2004-11-19 / Community

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino


As the passing of time brings us closer to Thanksgiving Day, it’s nice to spend some time thinking of the wonderful people and trappings in our lives. All of us here in this great country enjoy many different things—our wonderful families, our terrific friends and neighbors and a wide variety of material objects in our lives. We have never really known hunger as many of our ancestors across the sea did. Whoever you spend the day with, whatever you eat—enjoy your Thanksgiving Day tremendously, everybody!

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.

No cooking Sunday morning—Brunch will be available at the VFW Hall on Shad Creek on Sunday, November 21 starting at 10 a.m. Fluffy eggs as well as other breakfast delights will be on the menu!

The Broad Channel Theater Group is having a Karaoke Night hosted by Chris Long on Saturday, November 20 at Grassy Point, starting at 9 p.m. There will be a $5.00 donation at the door. The evening is sponsored by Broad Channel Theatre Group who will donate a portion of this year’s show proceeds will to the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department to help build the new firehouse. Come see people you never dreamed of performing become new Broad Channel Stars!! It promises to be a very funny night! There will be jello and pudding shots and 50-50 raffles.

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.

“What’s Up With Brant?” is coming to the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, November 21at 1 p.m. You will learn about the population of Brant geese in the refuge, their breeding success and population dynamics. Bird pro, Ron Bourque will be on hand. In addition to the geese, other waterfowl can be seen. Bring binoculars with you. Make reservations by telephoning 718-318-4340.

RAA will have its final show for this year, Gifted 2004, in Fort Tilden’s sTudio 6. The exhibit will begin on Saturday, November 27. Opening reception will be held on Sunday, November 28. For further information call RAA at 718-474-0861 or email them at: rockart116@aol.com. The opening reception will be held at Fort Tilden in sTudio 6 and sTudio 7 and features entertainment. The gallery is open to the public and there is no charge for viewing the artworks. Gallery hours on Saturdays are from noon to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.

The Osprey Club had a very successful first year and came back earlier this month. Interested kids in grades 4, 5, and 6 are invited to attend monthly meetings and learn about bats, turtles, coyotes, and all the other animals that live in the community. 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! 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 meeting is scheduled for 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.

Story Time, a program for pre-school children, will be at the Library on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. started on November 17 and will run 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.

This past week was a busy one at P.S. 47. It was open school week at the school, which held parent/teacher conferences.

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.

Products on which you can find these special boxtops number in the hundreds and include: the many General Mills cereals and snack-type products’ Bisquick; Bugles; Lloyd’s bowl meals; Totinos Pizza Rolls; tube refrigerated dough products like Grands; Hamburger Helper; Old El Paso products; Betty Crocker baking products; Gold Medal flour; Yoplait yoghurt products and Nature Valley granola bars to name a few! Each school can earn as much as $20,000 from each of three program components.

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