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Swingin’ Into Spring

Thursday, March 21

Epilepsy Workshop

Thursday, March 21

Sale To Benefit Library

Saturday, March 23

Thursday, March 21

Swingin’ Into Spring

Friends of the Garden City Public Library will sponsor a free concert by vocalist/pianist Mitch Kahn. A veteran performer who has appeared in dozens of New York City venues including The Rainbow Room, Sardi’s and the Copacabana, Kahn’s current show is titled “Springtime in Song.” He’ll be tapping into the Great American Songbook to play timeless classics like “Younger Than Springtime,” “Blue Skies” and “It Might As Well Be Spring.” The concert will be performed on Thursday, March 21, at 2 p.m. at the Garden City Public Library at 60 Seventh St. Seating and parking is limited and on a first-come basis. No tickets are required. Please, no busses. For directions please call 516-742–8405 or go to www.gardencitypl.org.

Epilepsy Workshop

The Epilepsy Foundation of Long Island will feature Josiane LaJoie, M.D. at a workshop discussing the practical aspects to caring for a child with epilepsy. Dr. LaJoie is the chief of pediatric epilepsy at the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York and an assistant professor of neurology. The workshop will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Epilepsy Foundation of Long Island at 506 Stewart Ave. in Garden City. Training hours are available for Medicaid Service Coordinators. There is no fee for this workshop; however, reservations are required as seating is limited. To reserve a seat, please call Janet at 516-739-7733 ext. 145 or send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Saturday, March 23

Sale To Benefit Library

A bargain book sale will be held from 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m. at the Garden City Public Library (GCPL) located at the corner of 60 Seventh St. and Hilton Ave. Friends of the Library will sponsor this sale with all proceeds to benefit GCPL. Buy hardcover books for 25 cents each and soft cover books for 10 cents each. For directions call the Garden City Public Library at 516-742–8405 or contact the library’s web site at www.gardencitypl.org


Friday, March 29

Good Friday Walk

Join the annual Christ Episcopal Church Good Friday Walk to raise awareness of the hungry and homeless on Long Island and to raise donations for the Interfaith Nutrition Network (INN). Meet at the corner of Jefferson Street and Chester Avenue, three blocks west of New Hyde Park Road in Garden City, at 9 a.m. on Friday, March 29. The walk is approximately four miles and goes through Garden City, Franklin Square, Stewart Manor and New Hyde Park. Call 516-755-2626 for more information. Everyone is welcome.


Thursday, April 4

Historic Study

Mercy Medical Center is seeking local residents to participate in an historic study that has the potential to change the face of cancer for future generations. Men and women between the ages of 30 and 65, who have never been diagnosed with cancer, are needed to participate in the Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) being conducted by the American Cancer Society. The project will enroll a diverse population of up to a half-million people across the United States and Puerto Rico to help researchers to better understand the lifestyle, environmental, and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer. Mercy will be a local enrollment location at which participants can join the study from 4 to 8 p.m. Those taking part will be asked to read and sign an informed consent form; complete a brief survey; have their waist circumference measured; and give a small blood sample. Prior to the on-site enrollment, individuals will complete an online comprehensive survey that asks for information on lifestyle, behavioral, and other factors related to their health. Those interested in participating can pre-register on line at: www.cps3LongIsland.org. Participants will receive follow-up surveys to complete every few years. Researchers will use the data from CPS-3 to build on evidence from earlier American Cancer Society studies that played a major role in understanding cancer prevention and risk, and contributed significantly to the scientific basis and development of public health guidelines and recommendations. For further information about enrolling at Mercy, call 516-62MERCY.


Friday, April 5

Golden Goose Spring Shopping Boutique

This event will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Garden City Casino located at 51 Cathedral Ave. (corner of 6th St. and Cathedral) in Garden City. Free admission. Shop for in-vogue and exciting merchandise. Fabulous raffle prizes including iPhone and iPad at $5 per chance; six tickets for $25. Sponsored by Twigs of Winthrop-University Hospital with all proceeds benefiting the maternal childcare and nursery units. For more information, please contact Christine Hanson at 516-747-7145.


