2006-11-03 / Columnists

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Commentary By Liz Guarino

It's November already-the year is nearing its end. Some folks have taken their winter coats out of storage and are wearing them already, although gloves, scarves and hats are still waiting till the weather gets colder before they are put into use. A lot of folks don't know what to wear in this very changeable weather and combine long sleeves with short and layer sweaters or sweatshirts under their fall jackets.

Christ Presbyterian Church will be holding their Annual Craft Fair on Saturday, November 11 in the church hall. Doors open at 10 a.m. Lunch will be sold. Crafts, Christmas gifts and ornaments will be sold.

Photographs with Santa will be taken from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The American Legion Auxiliary Brunch and Sweepstakes will be held on Sunday, November 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the Annual Children's Christmas Party.

The Broad Channel Crafters and the American Legion Auxiliary will be hosting the 18th Annual Craft Fair (formerly the SVS Craft Fair) on Friday, December 1 from 5 to 9 p.m. and on Saturday, December 2 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Broad Channel American Legion Hall. Handmade crafts, cakes, cookies, etc., will be available. Purchased items can be personalized. All proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warriors Project.

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 $5,000.

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 $5,000, while second prize is $3,000 and third prize gets $2,000. 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 can attend the Christmas Party; buyers who plan to attend the party are asked to call the Legion at (718) 474-5029 so the post can plan ample food.

St. Virgilius Golden Age will be running a bus ride to the Hilton Casino in Atlantic City on Wednesday, November 15. Cost is $29 per person, with coin return of $21 and $5 food coupon to apply to the buffet or Horizon's. The bus will leave at 8:30 a.m. from Noel Road and Cross Bay Blvd. Call Dolores (718) 634-9472 or Margaret (718) 945-4967.

Get started on your Christmas shopping early! The Broad Channel Pre-K will be hosting a bus trip to the Tanger Outlet Mall on Saturday, November 18 at 7 a.m. Cost is $32 a person, which includes breakfast and a coupon book. Seats are limited. To reserve a seat, call Jeannine at (718) 318-5936 or Lynn at (718) 318-3550.

On Sunday, November 5 from 10 a.m. to noon, attend a NYC Audubon Waterfowl Workshop at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. See a variety of geese and ducks that spend winter at the refuge. Hear about efforts on behalf of waterfowl conservation and learn identification tips. Bring binoculars. Registration is required. Call (718) 318-4340.

Quite a few new members have joined St. Virgilius Golden Age and all of them are having a good time with parties, horseracing, speakers and bingo. The group enjoyed their Halloween Party last Thursday. There were lots of costumes, masks, hats and wigs. A slot machine, devil, flapper, witch, bumblebee, leprechaun, and Indian princess were among the contestants for best costume. With music, games and good old fashioned fun combined with a lunch of sandwiches, buffalo wings, three different salads, soda and a big beautiful cake. BC's seniors really know how to party.

Some folks are still saving Labels for Education, which come from Campbell's soups, beans and other related products, hoping for another place to send them where they will be welcomed and used. If any of the schools use them, please let me know. I'll pass the information on. (Boxtops for Education can go to PS 47 on Power Road.)

On Saturday, November 18 from 9 a.m. to noon check out birds on the marsh and pond at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Hawks, geese, ducks and 'winter-hardy shorebirds' are the refuge dwellers that will be looked for-bring your binoculars.

Register for this event; call (718) 318-4340.

Saturday, November 4 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. is the last day to get free compost at the Spring Creek DOS facility. Bring shovel and container to get all the compost you need. Blocks from the Erskine Street [exit 15] exit of the westbound Belt Parkway. When you put your leaves out for collection by the DOS, they will require a paper leaf bag starting next year and they turn your leaves into compost for the garden or yard.

A book proposal on the history of Broad Channel is currently being assembled.

The editors need to include scans of original photographs of current Broad Channel scenes and the Channel of yesteryear.

If you own original photos that you would like to have included in the proposal and book, contact me by phone, email or a note in my mailbox. Photos will be borrowed, scanned onto a computer disk and returned.

If you or 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.

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