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Fourth Annual Bands Battling Autism
Saturday, November 3

Harvest Craft Fair
Saturday, November 3

Holiday Boutique at Old Westbury Gardens
Monday, November 5


Friday, October 26

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. 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 .


Saturday, October 27

Hospice Care Network’s Crystal Ball Gala

“Halloween Casino Night” cocktail reception, sit-down dinner, games of chance, silent auction, entertainment and dancing to benefit Hospice Care Network’s programs and services. Honorees include Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice and Justice Ute Wolff Lally. At the Glen Head Country Club, 240 Glen Cove Rd., Glen Head from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. Tickets are $350 each and sponsorships begin at $100. Call 516-224-6467 or visit www.hospice carenetwork.org.


Sunday, October 28

Tackapausha Preserve Hike

The Friends of Tackapausha Preserve will lead a free hike, this Sunday, Oct. 28, at 2 p.m. The hike should take between one and a half and two hours. Participants will walk approximately three miles through forests displaying brilliant fall foliage in Nassau County’s first nature preserve. Children aged 10 and above are welcome. In case of rain, the event will be cancelled. For a small fee, a visit may be made to the adjacent natural history museum before the hike. The hike is co-sponsored by the L.I. Greenbelt Trail Conference. Those attending will meet in the museum parking lot, which is located on Washington Ave. in Seaford one half of a block north of Merrick Road. For further information call Rich or Lisa Schary at (516) 826-8339.


Saturday, November 3

Fourth Annual Bands Battling Autism

The 4th Annual Bands Battling Autism takes place at the Stuart Thomas Manor in Farmingdale. Bands composed of local middle school and high school students perform for a chance to perform at the New York Islanders Autism Awareness Night. The proceeds from the event are donated to support the 13th Annual Long Island Walk Now for Autism Speaks. Advanced ticket price is $12/each. It will be $15 at the door the day of the event. To purchase tickets and/or sponsorship packages, visit www.walknowforautismspeaks.org /BandsBattlingAutism. For more information, call 631-521-7853 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

CCAN’s Zebra Walk

The Carcinoid Cancer Awareness Network (CCAN) will host its 4th Annual “Strides for Stripes” Zebra Walk at Eisenhower Park, East Meadow from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. To register or for more information visit: www.firstgiving.com/ CCAN/zebra-walk-2012.

Harvest Craft Fair

Craft fair at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1294 Bellmore Ave., North Bellmore from 9 to 5 p.m. Craft vendors, Chinese raffle, fair trade table, bake sale and food for sale. Call 516-785-5029 or e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Sunday, November 4

Car Show

There will be a Vette Fest car show from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Arnold Buick Chevrolet, 670 Montauk Hwy., West Babylon. All year corvettes are welcome. Other makes and models 25 years old or older. Live music, meet and greet Kelly and Ali-The “Churchill Girls.” Class judging with large trophies, food, fun, B-103 live radio broadcast, and lots of give aways. For more information, call 631-422-3700 ext. 114 or 101.


Monday, November 5

Holiday Boutique at Old Westbury Gardens

There will be a Holiday Boutique at Orchard Hill, an historic, 1856 farmhouse on the grounds of Old Westbury Gardens from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy champagne and hors d’oeuvres in a charming setting. Peruse a selection of jewelry, handbags, home furnishings, accessories, and other gifts. Hosted by The Friends of Old Westbury Gardens, this annual tradition is open to the public for the first time. Tickets are $30 each, or $25 each if you bring a friend. Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Rd., Old Westbury. Call 516-333-0048 or visit: www.oldwestburygardens.org.


Thursday, November 8

Marine Corps Birthday Ball

The Sunrise Detachment Marine Corps League invites all to the annual Marine Corps Birthday Ball, which celebrates the 237th anniversary of the Marine Corps, to be held at 7 p.m. at the Chateau Briand, 440 Old Country Rd., in Carle Place.


Saturday, November 10

CCAN’s Gala Event

The Carcinoid Cancer Awareness Network (CCAN) will host the 9th Annual “Celebration of Life” Gala on Worldwide NET Cancer Awareness Day from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. The evening includes a cocktail hour, dinner, open bar, coffee and cake, music, dancing, 50/50 raffles, and raffle prizes. The gala will be held at The Sterling, 345 Hicksville Rd., Bethpage. Attendance is $95 per person or $875 for a table of ten. To register or for more information visit: www.carcinoid awareness.org.

Tropical Fish Auction

Nassau County Aquarium Society will be having a tropical fish auction from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. David’s Lutheran Church, 20 Clark Blvd., Massapequa Park. Fish, plants, and dry goods will be available. Bid or enter items. Hobbyists: items may be brought in for 100% donation, 50/50 split or 60/40 split if donating 6 or more bags of fish. Sellers and bidders wanted. Raffles. Ample free parking. For more information, e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit: www.ncasweb.org.


Sunday, November 11

Bird Walk at Mill Pond Park

Join the South Shore Audubon Society for a bird walk at Mill Pond Park from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The group will meet at the park on the north side of Merrick Road, west of the Wantagh State Parkway (Wantagh/Bellmore). Bring binoculars. Walk leaders and other birders and nature enthusiasts will be happy to share their knowledge and experience with you. Free of charge. Rain will cancel the walk. For more information, call 516-987-8103 or visit: www.ssaudubon.org.


Friday, December 7

Doo-Wop Fundraiser

An Evening With the Stars: Doo-Wop Fundraiser to help support the games for the physically challenged will be held on Friday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. at Bethpage High School. Featuring Winnie Winfield, Lenny Dell and the Dimensions, Continentals, Cathy Jean, The Fireflies, The Jarmels, and Classic Sounds. Tickets are $25 each, reserved seating only. Free parking. Go to www.larentr.com or call 631-873-8817 for more information.


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.

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.

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

Free Wine Tasting

Friday, April 18

Boating Course

Saturday, April 26

Massapequa Memories

Tuesday, April 29



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