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Long Island Fair
Friday, September 28

St. Margaret’s Fall Festival And Flea Market
Saturday, September 29

Country-Western Party
Sunday, September 30


Friday, September 28

Long Island Fair

The Long Island Fair begins Thursday, Sept. 27 at Old Bethpage Village Restoration. Corn husking contests, farm animals, games, crafts, vegetables, flower sales, and more. Visit www.lifair.org or call 516-572-8416 for more information. Fair runs through Sunday, Sept. 30.


Saturday, September 29

St. Margaret’s Fall Festival And Flea Market

 

Quality vendors, seasonal plants and decor, food, baked goods, handcrafts, raffle baskets, community raffles and grand prizes. Family fun and something for everyone. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1000 Washington Ave., Plainview. Rain date: Sept. 30. For more information call 516-692-5268 or visit: www.stmargaretepiscopal.com.


Sunday, September 30

Country-Western Party

A Country-Western party will be hosted by the Nassau & Queens Chapters of the Order of the Eastern Star on Sunday, Sept. 30, at 3 p.m. The party will be held in the Parish Hall of the Church of St Jude, 3606 Lufberry Ave., Wantagh. The facility is completely accessible. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for children under 16, and includes food, beverages, music and line dancing lessons. For more information call Cathy at 718-849-0952. No tickets will be sold at the door.


Saturday, October 6

Skin Cancer Fundraiser And Dinner

The Colette Coyne Melanoma Awareness Campaign invites you to join the Stomp Out Melanoma fundraiser taking place at Mulcahy’s of Wantagh, 3232 Railroad Ave., from 5 to 9 p.m. Live music by ‘Nonstop to Cairo’, plus DJ, raffles, and games. Cost: pre-registered $55 for adults/$25 for anyone under 21. At the door $60 for adults/$30 for anyone under 21. Register at ccmac.org.

Zumba and Koga Party

Last Hope Animal Rescue will be hosting a Zumba and Koga Party led by Darlene Smith, founder of Be Fabulous Foundation, Inc., a non-profit fitness wellness company. Darlene is a certified group instructor who will lead workout sessions of Zumba and Koga (kickboxing/yoga) from noon to 3 p.m. in the parking lot of the Last Hope Adoption Center, 3300 Beltagh Ave., Wantagh Great fun and exercise for all ages. Tickets are $10. All proceeds benefit Last Hope’s foster animals and community outreach programs. There will be an open house at the Adoption Center so visitors can meet the Last Hope dogs and cats available for adoption, tours of Adoption Center and raffles. For more information, call 631-946-9528 or visit: www.lasthopeanimalrescue.org.


Sunday, October 7

Free Rabies Vaccine for Pets

The Last Hope Animal Rescue will be hosting a free rabies vaccine clinic for dogs and cats from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Last Hope Adoption Center, 3300 Beltagh Ave., Wantagh. All Long Island pet owners are eligible; no appointment necessary. All pets must be at least 4 months old. Dogs must be leashed and cats need to be in carriers. In addition, Last Hope is offering canine and feline distemper combination shots at the discounted price of $12 per vaccine. For questions call 516-223-6673 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Visit: www.lasthope animalrescue.org.


Sunday, October 14

Bird Walk at Tackapausha Museum and Preserve

The South Shore Audubon Society bird walk will take place from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Tackapausha Museum and Preserve in Seaford. All are welcome. Walk leaders and other birders and nature enthusiasts will be happy to share their knowledge and experience with you. The bird walk is free of charge. Bring binoculars. The Tackapausha Museum and Preserve is located on Washington Ave., between Merrick Rd. and Sunrise Hwy in Seaford. Rain will cancel the bird walk. For more information, call 516-987-8103 or visit: www.ssaudubon.org.


Friday, October 19

Dig Pink Volleyball Tournament

The Massapequa High School girls volleyball team is hosting a Dig Pink Volleyball Tournament at 7 p.m. at the high school to raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness through the Sideout Foundation. Last year the event raised over $13,000 and the year before $10,000.


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 .

