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Plainview-OldBethpageHerald.com Calendar

A Night of Improv
Friday, June 1

How To Pay Wholesale For College
Wednesday, June 6

Art Contest Party/Silent Auction
Thursday, June 14


Friday, June 1

A Night of Improv

The Sarah Grace Foundation For Children With Cancer, Inc., will hold its 2nd Annual Theatrical Fundraiser, “Unrehearsed: A Night of Improv,” at 7 p.m. on June 1 and June 2 in the Hicksville United Methodist Church Social Hall, 130 West Old Country Rd., Hicksville. The family-oriented show will be similar to the popular improvisational comedy television show Whose Line Is It Anyway? Tickets, which are $12 per person, can be purchased at the door or in advance by visiting www.TheSarahGraceFoundation.org or calling The Sarah Grace Foundation at 516-433-9745. Proceeds will benefit the Long Island-based non-profit corporation dedicated to helping other children and their families facing the financial and emotional challenges and hardships brought upon by childhood cancer.


Monday, June 4

Free Veterinary Lecture

Topic: “What to Expect from Your Veterinary Appointment and Questions You Might Want to Ask Your Veterinarian.” Speaker Dr. Ned Horowitz, Massapequa Pet Vet. 7:45 p.m. at the Syosset-Woodbury Community Center, 7900 Jericho Tpke., Woodbury. Free refreshments. Hosted by Long Island Cat Fanciers, Inc. Call 1-631-277-3844.


Wednesday, June 6

How To Pay Wholesale For College

A free workshop for parents of college-bound teens, stressed and confused about how they’ll pay for college. Presented by Andrew Lockwood, JD, certified college funding advisor and author of the book How to Pay “Wholesale” for College. He is the owner of Lockwood College Consulting in Plainview. 7 p.m. at the Oyster Bay Jewish Center, 11 Temple Lane, Oyster Bay. Seating is Limited. To register call 516-847-2508 or register online at http://collegefinanceworkshop.com/.


Wednesday, June 12

Plainview-Bethpage Lions Club

The club has been serving the communities since 1957 and is part of Lions Clubs International with 1.4 million men and women in 190 countries and geographical areas striving to make a difference in their local communities. The club has dinner meetings on the second Wednesday of the month, except July and August, at the Marriott Residence Inn, 9 Gerhard Rd., Plainview starting at 7 p.m. For further membership information, contact Steve Lesetz 516-293-7534.


Thursday, June 14

Art Contest Party/Silent Auction

Nassau County Soil and Water Conservation District (NCSWCD) will host the Wine for Water Wise Land Use Art Contest Party and silent auction from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Fairgrounds Barn at Old Bethpage Village Restoration with a live performance by Pearl Street Band. The $20 registration fee includes admission for the artist and one guest to the Contest Awards Party. Admission to the Wine for Water Wise Land Use Art Contest Party and silent auction is free for contest entrants; $35 for those going to the party or pay at the door. For more information call 516-677-5853.


Upcoming Events

Free Veterinary Lectures

Once a month between March and June and September through December, Long Island Cat Fanciers sponsors free lectures given by top local veterinarians on topics relevant to dog and cat owners. All members of the public are welcome to attend. The lectures are generally held on the first Monday of each month at the Town of Oyster Bay Syosset-Woodbury Community Center, 7900 Jericho Tpke., Woodbury, at 7:45 p.m. For more information, call 1-631-277-3844.

Family Wellness Center

Located at 641- B Old Country Rd., Plainview. Call 822-8499.

•Yoga Stretch Class: Kripalu Yoga/Stretch Class with Anusara influence. Class includes instruction in various breathing techniques, gentle and deep stretching and strengthening muscles and bones. The intention of this class is to create deeper connection to self and deep peace. Try one class for $25. Thereafter 8 class session for $200. See Christine at the desk or call. Open to all. June 9, 16, 23, 30 from 3 to 4:15 p.m.

•June 12, 26: The Wellness and Entrepreneurs Exchange. Learn essential sales and marketing skills to grow a prosperous practice or business. 7:15 to 9 p.m. For information call Carol Leitner 516-487-1649 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with any questions and to register.

•June 14: The June Healing Circle encourages balance of body, mind and spirit. This is done through a natural energy healing and relaxation technique involving light touch. This treatment is very powerful yet gentle for all ages and participants report increased pain relief and energy, reduced anxiety and stress and more. 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. $15. Light refreshments to follow. Call or register at the desk.

