2004-05-28 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

With all the rain we have had so far, a lot of the yards in town are growing lush, green grass and plants. Pretty flowers have turned up their little faces toward the sun. Some birds are sitting on their eggs already, while others are building their nests. In the Wildlife Refuge new little geese can be seen. All of Nature seems to thrive at this time of the year.

On Friday, May 28 at 3:30 p.m. meet in front of the Library to show support for maintaining library funding and rallying against budget cuts. Joe Addabbo plans to be there.

Kick off the 2004 Mardi Gras with The Raisin’s at Duffy’s Irish Pub on Friday, May 28. At 8 p.m. wear your best sleepwear to Duffy’s 1st Pajama Party! Sunday, May 30 at 6 p.m. is Crazy Hat Night. Wear a crazy hat to Duffy’s. Prizes will be awarded both nights. Enjoy a Bucket and/or have a $1 dog both nights. Proceeds go to BCVFD.

On Sunday, May 30 American Legion Post #1404 and VFW Post #260 will come together for a Memorial Day Service. Members will process into the 8:30 a.m. mass at St. Virgilius Church followed by a ceremony at Christ Presbyterian Church. Deceased veterans will be remembered and honored in special ceremonies that day, especially "Roll Call." After the services coffee and rolls will follow at the Legion Hall.

On Sunday, May 30 at 10 a.m. there will be a "Wildflower Walk" at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, which will have a ranger-led exploration of spring wildflowers and their pollinating agents.

On two Wednesdays, June 2 and 16, "Horseshoe Crab Walks," sponsored by the  American Littoral Society, will take place in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge at 7:30 p.m. Call (718) 318-9344 for more information.

On Friday, June 4 at 7 p.m. at the North Channel Yacht Club at 1620 Church Road there will be a Chinese Auction hosted by the P.S. 47 P.T.A. Admission is $10 and includes soda, chance on door prize and novelty tickets. Cash bar is available. Call for reservations: Anna 718 945-8871, Eileen 718 474-1301 or Lisa 718 945-1471. Adults only, please.

On Friday, June 11 at 7 p.m. at the All Wars Veterans Memorial at the 17th Road Park the concluding ceremony of the 50th anniversary celebration of the cessation of hostilities in the Korean War will be held. Awards will be presented that were not received last year. Senator Hillary Clinton will present a senatorial proclamation to members of the heroes’ families. Congressman Weiner will present to the families the medals that each of the heroes has won. Last year the New York State Conspicuous Service Star did not arrive in time for the ceremony. This year it will be presented by Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer and NYS Division of Veterans Affairs assistant director Ben Weisbroth. It is requested that all Posts take part in this event with their color guards.

After the ceremony the parade will step off and march up Crossbay to the American Legion Hall. After the parade, there will be music and refreshments in the Hall.

Prior to the parade the elected officials and the Queens County Commander will present Sears Roebuck Inc. with a plaque to recognize them for their treatment of those employees who have been called to active military duty in Afghanistan and Iraq. Sears is paying the difference in salary, including medical and bonus program for up to 36 months.

On Monday, June 21 at 6:30 p.m., Dana Rainjitanunda will lead a workshop on meditation for inner peace and social harmony. Called "How to Meditate," this stress reduction workshop is a good one for working people.

Book Discussions are set for the summer months. The first will take place on Thursday, July 15 at 10 a.m. Awakening will be under discussion on that day.

On Thursday, August 26, at 10 a.m. the novel, "A Year in Provence," by Peter Mayle will be discussed. This book deals with life in Provence, France and is a funny book. 

A four session workshop of Beginner’s Quilting designed for children age 8 and up will be held at the Library on Friday, July 9, Tuesday, July 13, Friday, July 16 and Monday, July 19 at 1 p.m. Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. Call to register at 718 318-4943.

All materials for this workshop are provided by the Library.

Advanced Drawing Classes with Sister Jean Shea at the Library are designed for talented teens.

Sign up for this workshop to be held on two consecutive days: Wednesday, July 7 and Thursday, July 8 at 1 p.m.

The Broad Channel Library is asking for donations of new or good condition CD’s and DVD’s. They will be sent to the overseas troops as part of Operation Gratitude. Read more about the program on the internet at: www. opgratitude.com.

Seniors can shop at Waldbaum’s in Rockaway Beach on Beach 114 St. Travel by minibus sponsored by Audrey Pheffer.

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. The driver will lift your groceries into the bus; you and your groceries will be brought to your door. Bus fare is $1.50 round trip. You can call Audrey’s office at 718 945-7550.

The speaker on the Medicare prescription plan has been rescheduled from April 22 to an as-yet-unspecified date in September and not on June 3, as was originally listed in this column. The speaker will come to the seniors’ meeting to explain the new Medicare prescription drug plan that takes effect in 2006.

All seniors will be invited to this event; attendees will not have to join the seniors’ club to hear this speaker and learn about this important matter. Seniors meet at Christ Presbyterian Church Hall at 12:30 p.m. on Thursdays from September through June.

Mardi Gras happening? Other important event?

What will your organization do over the summer? Share it with your neighbors.

Send email to: Lizbcbits@aol.com.

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