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Grace Day School Open House

Saturday, January 25

Basketball Free Throw

Sunday, January 26

Fairfield Blood Drive

Thursday, January 30


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 .


Saturday, Jan. 25

Jewelry And Flea Market

Last Hope Animal Rescue hosts a jewelry sale and flea market to support its efforts to take care of the island’s pet population. The sale and market will be held at St. Bede’s Church at 220 Berry Hill Rd. in Syosset. Whatever you need, they will have it. All proceeds will benefit Last Hope’s pet adoption, special needs pets and community outreach programs, such as the organization’s Fix-A-Feral vouchers. For more information, visit www.lasthopeanimalrescue.org.

Grace Day School Open House

Visit Massapequa’s Grace Day School, 23 Cedar Shore Dr., for an open house for 2-year-olds through eighth grade Saturday, Jan. 25 from 10 a.m. through 1 p.m. Student tours will be made available.

Young People’s Cultural Arts Workshop

The Massapequa School District presents a Young People’s Cultural Arts Workshop Saturday, Jan. 25 at Berner Middle School, 50 Carman Mill Rd., from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Young People’s Cultural Arts Workshop of Massapequa is a non-profit organization coordinated by parent volunteers within the community. The program’s primary goal is to offer public and parochial school students the opportunity to discover and enjoy various creative arts, performing arts, music, and sciences. Through active participation and self expression, students will learn to appreciate the diversity of their own abilities. For more information, call 516-799-1301 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.

Flapjack Fundraiser

The Massapequa Varsity Baseball team is sponsoring an Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraiser to help defray the cost of the team playing at the Disney All Star Sports Resort in April. The event will be help at Applebee’s at 200 Airport Plaza in East Farmingdale at 8 a.m. Tickets are $12 and $6 for children 10 and under. The players will be serving guests a breakfast that includes pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs and beverages. Come down and support the team. For more information and for tickets, contact Mary Ellen at 516-551-0198 or Diane at 516-650-7715.

Basketball Free Throw

Boys and girls ages 8 to 14 are invited to join a basketball free throw contest Sunday, Jan. 26 from 2 to 3:45 p.m. in the Ames High School gymnasium, 198 Baltimore Ave. in Massapequa. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council 6911, the event gives youngsters an opportunity to show off their skills and achieve their hoop dreams.


Monday, Jan. 27

Excel For Home Use

Come to the Massapequa library, 40 Harbor Ln. from 2 to 4 p.m., and learn how to use the spreadsheet program to help manage personal finance. Learn how to create a check register and format for a bank reconciliation, keep track of investments and expenses and create a simple database. Pre-registration is required as class size is limited. Call the reference department at 516-799-0770 to register.


Wednesday, Jan. 29

10-Day Blood Sugar Program

Learn why maintaining a controlled blood sugar level is imperative for optimal health through a 10-day blood sugar program with Dr. Kevin Kulik at a free seminar at 1121 N. Broadway in North Massapequa at 6:30 p.m. Even if you have not been diagnosed with having diabetes, blood sugar levels that are consistently unbalanced can have detrimental effects on your body. The 10-day blood sugar program is designed to start your journey to regaining optimal health and vitality. Seating is limited for this free seminar. Call 516-454-0400 to reserve a spot.


Thursday, Jan. 30

Fairfield Blood Drive

January is a critical time to donate blood. Blood banks are often at there lowest supply because winter weather keeps donors home. Help your community and your neighbors with the giving gift of life at Fairfield Elementary School, Massapequa Avenue, at 3:15 p.m. For questions or to schedule a time slot contact Jeanne Alessi at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Saturday, Feb. 1

Dan Nichols and Eighteen In Concert

Temple B’nai Torah, 2900 Jerusalem Ave. in Wantagh, presents, in one of their only New York appearances, Dan Nichols and Eighteen in concert Saturday Feb. 1, 2014 at 7 p.m. The musicians will bring their wide range of sounds and styles of their energetic Jewish rock music. Dan Nichols and Eighteen can be seen in the film “Road to Eden.” Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 children under 12. To purchase tickets call 516-546-9177


Sunday, Feb. 2

Special Youth Concert

The Massapequa Philharmonic presents a special youth concert Feb 2 at 2 p.m. with guest conductor Richard Wright and violin soloist Angela Lee. Program to be announced. For more information, call 516-795-4071.


Saturday, Feb. 15

Free Seminar On Rape Prevention

The American Jiu-Jitsu Centers of Massapequa presents a free seminar on rape prevention at 511 Central Ave. in Massapequa Feb. 15 at noon. Taught by eighth-degree blackbelt O’Sensei Joe Puleio, attendees will learn how and when to defend themselves. To reserve a spot, call 516-795-2680.

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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