Quality Vendors Wanted

For St. Margaret’s annual Fall Festival and Flea Market on Sept. 29 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Be part of this anticipated, well-attended family event. Single and double tables are available. No food vendors. St. Margaret’s provides the food. Free admission to the community. Raffles, prizes, fun for all ages. The Episcopal Church of St. Margaret is located at 1000 Washington Ave., Plainview. Call 516-692-5268 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Ongoing Event

Miscarriage Support Group

A safe, confidential, supportive environment to talk about what you have been through, reactions and feelings and how to move forward. You are not alone! Facilitated by a professional therapist. Three consecutive Tuesday evenings at 8 p.m. in the Hicksville-Plainview area. $60 for three meetings. To register call Nancy Berlow, LCSW: 516-356-7109. All inquiries are confidential.


Weekly Events

•Family Support Group, an ongoing support group for those who have family members or other loved ones with mental illness. Meets on Mondays from 7 to 8 p.m. at Central Nassau Guidance & Counseling Services, 950 South Oyster Bay Rd. The fee is $5 per family. In addition to verbal support, the group presents guest lecturers, workshops, education programs and holds social events. For information call 822-6111.

•Plainview-Old Bethpage Community Chorus welcomes new members. Meetings are held Monday nights at 7:30 p.m. in the choral room of POB Middle School. All voices are needed and no experience is necessary. Rehearsals run from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. For information call 931-4377 or 935-6243.

•Ideal Health Business Presentation. Unprecedented ground floor opportunity to earn $2,000 -$5,000 per month within six months, then more. Free. Every Monday at 8 p.m. at The Family Wellness Center 641-B Old Country Rd., Plainview. Call 822-8499 to register.

•Bible Study Classes. Free weekly classes on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 99 Central Park Rd., Plainview. No prior knowledge required. Beginners welcome. Call 349-1966.

•Young Adult Drug Addiction Group offered by the Central Nassau Guidance and Counseling Community Program, 950 S. Oyster Bay Rd., Suite 102, Hicksville. For people 18 to 21 who are recovering from drug-addiction. The goals are to enhance skills, increase self-awareness and work toward a drug and alcohol-free life. The group meets Thursdays at 8 p.m. Call 822-4060. All inquiries are confidential.

•Calling All Seniors. Why be bored at home? Come for fun, trips and to meet new friends. Qualifications: resident of Hicksville, Plainview or Levittown. Meetings every Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bethpage Senior Center, 103 Grumman Rd. West, Bethpage. Call Andrew Grieshaber 349-7801.

•POB Senior Citizen Club meeting from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays in the all-purpose room at the Jamaica Avenue School, 85 Jamaica Ave., Plainview. For information call 937-6424. Members must be 60 years or older, residing in the POB S.D. are eligible. Bring school tax bill as proof of residency. Dues are $20. New members welcome.


Monthly Events

•Speak Easy: A Toastmasters Club. Can help you conquer your fear of public speaking. Northrop Grumman Toastmasters meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 5:45 p.m. in Northrop Grumman Building 5, South Oyster Bay Rd., Bethpage. Call Brian 346-7516.

•Meet The Doctors. Focusing on education, Premiere OBGYN will sponsor a Meet the Doctors program on the first Tuesday of each month from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at 79 Froelich Farm Blvd., Woodbury. Women who are planning a pregnancy or are already expecting can join Drs. Prince, Brooks and Flynn and have their questions answered on conception and a safe pregnancy.

•The LI Psoriasis Network Meetup Group will get together in the second floor in-service classroom of North Shore University at Plainview, 888 Old Country Rd., on the first Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. All are welcome. No cost. More information is available at http://psoriasis.meetup.com/24/

•Alzheimer’s Support Group. Are you a caregiver who would like to share your experience with others? There is strength in knowing you are not alone. Join this support group at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month in the Adult Day Health Care Program Room at the Cold Spring Hills Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, 378 Syosset-Woodbury Rd., Woodbury. Call Sheldon Rybak, RCSW/ACSW 622-7770.

•Vietnam Veterans Of America (VVA) was founded in 1978, is congressionally chartered and exclusively dedicated to Vietnam-era veterans and their families. VVA Chapter #82 is your Nassau County Chapter and meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 8 p.m. at Hicksville’s VFW Hall. Call 677-5384 for further information or contact us by email at info@vva­chapter82.org. Come and join your fellow Vietnam veterans in support of one another.

