Rockville Centre News and Events, Week of Dec. 13


On the board

Planning Board Meeting

Dec. 18, 7 p.m., Village Hall

Board of Trustees Briefing Session

Jan. 3, 7 p.m., Village Hall

Board of Trustees Meeting

Jan. 7, 7 p.m., Village Hall

Zoning Board Meeting

Jan. 9, 7:30 p.m., Village Hall

Community Events

SSMS presents STEAM Lab

On Friday, Dec. 14, from 1:20 to 2 p.m., South Side Middle School will hold a ribbon cutting to present its new Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math Laboratory. The STEAM lab was paid for in party by a grant from the RVC Education Foundation. The ribbon cutting will be located at room 114 in the school.

United Church holds pageant

On Sunday, Dec. 16 at 5 p.m., the United Church will hold its White Gift Pageant, which consists of carol singing, the Christmas Story dramatized by members in full costume and the offering of gifts. The Board of Missions will be working with The INN, and among the items needed are toys, children's books, clothing for teenagers and children, and gift certificates for teenagers. For more information, please call the church office at 766-2975.

Village attempts world record

Rockville Centre residents will attempt to break the world record for most elves on Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. Those interested can register at one of five locations: Monaghan's, Blackthorn, MacArthur Park, RJ Daniels and Kasey's. Each registrant must be dressed as an elf, and will be asked to make a donation supporting one of several charities: ALS Association NY, Crosscare-Dublin, Jillian E Daly Foundation and the RVC Community Fund. The participants from all the bars will meet up at 3 p.m. in the St. Agnes parking lot and attempt to break the world record. To register or learn more, please contact NIall Gunn at 516-318-5948. The organizers are hoping for at least 1,000 elves.

Christmas performance

South Side High School band alumni will gather at the Rockville Centre LIRR train station for their annual meeting to play Christmas music for charity. The alumni are provided a Salvation Army bucket and play the morning of Christmas Eve between 9-10 a.m., in front of the bakery.

Mercy to offer Diabetes-management programst

Mercy will offer winter sessions of Diabetes Self-Management Training programs. The four-session programs will be conducted in January on Tuesday afternoons from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. and in February on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The program is most often covered by medicare, medicaid and private insurance. For more information, please call 516-62MERCY.

Tree of Life Yoga

Central Synagogue of Nassau County, 430 DeMott Ave., is again sponsoring a Fall session, with evening classes of yoga. The classes are open to yoga students of all levels. The Tree of Life Yoga will be offering a series of 12 classes, that began on Sept. 13, at 6:30 p.m. — a new day and time. You may pay as you go for $15 a class. Members of the community are invited to participate. For additional information, including specific class dates, contact the office at (516) 766-4300 or visit

Phillips House Museum of the Village of Rockville Centre

28 Hempstead Avenue is open, free to the public, on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. and by appointment by calling: 764-7459. The museum, a sea captain's house built in 1886, has period furnishings. Permanent displays include kitchen tools, wood-working tools, toys, dolls and period glassware. The trustees are always interested in exhibiting collections of local residents. If you have one you would like to share with the community on a temporary basis, please call the above number.

At the


221 N. Village Ave.

(516) 766-6257

Career Center

The Library’s Career Center is open Saturdays! Five computers available for your job search needs. All computers are equipped with Win-Way Resume Preparation software, MS Word and Office programs. Inter-net access and bookmarked job search websites. Printing available for resumes and cover letters. Hours of Operation: Mondays 9 am-noon, Tuesdays 1-5 pm, Saturdays 10 am-2 pm.


Homework Helpers, a partnership program between the Sandel Senior Center Service Corps and the Rockville Centre Public Library offers help with homework by former teachers to students in grades 1-6 every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday between the hours of 3:30 and 5:30 pm in the Children’s Room of the Library. For further details, contact the Children’s Room.

Dec. 13

Painting with passion

10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Join instructor Iris Gorenberg for this painting class. Register at the Adult Reference Desk. There is a $25 nonrefundable fee per six week session.

Yoga with Joe

3:30 p.m.

Join everybody’s favorite yoga instructor at an additional time! $25 for six class session, non-refundable fee! Register at the Adult Reference Desk!

Adult Game Night

6:30 p.m.

Come to the library to play mahjong, cards or board games! Bring your own games!

Dec. 14

Movies with Mr. M

2 p.m.

Join us for Chico and Rita. (Unrated, 94 mins.)

Dec. 17

Simply Stronger

11:30 a.m.

Join certified fitness instructor Marilyn Bunger for this class designed to enhance strength and flexibility. There is a $25 non-refundable fee per six week session payable upon registration. Sign-up at the Adult Reference Desk.

Monday Mysteries

12 p.m.

Join facilitator and Reference Librarian Eileen McCarthy as she leads the group in discussing The Dark Vineyard by Martin Walker.

Dec. 18

Yoga with Joe

3:30 p.m.

Join everybody’s favorite yoga instructor at an additional time! $25 for six class session, non-refundable fee! Register at the Adult Reference Desk!