Holiday Craft Fair

On Saturday, November 3, St. David’s Lutheran Church will be holding their annual holiday craft fair in the lower level of the church. As in past years, there will be a jewelry and Christmas boutique, homemade baked goods, and a huge assortment of handcrafted items. Refreshments will be available. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. St. David’s Lutheran Church is located at 20 Clark Blvd. in Massapequa Park. For venders or other information call Karen Krieg at 799-7832.

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

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 our website: www.twincounty.org.

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. Dates: Sept. 28 and Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26. 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 .

Caring For The Caregiver

Caring for the Caregiver is a support group for those responsible for others. In Massapequa, there are two support groups led by trained facilitators who help caregivers address their situation and offer support and understanding of the task they are doing. On the first and third Tuesdays of each month, a group meets at the Massapequa Reformed Church from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Grace Episcopal Church hosts a support group on the second and fourth Tuesdays in the Grace Day School building from 7:30 to 9 p.m. If you are, or have been, a caregiver, you are welcome to join either or both groups at any time. If you know of others who are caregivers, encourage them to join one or both groups. The program is open to all members of the Massapequa community.


Weekly Events

•Massapequa Senior Citizens Center. The center is located in the back of McKenna School on Second Ave. and Spruce St. in Massapequa Park. Meetings are Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The center offers luncheons, day trips, arts and crafts, painting, speakers, stretch and relaxation exercises and Chi Kung. The program is sponsored by S.D. #23. Call 308-5505.

•One-On-One Information And Referral Service for Massapequa and Massapequa Park residents. Topics include Medicare, local recreation, health insurance, nursing homes and assisted living. 10 a.m. to noon Mondays at the Massapequa Library, Bar Harbor (40 Harbor Ln. 799-0770) and Central Avenue (523 Central Ave. 798-4607) Buildings.

•Bingo every Tuesday 10:15 a.m. at the Massapequa Elks, 2162 Veterans Blvd., Massapequa. Progressive game, Line game. Call 798-2162.

•Bingo every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Beth Shalom Center of Amityville and the Massapequas, 79 County Line Rd., Amityville. 264-2891.

•The Scrabble Club meets on Thursdays from 12:15 to 3:15 p.m. at the Plainedge Library, 1060 Hicksville Rd., Massapequa. All ages. Scrabble players wanted. Call Judy 827-9506.

•Massapequa Singles And Massapequa Couples holds dances every Friday from noon to 4 p.m. Couples and singles tables. Professional Dance Lesson at 11:15 a.m. Dance starts at noon and a full-course hot buffet luncheon is served at 1 p.m. $15 donation. Singles are introduced and partners are encouraged at Manor East Catering Hall, 201 Jerusalem Ave., Massapequa. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 332-7825.

•Massapequa Singles And Massapequa Couples hosts a workshop to Learn To Dance. All Social Dances, American and Latin. Partners are encouraged but not necessary at 11:15 a.m. every Friday at Manor East Catering Hall, 201 Jerusalem Ave., Massapequa. $10. Email Dancezee@aol. com or call 332-7825.

•Overeaters Anonymous. Are you a compulsive overeater? Under eater? Overeaters Anonymous can help. There is a meeting on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon at St. Rose of Lima Church, 2 Bayview Ave., Massapequa. For information about the meeting call Nancy 798-2547 (between 7 and 9 p.m.) or Ed 845-5423.

•Camille’s Dance every Sunday from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Elks Club, Veterans Blvd., Massapequa. $14 includes snacks. Call 516-798-2162.


Monthly Events

•Massapequa Fire District regular monthly meetings are usually held on the second and fourth Monday of each month at the firehouse, 1 Brooklyn Ave.. at 8 p.m. The board will also conduct monthly work sessions on the first, third, and when applicable, the fifth Monday of each month commencing at the same time.

•Nassau County Aquarium Society meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 66 Veterans Blvd., Massapequa. Free parking, free admission, guests welcome. Refreshments served. Junior members always welcome. Call Mike Foran 798-6766; Ken Smith 631-589-0913 or Brandie 631-473-4018.

