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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

You could say Darren Butler has quite the entrepreneurial disposition. The Hicksville resident not only founded a church, but invented a doorstop that does not require screwing any holes into your wall or door. The device simply clamps on to the bottom of any sized door without requiring tools.

“I never envisioned myself as being an inventor,” explained Butler. “I became one by accident and out of frustration.”

After Butler and his wife purchased their home, they wanted to decorate and maintain it.  “We have four children and at the time we wanted to minimize the damage that occurs from doors slamming into walls because as young children do; they have a tendency to aggressively open doors, and as a result the door knob created holes in our wall,” said Butler. “We purchased conventional doorstops so at the very least we could minimize that reality if not eliminate it all together.”

The Hicksville Fire Department hosted the Nassau County Parade and Drill Championships this past Saturday, an event that was entertaining for both guests and participants.

The Motorized Drill competition held in the morning had 16 participating fire departments. The drill included eight events and each racing team was judged based on how fast they completed each event. Events included the Three Man Ladder, Motor Hook and Ladder, Motor Hose, Efficiency, Motor Pump, and Buckets. The Hicksville Hicks came in fifth place and received a trophy.


Sports

Madeline Huffman, a fourth grade student at Our Lady of Mercy School in Hicksville, recently became the New York State Free Throw Champion in the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Competition, 9 Year Old Girls Division at the United States Military Academy, West Point.

Huffman’s journey to the state championship began at her home parish, Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church in January. The local qualifier was sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Joseph F. Lamb Council #5723. Boys and girls ages 9 through 14 competed, each receiving three warm up shots and 15 free throw attempts.

This November, Hicksville resident Marlo Signoracci will head to Florida for Ironman, a demanding, long-distance triathlon that includes biking, running and swimming. Here, she shares her story as she prepares for one of the most physically challenging athletic events out there.

“I meet my goals and maintain my health. I stay mindful of what is important to me and seek balance in all endeavors. With gratitude, I am fully present to this moment in time.”


Calendar

Hicksville Street Fair

July 20

Blood Drive

July 23

Our Lady Of Mercy Family Festival

July 30 - August 3



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