2003-09-26 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino
Broad Channel Bits By Liz Guarino

Although some people seem to enjoy snow and the cold weather, I do not know anyone who loves hot weather. Is there a soul who longs for the dog days of August? I have not come across anyone. I think what people miss is the relaxed pace, relative freedom and casual feel of the summer and not the heat of the season. Personally, I prefer sunny, bright and breezy days, temperatures any place in the 70’s-as it has been mostly these days.

GOODIES GALORE! The Broad Channel Pre K will be holding a bake sale outside St. Virgilius Church on Saturday, October 4 and Sunday, October 5 following Saturday’s 5 p.m. and Sunday’s 8:30 and 11:30 a.m. masses.

The Annual Broad Channel Historical Day is set for Sunday, October 5, from noon to 5 p.m. at the VFW Hall on Shad Creek Road.  View the historical collection—including items unable to be included in the library—such as framed maps and banners. Come and see the newly obtained loving cups from the Broad Channel Yacht Club, circa 1920. Help the collection grow by bringing your favorite pictures of old Broad Channel. (Your original photographs will be returned after they are copied.) Local artists are invited to exhibit their photography and paintings and offer their works depicting Broad Channel for sale. (The Historical Society requests a donation of 10% of sales).

Books and Bagels, the Library’s book discussion group, will take place on Thursday, October 9 at 10 a.m. instead of October 2 as originally stated. Under discussion will be The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith. Set in Botswana on the African continent, the book is an enjoyable one. A trade paperback, it is a fairly quick read with a strong female as the main character.

For Licensed Drivers Only: A two-session Defensive Driving Course, sponsored by St. Virgilius P.A. will be held on Tuesday, October 14 and Thursday, October 16 from 7 to 10 p.m. Cost for the entire course is $55, payable by October 10. Completing the course will give you 10% off your auto insurance for 3 years or up to 4 points off of your license. The 6-hour course will be held in the school lunchroom. Refreshments will be served. Call Helen 718 945-4648, Cindy 718 634-5449 or Linda 718 318-5835 to register.

It is Preschool Storytime at the Library starting on October 22 and taking place every Wednesday at 10 a.m. and ending on December 3. With stories, songs and crafts, this weekly event lasts 20 to 30 minutes and is designed for ages 2 ½ and up.

If your child is 18 to 36 months, larger libraries have a T.L.C. Program.
T.L.C. stands for Toddler Learning Center and is a five-session workshop with age-appropriate games, puzzles and toys. Child development specialists will be available to talk to the parents (or babysitters) about the hard job of childrearing. Call our branch at 718 318-4943 or visit in person for more information.

American Legion Post 1404 will host their 20th Annual Broad Channel Senior Citizens Get Together on Sunday, September 28 at 12:30 p.m. in the Legion Hall.

For the dancing and listening pleasure of the seniors, the DJ will play music from the 40’s and 50’s. The sign-up book will be in Coogan’s or call John at 718 474-4343.

On Saturday, October 4 starting at 7:30 a.m. at Beach 94 Street in Rockaway the all-day First Annual Duke Kahanamoku Surf Competition will be held by Tsunami Surf Shop. Proceeds will be donated to BCVFD.

Tickets Are Available Now! BCVFD will be holding Daily Number the entire month of November. Based on TV’s Daily Number, ticket numbers run from 000 to 999. Chances are $5 each and are good for the whole month. Matching numbers Monday
to Friday wins a $25 prize while Saturday and Sunday matches win $50. Call Eddie at 718 318-5504 to get the numbers you want.

 The Fifth Annual Steven James Memorial Golf Outing will take place on Saturday, September 27 at Reis Park Pitch & Putt at 7:30 a.m. There will be coffee and tea at sign-in. There will be a Shotgun Start. Refreshments will be available on the course. Food and awards will follow at North Channel Yacht Club. Donation is $35 per person; event will be limited to 144 golfers. Proceeds will be donated to Sloan-Kettering Memorial Hospital. Applications are available at NCYC or call Max at 718 945-2117.

Someone from Christ Presbyterian Church dropped a card in my mailbox from Reverend Andrea Zarou. It read: "Many thanks to all who came to our Flea Market, and a special thanks to Joann Dougherty who won the 50/50 drawing and graciously donated it back to the church."

At the Flea Market there were home baked goods for sale (at a table manned by a man who- I was told- did the baking.) I was fortunate to get oatmeal raisin and peanut butter cookies, which were wonderful!

The Annual Craft Fair at Christ Church will be held on Saturday, November 15 starting at 10 a.m. Crafts, Christmas gifts, ornaments and other hand made items will be available.

Mark The Calendar! Saturday, October 25 will be the Children’s Halloween Parade.

Who Needs Broadway? As other Channel-dwellers have enjoyed the productions of the Rockaway Theater Company, Rock Away Café ‘03 did not disappoint. If anyone missed it— Friday, September 26 and Saturday, September 27 are the last two performances of this show. Featuring music of the Beatles, it is a really terrific production-entertaining and fun. At least two standouts: "Octopuses Garden," using puppets, was very unique and "When I’m 64." The director John Gilleece, told me the puppeteers were all under 12.  "When I’m 64" was original, clever and hilarious too! Those on the mailing list will hear from RTC in April.

If you are not online and want to share your news, drop a note for me in the red box in O’Macs or send an email to: Lizbcbits@aol.com.

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