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Belmont Street Fair – Friday, June 5

Oliver – Friday, June 5

Art in the Park – Saturday, June 6


Sunday, May 31

Memorare: Mary Remembers

Written and produced by Glenn Mohr in collaboration with Frances McNamara, Memorare: Mary Remembers – Reflections from a Mother’s Heart presents an intimate, spiritual encounter with Mary, the mother of Jesus, as she reflects on her personal life’s journey. Meet Mary in her twilight years when she is approached by Luke, who makes a request to paint her portrait. Undimmed by the passage of time, Mary’s memory of the events of her life is shared by her in the quiet interlude during which Luke captures her inner beauty and peace on canvas. Hear the story as she recalls her experiences from the visit by Gabriel, the journeys to Bethlehem and Egypt with Joseph, the early years with her son and the drama of his final days. She shares her joys and sorrows all the while reflecting on her part in this great mystery. Performed by the Glenn Mohr Chorale at 4 p.m. at St. Ignatius Retreat House, 251 Searingtown Rd. (621-8300). Call Eilish Fusto 488-0600.

SCOPE Spring Trip

To Gurney’s Inn and Gosman’s Dock. The bus will leave from the Herricks Community Center parking field, corner of Shelter Rock and Herricks Rds., at 9 a.m. A leisurely drive through the fabulous Hamptons leads the group to the newly renovated Gurney’s Inn where there will be a guided tour of the beautiful seaside resort in Montauk. A full-course luncheon offers a choice of chicken, beef or fish. Specify choice at registration. There will be a stop at Gosman’s Dock for browsing and shopping. If time permits, there will be a stop at a roadside stand for fresh fruit and vegetables. $75 per person includes bus, lunch and all gratuities. To register call SCOPE 631-881-9670. For fax registration, include name, address and phone number. Fax: 631-881-9671.


Thursday, June 4

Chamber Pre-Stakes Luncheon

The chamber will have its annual Pre-Stakes Luncheon at Belmont Race Track. Join the chamber – from noon through to the last race for a sumptuous buffet luncheon in the Belmont Room. Betting Parlors are steps away in our own area. Belmont will provide programs, a special tour of the paddock area, topped off with a race in the chambers honor. $50 per person. Includes tax and gratuity.

West End Civic Association

Meeting at 8 a.m. at the Atlantic Avenue Firehouse, second floor meeting room. Perry Criscitelli, president of the West End Civic Association, will host a wine and cheese social, along with beer and soda to celebrate the association’s final meeting of the season. On hand will be Trustee Tweedy to advise on recent village events.


Friday, June 5

Street Fair

The chamber’s 7th annual Street Fair from 5 to 10 p.m. between Plainfield and Verbena Aves. Bring the whole family. Meet your community organizations, live music, refreshments, good, clowns, face painting, bargains, discounts, raffles and prizes, street rides and much more.

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 5, 6, 12, 13 at 8 p.m. and June7 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.


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.


Saturday, June 13

Community Health and Wellness Fair

Hosted by Christ Assembly of God, at 120 Floral Pky., from 11a.m. to 4 p.m. Lots of activities including free screenings, health education, booths, etc., are planned. The event is free and open to the public.

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.


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.


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.

FP United Methodist Thrift Shop

The Floral Park United Methodist Church Thrift Shop, 35 Verbena Ave., open every Wednesday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featuring jewelry, clothing, housewares, bric-a-brac, dishes, linens, collectibles, some furniture, small appliances and antiques. Donations gratefully accepted. Call 354-4969.

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.

Weekly Events

•Gam-Anon, an anonymous organization for spouses, adult children over 18, family and friends whose lives have been affected by a gambling problem. Meets Mondays at the Jewish Community Center of W. Hempstead, 711 Dogwood Ave., W. Hempstead. For information call 321-2883.

•The Nassau Mid-Island Chapter of the Barber Shop Harmony Society invites any man who is interested in singing barbershop harmony to join them any Tuesday at 7:45 p.m. in the Church of the Advent Winthrop Hall, 555 Advent St. (one block east of Post Ave.; two blocks south of Jericho Tpke.), Westbury. Call George Seelinger 333-0803.

•Bingo. Robert Van Cott American Legion Post #1139, 734 Woodfield Rd., West Hempstead, hosts a weekly Bingo game Wednesdays at 7:15 p.m. Early bird and game specials.

•Boy Scout Troop 158. Queens Village for boys ages 10 to 18 meets at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 92-10 217th St., Queens Village, every Friday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Call Mr. LeVine 1-781-465-5522 or email to Pear1H21@nyc.rr.com.

