2004-11-05 / Community

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

It seems as if the trees dressed themselves in brilliantly-colored leaves overnight and are now dropping them rapidly. A lot of folks are sweeping, raking and picking up brown, curled-up leaves from their yards and sidewalks. Trees would always tell us the season—if we had no other way to figure it out!

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 $25.00 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 th 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 that 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.

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.

St. Virgilius School P.A. is sponsoring the $10,000 Giveaway Drawing. There will be over $14,000 in prizes awarded. Ticket holders are invited to the Cocktail Party, which will be held on Sunday, November 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the North Channel Yacht Club when the winning tickets are drawn.  Only 400 tickets will be sold. The Grand Prize is $10,000; 17 secondary prizes will also be drawn. Tickets are $100 each.  To purchase a ticket or to buy a share in a ticket, please call Jo-Ann 718-634-2678, Sally 718-318-9689, Suzanne 718-945-3922, Colleen 718-634-0488 or the Rectory 718-634-5680.

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.

A Waterfowl Workshop will be held at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, November 14 at 11 a.m. Ducks and geese will be floating on the pond and seen at the marsh. Binoculars will be needed and participants should make reservations by calling 718 318-4340 to take part in this workshop.

A Fall Botany Walk with a park volunteer will be held in the Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, November 20 at 11 a.m. Walk along a refuge trail, explore the trees and shrubs. See fall fruits and berries. Register by telephoning 718 318-4340.

A reminder that both of our schools are involved in the General Mills box tops for education program, which has a website located 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.

Did you see the lunar eclipse last week? If star-gazing is ‘your thing,’ it was quite a spectacular happening. There was a nice clear sky so all of it was visible to anyone who looked up! It was the first event of its type to appear during a World Series game. There will not be another total lunar eclipse until March, 2007!

Trick or treaters came out in force later in the afternoon on Halloween! It was a lot of fun watching all those great young costumed figures going from door to door—all carrying a bag or plastic pumpkin and looking for those goodies to fill them up.

Most people—both young and old- seem to enjoy the Halloween experience a lot.

This year I saw something I’d never seen before—something new in the way of dressing up—inflatable costumes. Wow! What will they think of next? Technology has sure changed the face of Halloween—from the put-together costumes of yesteryear and, therefore, fewer choices—to the inflatable and tremendous variety of characters available today—Halloween has really moved up in the world!

What are your organization’s plans for the rapidly-approaching holidays?

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