2005-11-11 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

It’s raking time again. Those autumn leaves seem to be everywhere all at once—some still on the trees and the rest all over the ground. It is a pretty time of year too. Leaves that are hanging on to tree limbs are wearing their best finery of orange, gold or yellow. On Monday an artist positioned himself to catch and put on his canvas some of autumn’s beauty. He set up his easel at 6 Road and Cross Bay, faced the bay and probably enjoyed the feeling, glow and lighting effects of wonderful late afternoon fall sunlight as much as he enjoyed making the painting which took shape in front of him.

The next American Legion Auxiliary Brunch will be held at the American Legion Hall on Sunday, November 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proceeds from this brunch will benefit the Children’s Christmas Party. Sweepstakes will be drawn at this brunch.

“Gifted” is the name of the next Rockaway Artist Alliance art exhibit featuring the works of Broad Channel artists. It will be held in building T6 in 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, which includes refreshments and entertainment, 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 4 p.m. Admission is free.

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.

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.

Head for the Library on Wednesday, November 16 at 2 p.m. for a music program called “Crazy for Gershwin.” It is a tribute to music and songs of memorable tunes of George and Ira Gershwin performed by Naomi Zeitlin. Admission is free and there is no pre-registration required.

On Monday, November 28 at 7:30 p.m. in St. Virgilius Church you will be able to see and hear Steven McDonald, who said this of the teen who shot him: “I forgave the young man who shot me.  It was an answer to a prayer.” Detective Steven McDonald of the NYPD will speak to the parish and community — especially to the young people — about the role of forgiveness in our lives. Detective McDonald was shot in Central Park 19 years ago by a teenaged gunman. He was 29 years old and had been married for less than a year when he was shot. His wife was 2 months pregnant at the time.  McDonald continues to share his personal journey of forgiveness with many audiences around the world. We are very fortunate to have him visit our community. Attend and listen to his remarkable story of love, forgiveness and reconciliation.

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 at the 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 the Autumn Hawks and Waterfowl Tour at 9 a.m. on Saturday, November 19. Pre-registration is required for both programs. Call (718) 318-4340.

The 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.

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. 

Story Time at the Library for preschoolers ages 2 ½ to 5 years old is held 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.

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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