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Saturday, May 19

Asian-American Festival

Celebrating its growing ethnic diversity, the Town of North Hempstead will be hosting the third Annual Asian-American Festival from noon to 6 p.m. at North Hempstead Beach Park. Port Washington. In addition to an array of folk art and performances from Japan, India, China, Korea and Pakistan, the festival will also showcase a medley of indigenous culinary delights. Call 311 for more information or if outside the town, dial 516-869 6311.


Port Washington will hold its first community music, arts and cultural festival, PortFest, featuring performances by local school and resident band, arts and crafts and other fun activities as well as galleries of artworks by local artisans and students, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Among the diverse array of participants are 25 artists, 15 performance groups and 15 interactive music/art activities representing the schools and the community. Seven local bands will be appearing on two large stages in the field adjacent to Schrieber High School. Within the high school auditorium, additional performances by student groups other organizations will take place throughout the day. The event is being organized by a new community grass roots organization, Helping Enrich the Arts (HEARTS), with the full involvement support from countless local organizations joining together to enhance and support the music and creative arts programs in the Port Washington Union Free School District. Activities for kids and parents alike. Many local merchants, sponsors and community organizations will be on hand to providing food, drinks and snacks. For more information contact HEARTS co-founder and director Damon Gersh 516-472-2699 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Rain date May 20.

Sunday, May 20

Kabbalistic Secrets To A Better Marriage

Chabad of Port Washington, 80 Shore Rd., announces an Adult Education series entitled “The Art of Marriage,” a six-session course (began May 6), given on two tracks, that will show participants how to attain a meaningful and loving relationship for themselves and their spouses. The course will explore timeless lessons from both modern and ancient Jewish texts such as the Talmud and the works of the Kaballah. Jewish culture and tradition idealizes a joyful and content marital relationship and has a treasure trove of timeless advice on how to jumpstart and maintain a happy marriage. Rabbi Shalom Paltiel, the spiritual leader at Chabad, will lead the course. 10 to 11:30 a.m. (includes bagel and coffee). Also on Thursdays (began May 10) from 8 to 9:30 p.m. (includes light refreshments). The fee for the course is $99; $149 for couples. Discounted pricing available for Chabad members. Those who are not sure if they’re ready to go for it, try the first class free, and then decide. For more information or to register visit or call 516-767-8672.

Basement Treasures Dollar Sale

Come to the historic Sands-Willets House from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a basement treasures dollar sale. All you can fit in a bag for just $1. The Sands-Willets house is located at 336 Port Washington Blvd. For more info, visit

Saturday, May 26

Memorial Day Commemoration/ Fireworks Show

At North Hempstead Beach Park (formerly Bar Beach), Port Washington, The beach opens at 3 p.m. and the event begins with a commemoration ceremony at 6 p.m. Concerts follow: Beginnings, a tribute to the band Chicago and Early Elton, a tribute to Sir Elton John. Fireworks on barges in the harbor at darkness. Call 869-6311 for details.

Thursday, May 31

Complimentary Luncheon And Presentation

“The Value of Life Care.” Learn about lifestyle and financial benefits to choosing a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community (CCRC), offering value, security and access to lifelong wellness and care. Speaker James Davis, president and CEO, Amsterdam House Continuing Care Retirement Community, Inc., sponsor of The Amsterdam at Harborside. 11 a.m. at The Amsterdam at Harborside, 300 E. Overlook, Port Washington. Seating is limited. RSVP. Guests welcome. Call 1-800-937-7659.

Upcoming Event

Sixth Biennial Sojourn To Ghana West Africa

Ten-day adventure to Ghana (The Gold Coast) Aug. 4-14, 2012. $2250 double occupancy (land package only). Airfare from U.S. not included. Trip price includes: beautifully appointed hotel accommodations (double occupancy), two meals daily, transfers and ground transportation via deluxe air conditioned motor coaches, friendly experienced English speaking tour guides. Tour fees and admissions. Tours to W.E.B. Dubois Center for Pan African Culture, Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, Slave Castles - Door of No Return, River of the Last Bath, Boat Cruise on the Volta Lake - largest man-made lake in the world, visit to Torgome Village for Naming Ceremony, tour of Kumasi (Seat of the Ashanti Empire/ Manhyia Palace), craft villages and shopping opportunities galore. For additional information contact Pat Jenkins at 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 NikkiEgna@PianoFor Go to www.PianoForPa

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 for $3 at noon 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.

•Upcoming trips include: Atlantic City on June 29 ($35 w/ $30 slot cash back); Platzl Brauhaus in Pomona, NY, on Aug. 15 ($69 for the day including bus, breakfast, lunch, dinner, entertainment, activities).

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.

Weekly Events

•Caregiver Support Group offered by the LI Alzheimer’s Foundation at Brandywine Senior Living at Huntington Terrace, 70 Pinelawn Rd., Melville. This professionally facilitated group meets on Mondays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and allows participants opportunities to share feelings and strategies related to caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. Call 767-6856 and speak with group facilitator Alana Rosenstein, LMSW, before attending for the first time. Those who are financially able are asked to contribute $10 to the LI Alzheimer’s Foundation for each session they attend.

