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Barbershop Harmony: A Musical Time Machine
Saturday, April 14

Defensive Driving Course
Saturday, April 14

NYIT Trains Sustainability Experts
Monday, April 16


Thursday, April 5

Grammy-winning Jazz Musician Paquito D’Rivera

Cuban-born saxophonist and clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera, winner of two 2011 Latin Grammys, performs with his quintet at the John and Lillian Maguire Theater, Campus Center Building, SUNY College at Old Westbury at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 general admission for the concert, which is being presented by the College’s Hispanic/Latino Cultural Center. D’Rivera began his career as a child prodigy. A restless musical genius during his teen years, D’Rivera created various original and ground-breaking musical ensembles. As a founding member of the Orquesta Cubana de Musica Moderna, he directed that group for two years, while at the same time playing both the clarinet and saxophone with the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra.


Saturday, April 14

Barbershop Harmony: A Musical Time Machine

On April 14 at 8:07 p.m. and April 15 at 3:07 p.m., The Barbershop Harmony Society’s Nassau Mid-Island Chapter takes center stage at Carle Place H.S., 168 Cherry Ln., to offer “A Musical Time Machine.” Tickets $15 at the door. The Long Island Harmonizers chorus, its talented quartets and “Round Midnight,” a top guest quartet, entertain during the two-hour presentations. Songs in barbershop arrangements currently being prepared for the scripted show include Neil Sedaka’s “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do,” the familiar “I Don’t Know Why (I Just Do),” “Sweet Georgia Brown” and the hauntingly beautiful Beatles ballad, “Something,” written by the late George Harrison. All tickets will be available at the door and are $15 regular admission. Cost if payment is received in advance is $12 seniors and students; $15 for others. A special form for ordering tickets in advance appears on the chapter’s website (www.longisland­har­monizers.org). For additional information call 516-208-3483.

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.


Sunday, April 15

Chamber Players International’s Musical Cuisine Series

Presents the fourth concert and brunch of its 2011-2012 season at the DeSeversky Conference Center on the campus of New York Institute of Technology, Northern Blvd., Old Westbury. This program celebrates the string quartets of Mozart, with performances of his Quartet No. 17 in B-flat major K. 458, The Hunt, Quartet No. 19 in C Major, KV. 465, The Dissonance, and a surprise piece. Performers will be the Voxare String Quartet, resident string quartet of Chamber Players International. The program begins with a champagne brunch buffet at noon, followed by the concert at 1:30 p.m. Admission is $60 per person with group rates available. For reservations (required) and information, contact Chamber Players International 877-444-4488 or visit http://chamberplayersinternational.org/.


Monday, April 16

NYIT Trains Sustainability Experts

NYIT will help meet the demands of the growing, multi-billion-dollar green building market by training professionals in sustainable building practices. The nine-month Sustainable Advisor Certificate Program will be offered at NYIT starting in June, for professionals in the fields of architecture, engineering, construction, real estate development, building, facilities management, utilities, and municipalities. An information session will be held today from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Anna Rubin Hall, room 305 at NYIT’s Old Westbury campus. Course content will address many types of construction and development through an interactive format with discussion-driven presentations. Participants and instructors will also visit exemplary projects. For more information about the program, visit http://www.nyit.edu/extended_education/sustainable_building. To R.S.V.P. for the information session, please contact Jannette Knowles at 516.686.7491or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

CHADD

(Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders) of Nassau County will hold its monthly forum and support group at the East Meadow Jewish Center, 1400 Prospect Ave., East Meadow, from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Support groups meet from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Parenting Workshop “Key Strategies for Managing AD/HD: The Multi-Modal Treatment Approach.” Speaker: James Snyder, MD and Alissa Barosin, Ph.D. Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , www.chadd.net/105.


Tuesday, April 17

Fashion Show

The Adele Smithers Parkinson Disease Treatment Center will be the holding “5th Annual Fashion Show” featuring Trois Jous Boutique. This event will take place beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the deSeversky Mansion at NYIT. For more information, call 516-686-3894.

Your Rights in the Workplace

Have questions about what is legal and what is not your job? Is this discrimination? What is sexual harassment? Am I earning the correct wage? Did I get fired illegally? Many of your questions can be answered at this free seminar. Presented by Valerie Cartwright, Esq., from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Westbury Community Center, 360 Post Ave., Westbury. Sponsored by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

PTSA Hosting Budget Presentation

The PTSA is hosting a budget meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Westbury Middle School auditorium. Superintendent Dr. Clark-Snead will represent the budget from the Board of Education. School board representation will be in attendance for the discussion. The purpose of this meeting is to educate community members on the current 2 percent tax cap, advise them of the proposed budget and the impact the proposed cuts will have on the district.


Wednesday, April 18

Town Meeting

Smart Growth, Pedestrian and Traffic Concerns and Nassau County Correction Center issues. The Merrick Avenue Civic Association is hosting an East Meadow town meeting. Issues on the agenda will be smart growth planning, attracting new businesses to the area, pedestrian safety, traffic concerns and issues at the NC Correction Center. The majority of the meeting will be open for community participation, questions and answers. Guest speakers include a representative from the NYS Department of Transportation and representatives from the Sheriff Officers Association, the union which represents the Correction Officers at the NC Correction Center. 7 p.m. at the East Meadow Library, 1886 Front St., East Meadow. All are welcome. For more information, contact Pat Maher 516-661-8124 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Friday, April 20

Buffet Dinner and Show

Featuring a variety of Frank Sinatra songs sung by Jerry Cardone. Sponsored by the Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court Immaculata #444 7 p.m. at Corpus Christi Church, Fitzgerald Hall, 155 Garfield Ave., Mineola. $35 includes buffet dinner, dessert, soda, coffee and tea. For reservations call Jill 516-294-6379.


