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Hofstra University Open House

Tuesday, January 8

Your Widows/Widowers Social Group

Wednesday, January 16

Handel’s Israel In Egypt

Sunday, February 10


Sunday, January 6

Blood Drive Sponsored By Sisterhood

A mobile unit from New York Blood Center will collect all donations at Temple Tikva on 3315 Hillside Ave. in New Hyde Park from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Participants must be between 17 and 75. For more information, please call 516-746-1120 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Tuesday, January 8

Bariatric Seminar

The New York metro area’s top bariatric surgery program at Syosset Hospital, designated a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence, has joined with Franklin Hospital in providing free informational seminars of life-saving weight-loss surgery. North Shore LIJ Franklin Hospital in Valley Stream will host a bariatric seminar at 6:30 p.m. in the hospital’s surgical waiting room. If you suffer from obesity-related disease, learn about your weight-loss options at one of the hospital’s seminars, led by board-certified surgeon, Heather McMullen, MD, FACS. The program’s multi-disciplinary team offers you compassionate personalized care in a supportive atmosphere. For more information, call 1-888-944-THIN (8446) or visit northshorelij.com/syossetbariatric to register for this free informational seminar.

Hofstra University Open House

Hofstra University will be hosting an open house at the Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center, North Campus from 6-8 p.m. At this event, you will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from the School of Education; School of Health Sciences and Human Services; School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; Frank G. Zarb School of Business; Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; School of Communication; and the Office of Graduate Admissions. Have your program-specific questions answered, learn about the application and financial aid process, and have your application fee waived. If you’re not ready to make the jump into a master’s- or doctoral-level program but you want to get started, you will have the chance to enroll on-site as a non-matriculated student. As a non-matriculated student, you may complete up to 12 credits before enrolling in a degree program.  Please note that non-matriculated status is not available to international, Zarb School of Business, psychology, or counseling students. Please register online at hofstra.edu/gradevent or call 516-463-4723.


Wednesday, January 16

Winthrop-University Hospital’s Free Mini-Med School

Attention adults: do you have an affinity for science and learning? Not doing much this winter? If so, then come hear from experts from Winthrop-University Hospital as you learn how the body functions.
 Winthrop’s free Mini-Med School Adult Education program begins on Wednesday, Jan. 16 and will be offered for a total of five weekly sessions through Wednesday, Feb. 13. Topics and sessions include:

· Jan. 16 – The Cardiovascular and Endocrine Systems

· Jan. 23 – The Nervous and Musculoskeletal Systems

· Jan. 30 – The Reproductive And Gastrointestinal Systems

· Feb. 6 – Dermatology and Ophthalmology

· Feb. 13 – The Respiratory System and Preventative Medicine

Classes will be held from 7 – 9 p.m. in the Dr. Martin Spatz Conference Center, located in the lower level of the main Hospital at 259 First St. in Mineola. Admission is free but space is limited and registration is required. To register for one or more of the sessions, please call 516-663-2234.

Your Widows/Widowers Social Group

A nonsectarian, nonprofit organization of widows and widowers ages 50+ years of age. Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month. 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 Diana 516-481-9280. No meeting at the church during July and August.


Sunday, February 10

Handel’s Israel In Egypt

The Waldorf Choral Society presents Handel’s Israel in Egypt with chorus, soloists and full orchestra at 3 p.m. at The Presbyterian Church of Garden City, 91 Chester Ave., Garden City. Adults $20/seniors and students $18. For more information, call 516-747-4457.


Upcoming Events

Volunteers Sought For Breast Cancer Program

If you’ve had breast cancer and want to pay it forward become a hotline volunteer. Women and men who are breast cancer survivors and others who are concerned about breast health issues can become volunteers at the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program in Garden City. Volunteers can help by doing fundraising and publicity, as well as by answering hotline calls. Hotline volunteers provide emotional support, information and referral services to callers with breast health concerns. Although the program is housed on Long Island, hotline services and telephone counseling are available to callers throughout New York State. For more information call Caroline Mulcahy at 516- 877-4315. To reach the Hotline from anywhere in New York State, call 1-800-877-8077.

Creative Cups

The popular, life-affirming event of the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program, is returning and people are invited to participate by becoming a sponsor. Submitted creations will be included in the auction/gala (to be held on March 14, 2013 at Adelphi University in Garden City). Creative Cups celebrates the lives of those living with breast cancer and those lost to this terrible disease. For more information, visit www.adelphi.edu/creative-cups or call 800-877-8077.