•Overeaters Anonymous meets every Monday at 4 p.m. at the Chabad at 80 Shore Rd., Port Washington. Overeaters Anonymous is a fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength and hope, are recovering from compulsive overeating. OA welcomes everyone who wants to stop eating compulsively. Call 698-2644 for more information about this meeting or go to for information about OA or for information about other meetings.

•Duplicate Bridge Game. An open game on Tuesdays at 7:15 p.m. at the Village Club of Sands Point, Middle Neck Rd. There is an $11 card fee. For questions call the Sagamore Bridge Club 558-7799.

•PW Water Pollution Control District Commissioners meet Tuesdays at 8 a.m. at the district office, 70 Harbor Rd.

•Alzheimer’s Support Group for early stage Alzheimer’s patients on Tuesdays from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. at the LI Alzheimer’s Foundation, 5 Channel Dr. For more information or to arrange a required interview prior to attendance, call 767-6856.

•New Moms Support Group. Meet other moms of infants in this supportive and informative group. Mingle, share ideas and explore the questions and concerns of motherhood. Participate in activities designed specifically for your baby’s development. Led by Nicole Asselta, LCSW. Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Call the Parent Resource Center at 767-3808 or visit for more information. Free for PRC members. You must be a member to participate.

•Strollercise At Sands Point Preserve .Friends of the Sands Point Preserve offers a new fitness program: Strollercise. Jean Vogeley leads the one-hour early childhood exercise and nature program for adults and their toddlers and preschool-age children every Tuesday at 10 a.m. The class meets under the archway of Castlegould - rain or shine. The class includes exercise outdoors, along the beautiful nature trails on the preserve or inside Castlegould’s Visitor Center in case of rain. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For information, call 516-571-7901.

•Stories With Kelsey every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at the Dolphin Bookshop, 299 Main St., Port Washington. For babies and toddlers. $40 for 10 sessions or $5 per session. Call 767-2650.

•PW Water District. Regular board meetings are held at the Port Washington Water District, 38 Sandy Hollow Rd., every Wednesday at 8 a.m. (second Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.).

•Womanspace, now in its 32nd year, meets weekly to discuss issues of interest and concern to women. New members are welcome. Join us on Wednesdays from 1 to 3 at the Great Neck Senior Center, 80 Grace Ave.

•Bereavement Support Group held by Our Lady of Fatima and St. Peter of Alcantara Churches on Fridays at 8 p.m. in the St. Peter’s Pastoral Center. For information call Yvonne Calabrese 883-4817 or Rose Osterberg 767-1460. All religious affiliations welcome.

•Friday Morning Yoga. Finish every week peacefully with Friday Morning Yoga, led by artist and yoga expert Victoria Selbach, in the majestic setting of the Sands Point Preserve. Every Friday at 9 a.m., enjoy simple yoga movements that inspire balance, flexibility and strength. In winter, the classes are held inside Hempstead House and, in warmer weather, classes move to the Great Lawn with expansive views of sky and water. Price is “pay-what-you-wish,” after entry fee to the preserve of $10.

Monthly Events

•Henderson-Marino VFW Post #1819 meets on the second Monday at 8 p.m. at the Post Headquarters, 29 Mohegan Ave. New members always welcome. Bring a copy of your DD214 showing your overseas war record. For further information call 767-1552 after 3 p.m.

•Greater PW Business Improvement District Board meetings are held at 329 Main St. at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month.

•North Shore Elks Lodge #1458 meeting at 8 p.m. at the Elks Club, 30 Haven Ave., on the first and third Tuesday of each month. Formerly GN/PW Elks Lodge #1543.

•Lions Club meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. All meetings are held at Finn McCool’s Restaurant, 205 Main St.

•Free And Accepted Masons Paumanok-Port Washington Lodge No. 855 meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 7:30 p.m. at Elks Hall, Franklin and Haven Aves.

•Knights Of Columbus Port Washington Council #1227 meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 8 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Building, 155 Manorhaven Blvd.

•Port Washington Chamber Of Commerce Board of Directors meetings are held the second Tuesday of the month (except July) at 8 a.m. at Ayhan’s Fish Kebab, 286 Main St. The public is welcome. For more information, call 883-6566.

•John Michael Marino Lodge #1389 Order Sons of Italy in America. Officers meeting on the first Wednesday of every month at 8 p.m. General meeting on the third Wednesday of every month. Light supper at 7 p.m. followed by meeting at the Port Washington Senior Citizen Center, 80 Manorhaven Blvd. Men and women of Italian heritage are welcome to join. For applications and info call membership chair 883-5762.

•The Board Of Commissioners Of The PW Police District will hold a regular business meeting at Police Headquarters, 500 PW Blvd., at 7 p.m., on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month unless otherwise published.

