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GardenCity-Life.com Calendar

Folk Dance Classes

Ongoing Event

Garden City Library Movie Screenings

Ongoing Event

Breast Cancer Support

Ongoing Event


Friday, February 15

Winter Wonder Lecture Series

Join Science Museum of Long Island Director John T. Tanacredi, Ph.D. will be hosting an exclusive screening of the BBC television program How to Grow a Planet, which premiered in the United Kingdom last winter, from 7 to 9 p.m. With spectacular footage shot on Long Island and throughout the world, the program explores the key role the plant kingdom has played in shaping the planet, revealing how grass transformed life in the oceans and triggered the development of human civilization; flowers sculpted the Earth and drove the evolution of all animals; and plants in general harnessed light and created a life-sustaining atmosphere. SMLI Visitor Center, Leeds Pond Preserve, 1526 Plandome Road, Plandome Manor. Suitable for adults and older children. Admission free; donation suggested. Space limited; reservation suggested: 516-627-9400, x10.


Saturday, February 16

Science & Society Lecture Series

Science Museum of Long Island Director John T. Tanacredi, Ph.D. will be hosting the presentation “Science Travel—Easter Island, The Land of the Moai” from 10 a.m. to noon. This slide show and discussion features SMLI’s Earth P.U.L.S.E (People Understanding & Learning About Science Through Education) expedition to Easter Island to explore the secrets of this southeast Pacific Polynesian island. SMLI Visitor Center, Leeds Pond Preserve, 1526 Plandome Road, Plandome Manor. Suitable for adults and older children. Admission free; donation suggested. Space limited; reservation suggested: 516-627-9400, x10.


Saturday, March 16

Pregnancy Conference

Mercy Medical Center invites families planning to have children or are already expecting, to a day-long educational seminar. The  8 a.m. to 3 p.m. “Birth, Baby and Beyond” pregnancy conference will feature exhibits, workshops and presentations by physicians, nurses and staff addressing various aspects of childbirth, including labor, delivery, breast feeding and parenting.  Workshop presentations will include information about mental health for the family before, during and after delivery; pain management during labor; basics of newborn care; and a Daddy Boot Camp that will provide tips and strategies for fathers. There is a registration fee of $10 per person or $15 per couple that includes continental breakfast and lunch along with free raffles, giveaways and door prizes. Financial assistance is available.Register on-line by March 1 at: www.Mercy PregnancyConference.com or call 516-705-2477 for information.


Upcoming Events

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.

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/Premier 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:

•Feb. 17: from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

•Feb. 19, 20: from 6:15 to 9:15 p.m.

•Feb. 24: from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

•Feb. 28: from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Ongoing Events

Folk Dance Classes

International folk dance classes for beginners and intermediates are offered on Tuesday mornings in February at the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island. Classes are from 9 to 11 a.m. and will feature dances from many different countries. The first class began on February 5. There is a suggested donation of $5 for each class. The Ethical Humanist Society is located at 38 Old Country Rd. in Garden City (at the western end of Old Country Road next to the large blue water tower). Call Lois Blatt at 516-536-8755 for information.

Garden City Library Movie Screenings

Friends of the Garden City Public Library invite resident adults to free movies on Mondays at 1:30 p.m., from January through April 2013 at the Garden City Public Library located at 60 Seventh St. Upcoming movie dates are: March 4, 11 & 18; April 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29. Pick up a copy of the movie flyer at the library. All movies are unrated. Movie titles are subject to change. Seating and parking is limited and on a first-come basis. No tickets are required. Please, no buses. Check for library holiday closings by calling 516-742-8405 or go to www. gardencitypl.org.

Breast Cancer Support  

The Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Program is offering a new support group for anyone who has done genetic testing and tested positive for breast cancer. The group will meet on Monday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. for eight consecutive weeks, beginning on Feb. 25. There is no cost for the group; however pre-registration is required. For information call Sandi Kafenbaum at 516-877-4314, or the Breast Cancer Hotline at 800-877-8077. All groups meet at Adelphi University School of Social Work in Garden City.

Cancer Support Group

Franklin Hospital’s cancer support group meets 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. 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.

News

April 19 fundraiser to be

held for baby with rare disease

Tom Onorato, the nephew and office manager of Dr. Joseph Onorato Garden City practice All Island Dermatology Plastic Surgery & Laser Center, recently celebrated the birth of a baby boy with his wife Melissa. Both were thrilled when Thomas Kevin Onorato came into the world on September 10, 2013. Despite being born five weeks early, baby Thomas managed to surprise his parents with his indomitable spirit and was sent home with a clean bill of health. A mere four days later began the fight for Thomas’ life.

Stewart Manor budget, mayor’s salary increase

At a time when municipalities are grappling with keeping expenditures down, the Village of Stewart Manor saw not only its 2014-15 operating budget increase, but its mayor’s salary. At a meeting of the board of trustees held on Monday, April, 8, Stewart Manor adopted a budget of $2,418,548.03, a 1.4 percent increase over the previous year. In addition, the board approved a raise of $1,000 for Mayor Gerard Tangredi, bringing his salary to $3,000. The salaries for trustees John Egan, M. Carole Schafenberg, and William Grogan are set at $2,000 each. Deputy Mayor Michael Onorato has declined his stipend.

Salaries and benefits make up 42 percent of the total budget. According to the state comptroller, it’s acceptable for that number to be as high as 65 percent. The total costs of salaries and benefits have actually decreased by around 5 percent from the previous year’s adopted budget.  


Sports

Easter Egg Hunt For Pre-K To Grade 5

The Garden City Recreation Department is once again sponsoring the annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 19 at Community Park’s fields. This Year Three hunt will be held at 10 a.m. sharp with three age divisions: preschool to kindergarten, grades 1 and 2; and grades 3 to 5.

Special eggs will be stuffed and hidden for all divisions. Each hunt will also feature a grand prize (an Easter basket filled with goodies) which will go to the youngster who finds the egg marked “#1 Lucky Egg.” For further information about the hunt, please call the recreation department at 516-465-4075.

Commitment at Kellenberg

Garden City residents continue to excel while participating in the athletic program over at Uniondale’s Kellenberg Memorial High School.

Each season, coaches of Kellenberg sports pick one player from their squad who has demonstrated remarkable commitment to the team through their hard work at practice and in competition.

The Village of Garden City has a long history of residents who've excelled both on the academic and athletic side of the ledger at Kellenberg. This time around, seniors Kelly O’Donnell (varsity cheerleading), Stacy Madelmayer (varsity girls basketball) and Bryan Salecker (swimming and diving team) have all been awarded the Commitment Award for their outstanding efforts, devotion, hard work and commitment to their respective teams.


Calendar

Dinner & A Movie: In Transition 2.0

Thursday, April 17

School Budget Meeting

Wednesday, April 23

Judi Mark One-woman Show At Library

Thursday, April 24



Columns

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