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Landmark’s World Beat Series
Saturday, April 28

Retirement Planning Workshop
Tuesday, May 1

Conversations From Main Street
Wednesday, May 2


Saturday, April 28

The Pirates of the Caribbean

The Friends of the Sands Point Preserve’s Board of Directors invite the public to attend its most exciting fundraising event of the year: the 2012 Preservers’ Celebration – this year’s theme is The Pirates of the Caribbean. Historic Hempstead House will be transformed into a swarthy, sea vessel – walk the gangplank to enter the festivities. Entertainment by The Ray Catchers; live auction by Eliot B. Millman. Come dressed as a ship’s captain or a rogue scalawag…a lady or a galley wench. The event will honor Marcia Forman, a champion of numerous environmental preservation and restoration projects at the preserve and in other Sands Point locations. Awards of Distinction will be presented to the Sands Point Police Department, the NYS Theatrical Organ Society and Peter Dejana. Cocktails 7 p.m. Dinner 8 p.m. Tickets are $175 per person and a portion of the ticket price is a tax-deductible contribution to the Friends of the Sand Point Preserve. The preserve is located at 127 Middleneck Rd., Port Washington. Call 516-571-7901 for ticket information.

Landmark’s World Beat Series

Landmark on Main Street presents Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul at 8 p.m. in the Jeanne Rimsky Theater, 232 Main St., Port Washington. The program is sponsored by Finn MacCool’s and WFUV Radio. Groundbreaking Irish-American fiddler Eileen Ivers can keep up with classical virtuosi while keeping up the warmth of a kitchen party with her group, Immigrant Soul. She can shred, play reels through a cry-baby pedal, inspire with a bittersweet air and with her signature intensity, all while transmitting her deep love for tradition. The audience and stage become one through the interactiveness of the music, the joy of the musicians and the passion with which Ivers shares the stories of these traditions. Tickets: Premium $45 (Friends $40); Standard $40 (Friends $35). Box office: 516-767-6444.


Sunday, April 29

Memorial Chapel Dedication

The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Association and Foundation will be celebrating the Golden Jubilee (50th Anniversary) of the dedication of the Mariners’ Memorial Chapel with a multi-denominational ceremony in the chapel. The chapel is built to commemorate the sacrifices of the officers and men of the United States Merchant Marine who gave their lives at sea in World Wars I and II. 2:30 p.m. The ceremony will be preceded by a fireboat salute at 2 p.m. The public is invited.


Tuesday, May 1

Retirement Planning Workshop

Learn how to turn retirement assets into income with flexibility and guarantees. Complimentary dinner workshop at 6:30 at Harbor Links, One Fairway Dr., Port Washington. Sponsored by MetLife. Reservations (required) by calling 516-686-7173 or e-mail tbianco@metlife. com. Also on May 3.


Wednesday, May 2

Conversations From Main Street

Presents an evening with the Anti-Defamation League’s Robert Sugarman at 7:30 p.m. in the Jeanne Rimsky Theater, 232 Main St., Port Washington. Robert Sugarman was elected National Chair of the Anti-Defamation League in October 2009 but has been actively involved in ADL for four decades. In those years, he has held many prominent positions. He has traveled extensively on behalf of the league, participating in or leading ADL leadership delegations to England, France, Italy, Poland, Russia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates as well as several to Israel. Mr. Sugarman will be interviewed by Michael Pollack - retired music industry executive and president of the Port Washington Library Foundation. Box office: 516-767-6444.

Kabbalistic Secrets To A Successful Marriage

A new course from the Jewish Learning Institute, taught by Rabbi Yaakov Reiter, will provide spiritual and practical ways to enhance your relationship, increase your happiness, and strengthen your marriage. This course will benefit everyone from newlyweds to couples happily married for many years, to those contemplating tying the knot. Six Wednesdays, May 2 – June 6, from 8 to 9:30 p.m. at Chabad of Roslyn, 75 Powerhouse Rd., Roslyn Heights. Fee: $99, includes textbook and all materials. Couples discount: 10 percent off. Not sure? Sign up and try the first class free. To register or for more info visit www.ChabadRoslyn.com, call 516-484-3500 or email JLI@Chabad Roslyn.com


Thursday, May 3

Men’s Club

The Men’s Club of Manhasset has met continuously for 65 years. The club usually meets on the first and third Thursdays of each month (except July and August) at the Congregational Church of Manhasset at 11:45 a.m. for a hot lunch, coffee and dessert, followed by an interesting speaker. There is a $10 charge that is waived for your first visit. For further information call Frank Dotzler at 627-9191. Program: Bruce Bent – From the Mail Room to the Board Room.

