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Three Kings

January 4

Blood Drive

January 11

7 in Heaven Singles Event

January 16


January 4

Three Kings

The Hicksville Kiwanis Club will be having a Three Kings Christmas event at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Hicksville. There will be pizza and then a short service, followed by each child picking out a present. From 4 to 8 p.m.


January 11

Blood Drive

Hicksville United Methodist Church is holding a blood drive on Saturday, Jan. 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information or to make a reservation contact Ginny at 931-0157.


January 16

7 in Heaven Singles Event

There will be a 7 In Heaven Singles Event at Mio Posto Italian Restaurant, 600 W. Old Country Rd. in Hicksville, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Ten experts will give advice and presentations, free samples, prizes and appetizers. The cost is $15. For more information, contact organizers at 631-592-9804 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Find out more at www.7-in-heaven.com


January 29

Sands Casino Trip

The Catholic Daughters of the America’s #869 will be hosting a bus trip to the Sands Casino in Pennsylvania. The cost is $42 per person. Give back is $30 slot pay and $5 food voucher. The bus leaves at 9 a.m. sharp, please arrive at Cantiague Park, near the miniature golf course at 8:30 a.m. We will be returning at approximately 8:30 p.m. For reservations, call Barbara at 516-935-5576. The first to pay is the first on the bus. All profit will benefit our charities and scholarship fund.


Library Programs

For more information and to register for events, visit www.hicksvillelibrary.org or call 516-931-1417.

January 6

Monday Matinee Movie

Henry Cavill stars in the Superman remake, Man of Steel. PG-13. 143 minutes. 1:30 p.m.

January 8

Afternoon Book Discussion

We will be discussing Defending Jacob by William Landy. From 1 to 3:30 p.m. Anyone who reads the book is welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served.

January 11

Defensive Driving

Registration for AARP & Defensive Driving classes is ongoing at the Reference Desk. Payment must be made at time of registration. Call or stop by the Reference Department for further information or to check on class availability. Fee: $27 check or money order made payable to Empire Safety Council. Class limit: 40. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

January 13

Monday Matinee Movie

Adam Sandler stars in the comedy, Grown Ups 2. PG-13. 101 minutes. 1:30 p.m.

January 14

Pay Less Income Tax Lecture

Barry Lisak, IRS enrolled agent, will present a seminar to help reduce one’s Federal and NYS taxes. All new 2013 tax laws will be highlighted. Topics will include education, retirement, home ownership, charitable, medical, investment, employee and miscellaneous deductions. A free booklet will be distributed to all attendees. No registration required. 1 to 3 p.m.

January 15

American Heiresses, English Titles

In the mid to late 1800s, Anglomania swept across America. Newly rich industrialists scrambled for social acceptance and wealthy American daughters married into English aristocratic households. Our local Royal lecturer, Linda Watkin, will speak on this phenomenon, the marriages and show a brief film. No registration required. 2 p.m.

Board Meeting

The library Board Meeting will be held at the Administration Building located at 120 Second Street. 7 p.m.

January 18

Monkey, Monkey Music Family Show

 Get ready to play air guitar, jump high, count the odds, pop the bubbles, stroll in the garden and do the “macaroni” with Monkey Monkey Music. Meredith LeVande's videos air on PBS stations -Kids 13 and NJTV- in between favorite shows like Curious George and Sesame Street and now you can participate in this high energy, fun, interactive show. Registration is ongoing. 2 p.m.

January 19

Estampas Folkloricas Peru

Estampas Folkloricas Peru, a cultural organization who pioneers spreading Peruvian folklore in the United States, will present a concert showcasing traditional dances from different regions of Peru. The performance includes beautiful and colorful costumes from different and diverse regions of Peru. No registration required. 2 p.m.

Registration Dates

Chocolate Bark

Registration for the Chocolate Bark cooking class with MaryAnne Impostato will begin for Hicksville residents on Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 10:15 a.m. No fee, limit: 30 adults.

Stromboli

Registration for the Stromboli cooking class with The Baking Coach will begin for Hicksville residents on Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 10:30 a.m. No fee, limit 30 adults.

Literacy Nassau ESL and Citzenship Classes

Open registration will be held Thursday, Jan. 9 from 1 to 7 p.m. Classes run on Mondays and Wednesday Jan. 13 to March 26 from 5:45 to 8:45 p.m.. This service is brought to you by Literacy Nassau and the NYS Office for New Americans. Please contact Literacy Nassau with any questions at 516-867-3580.

AARP Tax Aide Registration

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is a volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation service available to low and middle income taxpayers (about $60,000 or less) with special focus on seniors. Tax preparation is by appointment only. Appointments will be given at the following time increments: 1:15 p.m.; 2:15 p.m.; 3:15 p.m.; and 4:15p.m. every Tuesday from Feb. 4 to April 15. Space is limited. Photo identification is required. Please bring all necessary forms, 1099s, W2 statements and last year’s tax return to your appointment. Registration starts January 21 at 9:30 a.m.

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



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com