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North High Valentine Soiree

The Valentine Soiree at North High School will take place on Thursday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m., at the school, 35 Polo Rd. The public is warmly welcomed to this free event. The Chorus will perform a medley from Jersey Boys and the Beatles' original arrangements of "Love Me Do," "If I Fell," and "All My Loving." Some of the seniors will perform solos of their own choosing, including Cole Porter's "I've Got You Under My Skin," and selections from the musical, If/Then. The Jazz Ensemble will perform a medley of love-themed jazz standard. Principal Bernard Kaplan will perform some original songs on guitar and flute, together with a band of faculty members. The Soiree will be under the direction of Janine Robinson, choral director, and Joseph Rutkowski, instrumental music director.


Chamber Music Recital at South High

South High School will present its Chamber Music Recital on Thursday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m., at the school, 341 Lakeville Rd. The program of student-featured pieces will include: Anton Arensky's Suite for Two Pianos. Op. 15, Romance, Allegretto, with students Grace Jiang and Lynne Xie. Giovanni Gabrielli's Canzona per sonare No. 1 "La Spritata," Moderato, with students Thomas Chang, Eli Dusman, Times Hwang, Benjamin Rossen, and Noah Sheidlower. Sergei Rachmanioff's Suite No.1, Op.5 Movt. 1. Barcarolle Allegretto (G minor), with students Soyoung Park and Benjamin Rossen. Eugene Bozza's Trois pieces pour une musique de nuit, Andantino, Allegro vivo, Moderato, with students Jeremy Chen, Samuel Levine, Michelle Xing, and Eric Yang. Felix Mendelssohn's Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor Op. 66, I. Allegro energico con fuoco, with students Joshua Lee, Soyoung Park, and Christine Suh. Event coordinators/directors are Michael Schwartz, performing arts department head/instrumental music teacher, and Dr. Pamela Levy, vocal music teacher. For further information, please contact Mr. Schwartz at (516) 441-4851, or at


GNPS Board of Ed at Lunar New Year Celebrations

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Members of the Great Neck Public Schools Board of Education and district administrators recently helped celebrate the Lunar New Year (Year of the Rooster) at two local events. One festivity, held at All Saints' Episcopal Church on Jan. 28, was hosted by the Great Neck Korean-American Civic Association Inc., Corean Culture Exposure Center Inc., Great Neck Korean Parents Association, and All Saints' Episcopal Church. Another Lunar New Year celebration, held at North High School on Jan. 29, was hosted by the Great Neck Chinese Association.


Picture the Possibilities at GNPS Community Ed


Can you see yourself doing something different? Trying something you haven't done before? Are you motivated to learn a new skill, or revisit something from your past? When you become part of our Community Ed family, the possibilities are endless. We are located just down the road at 30 Cumberland Ave., Great Neck. Our Community Ed Spring/Summer 2017 Catalog has been mailed out, and registration is in progress. We hope by now, that you have received your copy, with our seasonal photo montage on the cover; if not, please call, and we'll send one right out to you. Most classes begin in late-April. Please call the office at (516) 441-4949 for more information, or register online on our Web site at and click on the Community Ed icon. Be sure to register by March 17 to receive a free Community Ed water bottle.

New Courses for Spring/Summer 2017 - Action Cinema: French Cinema, Art History, Calligraphy, Canasta Club Under the Stars, Early American History: Age of Jackson, The Canterbury Tales: Slow Reading, Channeling Monet, Chansons Francaise, Excel and Word for Job Seekers, Knitting & Crocheting for Beginners, Painting on Silk, Speed Reading, Tennessee Williams: World Literature, Intro to Hebrew for the True Beginner, and Yiddish, Part II.

New Day Trips - Aldrich Art and The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion, Brooklyn Navy Yard and Private Artists' Studios, Rembrandt at the Frick, The Museum of Arts & Design, and The Rubin Museum of Asian Art.

New Special Events - The Art of Egg Decoration, The Music of Hollywood, Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center, Aromatherapy Workshop, Great Granny Squares, A Winning Day by the Bay: Canasta at La Parma, and Dot! Crak! Bam! Beautiful Barto: Mah Jonng Event.

Sports and Fitness - Yoga, Meditation, Pilates, Ballet, Zumba, Line Dance, Ballroom, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Body Workout, Cardio Fit, Hand-weight Training, Modern Dance, Classical Dance: Duncan Technique, Low-Impact Aerobics, Latin-style Aerobics, Seated Exercise, and Movement for those with Parkinson's.

Fine Arts & Fine Crafts - Painting, Watercolor, Pastels, Stone Sculpture, Pottery, (on the Wheel and Hand Building), Jewelry Making, Metal Clay, Silversmithing, Collage, Printmaking, Fused Glass, Swarovski Crystal, and Sketch Drawing.

English Language & Literature - Write Your Heart Out, Writers' Workshop, Poetry Workshop, Joy of Reading Book Group, World Literature, Shakespeare, and Bi-weekly Everyday English Conversation.

Foreign Languages - Chinese for Travelers, French, Spanish, Italian, Hebrew, and Yiddish.

Games and Hobbies - Bridge, Canasta, and Mah Jongg.

Humanities - Some History You Ought to Know, Current Events, Talking Baseball, and Italy: City by City.

Music & Performing Arts - Singing for Fun, Cabaret Singing, Cumberland Singers, and Piano.

Home, Life, Family, Personal Growth, Personal Finance, and Technology - Clover Drive Farms, Defensive Driving, Elder Law, Estate Planning, College Scholarships, Maximizing Social Security, Google Docs, iPhone Basics, Web Site Design, Communicate to Be Heard, Life Transitions, Dating Essentials, and REAP: (Retired, Energetic, Active People).

For Children & Teens - Chinese Language, Creative Writing, Public Speaking, ACT and SAT/PSAT Test Preparation, and Driver Education.

Day Trips - Get away for the day. Enjoy all-inclusive excursions with docent-led tours, to unique venues, roundtrip transportation, and gourmet meals. Upcoming trips include the Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology, An Adventure in the East Village, Chelsea Galleries, Madava Farms Maple Syrup, Caramoor Estate, North Fork LI Wineries, Mohonk Mountain House, Upper West Side, NY Historical Society, and many more.

Theater Trips - We've had an overwhelming response to our theater trips. Recent offerings Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812, War Paint, Oslo, The Little Foxes, The Glass Menagerie, Groundhog Day, Hello Dolly!, Amelie, and Bandstand, sold out within days. Some include meals before or after the show; others, with meals on your own. Due to timing constraints, theater trips are advertised through e-mail, and not in our print catalog. Please be sure that we have your e-mail address. And we invite you to put yourself on a waiting list--spots do become available.