92nd St Y at the Community Synagogue

Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State, with Christiane Amanpour
. In her new and most personal book, Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948, Madeleine Albright looks at her family’s experiences during this tumultuous time in history before, during and after WWII. In this conversation, hear Albright’s story along with her interviews with contemporaries and newly available documents about the enormously complex events that took place. Madeleine Albright served as the 64th Secretary of State from 1997 to 2001. Her distinguished career also includes positions on Capitol Hill, the National Security Council and as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. She is the author of Madam Secretary, Memo to the President Elect, The Mighty and the Almighty and Read My Pins. 8 p.m. at The Community Synagogue, 160 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point. Tickets are $10 and may be ordered from Bert Tobin at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or you may call the synagogue 883-3144, ext 343 and leave a message for a call back.

Family Pirate Night

Friends of the Sands Point Preserve will extend the 2012 Preservers’ Celebration theme of “Pirates of the Caribbean” to a special Family Pirate Night at Hempstead House. This “Screen-Free Week” event begins with a picnic pizza dinner at 5 p.m. – families are invited to bring a blanket and sit out on the Great Lawn or Rose Gardens overlooking the LI Sound, if weather permits, or inside Hempstead House in case of rain; at 5:30 p.m., children will enter the Hempstead House – in full Pirate décor – to participate in a Scavenger Hunt and explore the gnarly pirate ship anchored inside Hempstead House; and, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Eric’s Reptile Adventures will present The World of Reptiles and Amphibians. Admission for the entire event, including dinner, is $20 per car, $10 with an Annual Pass. Reservations are required and can be made in person at the preserve’s gatehouse, daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or by phone 516-571-7901 and email ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). For more information about upcoming Family Science Sundays – including “Beautiful Butterflies” on May 6 – see www.thesandspoint preserve.com.


Sunday, May 6

Yiddish Gilbert & Sullivan in Port Washington

Der Yiddisher Pirates of Penzance (Di Yam Gazlonim), a unique Yiddish-English production of the perennial favorite, will be performed at 2 p.m. at The Community Synagogue, 160 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point. Someone with little or no knowledge of Yiddish can follow the plot and enjoy this theatrical extravaganza. With an adaptation by Yiddish expert Al Grand, this production is staged by the Gilbert & Sullivan Yiddish Light Opera Company of LI. Di Yam Gazlonim is the story, told with Yiddish lyrics and English dialogue, of a model Yeshiva student who went to study with rabbis and instead found himself apprenticed to pirates (gaslonim). The music is vintage Gilbert & Sullivan, although the lyrics are loose Yiddish translations of the original British versions. There is high melodrama, low humor, twists and coincidences, plus a solid core of genuine sentiment and nostalgia. The operetta is being presented by the Chaverim (Seniors). Tickets are available online at the synagogue’s website CommSyn.org. $20 in advance; $25 at the door.

Children’s Series Concludes with Skippyjon Jones

Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Port Washington, presents Theaterworks USA’s Skippyjon Jones at 2 p.m. in the Jeanne Rimsky Theater. Skippyjon Jones is a little kitten with big ears and even bigger dreams. He likes to pretend to be just about anything except a Siamese cat, especially his favorite character a chihuahua named Skippito Freskito, the greatest canine swordfighter in old Mexico. This story follows Skippyjon Jones’ adventures through his imagination and following his dreams. Tickets: $18 ($15 Friends of Landmark). Box office: 516-767-6444.


Monday, May 7

Women’s Club Luncheon and Program

The Women’s Club of The Congregational Church of Manhasset will hold its annual Spring Luncheon at noon in the church’s North Lounge. Luncheon reservations must be made with Valerie at the church office 516-627-4911 by May 2. There is a suggested donation of $10 for the luncheon. The video, Pale Male, the story of a red-tailed hawk who has taken up residence in the heart of New York City, will be shown at 1 p.m. The church is located at 1845 Northern Blvd., Manhasset.


Wednesday, May 9

Long Island TRIO

Transplant Recipients International Organization monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. at North Shore Health Systems, 145 Community Dr., Manhasset. Speaker: Jorge Ortiz, MD, director of Liver Transplantation and Hepatobiliary Surgery Albert Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, PA. Topic: Donors After Cardiac Death. All welcome. Refreshments served. For information or directions call 516-942-4940.


Upcoming Events

Events at The Dolphin Bookshop

Located at 299 Main St., Port Washington. Call 516-767-2650:

•April 29: Moms and girls ages 8-12 years old are welcome to this interactive workshop celebrating the sacred mother-daughter connection. $30 for mother-daughter combo. Space is limited. Registration required. Facilitated by Kelsey Fox Bennett and Lorraine Miller, both residents of Port Washington.

