2004-10-29 / Community

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

St. Virgilius PA is sponsoring a Family Halloween Party at the American Legion Hall on Sunday, October 31 from 4 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person, with discounts available for family of 4 or more. Ticket price includes hot food and coffee, tea or soda and dessert. Also included is music, fun and games. All children must have adult supervision to be admitted. Cash prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place for best original costume. Voucher tickets must be purchased in advance; only cash is accepted at the door. Call Bernie for tickets at 718-945-1162.

Sponsored by BCVFD, the Halloween Party at Grassy Point will be held on Saturday, October 30 at 9 p.m. Music will be provided by DJ Tom Healy. There is an $8 cover charge. Prizes will be awarded for best costume.

The Children’s Halloween Parade will take place on Saturday, October 30. Parade will step off from the 17 Road Park at 1 p.m. and proceed to the BCAC Memorial Field. There will be cupcakes, candy and juice for each child. There will be a raffle for an 8 foot tall holiday blow-up and a Pumpkin Patch. (Bakers, please note: Donations of cupcakes needed! Call Ginger at 718-318-5504 to volunteer your baking skills.)

To help keep the children safe, please do not park on the east side of Cross Bay Boulevard on Saturday afternoon.

The Halloween Dance at the VFW will be held on Saturday, October 30 from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. There will be sing-along, dancing and DJ music and a costume prize. Food, beer and mixers are included; BYOB. Donation is $15 per person and $25 per couple.

The Broad Channel pre-K is sponsoring a fundraiser, “Day at the Outlets” (Tanger Outlets, Riverhead L.I.) It will take place on Saturday, November 13. The bus will leave the Channel at 8 a.m. It costs $25 per person for the bus ride. Seats are limited. Reserve your seat by Friday, November 5 by telephoning Kim at 718-474-1803. There are over 100 outlets including Kay Bee Toys.

The Broad Channel Athletic Club Jamaica Bay Little League Awards will be held on Saturday, November 6 at the BCAC Memorial Field at 1st Road.  It will begin at 12 p.m.; every child that played ball will receive a trophy.

The American Legion Post #1404 will host the 20 Anniversary Senior Citizen “Get Together” on Sunday, November 7 at 1 p.m. at the American Legion Hall. The afternoon includes dinner, entertainment with DJ Walter, music and dancing. Those planning to attend are asked to call John at 718-474-4343.

Christ Presbyterian Church will hold their Craft Fair on Saturday, November 13; it always features hand made items which are perfect for Christmas gifts! Coffee and lunch will be available. Santa Claus will be available for photographs from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Doors open at 10 a.m.

St. Virgilius Golden Age Club will go to Radio City Music Hall to see the Christmas Show on Friday, November 5. Bus will leave at noon and return at 6 p.m. Cost is $49 per person and is due by October 28.

The next meeting of Books and Bagels at the Library will be Thursday, November 18 at 10 a.m. Under discussion will be The Human Stain by Phillip Roth.

Story Time, a program for pre-school children, will be at the Library on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. starting on November 17 through December 29. This program is 20 to 30 minutes of stories, songs and crafts for ages 2 to 5. Pre-registration is not necessary.

Denis S. O’Connor funeral home is again sponsoring its annual bus trip to Calverton National Cemetery on Thursday, November 11. Grave decoration and flag will be provided. After grave-side visit, there will be a short stop for lunch provided by the funeral home. Two seats on the bus are available per family. To reserve your seat(s) call the funeral home between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on weekdays only. Call 718-634-4011 before October 29 and give name, phone number, the number of people needing the bus seats as well as the name and burial date of loved one whose grave they are visiting.

The St. Virgilius Parents Association is sponsoring the annual $10,000 Big Giveaway. There will be over $14,000 in prizes awarded. Each ticket holder is invited to the cocktail party at the North Channel Yacht Club on Sunday, November 14 when the winning tickets are drawn. Tickets are $100 each.  If you are interested in purchasing a ticket or a share in a ticket, contact the St. Virgilius rectory at 718-634-5680.

Mark the Calendar for BCVFD’s 100th anniversary celebration. It will be held at Russo’s on the Bay on Thursday, March 10, 2005 in the evening. Details will be available at a later date.

Proceeds from the next brunch held by the Auxiliary at the American Legion Hall will be for the Children’s Christmas Party. It will be held on Sunday, November 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Both of our schools are involved in the General Mills box tops for education program, which has a website at: www.boxtopsforeducation.com. Each of the designated box tops is worth 10 cents to the school which gets it! There is a box in the main lobby of P.S. 47 to collect them. At St. Virgilius School they can be left at the school office or deposited in the designated receptacle in the rear of the church.

One of our neighbors has taken a course in safely trapping cats. She said she hopes to get 1 or 2 vans from the ASPCA within the next six weeks to handle the stray animal problem. The ASPCA uses a program where they trap, neuter and release stray animals; the neutering, of course, is designed to keep the number of stray animals from increasing.

More details on this will follow when they are given to me.

What is your organization involved with these days?

(Please get your important information to me by 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning if you need it in that Friday’s column.)

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