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Vacation Bible School - August 12

Military, Veteran Job Fair - August 14

Town Summer Concert - August 14

Monday, August 12

Vacation Bible School

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, at 3434 Hempstead Turnpike will hold its Vacation Bible School Kingdom Rock from August 12 through 16, in two sessions. The first session will be from 9 a.m. to noon. The afternoon session will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Children ages three and up are welcome. Young children must be potty trained.  For information contact the church office at 516-731-7387.  

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. 

Town Summer Concert

A great musical twinbill with The Carman Avenue Band, beginning at 6:30 p.m. and 45RPM performing at 8:30 p.m. at Speno Park in East Meadow. Call 516-292-9000, ext. 382 for information.

Thursday, August 15

Elton John Tribute Concert

Yellow Brick Road plays a free Elton John tribute concert at Seamans Neck Park in Seaford at 8 p.m. Call 516-292-9000, ext. 382 for information.

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

Blood Drive

Jessy Davidson, a student at MacArthur High School, will be holding a Sweet Sixteen blood drive on Aug. 17 from 10 a.m. to 4p.m. at Runner’s Edge, 242 Main Street, in Farmingdale. Appointments are available every 15 minutes. If you are interested contact her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to schedule your appointment or Go directly to this link: https://drm.nybloodcenter.org/PublicScheduler/GroupWelcome.aspx?Group=67313/.

Pet Adoption

The Hempstead Town Animal Shelter will mark the 44th anniversary of Woodstock with a free adoption event named “Free Love Woofstock and Newpurrt Festival” on Aug. 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The shelter will also celebrate National Adopt a Black Cat Day on Thursday, Aug. 22.

Wednesday, August 21

Styx Tribute

Rockin’ the Paradise will perform a free Styx tribute concert at East Village Green in Levittown on Aug. 21 at 8 p.m. Call 516-292-9000, ext. 382 for information.

Substance Abuse Seminar

On Thursday, Aug. 22 the county will hold a substance abuse seminar at the Hicksville firehouse, 20 East Marie Street from 7 to 9 p.m. The sessions are free to attend. The seminar, “You’re Not Alone,” includes informal group discussions with the experts, including some one-on-one time to chat and ask private questions. County staff will also train and provide attendees over the age of 18 with nasal Narcan or Naloxone kits, which can reverse the fatal effects of a heroin or prescription painkiller overdose. The panel also includes an addict in recovery, as well as the parent of someone in recovery, to offer their perspectives. For information, or to register for the forum, call the Nassau County Police Department Office of Community Affairs at 516-573-7360 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Saturday, Aug. 31

Selichot Celebration

Temple B’nai Torah of Wantagh and Temple Beth Am of Merrick invite the community to screen the 1989 Woody Allen classic Crimes and Misdemeanors starring Woody Allen, Martin Landau, and Claire Bloom at Temple B’nai Torah at 2900 Jerusalem Avenue, in Wantagh, to celebrate Selichot, or Days of Forgiveness on Aug. 31 at 7 p.m. The evening begins with Havdalah followed by the film and a discussion on how it relates to the holiday and desert.

Sunday, October 20

Levittown Idol V

The Levittown Historical Society will present Levittown Idol V, the society’s annual youth talent show for students (K-12) of the Levittown and Island Trees school districts on Oct. 20, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Levittown Hall. Contract the society for rules and information at 516-735-9060.

News

A clown named Renaldo performed magic tricks for an enthusiastic audience as part of the National Circus Project, which visited Levittown Public Library on Wednesday, July 16.

 

All 150 tickets available for the performance were sold out in this interactive magic show for children. Throughout the entire circus act, children laughed and raised their hands as high as they could to be chosen as one of Renaldo’s helpers.

 

Raising her hand to participate was three-year-old Kirsten Cantwell from Seaford. “She was upset that she didn’t get picked,” said her mother Melissa Cantwell.

 

Kirsten Cantwell goes to any activity offered at the library, and is starting to enjoy watching magic shows. According to her mother, she really enjoyed the performance.

 

In the circus show, National Circus Project performer, Al Calienes, acted as Renaldo the clown.

 

“The show has different components of acts in the circus,” explained Calienes. “We teach children circus moves.”

 

With the National Circus Project, children get to see magic tricks performed live. “We infuse enthusiasm by showing them, and they in turn will be able to repeat the process,” said Calienes.

Renaldo performed plate spinning, where he spun a plate on a stick and passed it along to the stick of one of his helpers from the audience, who then passed the plate down a line of three more helpers. This interactive way of teaching the children magic tricks really allows them to absorb what they are learning.

 

The National Circus Project travels and performs for elementary schools, as well as middle and high schools. When the National Circus Project is not going to schools, they perform at library shows, summer camps, and other types of events.

 

The performance entertains the adults as well as the children. “We involve everybody,” said Calienes. “Everybody’s engaged on some level or another. “

 

At every library performance, Calienes donates the children’s book he wrote and illustrated Renaldo Joins the Circus to the library. He feels that he owes a lot to the library system. “Anything that ever meant anything to me I learned in the library,” said Calienes.

 

Calienes learned how to draw from the library, which is how he became a commercial artist. One of the main characters he would always draw would be Renaldo the clown. “I wanted to make him real so I joined the circus,” he said.

 

Calienes has been performing with the National Circus Project for seven years and has been in the circus business going on 26 years.

 

The National Circus Project brings magic to children at any school, camp or library all over Long Island as well as across the country.

 

Last June, Nassau County passed legislation that allows for the deployment of a speed enforcement camera system in school zones for each of the 56 public school districts in the county. 

 

The new systems will be implemented throughout the county on July 25, and will be operational on scheduled school days throughout the year. 


Sports

Levittown’s Division Avenue High School varsity baseball team, under the direction of coach Tom Tuttle, won the Class A County Championship, garnering a third-place ranking in New York State. This is the team’s 13th county championship win and the second county championship for the school in the past four years.

 

In addition, senior Chris Reilly was named Championship MVP for throwing a complete game shutout in game two and going three for four with two RBIs. 

Taylor Traenkle, a junior at Division Avenue High School recently received the MVP award for the Nassau County Varsity Hockey League Association.

 

Traenkle, who plays no. 9 for the Levittown Ice Falcons, led the way averaging 2.8 points a game with a total of 25 goals and 23 assists in just 17 games. 


Calendar

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Flea Market - July 27

Darlene Prince and the Bragg Hollow Band - July 28


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