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Girls Volleyball Dig Pink

Friday, October 18

Apple Festival

Saturday, October 19

Pet Vet Barktober Fest

Sunday, October 20


Saturday, October 12

Wild Long Island

Tackapausha Preserve visits the Massapequa Public Library from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. with a selection of animals found on Long Island. Their habitat and lifestyle will be discussed. Come and learn about turtles, snakes, opossums, crows and owls. For ages 6-12.


Wednesday, October 16

Investing/Trading Talks

Learn to make money in the stock market, to beat the index and to completely understand and measure the forces that drive the prices of stocks in this monthly investment seminar with author, Tom Lloyd, Sr. at the Massapequa Bar Harbour Library at 7 p.m.

Halloween Party

Annual Haunted Halloween party on Oct. 16 at 1 p.m. at Tackapausha Museum. Enjoy animal presentations, crafts, games. Costumes are encouraged. Call 516-571-7443 for information.


Friday, October 18

Girls Volleyball Dig Pink

The Massapequa Girls Volleyball team will be dedicating a home match to National Breast Cancer Awareness. Join the girls at this event and support a worthy cause as raffles will be made available. The Massapequa High School Chiefettes and cheerleaders will perform, with a junior varsity game at 4:30 p.m. and a varsity game at 6:30 p.m. All fans are encouraged to wear pink as a show of support. Visit www.massapequadigpink.com for more information the Dig Pink campaign.


Saturday, October 19

Special Olympics Softball Tournament

The Special Olympics of New York will hold the Long Island Softball Tournament on Oct. 19 at the East Meadow Softball Complex. Participant registration due before Oct. 11. Volunteers needed. Visit www.nyso.org for information.

Concert Festival

First annual music festival at Eisenhower Park on Oct. 19. Free and open to public. This year featuring Gloria Gaynor and many top local talent. Call 516-572-0200 for information.

Mounted Cowboy Shooting Match

Step back into the later 1800s and watch history come alive as cowboys saddle up and engage in a shooting match at the Old Bethpage Village Restoration on Oct. 19. Call 516-572-8400 for information.

Haunted Halloween Celebration

Haunted Halloween at the Old Bethpage Village Restoration on Oct. 19-20, 26-27. Includes a monster scavenger hunt, tales from the grave digger, pumpkin carving demonstrations, tarot card readings, broom making for witches, and more. Call 516-572-8400 for information.

Apple Festival

The Historical Society of the Massapequas’ Annual Apple Festival will be held at the Massapequa Historical Complex, Old Grace Church, 4755 Merrick Rd. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy an old fashioned apple festival featuring Long Island apples, homemade pie, hot dogs, crafts, vendors, raffles and music from the Banjo Rascals from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tours of the historic buildings (Old Grace Church, the Delancey Floyd-Jones Free Library, and the Elbert Floyd Jones Cottage) will also be available. Check out www.massapequahistoricalsociety.org for more details.


Sunday, October 20

Pet Vet Barktober Fest

Massapequa Pet Vet Animal Hospital (www.mpetvet.vetsuite.com), a full service veterinary center, will host their annual “Barktoberfest” fundraiser from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at its facility located at 5330 Merrick Rd. All profits will directly benefit three non-profit organizations:  All About Spay & Neuter, a cat rescue and adoption group; The Barking Barracks, which finds homes for pets whose owners are enlisted in the military; and the Long Island Wildlife and Animal Rescue (LIWAR), a wildlife and dog/cat rescue group providing medical care and rehabilitation. Massapequa Pet Vet’s veterinarians and staff invite the public, including their family pets, to stop by and enjoy the “Barktoberfest” activities, which include games, training demos, rescue groups, animal education, a Bouncy Castle, food, cat adoptions and more. Prizes will be awarded for both the Best Pet Costume and the Best Pet Trick contests. An auction and raffles provided by local businesses will help to raise funds.


Wednesday, October 30

Art Workshop

The Massapequa Public Library presents a workshop for painters with some prior experience using oils and acrylics. Beginners can paint using oil pastels, regular pastels or colored pencils (supply list for beginners provided at first class). Mixed media also included for consideration. Workshop may include portraits, still life, teacher’s reference materials or your photographs. Class size is limited -- $55 due at registration. Additional $5 per person for each model sitting may be required. No refunds unless class is cancelled. For more information, contact Jody Brower at 516-799-0770.


Saturday, November 2

The Rundead

Special Olympics New York presents this fun way to raise money for a good cause. The Rundead is a 5k trail run through Brady Park in Massapequa Park starting at 8:30 a.m. where runners must escape hungry zombies. Each runner will start off with a flag belt and three flags. These flags represent your lifelines. Zombies throughout the course will be attempting to take these one at a time. If you lose all three, your dead and the zombies have won. Health stations will be scattered throughout the course. If you choose to make a stop and receive a time penalty, you can gain another lifeline. Use speed, strategy… whatever it takes to keep your flags. If you finish the race with at least one, you have survived. If zombies have taken all your flags you can complete the race but you wont be eligible for awards. Join up for this wild new event. You can sign up as a zombie or a runner, so there’s something for everyone. Log onto 2013rUNDEAD.kintera.orgt/BradyPark to register.

News

Two hundred business students from high schools across Nassau County, including Massapequa High School, competed for scholarships and cash awards—more than $33,000 in all—from various sponsors at Nassau County’s annual Comptroller’s Entrepreneurial Challenge.

The events on Sept. 11, 2001 had a profound effect on nearly all in the tri-state area, but for first responders, the effects were overwhelming. Long-time Massapequa resident Michael Smith, a member of the New York Fire Department, experienced those effects firsthand.

“While I’ve always been a person that could appreciate life, after 9/11 I became so distraught,” he said. “I realized I need to do something I want to do — something I love to do.”

A 30-year veteran of the fire department, Smith retired in 2002. He and his wife of 33 years, Teresa, began to look for a place they could enjoy life. This mindset brought them to the East End of Long Island, where they often went for day trips. They settled down in a home in Orient Point in 2004; in a home that needed quite a bit of work. And when it was time to landscape the property, a new idea took root — a vineyard.


Sports

Massapequa athletes recently received honors from their coaches at Kellenberg Memorial High School.

Each season, the coaches of all of the Kellenberg teams choose one member of their team who stands out as an athlete that has worked hard to improve themselves in their chosen sport.

The Farmingdale State women’s lacrosse team won the first game of their Spring Break trip to North Carolina with a victory over Greensboro College. In wet and muddy conditions, the Rams (8-1) held an 8-5 lead at the half and took the eventual 13-10 win.

In the first half and tied 2-2, the Pride (7-5) pulled ahead 4-2 with two unassisted goals by junior attack Nadya Fedun. Farmingdale State answered with four straight scores for a 6-4 advantage, on goals by juniors Alyssa Handel, Nicole Marzocca and Massapequan Jackie Kennedy.

Sophomore attack Ashlynn Parks put Greensboro within a goal at the 7:03 mark, but the Rams scored two more to lead 8-5 at the halftime break.

Calendar

YES Fundraiser

Saturday, April 26

Massapequa Memories

Tuesday, April 29

Spring Fashion Show

Wednesday, April 30



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