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Plainview-OldBethpageHerald.com Calendar

Chanukah Service

Friday, Nov. 29

Christmas Tree Sale

Monday, Dec. 2

Chanukah Extravaganza

Tuesday, Dec. 3


Wednesday, Nov. 27

Community Chanukah Spectacular

All are invited to attend the annual Town of Oyster Bay Chabad Chanukah celebration, a yearly family event held at the Plainview Shopping Center, South Oyster Bay Road and Woodbury Road in Plainview from 5:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. This year, witness the astounding feats of Cardone, the Ultimate Vaudevillian.Cardone amazes audiences with magic, ventriloquism, illusion, escape artistry, mind-reading, humor, pantomime and audience participation. Cardone’s show will take place in a heated tent near The Children’s Place. Also featured will be music, latkes, donuts and pizza, celebrating the joy of Chanukah. The highlight iof the event will be the Grand Menorah lighting, taking place in the walkway between Shoprite and the shopping center. The program is free, but only online RSVP’s will be admitted, no exceptions. To RSVP, visit www.jewishtob.org and for more information, call 516-682-0404.


Friday, Nov. 29

Chanukah Service

Temple B’nai Torah, 2900 Jerusalem Avenue, and Oakfield Avenue will celebrate a community Chanukah service on Friday, Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m. Everyone is asked to bring their Menorah and four candles: one for the first two nights of Chanukah, and one for the shamash, also known as the service candle, used to light the other candles on the menorah. Hear the story of the Maccabees, and the magic of the small amount of oil that lasted for eight days.


Monday, Dec. 2

Christmas Tree Sale

St. Edward the Confessor School, 2 Teibrook Ave. in Syosset, invites families to its annual tree sale beginning at 9 a.m. Dec. 2. This long-standing tradition is a fundraiser for the school and includes high quality Frazer Balsam Hyrbrid trees and wreaths. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays.


Tuesday, Dec. 3

Chanukah Extravaganza

The Jewish Heritage Center and the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County in Plainview invite the entire family to a Chanukah Extravaganza on Dec. 3 at HANC, 25 Country Dr., at 6:30 p.m. This festive party features something for everyone, including a Menorah lighting, Chanukah challenge and a live sushi bar. For more information, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit www.thejhc.org/hanukkah-extravaganza.


Wednesday, Dec. 4

World Series of Dreidels

The 6th annual World Series of Dreidels Spin and Win comes to the Mid-Island Y JCC, 45 Manetto Hill Rd., Dec. 4. The fun starts at 6:15 p.m. with feast of pizza, salad and snacks. The Dreidel spinning tournament kicks off a short time later at 6:45 p.m. Family members receive gelt and a chance to spin until someone wins. The champion will receive a trophy and a grand prize gift. Other games and extra snacks will be available to those who are eliminated. The event costs $9 for adult members and $7 for child members, and $15 for adult non-members and $10 for child non-members. For more information, or to register, contact Melissa Horowitz at 516-822-3535 ext. 334 or via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Saturday, Dec. 14

Trees of Love Lighting Ceremony

The Last Hope Animal Rescue continues a holiday tradition it began in 1998 with the Trees of Love Christmas tree ligting ceremony on Dec. 14 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Last Hope Adoption Center, 3300 Beltagh Ave. in Wantagh. Prior to the lighting of two decorated trees, participants can purchase ribbons for $10 each. Gold ribbons honor living pets and red ribbons memoralize late pets. Pets’ names are written on the ribbons and will be placed on the trees. A third tree is decorated in green ribbons only, but these are to remember the countless discarded pets throughout the country euthanized each year at overcrowded shelters. Supporters can also purchase these symbolic ribbons. All “Trees of Love” proceeds benefit Last Hope’s rescued dogs and cats plus our community outreach programs such as Fix-A-Feral. For more information, or for a form to purchase ribbons in advance, visit www.lasthopeanimalrescue.org. Refreshments will be served after the illumination ceremony.


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. The ectures 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.

Plainview Lions Club Meeting

Serving the Plainview-Old Bethpage and Bethpage communities since 1957, the Lions Club holds dinner meetings on the second Wednesday of every month through July. The Lions Club strives to make a difference in local communities and encourages residents to come in and voice thier concerns. Meetings are held at the Marriott Residence Inn-Plainview, at 9 Gerhard Rd. at 7 p.m. Contact Steve Lesetz at 516-293-7534 for more information.

News

One local playwright and his company — The Plainview Project — seem to be headed to the big leagues.

Claude Solnik of Plainview, the Plainview Project’s writer, is married with two children. While he has a master’s degree in dramatic writing from New York University, after graduating he ended up going into journalism, which currently remains his day job. But in his free time he indulged in his true passion, hammering out numerous play scripts until the day they he realized that he needed to stop sitting on these works he was creating and put them in the hands of actors that could give them life.

Even as they hoped the parties would reach a last-minute settlement, commuters across Long Island were scrambling last week to devise alternate plans for getting to work if Long Island Rail Road’s 5,400 workers go on strike July 20. And they were vocal in their anger with the Metropolitan Transit Authority. The strike, it seems, has roused commuter ire over a wide range of LIRR issues, from timeliness to cleanliness to costs.

“I’ll have to figure out a new way home from work,” said Marco Allicastro, a 20-year-old Queens resident waiting for a train home at the Bethpage station after a day’s work at the local King Kullen. “Long Island doesn’t really have a lot of options in terms of transportation. Maybe I should get a new job.”


Calendar

Sonny And Perley

Saturday, July 26

Women Artists You Should Know

Thursday, July 31

Adult Summer Reading Club

Through Aug. 7



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