West End Civic Meeting – Thursday, October 1

Steak and Lobster Dinner – Friday, October 2

Pick Your Own Pumpkin – Saturday, October 3


Saturday, September 26

Old Time Country Barn Dance

Live music, professional musicians. No dance experience necessary. Dance lessons provided and demonstrated. Sing-along with a guitar playing folk singer and a fiddler. Casual attire. Free coffee, cake and beverages. Come join the fun and excitement for the whole family, while meeting new and old friends. Singles, couples and families welcome. $7 per adult; $3 children under 12 years of age. Admission includes drawing for a mystery gift. 8 to 10 p.m. at the Hillside United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, 2801 Hillside Ave. corner of Heywood St., New Hyde Park. Call 741-5148 or 248-6365.

Sunday, September 27

Blood Drive

Bring valid ID, Social Security number, eat well (low fat, iron rich starting one week before, drink fluids, no tattoos for the past 12 months, weight 110 pound minimum, 16 year olds with parental permission, over 75 years old, bring a doctor’s note. 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Memorial Hall, Our Lady of Victory Church. For medical questions call 1-880-688-0900.

Wednesday, September 30

STAR Workshop

Want to know more about STAR? Need help with the application? Come to Senator Kemp Hannon’s Enhanced STAR Workshop at 7 p.m. at Levittown Hall, 201 Levittown Pky., Hicksville. To reserve your seat, call 739-1700 or e-mail Senator Hannon at For more information regarding your eligibility for Enhanced STAR, visit

Thursday, October 1

West End Civic Meeting

The West End Civic Association meeting will be held at 8 p.m. at the Atlantic Avenue firehouse. West End trustee, Tom Tweedy, will provide an update of the events and happenings that occurred during the summer as well as report on aircraft noise, LIRR issues and Belmont Park news. President Perry Criscitelli urges all members to come and invites new members as well. Refreshments will be served.

Floral Park Chamber Of Commerce

Business Network meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. at Crabtree’s Restaurant, 226 Jericho Tpke. (326-7769). $10 members;$15 for nonmembers. This is a great opportunity to meet other business professionals, build your connections, exchange ideas and share advice over a steady flow of Crabtree’s savory hors d’oeuvres and lite dinner fare. Including: wine, beer and other refreshments. Plus a raffling off of a Free Profile of the Month spot (worth $35) More info at:

College and Career Night

Sponsored by the Sewanhaka Central High School District and the Sewanhaka Central Council of PTAs at 7 p.m. at New Hyde Park Memorial High School, 500 Leonard Blvd., New Hyde Park. Representatives from approximately 100 colleges, universities, technical and business schools, schools specializing in specific areas, military academies and the Armed Forces will be in attendance to speak with parents and students. Included in their presentation will be information on programs of study, admission requirements, scholarships and financial aid. Everyone is welcome.

Local Chefs Support the Adelphi Breast Cancer Program

Local chefs and food purveyors are supporting the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program through fund raising and education for the month of October with special dishes, drinks, promotions and information. The Garden City Hotel, 45 Seventh St., will donate 10 percent from each “Think Pink” menu item at their Rein restaurant; items will include a Pink Ribbon Martini and select dishes by Belgian Chef Steven De Bruyn. The hotel’s historic cupola will be lighted pink throughout October. Call 877-9385. Visit At La Bottega, 143 Nassau Blvd., Garden City South, order any of these items and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Adelphi program: strawberry bellini, grilled scallops with sautéed mixed mushrooms and strozzapreti pasta sautéed with cherry tomatoes, baby shrimp and a touch of wine. Call 486-0935. Go to Shop at NY Ravioli, New York Ravioli & Pasta Co., 12 S. Denton Ave., New Hyde Park, any Friday during October. Ten percent of total sales for the day will be donated. Call 741-7287. Go to

Friday, October 2

Steak and Lobster Dinner

The donation of is $35 per person and includes a “direct from Maine” lobster, shell steak, salad, baked potato, dessert, coffee, tea or soda. Also a Chinese auction with many wonderful items. 7 p.m. in the United Methodist Church auditorium, 35 Verbena Ave. Reservations are necessary and can be made by calling the church office 354-4969 or Bernice 354-3212.

Saturday, October 3

Pick Your Own Pumpkin

October is pumpkin month at the Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pky., Floral Park. Enjoy wandering through the planting field to find your favorite pumpkin through Oct. 31. Price of pumpkins will be determined by weight. A fun farm treat for the whole family. Admission to the pumpkin patch is free. Call 718-347-3276.

Liz’s Day

Supporting breast cancer research in memory of Elizabeth McFarland. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Floral Park Recreation Center, Stewart Ave., between Plainfield and Covert Aves. Food – refreshments served by Buddy’s BBQ, Fallon’s and Trinity’s. Raffles, Chinese auction, plant sale, instant win table, book fair, bake sale, volleyball tournament. Children’s activities – Cameron the Caterpillar, 30-foot giant slide, 50-foot long obstacle course, arts and crafts, face painting, carnival games, candy corral. Live entertainment – DJ James McGuire, Dennis Gallery and the Celtic Justice Band and Blue-Eyed Soul, Irish step dancers. For information or to make a donation, call Nancy Dale 437-2519, Meg Allen 437-3562 or Ginny Coughlin 358-7282. Any resident who would like to donate new or used books for Liz’s Day, being held today, should drop them off at the Shelter House in the center, after Sept. 27. For additional information, call Donna Murray at 326-2825. Rain date Oct. 4.

