2005-03-25 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino


Spring has sprung! Temperatures have been about average for this time of year. Once April comes, there will be an upswing in outdoor activities. Garage and yard sales will be popping up soon and those who enjoy outdoor sports like fishing will be able to cast out and reel in their lines for hours without shivering over their bait buckets!

A bus trip to Atlantic City on Wednesday, April 27 to the Hilton is being run by the St. Virgilius Golden Age Club. Cost per person is $26 with coin return of $15. Bus will leave from Noel Road and Cross Bay Blvd. at 8: 30 a.m. Contact Winnie at 718 474-2783 to reserve a seat.

A two-session Defensive Driving Class will be held in St. Virgilius School lunchroom on two consecutive nights: Monday, May 2 and Tuesday, May 3 from 7 to 10 p.m. The course, sponsored by St. Virgilius Parents Association, gives up to 4 points off on license or 10% off auto insurance for each of three years-upon completion. Cost is $55 per person. There will be no exam given and refreshments will be served. Call Helen at 718 945-4648 or Cindy at 718 634-5449 to register for the course.

Guys are invited to slick back their hair and Gals to dig out their poodle skirts and saddle shoes for “Back to the 50’s” on Saturday, April 16 at the American Legion Hall on Cross Bay Blvd. American Legion Post #1404 will be celebrating its 60th anniversary and it is the 50th anniversary of their building! Dance the night away to the music of Wax R Back. Creative Energy will appear and treat you to their a cappella oldies. Food, Soda, wine and draft beer are included in admission. Canned beer will be available at $1 per can. There will be a cash bar as well. Tickets are $30 per person. Call Carol at 718 634-7235 or Jackie at 718 634-3717 for tickets or further information.

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. They do deliver. Please come out and support the school and 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.

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.

Last Thursday the seniors had a wonderful party to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The occasion, as always, was marked by the sounds of laughter and the pleasure of friends joining together to celebrate the happy occasion. They enjoyed a variety of nice foods including homemade Irish soda bread, thick corned beef sandwiches, potato salad, Cole slaw, pickles, coffee, tea and cake and wonderful little cupcakes. Of course, there was Irish music filling the air too. And more than a little green in the clothing people wore. Some folks wore green from head to toe; some sported berets and there was one very tall hat; others wore green blouses, shirts or sweaters; some just wore buttons that said: Kiss Me, I’m Irish. One man wore a terrific tie which really stood out against his white shirt and one woman even had her nails polished green!

The meeting part of the afternoon was an important one because the members voted to celebrate birthdays every month. They plan to have a birthday cake each month to note the happy birthdays in a particular month. It sounds like a really nice way for the seniors to mark their special days, their birthdays with friends! Which of the weekly meetings each month would be best to celebrate the birthdays in that month? That information is left to a future column.

The next Books and Bagels book discussion is scheduled for Thursday, April 28 at 10 a.m. Under discussion will be Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. A different method of picking books will be discussed as well.

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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