Friday, 06 April 2012 00:00
Barbershop Harmony: A Musical Time Machine
Saturday, April 14
Defensive Driving Course
Saturday, April 14
NYIT Trains Sustainability Experts
Monday, April 16
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.
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.
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.
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/.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 00:00
Once a week, Robert Blume goes to Virpa Convenience on Carman Ave. to buy breakfast and lottery tickets. When he bought his Mega Millions and Powerball tickets on Sunday, Oct. 20, it was just like any other day. But when he went in to Virpa to check his tickets later that week, life changed forever.
He won $7 with his Mega Millions ticket, and then ran his Powerball ticket through the ticket check. Instead of the usual reading of “Sorry You Are Not A Winner,” he saw a message that said ‘Big Winner. See Retailer.’
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
“Art is beautiful. It's all around us and makes you see the world in a different way. Anyone can learn to paint, it just takes time, but when you do, you never look at clouds the same way or water the same way or even at the beach the same way.” These are the words of Westbury’s own artist and teacher Laura Meshover. Her captivating oil paintings exhibit the very essence of photo realism.
“I always knew I wanted to be an artist even from way back at a young age,” explained Meshover. “I used to take painting lessons in my neighbor’s basement when I was a little girl. You can’t do that kind of stuff anymore,” she said with a laugh.
Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00
Congratulations to the Westbury boys varsity basketball team who defeated East Meadow High Schoool 57 to 51 to win the championship game of the Coaches vs. Cancer tournament.
The tournament was dedicated to Coach Martin “Bunky” Reid and the 1985 state championship team. Before the finals of the tournament, a poster signed by many of the players from the 85’ team was presented to Mrs. Reid to honor her son.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
The wrestling team at Westbury High School looks forward to a fresh start this season. Last year, they struggled to stay atop the Nassau Conference, but this time, the team has a lot of valuable pieces that are crucial for them to flip the script and potentially climb to the top of the standings.
One of the shining stars in the school’s team this year is the dominating Raeco Jackson. For the past two seasons, Jackson has had an extraordinary winning record in the 113 and 120 weight classes. “Last year, my record was 28-5 and the year before that it was 30-5,” he said. With a total record of 58 wins and 10 losses, he has won 85 percent of his matches. His impressive feat helped Jackson receive all-county honors last season.