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Winter Blood Drive

Saturday, December 28

Great Blessing Of The Water

Monday, January 6

Danny Kean and Friends

Sunday, January 12


Saturday, Dec. 28

Winter Blood Drive

The Massapequa Bar Harbour Library, 40 Harbor Ln., welcomes all to its annual winter blood drive, Dec. 28 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. As an added bonus to helping those in need of blood, all donors will be entered into a sweepstakes for one pair of tickets to Super Bowl XLVIII in New Jersey, thanks to a partnership between the 2014 Super Bowl Host Committee and the New York Blood Center. Walk-ins are welcome, but donators are encouraged to register by calling 516-798-4607 or 516-799-0770.


Monday, Dec. 30

Electronic Device Demo and Tutoring

The Massapequa Public Library hosts a unique event from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., as adults and seniors are invited to the Central Avenue location’s Children’s Room for an electronic device demonstration and tutoring session led by some of Massapequa’s most tech-savvy teens. Adults and seniors can bring their eReader, Smartphone, tablet, Nook and anything else they have trouble operating and neighborhood young people will guide them with troubleshooting tips. Any teens that participate will receive community service credit. There is no registration fee and refreshments will be served.


Monday, Jan. 6

Great Blessing Of The Water

Holy Trinity Orthodox Church of East Meadow will have its service of the Great Blessing of the Water for the Feast of Theophany at Alhambra Beach of Massapequa on Monday, Jan. 6 at 1 p.m. This service follows the Divine Liturgy to be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. at the church, 369 Green Ave. in East Meadow. For more information, call 516-483-3649 or visit www.htocem.org.


Wednesday, Jan. 8

Chair Yoga

The Massapequa Public Library, 40 Harbor Ln., invites everyone to this class to experience the benefits of yoga practice from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Rather than floor work, attendees will be seated in chairs for certain yoga postures, while using the chairs as support for standing postures. This class is well-suited for seniors, pregnant women and those who cannot get down of the floor. Bring a yoga mat. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $24 for all sessions ($3 per session). Fee is due at registration. Make checks payable to “Massapequa Public Library.” For more information, call Jody Brower at 516-799-0770 ext. 316.

Art Workshop

The library, 40 Harbor Ln., hosts an art workshop for painters with some prior experience using oils and acrylics. Beginners can paint using oil pastels, regular pastels or colored pencils. Mixed media also included for consideration. Workshop may include portraits, still life, teacher’s reference materials or photographs. Class size is limited and there is a $55 fee due at registration. Additional $5 per person for each model sitting may be required. No refunds unless the class is cancelled. Bring a table easel and your own supplies. The class runs every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information, call Jody Brower at 516-799-0770 ext. 316.


Thursday, Jan. 9

Chronic Pain Management Workshop

The Massapequa Bar Harbour Library, 40 Harbour Ln., hosts this workshop presented by the Intervential Pain Management Center of Syosset Hospital at 2 p.m. This four session workshop on managing chronic pain takes place Jan. 9 at 2 p.m.; as well as Jan. 16, 23, and 30. You must register with the library to attend as space is limited. Call 516-798-4607 or 516-799-0770 to register.


Sunday, Jan. 12

Danny Kean and Friends

The Massapequa Library presents a musical performance featuring Danny Kean and Friends in a soulful concert of R&B, blues, rock and jazz. This program is presented in cooperation with the Tobay Department of Community and Youth Services, Cultural and Performing Arts Division, Distinguished Artists Concert Series. The performance takes place at the Bar Harbour Auditorium, 40 Harbor Ln., from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Seating is limited. Contact Jody Brower at 516-799-0770 ext. 316 for more information.


Wednesday, Jan. 15

Active Parenting Group

YES Community Counseling Center, 75 Grand Ave., will be conducting an Active Parenting program for parents of elementary school children beginning Jan. 15 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for six weeks. The cost of the program is $60. If you are interested in attending, please contact Kathleen Coletta at YES Community Counseling Center, 516-799-3203. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis.  


Thursday, Jan. 16

Raising Financially Responsible Children

During this educational, family-oriented workshop, at the Bar Harbour Children’s Room of the Massapequa Public Library, 40 Harbor Ln. from 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., learn helpful tips on ways to reach children about money. Learn age-appropriate ways to help children earn and appreciate their allowance; develop good savings and investing habits; know the difference between wants and needs; become disciplined shoppers; and much more. All attendees will receive a complimentary workbook with exercises to reinforce what is learned during the workshop. Pre-registration required. This program is presented by Cosmo Laurino from New York Life Insurance Company.


Friday, Jan. 24

Psychic Medium in Plainedge

The Plainedge Middle School PTA presents an evening with psychic medium Jeffery Wands on Friday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:15 p.m.). Come down to the middle school, 200 Stewart Ave., for an intimate evening of gallery style readings with renowned psychic medium Jeffery Wands to benefit the Plainedge Middle School PTA. Tickets can be purchased online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/509817. Tickets are $35 per person. Call Donna at 516-694-2923 for more information or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Sunday, Jan. 26

Red Fox Program

The red fox has disappeared from many parts of Long Island for the last 20 years, but has recently made a comeback — especially on the South Shore. Learn about how to coexist with them and about their natural history at the Massapequa Bar Harbour Library, 40 Harbor Ln. For more information, contact Jody Brower at 516-799-0770.

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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