Ongoing Events

Monthly Cancer Support Group

Franklin Hospital’s cancer support group will meet on Monday, Jan. 7 at 2 p.m. in the former coffee shop at North Shore LIJ Franklin Hospital in Valley Stream. (Please note the new location for 2013.)

The group regularly meets the first Monday of every month from 2 to 4 p.m. It is open to all cancer survivors, including family members and is ideal for people who need someone to talk to about the illness. Discussions include new medicines and treatments, advice on how to cope and also provides emotional support.

Additional information about the monthly meetings, or those seeking assistance and information concerning cancer are urged to contact group advisors Anna Rossetti at 516-256-6025 or Meg Wehrum, RN at 516-256-6478.

Defensive Driving Courses

Six-hour course conducted by the AAA NY in the Garden City office located at 229 7th St. Save money; reduce violation points; sharpen skills. The cost is $39 for AAA members; $32 Plus members; $32 members 60 and older; $32 members 16-24 years old; $49 nonmembers; special group rates available. Dates and rates subject to change. Online class available. Visit AAA.com/DefensiveDriving. Reservations required. Call 516-873-2381. The following dates are offered:

• Jan. 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• Jan.6 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• Jan.14 & 15 from 6:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.

• Jan. 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• Jan. 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• Jan. 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• Jan. 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

South Nassau Hospital Offers Parent-Child Education
Classes And Support Groups

The following classes will be held in January 2013: Wednesday, Jan. 2, Prepared Childbirth Class, 7-9 p.m.; Monday, Jan. 7, Mommy & Baby Yoga, 12:30 -1:45 p.m.; Preparation for Breastfeeding, 7-9 p.m.; Tuesday, Jan. 8, Breastfeeding Support Group, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.; Prenatal Yoga Class, 6:30-8 p.m.; Wednesday, Jan. 9, Prepared Childbirth Class, 7-9 p.m.; Thursday, Jan. 10, Maternity Orientation, 7:30-8:30 p.m., South Nassau’s Conf. Room A; Sunday, Jan. 13, Prepared Childbirth Class, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Monday, Jan. 14, Mommy & Baby Yoga, 12:30-1:45 p.m.; Sibling Class, 4:30-5:45 p.m., South Nassau’s Albert Conf. Room ; Tuesday, Jan. 15, Prenatal Yoga Class, 6:30-8 p.m.; Wednesday, Jan. 16, Prepared Childbirth Class, 7-9 p.m.; Monday, Jan. 21, Baby Care Class, 7-9 p.m.; Tuesday, Jan. 22, Breastfeeding Support Group, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.Prenatal Yoga Class, 6:30-8 p.m.; Wednesday, Jan. 23, Prepared Childbirth Class, 7-9 p.m.; Thursday, Jan. 24, Maternity Orientation, 7:30-8:30 p.m., South Nassau’s Conf. Room A; Monday, Jan. 28, Mommy & Baby Yoga, 12:30-1:45 p.m.; Tuesday, Jan. 29, Prenatal Yoga Class, 6:30-8 p.m.; Thursday, Jan. 31. Maternity Orientation, 7:30-8:30 p.m., South Nassau’s Conf. Room A. All classes unless otherwise noted, will be held at the Parent/Child Education classroom located at 2277 Grand Ave., 2nd Floor in Baldwin.  For more information, or to register for classes please call 516-377-5310.

Safe Boating Courses

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

Free Breast Cancer Support Groups

The Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer program is offering new support groups. There is no cost for any group; however pre-registration is required. Additional groups are formed upon request, including groups for men with breast cancer and family members. All groups meet at Adelphi University School of Social Work in Garden City. For more information call Sandi Kafenbaum, LCSW, at 516-877-4314, or the Breast Cancer Hotline at 800-877-8077.

•Support group for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer will meet weekly for eight weeks from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

•Support group for women post treatment will meet weekly for eight weeks from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

•Support group for young women with breast cancer will meet weekly for eight weeks from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

•Support group for women with metastatic breast cancer will meet weekly for eight weeks from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

•A telephone support group for women with breast cancer will be held weekly for eight weeks from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

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.


Ongoing Programs

Clutterers Anonymous

Clutterers Anonymous (CLA), a 12-step self-help group, offers help and support to those who have clutter problems in their homes or workplace. Meets every Thursday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 265 Asbury Ave., in Westbury. There are no dues or fees. For more information, call 866-800-3881 or visit: www.ClutterersAnonymous.net.


