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Spring Festival
Saturday, March 31

Peter Pan and Wendy
Saturday, March 31

Nine
Saturday, March 31


Saturday, March 31

Spring Festival

Face painting, children’s craft table, jelly bean guessing contest, Chinese auction, new gift items, lovely handcrafted holiday items, at “tech” table, bake table with delicious cakes, cupcakes, brownies, etc. A snack bar will be available. There will be musicians and the Easter Bunny. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hillside United Methodist Church, 2801 Hillside Ave., New Hyde Park. Call 516-747-4475 or 741-5148.

Peter Pan and Wendy

You’ll be flying high as you watch the adventures of Peter Pan as he saves Wendy from the villainous Captain Hook and his pirate crew. 2 p.m. at the BroadHollow Theatre, 700 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont. Box office 775-4420. Tickets are $10. Group rates available. Call 631-581-2700 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for group information.

Nine

Based on Fellini’s classic 8 ½. This spectacular musical is the story of celebrated film director Guido Contini and his attempts to come up with a plot for his next film. He is pursued by hordes of beautiful women, all clamoring to be loved by him and him alone. 8 p.m. Also on April 1 at 2:30 p.m. BroadHollow Theatre, 700 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont. Box office 775-4420. Advance tickets are $25 adults; $23 seniors; $18 students; $14 youth (under 12). All tickets are $28 at the door. Group rates available. Call 631-581-2700 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for group information.

LI Book and Ephemera Fair

The LI Antiquarian Book Dealers Association and Flamingo Eventz announce the return of the totally revamped Long Island Book and Ephemera Fair. Shop where the pros shop. Find truly affordable prices, knowledgeable dealers and the best in fine, rare old books alongside exceptional ephemera. Where savvy collectors find that hidden treasure and beginners are introduced to a lifelong passion. The fair will be held March 31 and April 1 in the Student Center Multi Purpose Room (101), Hofstra University, 200 Hofstra Dr., Hempstead. Hours: Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission: Adult $6; students and young collectors 12-21, $3; under 12 free w/adult admission.


Monday, April 2

Writers Salon

Author/adventurer/illustrator and Roslyn resident Vivian Swift will be speaking at the next Hofstra CE Writer’s Salon at 7 p.m. to inspire writers and art journalers to take their work to the next level. A former jewelry historian and Faberge expert at Christie’s auction house in New York, Ms. Swift is the author of two illustrated travel memoirs, When Wanderers Cease to Roam and Le Road Trip. Ms. Swift will discuss her unlikely career path as a writer and offer her tips on getting real, getting down to business, and getting published. The Salon takes place in Breslin Hall, room 105, Hofstra University, Hempstead, and is free and open to the public. To register, visit ce.hofstra.edu/writing or call 516-463-7200.


Wednesday, April 11

Rummage Sale

The Confraternity of Christian Mothers of St. Catherine of Sienna, Franklin Square, will hold its annual Rummage Sale in the school auditorium, 990 Holtzheimer St. at the corner of New Hyde Park Rd. (one block North of Hempstead Tpke). Rummage Sale days are April 11 from 9:30 to 2 p.m. and 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.; April 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and April 13 from 9:30 a.m. to noon (Dollar Bag Day).


Saturday, April 14

Defensive Driving Course

Knights of Columbus #11836 at St Anne’s Church in Garden City is offering the community the Empire Safety Council’s Defensive Driving Course from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the St Anne’s Church LL Cafeteria, 35 Dartmouth St. Upon completion of this course, participants are eligible for 10 percent off their motor vehicle insurance for three years and/or a reduction of points from their driver’s license. The fee for the course is $45 per person and advance registration is required. To register, or for more information, contact John Russo at 516-384-4552 or take the online course at www.empiresafetycouncil.com use code KOFC and receive a $5 discount.


Upcoming Event

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 he 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 man-made lake in the world, Torgome Village for Naming Ceremony, shopping galore. For further information contact Pat Jenkins This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 516-997-6585.


