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Lazy Days of Summer

Saturday, July 13

Youth Wrestling Camp

Monday, July 15

Local Film World Premiere

Wednesday, July 17


Saturday, July 13

Lazy Days of Summer

The Levittown Community Council’s annual Lazy Days of Summer Picnic will be held at the East Village Green on Jerusalem Avenue on July 13 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be free entertainment and many fun activities including pony rides, a petting zoo, relay races and crafts. Come walk the plank and pull out a prize from the pirates’ treasure chest or go fishing in the fishing pond. Bring non-perishables and toiletries to benefit local families. Contact Mauro Cassano at 516-796-3392.


Sunday, July 14

Classic Car Show

Classic Car Show on July 14 at Bethpage Federal Credit Union at 899 South Oyster Bay Rd in Bethpage. All makes and models welcome. Live performance by one of Long Island’s top doo-wop bands, The Fabularies. Trophies, raffles, vendors, radio broadcast, and more. Download a car registration form at www.corvettesociety.com. Raindate is July 21. Show spots sell out each year, reserve early. For information call 516-849-2465. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Register at 7 a.m.


Monday, July 15

Youth Wrestling Camp

This camp is designed for students entering 1st through 7th grade interested in learning wrestling or becoming a better wrestler. We will separate wrestlers by age and experience. The camp takes place at Seaford Middle School at 3940 Sunset Ave. at 9 a.m. You do not have to be a Seaford resident to attend. The cost is $150 if registered by July 8; $175 if registered after. Be sure to bring water, sneakers or wrestling shoes, shorts and a T-shirt. For more information, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Wednesday, July 17

Local Film World Premiere

Selenophobia, by a local Wantagh resident, will have its world premiere at the 16th Annual Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE) being held at Bellmore Movies, 222 Pettit Avenue from July 17 through July 25. This 7-minute movie will be shown on July 17, in the 7:45 p.m. block of movies. Visit www.longislandfilm.com for the complete schedule and movie details.

Blood Drive

Assemblyman Tom McKevitt will host a blood drive at the Island Trees Public Library, at 38 Farmedge Road, on July 17 from 2 to 8 p.m. All donors will be mailed two New York Mets tickets for an upcoming game, courtesy of Long Island Blood Services. Donors should bring I.D., weigh at least 110 pounds, be between 16 and 75 years old. To schedule an appointment or for information call 516-228-4960.


Thursday, July 18

Local Film World Premiere

One Trick Dieter, filmed in East Meadow, will have its world premiere at the 16th Annual Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE) being held at Bellmore Movies, 222 Pettit Avenue from July 17 through July 25. This 8-minute movie will be shown on July 18, in the 5 p.m. block of movies. Visit www.longislandfilm.com for the complete schedule and movie details.

Bethpage Author Book Signing

Henry Clark, a local children’s author from Bethpage, will be discussing and signing copies of his new young readers’ book What We Found in the Sofa and How It Saved the World at the Barnes & Noble in Carle Place on Thursday, July 18 at 10 a.m. The book is suited for ages 8 to 12. Call the store at 516-741-9850 for more information.


Friday, July 19

Music Video Showing

“Don’t Cry For Me”, a music video by a Seaford resident, will be shown at the 16th Annual Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE) being held at Bellmore Movies, 222 Pettit Avenue from July 17 through July 25. This 4-minute music video will be shown on July 19, in the 7 p.m. block of movies. Visit www.longislandfilm.com for the complete schedule and details.


Sunday, July 21

Summer Fair

Hicksville’s 11th Annual Summer Street Fair will be held on July 21 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Kennedy Park, Route 107 and Jerusalem Avenue.


Tuesday, July 23

St. James Parish Carnival

St. James Parish, Seaford will hold their annual carnival from July 23 through July 27. Rides, games, food. Pre-purchase discounted ride tickets at the parish center on weekdays before the carnival. Raffles and chance to win $10,000 will be available. Pay-one-price on July 25 through July 27. For information call 516-731-3710.


Monday, August 12

Vacation Bible School

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, at 3434 Hempstead Turnpike will hold its Vacation Bible School Kingdom Rock from August 12 through 16, in two sessions. The first session will be from 9 a.m. to noon. The afternoon session will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Children ages three and up are welcome. Young children must be potty trained. For information contact the church office at 516-731-7387.


Wednesday, August 14

Military, Veteran Job Fair

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes hiring fair, scheduled for Aug. 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Farmingdale Armed Forces Reserve Center, 25 Baiting Place Road, in Farmingdale, is committed to making this one-of–a-kind free hiring fair a win-win for employers and veteran/military spouse job seekers. For information contact Robert VanPelt, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 518-786-4605 or David Myones, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 516-236-0423. Visit: www.uschamber.com/hiringourheroes/ for additional information, dates.


Saturday, August 17

Hicksville Run

The Greater LI Running Club has teamed up with the Hicksville Chamber of Commerce for the inaugural Discover Hicksville 5-mile run on Aug. 17 at 4 p.m. Course will start and finish at Cantiague Park. Sponsorship opportunities available. For more information contact 516-443-9204 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Sunday, October 20

Levittown Idol V

The Levittown Historical Society will present Levittown Idol V, the society’s annual youth talent show for students (K-12) of the Levittown and Island Trees school districts on Oct. 20, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Levittown Hall. Contract the society for rules and information at 516-735-9060.

News

U.S. Air Force Veteran Mario Dell’aera, 80, of Levittown said he first volunteered for service in 1952, during the Korean War.

 

“They called volunteers ‘regulars,’” he said, reflecting back to when he first enlisted.

 

From 1952-1956, Dell’era called the Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nev. home. The base, he said, operated 24 hours, 7 days a week, training pilots to fly overseas into Korea.

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.


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. 


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Flea Market - July 27

Darlene Prince and the Bragg Hollow Band - July 28


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