2004-11-26 / Community

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By Liz Guarino

The Friday after Thanksgiving is the biggest shopping day of the year. For those who brave the crowds, there are plenty of bargains to be had out there.

St. Virgilius 16th Annual Craft and Christmas Gift 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 other gifts 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 Fair will be held in the School Building on Noel Road.

RAA will hold its next show, Gifted 2004, in Fort Tilden’s sTudio 6. The exhibit will begin on Saturday, November 27. The opening reception for the members exhibition will be held on Sunday, November 28. Final day to view the exhibit is January 9 from 1 to 4 p.m. For further information call RAA at 718 474-0861 or email them at: rockart116@aol.com The exhibit will be at Fort Tilden in sTudio 6. The opening reception features entertainment and refreshments. 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 5 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, is at the Library on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. 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.

I got a really nice note from Reverend Andrea Zarou of Christ Presbyterian Church. It said: “Many, many thanks to all who came to our Annual Christmas Craft Fair and made it a big success! Congratulations to all of the winners of the Special Raffle Table. A great time was had by all. Hope to see you at the next church event.”

Books and Bagels, the book discussion group which meets at the B.C. Library, had a small group for the discussion of “The Human Stain” by Philip Roth. Those present all had trouble finishing the book, possibly because no one liked the author’s writing. At any rate, discussion was spirited, taking its usual twists and turns. Time just flew; when one of the women glanced at her watch, it was time to go. Conclusion? For a book that no one liked, the members sure had a lot to say about it. The next book discussion will be Thursday, January 13, 2005 at 10 a.m. Under discussion will be “The Lovely Bones” by Alice Sebold.

A reminder that both elementary schools, P.S. 47 and St. Virgilius, 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 that 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.

The civic association election will be held at the December 2 meeting at the VFW Hall at 8 p.m. To vote, dues must be current.

In recent weeks a beautiful young female cat has been sunning herself on one of my chairs on the deck. She has the most stunning green eyes and has grey fur mixed with tan, with a splash of tan fur at her throat. She has a white flea collar with a heart pendant around her neck—there is a mirror on one side of the heart. One of our neighbors told me there was a poster for a lost cat on a pole on the boulevard. If this sounds like your cat, let me know. I’ll try corralling her for you with a can of tuna. [I normally don’t feed her, because I think she belongs to someone and is loved a lot because of what’s hanging around her neck!]

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