2007-03-09 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Commentary By Liz Guarino

Winter weather came back with a vengeance earlier this week, as if to make up for the unseasonably warm temperatures we had been enjoying. And the strong winds that came with the cold make it feel even colder. Fortunately, here in the Northeast we do enjoy distinct changes of season. So, as cold as it may be today, we all know that Spring is coming in just a few weeks. In the meantime, it's time for layering lots of clothing and hot hearty pots of soup and stews and stick-to-the-ribs breakfast, lunch and dinner meals- and some hope and patience. Spring and its warmer temperatures are right around the corner!

Sauerbraten Dinner, presented by Christ Presbyterian Church, will be available on Sunday, March 25 in the church hall from 3 p.m. till. Call the week before for reservations, which are a must. Donation of $10 per order. To place order, call: the Church at 718-945-3443, Janet at 718-318-6454 or Al at 718-474-0534.

The 4th Annual Jane Fuller Memorial Brunch for Cancer Care will be held at the American Legion Hall on Sunday, March 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The Broad Channel Pre-K will be having an open house on Tuesday, March 13 from 9 to 10 a.m. Anyone who has a 3 or 4 year old interested in attending the school in September is welcome to come. The School is located at 102 Noel Road.

Christ Presbyterian Church is having Bingo on Friday, March 16 in the Church Hall on Noel and Church Roads. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; early bird at 6:45 p.m. Bingo starts at 7 p.m. Coffee and cake will be served.

Donation is $5 per person.

The Broad Channel Pre-K will be hosting a night out with the band "Cry Baby" on Saturday, March 24 at Grassy Point. The band starts at 9:30 p.m. There will be 50/50's and raffles. There is a $5 cover charge.

An invitation from the congregation at Christ Presbyterian Church: "Come and celebrate the 20th anniversary of Rev. Andrea Zarou as pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church on Palm Sunday (April 1) from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Coffee and cake will be served. All are welcome."

The two-session Defensive Driving Course, sponsored by St. Virgilius Church, will be held next week, on Monday, March 12 and Tuesday, March 13 from 7 to 10 p.m. in the lunchroom of St. Virgilius School.

Tax counseling for older adults will be held at the Broad Channel Library every Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. First come, first served. Tax counselors are trained by the IRS. Sponsored by AARP; there is no charge for this service. Call for appointment.

Queens Library is making a time capsule to be opened in 100 years and they want your help in filling it. The whole idea of it is to show what life was like in 2007. They are collecting small items that will show people 100 years from now what our lives are like today. Here are some suggested items: Tee shirts, hats or bracelets that are popular with kids; photographs (black and white, color or photocopies); school memorabilia; labels from food containers (don't bring the food though-just the labels); a magazine, TV Guides or comic books (all of it or just a page); advertisements; buttons/pins; key rings; trading cards; flyers for events; postcards; ID holders; small old toys that aren't played with anymore; ticket stubs from movies, concerts or shows. Creativity counts here. What do you think belongs in a time capsule? Items, of course, are not returned, so only bring items you don't want. No sharp objects. Put the item into a small zip lock bag. Items need to be at the Broad Channel Library by Friday, March 16.

Recently, the VFW had a brunch. Of course, the food was good as it always is. And the chairs we had just vacated didn't have a chance to cool off, because there was a family waiting to occupy the table; obviously, there was a good turnout too. But sometimes circumstances that aren't the main event get noticed. It was the buzz about a certain cake that caught my ear, then my eye and finally my taste buds. Several folks were buzzing quietly about the cake in the large rectangular pan. It had cinnamon in it, maybe brown sugar. It was especially scrumptious, with folks quietly making inroads into it. I tried to find out the identity of the baker, but did not. I, personally, would really enjoy having the recipe. Easter is rapidly approaching and I would enjoy bringing that cake to the family gathering. Would the baker of that marvelous cake share her recipe or is it an old family favorite, not to be shared with anyone?

In April there will be a Literary Arts Festival in Fort Tilden. Lots of new and beginning writers are expected to attend. There will be agents and publishers there as well as established writers. In his column space, Stu Mirsky will interview different people who will take an active role in the festival. Last week he interviewed one of the editors who'll be there. Any new or beginning writers who plan to speak with an editor or agent at the festival might want to check out Stu's column to get an idea of what the person looks for in a written work; mentioning that you read the interview is a good way for a prospective writer to connect.

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.

Email can be sent to: Lizbcbits@ aol.com

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