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January 11

Blood Drive

7 in Heaven Singles Event

January 16

Family Fun Day

January 25


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             wwww.7-in-heaven.com


January 25

Family Fun Day

The Broadway Mall will be holding a family fun day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come to Center Court to enjoy free entertainment for kids.

Blood Drive

Broadway Mall will be hosting a blood drive in parternship with Long Island Blood Services. Come to the IKEA Wing from 10:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. to donate blood and help save a life.


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 information and to register for events, contact the Hicksville Public Library at 516- 931-1417.

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 and Kevin James star 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.

Tiny Tots Storytime

Enjoy twenty minutes of age appropriate songs and stories for young children.For ages two and three with caregiver. Session dates are Jan. 14 and 28 at 11 a.m. Limited spots available.

Valentine’s Day Mini Donuts

Teenagers are invited to join Katherine Giouvalakis to make Valentines Day Mini Donuts from scratch. Participants will follow a recipe, and measure and mix the ingredients. We will make our donuts on a donut maker and then decorate them. Each teen will make three donuts and bring them home in a bakery box. Limited spots available. At 7:15 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 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.

January 20

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the library will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the CRC will be open from 1 to 5 p.m.

January 25

AARP Defensive Driving

Registration for AARP and Defensive Driving classes is ongoing at the Reference Desk. $20 fee for regular members, $25 for non-members. Please make your check or money order payable to AARP. Class limit: 33 From 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Upcoming

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

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.

Due to what appears to be a colossal error on the part of the Nassau County Assessor’s office, or perhaps an errant interpretation of state law, more than 600 military veterans and Gold Star families in Hicksville will have to wait for their tax break until next year.

Hicksville is one of several local school districts that recently approved resolutions extending the exemption to local veterans, even though budgets and Albany’s tax cap make it a tough choice. On Feb. 26, with a contingency of veterans in the audience, the board voted to provide a school tax exemption for veterans living in the district, starting with the 2014-15 school year.


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