2006-02-10 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

Cold weather found us again! For winter, though, it really has not been bad. Other areas of our country have had mudslides, tornadoes, fires, hurricanes. It’s good that we don’t have to think about those things happening here; it’s hard enough to think about high tide and torrential rains coinciding! For now, it’s time to think about Valentine’s Day. Whether your Valentine’s Day is going to be sweet or flowery or just another day, I hope you have a happy one.

“Thunder Cake,” a story by Patricia Polacco, will be read at the Library on Monday, February 27 at 4:30 p.m. for children ages 6 through 10. “Come enjoy the story and help us make a Thunder Cake of our own,” is the invitation from the Library. Pre-registration is required by calling 718 318-4943.

Christ Presbyterian Church will be holding a Pancake Supper on Shrove Tuesday, February 28 (the day before Ash Wednesday) in the church hall on Church Road from 5 to 8 p.m. Adult price is $5 and children’s meal is $3. Price includes pancakes, sausage, juice, coffee or tea and cake. Home delivery is available; call 718 945-3443 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on that day.

The Broad Channel Pre-k will be hosting a bar night out on Saturday, March 25 at Grassy’s. Sixthboro will be playing at 9 p.m. There is a $5 cover charge and there will be a door prize and raffles. 

A Tax Assistance Program from AARP is available at the Library on Wednesdays and will be there through April 12. Call the branch at 718 318 4943 for program hours of availability.

A Defensive Driving Course, sponsored by St. Virgilius P.A., will be given on Monday, March 20 and Wednesday, March 22 at St. Virgilius School at 16 Noel Road, Broad Channel, from 7 to 10 p.m. By attending, you can receive 10% off your car insurance for 3 years OR up to 4 points off your license. Course will be held in the lunchroom. Fee for course is $55. Seating is limited; reserve early. Payment in full guarantees a seat. (They are unable to hold a seat without payment.) No test is given. Refreshments will be served. To register, call Helen at 718 945-4648 or Cindy at 718 634-5449. People who attended the March, 2003 course will find that their certificates expire in March, 2006.

It is not too late to get in on the St. Virgilius P.A. 20/10. Even though drawings began last week, they will continue. Weekly prizes to be awarded are $200, $100 and $50; there is also a $250 Easter prize. For 10th week prizes there will be one $250 and two $500 prizes. Winners can repeat. Tickets are $20 and are still available by calling Karen at 718 945-5823, at the school during school hours and at the rectory during office hours.

This news from PS 47: “On April 8 at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Hall partygoers will celebrate PS 47’s 85th Birthday. The cost is $30.00 per person which includes: hot buffet, beer, wine soda, and D.J. music.  A cash bar will also be available. Old pictures will be available for viewing; call your old friends and bring them along. It will be a GREAT NIGHT.”

At Rockaway Artists Alliance’s general meetings each month, there will be presentations on different topics that are art-related in ways that do not occur to most folks. The topic for March is “Art & Healing,” which will be presented by chiropractor Dr. Nancy Gahles. General meetings are held on the second Monday of the month on Fort Tilden in T149. You do not have to be a member of RAA to attend general meetings.

The Day of Recollection for People with Disabilities will take place on Saturday, February 25 at Immaculate Conception Center in Douglaston from 9:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. The day includes continental breakfast at arrival, inspiring talks, hot buffet lunch with ample time for socializing. There will be a Penance Service with opportunity for individual confession. Mass will be held at 3 p.m. and meets the Sunday obligation. Transportation is on your own. People without disabilities are needed to help at the event. If you want to attend, get in touch with me or phone 718 722-6112 or 6113.

Stargazers will enjoy the sights of two of the planets next week. Venus and Jupiter will both be visible in the sky. In the eastern sky at dawn, Venus will be fairly bright and can best be seen through a small telescope, but binoculars may also suffice. Jupiter can be seen in the southern early morning sky. Through a telescope should be visible tan and brown stripes across it, as well as the four largest of its moons.

The Broad Channel Theatre Group will present “Into The Woods,” directed by Billy Murray, and produced by Pat Hanning in April. 

“The Kite Runner,” a novel by Khaled Hosseini, is the book that will be discussed at the next meeting of Books and Bagels on Friday, February 24 at 10 a.m. in the Library.

Help St. Virgilius School by using Waldbaum’s Gift Cards when you shop. Gift cards are $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 Saturday mass. They are available by calling Dawn at 718 474-4182, Kieran at 718 474-6273 or Suzanne at 718 945-3922.

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