2005-11-04 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

The temperatures on Halloween gave the children a really good day for trick or treating. As it is every year, it was a lot of fun seeing the fairy princesses, firemen, vampires, witches, ghosts, zombies and all the other costumed figures going from door to door. Of course, the “big kids” who accompanied the little ones seemed to enjoy the day as much as the small ones—or even more. Some Moms and Dads and grandparents with a “sweet tooth” asked their kids and grandkids to share some of their trick or treat candy!

A Night at the Races fundraiser will be held at the American Legion Hall on Saturday, November 12 at 7:30 p.m. for the families of 20 Marines killed in Iraq who were members of the Ohio American Legion Post 631. Post 631 held a fundraiser after 9/11 for the family of Ray York, Jr. who lost his life in the 2001 attacks on the Twin Towers. Now it is time to give back by being there for these families. (Ray was a member of the Sons of the American Legion Unit 1404.) Admission to the event is $10 and includes hot dogs, soda, wine and beer.

Library fines have risen recently to 20 cents a day for adult materials such as books, magazines, records, CD’s and audiocassettes. For seniors and children the fine is 10 cents a day. Videos and DVD’s cost children and seniors $1 per day, while adults pay $3 per day. It will cost $2 to get a new library card if you lose the one you have been using. Folks who are online can renew their materials at the library system website at: www.queenslibrary.org or by calling (718) 990-8508. You must have your library card handy to renew by phone or online.

Books and Bagels discussion group book selection is “Girl with a Pearl Earring” by Tracy Chevalier. The date for the next discussion will be Friday, December 2 at 10 a.m. Anyone who has read the book or any book that they want to present is welcome.

St. Virgilius Golden Age is sponsoring a bus trip to Atlantic City on Wednesday, November 30. The bus will leave Noel Road and Cross Bay Blvd. at 8:30 a.m. for Hilton Casino and costs $27 per person. There is a coin return of $18. Food coupon is $8 toward buffet or $4 to be applied in Horizons Restaurant. Contact Winnie at (718) 474-2783 or Matty at (718) 474-0636.

Denis O’Connor Funeral Homes will host a bus trip to Calverton National Cemetery on Veteran’s Day, Friday, November 11. Bus will leave from St. Virgilius Church. Call (718) 634-4011 for details.

Get Christmas gifts, crafts, and 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 4 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Story Time at the Library for preschoolers ages 2½ to 5 years old 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.

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.

Using Waldbaum’s Gift Cards of $25, $50 and $100 gives a portion of the card price to St. Virgilius School. Gift cards can 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.

If you have an item of news or that you want published in this space, please get the information to me by 9:30 a.m. on the Tuesday before you need the item to appear in The Wave. Please sign your email; like the rest of the newspaper, I cannot publish info that comes without a name. Send email to: Lizbcbits@aol.com

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