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GardenCity-Life.com Calendar

Blood Drive

Thursday, March 14

Pregnancy Conference

Saturday, March 16

Epilepsy Support Group

Tuesday, March 19

Thursday, March 14

Blood Drive

Nassau Community College (NCC), in conjunction with Nassau University Medical Center, invites the community to make blood donations during its annual spring blood drive scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the College Center Building.

NCC, along with Nassau University Medical Center, hopes to supply a substantial percentage of our area’s ongoing need for blood products. The drive also reflects the college’s six times a year effort to encourage all able individuals to participate in this vital activity. Make an appointment to give blood by calling Barbara Vollmer at 516-572-7883, or just stop in that day to give blood. The donation process takes less than an hour and refreshments will be served to participants. Blood donors must be at least 17 years old and in good health. Donors should come with some photo identification. Although small snacks will be provided, we ask that donors eat before donating.


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. Register on-line at: www.Mercy PregnancyConference.com or call 516-705-2477 for information.


Tuesday, March 19

Epilepsy Support Group

Winthrop-University Hospital’s Department of Neuroscience is offering an Epilepsy patient education/support group for diagnosed individuals and their family members. The next session will be held from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. and will address nanaging anxiety. It will be held at the Dr. Martin Spatz Conference Room C, in the lower level of the main hospital, located at 259 First St. in Mineola. Sessions are facilitated by Mary Rzeszut, MSW, LCSW, neuroscience social worker. Attendees are to park in the visitor’s garage of the Hospital; parking passes will be distributed at the meeting.  Groups are free, but space is limited. Advanced registration is required.  For more information or to register, please call 516-663-4593.


Wednesday, March 20

Parenting Event

Parents worry about sibling fights, their child’s uncertain future and all the yelling. Frustrated teachers need concrete tools to improve focus, attention and behavior in class. As for the kids, we hurt when their spirits are crushed and souls are wounded. You can stop the defiance, yelling and sibling fights. America’s Calm Coach, Kirk Martin, and his son, Casey will present two free events, Wednesday, March 20, 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday, March 21, 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. at Resurrection Lutheran Church. These sessions are perfect for parents and teachers of toddlers, teens and all ages. Bring friends; no need to register. Watch the video at www.CelebrateCalm.com. Lutheran Church of the Resurrection is located at 420 Stewart Ave., near Clinton Rd., in Garden City. For more info, contact the church office, 516-746-4426.


Saturday, March 23

Sale To Benefit Library

A bargain book sale will be held from 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m. at the Garden City Public Library (GCPL) located at the corner of 60 Seventh St. and Hilton Ave. Friends of the Library will sponsor this sale with all proceeds to benefit GCPL. Buy hardcover books for 25 cents each and soft cover books for 10 cents each. For directions call the Garden City Public Library at 516-742–8405 or contact the library’s web site at www.gardencitypl.org


Friday, March 29

Good Friday Walk

Join the annual Christ Episcopal Church Good Friday Walk to raise awareness of the hungry and homeless on Long Island and to raise donations for the Interfaith Nutrition Network (INN). Meet at the corner of Jefferson Street and Chester Avenue, three blocks west of New Hyde Park Road in Garden City, at 9 a.m. The walk is approximately four miles and goes through Garden City, Franklin Square, Stewart Manor and New Hyde Park. Call 516-755-2626 for more information. Everyone is welcome.

News

Garden City’s Gregory Burke recently donated $25,000 to help fund Mercy Medical Center’s brand new pediatric Express Care Unit. A benefactor to numerous organizations, Burke was so impressed with the quality of care given by Mercy’s medical and nursing staff, he decided to assist the hospital in this initiative.

“A significant proportion of the patients seen in Express Care are children. Thanks to Mr. Burke’s generosity, families will get the immediate care they deserve,” said Mercy Vice President of Finance and Chief Operating Officer Ron Steimel. “This new unit is an expression of the hospital’s commitment to providing the highest quality services to our community.”

The expansion of the pediatric Express Care program is part of Mercy’s ongoing effort to address the needs of underserved communities, including individuals and families who may not have a personal physician.

Michael Stano named to Master Teacher program

Michael Stano of Garden City High School has been named a New York State Master Teacher by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

“The Master Teacher Program creates a community of teacher experts dedicated to providing a first-rate learning experience for students across New York, and contributes to our efforts to attract and retain the best and the brightest in our STEM classrooms,” Cuomo said.


Sports

Registration For The Community Garden Begins

If you are interested in obtaining a plot in Garden City Recreation and Parks’ Community Garden, it is now time to register. Applications will be accepted until May 1. Plots will then be assigned for planting around May 10. If more applications are received than the number of plots available, all applications will be put in a lottery and winners will be notified.

Spring/Summer Adult Tennis Registration Forms Available

The Garden City Recreation Department will conduct evening tennis lessons for adults who are residents of the Inc. Village of Garden City at the Community Park tennis facility. The lessons will run for one hour each week in three sessions during the spring/summer months. The registrant has a choice of a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday class and a choice of time. There will be a maximum of four players per court. The dates and fees will be as follows:

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.


Calendar

Going To The Birds (Sanctuary)

Saturday, April 26

Nassau Coaches Meet

Saturday, April 26

Making A Beautiful Noise

Friday, May 2



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