•May 2: Adult Nutrition Workshop with Sara Siskind and Macha Einbender as they discuss the mind-body connection. 7 to 8 p.m.

Golf and Tennis Classic

Life’s WORC 25th Anniversary Geraldo Rivera Golf and Tennis Classic will be held on May 17 at the Plandome Country Club, Port Washington, from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Includes breakfast, lunch, cocktail reception and dinner. Contact Matthew Zebatto 516-741-9000, ext. 241 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

6th Biennial Sojourn To West Africa

10-Day Cultural Trip to Ghana, West Africa, Aug. 4-14, 2012. Visits to Cultural sites: W.E.B. Dubois Center for Pan African Culture, Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, Elmina/Cape Coast Slave Castles – Door of No Return, River of the Last Bath/Assin Manso, Kakum National Park, Kumasi (Seat of the Ashanti Empire), Manhyia Palace. Ashanti Craft Villages: Ahwiaa (Wood Carving Village), Ntonso (Adinkra Textile Printing Village), Bonwire (Kente Weaving Village). Akosombo Dam, Boat Cruise on the Volta Lake – largest manmade lake in the world, Torgome Village for Naming Ceremony, shopping galore. For further information contact Pat Jenkins at Patjenkins This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 516-997-6585.


Ongoing Events

Piano for Patients

Seeking musically talented high school students for charity that plays music instruments in nursing homes and senior centers on Long Island. Organized students with leadership qualities to start a chapter in your hometown nursing home. Excellent community service for college resume. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Go to www.PianoForPatients.org.

PW Senior Community Service Center

Located at St. Stephen’s Church, 9 Carlton Ave. (across from the PW Library). The center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 994-9654. A hot lunch/cold lunch is served daily. Varied activities and exercise classes are offered. Bingo is played on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Every month there is a featured Super Bingo with Great Prizes. Bus transportation is available for Port Washington residents. Hot meal at noon. Bingo, line dancing, yoga, bridge, parties, live entertainment.

PW Senior Citizens Center

The PW Senior Citizens Center (883-6656) is located at 80 Manorhaven Blvd. and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hot lunch is served daily and is home-cooked in the center’s kitchen. The following activities are offered:

•Social worker and nurse available daily.

•Mondays: 9:30 a.m. Byzantine Painting, 10 a.m. Knitting circle, 11 a.m. Chair Yoga, 1 p.m. Alternating Line Dance and Karate.

•Tuesdays: 9:30 a.m. Painting, 9:30 Sewing and Quilting, 10 a.m. WII sports, 12:30 p.m. Bingo.

•Wednesdays: 9 a.m. Bridge, 9:30 a.m. art class, 1 p.m. T’ai Chi.

•Thursdays: 10:30 a.m. Yoga, 12:30 p.m. Bingo.

•In addition to these offerings, there are monthly speakers and special guests. All exercise classes are free; art classes are free with $20 yearly membership. Lunch is $3 daily.

News

Gould A. ‘Stretch’ Ryder III, accomplished sailor, pilot, businessman, civic leader, and steward of the beautiful waterfront of Port Washington, passed away Oct. 24 at The Amsterdam at Harborside Hospice Center in Port Washington.

Stretch, as he was known to all, was well known as part of the crew on Ted Turner’s “Courageous” when it won the America’s Cup in 1977. Turner stayed in touch and visited Stretch last week.

Stretch’s life was marked by numerous personal contributions and accomplishments.

Parents concerned about classroom sizes spoke up at the Port Washington Board of Education meeting, as the board passed an approval of the larger sizes.

Parents spoke of class sizes at the district’s elementary being in the mid 20s, an amount they felt compromised the quality of their children’s education.

“The board of education changed our children’s education for the worse,” said one mother of larger average class sizes the board had approved last year. The comment drew clapping from the audience.


Sports

The Port Washington Soccer Club has presented Schreiber High School graduate and captain of the Port Washington Blue Knights, Cameron Boroumand, with the annual $1,000 Joe Cohen Scholarship.

The award, which has been presented annually for over 10 years, was established by the Port Washington Soccer Club to honor Joseph Cohen, a gifted athlete who attended college on a soccer scholarship. He went on to achieve outstanding success, first academically, and then in his professional life.  He gave his time fully and with great heart to innumerable charitable endeavors.

The tough and talented Port Washington volleyball team defeated Hicksville at an away game this past Friday in all three sets.

With strong returning players who also play on club teams year round, the Port Washington team plays with a certain level of chemistry. Megan Murphy and Kelly Nardone led the way with 12 assists and Mia Walker had six kills.


Calendar

Schreiber Symphony Orchestra - November 6

Port Summer Show - November 6

Residents For A More Beautiful Port Washington Meeting - November 7


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com