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Garden City-Life.com Calendar

Run/Walk For Cure

Saturday, April 20

Earthfest On The Way

Sunday, April 21

Garden Stage Presents Wainwright

Friday, May 3

Saturday, April 20

Run/Walk For Cure

The Garden City Teacher Association (GCTA) is hosting its 4th Annual GC For A Cure Run/Walk on at Garden City High School. The 5K Run/Walk will take place at 9 a.m. and the 1.5 Mile Run/ Walk will start at 9:15 a.m. All Race/Walk proceeds will benefit Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC). In addition, Uniting Against Lung Cancer will be hosting Kites for a Cure, a fun family kite fly to support their lung cancer research grant program. There will be awards, raffles and fun for the entire family. If you are interested in donating to or sponsoring the event, please contact Race Director Kerry Calvert at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For more information about the event or to register, please visit www.GCFORACURE.com


Saturday, April 20

Barbershop Harmony Concert

The Barbershop Harmony Society’s Nassau Mid-Island Chapter takes center stage at Carle Place High School (168 Cherry Lane) to offer “Barbershop – Broadway & Beyond,” 8:07 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door. The Long Island Harmonizers chorus, its talented quartets and “’Up All Night,” a top guest quartet, entertain during the two-hour presentation. For  information, visit www.longislandharmonizers.org.


Sunday, April 21

Earthfest On The Way

The Tanners Pond Environmental Cetner is gearing up for Earthfest, including Earth Run II, a timed 5K race (but you can stroll if you’d like) and a 1- 1/2 obstacle race at the site. It will be a day to celebrate and recognize the tremendous value of volunteers to the community and the environment. The full event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is free to the public. Earthfest includes live music, the races, displays by other environmental and volunteer service groups, as well as awards, food and tours of the sanctuary.

Barbershop Harmony Matinee

The Barbershop Harmony Society’s Nassau Mid-Island Chapter takes center stage at Carle Place High School (168 Cherry Lane) to offer “Barbershop – Broadway & Beyond,” at 3:07 p.m. For more information, visit www.longislandharmonizers.org.


Thursday, April 25

Nunsense II: The Second Coming

Friends of the Garden City Public Library will sponsor a free musical performance of Nunsense II: The Second Coming featuring the cast of Plaza Theatrical Productions at 2 p.m. at the Garden City Public Library located at 60 Seventh St. In this spirited sequel to Nunsense, the Little Sisters of Hoboken are back onstage with jokes, songs & an audience participation game of Bingo. The show will be approximately 90 minutes with an intermission. Seating and parking is limited and on a first-come basis. No tickets are required. Please, no busses. For directions 516-742-8405 or visit www.gardencitypl.org.


Thursday, May 2

26th Annual Angel Ball

The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (LICADD) will be holding its 26th Annual Angel Ball Celebrating the Stars of Recovery at the Garden City Hotel. Guests will enjoy a red carpet entrance and reception at 6:30pm, followed by dinner, dancing, and a silent auction at 7:30pm. WABC-TV’s Entertainment Reporter Sandy Kenyon will emcee. Tickets to this premier event are $500, while event and journal sponsorship opportunities are available from $200 to $25,000. For more information, please call 516-747-2606.


Friday, May 3

Garden Stage Presents Wainwright

Sloan Wainwright will perform at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, May 3, preceded, by an open mic at 7:30 at Garden Stage in Garden City. A member of one of the industry’s more respected families, Sloan Wainwright, counts Loudon Wainwright, Kate McGarrigle, Rufus, Martha and Lucy Wainwright Roche as relatives. More importantly, Wainwright defies standard categorization, consistently demonstrating her easy command of a variety of American musical styles pop, folk, jazz and blues held together by the melodious tone of her rich contralto.  With the end result a unique and soulful hybrid. Tickets are $20 in advance/$22 at the door. For more information, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , call 516-248-8891 or visit www.gardenstage.com, www.uuccn.org.


Tuesday, May 7

Title Swap

Trying to find a new mystery writer? Looking for your next book club pick? Or maybe you want something fun and light to read? Join the library for the new reader’s advisory series “Title Swap with the Librarians” on that will be held from 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. on the Lower Level of the library. Title Swap is a lunchtime series of programs that gives patrons and librarians the opportunity to share their favorite book titles and briefly discuss them. In addition, patrons will have the opportunity to learn more about the other services that the library offers. For those unable to attend the program, a list of the discussed titles will be found at the Reference Desk after the program takes place. Bring your lunch and coffee and tea will be served. This program is open to all adult Garden City Public Library cardholders and registration is not necessary. Don’t forget to bring at least one book title that you would recommend.


Thursday, May 9

Seniors: Tea For Two

Garden City Public Schools will hold its Fourth Annual Afternoon Tea for Senior Citizens and Past Parents on Thursday, May 9 from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. The suggested dress code is suit jackets with ties for gentlemen and Sunday dresses with hats for ladies. Tickets for this event are free to Garden City School District senior citizens and past parents, but limited to two per person. There are two ways to acquire tickets for this year’s event: Guests can request tickets by mail by filling out and returning the form on page 20 of the 2013 Spring Continuing Education brochure. The bright yellow brochures will be mailed to all Garden City homes shortly. Guests can pick up tickets in-person at the Administration Building, 56 Cathedral Avenue, on Wednesday, April 24 from 4 – 6 p.m. Please bring a driver’s license or other I.D. for proof of residency. Info: Catherine Knight, Garden City Public School’s Coordinator of Public Information, 516-478-1079.


Upcoming Events

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:

• April 20  from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• April 21  from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• April 24  from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• April 26  from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• April 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• May 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• May 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• May 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• May 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• May 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• May 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• May 22, 23 from 6:15 to 9:15 p.m.

• May 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• May 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Ongoing Events

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. Monthly movies themes are: April “Great Books.” Movie dates are: April 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.

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.

Monthly 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. 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.

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.

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

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com