2008-04-18 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Commentary By Liz Guarino

Here's what's happening around the Channel:

Christ Presbyterian Church at Noel and Church Roads is holding Bingo on Friday, April 18 in the Church Hall. Doors open at 6 p.m.; early bird at 6:30 p.m. Bingo starts at 7 p.m. Coffee and cake will be served. Donation is $5 per person.

Walk the West Pond Trail in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge led by a ranger on Saturday, April 19 from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. It will be sunset going and coming back. There will be a Pink Moon. Attendees may see the spring dance of the American woodcock. Sign up in advance; dress for the weather that day. Register by calling 718-318- 4340.

An Earth Day Cleanup will be at the Subway Station Garden and volunteers are needed for the cleanup at the subway station garden on Saturday, April 19 at 10 a.m. Bring a pair of work gloves and wear old clothing. Contact Ed at 718-945-1068 or Barbara at 718-474-1127.

On Sunday, April 20 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge visitor center, learn why the building is called "green." Examine the building and learn what makes the building special on this ranger led event.

On Sunday, April 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, join children's book illustrator and artist, Patricia Wynne. Bring a pencil and sketchpad and learn how to sketch quick wildlife drawings. Get ideas for a journal and on how to publish your work. The event includes a book signing. Sign up in advance.

Christ Presbyterian Church will have their 14th Annual Sauerbraten Supper in the Church Hall on Sunday, April 20 from 3 p.m. till….! Coffee, tea, juice and cake will be served. Call the week before for reservations; call if you want to buy 50/50's. To reserve dinners and/or buy 50/50's call the Church at 718-945-3443, Cathy at 718- 344-1688, Janet at 718 318-6454 or Al at 718-474-0534. Donation is $12.50 per order. Reservations are a must; deliveries will be available.

A two-session Defensive Driving Course sponsored by St. Virgilius Church (all proceeds benefit St. Virgilius Religious Education Program) will be held on Monday, April 28 and Tuesday, April 29 from 7 to 10 p.m. in the School Building, 16 Noel Road, Broad Channel in the lunchroom (entrance is on Church Road). For attending this course you can receive 10 percent off your car insurance for 3 years OR up to 4 points off of your license. Cost is $60. Seats are limited. Payment in full guarantees a seat. No test is given and refreshments will be served. Call Helen 945-4648 or Cindy 634-5449 to register. If you attended the course on May 2 and 3 2005, your certificate expires on May 3, 2008.

Happy 6th Birthday to Sam Fretto. Enjoy your birthday, Grandson- have a wonderful big day! (pictured above)

"The Wonder of Migrants: From Tundra to Tropics" is the title of a workshop at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, May 4 from 10 a.m. to noon. Birds stop at Jamaica Bay when they migrate from the tropics to the tundra.

This International Migratory

Bird Day offering is ranger-led; it begins indoors, and then goes outdoors to look for migrants. Don't forget your binoculars and sign up in advance at 718-318-4340.

"Its About the Birds!" can be enjoyed with the family at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, May 11 from 10 a.m. to noon.

All members of the family (age 8+) can enjoy the bird watching. Event is ranger conducted. There will be an indoor presentation about birds you

might see, and then an outdoor portion to look for the birds. Don't forget to sign up in advance at 718-318-4340 and bring binoculars.

At the March 15 workshop at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, a lot of useful information was put forth for the residents of our seaside community. Suggestions to save energy included doing a household energy audit, unplugging your appliances (especially phone chargers) when not in use (use a power strip to switch off several items at once), converting to CFLlight bulbs, recycling, composting, doing beach cleanups, use of one car instead of two, buying a hybrid car, combining trips to do errands, carpooling, buying local organic food, giving extra credit for school involvement in environmental efforts, getting involved in the community.

It's spring cleaning time! Or it's almost time to rearrange those closets, especially if you have growing children. In some cases they can outgrow clothes in the middle of the season! Anyway, for those who have found that they have a number of pieces of electronic equipment that they want to "find a new home for," think of St. John's University as a place where you can take old electronics (TV's, computers, desktop printers, monitors, desktop scanners, keyboards, mice, VCR's, DVR's, DVD players and cell phones) to be recycled on Saturday, May 3 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enter the parking lot via Gate 4 on Union Turnpike. and 175 Street. It's a good place to take outgrown and otherwise unwanted clothing and unwanted linens, too. They are looking for: blankets, towels, sheets, curtains and tablecloths in linens; in clothing they seek pants, dresses, shirts, sweaters, shoes, handbags, belts. They ask for items to be put into a clear plastic bag and tied tightly to keep moisture out.

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Email can be sent to: Lizbcbits@aol.com

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