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Saturday, June 6

 

Raffle for Stakes Tickets

NYRA is sponsoring a Raffle for Stakes Tickets. Take a chance to win a pair of tickets – worth over $600. The chamber will conduct the raffle the previous day at the Street Fair. Raffle tickets are $5 apiece at the Street Fair or may be purchased now at Jack Duggan’s Pub & Restaurant, Trinity Restaurant or the Station Deli.

Art-in-the-Park

The Floral Park Art League’s annual spring outdoor art show and sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Veteran’s Memorial Park, corner of Tulip and Plainfield Aves. Call 775-0553.

Oliver

Theatre Box of Floral Park, United Methodist Church, 35 Verbena Ave., Floral Park, presents the Dickens of a musical Oliver by Lionel Bart. Oliver is based on the classic Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist and tells the story of a poor innocent orphan in Victorian England who unwittingly becomes part of a gang of pickpockets led by The Artful Dodger and the cunning Fagin. It’s a story of great drama set to some of the finest Broadway tunes of all time including Food, Glorious Food, As Long As He Needs Me, Where is Love and Consider Yourself. Tickets are $12 adults/ $10 seniors; $5 students. Show times are June 6, 12, 13 at 8 p.m. and June 7 and 14 at 2 p.m. The June 7 matinee will be preceded by a 12:30 p.m. dinner (tickets $22). For reservations and information call 718-631-2519 or send an e-mail to info@theatrebox.org.

Tuesday, June 9

 

Stewart Manor Homemaker Evening Chapter

Including Garden City, Franklin Square, Floral Park and West Hempstead communities will hold its meeting in the Stewart Manor Village Hall at 7:30p.m. There will be an Achievement Night and Ice Cream Social held after the business meeting. All are welcome to attend. Sign up tonight for next year’s membership. For more information call Gina Mignone 437-9679.

Saturday, June 13

 

Community Health and

Wellness Fair

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Christ Assembly of God Church, 120 Floral Pky. Attendees will get the chance to meet health care professionals, ask questions, participate in free medical screenings and attend health education classes. There will be events for kids and adults alike. There will also be health education classes on heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease and breast health. Registration is required to attend the classes. There will be a blood drive during the health fair also. For more information, call Adrin 746-3678 or Mini 718-465-2272 or visit www.lihealthfair.com.

Monday, June 15

 

AARP Floral Park

Chapter 5224

Annual installation of officers luncheon at the Swan Club overlooking Roslyn Harbor, Glenwood Rd. and Scudder’s Ln. Roslyn, from noon to 3 p.m. Menu: seasonal melon with fresh fruit, tri-color garden salad with vinaigrette dressing, choice of entrees: sliced filet mignon with mushroom gravy, salmon or chicken francaise, string beans and mashed potatoes. Dessert: ice cream éclair, cake. coffee –tea. The cost is $35. Make check payable to Floral Park AARP Chapter 5224. For reservations call Virginia Pinto 775-3025.

Landmarks Preservation

Commission

Town of North Hempstead Landmarks Preservation Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the Town Board Room on the second floor of North Hempstead Town Hall, 220 Plandome Rd, Manhasset. For a copy of the agenda, go to the Historic Landmarks page of www.northhempstead.com.

Thursday, June 18

 

Gregorian Festival

The 30th Annual Gregorian Festival will be held at St. Gregory the Great, 87th Ave. and Cross Island Pky., Bellerose, through June 28. Live entertainment, delicious international foods, rides, games, music and dancing under the stars. Also games of chance, a nightly 50/50, all in a safe, friendly family environment. Free admission with ample parking. Monday through Saturday 7 to 11 p.m.; Sundays 6 to 10 p.m. Go to www.sgtgfestival.com.

Tuesday, June 23

 

Sewanhaka Central H.S. District Board of Ed

Regular meeting at Sewanhaka High School, 500 Tulip Ave., Floral Park, at 7:30 p.m. It is anticipated that a motion to adjourn to Executive Session will be made immediately after the opening of the public portion of the meeting to discuss matters involving particular personnel and matters within the attorney-client relationship. The regular monthly meeting will convene at 8 p.m. All are invited to attend. Call 488-7738.

Upcoming Events

 

Learn Sign Language

The Mill Neck Foundation for Deaf Ministry Sign Language Camp for Hearing Kids invites children ages 8 to 16 to learn a new language and have fun. Held on the campus of Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf, the camp teaches beginning sign language in an enjoyable and unique way. In two sessions (July 13 through 17 and July 20 through 24), campers are divided by age (ages 8 to 12 and 13 to 16). ??Through activities, games and arts and crafts, campers are taught the sign language alphabet and numbers as well as signs for animals, foods, colors and much more. Campers in session one will have basic conversations in sign by the end of the camp and those with a prior knowledge of the language in session two will build on their current skills and focus on conversational sign. At the end of each week, a special presentation will be held for friends and family about what the students learned. Campers eat lunch daily with deaf students and interact with Mill Neck students during games, storytelling and swimming sessions. Classes are led by deaf instructors with hearing teacher assistance. Camp is held from 8:30 am to 3:30 p.m. daily and costs $230 per child (includes lunch and a book, arts and crafts, a notebook, a bag and more). Enrollment is limited. The deadline for enrollment is June 26. Contact Nicole Romano 351-3844 or nromano@millneck.org for more information and/or to enroll your child in camp.

