2005-11-18 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino


Many folks have planned their Thanksgiving Day down to the last detail and have bought all of the food items they will cook that day. There are also a bunch of stragglers who will get to it by Turkey Day. And somehow—they do. Whether you’re really organized or will get there when you arrive—whether you plan to eat at home or are invited out—or plan on a restaurant or will travel to faraway places for the holiday—think of the wonderful things in your life and the people who love you and enjoy your Thanksgiving Day. And remember our troops—so far away on this family holiday, with so many of our soldiers in harm’s way.

A nice note with a bright yellow happy face sticker on the envelope was left in my mailbox. It was signed from Rev. Andrea Zarou of Christ Presbyterian Church. It read, “Many, many thanks to all who attended our Annual Christmas Craft Fair and made it a great success. And thanks to all who have supported all of our church affairs all year long. Happy Holidays to one and all. Stay well.”

And thanks to the person who delivered a copy of “Prayer for the Hurried” into my mailbox. Especially at this time of year, it fills a definite need!

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 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.

Story Time at the Library for preschoolers ages 2 ½ 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 for attendees. Pre-registration is not necessary for Story Time or any of the holiday celebrations.

St. Virgilius P.A. is selling chances for a $500 prize; the winning ticket will be drawn after the 9 a.m. Mass on Thanksgiving Day, November 24. Chances cost $1 each; a book is $20. Chance books are available at the rectory or by calling Erica at 718 318-7439.

St. Virgilius Golden Age is sponsoring a bus trip to Atlantic City on Wednesday, November 30. The bus will leave Noel Road and Crossbay 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.

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 two months pregnant at the time.  Steven 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.

A bird program will take place in Broad Channel’s Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, November 19 at 9 a.m. Take a tour of the refuge wetlands and woodlands with a park volunteer and see the migrant hawks, ducks and geese. (The refuge is known as the best spot for seeing birds in the metropolitan area!) Bring your binoculars to this Autumn Hawks and Waterfowl-filled morning. Pre-registration is required for the program. Call (718) 318-4340.

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.

The current name of the next Rockaway Artist Alliance art exhibit is called “Gifted,” and features the works of Broad Channel artists. It is held in building T6 on Fort Tilden on the Rockaway peninsula and features photography, oil paintings, prints, collage, watercolors, pastels, glass and metal. “Sewn and Thrown,” a collection of quilts and pottery, is being shown in T7. Both exhibits opened on Saturday, November 12. The galleries will be open to the public on Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. There is no admission fee.

A Swedish proverb is a thought-provoker for this week: “Those who want to sing always find a song.”

When you shop at Waldbaum’s for Thanksgiving, you can help St. Virgilius School by using Waldbaum’s Gift Cards. They are available at the school office. Or call 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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