Saturday, April 6

Pedaling For Progress

Long Islanders can put their old bicycles to good use by donating them to Pedals for Progress, a program that rescues unwanted American bicycles and sends them to communities overseas. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., members of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Long Island with the children and teen programs of the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island will accept donations of bicycles and sewing machines at the Ethical Humanist Society, 38 Old Country Rd., Garden City (at the western end of Old Country Road, next to the blue water tower). Each person who donates a bicycle will also be asked to donate $10 per bike (tax-deductible) to help defray the cost of shipping the bicycles. To learn more about Pedals for Progress, visit their web site at www.p4p.org. For information about the April 9 collection, call Bette Bass at 516- 606-1400 or Kathy Williams-Ging at 631-549-4873. The program is also accepting cash donations from corporate and community sponsors


Sunday, April 7

Sugar And Spice Lunch

Tri-town Auxiliary of United Cerebral Palsy (UCPN) Nassau Count invites the entire family to attend its 7th Sugar and Spice luncheon from 12:30 to 5 p.m. The event will be held at Verdi’s of Westbury 680 Old Country Rd. UCPN “Sugar & Spice” luncheon has become a tradition the community has embraced and this year attendees are in for a special treat as the event’s theme will be Broadway. Get ready to be wowed by Broadway Bound Dance Centers’ performers. Tickets include wine, soda, hors d’oeuvres, appetizer, choice of entree, coffee and dessert. The afternoon will also include live music spun by DJ, dancing, and raffles. Grand prizes include overnight stays at the New York City Marriott and Renaissance Hotels. Reserve your seat by March14. Reserved seating only, no refunds. Adult tickets are $65, children are $35 (ages 3-12), under 3 years-old are free. To reserve a table, please make your check payable to “Tri-town Auxiliar of C.P.” and mail to: Sugar & Spice,121 Tullamore Rd., Garden City, N.Y. 11530-2511. If you are reserving a table, please include a list of attendees you would like to sit with. For additional information or if you would like to make a donation or provide raffle prize, contact Lucille Messina at 516-877-9133. All donors will be listed in UCPN journal.

Free Legal Assistance For Veterans

Hofstra Law will be hosting a free legal assistance clinic for all veterans. Free consultations with pro-bono attorneys who specialize in elder law, tax, wills, estate, family law, VA benefits, claims, disability, employment, USERRA, housing, bankruptcy, debtor/creditor matters, Medicare/Medicaid, landlord-tenant issues and more. To schedule a consultation, contact the Hofstra Veterans Law Student Association at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 516-468-3551.


Saturday, April 20

Run/Walk For Cure

The Garden City Teacher Association (GCTA) is hosting its 4th Annual GC For A Cure Run/Walk on at Garden City High School. The 5K Run/Walk will take place at 9 a.m. and the 1.5 Mile Run/ Walk will start at 9:15 a.m. All Race/Walk proceeds will benefit Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC). In addition, Uniting Against Lung Cancer will be hosting Kites for a Cure, a fun family kite fly to support their lung cancer research grant program. There will be awards, raffles and fun for the entire family. If you are interested in donating to or sponsoring the event, please contact Race Director Kerry Calvert at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For more information about the event or to register, please visit www.GCFORACURE.com


Thursday, May 2

26th Annual Angel Ball

The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (LICADD) will be holding its 26th Annual Angel Ball Celebrating the Stars of Recovery at the Garden City Hotel.  Guests will enjoy a red carpet entrance and reception at 6:30pm, followed by dinner, dancing, and a silent auction at 7:30pm.  WABC-TV’s Entertainment Reporter Sandy Kenyon will emcee. Tickets to this premier event are $500, while event and journal sponsorship opportunities are available from $200 to $25,000.  For more information, please call 516-747-2606.


