2004-05-14 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

Last Sunday was a special day for much of the Channel’s female population.

Whether the day was full of wrapped gifts, pretty cards, colorful flowers or lots of hugs and kisses-whether the reason for your motherhood is 5 months, 5 years or 55 years old-I hope all Moms and Those-Who-Are-Like-Moms had a wonderful day.

P.S. 47 students will jump rope and shoot hoops on Friday, May 14 to raise money for research on heart disease. The staff and students have started to make plans for their dance festival in early June.

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.

On Sunday, May 16 at 9:30 a.m. the Wildlife Refuge is holding a "Warbler
Watch" to look for migrating songbirds that have landed there to enjoy some of the diversity of that habitat. Attendees are advised to bring binoculars.

Young people in grades 4, 5 and 6 can join the American Littoral Society’s Osprey Club and attend meetings at P.S. 47 on Thursday once a month after school.

The Osprey Club will meet the third Thursday of each month; this month the meeting will be on May 20. Student membership in the American Littoral Society at $15 annually is required and includes newsletters, other literature and a tee shirt. Members 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.

The Vollies have an email address to make it easy to ask them questions about Mardi Gras or make suggestions or share ideas.

The address is: CVollies@yahoo.com.

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: 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 (which was made into a high-grossing movie) 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.

On Thursday, June 3 there will be a speaker at the seniors’ meeting who will explain the new Medicare prescription drug plan.

If you have Medicare, this new plan affects you. All seniors are invited to this event; you do not have to be a member to come to the Christ Presbyterian Church hall at 12:30 p.m. to hear this speaker-there were nonmembers at the meeting waiting for her first scheduled appearance. (A couple of weeks ago, the column said the speaker would be at the seniors’ meeting on April 22. She did not show. She planned to take the A train from Manhattan-traveling at lunchtime is time-consuming because all the trains are locals. Or-she may have gotten lost!)

As everyone now knows, Father White resigned as pastor of St. Virgilius parish because of medical problems. Father John has arranged a nice farewell for Father White and invites residents to take part in it. On Sunday, May 23 the 11:30 a.m. mass at St. Virgilius will be said by Father White. Immediately after, there will be a reception in Christ Presbyterian Church Hall in honor of Father White to thank him for his years of ministry here and bid him well for the future. All are invited to attend both events.

Over 50 May baskets will make it to Peninsula Nursing Home on a Saturday morning due to the caring and creative work of members of the congregation of Christ Presbyterian Church. Those clever folks made the baskets from empty half gallon waxed cardboard milk containers that are then decorated with pretty patterned paper, ribbon and/or fabric edging. These baskets are then filled with such items as writing paper, pens, combs, toothbrushes or other small items and given to the residents. The finished baskets are so exquisite no one can tell this lovely item once held milk! There is one woman in the group who the residents may be waiting for—in March she made a special treat for the residents: chocolate without sugar in it, which was a big hit! So many folks must eat sugar-free everything-so sugar-free chocolate is a very special treat!

Last weekend there was a lot of activity in some of the organizations here-a parade, two flea markets and two plant sales-what a busy weekend! It is easy to see that a lot of folks are making good use of the wonderful weather.

Those green plants and flowers were really flying off the tables at both plant sales and a lot of them probably got put in the yards and gardens here over the weekend. It looked like folks were enjoying themselves at both flea markets too.

But the most people-filled activity was probably the parade with its stream of children and parents that marched down the boulevard to the BCAC Memorial Field. It is always a grand sight! And the marching band from Beach Channel High School and the music they played were both terrific!

What is new in your organization? Share it with your neighbors.

Send email to: Lizbcbits@aol.com.

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