2004-11-12 / Community

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

Every day there are more leaves on the ground to pick up. Soon, tree branches will be bare of everything except the birds that hop from limb to limb and the occasional squirrel that zips up the trunk. Meanwhile, the skies are still mostly blue, but the winds are getting stronger as the prospect of the winter looms ever near. And, of course, colder weather brings celebrations in the form of festive holidays with it.

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.

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. If you did not reserve a seat, telephone Kim at 718-474-1803 to find out if there are any more seats available. There are over 100 outlets including Kay Bee Toys.

“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.

St. Virgilius’ Craft Fair will be held the beginning of December. There will be a large assortment of ornaments, holiday and year round decor, homemade cookies, cakes and candies, jewelry, and raffles. On Saturday, December 4 the hours will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; on Sunday, December 5 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Craft Fair will be held in the School Building on Noel Road.

Next week is open school week at P.S. 47; parent/teacher conferences will be held. It promises to be a busy week.

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.

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.

Game Day will be at the Christ Presbyterian Church Hall on Friday, November 19 at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 per person. Coffee and cake will be served.

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.

Have you checked out the Osprey Club? After a very successful first year, it will be back with monthly meetings for interested kids in grades 4, 5, and 6. Learn about bats, turtles, coyotes, and all the other animals that live in the community. Take part in a whale rescue. Join the fight against litter. Take a field trip to the islands of Jamaica Bay and beyond. Check out the solar system through a powerful telescope. There are so many fun things that the club will do: Check them out; you will be glad you did!

The Osprey Club has an official meeting once per month. Meetings are held on Fridays at 3 p.m. at P.S. 47. The next meetings are scheduled for November 12 and December 10. Enrollment forms will be available at the meeting. Parents are welcome to come with their children to see what the Osprey Club is all about. For more information, contact: Don Riepe at 718-318-9344 or Kate Willsen at 917-692-0344.

Filing to take next year’s exams for the NYPD will end on Friday, December 17. Tests will be held on February 25 and 26, March 3 and March 6. Free study help for all candidates in the five boroughs to improve their test scores will be available in the form of tutorial sessions designed to enhance test-taking skills. Apply online at www.nyc. gov/nypd.

Most folks have been left out in the cold as far as their annual flu shot so far this year. If you’re one of the unlucky ones, experts offer a few tips to keep the flu bug at bay. Wash your hands often and don’t sneeze or cough into them. Keep hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth. Stay warm, eat right and exercise every day. Keep away from anyone who has a cold or is coughing. Avoiding the flu sounds common sense and fairly simple, but when folks recall how sick they can get with the flu, most prefer having the insurance that an annual shot brings them!

What are your organization’s plans for the rapidly-approaching holidays? Do you have news that you want to see in this space? (Please get your important information to me by 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning if you need it in that Friday’s column.) Send email to: Lizbcbits@aol.com.

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