Ongoing Events

Elmont American Legion Post 1033

It’s time to highlight Elmont American Legion Post 1033 located in the impressive building on Hill Ave. Besides providing great Memorial Day parades, the post is involved in many programs that benefit the community. Veterans are welcome to join this organization and become part of a group devoted to the betterment of the community. Call 354-9884.

Port North Spring Boys Basketball

Port North is a 3-year-old independent basketball team based out of Port Washington that plays year round in the super league at Island Garden and various tournaments in the metropolitan area. The program currently has a combined record of 30 - 3 in the winter super league. The emphasis is on teaching the fundamentals, developing good practice habits and preparing players for middle and high school basketball. The team has a professional trainer with over 20 years experience. We are currently looking for experienced and dedicated basketball players in grades 4 through 10 who are interested in trying out for spring and AAU basketball. If you are interested or have any questions email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Weekly Events

•Gam-Anon, an anonymous organization for spouses, adult children over 18, family and friends whose lives have been affected by a gambling problem. Meets Mondays at the Jewish Community Center of W. Hempstead, 711 Dogwood Ave., W. Hempstead. For information call 321-2883.

•Triple Bingo every Monday at 7:30 p.m. at the Bellerose Jewish Center, 254-04 Union Tpke., Floral Park. You can win up to $3,000.

•Separation/Divorce Support Group formed by The Caroline K. Simon Counseling Center for individuals coping with separation and divorce. Groups will be run in the Hempstead Center, 50 Clinton St., Hempstead on Mondays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. A NYS certified and specially-trained clinician will provide compassionate counseling and support to help group members regain hope and take charge of their lives and relationships. Sponsored by F.E.G.S. Call Judie Rokofsky 485-5710, ext. 122.

•Vedic Heritage Community Center open House held every Tuesday and Saturday for Satsang at 8 p.m. 111 Jerusalem Ave., Hempstead. Call 483-9500 or 212-759-4568.


Monthly Events

•Look Good...Feel Better sponsored by LIJ Medical Center in association with the National Cosmetology Association, the Toiletry Fragrance Association and the American Cancer Society. The program reaches out to women with cancer and teaches them how to best apply makeup and wear their hair while undergoing cancer treatment. Meets on the second Monday of every month at LIJ Medical Center, 27005 76th Ave., New Hyde Park. Reservations suggested, but not required. Call Harriet Pine or Selma Robinton 718-470-7094. All women who attend receive a makeup kit filled with brand-name cosmetics valued at over $200.

•The Elmont East End Civic Club will hold its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the Elmont Library, Hempstead Tpke. Meets on the first Tuesday of every month except July and August.

•The Franklin Square Jewish Center Retirees Group meets at 10:30 a.m. in the Social Hall, 47 Pacific Ave., Franklin Square, every other Tuesday except August. Call Henry 561-8734.

•Munch & Learn - Adult Education with Rabbi Harvey Weil will take place on the third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at Congregation Beth Israel, 141 Hilton Ave., Hempstead. Bring your dairy food. Dessert will be served. Call 489-1818.

•Garden City Ski Club meets on the first and third Wednesdays through April (except holidays) at 7:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus, 1000 Marcus Ave., New Hyde Park. Social events, trips to our lodge in Vermont, and skiing in a variety of areas throughout the West and New England. Ages 21 and over, please. For additional info and schedules visit www.gardencityskiclub.com or call 872-1448.

•Order Sons of Italy meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the VFW Hall, Lincoln Rd., Franklin Square. There are also entertaining programs and refreshments and food are served free at every meeting. Call Sal Palmeri 328-0333 for an application.

•Young Widows/Widowers Social Group, a nonsectarian, nonprofit organization of widows and widowers ages 40 to 69 years of age. Fee for members is $3, nonmembers $5. Meets at 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Church, 5th St. and Franklin Ave., Garden City, on the third Wednesday of each month. Call Denise 488-4597. No meeting at the church during July and August.

•Nassau University Medical Center no cost mammography services will be in the St. Boniface Church parking lot, Elmont Rd., Elmont, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every other month. General admission requirements: proof of Nassau County residency, women age 40 and older, all health insurance accepted, no charge to patient other than insurance coverage, women who are not pregnant or nursing. By appointment only. Call Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 354-0744. Bring doctor’s name and address.