Thursday, May 9

Seniors: Tea For Two

Garden City Public Schools will hold its Fourth Annual Afternoon Tea for Senior Citizens and Past Parents on Thursday, May 9 from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. The suggested dress code is suit jackets with ties for gentlemen and Sunday dresses with hats for ladies. Tickets for this event are free to Garden City School District senior citizens and past parents, but limited to two per person. There are two ways to acquire tickets for this year’s event: Guests can request tickets by mail by filling out and returning the form on page 20 of the 2013 Spring Continuing Education brochure. The bright yellow brochures will be mailed to all Garden City homes shortly. Guests can pick up tickets in-person at the Administration Building, 56 Cathedral Avenue, on Wednesday, April 24 from 4 – 6 p.m. Please bring a driver’s license or other I.D. for proof of residency. Info: Catherine Knight, Garden City Public School’s Coordinator of Public Information, 516-478-1079.   


Upcoming Events

Volunteers Sought For Breast Cancer Program

If you’ve had breast cancer and want to pay it forward become a hotline volunteer. Women and men who are breast cancer survivors and others who are concerned about breast health issues can become volunteers at the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program in Garden City. Volunteers can help by doing fundraising and publicity, as well as by answering hotline calls. Hotline volunteers provide emotional support, information and referral services to callers with breast health concerns. Although the program is housed on Long Island, hotline services and telephone counseling are available to callers throughout New York State. For more information call Caroline Mulcahy at 516- 877-4315. To reach the Hotline from anywhere in New York State, call 1-800-877-8077.

Defensive Driving Courses

Six-hour course conducted by the AAA NY in the Garden City office located at 229 7th St. Save money; reduce violation points; sharpen skills. The cost is $39 for AAA members; $32 Plus/Premier members; $32 members 60 and older; $32 members 16-24 years old; $49 nonmembers; special group rates available. Dates and rates subject to change. Online class available. Visit AAA.com/DefensiveDriving. Reservations required. Call 516-873-2381. The following dates are offered:

• March 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• March 25  from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• April 2  from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• April 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• April 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• April 15, 16  from 6:15 to 9:15 p.m.

• April 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 pm

• April 21  from 9:30 a.m.  to 4:30 p.m.

• April 24 from 9:30 a.m.  to 4:30 p.m.

• April 26 from 9:30 a.m.  to 4:30 p.m.

• April 28  from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Ongoing Events

Folk Dance Classes

International folk dance classes for beginners and intermediates are offered on Tuesday mornings in February at the Ethical HumanistSociety of Long Island. Classes are from 9 to 11 a.m. and will feature dances from many different countries. The first class began on February 5. There is a suggested donation of $5 for each class. The Ethical Humanist Society is located at 38 Old Country Rd. in Garden City (at the western end of Old Country Road next to the large blue water tower). Call Lois Blatt at 516-536-8755 for information.

Garden City Public Library Movie Screenings

Friends of the Garden City Public Library invite resident adults to free movies on Mondays at 1:30 p.m., from January through April 2013 at the Garden City Public Library located at 60 Seventh St. Monthly movies themes are: January “Broadway to Hollywood,” February “Love is in the Air,” March “It’s a Disaster,” and April “Great Books.” Movie dates are: March 4, 11 & 18; April 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29. Pick up a copy of the movie flyer at the library. All movies are unrated. Movie titles are subject to change. Seating and parking is limited and on a first-come basis. No tickets are required. Please, no buses. Check for library holiday closings by calling 516-742-8405 or go to www.gardencitypl.org.

Free Breast Cancer Support Group In February

The Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Program is offering a new support group for anyone who has done genetic testing and tested positive for breast cancer. The group will meet on Monday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. for eight consecutive weeks, beginning on Feb. 25. There is no cost for the group; however pre-registration is required. For information call Sandi Kafenbaum at 516-877-4314, or the Breast Cancer Hotline at 800-877-8077. All groups meet at Adelphi University School of Social Work in Garden City. The Nassau County Women’s Bar Foundation and the Alpern Family Foundation sponsor these groups.

Monthly Cancer Support Group

Franklin Hospital’s cancer support group meets in the former coffee shop at North Shore LIJ Franklin Hospital in Valley Stream. (Please note the new location for 2013.) The group regularly meets the first Monday of every month from 2 to 4 p.m. It is open to all cancer survivors, including family members and is ideal for people who need someone to talk to about the illness. Discussions include new medicines and treatments, advice on how to cope and also provides emotional support. Additional information about the monthly meetings, or those seeking assistance and information concerning cancer are urged to contact group advisors Anna Rossetti at 516-256-6025 or Meg Wehrum, RN at 516-256-6478.