•North Shore Doe Club Elks Lodge #1458 meets at 8 p.m. every second Wednesday (except July and August) at 8 p.m. at the Elks Club, 30 Haven Ave. Formerly GN/PW Doe Club #1543.

•Ancient Order of Hibernians, NC Division #19 Fr. Patrick J. Whitney. Hibernian meetings held on the second Wednesday of the month from 8 to 9:15 p.m. at St Peter of Alcantara, Port Washington, in the convent. More information can be obtained at

•Columbiettes Of PW meets on the first Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus building, 149 Manorhaven Blvd.

•Kiwanis Club Of Manhasset/PW meets on the second and fourth Thursday of the month at 12:30 p.m. at the Port Washington Yacht Club. After enjoying a delicious luncheon, a speaker will be presented. Guests and new members are always welcome. Contact Barbara Pierce for further information 627-0661.

•PW Garbage District meets at the office of Frank D’Elia, 33 Main St., at 8 a.m., on the second and last Thursday of each month.

•The PW Detachment Of The Marine Corps League meets at the Elks building, 2 Franklin Ave., on the second Thursday of each month at 8 p.m. All former Marines are invited to attend. Our community should note, too, that the elite uniformed Marine Color Guard is available, at no obligation, for select public functions. Contact Commandant John Bauman 747-3983.

•Myeloma Support Group. Are you or someone you love battling Multiple Myeloma? Local area myeloma patients, their families and friends have come together to form the NC Myeloma Support Group. Meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of the month from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Peter of Alcantara Church, 1327 Port Washington Blvd. This is an excellent way to meet and interact with fellow Myeloma patients and their family members. Learn new aspects about the treatments and management of Multiple Myeloma. Refreshments. For more information call Carmen Scibetta 316-1574 or E-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . International Myeloma Foundation 1-800-453-2873.

•The North Shore Kayak Club meets monthly from April through November at the Community Chest Building on the last Thursday of the month. The club is dedicated to the pleasures of recreational kayaking and the camaraderie of paddling together on local waterways. Individuals of all skill levels are invited to join the Kayak Club. For further information, contact Kayak Club President Alan Bergman at 917-400-7041.

Ongoing Programs

Accident Prevention Workshop

A six-hour Accident Prevention Workshop, sponsored by the Empire Safety Council and approved by the Dept. of Motor Vehicles, will be offered in Port Washington. Upon completion of the program, you will be entitled to receive a 10 percent reduction on vehicle liability, personal injury protection and collision insurance premiums for three years. In addition, you may also reduce up to four points from your driving record. There’s a fresh, new format for this program, with more of your involvement and participation encouraged and discussions of NYS traffic laws and new traffic safety films. For further information or for a complete schedule of classes, call 883-3394 or check the website www.safetycourse. com.

LI Alzheimer’s Foundation Groups /Programs

LIAF is located at 5 Channel Dr., Port Washington. Call 516-767-6856 for more information on the following:

•LIAF offers weekly support groups for spousal caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias several times a week. These groups welcome new members on an ongoing basis. Those interested in joining a group should call 516- 767-6856. A staff social worker will speak with you to help determine which group is the most appropriate fit for your circumstances and needs:

•Professionally facilitated support group sessions are also available Thursday afternoons for adult children who have a parent living with dementia. Call for more information.

•LIAF offers regularly scheduled activity programs for individuals with mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s disease, and related dementias. LIAF’s early-stage program includes: Al’z Club, a socialization and mental stimulation program; Train Your Brain, a cognitive fitness program; Creative Expression, a dance, music and art program; and a verbal support group for those who are aware of their diagnosis and wish to discuss feelings about it in a group setting. For those with moderate to severe dementia, an adult day program is available, providing recreational activities in a bright, safe, and comfortable setting. A LIAF staff member will meet with you to help determine which program(s) is/are the best fit. Call for more information or to schedule an opportunity to visit the LIAF headquarters.

•LIAF offers a caregiver support group the second and fourth Monday of the month from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Brandywine Senior Living at Huntington Terrace, Melville. This professionally facilitated group meets on Mondays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and allows participants to share feelings and strategies related to caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. Call and speak with group facilitator Alana Rosenstein, LMSW, before attending for the first time. Those who are financially able are asked to contribute $10 to LIAF for each session they attend.

American Legion Post #509

For specific meeting information Commander Arthur George 708-5819. Programs sponsored by the post:

•Damaged American Flags Retired Honorably, Respectfully and Properly. Bring these flags to 39 Haven Ave., Port Washington, and deposit in a marked container on the front porch of the residence during daylight hours only. Flags will be properly retired, courtesy of American Legion Post #509 of PW.

Bridge Game

Newplicate (supervised duplicate) Bridge at the Shelter Rock Jewish Center, 272 Shelter Rock Rd., Roslyn, every Monday from 9:30 a.m. to noon for bridge students, new players and social bridge players welcome. Short lesson, and earn points in a fun, friendly atmosphere. For reservations call 917-658-5991. Open Duplicate Bridge Game at 7 p.m. every Wednesday. Refreshments served. Call 917-658-5991 for reservations.