Board Meetings

Cultural And Recreational Affairs Board Of Commissioners meets on the first Tuesday of each month (except July and August) at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Senior Center.

Architectural Design Review Board meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 8 p.m. at Village Hall.

Zoning Board Of Appeals meets at 7:30 p.m. at the village hall on the fourth Tuesday of each month.

Planning Commission meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the village hall.

Environmental Advisory Board meets at 8 p.m. at the village hall on the last Wednesday (except July and August) of each month.

Traffic Commission meets on the third Thursday (except July and August) of each month at 8 p.m. at the village hall.


Weekly Events

•Waldorf Choral Society. Do you love to sing? Rehearsals are every Monday from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Waldorf School, Cambridge Ave., Garden City. For audition information call 516-747-4457.

•LI Chess Nuts meets at 38 Old Country Rd., Garden City, Thursdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. for K to third grade and Fridays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. for fourth grade and up. Optional lessons for beginners and advanced players available at 4 and 5:30 p.m. For more information call Margarita Lanides at 5116-739-3907.

•Free Bereavement Group, a support group for individuals grieving the loss of a loved one meets at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Ethical Humanist Society, 38 Old Country Rd., Garden City. Call 516-741-7304.

•Anxiety And Depression Group, a free self-help group for anxiety, panic disorder, depression, OCD and other nervous fears now meets every Thursdays at 8 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church, corner of Chester Ave. and New Hyde Park Rd., Garden City. Through the Recovery International process, members learn to manage stress, panic, anxiety, depression, anger, irrational fears, phobias, compulsions, obsessions and other emotional or behavioral problems. Members also learn how to face and manage psychosomatic symptoms such as heart palpitations, dizziness, shortness of breath, sweats, fatigue, headaches, numbness, chest pressure and sleep problems. All group leaders are trained lay volunteers who have experienced some type of difficulty with an emotional problem and practice the Recovery International method of self-help. Call Steve 516-652-8560 or visit www.recovery-inc.org.

•Long Term Care Workshop, a free informative workshop conducted by Jim McTighe of McTighe & Capaccio, LLC, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays at 1001 Franklin Ave., Suite 207, Garden City. Workshops are limited to no more than 10 people. Bagels and coffee served. Reservations only; call Terry 516-739-1240, ext. 312.

•Free Prenatal Consultations offered by Village Pediatrics, 975 Franklin Ave., Garden City, on Tuesdays at 5 p.m. Parents are invited to meet the physicians prior to the child’s birth. Call 516-248-8334 for an appointment.


Monthly Events

•Calling All War Time Veterans (WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Iran, Iraq). VFW Garden City Park Post #120 invites you to become a member. Meet new service buddies, share experiences and become involved in your community. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at 2162 Jericho Tpke., Garden City Park. Call Cmdr. G. Popowitz 516-746-0662.

•Garden City Ski Club meets on the first and third Wednesdays, September 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 516-872-1448.

•Your Widows/Widowers Social Group, a nonsectarian, nonprofit organization of widows and widowers ages 50+ 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 Diana 516-481-9280. No meeting at the church during July and August.

•Ethical Issues In The News will be presented by the Ethical Humanist Society of LI on the first Sunday of each month at 10 a.m. at the society, 38 Old Country Rd., Garden City. Call 516-741-7304.


Ongoing Programs

Anger Management

 

Contact Lani McElgun, M.A., LMFT, at 520 Franklin Ave., Suite 213, Garden City, or call 516-428-1167 for information on the following: Group: Turn angry behaviors into more productive ones; learn healthier ways to communicate with spouse, children, co-workers. Individual: Combine individual therapy and anger management techniques. Both are held on a weekly basis and facilitated by a licensed marriage and family therapist, also certified in anger management. Court mandates welcome.

Bereavement Groups

Contact Catherine Bottari, LCSW, at 500 Old Country Rd., Suite 300, Garden City, or call 516-732-6964 for information on the following:

•Group 1: A woman’s bereavement group is available to help women share and learn about their grief. Groups are held on a weekly basis and are facilitated by a licensed clinical social worker.

•Group 2: The death of a love one is hard for all of us but especially for children. A 12-week bereavement support group is available for children ages 7 to 9. Groups will be held on Saturdays and are facilitated by a licensed social worker.

Cradle Of Aviation Museum

In the world of aviation, signals and coded messages are an important part of how airplanes and air traffic control speak everyday. The Cradle of Aviation Museum has a variety of free family activities. Walk through the eight museum galleries and you’ll walk through over 100 years of aerospace history with 75 planes and space craft and a variety of examples of how pilots navigated and communicated from the early days of flight through the space program. Museum activities are free with admission and are available each day from noon to 4 p.m. The museum also is home to the IMAX Dome Theatre and is located on Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Museum Row. Call 516-572-4111.

