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Plainview-OldBethpageHerald.com Calendar

Love Canvas

Sunday, Feb. 9

Theater Improv For Business People

Tuesday, Feb. 11

Free Heart Health Screening

Thursday, Feb. 27


St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church Mass Schedule

Saturday Evenings: 3:45 p.m. and 5:15 p.m.

Sundays: 7, 8:30, 10:30 a.m. and 12 p.m.

Weekdays: Monday to Saturday: 8:45 a.m.

Reconciliation: Saturday: 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

270 Washington Ave., Plainview

Phone: 516-938-3956 Web: www.stpiusxrc.com


Sunday, Feb. 9

Love Canvas

A teen program for grades 5 through 12, Love Canvas allows teams to create a unique white-washed canvas embellished with gems, stones, sea glass, sequins and a wooden “love” mini-frame. Bring a 4x6 picture to place in the frame. Event is from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.


Tuesday, Feb. 11

Theater Improv For Business People

The Independent Business Women’s Circle hosts an afternoon of improv for business people at the Atria in Plainview, 12 Washington Ave., at 12 p.m. Improvisational theater training is not just for actors. It is used to teach executives, business owners, entrepreneurs, public speakers, sales people and other successful individuals how to be more effective and reach their business goals. For this reason, Karen Baker Blum, sales trainer, entertainer and Sage University ambassador leads an interactive workshop of improv exercises designed to help attendees listen, respond and engage others based on what is heard. Learn to win people over, think quicker, act more intuitively, boost creativity and become a better leader. Admission is $20 for non-members ($5 for members). A buffet lunch is included. Reserve space by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or calling Karen at 631-754-6640 no later than Feb. 11. To learn more about the Independent Business Women’s Circle — now in its 14th year — visit its blog at www.ibwc.tumblr.com or its website at www.ibwc.org and join us on Facebook and Meetup.


Tuesday, Feb. 18

Networking Mixer And Speed Networking

Carlyle At The Palace, 1600 Round Swamp Rd. in Plainview, hosts a can’t-miss networking event for professionals from 5:30 p.m to 7:30 p.m. At a cost of $20, attendees can join a speed networking event at 5:30 p.m. where they will meet other business professionals for approximately five minutes per round. After each round, one party stays and the other party will rotate. Then, at 6:30 p.m., the general networking mixer commences. During this portion, attendees will get to meet those they missed during the speed networking portion. Appetizers will be included. Payment is required at www.facetofacenetworking.com. For more information, email Jay Rosenweig at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 516-908-9638.


Thursday, Feb. 27

Free Heart Health Screening

Plainview Hospital will be having a free opportunity for people to receive blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose screenings at the hospital on Thursday, Feb. 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. The heart health screenings will take place in the hospital’s lecture rooms A and B. To schedule an appointment or for more information, contact Nicole Santora at 516-719-2418.


Tuesday, March 4

Parkinson’s Group

The Mid Island Y JCC, 45 Manetto Hill Rd., presents a group for those affected by Parkinson’s disease led by by Heather Goldman, LMSW and Kelly Soel, RN. The group discussion will also feature “Medications Related to Parkinson’s Disease” presented by Maria Mantione, B.S. Phm., Pharm.D, an Associated Clinical professor at St. John’s University. The group meets from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. For more information, contact Robyn Berman at 516-822-3535 ext. 385.


Sunday, March 9

Rockin’ For Autism

The Developmental Disabilities Institute will once again be heating things up with Long Island’s best rock-n-roll bands to benefit children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities at Mulcahy’s Pub and Music Hall in Wantagh on Sunday, March 9 at 3 p.m. For a $30 donation guests will enjoy the sounds of legendary local bands, gift baskets auction, raffles, food, cash bar and the company of hundreds of fellow Long Islanders. An all star lineup of legendary Long Island bands including 1 Step Ahead, The Cold Spring Harbor Band paying tribute to Billy Joel, 3, and Generation will be set to hit the stage. Advanced ticket sales are available by calling 631-366-2978 or online at www.rockinforautism.org.

Author’s Brunch Series

The Mid-Island Y JCC brings another engaging author’s brunch to the public, as it presents author Allen Salkin in a discussion about his book, From Scratch: Inside the Tumultuous Billion-Dollar World of the Food Network. Featuring big personalities and high drama, the book delves into the extraordinary behind-the-scenes story of the Food Network — the business, media and cultural juggernaut that changed the way America thinks about food. Coming to the Mid-Island Y JCC, 45 Manetto Hill Rd., March 9 from noon to 2 p.m. The brunch is free for full service/ACTIV members, $5 for senior club members and $10 for non-members. For more information, contact Stephanie Ginsberg at 516-822-3535 ext. 328 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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.


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

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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