2006-10-06 / Columnists

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By Liz Guarino

It's hard to believe that we're in the month of October already. By now everything is in full swing here-the children are settled into their schoolwork, with the younger ones looking forward to Halloween and thinking about the costumes they will wear and-of course-all the candy they will get. Clubs and meetings are taking place once more, while some very organized folks are planning their Christmas shopping!

Christ Presbyterian Church will host a Spaghetti Dinner in the church hall at which there will be a drawing for $5000. (Dinner details in a future column.) Tickets for the drawing-only 200 will be sold-cost $50 each and can be gotten by calling Al at 718 474-0534 or Janet at 718 318-6454. All money raised will go toward repairing the church roof.

In case you wanted to go on the Jamaica Bay Sunset Cruise but were not able to make it, another will be held on Saturday, October 7 from 4 to 7 p.m. The three-hour narrated tour of Jamaica Bay will be aboard Dorothy B VIII. Learn about the history and ecology of the bay; see nesting peregrine falcons, osprey, herons, egrets, ibis, shorebirds and waterfowl. This is a cooperative program between Gateway NRA, NYC Audubon and the American Littoral Society. For information on other events and activities check: www.alsnyc.org or www.nyc audubon.org

A Communion Brunch, hosted by the St. Virgilius Rosary Altar Society and St. Virgilius Golden Age, will be held at the American Legion Hall on Sunday, October 15 immediately after the 11:30 a.m. Mass. Tickets cost $10 per adult, $5 each for children. Tickets can be bought after all the weekend Masses, at the rectory-phone 718 634-5680 or by calling Jean at 718 474-0636 or Jane at 718 634-6612.

Sponsored by St. Virgilius Parish, a two-session Defensive Driving Course will be held in St. Virgilius School lunchroom on Monday, October 16 and Wednesday, October 18 from 7 to 10 p.m. Completion of this course entitles participants to choose between having 10% off your auto insurance or for removing up to four points from your driver's license. The fee for this course is $60; seats are limited. Refreshments will be served. No test will be given. To register, call Helen at 718 945-4648 or at Cindy 718 634-5449. If you took this course in October 2003, your certificate will expire next month.

From Post 1404 of the American Legion comes an annual drawing for $10,000 in prize money. Tickets are $100 each. First prize nets $5000, while second prize is $3000 and third prize gets $2000. Drawing will take place at the adults' Christmas Party in December, 2006. Only 200 tickets will be sold. The seller of top prize winning ticket will get $500. Donation (ticket cost) is tax deductible. All ticket buyers are invited to the Christmas Party. Those planning to attend the party are asked to call the Legion at 718 474-5029 so the post can plan ample food.

Marty Feeney sent an email to update everyone on progress that the AC has made: "As you may know, the BCAC has just recently finished rebuilding Memorial Field located at 1st Rd and Cross Bay Blvd. Over the last five months Memorial Field has been completely refurbished. The field has been raised and new sod has been added over the entire field. We also added a new sprinkler system, repainted the building, added a new concrete path along the entire field and added all new fencing. The field was reopened recently with a ceremony. We are very proud of our brand new field and invite everyone to come down and see for yourself what can be done with hard work done solely by volunteers. We did not get any grants from any politicians for this project, which cost approximately $100,000. We did raise money through private donations. Over the years the members have put thousands of work hours into the field trying to make it a safe environment for the children to enjoy sports. Our wish came true with the refurbishing of the field. We would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank the members of the Cosmo and Damiano Society. Over the years these hard working people raise money and donate it to certain organizations that are youth orientated. This year we were fortunate to be added to their list of recipients and we received a donation of $5,000. We are the largest not for profit sports organization in the city, we offer many sports to the youth; not only in our community but from all the surrounding communities. The club has been in existence for over 40 years."

Adults or seniors who are interested in painting can join RAA's Adults-Seniors Painting Class every Thursday from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. in the sTudio 6 gallery in Fort Tilden for hands-on painting classes. Classes are taught by RAA President, Geoff Rawling, who is an accomplished painter and muralist. The class is for students of all levels of ability. Lessons will include techniques for mixing colors, creating still-lifes, landscapes, portraits and abstracts, and more. All supplies and materials are included. Cost is $10 per senior and $15 per adult for each 2 hour session. For more information call 718 474-0861.

A correspondent sent these words. Although their origin is unknown to her, they do echo the thoughts of many people: "Teachers are like gardeners - planting the seeds of discovery, cultivating curiosity, and nurturing the joy of learning!"

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