2003-01-25 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino
Broad Channel Bits By Liz Guarino

By Liz Guarino

All of us have been in a deep freeze lately and there doesn't seem to be any relief from the extreme cold in sight. Some people are having trouble with their home heating because of it. Does this weather make you long for
Florida? Or maybe even spring?

OOHHMMM! On the four Fridays in February-7th, 14th, 21st and 28th-- it will be time for Yoga Classes at the Library. Classes start early-8:30 a.m. and last for one hour. Mary Lou Illouzzi will lead the classes in an easy-to-follow routine. Participants need an exercise mat or a large towel and should wear loose, comfortable clothing (sweats are suitable!) All are
welcome. Note that there is no pre-registration required for this event.

Another bus trip to Mohegan Sun (an Indian-owned Connecticut casino) is planned for Saturday, February 22. The trip is sponsored by the Ladies
Auxiliary of American Legion Post 1404. A capacity crowd is expected so it is recommended that you book early. Tickets cost $30 each and are available from Carol at 718 634-7235 and Dee at 718 318-6010. There will be a buffet coupon and $10 bet included in the ticket price. The bus will leave from the American Legion Hall promptly at 9 a.m. and return about 9 p.m. Seats on the
bus will probably sell out quickly.

A NOVEL IDEA: BCAC is currently selling Kevin Boyle's book "Braving The Waves" at All American Deli; proceeds will go to the children of the BCAC.

Did you get a copy? A lot of people have gotten one and are reading it. The book is a must-read for area residents-and now it's available in the Channel!

Speaking of reading, Books and Bagels was held in the Library last Thursday. And it was a great discussion, as usual. Under discussion was Straight Man by Richard Russo. Eight people were there, and they came from here and there.
But, this was the first time there was a man among the participants. The
other attendees really enjoyed getting a male point of view. It's hoped that
George will return, bringing other men in now that the ice has been broken!

The next Books and Bagels book discussion will be held on Thursday, March 20. Because it's over a month away, two books will be discussed: Swimming to Catalina by Stuart Wood and Deptford Trilogy by Robertson Davies. The latter
book was for last Thursday's discussion. But, because few copies of the book are available, many of the participants were not able to get the book.

ST. VIRGILIUS PARENTS ASSOCIATION NEWS:  20/10 Club chances are available now. Drawing starts on February 1, and
will run for 10 weeks. Prizes are doubled this year: 1st prize is $200; 2nd
is $100; 3rd is $50. There is an Easter bonus of $250 and 10th week prizes of two $500 prizes and one $250 prize. Winners can repeat weekly. Chances are $20 each. Call Karen 945-5823 or contact the school office or rectory.

The Adult Puttin' on the Hits will be held next Saturday, February 1 at the American Legion Hall from 8 p.m. to midnight. This should be an enjoyable and fun-filled evening! There will be raffles and cash prizes. Tickets cost $30 each in advance; at the door, they will be $35. They include the show, hot
buffet, beer and soda. Billy Murray will emcee the event. Call Mary Benedetto or Pat Vicari for tickets.

Last week Geraldine Chapey visited the seniors at their meeting. (Two
busloads of them had gone to the movies to see About Schmidt and dine at Fridays in Sheepshead Bay earlier that week on Monday and Wednesday). Dr. Chapey was happy to hear how much they enjoyed themselves, because she is the
reason they have a minibus to use! Seating 14 and having a wheelchair lift, the bus is available for use by senior groups when they request it in advance (if it's available, of course!)
The minibus is expensive to operate; weekly gas costs about $250, while the insurance is over $12,000 a year. To defray some of the costs, there will be a fundraiser luncheon at Russo's On The Bay on Wednesday, April 30 at noon--including age-appropriate and not-too-loud DJ music and dancing. It will cost $40 for one person, with $5 returning to the
bus. There will also be a raffle to raise more cash. Senior groups wishing to reserve the bus should call Van Coordinator Stella Pepe at 474-2700 between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. to see if it's available. A minimum of 10; maximum of 14 people are allowable. Cost is $7 round trip. There is a wheelchair lift.

New student registration at St. Virgilius School is Wednesday and Friday, January 29 and 31 from 10 a.m. through 1 p.m. for Kindergarten through grade eight. Open House, with classroom visits, will be held on Thursday, January 30 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; and from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. (Seats for new students are limited. Out of parish students are accepted, space permitting).

For more information call the School Office, 718 634-6237.

It came as quite a shock to learn that this column has readers in anyplace other than the Channel! But, it does. There are quite a few readers I don't know in the Rockaways (a couple of them contacted me!). And there are readers in other states like Oklahoma, Florida and Wisconsin. Some get the Wave mailed to them and others read it online. But, I depend on folks right here to keep me informed on what's happening. So, let me know what's new in your
organization-- or your life! And don't forget to look elsewhere in the paper
for items that may be of interest to you! My email is: Lizbcbits@aol.com.

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