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Nature Tours
Saturday, May 19

Hadassah Spring Luncheon
Monday, May 21

A Night of Improv
Friday, June 1


Saturday, May 19

Nature Tours

Enjoy a guided nature walk on the trails throughout the year from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Hoffman Center Nature Preserve and Wildlife Sanctuary, 6000 Northern Blvd., Muttontown (between Route 106 and 107 – just west of Martin Viette Nursery). Meet the guide at the site entrance at 12:50 p.m. Gate locked when tour begins. No pets, no children under 10 years of age or organized groups permitted. Weather permitting. Call 922-3290 the day before to confirm. $5 admission. No registration required. Visit www.hoffmancenter.org. Also on June 2, 16.

Flea Market

Last Hope Animal Rescue will be hosting a Flea Market at St. Bede’s Church, 220 Berry Hill Rd., Syosset, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All proceeds benefit Last Hope’s rescued dogs and cats as well as community outreach programs like Fix-A-Feral. For more info, visit www.lasthopeanimalrescue.org. Call 516-731-6750 to donate items.

Spring Migration Bird Walk

Join North Shore Land Alliance, Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society President Stella Miller and Nature Conservancy Preserves Manager Derek Rogers for a spring migration bird walk at Stillwell Woods Preserve, Syosset (7:30 a.m. for early risers and 9 a.m. for later risers). Stella and Derek will lead two walks. They will also show Stillwell’s extensive grassland and teach us about this critical habitat. Registration is required. To register and for directions contact North Shore Land Alliance 516-626-0908 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Monday, May 21

Hadassah Spring Luncheon

Nassau Region of Hadassah Spring Luncheon at the Merchant Marine Academy. Roslyn chapter members Ellen Broder will be honored and Rebecca Altman will be honored as the Women of the Year and Barbara Yonenson will be honored as the Roslyn chapter’s “Ima.” For more information, call 766-2725.


Wednesday, May 23

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. Wednesdays through 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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Thursday, May 24

Syosset Camera Club

End of Year Photography Competition. The public is invited to this free event at the Community Center in Haypath Park, Haypath Rd., Old Bethpage, from 7:30 to 10 p.m. For further details see www. syossetcc.org or call 516-528-0421.


Wednesday, May 30

De-Stressing The College Admissions Process

Join expert college consultant Felice R. Kobrick, LCSW, as she discusses everything people need to know about the college admissions process in a free seminar. Invaluable information will be provided for students and parents on a range of topics, including: how to create a balanced list of reach, target and safety schools; the difference between applying early decision, early action, rolling or general admission; the common application and what makes a great essay; getting started on the FAFSA (financial aid) form; summer options that can strengthen a student’s application; and the 10 biggest mistakes students make when applying to college. 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Jericho Library, 1 Merry Ln., Jericho. For more information, contact Kobrick College Consulting 516-587-0600 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Friday, June 1

A Night of Improv

The Sarah Grace Foundation For Children With Cancer, Inc., will hold its 2nd Annual Theatrical Fundraiser, “Unrehearsed: A Night of Improv,” at 7 p.m. on June 1 and June 2 in the Hicksville United Methodist Church Social Hall, 130 West Old Country Rd., Hicksville. The family-oriented show will be similar to the popular improvisational comedy television show Whose Line Is It Anyway? Tickets, which are $12 per person, can be purchased at the door or in advance by visiting www.TheSarahGraceFoundation.org or calling The Sarah Grace Foundation at 516-433-9745. Proceeds will benefit the Long Island-based non-profit corporation dedicated to helping other children and their families facing the financial and emotional challenges and hardships brought upon by childhood cancer.


Upcoming Events

COPE Support Groups

COPE, a grief and healing organization dedicated to supporting parents and families living with the loss of a child, holds free weekly support groups. Groups are held at the Elias Hicks Historical Home, 1740 Old Jericho Tpke., Jericho. For more information or directions, call Karen Flyer 484-4993. The following groups are offered:

•May 22: Monthly support group meetings for adult siblings on the North Shore. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. Groups for siblings ages 5-10 and 11-17 also available.

