2006-05-19 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

A couple of our neighbors said that the closing of St. Virgilius School was announced from the pulpit of St. Virgilius Church on Sunday morning. One of them opined: "It's a sad day for Broad Channel-a very sad day."

Books and Bagels book discussion group has its summer reading program and discussions all set for the next three months. The book being read at present is "Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood" by Rebecca Wells. The next discussion will be held on Friday, June 5 at 10 a.m. As part of the Library's Summer Reading Programs for Adults, the summer books are: "Namesake," by Michel Goldberg, (a book about the children of Holocaust survivors), and the discussion will be held on Friday, July 7; "Pompeii," a fiction novel by Robert Harris, will be read next- with the discussion set for Friday, August 4.

P.S. 47 Parents Association will present their Annual Auction on Friday, June 2 at 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the American Legion Hall at 209 Crossbay Blvd. in Broad Channel. The $10 admission includes DJ, door prize chance, coffee and cake. To purchase tickets and/or reserve tables in advance contact Michelle at (718) 634-5799. Children are not invited to this event. ADULTS, 18 and over only!

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. Drawing for the 50/50 will be held.

Story Time will meet next on Wednesday, May 24 at 10:30 a.m. This program is for children, ages 2 through 5, and is a special time of songs, music and books for their preschooler age group. Story Time will be held on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. through to June 14. Call the library at (718) 318-4943 for more information.

Chief Dan McIntyre of the BCVFD sent an email: "The Annual fund drive of the Broad Channel Volunteers is currently underway. The Vollies have completed their initial door-to-door visits. The BCVFD officers and members would like to thank the 27% of our neighbors that have already contributed. Most have sent or gave the suggested $75 or have exceeded this figure. Thank you. This fund drive is the BCVFD's primary source of operating funds as this year's 'Mardi Gras' efforts are to support the BCAC. If we missed you during our rounds we placed an addressedreturn envelope in your mailbox. It would be greatly appreciatedif our neighbors could mailtheir donations in. We will be distributing 'We Gave' stickers during our upcoming round of 'call backs' starting this weekend. Once again, thank you. Dan McIntyre Chief,BCVFD(718) 634 6930."

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 at (718) 318-4340.

Rockaway Artist Alliance is showing the Children's Exhibit, KidSplash 2006, which features the artwork of district 5 (which, of course, we live in!) public school children in sTudio 7 At Fort Tilden until Sunday, May 21. The gallery is open to the public; there is no charge for viewing the artworks. Gallery hours on Saturdays are from noon to 4 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 to 4 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, which offers an opportunity for people to see creatures that have remained mostly unchanged over millions of years. Call for further information to (718) 318-4340; reservations are required.

One of our neighbors-Julie Blake- who is very involved with the AC, would like to remind everyone: "It is almost Mardi Gras time again. Wanted: Candidates for Mardi Gras, 2006. If you think you've got the cutest kid(s) in town- Baby Face: for infant to 5 years old. If you think you've got the cutest pre-teen(s) in town- Prince and/or Princess: 6 to 12 years old. If you think you are the cutest teen in town. Most Popular Teenager: 13 to 19 years old. If you think you've got the cutest pet(s) in town-Any kind of Pet: 0 to 99 years old. If you think your block is the best in town-Any block, young and old. Think you have what it takes to be creative-Create a New Category! Show your support for the B.C.A.C. and have a blast this summer! Call Julie at (718) 318-0308, Michelle at (718) 474-2047 or ask a B.C.A.C. member to sign you up for Mardi Gras today."

Go on a Sunset Cruise on Sunday, May 28 at 5 p.m. Dorothy B Vlll will sail from the Sheepshead Bay Pier and its narrated tour will offer a history and ecology of the bay as well as a glimpse of some of the wildlife inhabiting the bay. Cruise is $35 and includes the tour and onboard snacks. Call the American Littoral Society.

The following quote is from a photographer and is one that seems perfect for this greening and blooming time of year: "Your mind is your best camera . . . Go out and take some beautiful pictures." Daryl Ryman

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