•Golf For Singles Adults, a group of 50 + single seniors meet the third Tuesday of every month, at 7:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, Sunnyside Blvd., Exit 46 off the LIE, Plainview. For info call 942-4228. The group plays on courses, mostly in Suffolk on the weekends as well as during the week.

•Italian Culture Society At Farmingdale meets the last Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at Ellsworth W. Allen Park, Motor Ave., Farmingdale. Italian lessons are given by a native Italian teacher. For lessons in Italian come early at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments are served. Ample parking. For private lessons call Francesca at 249-4543.

•Plainview Republican Club meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 8 p.m., downstairs at the American Legion Hall, 115 Southern Pky., Plainview. Connect with new friends and attend enjoyable events throughout the year. Everyone is welcome. Call Steve Joyce 644-0486.

•Introduction To Chemotherapy, a monthly information session for cancer patients who are beginning chemotherapy treatments. Family members are welcome. Refreshments served. Nurses with special training, dietitians and other professionals present information that can help individuals understand, and cope with, the effects of chemotherapy treatments. There is also an opportunity to share information with others who may have been through similar situations. Meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. in the Patient’s Lounge on 3-West at North Shore University Hospital at Plainview, 888 Old Country Rd. Call Sharon Huff, RN, to register 719-2702.

•LI Junior Chamber Of Commerce regularly has the Meet and Greet on the first Thursday and the monthly meeting on the third Tuesday of each month, along with a variety of other events throughout the month, For more information on the LI Junior Chamber, visit WWW.LIJC.com. Contact: Martin Dekom, Chairman, 850-2717 - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Julie Dekom, Membership Director This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Steven Eiselen, Community Development VP This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

•Cancer Survivors Support Group offered for survivors and their families at North Shore Hospital at Plainview, 888 Old Country Rd. The group is free and meets on the second Thursday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m. and includes all cancers. Call Barbara for further information 541-4673.

•Green Living Seminars, a series hosted by Starflower Experiences at 7 p.m. at the Melville Branch of the Half Hollow Hills Library, 510 Sweet Hollow Rd., directly across from the Sunquam Elementary School (between Route 110 and Old Country Rd.). The seminars will be held on the second Thursday of each month except July and August. Call 938-6152.

•Holistic Moms Network, a community of moms interested in natural health and mindful parenting. Held on the first Thursday of every month (or specific date) from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Oyster Bay Community Center, Church St, Oyster Bay. All welcome! Call 624-2332. www.holistic­moms.org; www.northshoreholistic­ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . during June, July and August.

•LI Stock Traders Meetup Group held on the second Thursday of every month from 6:45 to 9:15 p.m. in the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library auditorium, 999 Old Country Rd.

•Bethpage Masonic Lodge No. 975 Free And Accepted Masons will meet at 8 p.m. at the Hicksville Masonic Temple, 18 W. Nicholai St., Hicksville. For information call 731-2488. Meetings are every second and fourth Friday.

News

Driving rain and cold temperatures could not keep Long Islanders from coming out to support the first annual DogFest Walk ‘n Roll, a fundraiser for Canine Companions for Independence. Held for the first time at Marjorie Post Park in Massapequa, dogs of all breeds and sizes came with their humans with one goal in mind; to raise funds for CCI.

Massapequa resident and event organizer Yvonne Dagger, past president and now board member, discussed the importance of the event.

For as long as she could remember, Christina Amato-Smith has always wanted to open her own hair salon. The Floral Park native worked at a salon down the road from her home, but it wasn’t until 1994 when Amato-Smith made good on her promise to herself.

“I came to Bethpage to open my business because my clients were here,” said Amato-Smith, who now lives in Lindenhurst and has owned Top Cuts for 20 years.

While her business has been met with much success, in 2008, Amato-Smith’s personal life was met with a life altering challenge when she was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer. It was this event that prompted Top Cuts to organize a cut-a-thon to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer. This year’s event occurs on Saturday, Nov. 1.


Calendar

4th Annual Harvest Festival

Saturday, Oct. 25

Health and Wellness Senior Fair

Tuesday, Oct. 28

Haunted Halloween

Wednesday, Oct. 29



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