•Order Sons of Italy in America is seeking new members to join the America Lodge #2245, Franklin Square, Elmont, West Hempstead, Floral Park, Garden City, Stewart Manor and Malverne. The America Lodge #2245 is a co-ed lodge with many projects that enhance the preservation of the members‘ Italian heritage. The lodge raises funds for contributions to worthy charities. Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the VFW Hall, Lincoln Rd., Franklin Square. There are entertaining programs, refreshments and food served free at every meeting. Call Sal Palmeri 328-0333.

•Free/Low Cost Health Insurance. The residents of communities served by Mercy Medical Center will have the opportunity to apply for free or low cost health insurance for children, families and adults up to age 64 on the first Thursday of every month from 5 to 7 p.m. in Mercy’s Main Lobby. Staff from Catholic Charities of LI will assist you and our children applying for Child Health Plus, Family Health Plus and Medicaid Health Insurance Programs. The bi-lingual enrollers will screen adults for income eligibility for the state’s health insurance program Family Health Plus. Children are eligible for Child Health Plus. These programs cover medical check-ups, hospitalization, emergency care, prescriptions, vision and dental care.

•The LI Junior Chamber of Commerce regularly has the Meet and Greet on the first Thursday and the monthly meeting on the third Tuesday of each month, along with a variety of other events throughout the month, For more information on the LI Junior Chamber, visit WWW.LIJC.com. Contact: Martin Dekom, Chairman, 850-2717 - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Julie Dekom, Membership Director This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Steven Eiselen, Community Development VP This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

•Independent Order of the Odd Fellow Mineola-Hempstead Lodge #125 meets on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at 7 p.m. at 236 Willis Ave., Mineola.

•Heavenly Brew Coffee House will be held at Wesley United Methodist Church, 619 Fenworth Blvd., Franklin Square, every second and fourth Friday of the month from 8 to 11 p.m. Casual coffee house atmosphere, assorted coffees, desserts and ice cream available for purchase. Music, board games, no cover charge. All ages welcome. Call 481-1797.

•Torah Study Seminar. The Elmont Jewish Center, 500 Elmont Rd., Elmont offers a monthly seminar held on Saturdays (September through June) at 1:30 p.m. Rabbinic and Talmudic reference and interesting interpretations. Open and free discussion encouraged. No previous study or experience required. All levels of knowledge welcome. Just attend and enjoy the class. Light refreshments served. The Torah Study will be held in the Kiddish room. Call 488-1616.

•Free Small Business Counseling will be offered by Counselor Iris Kirkland from SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives Association) at the Job Information Center at the Hempstead Library, 115 Nichols Ct., Hempstead. She will answer questions about starting and running a small business. Meetings are confidential and open to anyone. This free service is available by appointment only on the first and third Saturdays of the month. Call 481-6990.


Ongoing Programs

Safe Boating Courses

Safe Boating Courses, free vessel safety checks and more from America’s Boating Club, the United States Power Squadrons. With 18 squadrons around Long Island, there’s one near you. Visit WeBoatSafe.org or call 1-800-341-8777 for more information.

News

Members of the Council of Nassau County Cerebral Palsy Auxiliaries and the Nassau Homemakers helped make this holiday season special for students who attend school at the Children’s Learning Center at the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County, Inc. One of these holiday elves was Joan Talamo, a Floral Park resident.

Defendants sold counterfeit handbags, shoes and electronics

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced on Dec. 19 that eight people have been arrested and charged with selling counterfeit shoes, handbags, and electronics at an outdoor flea market in Valley Stream.

Rice said that on Saturday, Dec. 15, investigators from the DA’s Office conducted a joint operation with the Nassau County Police Department’s Asset Forfeiture Unit and ICE’s Trademark Counterfeit team at the Green Acres Outdoor Flea Market. Numerous booths were identified by experts for selling counterfeit Coach and Louis Vuitton handbags, UGG boots, music CDs, and DVDs.


Calendar

 Monthly Cancer Support Group - January 7

Bariatric Seminar - January 8

New York Luncheon - January 13


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