2005-03-18 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

Spring has almost sprung, but we have gotten a lot of mixed signals from Mother Nature of late—with warm temperatures one day and ice and snow the next last week. Even folks who love snow and seem to thrive on the cold were not pleased with that late season bad weather. Although technically it is still winter, most folks seem more than ready to switch seasons. And those mid-40 temperatures and sunny skies feel so good, don’t they? Only three more days to the first full day of spring.

St.Virgilius P.A. is hosting an Easter Bunny Brunch on Sunday, March 20 at 12:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall. The tickets are $7 for each adults and $5 per child if purchased in advance, and $8 and $6 at the door. There will be fun and games raffles and face painting. For tickets please call Maura 718-634-9131. We deliver. Hope to see you all there.

Back by popular demand is the St. Virgilius presentation of Adults Puttin on The Hits. It will be held on Friday, April 8 at the American Legion Hall at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. There will be food, beer, wine and soda included, raffles and—as usual—no shortage of laughs.  There will be dancing to the music spun by DJ Healy. For a great night out, join the fun. For tickets or acts call Maura 718-634-9131 or Jenny 718-945-2356. We do deliver. Please come out and support our school and our community. 

A Sauerbraten Dinner will be held in the Christ Presbyterian Church hall on Sunday, April 10 starting at 3 p.m. Cost is $10 per dinner. Reservations are necessary for this event. Call Joyce at 718 474-7769, Janet at 718 318-6454 or the church at 718 945-3443 for reservations or free delivery. Please make all calls a week before the dinner.

The Broad Channel Theatre Group will hold their much-awaited production of Guys & Dolls which will be held the first weekend in April at the American Legion Hall. On Friday, April 1 there will be a show at 8 p.m.; all tickets for this show are $15, refreshments will be sold and children will not be admitted. On Saturday, April 2 all tickets will be $20 (no children admitted); admission to this 8 p.m. show includes a complimentary drink. On Sunday, April 3 there will be a 2 p.m. show to which children will be admitted. Tickets will be $15 each for adults, and $10 for seniors and children. Refreshments will be sold at this performance. To purchase tickets call 718 318-0388. A portion of the proceeds will benefit B.C.V.F.D.

Both of our schools are involved in the General Mills box tops for education program, which has a website located at: www.boxtops foreducation. 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.

Tax help for seniors is now available at the B.C. Library. The program is already in progress. A volunteer will be available to help you every Wednesday from 1 through 5 p.m. until April 13. Tax helpers are from A.A.R.P.

Sunday, March 20 is the last day for the Winter Pet Extravaganza being held by Animal Care and Control to encourage adoption of dogs or puppies and cats or kittens. They are offering a 50% reduction in adoption packages which are normally $50 for cats (or kittens) and $80 for dogs (or puppies). Packages include spaying/neutering, vaccination, one veterinary visit and microchipping. The last item is a great way to insure that your pet does not get lost even if he loses his collar and tags! To take advantage of this deal and share your home with a lucky animal, call the receiving department of AC&C at 718 997-6330 for the hours and location of their full-service facility.

A very small group attended the Books and Bagels book discussion at the Library. Ice and the cold were two reasons for the low attendance. The next discussion is scheduled for Thursday, April 28 at 10 a.m. You might hear enough to prod you into reading it or hear the reasons why you put it down! A new method of selecting books will be brought up for everyone to discuss on April 28.

Last Sunday, the Jane Fuller brunch was very well-attended. Two women were talking and laughing happily about the large turnout last year and this year. One of them indicated the full tables and said jokingly about the brunch: “Next year we might have to make reservations.” Then she looked around the room at all the people and added: “Yeah—a week in advance!” Seriously though, isn’t it great to have an event like this? Brunches as town events are something special. A not-so-small measure of the uniqueness of living here!

Do you have information or news you would to see in this space? (Please get your item(s) to me by 9:30 a.m. Tuesday morning if you want it to appear in the Wave on Friday in the same week.) Send email to: Lizbcbits@ aol.com.

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