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Halloween Dance Party
Friday, October 26

Halloween Costume Party
Saturday, October 27

Mt. Airy Casino Trip
Tuesday, October 30


Friday, October 26

Halloween Dance Party

A ghost and goblin Halloween dance party will be held at Kismet Shriners Hall, 18 W. Nicholai (off Old Country Road 107N) from noon to 3 p.m. and will include costume contest, dancing to your favorite music, chicken, salads, bagels, coffee, and pastries with a professional ballroom DJ. Cost is $14. Call 718-332-7825 or e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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. 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 .


Saturday, October 27

Halloween Costume Party

Our Lady of Mercy Council, Knights of Columbus, will sponsor a Halloween costume party from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. in Our Lady of Mercy School Gym, South Oyster Bay Rd., Hicksville. This annual Halloween bash features DJ Celebrity Music. Enjoy music, dancing, games, free giveaways and a haunted house. Beer, wine, soda, candy, coffee, tea and dessert will be provided. Admission is $15 per adult, $10 for children between the ages of 5 and 17. Admission is free for those under 5. For more information, call Ray Badra at 516-731-8257 or Rich Soto at 516-681-7195.

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.


Wednesday, October 31

Holy Family School Early Childhood Parade

Holy Family School Early Childhood Parade will be at 2 p.m. on the back field. Come and see all the great costumes. Bring a chair or towel to sit on if you like.


Thursday, November 1

NERA Meeting

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


Saturday, November 3

Fourth Annual Bands Battling Autism

The 4th Annual Bands Battling Autism takes place at the Stuart Thomas Manor in Farmingdale. Bands composed of local middle school and high school students perform for a chance to perform at the New York Islanders Autism Awareness Night. The proceeds from the event are donated to support the 13th Annual Long Island Walk Now for Autism Speaks. Advanced ticket price is $12/each. It will be $15 at the door the day of the event. To purchase tickets and/or sponsorship packages, visit www.walknowforautismspeaks.org/BandsBattlingAutism. For more information, call 631-521-7853 or email serena.ahne@ autismspeaks.org.

Polish Night

Joseph Barry Council Knights of Columbus, 45 Heitz Place, in Hicksville will hold the annual Polish Night from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. Live Polish and American music by the Ablemen. Hot buffet, open bar, and homemade potato soup. Dancing and singing. Cost: $60 per couple or $30 per individual. Send checks payable to: Joseph Barry Knights of Columbus. Call 516-507-0649 or 516-749-4368 for more information.

Night at the Races

Night at the Races benefiting Shriners Hospitals for Children will be held at 7 p.m. at Kismet Shriners, 18 W. Nicholai St. The event will feature several races, door prizes, and raffles. Cost is $10 per adult/$5 per child (kids under 5 are free). Admission includes food, soda, coffee, dessert, and entertainment for children (clowns, balloons, etc.). Tickets will not be sold at the door. For tickets and information, call 516-305-5189 or 718-497-2676 or e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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.

Salute to Veterans Benefit Concert

Benefit concert will be held at the Uniondale High School auditorium at 7 p.m. Sponsored by Including People Of Value and Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby. All proceeds will be donated to local veteran organizations to aid in veteran assitance programs. For more information, call 516-303-3141 or 516-318-6237.


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, November 16

Barn Dance

The Joseph Barry Council, 45 Heitz Place, in Hicksville will be hosting a Columbiette barn dance at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $25 per person. Mail checks payable to: Joseph Barry Columbiettes. Chicken and rib menu, beer/wine/soda. Dance all night with Larry Moser. Partners are not required. Reservations: 516-822-7605 or 516-931-6784.


 

Wednesday, November 28

Eyes of Learning Executive Council Meeting

All members are welcome to attend the monthly Executive Council meeting 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.


Friday, November 30

Our Heroes Night Out Spiritual Reading

Our Heroes Night Out presents an evening of spiritual reading with Medium Janet Russell at 6:30 p.m. at Levittown Hall, Levittown Parkway, in Hicksville. Cost: $25 at the door/$20 in advance. All proceeds will go to the organization Our Heroes Night Out that honors the homeless veterans and the Disabled American Veterans association. For more information, call Carol Klein at 516-579-6524 or visit: www.mismathchtheclown.com.


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

Winter Coat Drive

The Parkway Community Church will be holding a winter coat drive during the months of November and December. All coats will be donated to The Interfaith Nutrition Network (INN) in Hempstead. All donations of new or gently used coats (infant, child and adult sizes) can be dropped off at the Parkway Community Church, 95 Stewart Ave., Hicksville between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. For more information, call 516-433-5659.

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

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.

Social and Ballroom Dancing

Ongoing party mix every Friday afternoon Nov. 2, 9, 16, and 30 at Kismet Shriners Hall, 18 W. Nicholai in Hicksville (off Old Country Road 107N) from noon to 3 p.m. Professional DJ, singles and couples areas, chicken, salads, bagels, coffee, and pastries. Private lessons available. Call 718-332-7825 for more information.

News

A group of like-minded local residents banded together and saved more than 200 area trees from the chopping block — for now.

A state judge ordered Nassau County and the Department of Public Works to stop cutting down trees along South Oyster Bay Road, granting a temporary restraining order to a group of residents spearheading an effort to save the trees.

State Supreme Court Judge Antonio Brandveen scheduled a hearing on Thursday, Oct. 16 for the county to address complaints from residents, in particular a group called Operation STOMP (Save Trees Over More Pavement) founded by Hicksville native Tanya Lukasik.The Public Works department had planned to removed more than 200 30-foot trees in communities ranging from Plainview, Bethpage, Hicksville and Syosset.

For the past 16 years, Lucia Simon has walked from her home in Hicksville to her job at the Hicksville Public Library. She enjoys her job as a librarian and says that the staff has become like family to her. But for the past three years, Simon and 56 fellow co-workers have been frustrated at what she says is the library’s board refusal to negotiate a fair contract.  

“We have had no contract in three years. They refuse to bargain with us. Every time they come back to us it’s not fair,” says Simon.

However, the board of trustees disagree, saying that it has made a “fair offer.”


Sports

The Girls Varsity soccer team, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, wore pink uniforms and pink socks in their game on Oct. 8 against MacArthur whom they defeated 1-0. The girls and boys soccer programs at Hicksville High School are selling pink ribbon car magnets with a soccer ball and HHS on it with the words “Kick Cancer” on the ribbon. All the money raised will go to the Sarah Grace Foundation, which is a local foundation trying to beat pediatric cancer. The players plan to raise $1,000 for this organization

— From Hicksville High School

Hicksville native progressing through Mets system

The Mets minor league system is enjoying a rare period of prosperity. For years, it was barren due to trading off high-ceiling players for major leaguers, or neglecting the draft in favor of the free agent market. Since General Manager Sandy Alderson took over, the organization has reversed course and put a much greater emphasis on player development. During his second-to-last season, however, former GM Omar Minaya took a chance and drafted a local catcher, Cam Maron, out of Hicksville High School in the 34th round.


Calendar

Spooktacular Halloween

October 17

Fall Festival

October 18

Veterans Casework Seminar

October 21



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