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Skin Cancer Fundraiser And Dinner
Saturday, October 6

North Shore Land Alliance Fall Walk
Sunday, October 7

Autism Fundraiser
Saturday, October 20


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

North Shore Land Alliance Fall Walk

Join North Shore Land Alliance and Naturalist Peter Martin for an early fall stroll at Norman J. Levy Park & Preserve in Merrick at 2 p.m. Experience the wonder of early autumn foliage and fall migrating birds with Peter at this magnificent 52-acre former landfill. Bring the kids. The program is free. Registration is encouraged. To register and for directions please contact North Shore Land Alliance at 516-626-0908 or visit: walksinthewoods @northshorelandalliance.org.

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.lasthopeanimalrescue.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.


Saturday, October 20

Autism Fundraiser

The families of the Brookville Center for Children’s Services Children’s Residential Program, invite you to the First Autism Fundraiser at The Nutty Irishman, 323 Main St., Farmingdale from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost: $30 which includes food and a live band. Cash bar. Please make checks payable to: Attention: Rose Bauer, Brookville Center for Children’s Services Children’s Residential Program, 28 Sea Spray Drive, Lido Beach, NY 11561. If you are unable to attend, a donation would be greatly appreciated. Donations can only be made online at www.Brookville Center.org. For more information, call 516-442-1516.

United Methodist Women’s Fair

UMW Harvest Fair and Pumpkin Sale at the Community United Methodist Church, 100 Park Blvd., Massapequa, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pumpkins of all sizes, baked goods, costume jewelry, holiday items, handmade gift items and more. Coffee and cake available. For more information, call the church office at 541-7008.


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: 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.

•Overeaters Anonymous. Are you a compulsive overeater? Under eater? Overeaters Anonymous can help. There is a meeting on Tuesdays on the corner of Salisbury Park Dr. and Carmans Rd., East Meadow, across from the firehouse from 7:45 to 9:15 p.m. Call for directions 997-4534. For information about the meeting call Nancy 798-2547 (between 7 and 9 p.m.) or Ed 845-5423.

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

•Bingo For Kids/Families. On Tuesday evenings you can have fun with your family at a special bingo designed just for kids. At Temple Beth-El of Bellmore, 1373 Bellmore Rd., N. Bellmore, you can play bingo for prizes (not cash). Doors open at 6 p.m. and games begin at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $5 per player. An adult must accompany the children. Adult play is optional. Bring a marker or purchase one at the event. The snack bar will be open at 6 p.m. and will serve a variety of reasonably priced items. No food can be brought with you into the temple because strict kosher food laws are observed.

•FEGS Suffolk Vocational Center/Displaced Homemaker Center. Group information meetings will be held on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Free services and options available to qualified LI residents. Job seekers, displaced homemakers (widowed, divorced, abandoned, separated, single parents, those on public assistance or with a permanently disabled or chronically unemployed spouse), and certified dislocated workers will be interested in the programs designed for them. Job placement assistance and job readiness programs. No fee for meeting or services. Programs are funded by the NYS Legislature, LI’s United Way and the UJA/Federation Campaign. Call 598-0108 for an appointment.

•Adoptive Moms Group. Covers the factors which influence your decision to adopt children, sources used for information, relationships with siblings and other family members, the first weeks at home, talking to the child about being adopted (how and when), issues that arise should the child want to meet his/her biological parents including: will you help in the search, how to go about getting information, how to handle the situation. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the Massapequa Mothers’ Center, Church of St. Jude, 3606 Lufberry Ave., Wantagh. For information call 679-4641.

•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.

•Cub Scout Round Up. Parents of boys in first - fifth grades who are interested in joining the Cub Scouts at Temple B’nai Torah, Wantagh, should contact Jeff Cohen at 205-1589. The Cub Scouts are sponsored by the Brotherhood of Temple B’nai Torah. Meetings are on Thursdays in the Youth Lounge from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. For more information about the Cub Scout Pack go to our website at www.troop189ny.com.

•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. For information about the meeting call Nancy 798-2547 (between 7 and 9 p.m.) or Ed 845-5423.

•Bel Canto Chorale. Singing in Nassau County for over 40 years, welcomes new members. Each year, the chorale performs two major concerts and a benefit concert. All soloists are selected from within the membership. All voices are invited to rehearsals on Sundays from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Wantagh Memorial Congregational Church, 1845 Wantagh Ave., Wantagh. Call 541-0726 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

•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.

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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