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Movie Night

Thursday, April 10

Line Dancing

Friday, April 11

Spring Shopping Boutique

Saturday, April 12


Wednesday, April 9

Intermediate Knitting

The Massapequa Public Library, 40 Harbor Ln., presents intermediate knitting with Florence Robbins from 7 to 8:45 p.m. Come down and learn how to make an infinity scarf. Registration is necessary, for more information call Jody Brower at 516-799-0770 ext. 316.

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.

Tax Free Investing

Learn that it’s not what you make, it’s what you keep. Join the Massapequa library to explore the features of fixed-income investments and how certain investments can deliver tax-free income. From 10:30 a.m. to noon. Registration is required. For more information, call Laura Raad Cucuzzo at 516-797-0243.


Thursday, April 10

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.

Movie Night

The Massapequa Public Library presents Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, for two showings, the first at 1 p.m. and the second at 6 p.m. The critically-acclaimed movie follows two astronauts as they face peril in the blackness of space. Dr. Ryan Stone is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky. On a routine spacewalk, the shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky spiraling out into space. As fear turns to panic, the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.


Friday, April 11

Line Dancing

Presented by the Massapequa Public Library, 40 Harbor Ln., line dancing with Sherry Palencia is coming 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, April 12

Spring Shopping Boutique

The American Legion in Massapequa, 66 Veterans Blvd., along with Enchanting Events of NY, will host a spring shopping fair Saturday, April 12 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. A portion of all proceeds from the event will benefit the Children’s Tumor Foundation. Suggested admission is $5 per person. All admission proceeds will be given to charity. The shopping boutique will feature more than 40 vendors offering local merchandise from jewelry to clothing to desserts to candles. The event is not only about shopping as it will include special performances by local studios as well as surprise character appearances throughout the day. For more information, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 516-974-1824.

Babysitter Bowl

Babysitting Barter will bring its unique online babysitting platform to life with the help of local community and civic leaders as hundreds of babysitters from across the state will converge at Massapequa Bowl & Lounge, 4235 Merrick Rd., for free bowling, live entertainment, food and drink, giveaways and special deals from homegrown merchants. Signup for free at www.babysittingbarter.com or register in person the night of the event. For more information, call the Massapequa Bowl at 516-541-8000.

Decorating Easter Eggs

The Massapequa Public Library presents instructor Marguerite A. Snider, a Massapequa artist and teacher, who will teach a unique, quick way to color Easter eggs from 2 to 4 p.m. Snider will show how to decorate 12 eggs in 12 minutes. Attendees should bring up to a dozen hard-boiled eggs in a carton or small bowl. For more information, call 516-799-0770.


Monday, April 14

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 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.


Saturday, April 19

Craft Fair

The Four Points By Sheraton Hotel welcomes community members to a Craft Fair April 19 from noon to 5 p.m. Come down to a wonderful indoor venue and check out all hand-crafted merchandise. Many great vendors are participating and many items will be available for purchase, including Origami Owl, handmade Easter baskets, all-natural Italian extra virgin olive oils and IGP Balsamic vinegars, handcrafted jewelry and much, much more. Admission is free. Event will be held at Four Points By Sheraton Hotel at 333 South Service Rd. in Plainview. The event promises a festival atmosphere with an array of eclectic booths and high-end merchandise with not-so-high-end prices. For more information, call 516-694-6500.

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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