Safe Boating Courses

Free vessel safety checks and more, from America’s Boating Club, the United States Power Squadrons. With squadrons across Long Island, there’s one near you. Visit: WeBoatSafe.org or call 1-800-341-8777 for more information.

Free Breast Cancer Support Groups

The Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer program is offering new support groups. There is no cost for any group; however pre-registration is required. Additional groups are formed upon request, including groups for men with breast cancer and family members. All groups meet at Adelphi University School of Social Work in Garden City. For more information call Sandi Kafenbaum, LCSW, at 516-877-4314, or the Breast Cancer Hotline at 800-877-8077.

•Support group for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer will meet weekly for eight weeks from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

•Support group for women post treatment will meet weekly for eight weeks from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

•Support group for young women with breast cancer will meet weekly for eight weeks from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

•Support group for women with metastatic breast cancer will meet weekly for eight weeks from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

•A telephone support group for women with breast cancer will be held weekly for eight weeks from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Furniture Needed

The A.T. Stewart Exchange Consignment Shop, 109 Eleventh St., Garden City, is looking for furniture to add to its inventory. The shop can use cocktail tables, end tables, consoles, chairs of all types, dressers, dining room tables, breakfronts, servers, secretaries, mirrors, etc....it’s all in demand. If you have a particularly large piece, take a picture, and show it to Kris or Jill at the shop (516 746-8900). Consignees get 50 percent of the selling price. Parking is convenient because the shop is located on the lower level of the Garden City Historical Museum.


Ongoing Programs

Clutterers Anonymous

Clutterers Anonymous (CLA), a 12-step self-help group, offers help and support to those who have clutter problems in their homes or workplace. Meets every Thursday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 265 Asbury Ave., in Westbury. There are no dues or fees. For more information, call 866-800-3881 or visit: www.ClutterersAnonymous.net.

News

A group of Levittown parents are voicing their concerns with letting their children walk to school, since it would mean they would continue to cross Hempstead Turnpike.

 

“My kid has to cross [Hempstead Tpke.] daily without a crossing guard,” said Division Avenue parent Wendy Lantigua. 

 

For Lantigua and others, the dangers of Hempstead Turnpike became all to real after 13-year-old Brianna Soplin was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver, last June. Not to mention the fact that another 14-year-old Levittown student suffered multiple injuries after being struck in hit-and-run, last February. 

Thirteen years since the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, hundreds of residents flocked to Town Park Point Lookout, to witness a compelling new memorial tribute honoring all those who lost their lives that day.

 

At the center of the ceremony were two 18-foot-tall, sand-crafted tribute towers set against a 35-foot-long “Wall of Heroes” mural, which depicts the Manhattan skyline, and a reflecting pool at the base of the memorial display. 


Sports

The annual One Love Long Island (OLLI) Yoga Festival takes place at the Sands Point Preserve on Sunday, Sept. 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. All profits will be donated to organizations that support survivors of human trafficking, locally and globally. 

 

The festival will unite 16 Long Island yoga studio communities in a round robin of the traditional yogic practice of 108 Sun Salutations from 9:30 a.m. to noon, whose offerings will look to create long-term and sustainable solutions to eradicate the human trafficking epidemic by raising funds and awareness for the cause.  

As a fitness coach and a mother, Melissa Monteforte of Locust Valley knows how important it is to stay healthy, and how difficult it can be for women to make themselves, and their health, a priority. Wanting to help women take charge and feel more in control, she organized the Fit & Healthy Mamas Annual 5K run, now in its third year, which took place on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow.

 

“I felt like running was the best outlet when I became a mother; it’s such a great way to get fit and feel healthy and I wanted to share that with other moms,” says Monteforte, 31. “I wanted women to feel celebrated, no matter their fitness level, and to put their health first.”


Calendar

IT Board of Ed - September 17

All Star Comedy - September 18

Irreversible Paul Lynde - September 19


Columns

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