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Monday Movie at the Library: Captain Phillips

March 10

Book Discussion at the Library

March 12

St. Patrick’s Day Dance

March 15


March 6

Hicksville Community Council Meeting

The Hicksville Community Council will be hosting NYS Assemblyman Michael Montesano who will speak on the latest from the State, and a representative of the Nassau County Board of Elections. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Hicksville Library Computer Resource Center, 101 Jerusalem Ave.


March 15

St. Patrick’s Day Dance

Joseph Barry Knights of Columbus will be having at St. Patrick’s Day Dance. There will be corned beef, cabbage, Irish soda bread, dessert and coffee. Open bar and an Irish band. Cost is $30 per person. Checks payable to “Joseph Barry Knights of Columbus.” Reservations required.  No money accepted at the door. Call 516-385-0131 or 516-938-8323. The event will be held at 45 Heitz Place in Hicksville at 8 p.m.


March 21

Supermarket Bingo

Joseph Barry Columbiettes will be having a supermarket bingo. Doors open at 7 p.m., games start at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5 per person, which includes one set of cards. Additional cards and specials will be available.  There will be coffee, cake, and raffles. Checks payable to:  Joseph Barry Columbiettes. Call Marie 516-822-7605 or Pat 515-433-4186 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The event will be held at  45 Heitz Place in Hicksville.


Library Programs

For more information and to register for the library’s programs, visit www.hicksvillelibrary.org or call 516-931-1417.

March 7

Pre-School Storycraft

There are still spots available for this story and craft time for children ages three to five. Session dates are March 7, 14, and 21 at 11 a.m.

March 8

Spanish with Miss Lupe

Children in kindergarten through fifth grade can sign up to learn Spanish with Miss Lupe. The advanced class is at 10 a.m., the beginners class is at 11 a.m. Session dates are Saturdays March 8, 15, 29, April 19, 26 and May 3, 10, and 17

March 9

Sister Act: A Salute to Legendary Divas

Vocalists Celeste and Andrea pay tribute to the legendary female performers who paved the way for today’s young female singers. All singing is done live and all impersonations are done in costume. No registration required. 2 p.m.

March 10

Tiny Tots Storytime

Spaces are still available for this 20 minute session of songs and stories for children. For children ages two and three with their caregivers. Session dates are Mondays March 10, 17 and 24 at 11 a.m.

Monday Movie: Captain Phillips

Tom Hanks stars in Captain Phillips, the true story of an American cargo ship hijacked by Somali pirates. Rated: PG-13. 134 minutes. 1:30 p.m.

March 11

PlayHooray - Baby and Me

Register now for this class for babies six to 18 months. This 45 minute program is a lively introduction to nursery rhymes, books, music and movement, complete with song and dance. Session dates are March 11, 18 and 25 at 10 a.m.

AARP Tax Aide

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. Photo identification is required. Please bring all necessary forms, 1099s, W2 statements and last year’s tax return to your appointment.The tax help will be held in the Teen Center located on the lower level of the library. 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 4:15 p.m. every Tuesday until April 15. Space is limited.

Jump For Joy

Children one and a half through five years old are invited to jump for joy as they play along to popular songs. Session dates are Tuesdays March 11, 18 and 25 at 7:15 p.m.

Current Events Discussion

Join this friendly forum led by Fred Chernow for sharing your thoughts on the world’s issues and life in general. Explore every day issues that we face in our daily lives. No registration is required. 1 p.m.

Lampwork Glass-Blown Heart Pendant  

Spaces are still open for this craft, which will allow teens to create a beautiful “necklace-ready” pendant with Linda Rendina. Embellish a beautiful lampwork heart bead with color-coated flexible copper wire. Teens will be able to slip it onto their favorite chain or cording, when completed. Materials fee is $6. 7:15 p.m.

Historical Society

The Hicksville Historical Society will have a meeting at 7:30 p.m.

March 12

Book Discussion

Join a discussion of Three Weeks in December by Audrey Schulman. Books are available approximately four weeks before each discussion. Anyone who reads the book is welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served. From 1 to 3:30 p.m.

March 13

Earring Workshop  

The artist Ofra Levin will teach you how to make those fabulous earrings that you’ve always wanted. Discover the method of entwining wire to link beads, including fresh water pearls and semi-precious stones, to create earrings. Fee: $10. Cash only. No refunds. 7:15 p.m.

March 15

Jonathan Geffner and Friends

The Hicksville Library is eagerly anticipating the arrival of a gang of “dummies”. Assisted by renowned ventriloquist Jonathan Geffner, these endearingly hilarious puppets will perform their highly acclaimed show, “Puppet Power.” Geffner’s unique ventriloqual and comedic talents have mesmerized audiences world wide. Don’t miss this side-splitting show, suitable for all ages, as Jonathan’s masterful vocal skills and hands bring his captivatingly wacky sidekicks to life. 2 p.m.

News

Vastra boutique finds a niche

in hand-embroidered dresses

Who says a bride has to wear white on her wedding day? For South Asian brides, no color is off limits including brilliant reds, blues and golds. For the past 17 years, Vastra in Hicksville has been helping brides from New York and across the country find the perfect dress for their special day.

There’s no lack of Indian sari boutiques in Hicksville but according to Marketing Director Prachi Jain, what sets Vastra apart from the others is its emphasis on one of a kind, hand-embroidered Indian dresses.

Many would consider it rude to play with your food. That is unless, you’re participating in the Long Island Potato Festival. The event, which was held in Cutchogue, NY, included a mashed potato sculpting contest which was dominated by Hicksville’s Sarah Tsang, who won first place in the youth division.

Contestants were allowed to use any tools and materials to help bring their creation to life. Sculptures were left on display throughout the day and voted on by festival goers.


Sports

Somehow LSA, the Levittown Swimming Association, has always been a part of our Hicksville summers. My family’s introduction to the organization in 1975 began when our two older daughters tried out for the Parkway Swim Team, one of the nine teams that competed through July and most of August.

It was no small task for the younger girl, swimming her first full lap in the deep end of the pool to qualify at age six, but both girls made the team and donned the coveted gray tee shirts as the trees cast their shadows over the pool water at the end of practice.

I’m convinced that the soul and the center of Hicksville is Cantiague Park. And why not? Every weekend it’s a beehive of activity ranging from tennis matches, hand ball games, basketball and baseball games, swimming, hockey and of course ‘the beautiful game’ called soccer. Cantiague has two professional soccer fields that are perfectly manicured and begging to be played on. And they were. This weekend was the finals of the East Meadow Soccer Tournament which is one of the largest youth soccer tournaments in the nation, sponsored by the US Soccer Federation. There were 18 boys and girls teams in the finals and a large staff of referees.

Two of the refs were Steven Orozco and Randy Vogt who told me how soccer had been growing and has now become the second most popular participation sport in America with 25 million of us watching this year’s World Cup.  I also met and interviewed Joe Codispoti who along with Tim Bradbury is the head coach of Rockville Centre United, a U16 boys club.  This U16 team has a group of standout players led by  Jack Graziano, AJ Codispoti and Pat Basile who have been playing together for six years.


Calendar

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Adventures in Genealogy

September 4

Greek Festival

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Columns

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