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Baron Misuraca’s Retro Lounge

Saturday, Feb. 8

McKenna Blood Drive

Thursday, Feb. 13

Classic Oldies Show

Friday, Feb. 18


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.

Chair Yoga

The Massapequa Public Library, 40 Harbor Ln., presents a class for anyone interested in the benefits of yoga practice. Rather than floor work, we will be seated in chairs for certain yoga postures and us the chairs as support for standing postures, making this class well-suited for seniors, pregnant women and those who cannot get down on the floor. Class is 9 t0 10:15 a.m. Bring a yoga mat. Call Jody Brower at 516-799-0770 ext. 316 for more information.


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 .

SAT Comprehensive Course

The next 2014 SAT is coming Saturday, March 8, make sure your 10th- and 11th-graders are ready with Chyten Premiere Tutoring and Test Preperation coming to 623 Jericho Tpke. in Syosset, Jan. 30 at 5 p.m. Chyten students have a long history of achieving outstanding results on benchmark tests such as ACT, SAT, AP SAT Subject Tests and Regents Tests. Chyten’s expertise in developing revolutionary test preparation strategies is the key. Only by understanding a test’s underlying characteristics can a student meet or exceed his potential. Chyten employs a holistic approach to test preparation that includes exploring test design, implementation strategic solutions and practicing on hundreds of authentic test questions. Start and end the class with an “Actual Conditions Practice Test” to gauge your progress. Call 516-677-955 for more information.


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.

Acoustic Beatles Concert

Gathering Time performs acoustic Beatles in Harmony concert at the Massapequa Public Library, 40 Harbor Ln., from 1 to 4 p.m. This program is presented in cooperation with the TOBAY Department of Community and Youth Services, Cultural and Performing Arts Division, Distinguished Artists Concert Series 2012/2013. Contact Jody Brower at 516-799-0770 ext. 316 for more information.


Monday, Feb. 3

All About The iPad

Learn all about these Apple gadgets at the Massapequa Public Library, 40 Harbor Ln., from 2 to 4 p.m. In this class, attendees will get an introduction to the hardware, learn how to access the Internet and email, understand the settings, use the apps and learn how to get new ones, discover many tips and tricks and much more. Bring an iPad device (not required), but update it to iOS 7 before class. Call the library’s Reference Department at 516-799-0770 to register.


Saturday, Feb. 8

Baron Misuraca’s Retro Lounge

Lounge singer and performer Baron Misuraca showcases the very best of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and friends at Sergio’s Italian Restaurant, 5422 Merrick Rd. in Massapequa. The event features dinner at 7:30 p.m. and showtime starts at 8 p.m. Attendees pay $35 for a full dinner and the show. Call 516-541-6554 for reservations.


Thursday, Feb. 13

McKenna Blood Drive

McKenna Elementary School. 210 Spruce St. in Massapequa Park, is hosting a blood drive from the New York Blood Center on Thursday Feb. 13 from 2:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the senior center. Come give the gift of life by donating blood.


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.

Concert To Benefit Autism Research

The Mosaic Foundation for Autism presents a Super Star Tribute Concert, featuring the music of Billy Joel (starring Captain Jack) Chicago (starring Beginnings) and Journey (starring Almost Journey). This is a family friendly event, benefiting programs for autism. Tickets are $35/each. If you cannot attend, please consider purchasing a ticket so that a person with a developmental disability can attend. For more information and for tickets call 516-765-3697, or go to www.mosaictribute.eventbrite.com to purchase tickets online.


Friday, Feb. 18

Classic Oldies Show

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Youth Organization, located at 855 Carmans Rd. in Massapequa Park, will be holding a Classic Oldies Show, featuring Tommy Mara & The Crests, Lenny Cocco and The Chimes and Time Was. The performance will be held on Friday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 and include dancing, music, food and beverages. Call 516-659-6519 for tickets and information.

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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