2003-11-21 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino
Broad Channel Bits By Liz Guarino

Many people have been dreaming of the turkey dinner they will sit down to on Thanksgiving Day. Are you having company or going out seems to be a popular question at holiday time. Whether you visit family or stay home and prepare dinner, have fun and enjoy the holiday!

On Sunday, November 23 there will be an American Legion Post #1404 Auxiliary Brunch at the American Legion Hall from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proceeds from the brunch will benefit the Children’s Christmas Party.

On Monday, December 8 make a Holiday Angel Rag Doll at this workshop for working people. The library will supply the materials necessary to complete this project. This promises to be a well-attended workshop, with signup necessary, as seats are limited. Call the Library or stop in and register.

St. Virgilius will be holding its annual Craft Fair on Saturday, December 6 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, December 7 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at St. Virgilius School on Noel Road. Many items including ornaments, household decorations (for both Christmas and year-round), baked goods and candies will be available.  Also available will be beautiful raffle baskets. If anyone wishes to make a donation of handmade items, please contact Christine at 718-634-5012.

There will be a Turkey Shoot at the American Legion Hall by the K of C #197 on Friday, November 21 at 8 p.m. Admission is free; refreshments will be served. Grand prize is a wagonload of cheer and a 20 lb. turkey. Second and third prizes are a basket of cheer and 12 lb. turkey. It is requested that folks bring a can of food for the food baskets the Knights donate to the poor.

Get set for spring with a Kite Making Workshop the day after Thanksgiving. It is for young people ages 10 to 18. All materials are furnished by the Library. Seats are limited for this program and signup is required. Stop in the Library to register or call 718-318-4943.

A number of talented residents are members of RAA. The current exhibit to feature the work of some of these local artists is called "Gifted: A Holiday Member Exhibition." It will run through January 11 and features paintings, digital photography and three-dimensional works of art. (At the opening of this exhibit there was guitar music-original compositions-by a man who makes exquisitely beautiful guitars!) The exhibit will be open on each Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. in Gallery 6 at Fort Tilden in the Gateway National Recreation Area.

Seniors can go food shopping to Waldbaum’s on Beach 114 St. on a small bus that costs $1.50 round trip. Bus picks up at Noel Rd. and Crossbay Blvd between 9 and 9:30 a.m. every Thursday morning. One hour is allowed for shopping after which the driver will lift your groceries into the bus and you and your groceries will be brought to your door. If you want to take advantage of this, just show up at the corner at 9 a.m. You can call Hilda at 718-318-7826 if you wish more details.

Two of our neighbors, Edna Wiese and Dan Mundy, were presented with medals by Bishop DiMarzio for "outstanding service to the local community" at a recent ceremony in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Astoria. The medals were minted in Milan and were designed by two men-one of them a priest, Father Bretone, formerly of St. Helen’s Church, Howard Beach. Congratulations to Edna and Dan on this great honor!

Books and Bagels next meeting will be on Thursday, December 18 at 10 a.m. Under discussion will be "Don’t Let’s Go To the Dog" by Alexandra Fuller.

Tickets are now on sale for the $500 Holiday Chance sponsored by St.
Virgilius P.A. Chances are $1 each, with 20 chances in a book. The winning chance will be drawn after the 9 a.m. mass on Thanksgiving Day. To buy chances call Mary Kay at 718-318-2343 or Patty at 718-318-0053.

Young people in grades 4, 5 and 6 will be able to join the Osprey Club and will attend the meeting at P.S. 47 on Thursdays once a month after school. The Osprey Club will meet the third Thursday of each month; next month the meeting will be on Dec. 18. Student membership in the American Littoral Society at $15 annually is required and includes newsletters, other literature and a tee shirt. Members will see slide shows, demonstrations with live animals, go on local field trips and seine to study life in the bay. For more information call Kate 718-474-5902, Laura 718 634-2166 or Don Riepe at 718-318-9344.

Every year Channel seniors depend on receiving their flu shots at the VFW. In past years, a week or so before the city workers came to administer the shots, the seniors were notified so they could rearrange their schedules and get rides to the hall. Well, some seniors told me there were problems this year. For one thing, hardly any notice was given.

Notice came the day before the event, and the Vollies worked very hard to get the word out. They went up and down the streets with their loud speaker to inform everyone of the next day’s shots. But some people were unable to hear the loud speaker. To make matters worse some of the seniors were left shot-less because the city workers left early-at 2:30 p.m., instead of 3 p.m. the seniors said.

Those who were left out had to scurry to locations as far away as Queens Blvd. to their doctor’s offices to make sure they were flu-protected for the winter. The seniors are the ones who worked so hard in so many different ways during WWII to keep our country an English-speaking republic. Surely, a flu shot is the least these folks deserve. Let’s hope the flu shot program is administered better next year.

Let me know what your organization is doing. Send email to: Lizbcbits@ aol.com.

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