•Disabled America Veterans #143 was founded in 1920, is congressionally chartered and dedicated to building better lives for America’s disabled veterans and their families. DAV Chapter #143 includes members from all of Nassau County. Meetings are held from September to June on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at TOBAY’s Town Hall South, 977 Hicksville Rd., Massapequa. Call 797-6921 for further information or e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Come and join your fellow veterans in support of each other.

•Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #7763 Massapequa Park meets at 8 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at 1012 Park Blvd. To become a member one had to serve overseas during conflict. Call 799-6758 or 796-8331.

•Massapequa Park Republican Club meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 2 East Gate Rd. (corner of Front St.) Massapequa Park.

•St. Bernard’s W/W Interfaith Organization general meeting at 8 to 11 p.m. at the Elks Club, 2612 Veterans Blvd., Massapequa. All are invited. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month. For further information contact Chris 631-842-6734.

•Dance Nights are held on the first and fifth Friday of every month from 9 p.m. to midnight at Amityville American Legion Post 1015, 70 Elm St., Copiague. Call John 631-691-7490.

•American Veterans Post #88 meets the second Friday of each month at 8 p.m. at 690 Broadway, Massapequa. Eligibility is open to active members of the armed forces and to all honorably discharged veterans. New members are welcome. AMVETS are veterans helping veterans and the community. For information call 798-9188.

•St. Bernard’s W/W Interfaith Organization Dance every fourth Friday at the Elks Club, Veterans Blvd., Massapequa, at 8 p.m. to midnight. $14. For further information call Chris 631-842-6734. New address and time.

•Networking For Referrals. A group of LI Professionals Networking (LIPNET) announces a bi-monthly schedule of networking for referrals in Massapequa. LI business people come together every other Friday at 7:45 a.m. at the Massapequa Diner, Sunrise Hwy. at Broadway (eastbound) for the purpose of meeting others to exchange business referrals. The meetings for growing businesses are open to all interested in sharing and receiving business leads. The group is looking for one representative from every business type as members for the ongoing exchange or referrals. First two meetings free. $5 for breakfast. For reservations call 795-1223, ext. 42.

News

Two hundred business students from high schools across Nassau County, including Massapequa High School, competed for scholarships and cash awards—more than $33,000 in all—from various sponsors at Nassau County’s annual Comptroller’s Entrepreneurial Challenge.

The events on Sept. 11, 2001 had a profound effect on nearly all in the tri-state area, but for first responders, the effects were overwhelming. Long-time Massapequa resident Michael Smith, a member of the New York Fire Department, experienced those effects firsthand.

“While I’ve always been a person that could appreciate life, after 9/11 I became so distraught,” he said. “I realized I need to do something I want to do — something I love to do.”

A 30-year veteran of the fire department, Smith retired in 2002. He and his wife of 33 years, Teresa, began to look for a place they could enjoy life. This mindset brought them to the East End of Long Island, where they often went for day trips. They settled down in a home in Orient Point in 2004; in a home that needed quite a bit of work. And when it was time to landscape the property, a new idea took root — a vineyard.


Sports

Massapequa athletes recently received honors from their coaches at Kellenberg Memorial High School.

Each season, the coaches of all of the Kellenberg teams choose one member of their team who stands out as an athlete that has worked hard to improve themselves in their chosen sport.

The Farmingdale State women’s lacrosse team won the first game of their Spring Break trip to North Carolina with a victory over Greensboro College. In wet and muddy conditions, the Rams (8-1) held an 8-5 lead at the half and took the eventual 13-10 win.

In the first half and tied 2-2, the Pride (7-5) pulled ahead 4-2 with two unassisted goals by junior attack Nadya Fedun. Farmingdale State answered with four straight scores for a 6-4 advantage, on goals by juniors Alyssa Handel, Nicole Marzocca and Massapequan Jackie Kennedy.

Sophomore attack Ashlynn Parks put Greensboro within a goal at the 7:03 mark, but the Rams scored two more to lead 8-5 at the halftime break.

Calendar

YES Fundraiser

Saturday, April 26

Massapequa Memories

Tuesday, April 29

Spring Fashion Show

Wednesday, April 30



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