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Long Island Fair - September 27, 28, 29

St. Margaret's Fall Fair - September 28

Super Community Blood Drive - October 6


September 27, 28, 29

Long Island Fair

New York State’s longest running county fair on Sept. 27, 28 and 29 at Old Bethpage Village Restoration. Prize winning vegetables, flowers, crafts, farm animals. Brass band concerts, traditional music, wagon and pony rides and more. Call 516-571-8406. 

Saturday, September 28

St. Margaret’s Fall Fair

This family friendly, well-attended annual outdoor Fall Fair is set on the beautiful, spacious grounds of the Episcopal Church of St. Margaret at 1000 Washington Ave. in Plainview. They offer family fun and something for everyone. Visitors will find quality vendors, crafts, fabulous flea market finds, kids’ games and face painting, collectible dolls, delicious baked goods and take-home meals, premium raffle gift baskets, generous raffle prizes from community businesses, plus three fabulous Grand Prizes. Long Island Ship Model Society will offer a special exhibition. All food is served at church-sponsored tables. (Rain date: Sept. 29) Free admission, plenty of parking. Vendors wanted! For more information, please call 516-692-5268 or visit

Sunday, October 6

Super Community Blood Drive

MAX Martial Arts & Fitness in Farmingdale is partnering with the American Red Cross to host a super community blood drive on Sunday, October 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All presenting donors will receive one free week of fitness or martial arts classes and a chance to win two tickets to Super Bowl XLVIII to be held at MetLife Stadium. For more info and to make an appointment, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or call Melanie at 631-270-4772. Walk-ins are welcome. MAX Martial Arts & Fitness is located at 1741 Broadhollow Rd in Farmingdale. We are about 1 mile south of Target. The cross street and our entrance is on Sherwood Ave.  

Monday, October 7

Author’s Book Discussion

Join the Mid-Island Y JCC, 45 Manetto Hill Rd., from noon to 2 p.m., for a brunch and engage in a personal discussion with author Susan Schneider as she talks about her book Fire In My Ears. Full Service/ACTIV Members FREE, Senior Club Members $5, Non-members $10. Fire In My Ears is the story of Mary, a beautiful young woman who has been taught that her appearance is her only asset. Her beauty, she concludes, is all she needs. She makes one monumental decision just as she embarks on adulthood and this sparks her life’s journey that is replete with anger, resentment, and despair. The resulting misery spreads, infecting her descendants like a family plague. Determined to save at least one member of her family from this curse, she begins telling Sarah, her nine year old granddaughter, the story of her life. 

Saturday, November 2

The Rundead

Special Olympics New York presents this fun way to raise money for a good cause. The Rundead is a 5k trail run through Brady Park in Massapequa Park starting at 8:30 a.m. where runners must escape hungry zombies.

Each runner will start off with a flag belt and three flags. These flags represent your lifelines. Zombies throughout the course will be attempting to take these one at a time. If you lose all three, your dead and the zombies have won.

Health stations will be scattered throughout the course. If you choose to make a stop and receive a time penalty, you can gain another lifeline. Use speed, strategy… whatever it takes to keep your flags. If you finish the race with at least one, you have survived. If zombies have taken all your flags you can complete the race but you wont be eligible for awards.

Join up for this wild new event. You can sign up as a zombie or a runner, so there’s something for everyone. Log onto 2013rUNDEAD.kintera.orgt/BradyPark to register.

• Ongoing events

Babies And BimBam

A fun, interactive class is coming up at HANC of Plainview for children turning 2 by December 31. Cost is $50 for six classes, or pay-as-you-go for $10 per class. Classes will be meeting on Friday mornings from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. For more information, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or call 681-5922.

Miscarriage Support Group

A safe, confidential, supportive environment in which to talk about what you have been through, your reactions and feelings, and how to move forward. You are not alone! Facilitated by a professional therapist. Meetings held on 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.

Free Veterinary Lectures

Once a month 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 631-277-3844.

• Ongoing PROGRAMS

Non-Profit Support Group

Clutterers Anonymous (CLA)

A 12-step self-help group, offers help and support to those who have clutter problems in their homes or workplace. Meets at the following locations: Thursdays, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 265 Asbury Ave, Westbury first and third Friday, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the School of the Community Reformed Church, 90 Plandome Rd, Manhasset.  Monday evenings, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Plainview-Old Bethpage Library, 999 Old Country Road, Plainview. There are no dues or fees. For more information, call 866-800-3881.


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.


4th Annual Harvest Festival

Saturday, Oct. 25

Health and Wellness Senior Fair

Tuesday, Oct. 28

Haunted Halloween

Wednesday, Oct. 29


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