2004-04-30 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

We have been enjoying mostly nice weather of late! Deep blue skies with puffy white clouds scudding across them are exactly what we needed to help us forget about the miserable winter weather we recently left behind. Here and there flowers wave their pretty petals in the warm breezes while the trees spread their now-leafy arms to embrace the warmer weather.

Mrs. Nelson sent word of the activities of P.S. 47. She wrote: "We have been very busy at P.S. 47 since returning from Spring Break.  We are in the middle of City and State testing but we have also had a few other events going on.

On April 23 Stella Maris Chorus came to entertain our elementary school students with a wonderful presentation. Also on April 23 our Kindergarten and First grade students came to school in their pajamas to hear stories and enjoy some late night tales. We celebrated Earth Day with a wonderful presentation by Kate Willsen, a parent of one of our students. On April 22 we had our kick off assembly for Hoops for Heart and Jump Rope for Heart. The students will jump rope and shoot hoops on May 14 to raise money for research on heart disease. The staff and students have already started to make plans for their wonderful dance festival for early June." P.S. 47 will hold their plant sale and Grandparents Day on Friday, May 7. 

On Saturday, May 8, Christ Presbyterian Church will be having their Spring Fair. There will be new items, handmade crafts and a Flea Market.

A Plant Sale will be held on Friday, May 7 from 3 to 7 p.m.; Saturday, May 8 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, May 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of St. Virgilius School. Assorted flowers and vegetable flats, hanging baskets and raffle baskets will be available.

The 2004 Jamaica Bay Little League season will kick off on Saturday, May 8 with a parade down Crossbay Blvd. from the 17 Road Park at 10 a.m., proceed along the boulevard and conclude at the BCAC Memorial Field. Opening games will follow the parade. Help in running the league is needed and wanted. Anyone who would like to get involved can send an email to: bcacwebsite@aol.com. 

It is not too late for you to donate! April has been Fund Drive Month to the BCVFD. The Volies went door to door asking for contributions from residents. This year they asked for a donation of $75 for the year per household.

Donations can be put in the red box in O’Macs or brought to the firehouse or one of the Volies will come to your house and pick it up if you prefer.

Warmer weather means it is time to think about Mardi Gras. This year, BCVFD’s Building Fund for the new firehouse will benefit from it. They sent out a great letter explaining how Mardi Gras works and asking for input. Candidates for Baby Face, Popular Pet, Princess, Best Block and any other position are welcome. If everybody gets involved, there will be a great parade in September.

Last year, there was no Mardi Gras and therefore no parade. A lot of people missed the activity. The Vollies are asking for ideas and input. Call the firehouse at 718 474-6888 with your ideas. Remember, this year Mardi Gras goes to the Building Fund-the Vollies are hoping for groundbreaking by the end of May.

Picture Book Classes for preschoolers will end soon. They have been taking place at the Library every Wednesday, but May 12 is the final day for this activity. Classes start at 10 a.m. and feature 20 to 30 minutes of songs, stories and crafts for preschoolers!

On Saturday, May 8, there will be a Flea Market at the American Legion Hall on Crossbay Blvd.

On Monday, May 17 at 6 p.m. there will be an Adult craft class at the Broad Channel Library. Lan Nguyen will show workshop participants how to make Origami Gift Boxes, a very practical use of the ancient Japanese art of paper folding. Sign up is required.

The 10th Annual St. Virgilius School Golf Tournament will be held on Tuesday, May 25 at the Forest Park Golf Course. Cost is $125 per golfer and includes a continental breakfast at 6:45 a.m., golf shirt, golf cart, greens fee, $10,000 Hole-In-One Contest, one Longest Drive prize, two Closest to the Pin prizes, Low Gross prize, Low Foursome prize, Double your Money hole, raffles, lunch at the turn and buffet dinner. Non-golfers are invited to the awards dinner at the Beach Club at 6 p.m. First tee off is at 7:45 a.m. For more information or tickets call Mike at 718 474-5604 or Ricky at 718 318-1131 or 917 825-9263.

The next Books and Bagels discussion will be held on Thursday, May 20 at 10 a.m. Under discussion will be two books: "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest," by Ken Kesey and "Galileo’s Daughter," by Dava Sobel.

Mark the date: On Monday, June 21 at 6:30 p.m., Dada Rainjitanunda will lead a workshop on meditation for inner peace and social harmony.

The congregation at Christ Presbyterian Church may be quite small, but the good deeds they do are large indeed. This past winter, eight of the congregants took a number of handmade lap robes to Peninsula Nursing Home for the residents there. The lap robes were crocheted or knitted items which are used by people in wheelchairs to keep their legs warm. (Wheelchair users-both men and
women-are not able to keep their legs moving so they get very cold. Lap robes give them necessary warmth. A few years ago, I watched as a woman arranged the last of the pile of lap robes on her lap. The smile that played over her face was full of joy and contentment-it was positively beautiful!) Next month Christ Church will bring May baskets to Peninsula.

What is happening in your organization this spring?

Send email to: Lizbcbits@aol.com.

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