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Mark Your Calendar: Events In County Parks

I am so very proud of our parks system and all we have to offer in our great county. This summer, we have an action-packed line-up. With a combination of quality entertainment and fun activities for the whole family, we look forward to seeing you out and about.

Alongside my continued dedication to creating tourism, the incredible support we have received from local business sponsors has made bringing top-notch events to our residents at no additional cost, a great reality.

This week, I would like to alert you to upcoming happenings. Pack up your lawn chair and mark your calendar, because we have some good old-fashioned entertainment in store.

To round out the last few days of July, we have planned a number of great activities and performances to enjoy, beginning with a free showcase at Eisenhower Park’s Lakeside Theatre by the American Ballet on Tuesday, July 29, at 7 p.m. Next, head over to Parking Field 6A at Eisenhower Park on Wednesday, for what is sure to be an incredible concert by Barbara Harris & the Toys.

On Thursday, Fresh 102.7 sponsors a showing of Despicable Me 2 at Lakeside Theatre, starting at dusk, while the Long Beach Film Festival Drive-In at Nickerson Beach begins at 5 p.m.

The start of August is just as jam-packed with celebration. On Friday, Aug. 1, stop down to Lakeside Theatre for Creole Family Night. The festivities are set to run from 5-9:30 p.m. Did you know Saturday, Aug. 2, is Garvies Point Day? Visit the museum at 10 a.m. before spending the evening at Lakeside Theatre for Tony Orlando’s Salute to Veterans Concert. The performance kicks off at 6:45 p.m.

Also, don’t forget that the first weekend of August means Olde Time Baseball. Come down to Old Bethpage Village Restoration at 10 a.m. on either Saturday or Sunday (or both) to enjoy.

The International Music Nights Concert Series is a great Nassau County tradition, with nearly two-dozen nights dedicated to music and culture that honor a range of ethnic groups. Be sure to stop by and enjoy the park, music and culture all summer long. Help us to continue the celebration of each and every one of our Nassau County residents with Chinese American Night on Sunday, Aug. 3, Irish American Night on Monday, Aug.4 and Pacoli Night on Sunday, Aug. 10, all beginning at 7 p.m. at Lakeside.

We have a ton of fun movie nights in store as we move into the month. On Tuesday, Aug. 5, Cedar Creek Park in Seaford will show Diary of a Wimpy Kid, on Thursday, Aug. 7, Fresh 102.7 sponsors a viewing of the film Epic at Lakeside Theatre, and finally on Tuesday, Aug. 12, Cedar Creek Park plays Sandlot. All movies begin at dusk.

As always, we cherish every opportunity to bring musical entertainment to county residents. Coming up, we look forward to spending an afternoon with the New Vintage Big Band on Wednesday, Aug. 6 at Parking Field 6A of Eisenhower Park. The fun starts at noon. Next, the Long Island Philharmonic performs at Lakeside Theatre on Friday, Aug. 8, followed by a Saturday tribute to Neil Diamond by Super Diamond. Both Friday and Saturday’s free performances begin at 7 p.m.

Please visit www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/Parks/index.html for more information on any summer events.

News

The Raise The Roof Concert, held at Christ Church on Nov. 9, was an intergenerational event to benefit the Life Enrichment Center of Oyster Bay’s seniors.

Board member Suzanne Paolucci explained the center’s wish to get iPods for the seniors as a source of musical therapy. She brought the idea to the center from a talk by social worker Dan Cohen, the founder of Music & Memory. He has produced a film, Alive Inside, that tells the story of music as being restorative. Music is like therapy for the elderly, in particular for those with dementia, as it has been shown to awaken memories of happier times in life, when energy and enthusiasm were boundless.

Driving rain and an early start time did not deter 600 people who arrived at Crest Hollow Country Club recently to celebrate the Women’s Fund of Long Island’s 20th year and to honor four exceptional women.

The breakfast started with a meet and greet and a chance to showcase Women’s Fund contest winner Patti Hogarty, designer of “Women as Bamboo.” Inspired by her neighbor’s bamboo, she entered the contest drawing a design of the bamboo, which Ambalu Jewelers of Roslyn then turned into various pendants of which 40-percent of the profits would go to WFLI. Hogarty wrote a short essay comparing women to bamboo in that they are strong and can weather difficult storms, yet remain graceful and continue to grow sending out new shoots.


Sports

On the weekend of Nov. 8, the Oyster Bay High School Boys and Girls Cross Country teams traveled to the State University of New York at Canton just a few miles from the Canadian border to compete in the New York State Cross Country Championships.

Alex Tosi became the first Bayman since Joe Jazwinski and Justin Nakrin (2008) to become All-State, placing 16th with a time of 16:53. Most runners ran about 20 seconds slower than their Bethpage times because of the muddy conditions on the course. Tosi’s time was basically equivalent to his best Bethpage time, as he powered through the toughest parts of the race. He led the Baymen to a seventh place finish in the Class C race, an improvement from their 11th place finish last year, which ties the highest place at the New York State Championships of a Baymen team since 2009.

In the history of Oyster Bay High School athletics, no one has ever won a Girls’ Tennis New York State Championship. Celeste Matute and Courtney Kowalsky became the first when they won the 2014 New York State Doubles Championship in Latham on Nov. 3. What makes this tremendous achievement even more remarkable is that Matute is a junior and Kowalsky is a sophomore.

The girls, who are usually singles players, teamed up to take on the very best players in Nassau County and New York State. They won all 10 matches in the section XIII and NYSPHSAA tournaments and left Latham as the 2014 New York State doubles champions.


Calendar

Annual Turkey Trot

Thursday, Nov. 27

Turkey Detox Workshop

Friday, Nov. 28

East Norwich Holiday

Sunday, Nov. 30



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