Call for Craft Vendors

Mill Neck Manor is calling for vendors of handmade items for its Annual Fall Harvest Festival, held on Oct. 10 and 11, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A favorite tradition on LI, visitors eagerly await the festival for its crafts, apples, pumpkins, pies and other delicious treats. Country crafts, offering handmade items and holiday gifts, are one of the festival’s main features. If you make or sell crafts and feel that you would be a great addition to the Festival, you are encouraged to apply. Vendors are assigned an outdoor space (10’x10’) with a table and two chairs. All vendors are required to have a tent or canopy; those vendors who do not own a suitable tent may rent one from Mill Neck Manor for a small fee. A nonrefundable fee of $300 will be due once vendors are selected. The deadline to apply is June 26. For more information, or for an application call Roberta Baade 922-4100, ext. 220.

Ongoing

 

Crime Prevention

Information

The NC Auxiliary Police Unit has available, through the cooperation of the NYS Office of Crime Prevention, very informative pamphlets on how you, the homeowner, can better protect you and your family from being a victim of crime. Any resident requesting a copy of these pamphlets can write to NC Auxiliary Police Unit 116, PO Box 288, West Hempstead, NY 11552; call 538-5800; or e-mail: NCAP116@AOL.COM. The following pamphlets are available:

•Common Sense for the Elderly

•The Babysitter Guide

•Crime Check (Home Survey)

•Don’t Be a Victim of Burglary

•Rape Prevention

Epilepsy Foundation

Located at 506 Stewart Ave., Garden City, the following is offered:

•Free Puppet Show on Seizure Disorder. A free children’s program on epilepsy using the internationally acclaimed “Kids on the Block” troupe of puppets to public and private elementary schools. These shows are appropriate for the 3rd and 4th grades levels but can be tailored to your needs. Programs are also available for junior and senior high classes. Help us foster a climate of acceptance, understanding and compassion in our schools for all. Call Janet Romeo, ext. 145.

•Support Groups. Do you have seizures? Are you having difficulty with jobs, relationships, etc.? Are you isolating from your family and friends? If you answered yes to any or all of the above questions, we have group for you. Call Irene Rodgers, CSW, ext. 415.

FISH of Floral Park

FISH Organization of Floral Park provides transportation to and from medical appointments for residents in the Floral Park/Bellerose area. FISH needs volunteers for only one day a month as telephone coordinators who then contact regular or back-up drivers to schedule pick-ups, or as drivers who provide transportation to and from medical appointments. FISH provides the cell phone service and mileage driven is a tax deduction. If you wish to take part in this worthwhile service, contact Peggy Thivierge 437-8896 or Fran Hornberger at 775-0740.

Help for Seniors

Are you a senior who would like help paying for your Medicare benefits and prescription drugs? Free assistance is only a phone call away if you qualify for extra help because of limited income. There may be a way to alleviate some of the cost of Medicare – deductibles and coinsurance, Part B premiums, prescription drug plans (Part D). Reducing monthly premiums, annual deductibles and co-payments, aiding with coverage gaps (the doughnut hole). To learn more call a LIS/HHS (Low Income Subsidy from US Dept. of HHS) counselor from Family & Children’s, a community of caring. 485-3425, ext. 222.

Jewish Education

For Children

At the Bellerose Jewish Center

Located at 254-04 Union Tpke., Floral Park. Call 718-343-9001:

•Free Jewish education for kindergarten and Sunday School children. A thorough religious curriculum with experienced teachers for 3rd grade to their Bar/Bat Mitzvah is also provided.

•The Renaissance Group. A nonsectarian group of men and women who have lost a dear one. Dialogue and an exchange of ideas can be helpful. Call for date of the next meeting.

You Have Options!

In 1982 Options for Community Living, Inc., was established to help respond to the need for supportive housing for people living with mental illness. As the Mental Health Residential Program continued to expand, Options began serving homeless families as an emergency shelter provider in 1990. A few years later, Options opened a comprehensive case management and housing program for Long Islanders with HIV/AIDS. A small not-for-profit organization with humble beginnings has since grown to serve over 800 individuals and families with special needs across Long Island. With offices in Hempstead, Smithtown and Riverhead, help is easily accessible. For more information or to offer support call 631-361-9020. Visit www.optionscl.org.

Senior Programs

The following programs regularly serve all residents of Nassau County (call the NC Dept. of Senior Citizen Affairs 571-4330):

•Employment Referrals for Seniors. The NC Dept. of Senior Citizen Affairs is a resource to employers seeking qualified workers and to mature job seekers, 55+, who want assistance with employment and resume preparation. Services are free of charge.

•The Foster Grandparents Program is recruiting senior volunteers to share their time and love with children in Nassau County. Volunteers receive a non-reportable stipend, transportation reimbursement, paid holidays, sick days and vacation days.

•If you are 55+, make your spare time count. Join the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, a national organization, and share your talents and skills at one of the many diversified placements.

Thrift Shop

Franklin Hospital Medical Center’s Thrift Shop, 138 Rockaway Ave., Valley Stream, is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fresh Vegetables for

The Hungry Poor

Please plant vegetable plants, enjoy the wonderful flavor and nourishment of a newly picked vegetable and share the extra vegetables with the hungry poor. For those who have limited space vegetables can be planted in flower gardens, in planters and in hanging baskets. All vegetables will go to the INN – Interfaith Nutrition Network – in Hempstead where 80 gallons of soup and 500 meals are provided to the hungry poor every weekday. All vegetables can be left at the main entrance to Centennial Gardens and Bird Sanctuary, Floral Pky., Floral Park every afternoon during the summer.

 

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