Creativity Classes For Women

City Folk, Inc., 45 New Hyde Park Rd. (one block south of St. Anne’s Church), Garden City, offers Creativity Classes for women. It’s a great opportunity to have fun, while experiencing your creative side. Learn many different craft techniques in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. Create a one of a kind craft project that is uniquely your own. No experience needed, just a desire to have fun. Each class includes a demonstration, lesson and supplies needed to complete the project. “Creativity Night” is also offered. Bring your group or club together for an exciting evening out. Select one project from samples, then choose the evening that works best for them. The program is held weeknights at 7 p.m. Reservations required. Call 516-326-4544 or stop by for more details and class fees.

Elder Abuse

If you are 60 or older and are being hurt by someone who should be caring, you are not alone. If you are suffering from abuse, mistreatment or neglect at the hands of family members or someone who is living with you, help is available. The NC Coalition Against Domestic Violence offers counseling, legal advocacy and support services to seniors in need of help. All services are free and confidential. Call 516-542-0404. The Coalition is a member agency of the Community Chest of Port Washington, Garden City, Community Fund, United Community Fund of Great Neck and United Way of LI.

Epilepsy Foundation

Located at 506 Stewart Ave., Garden City (516-739-7733) the following is offered:

•Free Puppet Show on Seizure Disorder. A free children’s program on epilepsy using the internationally acclaimed “Kids on the Block” troupe of puppets to public and private elementary schools. These shows are appropriate for the 3rd and 4th grades levels but can be tailored to your needs. Programs are also available for junior and senior high classes. Help us foster a climate of acceptance, understanding and compassion in our schools for all. Call Janet Romeo, ext. 145.

•Support Groups. Do you have seizures? Are you having difficulty with jobs, relationships, etc.? Are you isolating from your family and friends? If you answered yes to any or all of the above questions, we have group for you. Call Jennifer Colbert, CSW, ext. 400.

School Closings And Delayed Openings

Will be posted on the Garden City Public Schools website at: www.gardencity.k12.ny.us and will also be available on the following stations: WCBS 880 AM; WOR 710 AM; WGBB 1240 AM; WALK 1370 AM; WINS 1010 AM; WHLI 1100 AM; WKJY 98.3 FM; television News 12 LI. Please do not contact the Police or Fire Departments for confirmation about school closings.

Sons Of Italy

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. A membership drive is currently in progress. 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 3rd 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 516-328-0333.

News

School board shows off improvements at Stratford

This month’s Garden City Board of Education meeting saw a boost in attendance, and not just from district residents. This was the first board meeting to be held at Stratford School, so teachers and students there stopped by to show off the best it has to offer.

Leading the pack was school principal Eileen Vota, who gave the board a tour of the school before the meeting got underway. Along the way, highlights of the capital improvement project were pointed out, all a result of the 2009 School Investment Bond and Energy Performance Contract.

The Senior Advisory Committee is the Senior group that helps plan trips, parties, and programs for all seniors in cooperation with the recreation and parks department. It consists of: Kathy Auro, Richard Bankowsky, Evelyn Iagrossi, Joe Leto, Ellen Moynahan, and Gloria Weinrich. Please feel free to suggest trips to anyone on the committee.


Sports

Winter Swim Lesson Registration Announced

The Garden City Recreation Department will be conducting children’s swimming lessons for village residents at the Adelphi University swimming pool in Woodruff Hall on Saturday mornings. Your child must be six years of age by the start of the program to participate. This 10-week session will begin Saturday, Dec. 6. Classes are taught by Red Cross-certified instructors. The cost is $80. These classes are open to residents of the Incorporate Village of Garden City.

Learn And Play Paddle Tennis

The recreation and parks department will offer beginner level platform tennis lessons at Community Park’s Platform Courts. This five-week course will offer the basic instruction and will be taught by certified platform instructor Sue Tarzian. Each class will be 1.5 hours in length. The cost of this program is $187.50. Classes began the week of Nov. 5. The following classes will be offered:

Beginners - Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Advanced Beginners – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

This program is for beginners only and participants must be Garden City residents. To register, visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave.


Calendar

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, December 1

AARP Driver Safety Program

Tuesday, December 2

Here Comes Brother Sun

Friday, December 5



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