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Belmont Stakes Parade

Saturday, May 31

“A Day At The Races” Fundraiser

Saturday, May 31

Floral Park Lions Club Comedy Fundraiser

Sunday, June 1


Wednesday, May 28

The Architectural Review Board will meet on May 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the recreation center.


Thursday, May 29

Belmont Stakes Carats, Jewels and Little Black Dress Luncheon will be held at the Turf and Field Club at Belmont Park on May 29 at 11:30 a.m. Contact Joann Adams at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for details.


Saturday, May 31

Belmont Stakes Parade on May 31. Assemble at Alva T. Standforth athletic fields at 9:30 a.m. Parade steps off at 10 a.m. and parades west on Hemsptead Tpke. to Belmont Park. Email Parade Chairman Ralph Esposito at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for information.

The Sewanhaka, Elmont, Floral Park Special Education Parent Teacher Association (SEF-SEPTA) will hold “A Day At The Races” fundraiser to benefit SEF-SEPTA and the Andrew Burrows Best Buddy Foundation on Saturday, May 31 at 12:30 p.m. under the festival tent at Belmont Park. Cost is $50 for adults, $25 for children (2-13) and includes park entrance, racing program, barbecue lunch and tap beer. For tickets and raffle donation call Fran at 516-616-7144.


Sunday, June 1

The Floral Park Lions Club is holding a comedy fundraiser on Sunday, June 1 at 7 p.m. Join for a fun-filled night. Price of admission is one for $15 or two for $25. A two-drink minimum purchase is also required. Make checks payable to the “Floral Park Lions Club” and mail it to: John Mansfield, 62 Eweler Ave., Floral Park, NY 11001. Please purchase tickets before May 27. Some tickets will be available for purchase at the door.


Tuesday, June 3

Village of Floral Park Board of Trustees will meet on Tuesday, June 3 at 8 p.m. in the village hall court room.  

The 2014 Floral Park Memorial PTSA Installation Dinner will take place on Tuesday, June 3 at 6 p.m. at The Inn at New Hyde Park. Please join the PTSA as they install the officers of the executive committee for the 2014-15 school year and present PTA honorary life memberships. Dinner includes Tuscan Table, salad, a choice of entree, soda, coffee, tea and dessert. A cash bar will be available. For reservations, return the form found on the FPMHS website, along with a check for $48 per person payable to FPMHS PTSA, to the PTSA mailbox in the main office or contact Valerie Trifon 516-437-3980 or JoAnn Milea 516-328-0894.


Wednesday, June 4

NYRA post position draw for the Running of the Belmont Stakes will be held at Belmont Park on June 4 at 11 a.m.

The Floral Park Memorial PTA meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 4 at the high school at 7:30 p.m.


Thursday, June 5

The West End Civic Association of Floral Park will have its final meeting of the 2013-14 season on Thursday, June 5 at 8 p.m. at the Atlantic Avenue Firehouse (second floor meeting room). The guest speaker will be Assemblyman Edward Ra, who will discuss state issues and impact on the Village of Floral Park. Also present will be Village Trustee Dominick Longobardi. As is the tradition for the last meeting, wine, beer, soft drinks and cheese will be served. President Perry Criscitelli and Vice President Marc Mullen urge all members to attend.

Belmont Stakes Charity Celebration to benefit the Jockey Club Foundation and the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation will be held at Bar Americain in New York City on Thursday, June 5 from 6 to 10 p.m. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Contact the Jockey Club at 212-521-5305.


Friday, June 6

Garden City Belmont Festival will be held on Friday, June 6 from 6 to 10 p.m. on Seventh St. in Garden City.


Saturday, June 7

146th running of the Belmont Stakes will take place on Saturday, June 7 at Belmont Park. Post time for the day’s races will be 11 a.m. The chance for a Triple Crown win is possible with California Chrome having already secured the Derby and Preakness wins.

Floral Park Art League will hold its exhibit to celebrate thoroughbred horse racing at Memorial Park on Saturday, June 7 from 3 to 7 p.m. and again on June 8 from 2 to 6 p.m.

Friends of the Floral Park Library will hold a book sale on Saturday, June 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and again on Sunday, June 8 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Centennial Hall.


Sunday, June 8

Floral Park Belmont Festival will be held on June 8 from 2 to 7 p.m. on Tulip Ave.

News

The Floral Park Recreation Summer 2014 programs have now reached their half way point. While youngsters still have four more weeks of camps and activities, the night time volleyball and basketball programs are now gearing up for their final push to the playoff and championship rounds. Of the 55 adult teams competing, only Madness and Chaos (B league basketball) and Poppy’s (Women’s competitive volleyball) have managed to move through the season without a blemish on their records. Playoffs for volleyball are on Aug. 6 and Aug. 7, while basketball quarterfinals begin Thursday, July 31. Family, friends and spectators are always welcome. Good luck to all teams and players during their quest to become Floral Park’s Champions of the Summer of 2014.

As in past years, the Floral Park Recreation Department sprinkled in some expert instruction along with the recreational format of the various camps. Many thanks go out to Lisa O’Grady (OLV volleyball coach) for presenting an excellent volleyball clinic for our beginning junior players. Once again, Nassau Community College football Coach Ed Mack and his players have volunteered their time to give a few pointers for all youngsters grades 4 and above on Wednesday, June 30. The junior football clinic kicks off at 8:30 a.m., while senior campers (grades 7 and above) will receive instruction beginning at 10 a.m. Some features will include pass and catch techniques and NFL style agility drills. All Floral Park youth entering grades 4 and above are invited to attend. At that same time, Chris Schneider, outstanding and championship basketball coach at both St. Mary’s and Sacred Heart, will be on hand to present a comprehensive basketball clinic for both our junior and senior future female basketball stars.

The 36th annual Thunderbird American Indian Mid-Summer Pow-Wow will be held at the Queens County Farm Museum from Friday, July 25 through Sunday, July 27. It is the longest-running American Indian Pow-Wow and will feature three days of inter-tribal Native American Dance Competitions.

More than 40 Indian nations will be represented. Chanting, drumming and brilliantly-colored, finely-detailed regalia will provide stimulating entertainment for people of all ages. All dance competitions and performances will be narrated for your appreciation of the rich tradition and culture that is being shared. American Indian art and craft vendors will offer a unique array of times for shoppers.


Calendar

Theatre Box

Friday, August 1

E-Cycling Collection

Saturday, August 2

Floral Park Board of Trustees

Tuesday, August 5



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