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Volksfest German-American Festival
Saturday, July 14

North Shore Concert Band
Sunday, July 15

Pinkalicious
Wednesday, August 1


Saturday, July 14

Volksfest German-American Festival

July 14 and 15 at Plattduetsche Park, 1132 Hempstead Tpke., Franklin Square. Featuring activities for children (free rides, ice cream parade, magic shoe), German food and beer, Bavarian dancing, Miss Plattduetsche Queen and Princess Contest, raffle prizes, game stands, imported specialties, shooting rifle range for prizes. Park opens Saturday at noon. Saturday afternoon music by Die Spitzbaum. Sunday night music by The Foehrer Musik Freunde. Sunday German church service 9:30 a.m. Free breakfast 10 to 11:30 a.m. with paid admission. Admission $9; children under 12 free. Sponsored by Plattduetsche Volksfest Vereen.


Sunday, July 15

North Shore Concert Band

Presents a free concert, under the direction of Eric Albinder, at 6:30 p.m. at Echo Park, Nassau Blvd., West Hempstead. The band will perform an eclectic selection of crowd-pleasing music, including Big Band music, Broadway show tunes, marches, light classics and popular favorites. Call 631-864-2574.


Saturday, July 21

Defensive Driving Course

Knights of Columbus #11836 at St. Anne’s Church in Garden City 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 motor vehicle insurance for three years and/or a reduction of points from 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 516-384-4552 for reservations.


Wednesday, August 1

Pinkalicious

Presented by the BroadHollow Children’s Theatre. Pinkalicious loves pink and wants everything in her life to be pink. Follow her through this musical romp of the famous children’s book. Performances: Aug. 1 at 10 a.m., Aug. 7 at 10:30 a.m., Aug. 9 at 11 a.m., Aug. 14 at 1 p.m. at the BroadHollow Theatre, 700 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont. Tickets are $10. Box office: 516-775-4420. Group rates available. Call 631-581-2700 or email bhtgroupsales@aol.com for group information.


Thursday, August 2

Rummage Sale

The Bellerose Jewish Center will hold its summer rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. New and almost new clothing, bric-a-brac, household items, toys, etc. Bellerose Jewish Center, 254-04 Union Turnpike, Floral Park. For information contact the Bellerose Jewish Center office at 718-343-9001.

Robin Hood

Presented by BroadHollow Children’s Theatre. Enlist with Robin Hood’s gang of merry men as he must rescue Maid Marian from the evil Sheriff of Nottingham. Performances: Aug. 2 at 12:45 p.m., Aug. 13, 14 at 10:30 a.m., Aug. 16 at 10 a.m. at the BroadHollow Theatre, 700 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont. Tickets are $10. Box office: 516-775-4420. Group rates available. Call 631-581-2700 or email bhtgroupsales@aol.com for group information.


Upcoming Events

Children’s Summer Workshop Series

Children ages 5 and up are invited to participate in these activities. Fee: $15 per child per session. $40 per child for all three sessions. Materials included. Space limited. Reservations required for all workshops. Reservations are only confirmed with receipt of full payment. Sponsored by the Friends of Rock Hall, 199 Broadway, Lawrence, call (516) 239-1157.

• July 18: Wampum Workshop. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Learn about wampum, the currency used between Dutch colonists and Native Americans in the 1600s. Make your own wampum jewelry out of clay. Space limited. Reservations required. Rain or shine.

• July 25: Corn Husk Workshop & Children’s Garden Tour. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Corn husks were used to fashion dolls for both Native American and colonial children. This toy was popular in both Europe and America. Learn how to make this 18th Century toy. Learn to identify summer vegetables and herbs in Rock Hall’s Children’s Garden. Space limited. Reservations required. Rain date July 26.


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.

•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.

•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.fpcitizens party.com or call 775-2940.

•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

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 third 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.

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 résumé 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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