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UCO To hold Annual Meeting May 30
Commentary By Liz Guarino

Commentary By Liz Guarino

The nice days we are enjoying are very helpful to human temperament- no one has been heard complaining about the weather! Most folks are looking ahead though to when the young folks are out of school for the summer and vacationers head to their favorite places to be (when they're not here in B.C.!). And a lot of people are looking forward to sitting next to backyard pools and enjoying barbecues. In the meantime, those clear blue skies and occasional white puffy clouds will have to do!

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. 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 718-45-4967.

Sunday, May 20 is Game Day at the VFW from 2 to 5 p.m. Event will be hosted by the Ladies' Auxiliary VFW.

The VFW is holding its first Bar-B-Q of the year on Saturday, May 26 from 2 to 5 p.m. to which all are welcome. Adults cost $20; $35 per couple. Children are half price. The next Bar-

B-Q will be June 17.

Adults can hear bass baritone Gunter Stern belt out show-stoppers in "It's Broadway," (an event timed so working people can enjoy it too!) which will take place on Monday, May 21 at 6 p.m. at the library. "Carousel," "Babes in Arms," "Pal Joey," "Ain't Misbehavin'," "The Phantom of the Opera," "Guys & Dolls," "Can-Can," are among the shows which will lend some of their songs to this program.

The United Community Organization (UCO) will hold its annual meeting on Wednesday, May 30 at 8 p.m. The meeting will take place at the North Channel Yacht Club on Church Road.

At the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Thursday, May 31 from 7 to 10 p.m., watch the sun set over the bay and look for horseshoe crabs coming ashore to mate and lay their eggs. Watch for other sights along the trails in the refuge. Bring your binoculars and sign up in advance by phoning 718-18-4340.

The Adult Summer Reading Program at the library will meet for discussion of the book "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" by Lisa See on Friday, June 1 at 10 a.m. All are invited to come to the library for the discussion of this book. The other two discussions will be held on Friday, July 6 ( The Book Thief by Markus Zusak will be discussed) and on Friday, August 3 One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus, will be the topic of discussion.

Kids and teens can learn about reptiles in "A Reptile Edventure" with Erik Callender at the library on June 7 at 3:30 p.m. See live animals such as bugs, frogs, lizards, toads, turtles and snakes from all around the world at this program. Sign up in advance at 718 318-4943 or drop in to register.

This email came from Dan McIntyre: "Spring is here and once again the BCVFD is starting its Annual Fund Drive. Our members have been out distributing our 2007 brochure along with return envelopes for your and our convenience. The BCVFD is again asking each household for a $75 contribution. These funds are used for the department's operational budget. Without these funds, we would not be able to provide the service that our neighbors have grown to expect of us. We will be coming 'door to door' in the next few weeks, but it would be greatly appreciated if residents would kindly send donations via the mail. We will distribute door 'We Care We Gave' stickers upon receipt of donations and of course we will provide receipts. (As a reminder, our accountant has informed us that due to changes in the tax laws for 2007, the IRS requires proof of either a receipt or a canceled check for all contributions to any 501 3 C organizations. Please keep this in mind, remember to save your receipts and or canceled checks.) You may also call us; we will gladly pick up your donation and or provide a receipt. The late afternoon and evening hours are the best times to reach us at our business phone number 718-474- 6888. Although our emergency phone, 718-474-8888, is manned 24 hours, our business phone is not."

The DOS is offering free compost again to folks who will pick it up on Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. If making your own compost appeals to you, the DOS will sell you a compost bin for making your own compost at the discounted rate of $20. (Take the Belt Parkway west to the Brooklyn facility. Get off the Erskine Street exit and turn right at the traffic light. Go to end of street; make left; go two lights and make right turn.) If you bring electronics or computer parts, your car will be unloaded for you. Unlimited amounts of compost are free to residents of NYC.

Applications for the city's 2007 summer jobs program must be returned by Friday, May 18. All NYC residents ages 14 to 21 are eligible to apply. Application can be filed online. Go to: www.nyc.gov/dycd

What do you think of these words? An unknown author said, "You will be happier if you will give people a bit of your heart rather than a piece of your mind."

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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