•May 29: Monthly support group meeting for parents two evenings per month for parents on the North Shore. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free.

Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

Located at 279 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor. Free with paid admission; members $4 child. RSVP to 631-367-3418:

•May 21: Monday Minnows. Come for fun Storytime, hands-on activities and crafts about the ocean, nature and seasonal themes. Different them every week. 1:30 p.m. Ages 3 to 5. Members free; others $5 parent/child pair; $3 additional sibling. 45 minutes.

•May 27: Historic Walking Tour for Memorial Day for adults and families. Learn about the interesting personalities and legends in the 1800s waterside village. Learn about Captain’s Row and the past whaling community of Cold Spring Harbor. $8 (members $4), includes museum admission. 45 minutes. Light rain or shine. RSVP.


Ongoing Events

Miscarriage Support Group

A safe, confidential, supportive environment to talk about what you have been through, reactions and feelings and how to move forward. You are not alone. Facilitated by a professional therapist. 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.

Muttontown Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

The Fellowship provides an atmosphere of warmth and camaraderie, with talks presented by intelligent, enlightening and non-dogmatic speakers who come from the entire spectrum of the arts, history and sciences. This is followed by coffee and an informal discussion circle, held in the turn-of-the-18th century farmhouse in a bucolic setting. Sundays at 10:30 a.m. The Muttontown Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is located on the south side of Route 25A (Northern Blvd.), East Norwich, directly east of Martin Viette Nurseries and about a half mile west of Route 106. Look for the white brick gate posts with a large sign for Hunter’s Moon Farm. All are welcome. Call with any questions 659-1686.

Pollywog Adventures

The Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium, 1665 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor, announces the return of its hit program, Pollywog Adventures, for kids ages 3 to 5. A shared experience for parents and their pollywogs, the program offers participants an opportunity to learn about the watery natural world which surrounds us. Children and parents will celebrate the hatchery’s exhibit animals through live animal shows, crafts, activities and stories. New events every week. The program takes place every first and third Thursday April through June from 11 a.m. to noon. Call for fees. Special discounts for members. Registration required. RSVP by the Wednesday before. Limited space available. Call 516-692-6768.


Weekly Events

•Gam-Anon Support Group is an anonymous organization for spouses, adult children over 18, family and friends whose lives have been affected by a gambling problem. Tuesdays at the Woodbury Methodist Church, Woodbury Rd., Woodbury, at 8 p.m. Call Hotline at 321-2883.

•Syosset Chess Mates, a nonprofit children’s instructional chess club, will begin its fall session at 4 p.m. at the Walt Whitman Elementary School. It meets every Tuesday and beginner, intermediate and advanced instruction are provided by a nationally ranked Grand Master. Call Randi 381-1755.

•Business Network International is looking for business owners interested in having breakfast and networking every Tuesday at 7 a.m. at the Celebrity Diner, 312 Jericho Tpke. For more information call 357-1893.

•Mothers Meeting Place meets every Wednesday at Faith Lutheran Church, 231 Jackson Ave., from 9:45 to 11:30 a.m. All invited. Children always welcome. Babysitting is provided at a nominal fee. Call Rena Damon 496-0262 (daytime).

•Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting. Open Meeting -All you need is a desire to STOP Drinking or Drugging (folks who have problems with prescription drugs, marijuana, cocaine and ecstasy are also invited). Every Thursday night from 7:15-8:15 at the Community Church of Syosset, 36 Church St., Syosset.

•Hicksville-Jericho Rotary Club meets every Thursday at 12:15 at Caracalla Ristorante, 102 Jericho Tpke., Syosset.


