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Plainview-OldBethpageHerald.com Calendar

Tapestry Artist

Wednesday, Dec. 4

Holiday Jazz  

Sunday, Dec. 8

Trees of Love Lighting Ceremony

Saturday, Dec. 14


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 gift 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 .

Tapestry Artist  

Tapestry art work by Sherry Schreiber will be exhibited in the Jericho Public Library’s art gallery through Dec. 28. Reception: Dec. 14, 2-4 p.m.; open to the public. Tapestry weaving is like translating from one language to another. In order to make this transition from her source of inspiration, a pastel drawing is executed first. A synthesis occurs during this preliminary step. Then the outlines are rendered onto graph paper. The entire piece is not visible all at once, as the woven part rolled onto weft beam of the loom. “One could say that my tapestries are paintings done in yarn, though I believe that they are experienced in a more alive and luminous form than painting,” says Schreiber. The library is located at 1 Merry Ln. in Jericho.

Holiday Party

The North Syosset-Woodbury Republican Club’s annual party. Dinner, refreshments and dessert will be served. All are welcome. The Woodlands at the TOB Golf Course on South Woods Road, Woodbury. 7 p.m.   


Sunday, Dec. 8

Holiday Jazz   

Join us for an enjoyable afternoon of holiday music presented by composer/pianist Paul Joseph and his jazz quartet. You’ll hear inspiring instrumental jazz renditions of secular and sacred favorites of different faiths such as “Let It Snow,” “S’vivon,” “O Holy Night” and many others. The group has performed extensively the past several years doing a variety of composer-theme programs. Joseph has previously performed throughout Long Island featuring works that have received wide critical acclaim in performances by distinguished regional orchestras, ballet companies and choirs. His dynamic rhythm section consists of seasoned performers, drummer Mike Corn and bassist Edgar Mills as well as the mesmerizing violinist Susan Mitchell. Open to all, 2 p.m., at the Hicksville Public Library at 169 Jerusalem Ave.


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 lighting 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

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.

Thanks in large part to a substantial increase in sponsor support – and Mother Nature’s cooperation – the 2014 Plainview-Old Bethpage Craft and Gift Fair was a rousing success.

A caravan of vendors filled the parking lot of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library starting at 7 a.m. By the time fairgoers crossed the blue and green balloon arch at 10 a.m. to receive their free T-shirt and bags stuffed with sponsor goodies, there were 108 booths ready to welcome them on the sunny day.


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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