Saturday, April 21

Rummage Sale

CRT Sisterhood Rummage Sale. Gently-used and new items, including clothing, shoes, costume jewelry, toys, small appliances,and linens are on sale. April 21 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and April 22 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Community Reform Temple, 712 The Plain Rd., Westbury. Sunday special: Buy two large bags, get one free. Admission: free. Free parking. For details, call 516-333-1839.


Upcoming Events

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.

Senior Center Golf Outing

Westbury Senior Center is hosting its third golf outing on May 16 at Towers on the Green in Floral Park. Shotgun Start begins at 1 p.m. The cost is $195 per golfer. If you would like to register to play or are interested in being a sponsor, call Maureen Droge 334-5886 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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 .

Flea Market

The Garden City Historical Society is holding its 7th Annual Flea Market on Saturday, June 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is an ideal time to do some spring cleaning and weed through furniture you don’t need and have no use for. All proceeds benefit the Garden City Historical Society.


Ongoing Events

St. Brigid’s Attic Thrift Shop

The Attic Thrift Shop (178 Post Ave., Westbury), which helps to support St. Brigid’s Outreach Program, is seeking donations of gently-used clothing, shoes and accessories for men, women and children. Donations of household items including bedding, cookware, dishes, flatware, lamps, pictures, decorative household items and bric-a-brac also accepted. Only small furniture items can be accepted. Call if you have a question about a donation you would like to make. The thrift shop can always use additional volunteers. If interested in volunteering on Fridays call Sheila Leonard 333-5969.

Furniture Needed

The A.T. Stewart Exchange Consignment Shop, 109 Eleventh St., Garden City, is looking for furniture to add to its inventory. The shop can use cocktail tables, end tables, consoles, chairs of all types, dressers, dining room tables, breakfronts, servers, secretaries, mirrors, etc....it’s all in demand. If you have a particularly large piece, take a picture, and show it to Kris or Jill at the shop (516 746-8900). Consignees get 50 percent of the selling price. Parking is convenient because the shop is located on the lower level of the Garden City Historical Museum.

Hicks Nurseries Supports Breast Cancer Education

For the 12th year, Hicks Nurseries, 100 Jericho Tpke., Westbury, is raising money for the Meghan’s Pansies Breast Cancer Fund. Through the end of April, for each specially marked pansy six-pack that is sold, 15 cents will be donated to the fund. Meghan’s Pansies, which is administered by the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program, educates young women and men about breast cancer. Meghan’s Pansies is a special fund established in memory of Meghan Kenny Halloran, a Garden City resident who succumbed to breast cancer at age 31. Call 334-0066.

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 sing for Hunter’s Moon Farm. All are welcome. Call with any questions 659-1686.

Stroke Support Groups

Stroke Life Society is a community organization of survivors and co-survivors in the pursuit of living and helping others. A stroke can be very isolating. By sharing experiences and encouraging one another, together we can face and overcome common challenges. All welcome. RSVP is requested but not required. For information and other locations and times, call Ben Thomas 398-4994. Go to www.strokelife.org.

•Every first Wednesday of the month at 11 a.m. in Room 12, St. Frances de Chantal, 1309 Wantagh Ave., Wantagh.

•Every second Monday of the month at 6 p.m. at the Church of St. Jude, 3606 Lufberry Ave., Wantagh.

News

Westbury High School students are teaching younger children from Park Avenue Elementary School valuable life lessons about money and business skills through the High School Heroes program.

 

In this program, high school students that are taking Renate Johnson’s Junior Achievement class will go into first grade classrooms to teach 45-minute lessons.

 

“It is a program that gives high school and younger students confidence and teaches them about business and financial literacy,” said Johnson.

The Westbury Historical Society will host Dr. Natalie Naylor, professor emerita at Hofstra University and author of Women in Long Island’s Past: Eminent Ladies and Everyday Lives at their next meeting on March 9. 

 

Naylor’s presentation will focus on the place of women in Long Island’s history, including several prominent women from Westbury’s past.  


Sports

Albertson resident and Kellenberg sophomore Gabby Schreib qualified for the Millrose Games in New York City. Schreib qualified as a member of the Sprint Medley Relay along with Danielle Correia, Bridget McNierney, and Jazmine Fray. 

 

The Kellenberg relay’s close second place finish in January’s Millrose Trials has moved them closer to defending the title they won in the same relay at last year’s Millrose Games. Schreib and her teammates time is currently second in the United States for girls track and field performances.


Congratulations to Westbury athletes Michael Esposito, Eileen Harris, Brett Harris, and Michael Going, each of whom won awards in Race # 1 of the Jonas Chiropractic Run Nassau Series co-hosted by Nassau County and the Greater Long Island Running Club.

 

Michael Esposito, age 15, took home the second place award in the 15-19 age group with a time of 23 minutes, 6 seconds.  Eileen Harris, age 42, earned the first place award in the women’s 40-44 age group.  She completed the race with her 45 year old husband, Brett Harris, who was the third place award winner in the men’s 45-49 age group.  Michael Going, age 41, scored third place honors in the 40-44 age group with a time of 20 minutes, 51 seconds.


Calendar

Los Lobos - March 5

Coffee House - March 8

Meet the Mayor - March 8


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