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Art In The Garden Art Sale For Nassau’s Environment

Friday, June 14

Annual Strawberry Festival

Saturday, June 15

Golf and Tennis Outing Benefiting Post-Sandy Restoration

Monday, June 17


Friday, June 14

Art In The Garden Art Sale For Nassau’s Environment

From 5 – 8 p.m., Martin Viette Nurseries is hosting their “Flower Powered” fundraiser to benefit the Conservation District of Nassau and Interfaith Nutrition Network (INN). Shop for a cause and find hand-painted Adirondack chairs, shovels, and trowels, as well as artwork and photography at 6050 Northern Blvd., East Norwich. Admission fee is a nonperishable food pantry item for families or pets. For more info, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , visit www.martinviette.com, or call 516- 922-6735.

Free Blood Pressure Readings

Keep your health in check at the Massapequa Central Avenue Library at 523 Central Ave. at 10 a.m. Readings courtesy of the Visiting Nurse Association of Long Island.


Saturday, June 15

Poet Laureate Induction

The Nassau County Poet Laureate Society will induct Mario Susko as the new Poet Laureate for Nassau County, June 15 at the Farmingdale Public Library, 116 Merritts Rd., at 2 p.m. All poetry lovers are welcome.

Annual Strawberry Festival – Historical Society of the Massapequas

The day features Long Island strawberries, homemade shortcake, hot dogs, crafts, the music of the Banjo Rascals, trash & treasure, raffles and face painting. Also tour Massapequa historical spots Old Grace Church, the Delancy Floyd-Jones Free Library and the Elbert Floyd Jones Cottage. The festival begins at 10 a.m. at 4755 Merrick Rd. in Massapequa. Call 516-799-2033, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit www.massapequahistoricalsociety.org for more information.

Create Your Own Bonsai For Beginners Workshop

From 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Nassau County Horticulture Center, award-winning bonsai expert John Capobianco will teach fundamental techniques for turning ordinary nursery stock into a bonsai specimen. The workshop will focus on proper plant selection, branch and root pruning, wiring, and potting. Students will work with hardy tree species. The five major styles will be covered along with container selection. Soil, container, wire, and a tree will be provided. Please bring sturdy chopsticks, good pruning shears, and lunch to class. Fee: $85 for CCE members; $95 for nonmembers. Seating is limited, so registration is required by June 13. Cornell Cooperative Extension Nassau County Horticulture Center is at East Meadow Farm, 832 Merrick Ave., East Meadow. Call 516-565-5265

UUCCN’s Annual Juneteenth Celebration and Feast

Juneteenth Celebration and Feast with Kim and Reggie Harris at 6 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Central Nassau (UUCCN). From its Galveston, Texas, origins in 1865, the observance of June 19 as African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States. Juneteenth is a time for reflecting and rejoicing. Emancipation triggered a series of far-reaching events that continue to reverberate over the decades to the present. The route of the Civil Rights Movement will be followed as they celebrate a pilgrimage of freedom and hope that continues today. Advance purchase by June 9: adults, $15 and children over 12, $10. At the door (if seating is available): adults, $20 and children over 12, $13. Family discounts available. Checks made payable to UUCCN can be sent to UU Congregation of Central Nassau, 223 Stewart Avenue, Garden City, N.Y. 11530. For more information, visit This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 516-248-8855.

Christian Rock Concert

Christian rock group Eyewitness plays a concert starting 7 p.m. at the Community United Methodist Church, 100 Park Blvd., Massapequa. For information, call 516-541-7008. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at www.cumcmassapequa.org or at the door. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.


Monday, June 17

Golf and Tennis Outing Benefiting Post-Sandy Restoration

Temple Sinai of Massapequa/Amityville is hosting a special golf and tennis outing to benefit its superstorm Sandy recovery efforts. The outing, which is open to all, will take place at The Hamlet Golf & Country Club in Commack. The event will include a full day of golf, tennis, and board game activities, designed for any level of play as well as supporters. If you’d like to participate as a player, donor, or sponsor, contact Michael Eichen at 516-809-6445 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Tuesday, June 18

Greater Long Island Running Club Open Meeting

The featured speaker will be elite runner Sal Nastasi of Massapequa Park at 8 p.m. in the auditorium of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library. There is no charge and the general public is invited to attend. Sal most recently completed the 2013 Boston Marathon in 2:35:26, the fastest of any Long Islander in the Marathon. He was the Overall winner of the 2012 David Lerner Associates Long Island Police Appreciation Run. Nastasi, a member of the Bellmore Striders Racing Team and the sales staff of The Runner’s Edge, has a lot to share about many things, including his experience in Boston. Nastasi is also a talented musician, whose band Ready in Ten has entertained at running events, including the 2013 Long Island Marathon EXPO. For more information, contact Mike or Linda and the Greater Long Island Running Club, 516-349-7646.


Thursday, June 20

Cover To Cover Book Club

Join the Cover to Cover book club from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. The group will be discussing Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson, at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library, 999 Old Country Rd., Plainview. For more information, call 516-822-3535, ext. 385.

Maria Regina School Family Carnival

5-10 p.m., also Friday, June 21, 5-10 p.m., and Saturday, June 22, and Sunday, June 23, 3-10 p.m. at Maria Regina School, 4045 Jerusalem Ave., Seaford. Rides, games, food, music, entertainment, and family fun! Pay-one-price, all-day ride bracelets are $25 per day. For more information, call 516-848-9959.


Monday, June 24

Big Daddy Celebrity Golf Classic Honorees’ Cocktail Party

The Second Annual Big Daddy Celebrity Golf Classic Honorees’ Evening Cocktail Party will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Oheka Castle in Huntington, hosted by Richard “Big Daddy” Salgado of New Hyde Park. This year’s honorees are Scott Rechler, chairman and CEO of RXR Realty, and Michael Strahan, FOX NFL Sunday, and cohost of Live with Kelly and Michael. Proceeds from the golf outing and gala will benefit the Long Island Children’s Museum and North Shore Long Island Jewish Brain Aneurysm Center at Cushing Neuroscience Institute in Manhasset, and will also include silent and live auctions. Salgado is the founder and president of Coastal Advisors, LLC, insurance consulting with many professional athletes and television personalities as clients. Visit www.bigdaddygolfclassic.com for information, tickets to the gala, or to make a donation.


Saturday, June 29

Free Irish Night Concert

The Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 15 of Nassau County and Massapequa, proudly presents an evening of Irish entertainment with live traditional Irish music by renowned Irish Entertainer Ed Ryan, and featuring Champion Irish Step dancers, with a performance by the Tara Pipes and Drums of Massapequa. Festivities begin at 7 p.m. at Brady Park on Front Street in the village of Massapequa Park. Homemade Irish soda bread, giftware, and refreshments will be available. For information, contact 516-799-5413 or 516-798-0244.

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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