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Barn Dance
Friday, November 16

Luncheon Party
Saturday, November 17

Benefit Concert for Storm Relief Fund
Sunday, November 18


Friday, November 16

Barn Dance

The Joseph Barry Council, 45 Heitz Place, in Hicksville will be hosting a Columbiette barn dance at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $25 per person. Mail checks payable to: Joseph Barry Columbiettes. Chicken and rib menu, beer/wine/soda. Dance all night with Larry Moser. Partners are not required. Reservations: 516-822-7605 or 516-931-6784.


Saturday, November 17

Luncheon Party

The Eating Out Club of Long Island Luncheon Party is at Domenico’s, 3279A Hempstead Turnpike, in Levittown. The luncheon starts at noon. New members are welcome but must reserve. For further information write to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 516-938-0506 or see the website on Meetup.com.

Art Exhibit

East Meadow Public Library, 1886 Front Street, will present an exhibit by photographer and graphic artist, Keith Warhola in the lower level gallery. The opening reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m.


Sunday, November 18

Benefit Concert for Storm Relief Fund

Holy Family Parish in Hicksville is sponsoring an evening of songs and arias to benefit the Diocese of Rockville Centre Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort. Artists from national and international opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera are scheduled to perform at 7:30 p.m. at Holy Family Church, 5 Fordham Ave., in Hicksville. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and students. A free will offering will also be taken and refreshments will be served. For more information, call 516-938-3846.


Monday, November 19

Blood Drive

Trinity Lutheran Church, 40 West Nicholai Street in Hicksville, will host a blood drive from 3 to 8:45 p.m. in their multipurpose room. For an appointment or more information, call 822-4867.


Wednesday, November 28

Eyes of Learning Executive Council Meeting

All members are welcome to attend the monthly Executive Council meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Levittown Hall, 201 Levittown Parkway, in Hicksville. Call first 516-731-0909 to confirm that a meeting is scheduled for the month that you want to attend.

Grumman Retiree Club Meeting

Grumman Retiree Club will hold a regular membership meeting and luncheon at the Milleridge Inn beginning at noon. Reservations are suggested. E-mail the club at:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for additional details or call 516-575-3777 or visit: www.grummanretireeclub.org.


Friday, November 30

Our Heroes Night Out Spiritual Reading

Our Heroes Night Out presents an evening of spiritual reading with Medium Janet Russell at 6:30 p.m. at Levittown Hall, Levittown Parkway, in Hicksville. Cost: $25 at the door/$20 in advance. All proceeds will go to the organization Our Heroes Night Out that honors the homeless veterans and the Disabled American Veterans association. For more information, call Carol Klein at 516-579-6524 or visit: www.mismathchtheclown.com.


Saturday, December 1

Craft Fair and Flea Market

The Catholic Daughters of the Americas #869 will be having their annual craft fair and flea market from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Ignatius Loyola School, 30 E. Cherry St., in Hicksville. For vendor information, call Maria at 516-942-5070 after 6 p.m. or e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .    


Friday, December 7

Doo-Wop Fundraiser

An Evening With the Stars: Doo-Wop Fundraiser to help support the games for the physically challenged will be held on Friday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. at Bethpage High School. Featuring Winnie Winfield, Lenny Dell and the Dimensions, Continentals, Cathy Jean, The Fireflies, The Jarmels, and Classic Sounds. Tickets are $25 each, reserved seating only. Free parking. Go to www.larentr.com or call 631-873-8817 for more information.


Friday, December 14

The Eyes of Learning

Lecture: “Astrological Forecast for 2013”, at 8 p.m. with Montgomery Taylor, New York’s most gifted astrologer, lecturer, frequent radio and TV guest, author, and astrologer to the UN and host of the radio show “Living Consciously” at http://www. talkingalternative.com/monday-shows/living-consciously. Monty will reveal and demystify what astrology is all about and also what it has to say about the powerful changes for 2013 and beyond. You don’t want to miss this or miss out on your future. Bring a question for Monty. Cost: members $10/non-members $15. Levittown Hall, 201 Levittown Parkway, Hicksville. Call 516-731-0909 or visit: www.eyesoflearning.org. Monty’s website: http://astrologydemystified.com.