Flea Market

Sewanhaka High School’s Students and Teachers Against Cancer (STAC) will hold their annual Flea Market from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. in front of the Sewanhaka High School building. All proceeds will benefit the Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS) Foundation in memory of Lisa Zahler.

Village-Wide Garage Sale

Sponsored by the Junior Women’s Club of Bellerose from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bellerose LIRR parking lot, Superior Rd. With over 50 families participating, there are bargains for everyone. The club will host a bake sale, refreshments and little folk’s lemonade stand. The event will help support local scholarships, breast cancer awareness and Ronald McDonald House. Rain date Oct. 4.

Art in the Park

The Floral Park Art League annual fall outdoor art show and sale will be held at Veterans Memorial Park, corner of Tulip and Plainfield Aves., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. Call 775-0553. Also on Oct. 4.

Sunday, October 4

Apple Festival

A large variety of apples, apple products and freshly pressed cider will be available. The nation’s largest apple cobbler will be baked on site. Enjoy cider-pressing demonstrations while learning fun apple facts. Vendors will have a variety of collectibles for sale. Food, hayrides and free children’s games will make this event fun for all ages. Make your own scarecrow. Food will be available. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pky., Floral Park. Free admission. Free parking. The farm museum will offer tours of the historic farm house. Call 718-347-3276.

Historical Society to Tour Oheka Castle

The Floral Park Historical Society will visit Oheka Castle for a one-hour tour that will begin at 2 p.m. A car pool has been organized; drivers will assembly at Centennial Hall and will depart at 12:30 p.m. sharp. The tour is $15 per person and must be prepaid. Call to make a reservation 775-8291. Checks should be sent to Adele Werthmuller, 34 Daisy Ave., Floral Park, NY 11001. A century ago, Oheka Castle was built by financier and philanthropist Otto Hermann Kahn in the middle of a 443-acre plot on the highest point on Long Island in Cold Spring Harbor for an estimated cost of $11 million ($110 million in today’s currency). At the time of its construction, the French-style chateau was, and still is today, the second-largest private residence ever built in America. During the Gilded Age of the 1920s, Kahn used the 109,000 square foot, 127-room estate as a summer home where he hosted lavish parties and regularly entertained royalty, heads of state and Hollywood stars. In 1984, developer Gary Melius purchased Oheka and the remaining 23 acres, which surrounded the estate and began the painstaking challenge of restoring the castle. For information about Floral Park Historical Society meetings and programs, call 775-6849 or visit

Tuesday, October 6

Nassau North Shore Christian Women’s Club

Invites women to its luncheon which will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the George Washington Manor Restaurant, Old Northern Blvd., Roslyn. The cost of the luncheon is $21. If you wish to pay by check, make the check out to “Cash.” “Harvest of Gifts” – Bring a bounty of fresh baked goods, crafts and new gifts to sell beginning at 11 a.m. “A Basket of Balloons” – Bosco Lau will demonstrate some of his beautiful balloon creations. “Harvest of Thoughts” – Bosco Lau will speak about how to cultivate a life that yields high dividends. “Harvest Moon” – Jan Dougherty, soloist. For reservations or information call Jane Voss 742-0861 or Alice Russo 248-9726 by Sept. 25. Cancellations are essential.

Wednesday, October 7

GOP Dinner Dance

The Stewart Manor-New Hyde Park Republican Club will honor two outstanding individuals, Anthony Corrao of Stewart Manor and Jim McHugh of New Hyde Park. A dinner dance in their honor will be held on Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Umberto’s Restaurant, 633 Jericho Tpke., New Hyde Park. Anthony Corrao has been instrumental in aiding people with disabilities and ailments in the community. As a charter member of the Elmont Lions Club, he organized an annual pancake breakfast and theater night with profits going to purchase two service dogs for the blind. James “Big Jim” McHugh is an accomplished pharmacist by trade and unwavering defender of his community by vocation. He serves on the executive board of the Parks Civic Association and has championed numerous causes in the pursuit of maintaining and enhancing the suburban quality of life in the New Hyde Park community. Tickets are $80 per person and a commemorative journal is available to display advertisements or congratulatory salutations. To attend or for questions regarding the journal call Ed Powers 354-5429.

Thursday, October 8

Marketing Seminar/Networking Event

From 5:30 to 7:30 .m., State Bank of Long Island will sponsor a free networking event and business seminar entitled “Innovative Marketing Strategies in the New Economy.” The event will be held at the New Hyde Park branch located at 699 Hillside Avenue. The presenters of the business seminar are Marla Seiden, president of Seiden Communications, a New Hyde Park based public relations and marketing firm, and Stephanie Larkin, president of Red Penguin Web Solutions, a Floral Park based web development and design firm. RSVP by Sept. 30th as the program is limited to 30 people. Call Sandy at 495-5077 or email to:

Saturday, October 10

Antique and Collectibles Auction

Featuring artwork, dolls, glassware, ephemera, clown collection, secretary, linens, jewelry and more. 5 p.m. viewing. 6 p.m. auction. First Presbyterian Church, 16 S. 9th St. (south off Jericho Tpke.), New Hyde Park. Call 437-7580 or 328-1963.

Upcoming Events

Flu Shots to Be Administered

This year’s flu shots will be administered Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Floral Park Recreation Center. Registration is required. As in prior years, the program will be administered by the L.I.J. Medical Center. You will need to present your Medicare card in order to receive your shot. To register, call Scotty Beetle at 354-4933. Note that this is not for swine flu inoculation.


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