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Garden City Recreation And Parks Department News: January 11, 2013

Sixth Grade Recreation Night In St. Paul’s Field House

The Garden City Recreation Department is sponsoring a middle school recreation night for sixth-graders in St. Paul’s Field House on Friday, Jan. 11. The recreation night will be chaperoned by the recreation staff and will run from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is $5.

A DJ will provide music and refreshments will be available for a nominal charge.  The gym will be open for basketball, volleyball, dancing and other games.

Please note-Once the children are in the facility for either of these programs, they will not be allowed to leave unless accompanied by an adult. Please come into the building to pick up your child.

Winter Floor Hockey At St. Paul’s

Registration for winter floor hockey has begun. This 6-session program began on Friday, Jan. 4 and will cost $25. The age groupings and times are as follows:

Ages 5 and 6 - 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Ages 7 to 9  - 7:45 – 8:45 p.m.

Ages 10 to 14 - 7:45 – 8:45 p.m.

Floor hockey will meet on the following Fridays: Jan. 18, Feb. 8, 15, and 22, March 8

To register, please visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave. or download an application from the website at www.gardencityrecreation.org.

Winter Pee Wee Sports Sampler Registration Begins

The Garden City Recreation Department will offer a Pee-Wee Sports Sampler program this winter for residents of the Inc. Village of Garden City. This program has been designed especially for the young child as a positive introductory experience to sports. The cost of each 6-week session will be $75. Classes are 55 minutes in length. Children must be 4 years old by the first day of class in order to attend. The program will take place at St. Paul’s Recreation Complex according to the following schedule:

Tuesdays at 12:45 p.m.

Thursdays at 11:15 a.m., 12:15 or 1:30 p.m.

Friday at 1:30 p.m.

To register for this program, please visit www.gardencityrecreation.org for an application or visit the Garden City Recreation Dept. at 108 Rockaway Ave.

Youth Yoga Classes Announced

The Garden City Recreation Department will offer a winter session of youth yoga. Certified yoga instructor Connie McKnight has designed youth yoga classes with all ages in mind. Each class is 55-minutes long. All classes are held in St. Paul’s Senior Center. Any resident of the Incorporated Village of Garden City in this age group is invited to join these relaxing classes.  Classes will begin on Thursday, Jan. 17.

The course schedule is as follows:

Ages 6 – 9 - Thursdays at 4:15 p.m. - 10 classes for $80

Ages 10 – 14 - Thursdays at 5:15 p.m. - 10 classes for $80

To register, please visit the Recreation Office at 108 Rockaway Ave. or download an application from www.gardencity recreation.org.

News

Ever since the Garden City School District passed a $36.8 million School Investment Bond back in 2009, the upgrades throughout the district have been quite substantial. And while most of it has gone towards infrastructure, external visible improvements have rightfully been a source of pride for the board, which has taken to conducting tours at the different schools preceding the monthly public meetings that are normally held at Garden City High School. On the night of the school board meeting held on Tuesday, Oct. 14  at the Homestead Building, the school board, administration and Superintendent Dr. Robert Feirsen went on a guided tour of the building by Homestead Principal Dr. Suzanne Viscovich.

Feirsen described the tour as a new tradition started last year where administration travels around each of the district’s school buildings in the Fall to observe its current offerings and recent upgrades.

In an earlier column, Mayor John Watras shared some helpful tips on how to secure your property in preparation for a hurricane. The following are additional recommendations on what you can do now to be prepared in the event that a major storm hits Long Island.

As the storm approaches, customers should take the following steps to prepare for the arrival of either a hurricane or tropical storm:


Sports

Reminder

With the fall sports season upon us, the department of recreation and parks would like to remind all residents that pets are not allowed in any neighborhood parks, Community Park, or St. Paul’s fields. Non compliance with this rule will result in the issuance of appearance tickets.

Register For The Online Registration Option

Garden City’s Department of Recreation and Parks will offer the option of online registration with credit card payment beginning with its winter programs in early December.

In order for a family to use the online registration option, the family will first need to visit the recreation and parks office at 108 Rockaway Ave. to verify residency and their family information and receive their password.  A list of instructions as to how to use the website will be included.

Stretching tips for the high school athlete

Prior to the start of high school running season, Garden City’s Physical Therapy Options (PTO) had an opportunity to provide a presentation to members of Sacred Heart Academy’s cross country team. Team members gathered at Garden City’s New York Running Company to learn strategies and tips for a successful fall season.

PTO staff members Dr. Meghan Goetz, Doctor of Physical Therapy, and PTO Aide Mike Murphy discussed the importance of stretching to prevent injury and provided strategies and tips for success for the high school runner.


Calendar

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Saturday, October 25

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, October 27

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Saturday, November 1



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