2008-05-09 / Columnists

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Spring A Good Time To Try New Things
Commentary By Liz Guarino

It's really getting to look and feel like spring and it's great to be outdoors without coat or jacket.

Nice warm sunshine and blue skies, with a few clouds here and there have been the order of the day lately. Trees can wave their leafy arms around again as the breezes wander past their limbs. Flowers poking their heads out of the soil and looking forward to having colorful petals surrounding their tops are enough to make a person stand up, breathe deeply, stretch those limbs and say out loud, "Wow, it's great to be alive!"

Christ Presbyterian Church by the Sea, located at the corner of Noel and Church Roads in Broad Channel, will be holding their Flea Market on Saturday, May 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Among many other things, they also will be selling plants- perfect timing for Mother's Day and spring planting. Plants will be sold on Friday, May 9 starting at 3:30 p.m. and on Saturday, May 10 starting at 10:30 a.m. Plant sales will take place outside the church.

A Friend in Need: On Friday, May 9 at 8 p.m. at the American Legion Hall on Cross Bay Boulevard, Broad Channel. Donations of $10 will be taken at the door. There will be beer, wine and soda plus chances, theme baskets, 50/50s, Mets and Yankee tickets and lots more prizes to be won! Help out a long-time friend and resident of Broad Channel. Be there.

And, the North Channel Yacht Club will be helping A Friend in Need through a trip to Trump Plaza in Atlantic City on May 17. The bus leaves at 8 a.m. from the yacht club. There will be bagels and coffee at 7:30. On this trip there will be lots of fun with bingo on the way down and a movie on the way back. Cost is $40 per person with $25 casino cash back and $5 for food. Call Fred Schmitt 718-634-9472 or John Heaphy 718-474-3173 to get a seat on the bus. Better hurry. It is first come, first served and seats will be going fast! Check should be made out to: North Channel Yacht Club.

Christ Presbyterian Church is having Bingo on Friday, May 16 in the Church Hall on Noel and Church Roads. 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.

By now everyone has the brochure on fire safety and hurricane preparedness with which BCVFD began its annual fund drive. A return envelope so you can give what you can to keep their life saving operations rolling was included with the brochure. Donations can be mailed- or, with a phone call- can be picked up at your door. (Don't forget to keep your cancelled checks for tax purposes.) In the next couple of weeks "We Gave" stickers will be on the way. As always the Vollies thank you for your support. And they encourage you to remember the many businesses which have helped contribute to their fundraising efforts.

"Its About the Birds!" is a workshop that 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 and up can enjoy bird watching. The 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.

"Spring Leaves and Flowers" is the program at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, May 17 from 10 a.m. to noon. Since it's time for spring leaves and flowers to bask in the sunlight, look for them on this walk in the refuge with a park volunteer. Reservations are required. Sign up at 718- 318-4340.

It's time for "Spring Migration Wander" at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, May 18 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Look for warblers and other spring migrants with park volunteer Ron Bourque on a walk through the refuge. Bring binoculars. Reservations are required. Sign up at 718-318-4340.

"Full Flower Moon" at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge will take place on Sunday, May 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. Meet at the visitor center for an indoor presentation, then it's down to North Channel Bridge to see adult horseshoe crabs in their annual mating rituals during Full Flower Moon. Wear appropriate footwear for this activity. Reservations are required.

Spring is a good time to try new things! The BCVFD said their junior department is gaining members. Their numbers have been expanded by six new recruits. They are actively seeking members for the junior department. Boys between 12 and 17 years old and girls between 14 and 17 are invited to join the ranks. Their programs are sanctioned by the Boy Scouts of America and Explorers Program, as well. Many events are planned for the young members. The junior volunteers department offers a great place to learn about emergency services firsthand; juniors also learn dispatch operations firsthand and will learn all aspects of fire prevention, as well. The program involves young people in productive activities and instills a sense of community in them, too.

It was a wonderful sight to watch the First Communion children, wearing their dresses and suits from that happy occasion, process down Noel Road to St. Virgilius Church this past Monday evening. Followed by adults carrying lighted candles, the procession made a very nice picture, indeed!

If you have news that belongs in this column, please get the item(s) to me by Tuesday by 9 a.m. of the week in which the item is to appear.

Email can be sent to: Lizbcbits@aol.com

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