Monthly Events

•The LI Psoriasis Network Meetup Group will get together in the second floor In-Service Classroom of North Shore University at Plainview, 888 Old Country Rd., on the first Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. All are welcome. No cost. More information is available at http://psoriasis.meetup.com/24/

•Alzheimer’s Support Group. Are you a caregiver who would like to share your experience with others? There is strength in knowing you are not alone. Join this support group at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month in the Adult Day Health Care Program Room at the Cold Spring Hills Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, 378 Syosset-Woodbury Rd., Woodbury. Call Mary Beth Heinicke, CSW, 622-7770.

•Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) was founded in 1978, is congressionally chartered and exclusively dedicated to Vietnam-era veterans and their families. VVA Chapter #82 is your Nassau County Chapter and meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 8 p.m. at Hicksville’s VFW Hall. Call 677-5384 for further information or contact us by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Come and join your fellow Vietnam Veteran in support of each other.

•Syosset Day Chapter/Homemakers Council of NC holds its business meetings the first Wednesday of the month (September through June) at 10:15 a.m. Classes are held on subsequent Wednesdays at 10 a.m. The Homemakers meet at St. Bede’s Episcopal Church, Berry Hill Rd., Syosset. All are welcome to join.

•Caring For The Caregiver Support Group meets at St. Bede’s Episcopal Church, 220 Berry Hill Rd., Syosset, every first and third Wednesday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. and every second and fourth Thursday from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the Parish Hall. This is a nonsectarian, nondenominational program. Call 921-0755. Go to www.caringforthecaregiver.org or email us This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

•Senior Adult Group Enthusiasts. Woodbury Jewish Center, 200 South Woods Rd., Woodbury, invites you to check out its SAGE. It meets the second Thursday of every month from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Programs are varied and are free for synagogue members; for all others, there is a $36 annual membership fee. Call Roberta Weinstein-Cohen 496-9100, ext. 225.

•Bereaved Parents Of The USA. This national self-help support group charters the LI NY Chapter. Meetings will be held on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 231 Jackson Ave., Syosset. The group offers support, compassion, understanding and hope. No dues or fees.

•American Rhododendron Society local chapter meeting on the third Thursday of the month at the Burns Horticultural Center, Planting Fields Arboretum. Call Chas Rasweiler 334-4459 or Jim Fry 631-754-2412.

•Green Living Seminars, a series hosted by Starflower Experiences at 7 p.m. at the Melville Branch of the Half Hollow Hills Library, 510 Sweet Hollow Rd., directly across from the Sunquam Elementary School (between Route 110 and Old Country Rd.). The seminars will be held on the second Thursday of each month except July and August. Call 938-6152.

News

Eight students from Jericho High School, the largest number of students from any school on Long Island this year, are among the 300 semifinalists picked from 1,800 entrants nationally and overseas in the annual Intel Science Talent Search.

Brookville’s Green Vale School students were featured in the September/October 2013 issue of Sport Rocketry, the official journal of the National Association of Rocketry.

The seventh-grade students competed nationally at the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) last May in Virginia and were the youngest rocket scientists competing. They were also the only team from Long Island that qualified to enter the competition and one of only two teams from New York State.


Sports

The Syosset Braves 11-year-old football team recently won the Superbowl Championship Game against the Rosedale Jets with a final score of 13 to 0.

The Farrell & Schmidt Ho Ho Ho 5-Kilometer Run started and finished at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Bethpage on Dec. 21. The top local finisher was Tim Mahony of Syosset, who scored in 11th place overall and third in the 15 to 19 age group.

Other locals winning awards in this year’s Ho Ho Ho Run were Gina Ferraro of Syosset (2nd woman, 35-39 age group), Patty Santella of Syosset (3rd woman, 45-49 age group), Kim Solomine of Syosset (2nd woman, 55-59 age group).


Calendar

Jericho Wheelchair Basketball

January 17

Reality Check on America’s Economy, Health Care & Budget

January 17

Open Forum: Now What Do I Say?

January 21



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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