Broad Channel Bits
Commentary By Liz Guarino
This is the last column in the month of March. Wow, it went fast. The weather predictions for the week in front of us are filled with the higher temperatures that encourage people to shed their down coats, winter jackets, scarves, gloves and all other cold weather paraphernalia and put them away for next winter- and get out lighter clothes suitable for the warm weather of spring. While, the coming days may be on the soggy side here and there, it's good not to have to think about shoveling snow or snowplows or rock salt or anything associated with cold (and miserable) weather!
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."
In the front yard at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, "Spring Greens" is the name of the botany walk scheduled for Saturday, April 7 from 1 to 3 p.m. Participants can check out early spring's plants from "swelling basal rosettes to early tree blossoms." Make reservation for this volunteer-led trek. Wear sturdy, comfortable shoes.
Please note that the Brunch at the American Legion has been changed from April 1 to April 29 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This will be the Auxiliary's last Brunch of the season.
At the Library, April is a 'happening' month. The time capsule that patrons brought items for will be buried on Wednesday, April 25. It is also National Library Week from April 15 through April-21. Tuesday, April 17 is the 100th Anniversary of the Queens Library's incorporation; it will be marked by a celebration in each of the library's branches- our library extends an invitation for cake and crafts from 1 to 6 p.m. on that day. And on Friday, April 20, the Library's public relations department has tentatively scheduled a look at some of the items that some children gave to the library for the time capsule. (This last item has no set time or date yet.) Also, National Poetry Month is the month of April.
More on the library: 007 was seen in the B.C. branch by one of our neighbors recently. No, not the spy, but a nice collection of DVD's. So, if the adventures of James Bond appeal to you, they are together on a rack, just waiting for someone to take them home for a few days.
Further afield than the Channel comes news from Aviator Sports and Recreation in Floyd Bennett Field of a program geared to people 55 and up for which there is no charge. People in this age group are invited to take part in a program on Thursdays from April 12 through May 31 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. It will consist of activities like tai chi, weight training, dance classes, arthritis exercise, reiki and other activities. For $5 participants can get lunch and a beverage. They do have a website: www.aviatorsports.com.
Several great photographs- of Noel Road and some of its buildings decorated for Christmas; several views of Veteran's Park; several views down Cross Bay Boulevard (even though these are fairly recent, some of the businesses captured in the photos are no longer operating); Channel Road, and other scenes as well- that were taken fairly contemporarily can be seen at the following URL: http:// www.bridgeandtunnelclub.com/bigmap/queens/broadchannel/noelrd/index.htm (When I was enjoying looking at these photos, the computer screen went black- very often a sign of computer problems or a power blink at about 11:30 a.m.) One of our neighbors said that someone tripped over the wire and pulled the plug out! Anyway, the photos are great. Enjoy.
Coming to Fort Tilden this spring will be an all-day Literary Festival/ Writers' Conference- a first for the area! On Sunday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. it will take place in T6, T7, and there will be entertainment on the Moon Stage and in the theater on Fort Tilden. The event is expected to attract lots of new and beginning writers. Are you someone who dreams of the writing field as a place to be? You're invited.
As we head into the warmer weather and the Easter season, it's great to see the world coming alive again. Who ever had the idea of putting Easter in the spring when nature is painting green growing things, deep blue skies, and flowers of all colors- had a really good idea. They go well together! It's nice to see the children- the world's future- shed their coats and play outdoors once again- of course they have all grown since last they were outside shooting hoops or riding their bikes. Another nice thing about this time of year- no more sounds of snow clearing!
Soon, Saturdays will be filled with different sounds. The sounds of industry and creativity- of hammer hitting nail, of circular saw blades cutting wood in sections for a deck, or the scrape of the rake and the whir of the weed whacker; and the sounds of children's laughter as they splash and play in their backyard pools.
The earth smells fresh too- especially when it gets turned over for planting, which is in a couple of weeks. And a few months from now, the aroma of backyard barbecue will float on the air here- tickling noses and inspiring appetites. Sights, sounds and smells- all part of this wonderful time of year in our community!
Carmel Myers, an actor who lived from 1899-1980, once said: "If you can't help it, don't think about it."
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