2006-02-24 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino


Playing hide and seek with winter weather is tiring for some of our neighbors, who are already wishing for spring. Colder temperatures give new meaning to the expression “a nice brisk walk.” But, this past week temperatures stayed up in the 30’s—not bad for February.

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 a continental breakfast, inspiring talks, hot buffet lunch with ample socializing time. There will be a Penance Service with opportunity for individual confession. Mass will be at 3 p.m. and fulfills the Sunday obligation. If you want to attend, let me know.

St. Virgilius Parish School is holding Open House on Sunday, February 26 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. and on Wednesday, March 1 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. and from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at 16 Noel Road in Broad Channel. The phone is: (718) 634-6237. It will also be held on Sunday, March 5 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. or call the school for an appointment. Scholarships of $1000 per year for 5 years for newly enrolled families are available. There is bus transportation for eligible students from the Rockaways, at no cost.

Brunch is on the menu as a VFW Ladies Auxiliary fundraiser at the VFW Hall on Shad Creek Road. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 26. There is a choice of any style eggs or pancakes or waffles; choose a meat from bacon, ham or sausage. Have a Bloody Mary or screwdriver or plain juice. Roll and coffee or tea and cake are also included. The price of brunch is $6.

The Broad Channel Theatre Group will sponsor a day of great music—from Big Band to Motown—on Sunday, February 26 at the American Legion Hall from 2 to 5 p.m. The cost is $10, payable at the door; it will help support their April production of “Into the Woods.” The BCTC donates a portion of their proceeds every year to an organization; this year a donation will be made to St. Virgilius School.

A note signed Rev. Andrea Zarou was in my mailbox and this is what it said: “Many thanks to all who attended Game Night. A great time had by all.” The next Game Night will be held on Thursday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m.

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.

“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.

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.

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. 

This is 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 meeting in March, there will be a presentation on a topic of interest to many folks. The topic for the March meeting is “Art & Healing,” which will be presented by chiropractor Dr. Nancy Gahles. The general meeting will be held on Monday, March 13 in Fort Tilden in T149. You do not have to be a member of RAA to attend general meetings.

There are a few more days for online shoppers to take part in a fundraising opportunity for St. Virgilius School. Until February 28, Big Blue Turtle will donate 50% of its earned commission to the school; specific steps need to be followed to ensure the donation. To browse the website to find a store you would like to shop at, go to http:// www.bigblueturtle.com. You can email the CEO, Matthew Schilling at MSchilling@bigblueturtle.com for further details on how to take part in this fundraiser.

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.

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