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Erik's Reptile Edventures - July 30

Rich Vos At Governor's - August 1

Worship Without Walls - August 2 

Wednesday, July 30

Erik’s Reptile Edventures

On July 30, come to Levittown Hall, 201 Levittown Pkwy. in Hicksville, at 10:30 a.m., for this free “Edventure” designed to teach youngsters about the importance of science and nature and learn more about reptiles, amphibians and bugs. 

 

Friday, Aug. 1

Rich Vos At Governor’s 

On Aug. 1-2, join comedian Rich Vos as he takes the stage for three performances at Governor’s Comedy Club at 90 Division Ave. in Levittown. Admission is 18 and over. Tickets cost $15-$47. Doors open at 8 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday. 

 

Saturday, Aug. 2

Worship Without Walls

On Aug. 2, join the First Presbyterian Church of Levittown at 474 Wantagh Ave., at 6:30 p.m., for this contemporary worship experience led by members of the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir. For more information visit levitfpc.org or call Rev. Terri Ofori at 516-731-3808. 

 

Outdoor Movie in Wantagh

On Aug. 2, at 7:30 p.m., bring your family and friends to the back lawn of the Wantagh Memorial Congregational Church for a showing of The LEGO Movie. Rated PG, 1 hour and 40 minutes. 

Admission is free, with parking provided in the municipal parking lot behind the church at 1845 Wantagh Ave. Remember to bring your own chairs and/or blankets. There will also be snacks and concessions available for purchase. 

 

Also, donations of non-perishable food are requested, but not required. All donations go to the food pantry that is run by the Long Island Council of Churches. In case of inclement weather, please call the church at 785-1829 for status. There is no rain date at this time. If necessary, it will be announced at a later date.  

 

Monday, Aug. 4

Levittown Chamber of Commerce

The next meeting of the Levittown Chamber of Commerce will be held on Aug. 4, from 8-10 a.m. at Astoria Federal Savings Bank in Levittown. 

 

Irish American Night

On Aug. 4, come to the Harry Chapin Lakeside Theater at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, at 7:30 p.m. for a free performance of some traditional Irish music. Feel free to bring blankets and chairs as this is an outdoor event. 

Wednesday, Aug. 6

Reverse Mortgage Seminar

On Aug. 6, join the United Northern Mortgage Bankers at 3601 Hempstead Tpke. in Levittown, at 11 a.m. for this seminar sponsored by Senior Security Advisors. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. 

 

New Vintage Big Band

On Aug. 6, join the New Vintage Big Band, from noon-2 p.m., at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow as they perform a free show in field 6/6A. 

 

Friday, Aug. 8

Long Island Philharmonic

Part of the Music Under the Stars concert series, on Aug. 8, come to Harry Chapin Lakeside Theater in Eisenhower Park in East Meadow at 7 p.m. for a free performance by the Long Island Philharmonic. The concert will include works by Tchaikovsky, Morton Gould, and Howard Shore, with tenor Christopher Macchio and violinist Gregor Kitzis on musical saw. Admission is free and open to the public. There will also be a fireworks display following the performance. 

 

Saturday, Aug. 9

Pasta Dinner and Comedy Night

On Aug. 9, join the Forgotten Friends of Long Island, from 6-10:30 p.m., for this fundraiser event at Levittown Hall, 201 Levittown Pkwy in Hicksville. Admission is $25 per person at the door or $20 in advance. There will be homemade pasta, salad and desserts served as well as a 50/50 and a raffle. Funds raised will go to benefit the Forgotten Friends of Long Island for their numerous medical expenses and needs of their new rescues. For more information visit forgottenfriendsoflongisland.org. 

 

Child Safety ID Kit/Passport Day

Come get an identification kit, renew your passport, or get a brand new one, on Aug. 9, when the Town of Hempstead will host its next Passport Day and Child Safety Identification event at the Island Trees Public Library, 38 Farmedge Rd., from 10 a.m.-noon. The event is free and open to the public. 

 

Summer Programs Horseback Riding

Join the Levittown Police Activity League’s exciting instructional program which teaches the fundamentals of riding, tacking and horsemanship. The course consists of five 90 minute sessions available weekeday afternoons and evening at the New York Equestrian Center at Hempstead Lake State Park. Cost is $220 to register. 

 

Sports Camp

The Levittown-Island Trees Youth Council will host a sports camp program for students in grades 4-8 and grades 9-12 from 8-9 a.m. every weekday from now through Aug. 22. For more information contact the Island Trees Director of Physical Education and Athletics at 516-520-2173.

 

Chorus

From now through July 25, the Island Trees Memorial Middle School will be holding a summer program for students in grades 4-12 who wish to learn vocal techniques that will help them sing all different styles of music. 

 

Most of all this program is geared towards the further development of musicianship through a vocal setting. Students will receive one hour of lessons and rehersal a day, all leading up to an exciting concert on July 25. This offering is dependent upon sufficient student enrollment and is limited to the first 40 applicants.

News

The smell of pine, wood and scented candles greet customers with a sense of home as they cross the wooden threshold to the Amish Craft Barn in Seaford. There they will find dolls, birdhouses, quilts, ceramic turkeys, hand-painted Christmas trees, oak furniture and other seasonal and holiday tchotchkes.

 

Massapequa natives Frank and Pam Hoerauf started The Amish Craft Barn & Gift Shoppe 20 years ago after an inspiring visit to Pennsylvania.

Holidays increase daily congestion 

While parking around LIRR train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, the holidays create more of a struggle for commuters in search of parking spots. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town. 

 

“Every station is different,” Arena said. “A good part of our parking is in the hands of the locality. They set the rules essentially.”


Sports

The Island Trees Cross Country teams continue their improvement in 2014. This year the girls’ team has a record of 8-2 and with their victories over Clarke and Wheatley High Schools, they clinched the Division Championship for the first time in Island Trees High School history.

 

The girls are led by senior Captain Angela Brocco who has been rewriting the girl’s record boards. Brocco set the school record for the Warwick Valley 5000 meter course on Sept. 20. 

This season the Girls’ Varsity Soccer Team at Division Avenue has the rare ability to fill every position on the field with a member of the senior class. All 11 seniors have made contributions to the success of this year’s squad.


Calendar

Turkey Cookie - November 21

Lost Nights - November 22

Town of Hempstead Meeting - November 25


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