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MacArthur Art Show - May 28

St. Luke's - May 29

Quantam Magik - May 30

 

Wednesday, May 28

MacArthur Art Show

On May 28, MacArthur High School will hold its annual student art show, from 5-7 p.m. at the high school.

Thursday, May 29

Summit Lane Spring Concert

On May 29, students at Summit Lane Elementary School will take the stage at 7 p.m. for their annual Spring Concert.  

Friday, May 30 

St. Lukes Capital Fund Campaign

On May 30, St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church will be having a down home country barbecue at 6:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall and lawn. It will include music, dancing, games, a bonfire, and activities for kids and families. There is no charge for the event, however it is asked that you bring a snack, dessert or salad to share. 

Friday, May 30

Quantum Magick

On May 30, stop by Levittown Hall at 201 Levittown Parkway in Hicksville, at 8 p.m. when the Eyes of Learning—a non-profit metaphysical learning and teaching group—will have guest speaker Bill Truglio aka Llium S. Hernson, professional psychic and tarot/rune reader to discuss the crossroads where science and mysticism meet. Admission is $15 for non-members and no preregistration is required. 

Saturday, May 31

De-Flagging Graves

The American Legion Post 1711 of Levittown is requesting assistance from the public on May 31, with removing flags at the Long Island National Cemetery at 2040 Wellwood Ave.in Farmingdale. Gates open at 7 a.m. 

 

13th Men Who Cook Fundraiser

On May 31, the Kiwanis club of Wantagh will be holding its annual men who cook fundraiser dinner at 7 p.m. at Temple B’nai Torah, at 2900 Jerusalem Ave. This year’s dinner will be accompanied by Vegas-style gaming, complete with craps, blackjack, roulette and poker. Cost is $30 per person to attend. 

Monday, June 2

Beautiful Dahlias For Sale

The Mid-Island Dahlia Society will be selling exhibition quality dahlia tubers, cuttings, and plants taken from the same stock as the dahlias you’ve seen at the planting fields dahlia garden and dahlia show. our prices are reasonable. growing instructions are included. Winthrop Hall Church Of The Advent, 555 Advent St., Westbury. Visit midislanddahlia.com  for details or call 516-650-0595 if you have questions.

Tuesday, June 3

Biannual Blood Drive

On June 3, the American Legion Post #1711 and Lions Club of Levittown will partner up to host the bi-annual blood drive from 4-8:30 p.m. at the Post headquaters at 3124 North Jerusalem Rd. in Levittown. To schedule an appointment call 516-242-2273. Appointments are not mandatory, all walk-ins over 17 are welcome. 

 

Division Senior Awards Ceremony

On June 3, Division Avenue High School seniors will head to the school auditorium at 7 p.m. for the Senior Awards Ceremony.

Abbey Lane Chorus Concert

On June 3, the Abbey Lane Elementary School at 239 Gardiners Ave. in Levittown will hold its Spring Orchestra/Band concert at 7 p.m.  

 

Lee Road Spring Concert

On June 3, students from the Lee Road Elementary School will hold their Spring Concert at 7:30 p.m. at the Jonas E. Salk Middle School at 3359 Old Jerusalem Rd. in Levittown. 

Wednesday, June 4

Abbey Lane Chorus Concert

On June 4, the Abbey Lane Elementary School at 239 Gardiners Ave. in Levittown will hold its Spring chorus concert at 7 p.m.  

Island Trees Varsity Athletic Awards

On June 4, Island Trees Varsity Athletes will head to the high school auditorium at 7 p.m. for the Varsity Athletic Awards Ceremony.

Thursday, June 5

Comedy Benefit

On June 5, Skaggs-Walsh Heating Services will host a special comedy night, from 8-9:30 p.m., at the Brokerage Comedy Club in Bellmore. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person with the proceeds going to benefit the ELIJA school in Levittown.  

MacArthur Senior Awards Ceremony

On June 5, MacArthur High School seniors will head to the school auditorium at 7:30 p.m. for the Senior Awards Ceremony.

Dance Recital On June 5

Division Avenue High School will hold a dance recital at 7 p.m. 

Island Trees Middle School Concert

On June 5, students in grades 5-6 will head to the Island Trees High School auditorium at 7 p.m. for the Grade 5/6 Spring concert. 

Saturday, June 7 

MacEttes Kickline Clinic

On June 7, kids in grades 1-5
are invited to join the MacArthur High School MacEttes Kickline, from 9:30-11:30 a.m., for this two-hour instructional dance clinic where they will learn pom technique, kicks, dances, jumps and turns. Cost is $25 to participate and comes with snacks. 

It is recommended that participants wear sneakers, shorts and a lightweight shirt. For more information contact coach at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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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