2006-10-13 / Columnists

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Halloween Activities Coming
Commentary By Liz Guarino

Overall, the September weather was great and, so far, the October weather has been very enjoyable. Beautiful blue skies with a few puffy clouds, gentle breezes and lots of sunshine are continuing to ripen tomatoes for some folks. Some days, it even feels like Spring. Of course, there has been rain, but there have been manageable levels of it.

A Communion Brunch, 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.

The Halloween Parade will be held on Sunday, October 29. Marchers will line up at 1 p.m. at the 17th Road Park. From there parade will proceed to the BCAC parking lot where every child will receive a cupcake, candy and juice. There will be a raffle for a 6-foot tall blow up Halloween decoration to help pay for the candy and juice. If you can donate cupcakes or an hour of your time to help out at the field, call Ginger at 718 318-5504 or send an email to: vohare@nyc.rr.com

Christ Presbyterian Church will have a Spaghetti Dinner in the church hall on Sunday, November 19 at 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. Dinner includes spaghetti, meatballs, a glass of wine, bread, cake and coffee will be served. Dinner for adults costs $10 each; children cost $3 each. At the dinner there will be a drawing for $5000. 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.

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.

Thanks to New Yorkers for Parks and a generous nursery in Holland, you can help beautify the tree pits on the center mall by picking up 25 free daffodil bulbs per person at The Overlook, Forest Park, on October 24, 25, and 26 from 4 to 7 p.m. The distribution point is near Union Turnpike and Park Lane. The bulbs must be planted in a public space and what better place than our mall. The more people who go to pick up the bulbs, the more bulbs we will be able to plant.

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.

Make yourself a Bittersweet Wreath from vines you have helped pull at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, October 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. Help clear the refuge from these aggressive vines. Rain date will be Sunday, October 22. Reservations are required.

Enjoy a Jamaica Bay History Tour on Sunday, October 29 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. A guided tour along the West Pond Trail will be led by a park ranger. Trekkers will have an open view of the bay and surrounding areas as they learn how people have affected and shaped the bay over time. Bring binoculars. Register in advance for this event; call 718 318-4340.

The annual dinner for the seniors was held last Sunday at the American Legion. "Dinner was great," said one of our neighbors who attended the event, "a good time was had by all." On the menu was pot roast, noodles, carrots, red cabbage, rolls, a drink of choice, coffee and cake.

People from the Channel get their good news in other parts of the Wave as well as in this space. For instance, a quick peek at the birth announcements on the Milestones page this week may reveal news you were not privy to before reading this feature in this issue.

If you or your organization has news that belongs in this space, or if you want to start a support group that will improve the lives of others, 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.

Email can be sent to: Lizbcbits@ aol.com

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