2006-04-21 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

Recent days have been filled with sunshine. Some strong gusts of wind have been blowing hairdos around, whipping telephone wires and bounding through the budding tree branches. Winter coats, scarves and hats have been shed and stored for the cold that comes toward the end of the year. Neighbors are seeing each other on the street once more. It's Spring and Channelites are enjoying the outdoor weather.

The VFW is having a brunch on Sunday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Diners can enjoy eggs any style with bacon, ham or sausage. Pancakes or waffles are also on the menu. Cost is $6 for adults and children are half price. Special garbage omelet is just $7. "Come down with friends and family," says the VFW. This is the last brunch of the season.

Christ Presbyterian Church will hold their Annual Spring Craft Fair and Flea Market on Saturday, April 29 in the church hall. Doors are open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Books and Bagels book discussion group is reading Homeless Bird by Gloria Whalen. Readers of all types of books, including books on tape, are invited to attend the next meeting and present a book that they enjoyed. Next meeting is Friday, May 5 at 10 a.m. in the library.

BC Theatre Group presents "Into the Woods" at the American Legion Hall, Friday, April 21 and Saturday April 22 at 8 p.m. (adults only) $20; and Sunday, April 23 at 2 p.m. $15; $10 for seniors and children under 12. For tickets call:Pat 516 376 7034 or Linda 718 634 5566. Cash bar available at all performances.A portion of the proceeds will benefit St. Virgilius School.

The Broad Channel Pre-K will be holding a bake sale in front of the firehouse on Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23 after all the masses.

Open House will be held at St Virgilius School on Saturday April 22, from 12 to 2 p.m. and on Wednesday, April 26from 3 p.m.to 5 p.m. There still are scholarships of $1,000 a year that are available for new families.

Family Fun Nights will be held at Burger King in Howard Beach on Friday, April 21 and Monday, April 24 from 4 to 8 p.m. Burger King has offered to donate 20% of the nights' profits to St Virgilius School.

The Columbiettes of the Rockaway Council K. of C. are hosting a Ceili on Friday, April 28 at 8 p.m. in the K. of C. Hall on Beach 90 Street in Rockaway. Donation is $10.

Some of the branches of the Queensborough Library system are offering wireless internet services to patrons. Folks who have laptop computers can bring them to the branch and 'surf the net.' The Broad Channel branch does not offer this service at present. All branches are expected to be able to offer this service within the next three years.

The Library is encouraging library patrons 16 years old or younger to read and pay off library fines on their cards. All the young people have to do is go to the library and read for at least 1/2 hour to get Library Bucks worth $1 toward existing fines. If they read for an hour, they earn Bucks worth $2 off their fines. There are rules to this offer, so check it out with the librarian.

St. Virgilius Golden Age would like to send the following to their neighbors: "Are you lonely? Are you depressed? Are you 50 or older? Do you wish for something to brighten up your life? We have the answer-come out and join us. We meet every Thursday from 12:30 to 4 p.m. at Christ Church Hall on Church Road from September through June. Dues are $10 a year. We have holiday parties, bus rides, bingo, horse racing, speakers on topics of interest to seniors (social security, Medicare, wills etc.) and a monthly bus ride to Green Acres Mall. Come and socialize; enjoy coffee and cake with friends."

Remember that $1 surcharge on EZ Pass bills that gives the MTA millions of dollars every month? There is a bill in the NYS assembly to eliminate that surcharge. It has passed the NYS senate.

On Saturday, April 22 at 10 a.m. enjoy a Family Nature Walk at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge with author, Sharon Seitz. Walk the 1.7 mile West Pond Trail this Earth Day and observe the many sights at this time of year in the wetlands of Jamaica Bay. Registration is necessary; call 718-318-4340.

On Sunday, April 23 at 1 p.m. learn about efforts to restore Jamaica Bay's wetlands and see Spring in the Wildlife Refuge. Bring tall waterproof boots and binoculars. Register for this event. Phone 718 318-4340.

Recycle your old TV's, cell phones, computer keyboards, mice, printers and scanners on Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Spring Creek sanitation facility, off the Belt Parkway's Erskine Street exit. Pick up free compost for your yard also; bring a container for the compost. If you want to make your own compost, they offer a bin you can buy for $20.

Independent Marine Corps Cadets, a military style organization, is recruiting young men and women, ages 11 to 18 to become future cadets. Cadets learn the basics of being in the military and are taught a variety of lessons to help build confidence and self-esteem as well as pride and teamwork. Cadets meet Wednesday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. at the American Legion Hall on Crossbay Blvd. in Broad Channel. For more information, contact Col. Cannella at 718 845-0496 or send email to: ColCan1@aol.com

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