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Aerobics At The Library

Monday, March 31

A Night of Storytelling

Thursday, April 3

Family Book Buddies

Thursday, April 3


Wednesday, March 26

Active Parenting Of Teens

Families In Action is a six session family program developed around the premise that parents and teens are more likely to learn successfully when they learn together. Teens and parents will spend part of the time in separate groups learning complementary skills and then come together for discussion of the skills learned. The YES Community Counseling Center will be holding this six session Active Parenting of Teens: Families in Action program on March 26, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the YES offices, located at 152 Center Lane in Levittown. The fee for the six week program is $120. To register or if you have any questions contact Kathleen Coletta at 516-799-3203.

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 consideration. 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.

Senior Movie Night

The Massapequa Public Library presents the late movie, “Grace Unplugged,” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Central Avenue Children’s Room.


Thursday, March 27

Retirement Plan Options

The Massapequa Public Library, 40 Harbor Ln., presents “Roll it, Take it, Leave it, Move it: Know Your Employer Retirement Plan Options,” a seminar suitable for working investors, job changes, workers facing layoffs and recent retirees from 7 to 8:45 p.m. For more information, contact Laura Raad Cucuzzo at 516-797-0243.

Strength Training

Also at the Massapequa Library, learn how to master effective and safe exercises to build muscular strength and endurance safely and effectively with a strength training course from 10 to 11 a.m. Registration fee is required — payments over $25 must be made by check only — register at the circulation desk.


Friday, March 28

Line Dancing

Presented by the Massapequa Public Library, 40 Harbor Ln., line dancing with Sherry Palencia is coming March 28 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. For the past 20 years, Sherry Palencia has become a well-known personality in the world of line dancing. Her talent as an entertainer and her fame as a dance instructor have taken her from the Lincoln Center in New York to numerous engagements across the country. Registration and fee required. For more information, call Jody Brower at 516-799-0770 ext. 316.


Saturday, March 29

Concert with the Precisions

The Massapequa Public Library presents a senior event with The Precisions in the Bar Harbour Auditorium from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The Precisions will perform 1950s music including doo-wop and rock and roll.

Wireless Workshop

Verizon Wireless hosts this workshop at 5070 Sunrise Hwy. in Massapequa Park at 2 p.m. At the workshop, attendees will learn about SureResponse, a mobile personal emergency response system that offers peace of mind to users and their families. Verizon Wireless experts will tell guests everything they need to know about SureResponse including who it is right for, features, how-to use it, pricing details and more. Register at www.vzwworkshops.verizonwireless.com.


Monday, March 31

Aerobics At The Library

The Massapequa Public Library, 40 Harbor Ln., presents the opportunity to learn movements to improve cardiovascular efficiency, increase flexibility and improve body tone. Low impact means no strenuous exercises. Come and get fit without the pain. Dress comfortably, wear sneakers, bring water and a mat. Attendees are also encouraged to bring weights. The program is from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required and a fee will be due at registration. For more information, contact Jody Brower at 516-799-0770.


Thursday, April 3

Annuities And Your Retirement

Join the Massapequa library to learn the basics of annuities and how it can work with other retirement savings programs to help provide lifetime income during retirement. The seminar, from 7 to 8:45 p.m., is suitable for investors who are thinking about retiring or who have already retired. For information and to register, contact Laura Raad Cucuzzo at 516-797-0243.

A Night of Storytelling

Join the Plainedge Public Library, 1060 Hicksville Rd., for a fun evening and hear some very interesting stories told by some very special guests. The event, for Plainedge families, is from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. For more information, call 516-735-4133.

Family Book Buddies

Also at the Plainedge Public Library, join the students from Plainedge High School’s National Honor Society who will be back to tell stories and help children with crafts from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Register each child in the family who will attend. Parents/adults are expected to attend and participate. For more information, call 516-735-4133.


Tuesday, April 8

Contemporary Book Club

The Massapequa library presents a book club from 12:30 to 4 p.m. This month’s book is the Long Island Reads selection, The Manor: Three Centuries at a Slave Plantation on Long Island by Mac Griswold. No registration is required. For more information, call Jody Brower at 516-799-0770 ext. 316.


Thursday, April 17

Electronic Device Demonstration

Learn how to use those confusing electronic devices at the Massapequa Public Library from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. Attendees should bring their tablet, Nook, Droid, iPhone, Kindle and anything else for a demonstration and tutoring session with some of Massapequa’s most tech saavy teens. Teen tutors will receive community service credit. There is no fee to attend. For more information, call Peter Cirona at 516-799-0770 ext. 305.

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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