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Hairspray
Friday, January 27   

Defensive Driving Course
Saturday, January 28

Valentine Victorian Tea
Saturday, February 11


Friday, January 27   

Hairspray

This Tony Award winner delighted audiences by sweeping them away to 1960’s Baltimore, where the ‘50s are out – and change is in the air. Loveable plus-size heroine, Tracy Turnblad, has a passion for dancing and wins a spot on the local TV dance program. Overnight she finds herself transformed from outsider to teen celebrity, of course, not without mussing up some hair. Performances (through Jan. 29): Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 2 and 8 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays 8 p.m.; Sundays 2:30 p.m. at the BroadHollow Theatre, 700 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont. Advance tickets are $25 adults; $23 seniors; $18 students; $14 youth (under 12). All tickets are $28 at the door. Group rates available. Call 631-581-2700 or email bhtgroupsales@aol.com for group information. Box office 775-4420.

The Manhattan Dolls in Sentimental Journey

Take a journey back in time and enjoy an evening of music celebrating the 1930s and 1940s with The Manhattan Dolls, presented by Hofstra University’s Gray Wig Alumni Theater Company in association with Hofstra Entertainment. The performance, titled Sentimental Journey, will feature a salute to our country’s honored veterans. Songs include timeless classics such as Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, In the Mood, Chattanooga Choo Choo, New York, New York and God Bless America. Show dates and times are 8 p.m. on Jan. 27 and 28; 7 p.m. on Jan. 29 at Hofstra University’s Helene Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center, California Ave., South Campus, Hempstead. Tickets are $25; $23 senior citizens (over 65 with ID); $20 matriculated non-Hofstra students with ID. Members of the Hofstra community may purchase one ticket for $15 upon presentation of a current HofstraCard. For tickets and more information call 463-6644.


Saturday, January 28

Defensive Driving Course

Knights of Columbus #11836 at St Anne’s Church is offering the community the Empire Safety Council’s Defensive Driving Course. The course will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the St Anne’s Church LL Cafeteria, 35 Dartmouth St., Garden City. Upon completion of this course, participants are eligible for 10 percent off their motor vehicle insurance for three years and/or a reduction of points from their driver’s license. The fee for the course is $45 per person and advance registration is required. To register, or for more information, contact John Russo at 516-384-4552 or take the online course at: www.empiresafetycouncil.com use code KOFC and receive a $5 discount.

Sleeping Beauty

A sleeping princess, a spellbound prince, and more fairies than you can shake a stick at are all part of this quirky adaptation of the popular tale. Jan. 21, 28 at 2 p.m. at the BroadHollow Theatre, 700 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont. Tickets $10. Group rates available. Call 631-581-2700 or email bhtgroupsales@aol.com for group information. Box office 775-4420.


Saturday, February 4   

Karneval for a Cause

Koelsche Funke’s 51st Grand Masquerade Ball benefiting the Intrepid’s Fallen Hero Fund and the North Shore/LIJ Cohen Children’s Medical Center of NY will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Plattduetsche Park Restaurant, Franklin Square. Featuring a buffet, unlimited imported beer, wine and soda, live music, dancing, raffles and cash prize for best costume. $45 in advance; $48 at the door. Call for kids prices. For information and tickets call Madeline 631-793-7711 or Paul 516-252-7451. KFNY1-61@yahoo.com or email info@kfny1961org.


Sunday, February 5

Super Bowl Sunday Pancake Breakfast

Kiwanis Club of County Seat in Mineola announces its annual Super Bowl Sunday Pancake Breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon at Mineola Village Hall and Community Center, 155 Washington Ave., Mineola.


Saturday, February 11

Valentine Victorian Tea

The Floral Park Woman’s Club will hold a Valentine Victorian Tea at St. Elisabeth’s Church, Harvard St., Floral Park with seatings at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. The cost is $15. For reservations and directions call Pat 775-8496. Proceeds from this function will be added to the club’s Scholarship Fund.


Ongoing Events

Port North Spring Boys Basketball

Port North is a 3-year-old independent basketball team based out of Port Washington that plays year round in the super league at Island Garden and various tournaments in the metropolitan area. The program currently has a combined record of 30 – 3 in the winter super league. The emphasis is on teaching the fundamentals, developing good practice habits and preparing players for middle and high school basketball. The team has a professional trainer with over 20 years experience. We are currently looking for experienced and dedicated basketball players in grades 4 through 10 who are interested in trying out for spring and AAU basketball. If you are interested or have any questions email pwbballsal@aol.com.

Stroke Support Groups

Stroke Life Society is a community organization of survivors and co-survivors in the pursuit of living and helping others. A stroke can be very isolating. By sharing experiences and encouraging one another, together we can face and overcome common challenges. All welcome. RSVP is requested but not required. For information and other locations and times, call Ben Thomas 398-4994. Go to www.strokelife.org.

•Every first Wednesday of the month at 11 a.m. in Room 12, St. Frances de Chantal, 1309 Wantagh Ave., Wantagh.

•Every second Monday of the month at 6 p.m. at the Church of St. Jude, 3606 Lufberry Ave., Wantagh.

•Every second Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Epilepsy Conference Room, Research Building Level C, 270-05 76th Ave., New Hyde Park.

•Every third Friday at 2 p.m. at St. Bernard’s Parish Center, 3100 Hempstead Tpke., Levittown.

•Every fourth Wednesday at 6 p.m. in Room 106, St. James Parish Center, 80 Hicksville Rd., Seaford.



Weekly Events

•Triple Bingo every Monday at 7:30 p.m. at the Bellerose Jewish Center, 254-04 Union Tpke., Floral Park. You can win up to $3,000.

•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

AARP Chapter #5224 Floral Park meets on the third Monday of the month at the Floral Park Recreation Center. For further information call Marge Vance, president, 354-4296, or Eileen Malone, vice president 352-6690.

•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 Sgt. Jerry Ortell 775-5126 to find out more.

•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.

•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 entertaining programs and refreshments and food are served free at every meeting. Call Sal Palmeri 328-0333 for an application.

•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.


Ongoing Programs

The Art Club

Has year round classes all taught by a professional. Classes for the littlest artist to the more serious, adult classes too. Call for more information at 742-7662 or go onto the web at thegardenartstudio.com.

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

FISH of Floral Park

Provides free transportation to and from medical appointments for senior citizens who are residents of the Floral Park/Bellerose area and cannot afford cab fare or who have no other means of transportation. Should you or a loved one need transportation to a medical appointment, contact FISH at 835-9522 or telephone coordinator Fran Hornberger at 775-0740.

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.

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