Monthly Events

•Look Good…Feel Better, sponsored by LIJ Medical Center in association with the National Cosmetology Association, the Toiletry Fragrance Association and the American Cancer Society. The program reaches out to women with cancer and teaches them how to best apply makeup and wear their hair while undergoing cancer treatment. Meets on the second Monday of every month at LIJ Medical Center, 27005 76th Ave., New Hyde Park. Reservations suggested, but not required. Call Harriet Pine or Selma Robinton 718-470-7094. All women who attend receive a makeup kit filled with brand-name cosmetics valued at over $200.

•Family Promise of NC. Are you concerned about helping homeless families in our local communities? You are invited to meetings for Family Promise of Nassau County, Inc., the third Monday of every month, at 7:30 p.m. at the New Hyde Park Baptist Church, 635 New Hyde Park Rd., NHP (352-9672 ). All congregations invited: Churches, synagogues, mosques and NC residents. The need is great. Call Family Promise at 684-9833.

•Stewart Manor Auxiliary Police Unit 105 is currently having an ongoing Recruitment Drive. Meetings are held on the last Monday of each month at the Village Hall, 120 Covert Ave. (side entrance on Chester Ave.). Those interested should call Deputy Inspector John Egan 573-7521 to find out more.

•Garden City Ski Club meets on the first and third Wednesdays through April (except holidays) at 7:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus, 1000 Marcus Ave., New Hyde Park. Social events, trips to our lodge in Vermont, and skiing in a variety of areas throughout the West and New England. Ages 21 and over, please. For additional info and schedules visit www.gardencityskiclub.com or call 872-1448.

•Order Sons of Italy meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the VFW Hall, Lincoln Rd., Franklin Square. There are also entertaining programs and refreshments and food are served free at every meeting. Call Sal Palmeri 328-0333 for an application.

•Citizen’s Party of FP meets on the third Wednesday of each month at the American Legion Hall. To become a member residents are invited to visit www.fpcitizensparty.com or call 775-2940.

•Young Widows/Widowers Social Group, a nonsectarian, nonprofit organization of widows and widowers ages 40 to 69 years of age. Fee for members is $3, nonmembers $5. Meets at 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Church, 55h St. and Franklin Ave., Garden City, on the third Wednesday of each month. For additional information call Sandy 996-6574.

•FP Arthritis Support Group meetings will be held on the first Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Floral Park Library, Tulip Ave. and Carolina Pl., Floral Park. Call the Arthritis Foundation 427-8272.

•LI Junior Chamber of Commerce. The LIJC regularly has the Meet and Greet on the first Thursday and the monthly meeting on the third Tuesday of each month, along with a variety of other events throughout the month, For more information on the LI Junior Chamber, visit WWW.LIJC.com. Contact: Martin Dekom, Chairman, 850-2717 – Mdekom@gmail.com; Julie Dekom, Membership Director -Julz_5@yahoo.com; Steven Eiselen, Community Development VP -SEiselen@msn.com.

•Free/Low Cost Health Insurance. The residents of communities served by Mercy Medical Center will have the opportunity to apply for free or low cost health insurance for children, families and adults up to age 64 on the first Thursday of every month from 5 to 7 p.m. in Mercy’s Main Lobby. Staff from Catholic Charities of LI will assist you and our children applying for Child Health Plus, Family Health Plus and Medicaid Health Insurance Programs. The bi-lingual enrollers will screen adults for income eligibility for the state’s health insurance program Family Health Plus. Children are eligible for Child Health Plus. These programs cover medical check-ups, hospitalization, emergency care, prescriptions, vision and dental care.

•Zonta Club of LI, a member of Zonta International, a worldwide service organization with a local club. Members help advance the status of women and are involved in many community service activities. The name Zonta is word taken from the Sioux and stands for honesty, trust, inspiration and the ability to work together for service and understanding. At meetings members discuss and learn about issues facing women, develop and conduct fun fundraising that benefits community programs and network with Zonta International programs. The club meets at a monthly dinner meeting in New Hyde Park on the third Thursday of each month. Call Kathy Rau 488-2796.

•Art League of NC monthly meeting and demonstration by a guest artist. Meets on the fourth Friday of each month at the New Hyde Park Recreation Center, Clinton G. Martin Park, Marcus Ave. and NHP Rd., NHP (near Union Tpke.) at 7:30 p.m. The public is invited. Refreshments served. Call 437-0919. Nonmembers $2. No meetings in June, July, August, December.

•The Eating Disorders Association-LI (NEDA-LI) (formerly EDCLI) will be holding a support group for eating disorder sufferers and their families and friends. 10 to 11:30 a.m. at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset (ask at the main reception desk for location within the hospital). This free group takes place on the third Saturday of every month and is facilitated by a trained professional. No reservation necessary. Call NEDA-LI 229-2393.

 

 

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