2253 in Hicksville. The meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at Wm. Bennett Community Building, 28 N. Carl St. Join by calling Marie Matassa 931-2843 for an application.

•The Board Of Fire Commissioners regular meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month except in the month of December when the meeting is held on the first Tuesday. Meetings start at 6:30 p.m. in the board room of the E. Marie St. Firehouse. Meetings are also held on the third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at which time department matters and small details are discussed with the chiefs of the department.

•Vietnam Veterans Of America (VVA) was founded in 1978, is congressionally chartered and exclusively dedicated to Vietnam-era veterans and their families. VVA Chapter #82 is your Nassau County Chapter and meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 8 p.m. at Hicksville’s VFW Hall. Call 677-5384 for further information or contact us by e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Come and join your fellow Vietnam Veteran in support of each other.

•NC Mothers Of Twins Club, a caring support, education and resource for parents of multiples. Meetings are at 7:30 p.m. at the Parkway Community Church, 95 Stewart Ave., on the third Tuesday of each month with the exception of July and December. Call 616-3366 or visit www.NCMOC.org.

•Hicksville Historical Society. The trustees, members (and guests) of the HHS meet on the fourth Tuesday of March, May, September and November in the Kenneth Barnes Community Room in the Hicksville Library at 7:15 p.m. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

•Catholic War Veterans. All Catholics who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces are invited to attend the meeting of Joseph Barry Post No. 1946 of the Catholic War Veterans on the third Thursday of each month at 8 pm. at the Joseph Barry Knights of Columbus Council, 45 Heitz Pl. For information on joining call 433-5008.

•Perceptual Problems Affecting Reading/Learning. Free meetings about a little-known but common perceptual problem which affects the reading and learning capabilities of children and adults, as featured on 60 Minutes, are now being held at Perceptual Change Associates, 120 Bethpage Rd., Hicksville. Seating is limited for the twice monthly meetings being held on the first Friday and second Thursday of each month from 2 to 3 p.m. For reservations to learn more about this easily correctable perceptual problem call 822-4900.

•The River Flows Coffee House, an evening of fellowship consisting of conversation, board games, music that rocks as well as coffee provided by Starbucks and cake are offered. Presented by The River of Life Church on the second Saturday of each month. A free will offering of $7 per adult is allocated to a “Free Lunch Buffet” and other church ministries. 15 W. Marie St. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Donations of nonperishable, prepackaged and canned foods and personal hygiene products are needed to provide aid for the poor or homeless and can be dropped off Sundays from 1 to 3 p.m. or by appointment. Call Pastor James Cohen 937-9226.

News

When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. That’s just what a Hicksville baker is doing, except in her case it isn’t lemons, but a gluten-free diet. Her lemonade stand of choice is her brand new gluten-free eatery, “Jac’s Bakeshop and Bistro,” which held its grand opening on April 12.  

“I’m a baker who can’t even eat wheat or eggs,” said owner Jaclyn Messina, chuckling at the irony.

There’s a lot you can do in 99 minutes. You could cook dinner, play a non-stop soccer game, watch a romantic comedy or hang out with Odysseus, Achilles and Hercules. If you chose the last option, Hicksville High School’s upcoming theatre production of The Iliad, The Odyssey, and All of Greek Mythology in 99 Minutes or Less  is the place for you.

The mouthful of a title says it all. The cast will take on over 80 characters as they speed through all of Greek mythology, including popular tales such as The Iliad and The Odyssey, in a little over an hour and a half.


Sports

Vito Sciascia was recently named Hicksville Soccer Club’s Volunteer of the Year at the 2014 Long Island Junior Soccer League 2014 Kick-off Convention.

Sciascia started coaching travel soccer in 1998 for a boys team, the Flash, who later changed their names to the Muddogs. He could always be found at various sporting fields trying to recruit new soccer players. He would make each of these boys feel important and there was always room for another player. He tried to never turn a child away and when other coaches were having trouble with a boy he would take them on his team, no one was ever too much for him. Sciascia found the good in all those boys and they in return respected him. He took them to many tournaments and solicited enough sponsorship so that it was never a financial burden on their families.

Cantiague Park Senior Men’s Golf League had its first tournament on Thursday April 4. Twenty golfers came out on on a crisp but sunny morning. Charlie Hong was the only man to score under a 40, with a 38 and won for low overall score. Jim O’ Brien  scored a 41, and won low overall net in a tie-breaker with Mike Guerriero.

Competition on the nine-hole course is divided into two divisions. Flight A is for players with a handicap of 13 or lower. Flight B is for players with a handicap of 14 or more. The league is a 100 percent handicap league. Any man 55 years or older is eligible for membership. We have many openings for this year, and you can sign up anytime throughout the the season.


Calendar

American Legion Meeting

April 21

HS Theater in the Round

April 24-26

Science Fair

April 26



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