First Battalion Parade and Oktoberfest
Saturday, October 3

Apple Festival
Sunday, October 4

GOP Dinner Dance
Wednesday, October 7


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

First Battalion Parade and Oktoberfest

The Stewart Manor Fire Department is hosting the First Battalion Parade and Oktoberfest Block Party at 5 p.m. There will be numerous local fire departments marching in uniforms. It will proceed through the streets of the village ending at Village Hall on Covert Ave. There will be a DJ, music, marching bands, inflatables for the kids, cotton candy/popcorn. The rain date is Sunday, Oct. 4, starting at 3 p.m.

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

Monday, October 5

Blood Drive

The Long island Council of Churches along with the Floral park Ecumenical Council of Churches will host its annual blood drive from 3:30 to 8:45 p.m. at the Unite Methodist Church, 35 Verbena Avenue. If you would like to make an appointment call the church at 354-4969 during office hours, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

NC Legislature

Meeting at 10 a.m., with committees meeting at 2 p.m. at 1550 Franklin Ave., Mineola, in the legislative chambers. The public is welcome to attend. For further information, call 571-6285.

Floral Park Art League

Still-life oil painting demo with Shawn Sullivan. 7:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 15 Elizabeth St. All welcome. Free. Call 775-3395.

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:

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