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Halloween Dance Party
Friday, October 26

Women’s Health Forum
Monday, October 29

Holiday Fair
Saturday, November 3


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

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.


Monday, October 29

Women’s Health Forum

Senator Kemp Hannon is holding a “Women’s Health Forum” from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Levittown Public Library, 1 Bluegrass Lane, Levittown. Medical professionals will be speaking on many topics of women’s health. Each doctor will give a detailed presentation, followed by a question and answer period. For reservations or more information, call 516-739-1700 or visit: www.kemphannon.com.

A Spiritual Call To Ban Fracking

Join faith and community leaders in urging Governor Cuomo to ban fracking. Vigils to protect land and water will be followed by a potluck supper. Please bring food to share. The event, which begins at 6 p.m., takes place at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, located at 48 Shelter Rock Road in Manhasset.


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.

Holiday Fair

The Levittown Kiwanis Club is hosting a holiday fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Island Trees Memorial Middle School in Levittown.

CCAN’s Zebra Walk

The Carcinoid Cancer Awareness Network (CCAN) will host its 4th Annual “Strides for Stripes” Zebra Walk at Eisenhower Park, East Meadow from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. To register or for more information visit: www.firstgiving.com/CCAN/zebra-walk-2012.


Sunday, November 4

Photo SessionsWith Santa

The Levittown Fire Department Engine Company #5 on Gardiner’s Avenue is hosting photo sessions with Santa from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Photo sales benefit the fire department fundraising efforts and begin at $20. All packages, including family sittings, come with digital copies. Walk-ins welcome, appointments suggested. Call 516-520-6125 for details.

Farmingdale State College Open House

Farmingdale State College will hold its open house from noon to 3 p.m.


Friday, November 9

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.


Monday, November 19

CHADD Forum

CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders) of Nassau County will hold its monthly educational forum and support group at the East Meadow Jewish Center, 1400 Prospect Ave., East Meadow. Support groups meet from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. The forum at 8:30 is “How to Advocate for Your AD/HD Child” with Wayne Rock, Special Education Advocate. For more information, e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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

Harvest Craft Fair Vendors Needed

Vendors are needed for the Harvest Craft Fair at Grace Lutheran Church, 1294 Bellmore Ave., North Bellmore. The fair is being held on November 3 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and its $45 per table. Craft vendors only. For an application call 516-785-5029 or e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Vendors Wanted

The Friends of the Farmingdale Public Library are seeking craft vendors for their Pre-Holiday Fair to be held on Saturday, November 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Table space is $40, and may be reserved by calling either 516-454-6813 or 516-244-0829. Space is limited, so reserve early.

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

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.

Soldiers Angels

Soldiers Angels sends care packs to deployed troops all through the year. Cards and letters for our deployed troops, local veterans and for our wounded heroes are also needed. Soldiers Angels also accepts donations for our local veteran missions in the community. For more information on this and other local missions of support email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . You may drop off cards and letters of support to the LevitStyle office at 19 Jerusalem Ave., Levittown. You can also visit the Soldiers Angels website at www.soldiersangels.org.

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.

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 the website: www.twincounty.org.

News

A clown named Renaldo performed magic tricks for an enthusiastic audience as part of the National Circus Project, which visited Levittown Public Library on Wednesday, July 16.

 

All 150 tickets available for the performance were sold out in this interactive magic show for children. Throughout the entire circus act, children laughed and raised their hands as high as they could to be chosen as one of Renaldo’s helpers.

 

Raising her hand to participate was three-year-old Kirsten Cantwell from Seaford. “She was upset that she didn’t get picked,” said her mother Melissa Cantwell.

 

Kirsten Cantwell goes to any activity offered at the library, and is starting to enjoy watching magic shows. According to her mother, she really enjoyed the performance.

 

In the circus show, National Circus Project performer, Al Calienes, acted as Renaldo the clown.

 

“The show has different components of acts in the circus,” explained Calienes. “We teach children circus moves.”

 

With the National Circus Project, children get to see magic tricks performed live. “We infuse enthusiasm by showing them, and they in turn will be able to repeat the process,” said Calienes.

Renaldo performed plate spinning, where he spun a plate on a stick and passed it along to the stick of one of his helpers from the audience, who then passed the plate down a line of three more helpers. This interactive way of teaching the children magic tricks really allows them to absorb what they are learning.

 

The National Circus Project travels and performs for elementary schools, as well as middle and high schools. When the National Circus Project is not going to schools, they perform at library shows, summer camps, and other types of events.

 

The performance entertains the adults as well as the children. “We involve everybody,” said Calienes. “Everybody’s engaged on some level or another. “

 

At every library performance, Calienes donates the children’s book he wrote and illustrated Renaldo Joins the Circus to the library. He feels that he owes a lot to the library system. “Anything that ever meant anything to me I learned in the library,” said Calienes.

 

Calienes learned how to draw from the library, which is how he became a commercial artist. One of the main characters he would always draw would be Renaldo the clown. “I wanted to make him real so I joined the circus,” he said.

 

Calienes has been performing with the National Circus Project for seven years and has been in the circus business going on 26 years.

 

The National Circus Project brings magic to children at any school, camp or library all over Long Island as well as across the country.

 

Last June, Nassau County passed legislation that allows for the deployment of a speed enforcement camera system in school zones for each of the 56 public school districts in the county. 

 

The new systems will be implemented throughout the county on July 25, and will be operational on scheduled school days throughout the year. 


Sports

Levittown’s Division Avenue High School varsity baseball team, under the direction of coach Tom Tuttle, won the Class A County Championship, garnering a third-place ranking in New York State. This is the team’s 13th county championship win and the second county championship for the school in the past four years.

 

In addition, senior Chris Reilly was named Championship MVP for throwing a complete game shutout in game two and going three for four with two RBIs. 

Taylor Traenkle, a junior at Division Avenue High School recently received the MVP award for the Nassau County Varsity Hockey League Association.

 

Traenkle, who plays no. 9 for the Levittown Ice Falcons, led the way averaging 2.8 points a game with a total of 25 goals and 23 assists in just 17 games. 


Calendar

Lazy Days Of Summer - July 26

Flea Market - July 27

Darlene Prince and the Bragg Hollow Band - July 28


Columns

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

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