Upcoming Events

Vendors Wanted

Vendors wanted for the Temple B’nai Torah of Wantagh located at 2900 Jerusalem Avenue for the Holiday Shopping Flea Market fundraiser on Sunday, November 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sell your merchandise or promote your business to shoppers from the South Shore of Nassau County. Rain or shine. For information call Ben at 516-221-2370 or e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.


Ongoing Events

Twin County Chorus

Ladies, do you love to sing? Then we’ve got a place for you. Join Twin County Chorus in the joys of a cappella harmony. We rehearse every Thursday evening in Levittown from 7 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. Call Bobbi at 516-798-4325 or Susan at 516-729-8323 for more information. Or visit our website: www.twincounty.org.

Miscarriage Support Group

A safe, confidential, supportive environment to talk about what you have been through, reactions and feelings and how to move forward. You are not alone. Facilitated by a professional therapist. Three consecutive Tuesday evenings at 8 p.m. in the Hicksville-Plainview area. $60 for three meetings. To register call Nancy Berlow, LCSW: 516-356-7109. All inquiries are confidential.

Social and Ballroom Dancing

Ongoing party mix Friday afternoon Nov. 16 and 30 at Kismet Shriners Hall, 18 W. Nicholai in Hicksville (off Old Country Road 107N) from noon to 3 p.m. Professional DJ, singles and couples areas, chicken, salads, bagels, coffee, and pastries. Private lessons available. Call 718-332-7825 for more information.

News

Vastra boutique finds a niche

in hand-embroidered dresses

Who says a bride has to wear white on her wedding day? For South Asian brides, no color is off limits including brilliant reds, blues and golds. For the past 17 years, Vastra in Hicksville has been helping brides from New York and across the country find the perfect dress for their special day.

There’s no lack of Indian sari boutiques in Hicksville but according to Marketing Director Prachi Jain, what sets Vastra apart from the others is its emphasis on one of a kind, hand-embroidered Indian dresses.

Many would consider it rude to play with your food. That is unless, you’re participating in the Long Island Potato Festival. The event, which was held in Cutchogue, NY, included a mashed potato sculpting contest which was dominated by Hicksville’s Sarah Tsang, who won first place in the youth division.

Contestants were allowed to use any tools and materials to help bring their creation to life. Sculptures were left on display throughout the day and voted on by festival goers.


Sports

Somehow LSA, the Levittown Swimming Association, has always been a part of our Hicksville summers. My family’s introduction to the organization in 1975 began when our two older daughters tried out for the Parkway Swim Team, one of the nine teams that competed through July and most of August.

It was no small task for the younger girl, swimming her first full lap in the deep end of the pool to qualify at age six, but both girls made the team and donned the coveted gray tee shirts as the trees cast their shadows over the pool water at the end of practice.

I’m convinced that the soul and the center of Hicksville is Cantiague Park. And why not? Every weekend it’s a beehive of activity ranging from tennis matches, hand ball games, basketball and baseball games, swimming, hockey and of course ‘the beautiful game’ called soccer. Cantiague has two professional soccer fields that are perfectly manicured and begging to be played on. And they were. This weekend was the finals of the East Meadow Soccer Tournament which is one of the largest youth soccer tournaments in the nation, sponsored by the US Soccer Federation. There were 18 boys and girls teams in the finals and a large staff of referees.

Two of the refs were Steven Orozco and Randy Vogt who told me how soccer had been growing and has now become the second most popular participation sport in America with 25 million of us watching this year’s World Cup.  I also met and interviewed Joe Codispoti who along with Tim Bradbury is the head coach of Rockville Centre United, a U16 boys club.  This U16 team has a group of standout players led by  Jack Graziano, AJ Codispoti and Pat Basile who have been playing together for six years.


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