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theMassapequaObserver.com Calendar

Estate Planning Seminar

Saturday, March 8

Contemporary Book Club

Tuesday, March 11

Living In Color

Friday, March 7


Wednesday, March 5

Art Workshop

The Massapequa Public library presents a 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 consideraton. Workshop may include portraits, still life, teacher’s reference materials or photographs. Class size is limited, $55 due at registration. Additional $5 per person for each model sitting may be required. No refunds unless the class is canceled. Bring a table easel and your own supplies. For more information, call Jody Brower at 516-799-0770.


Friday, March 7

Living In Color

Environ Vision Designs Studio 5404 Gallery will celebrate its March painting show “Living in Color” on Friday, March 7 from 7 to 10 p.m. The evening will feature paintings by new local, New York and international artists including Kerstin Roolfs, Damon Tommolino, Marko Gavrilovic, Carol Radsprecher, Gary Selmonsky, Jane Dell and Stelios Stylianou. Music by Pandafan and refreshments will be served. Suggested donation $10; proceeds will go toward raising awareness and strengthening the arts in the community. The Environ Vision Designs Studio 5404 Gallery is located at 5404 Merrick Rd. in Massapequa. For additional information, call 631-748-4196.


Saturday, March 8

Estate Planning Seminar

Join attorney Anthony F. Russo, whose law practice is devoted to estate planning and elder law, as he explains, in simple terms, how proper planning an benefit families. The seminar will he held at Sergio’s Italian Restaurant, 5422 Merrick Rd. in Massapequa at 10 a.m. Call for reservations at 866-984-5717 to secure a spot at this free seminar. Seating is limited.

Roller Derby

The Long Island Roller Rebels present its home opener with a Pink vs. Black derby match March 8 at 7 p.m. at Skate Safe America, 182 Bethpage-Sweet Hollow Rd. in Old Bethpage. The Roller Rebels roll into their 9th season as fresh bloods, veterans and transfers mix it up and face off in the fast-paced, action-packed, derby that fans crave. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Children under 8 enter for free. Bring an ID, as beer will be served. Bring a chair and sit rinkside. Parking is free, but arrive early to secure a spot. The venue is handicap-accessible. There is no ATM on the premise, so come prepared with cash.


Sunday, March 9

Rockin’ For Autism

The Developmental Disabilities Institute will once again be heating things up with Long Island’s best rock-n-roll bands to benefit children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities at Mulcahy’s Pub and Music Hall in Wantagh on Sunday, March 9 at 3 p.m. For a $30 donation guests will enjoy the sounds of legendary local bands, gift baskets auction, raffles, food, cash bar and the company of hundreds of fellow Long Islanders. An all star lineup of legendary Long Island bands including 1 Step Ahead, The Cold Spring Harbor Band paying tribute to Billy Joel, 3, and Generation will be set to hit the stage. Advanced ticket sales are available by calling 631-366-2978 or online at www.rockinforautism.org.

Head Shaving For Cancer

Be a hero to kids battling cancer by volunteering to get your head shaved to raise funds for pediatric cancer research. Join the event on March 9 with St. Baldrick’s Foundation at Jackie Reilly’s Irish Pub, 3964 Hempstead Tpke. in Bethpage for a family friendly event including great food, drink specials, DJ, raffles, face painting and hair extensions. If you would like to sign up to get your head shaved or volunteer as a barber, visit www.stbaldricks.org/events/mypage/5766/2014.


Tuesday, March 11

Contemporary Book Club

Join the Massapequa Public Library, 40 Harbor Ln., for a discussion on Daddy’s Gone Hunting, by Mary Higgins Clark from 12:30 to 4 p.m. In her latest novel, Clark exposes a dark secret from a family’s past that threatens the lives of two sisters, Kate and Hannah Connelly. Step by step, in a novel of dazzling suspense and excitement, Clark once demonstrates the mastery of her craft that has made her books international bestsellers for years. She presents the reader with a perplexing mystery, a puzzling question of identity, and a fascinating cast of characters—one of whom may just be a ruthless killer. No registration required for this discussion. For more information, call Jody Brower at 516-799-0770 ext. 316.


Thursday, March 13

Making Your Money Last

Another event at the Massapequa Public Library, this program is suitable for investors who are thinking about retiring or who have retired already. Come in from 7 to 8:45 p.m. to discuss how smart retirement means planning ahead for financial needs. Pre-registration is required. For more information, contact Laura Raad Cucuzzo at 516-797-0273.


Saturday, March 15

Knitting Craft

A Massapequa library event for teens and tweens from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., Knitting Craft with Alice Azoulay offers the chance for young people to learn the fundamentals of knitting as Alice teaches how to knit a scarf or a hat. There are no fees for this class and all materials are provided. This is a two-part workship, with part two being held Saturday, March 22. For more information, contact Peter Cirona at 516-799-0770 ext. 305 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Curling Club Open House

The Long Island Curling Club is hosting an open house in preparation for their 2014 Spring/Summer season at Newbridge Arena, 2600 Newbridge Rd. in Bellmore. Attendees will be introduced to the sport and learn the basics of sliding, how to “deliver a stone” and what the sweeping is all about. Wear warm, comfortable clothes and rubber-soled shoes. The event is $10 per person and reservations are required. The club asks that attendees arrive 15 minutes before their scheduled time. To reserve a spot, go to www.licurling.org. For More information, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 516-855-8226.

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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