2005-10-14 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

Activity on the local scene steps into high gear with lots of organizational happenings. Enjoy!

Auditions for “Into the Woods” will be held by the Broad Channel Theatre Group at Thomasina’s Dance Studio on Tuesday, October 18 and Thursday, October 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Early birds who enjoy stargazing may catch a modest celestial show in the early morning hours before sunrise on October 17. A small partial eclipse of the moon can be seen at 6:30 a.m. It will last for about an hour. A pair of binoculars or telescope may prove helpful. The next lunar eclipse visible over North America will be in 2007.

The Broad Channel Pre-k will be hosting a bus trip to Tanger Outlets in Riverhead on Saturday, November 19.  Bus will be leaving at 7:30 a.m. and returning around 7:30 p.m.. The cost is $32 a person and this will include your seat, juice and bagels and a coupon book. If interested, please contact Sabrina at 718 634-4632 or email at smag406@aol.com

Those who registered for New York State exams for N.Y. State Court Officer-Trainee Exam will be taking the exams on one of the two dates that are fast approaching. Test Dates will be held on one of two Saturdays: the first date is October 22 and the second date is December 10.

Get Christmas gifts, crafts, ornaments at the Annual Craft Fair at Christ Presbyterian Church at the corner of Noel and Church Roads on Saturday, November 12. Doors open at 10 a.m. Get a photo of your child(ren) with Santa Claus from 1 to 2 p.m.

Coffee, cake and lunch will be available.

At the next meeting of the 100 Precinct Community Council, there will be a presentation of a revised coastal evacuation plan. The meetings are the fourth Wednesday of the month (October 26) and are held at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 333 Beach 90 Street in Rockaway.

Speaking of the police council, Joe has tickets to the annual Oktoberfest breakfast which is held at the Beach Club on October 23 at 10 a.m. Call him for tickets, 718 634-4970.

Story Time is coming to the Library for 2 ½ to 5 year-olds (and they can bring Mom and/or Dad). Program will be held on 10 consecutive Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. On October 26 there will be a Halloween celebration. No pre-registration necessary.

Enjoy a Family Halloween Party at the American Legion Hall on Sunday, October 30 from 3 to 6 p.m. The St. Virgilius PA-sponsored event costs $15 per person and includes food, drink, music, games and prizes. For tickets call Lisa at 718 318-0938 or Bernie at 718 945-1162. Discounts are available for families of four when voucher is purchased in advance. Cash only at door. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

The ASPCA van will come to Broad Channel, West 12th Road on Saturday, October 15 to trap, spay/neuter, and release the feral cats that live on the street. The ASPCA is planning for 25 cats.

The Defensive Driving Course will be held at St. Virgilius School in the lunchroom. [Those who took the course in 2002 will notice that their certificates expire this year.] Course will be held on Monday, October 17 and Wednesday, October 19 from 7 to 10 p.m. Attendance is required both nights. Course costs $55. Participants completing the course can choose from a 10 percent reduction on their auto insurance or up to 4 points off on driver’s license. There is no test; refreshments will be served. To register call Helen at 718 945-4648 or Cindy at 718 634-5449. Seats are limited; payment in full guarantees seat.

Monday, October 17 will be the next P.S. 47 book discussion. Anyone who reads the book, To the Power of Three, is welcome to attend.

The historical committee needs help answering inquiries from relatives of people who once lived in the area. Please contact Barbara at 718 474-1127 if you have any information on the following: 1) Marion Wilkens Aldrich Fleischman who lived here in the 1930’s and 40’s and had a daughter, Harriet Aldrich; 2) J.MacMillan who lived at 56 W. 13th Road in the 1940’s and was from Scotland; 3) William Grolz who owned a hotel at the Raunt in the early 1900’s.

Sunday, October 16 is the last day to see the works of at least two Broad Channel artists at the exhibit called ArtSplash 2005, which is being held in buildings T6 and T7 on Fort Tilden on the Rockaway peninsula. The works which include photography, paintings, sculpture and drawings, to name a few, can be seen on Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.

Tickets for the $10,000 Giveaway sponsored by St. Virgilius P.A. are available. Ticket entitles holder to attend giveaway drawing and cocktail party, which will be held on Sunday, October 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. at North Channel Yacht Club. Grand prize is $10,000 and there will also be 17 secondary prizes. Tickets are $100 each and only 400 tickets will be sold. To buy tickets, call Colleen at 718 634-0488, Joann at 718 634-2678, Suzanne at 718 945-3922, Leo at 718 757-6856 or call the rectory at 718 634-5680.

This year is the 85 anniversary of P.S. 47 and the school will celebrate it the entire school year. Anyone having old photographs, newspaper clippings or the like is encouraged to bring the items to the school. They are hoping for things from the school’s earliest days. The school’s telephone number is: 718 634-7167.

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