2006-05-12 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino


To all the special women who are mothers, grandmothers, great grandmothers or just-like-a-mother to someone: Have a wonderful and beautiful Mother's Day; may the day be all that you wish it to be! (And may someone special to you cook your favorite meal for the occasion or take you out to a restaurant and let someone else do the cooking!)

St. Virgilius School P.A. is holding a Plant Sale outside the school. For sale are: hanging baskets, assorted flower and vegetable flats to choose from. Many items for Mother's Day are available, as are raffles. Sale is Friday, May 12 from 3 to 7 p.m.; Saturday, May 13 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and , May 14 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call Christine at (718) 634-5012 for further information.

Christ Presbyterian Church will hold a Game Night in the church hall on Thursday, May 18 at 7 p.m. Admission will be $5.

A Breakfast Buffet will be held at Christ Presbyterian Church Hall on Sunday, May 21 starting at 10:30 a.m. and ending at 1 p.m. Cost is $6 per person. On the menu will be: scrambled eggs, hash browned potatoes, bagels, sausages, pancakes, juice, coffee, tea and cake. A drawing for the 50/50 will be held.

Story Time is at the library. Children, ages 2 through 5, are invited to bring their parents or grandparents to this special time of songs, music and books for their preschooler age group. Story Time will be held on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. and will be held every week except May 17, through to June 14. Call the library at (718) 318-4943 for more information.

The BCAC will be having the Jamaica Bay Little League Opening Day Parade on Saturday, May 13.The parade will begin at 11 a.m. SHARP, all teams will meet 15 minutes before start time at Power Road by P.S. 47 and will march to the All American Fields (by 20th Road).There will be refreshments for the children after the parade and there will also be scheduled Little League games played. BCAC invites: "So whether you can come march with us or cheer for us as we go by it is sure to be fun!!"

On Saturday, May 13 at 9 a.m. join with others to take part in a Spring Migration Bird Walk at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge and take advantage of peak migration time. See warblers, shorebirds, wading birds and waterfowl. Don't forget your binoculars. Register by phone, (718) 318-4340.

Chief Dan McIntyre of the BCVFD also sent an email with information for the entire community: "The firehouse is currently on its first sweep of the town for our annual fund drive. Members will be visiting on an ongoing basis. Townspeople can greatly help us out by sending their donation in the envelope provided with our brochure via mail, dropping in firehouse mail box, or in drop boxes in Bradbury's (the 8th Road deli) or All American Deli. All inquiries can be addressed by contacting the firehouse business phone at (718) 474-6888. 'We Gave' door stickers will be distributed as donations are received."

The Broad Channel UCO will hold its Annual Meeting on Tuesday, May 18 at 8 p.m. at the North Channel Yacht Club at 1622 Church Road.

On Saturday, May 20 at 10 a.m. go for a Wildflower Walk in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge with a park volunteer. You will learn how to identify plants, hear folklore, and hear about the value of plants to the wildlife. Spring wildflowers will be in evidence. Register in advance by phone, (718) 318-4340.

Rockaway Artist Alliance will show the Children's Exhibit, KidSplash 2006, which features the artwork of district 5 (which, of course, we live in!) public school children on Saturday, May 13 in sTudio 7 at noon. Galleries are open to the public; there is no charge for viewing the artworks. Gallery hours on Saturdays are from noon to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. For further information call RAA at (718) 474-0861 or email them at: rockart116@aol.com

On Sunday, May 28 at 9 a.m. see horseshoe crabs come out of the water onto the sand, mate and lay their eggs in a Horseshoe Crab Walk at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. This is an annual event along the shores of the bay. Call for further information at (718) 318-4340; reservations are required.

The photography of St. Virgilius School alumnus Roger Carreau is on exhibit in "Pipe Dreams" in sTudio 6 at Ft. Tilden. There will be entertainment each weekend the exhibit runs.

Mother's Day weekend will be accompanied by a full moon. Celebrate sunsets, moonrises and the blooming of the earth on a day after a full moon-on Mother's Day Sunday, May 14 at 7 p.m. Bring binoculars with you. Pre-register; call (718) 318-4340.

Neighbors who work in other parts of Queens may appreciate another neighbor's handiwork on his computer. He made a "2006 suspension of alternate side of the street parking regulations table." This way, there is no guesswork about parking on the street, at least as far as the different holidays go! Anyone who would like to have a copy of our neighbor's handiwork, send me an email mentioning the table (I need a reminder-I get a lot of email!); I'll reply with the table. (One of our neighbors went to traffic court to fight a ticket armed with a similar chart a few years ago. The judge was impressed with the list and an attorney who happened to be in the court asked him for a copy!)

If your organization has news that belongs 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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