2007-04-06 / Columnists

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Commentary By Liz Guarino

Commentary By Liz Guarino

The mercury is not straying too far from 49 degrees, which is about average for this time of year. In other parts of our country, the temperatures are seesawing from freezing all the way up to the 70's. It may not be that cool or that warm here, but temps that are fairly consistent are a lot easier to tolerate than yo-yo ones. And while Easter Sunday may be cooler than is comfortable for folks with spring dresses and hats that match, it is a day for families to gather, if possible, regardless of the weather. Whatever you have planned for that day- whether you relax at home or receive a houseful of company or head out to a restaurant for a full course meal- have a beautiful, wonderful day!

"Spring Greens" is the name of the botany walk scheduled for Saturday, April 7 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the front yard at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Participants can check out early spring plants from "swelling basal rosettes to early tree blossoms." Make a reservation for this volunteer-led trek. Wear sturdy, comfortable shoes.

The Broad Channel Pre-K will be having Kiddie Bingo on Sunday, April 15 at the Christ Presbyterian Church from 2 to 5 p.m. Cost is $5 per child, ages 3 through 8. Parents should be present. Snacks, beverages and extra boards will be sold. Every child will earn a prize.

On tax day- Sunday, April 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. watch Courting Woodcocks at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. In spring the American male woodcock puts on a very showy courtship dance at dusk to impress the female of the species. The "dancing" is up in the sky and then the bird descends to the ground. There will first be an introduction indoors for the people participating. A short walk afterward leads to woodcock turf. Bring binoculars. Advanced sign-up is required. Call 718-318-4340.

There will be a Brunch at the American Legion on Sunday, April 29 from 10 to 2 p.m. This will be the Auxiliary's last Brunch of the season.

April is National Poetry Month. If you brought items to the library for the time capsule, it will be buried on Wednesday, April 25. And, National Library Week extends from April 15 through April 21. During this week it is the 100th Anniversary of the Queens Library's incorporation. Tuesday, April 17 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. On Friday, April 20, the Library's public relations department has tentatively scheduled an online look at some of the items that some children gave to the library for the time capsule. Of course, the library will continue with other programs like "Help with Homework," so the month of April will be a busy one there.

St. Virgilius Golden Age will run a bus ride to Atlantic City Trump Plaza Casino on Tuesday, May 22. The bus will be boarded at the corner of Noel Road and Cross Bay Boulevard and it will leave promptly at 8:30 a.m. The cost is $30 per person; with coin return of $25 and food coupon worth $5. For further information or to reserve a seat on the bus call Dolores at 718-634-9472 or Margaret at 718-945-4967.

I got a nice note from Rev. Andrea Zarou and this is what it said: "Many thanks to the American Legion Auxiliary for their very generous donation. And, many thanks to all who came to our Sauerbraten Dinner. All had a great time. Last but not least, thanks to everyone who comes to our bingo games; we will start up again after the Easter holiday. To one and all, thanks for your great support for our church- Christ Presbyterian Church by the Sea."

Warm weather can bring allergy symptoms to some of our neighbors. With itchy, red eyes and sore throats from the slowly rising allergy or pollen index, some folks wonder if they caught a change of season cold or if they're suffering from an allergic reaction to something. How to tell the difference? Allergy symptoms consist of a stuffed or runny nose and itchy eyes, while a cold can give you a fever, aches, pains, a sore, scratchy throat and allergy symptoms too. The thing worth noting is how fast the symptoms hit you. If they appear all at once and quickly, you probably have allergies. If the symptoms come in more slowly, you likely picked up a cold. If it is a cold your symptoms will begin to clear up anywhere from a few days to a week. If you have seasonal allergy problems, they could be with you until the end of the season. (There are dog/ cat/dust/wool etc. allergies too. These come on you when you're near the thing you're allergic to.) Either way, whether you've gotten a cold or are affected by allergies, the doctor can prescribe medication that can help to relieve your symptoms.

A college football coach, Homer Norton (1896 to 1965), said these words: "It's how you show up at the showdown that counts." Along this line, William McFee said: "If fate means you to lose, give him a good fight anyhow."

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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