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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

Preparedness is the best remedy for Ebola

Winthrop University Hospital hosted a presentation on the current Ebola epidemic, at the Garden City Library, on Tuesday, Nov. 11. Sponsored by the village’s Property Owners’ Associations, John F. Collins, president and CEO of Winthrop University Hospital and Dr. Michael Ammazzalorso, Winthrop’s Chief Medical Officer provided an overview of the disease along with an update on Winthrop’s preparedness plan.

Dr. Ammazzalorso began his presentation heeding that despite the waning in the press, the disease is still with us. He provided both historical and current day perspectives regarding the epidemic, advising that Ebola is not a new disease. The medical community has been aware of the disease for at least 40 years. Originating in the Congo, Ebola is a zoonosis a disease which has its reservoir in animals and was known for small sporadic outbreaks associated with people who handled bats and rodents or those who consumed bush meat. The current outbreak originated in West Africa, specifically Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. He noted in Africa that more than 45,000 people have died from the disease.

Multiple options help village avoid problems

While parking around LIRR train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, it’s not necessarily the case for Garden City residents, who have five departure points to choose from. The stations—Nassau Boulevard, Garden City, Stewart Manor, Country Life Press and the south side of Merillon Avenue—provide a grand total of 866 spots. (See page 13 sidebar for lot-by-lot breakdown). It’s a luxury many municipalities don’t have, particularly during the holidays. Annual permits run $150 for residents and $300 for non-residents and while people who call Garden City can use any of these five stations, non-residents are restricted to using the 70 spots allocated for their use over at the Stewart Manor station.

LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town.


Sports

Learn And Play Paddle Tennis

The recreation and parks department will offer beginner level platform tennis lessons at Community Park’s Platform Courts. This five-week course will offer the basic instruction and will be taught by certified platform instructor Sue Tarzian. Each class will be 1.5 hours in length. The cost of this program is $187.50. Classes began the week of Nov. 5. The following classes will be offered:

Beginners - Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Advanced Beginners – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

This program is for beginners only and participants must be Garden City residents. To register, visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave.

Learn And Play Paddle Tennis

The recreation and parks department will offer beginner level platform tennis lessons at Community Park’s Platform Courts. This five-week course will offer the basic instruction and will be taught by certified platform instructor Sue Tarzian. Each class will be 1.5 hours in length. The cost of this program is $187.50. Classes begin the week of Nov. 5. The following classes will be offered:

Beginners - Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Advanced Beginners – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

This program is for beginners only and participants must be Garden City residents. To register, please visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave. Space is limited so please register early.


Calendar

Sultans of String to play

Friday, November 21

Garden City Chamber Music Society Performance

Sunday, November 23

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, November 24



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