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Garden City Recreation And Parks Department News: February 15, 2013

Frankenweenie Screening

Garden City’s Department of Recreation and Parks will present a showing of the movie Frankenweenie at St. Paul’s Cluett Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 19.  Showtime will be 1 p.m.  The movie is rated PG, and is 87 minutes in length.

Admission is free.  Snacks will be sold at a nominal charge. Supervision will be supplied by the recreation staff.

Family Fun Days Begin

On Sunday afternoons through March 10, the St. Paul’s Field House will be open for Family Fun for village families. This open time provides the opportunity for families to enjoy various gym activities in an indoor environment. The gym will be available for use from 3 to 5:45 p.m. each Sunday until March.

This time is designated for family time only. No organized practices or workouts will be allowed. Although there will be staff to monitor activity, this is not a drop off program. We ask that elementary-aged children be accompanied by an adult. For the safety of participants, no lacrosse or baseball will be allowed.

Cancellations For Bad Weather

Now that winter is here, the hope is that the weather will be good for everyone, but in the case of a bad weather day, please check www.gardencityrecreation.org for updates and/or cancellations.

Tennis Center Youth Instructional Program Registration Begins

The recreation center is pleased to announce the start of registration for its Winter 2013 Indoor Tennis Program for Children at the Community Park Tennis Center. Registration for Session One lessons begins immediately for residents of the village. Walk-ins and nonresident children attending Garden City Public Schools will be accepted beginning Feb. 6.

9 weeks of classes – Mondays (begins 2/25) and Tuesdays (begins 2/26)

10 weeks of classes – All other days (begins the week of 2/13)

Explanation of class levels:

Tots Ages 4-5 and PeeWee - Ages 5 to 7: Introduction to Tennis, emphasizing basic movement and striking skills in a fun game playing environment.

Novice - Ages 6 to 7: Continued development of basic movement and striking skills on a full size court. Serving and scorekeeping will be introduced. Past tennis experience required.

Junior - Ages 8 to 11: Extension of Novice Level program. Continued emphasis on striking concepts, movement, and skills related to tennis play.

Junior Advanced - Ages 8 to 11: For the more serious, more advanced students. These lessons are offered in 1 1/2 hr time slots. Experience required.  

Senior - Ages 12 and older: Extension of Junior Program, continued emphasis on fundamentals and skills related to tennis play.

Senior Advanced - Ages 12 and older: For the more serious, more advanced student. These lessons are offered in 1 1/2 hour time slots. Experience required.  

Ultimate Workout: For experienced Junior and Senior Level tennis players who want to hone their skills and get a good workout.

Adult Yoga Registration Has Begun

The winter session of yoga with Connie McKnight will begin again according to the following schedule:

Mondays - 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. 10 classes for $65 beginning Feb. 25

Wednesdays - 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. 13 classes for $84.50 began on Jan. 30

Wednesdays - 9:15 – 10:15 a.m. Level 2 Yoga for people who have been attending classes or have knowledge of yoga - 13 classes for $84.50 began on Jan. 30.

This program is open to adults who are residents of the Inc. Village of Garden City. The Wednesday morning class will meet in St. Paul’s Cluett Hall. The Monday evening class will meet in St. Paul’s Senior Center. The class is geared towards the average person. Please make sure to bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothes. To register for this program, please visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave. www.gardencityrecreation.org.

Winter Adult Zumba Registration Begins

The following Zumba exercise classes for adults will be offered by the Department of Recreation and Parks:

Mondays at 7:45 p.m. (begins March 4) 8 weeks for $72

Thursdays at 9:15 a.m. (began on Jan. 31) 12 weeks for $108

Saturdays at 9:15 a.m. (began Feb. 2) 12 weeks for $108  

* New class – Zumba basics 4 weeks for $36 – come see if you would enjoy this new form of exercise  - Wednesday evenings at 7:45 p.m.

All classes are lead by Felicia Lovaglio, director of the Dance Conservatory and adjunct professor at Adelphi. Each class is 45 minutes long. All classes are held in St. Paul’s Cluett Hall or St. Paul’s Senior Center.  To register for any of these classes, please visit www.gardencityrecreation.org or the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave.

News

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.

Stewart Manor Fire Department to host open house

You hear the horn sound multiple times a day, around the clock, but did you ever wonder what happens during the critical moments after a distress call is made to the firehouse? Who are the volunteers who are stopped in their tracks at the sound of that horn and dash off to help a neighbor in need? You’d be surprised to learn that it could be the gentleman you see walking his dog after work in the evenings, the woman you see standing at the bus stop with her children every morning, or even the young man you used to see playing with his friends in front of your house.


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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