2005-10-28 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

Warm weather probably will not be in evidence until the Spring of next year. We are on the way to winter. Of course, some holidays are waiting in the wings and others are right around the corner. And they are always fun to buy and/or plan for. And there are lots of events going on in our town to help folks prepare for holidays and have fun along the way.

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.

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. 

The St.Virgilius Parents Association presents: Swingin’ 50’s Dinner/Dance, featuring Wax “R” Back on Saturday, November 5 at the Broad Channel American Legion Hall 209 Crossbay Blvd. from 8 p.m. to 12 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person in advance and $35.00 per person at the door. Ticket price includes a hot buffet, soda, beer and wine. There will also be a prize for the best 50’s attire.  For tickets call MaryEllen at 718 318-2973 or Ellen at 718 634-9388. Call early for table reservations. All proceeds to benefit St. Virgilius School.

Gifted is the name of the next Rockaway Artist Alliance art exhibit featuring the works of at least two Broad Channel artists. It will be held in building T6 on Fort Tilden on the Rockaway peninsula and features photography, oil paintings, prints, collage, watercolors, pastels, glass and metal. A different exhibit called “Sewn and Thrown,” which is a showing of quilts and pottery will be in T7. Both exhibits can be viewed starting Saturday, November 12. The opening reception is at 1 p.m. on Sunday, November 13. The galleries will be open to the public on Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Help clear the Wildlife Refuge paths of aggressive vines on Saturday, October 29 at 1 p.m. and make decorative wreaths from the clippings. Make reservations at 718 318-4340. (Taking home the materials that would be discarded is quite special—people are not permitted to take anything out of the refuge—it is a national park.)

Story Time has come to the Library for preschoolers ages 2 ½ to 5 years old (and they can bring Mom and/or Dad). Program is held on each Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. until December 21. At the last meeting there will be a Hanukkah/Christmas celebration. On November 23 there will be a Thanksgiving 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 2006 calendar (containing times of high tide) is available for purchase for $5. Calendars can be purchased at Grassy’s, All American Deli, Channel Cutters, Broad Channel Grocery, and from members of the

Historical Committee.

Help St. Virgilius School by getting and using Waldbaum’s Gift Cards when you shop at their food store. They come in different denominations: $25, $50 and $100. A portion of the card price bolsters school fundraising efforts. Gift cards are available during office hours at the rectory and school office or after the 5 p.m. Saturday mass. They can also be obtained by calling Dawn at 718 474-4182, Kieran at 718 474-6273 or Suzanne at 718 945-3922; gift cards obtained at these numbers will be delivered.

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.

Two bird programs will take place in the Wildlife Refuge in November. On Sunday, November 13 at 10 a.m. check out the ducks and geese floating on or gathered at the edge of the marsh and pond in NYC Audubon Waterfowl Walk.

Take a tour of the refuge wetlands and woodlands with a park volunteer and see the migrant hawks, ducks and geese.

Bring binoculars to this Autumn Hawks and Waterfowl at 9 a.m. on Saturday, November 19.

Pre-registration is required for both programs.

Call 718 318-4340.

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