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Lecture

Friday, July 12

Classic Car Show

Sunday, July 14

Bethpage Author Book Signing

Thursday, July 18


Thursday, July 11

Music Under The Stars

Meet the Jumpers: A Rockin’ & Swingin’ Big Band Orchestra at Tappen Beach, Shore Road, Glenwood Landing at 8 p.m. There are no rain facilities. All shows will be held outdoors, weather permitting. Free of charge. For information call 516-797-7900, visit www.oysterbaytown.com  or follow on Facebook and Twitter @ TOBCYS.


Friday, July 12

Lecture

“The Reality of Alien Life,” with Sidney Prince, a scientific researcher in a wide range of subjects which include: ancient archeology and star maps, astronomy, ancient alien contact and extra-terrestrial life on July 12 at 8 p.m. Sid’s email address: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Members: $10, non-members: $15. The Eyes of Learning, meets at Levittown Hall, 201 Levittown Parkway, Hicksville. Call 516-731-0909 for information.

Music Under The Stars

Magical Music Of Disney: Around The World With Disney Featuring Dean Karahalis and the Concert Pops Orchestra on July 12 at 8 p.m. Syosset - Woodbury Community Park, Jericho Turnpike, in Woodbury. Co-sponsored by: Slomin’s Shield, and Roslyn Savings Ban, a division of New York Community Bank - Member FDIC. There are no rain facilities. All shows will be held outdoors, weather permitting. Free of charge. For information call 516-797-7900, visit www.oysterbaytown.com  or follow on Facebook and Twitter @ TOBCYS.


Sunday, July 14

Classic Car Show

Classic Car Show on July 14 at Bethpage Federal Credit Union at 899 South Oyster Bay Rd in Bethpage from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All makes and models welcome. Live performance by one of Long Island’s top doo-wop bands, The Fabularies. Trophies, raffles, vendors, radio broadcast, and more. Download a car registration form at www.corvettesociety.com. Raindate is July 21. Show spots sell out each year, reserve early. For information contact Joe at 516-849-2465.


Thursday, July 18

Bethpage Author Book Signing

Henry Clark, a local children’s author from Bethpage, will be discussing and signing copies of his new young readers’ book What We Found in the Sofa and How It Saved the World at the Barnes & Noble in Carle Place on Thursday, July 18 at 10 a.m.  The book is suited for ages 8 to 12.  Call the store at 516-741-9850 for more information.


Sunday, July 21

Summer Fair

Hicksville’s 11th Annual Summer Street Fair will be held on July 21 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Kennedy Park, Route 107 and Jerusalem Avenue.


Monday, July 22

Golf Outing

On July 22, Central Nassau Guidance & Counseling Services, Inc. (www.centralnassau.org), of Hicksville, will be holding its 14th Annual Golf Outing at the Town of Oyster Bay Golf Course, 1 Southwoods Road, in Woodbury. The golf outing will begin at noon with registration and lunch, followed by a 1 p.m. tee-off time. Call 516-822-6111 for information.


Tuesday, July 23

Sands Casino Bus Trip

The Joseph Barry Columbiettes, 45 Heitz Place, in Hicksville, will hold a bus trip to the Sands Casino in PA on July 23. The cost is $42 per person, includes $30 play credit and a $5 food certificate. Bus leaves from Burns Avenue School parking lot, two blocks west off West John Street at 9 a.m. sharp, returning at 8:30 p.m. Call Barbara at 516-935-5576 for reservations. All profits benefit the Columbiettes’ charities and scholarships.


Friday July 26

Lecture

“The Montauk Project and the Hidden Secrets of the Romanian Sphinx,” with Peter Moon on July 26 at 8 p.m. Peter has also collaborated with Dr. David Anderson of the former Time Travel Research Center. Please join to hear directly from Peter about Time Travel/ The Montauk Project and The Hidden Secrets of the Caves of Romania. Peter’s Web Page: www.digitalmontauk.com/. Members: $10, non-members: $15. The Eyes of Learning, meets at Levittown Hall, 201 Levittown Parkway, Hicksville. Call 516-731-0909 for information.


Monday, July 29

Vacation Bible School

Trinity Lutheran Church at 40 W. Nicholai is having their Vacation Bible School from July 29 through Aug. 2, from 9 a.m. to noon each day. Call 516-931-2225 for information and registration form, fee is by donation. Join for crafts, music, recreation and Bible stories.


Wednesday, August 14

Military, Veteran Job Fair

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes hiring fair, scheduled for Aug. 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Farmingdale Armed Forces Reserve Center, 25 Baiting Place Road, in Farmingdale, is committed to making this one-of–a-kind free hiring fair a win-win for employers and veteran/military spouse job seekers. For information contact Robert VanPelt, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 518-786-4605 or David Myones, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 516-236-0423. Visit: www.uschamber.com/hiringourheroes/ for additional information, dates.


Saturday, August 17

Hicksville Run

The Greater LI Running Club has teamed up with the Hicksville Chamber of Commerce for the inaugural Discover Hicksville 5-mile run on Aug. 17 at 4 p.m. Course will start and finish at Cantiague Park. Sponsorship opportunities available. For more information contact 516-443-9204 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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.


Calendar

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August 29

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September 4

Greek Festival

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