Dec. 19

Chi Gong

10:30 a.m.

Join instructor Marianna Farinna for this popular course. $25 for six class session, non-refundable fee! Register at the Adult Reference Desk!

Knit 1, Purl 2

1 p.m.

Join resident knitter Paula Picow and learn a new skill or enhance a current one. Bring projects or yarn and needles!

Evening Yoga with Mary Clare

7 p.m.

Traditional yoga instruction. $25 for six session, non-refundable fee! Register at the Adult Reference Desk!

Archival Photos: Old School in RVC

Upper Concourse Gallery

Be sure to take a look at this collection of photographs featuring school buildings of yesteryear, including the very first high school on the south shore of Long Island.

Display Cases

‘Tis the Season

CStop by and admire this display featuring the holidays of Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa.

Lower Concourse Gallery

Rockville Centre Revisited: Photography by Ellen Fisch

The photographs of Ellen Fisch will be on exhibit on the Lover Concourse during the month of December. Ms. Fisch is an architectural fine art photographer based in New York. Her black-and-white and sepia tone photographs are timeless images evoking aesthetic beauty and a distinct sense of place. Well versed in painting and drawing, the photographer uses traditional fine art concepts to create images that go beyond conventional interpretations of her subjects. Fish’s photographs of a specific city, building, architectural detail or landmark encourage the viewer to journey to that place through photographic art to get its flavor and creating an indelible “placeprint” in the viewer’s mind. In 2010 Fisch photographed the charming and architecturally diverse community of Rockville Centre. The many styles of architecture and details of the area were brought to life in stunning black-and-white photographs. The result is a tour of the village through the eyes of a photographer. In the current exhibition Fisch revisits Rockville Centre to explore its beauty, spirit and character through setting and architecture. Visit Ellen Fisch Photography at

Helen Kraus and Small Community Room Galleries Autumn Meets Winter: Mixed Media by Galina Lampert

Works by artist Galina Lampert will be displayed in the Lower Gallery Rooms throughout the month of December. Her artistic goal is to convey feeling of happiness, calmness, and balance through her depictions of still lifes and landscapes. Each composition conveys the artist’s interpretation of the beauty of nature filled with beauty, uniqueness, light and color.

Ms. Lampert is a freelance artist, a member of The National Association of Women Artists, the Art Students League of New York, and the Alliance of Queens Artists. Living in Valley Stream, she often takes inspiration from the many parks, fountains, and sunsets and often includes scenes from her neighborhood in digital imagery and photography works.Lampert studied at the School of Visual Arts and at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She currently studies with the Art Students League and the Salmagundi Art Club. Ms. Lampert’s work has been widely displayed in museums, exhibits, and libraries across Long Island.

At the

Rec Center

111 N. Oceanside Road

(516) 678-9338 or 9339

Informational flyers on all activities are available on the village website at Call (516) 678-9338 for recreation schedules and fees or visit the village web site,

Operation Christmas Child

The Rec Center is collecting school supplies, toiletries and small games for distribution to needy children. Bring your donations, in their original packaging, Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. by early November.

At the



50 South Park Ave.

­(516) 678-9350

Any RVC senior 60 years or older is encouraged to find out about the programs and services offered. The Senior Center has joined Facebook. By becoming a friend of “Rockville Sandel” you can access the latest center information.

Open Gym Program

The main gymnasium of the Rec Center will be open for free play basketball for grades 4 and up on Saturday afternoons from 2 to 4:30 p.m. beginning Oct. 29. The evening open gym for grades 6 and up will begin Oct. 5 and Oct. 6 from 7:30 to 10:15 p.m. Admission is by valid 2012-2013 Recreation Card.


Exercise classes

Monday: Range of Motion -11 am


Aerobics-9 am Pilates-10 am Yoga-12:40 p.m.


Stretch & Balance-10 am

Core Exercise-11 am Line Dance-2 p.m.


Cardio Dance-10 am Yoga-3:45 p.m.


Zumba- @ 10:30 am

Center Stage Chorus

Mondays beginning Oct. 1 at 1:30 p.m. New members are welcome.

Sandel Senior Men’s Club

The club meets the first and third Tuesday of every month at 10 a.m. for breakfast and business. At 11 a.m., guest speakers discuss topics of interest to men.

Social Work Services

Wendy Weinstock, MSW, is available for private consultation on a range of Social Work services such as housing and transportation, as well as individual and group counseling. Call Wendy

at (516) 537-1162

Holiday party at Temple Avodah

Celebrate the season with a party at Temple Avodah in Oceanside on Dec. 14 at 12 p.m. The afternoon fee is $45 for non members and includes lunch and dancing.

SSMS seasonal performance

The music students from the South Side Middle School will perform holiday and seasonal music at the Sandel Senior Center on Dec. 18 at 11 a.m.

Intergenerational holiday party

Members and students will get together for a holiday event that will have entertainment and refreshments on Dec. 20 at 12 p.m.

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