2006-12-15 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Commentary By Liz Guarino

As we move ever closer to the holidays, we find that at times we are still dealing with unseasonably warm days. Folks who think winters used to be colder and snowier are on target with their memories—they were at one time! Everybody knows that it’s really hard to get around in the winter’s blast of ice, snow and freezing temperatures and a lot of folks still have an amount of ‘getting around’ to get through! So, it’s a good thing the weather has been in tune with this need. Of course, the weather does whatever it wants to do; is a snow-covered Christmas in store for us? We’ll have to wait and see!

Santa Claus will be visiting some Broad Channel homes again this year on Christmas Eve. If you would like to have Santa visit your home and deliver some toys, please call the firehouse to make the arrangement. Make reservations now for visits which will take place between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve. A $25 donation per house visited is requested by the BCVFD which provides this for residents every year. Call the BCVFD any evening after 8 p.m. to make a reservation. Call 718 -474-6888

To raise funds a Texas Hold’em will take place on Friday, December 15 for Cystic Fibrosis at 7 p.m. at SCA, 529 Cross Bay Boulevard.  For reservations call 718-318-5504.   

Story Time/Picture Book Time for preschoolers meets every Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Library. It began meeting during the month of November and will continue through the last week of January—on Wednesday, January 31. For children ages 3 ½ to 5 years, this program features music, stories, games and other activities suitable for the preschool set.

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 on Saturday, December 16, 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. Party starts at 8 p.m.

Annie’s Angels are fund raising to fight Cystic Fibrosis. They are selling the $5 Daily Raffle; chances cost $5 each. If your chance number matches the NYS evening number (must be straight) any day during the entire month of December you will win; on weekends prize will be $50, on weekdays $25, and on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve prize will be $100. Numbers 000 thru 999 are available—call or email with your number choice. There are also $10 50/50 boards with the winner receiving $500 in cash. Boxes 1 thru 100 available…call early. For information on tickets call Ginger at 718-318-5504 or email vohare@ nyc.rr.com SnowFlake Bingo will be held in January of 2007.  Items or gift baskets to be used for the raffle table will be gladly accepted. 

BCVFD has revamped their web site. There have been many links installed by their web designer. Find it at: http://www.broadchannelvfd.org/ index.html . You can use their contact page to drop them a line.

‘Tis the season to save labels and box tops for education. They are used by the area schools to get equipment of various types. They come on many different foods—Campbell’s soups and beans; Bisquick; Bugles; Lloyd’s bowl meals; Totinos Pizza Rolls; Grands; Hamburger Helper; Old El Paso products; Betty Crocker baking products; Gold Medal flour; Yoplait yoghurt products and Nature Valley granola bars to name a few— so look carefully to see if you have a qualifying label or top. Each label or top translates to 10 cents each for participating schools.

At this time of year—with all its attendant hustle and bustle—it’s easy to forget about library material’s due dates. If you are caught up in the Christmas rush or just tired of rushing your books back to the library to avoid being overdue, there’s no need to worry or rush anymore. Books and other materials can be renewed online and by phone. Renewing by phone is available at: 718-990-8508. Online go to: www.queenslibrary.org/myaccount. A PIN (personal identification number) is required for both types of renewing. Get one at our little library. Then, you will be able to renew from the comfort of your home!

The Rockaway Artists Alliance, to which several Channel artists belong, was selected as the recipient of the 2006 African American Heritage Month Committee Award for Arts and Culture Achievement. The awards ceremony was held in the public library in Corona. Congratulations to RAA on receiving this honor.

During the post-holiday slump that visits most folks in January, learning something new might be great for fighting those January blahs. 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. The class is for 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.

Some folks find the philosopher, Nietzsche, to be pessimistic in many of the things he said. Is it clear what he meant when he said: “Love is the state in which man sees things most widely different from what they are?”

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