2008-10-24 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Commentary By Liz Guarino

Halloween is right around the corner. Kids everywhere are looking forward to the day, dreams of their great costumes and plastic pumpkins full of candy dancing through their heads every night! Trick or treating is a lot of fun for kids of all ages. Sometimes one of the adults at an address dresses in a costume to entertain everyone who knocks on the door on the last day of the month—doesn't that sound like a lot of fun?

The BCAC CYO Girls Swim team will be holding registration on Saturday, October 25 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the BCAC field. For any questions, call Nancy 718-945-1329 or Barbara 718-474-0139.

At the library, Halloween Crafts can be made by children ages 5 to 10 on Saturday, October 25 at 3 p.m. Crafts are given out on a first come, first served basis.

A Halloween Costume Party will be held at the VFW Hall on Shad Creek Road on Saturday, October 25, starting at 8 p.m. Donation will be $20 for a single person and $35 per couple. The donation will include food, soda, beer, wine, and dessert. There will be a D.J. and cash prizes for Best, Original, and Scariest Costumes. Proceeds will go to the veterans at St. Albans Hospital for cookies, lap blankets, and cash gifts for Christmas. Tables are going quickly; call 646-344-2640 to reserve your seat.

The Halloween Parade, sponsored by BCVFD, will take place this Sunday, October 26. It starts at 1 p.m. at the 17th Road Park and finishes at the Firehouse on Noel Road. There will be candy, juice and cupcakes for all children.

On Sunday, October 26 in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge from 10 a.m. to noon, explore the refuge with a park ranger and look for birds that are passing through and those that are staying. Bring binoculars. Sign up in advance at 718-318-4340.

The Broad Channel Pre-K Children's Halloween Party will be on Sunday, October 26 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Christ Presbyterian Church. Party is for children, ages 3 to 8; cost of $5 per child includes crafts, games, contests, cupcakes and goody bags. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All proceeds to benefit the Broad Channel Pre- K.

St. Virgilus Golden Age will be going on a bus trip to the Trump Casino in Atlantic City on Tuesday, October 28. The bus will leave from Crossbay Boulevard and Noel Road at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $35 per person with cash return of 25 and $5 for food. On the way down, bingo will be played; on the way back, a movie will be shown. Call Dolores at 718-634-9472 or Margaret at 718-945-4967.

Christ Presbyterian Church will have Game Night in the church hall on Church Road on Thursday, November 6. Doors open at 6 p.m. Early Bird is at 6:30 p.m. Games start at 7 p.m. Coffee and cake will be served. Donation is $5.

On Sunday, November 2 in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., help clear bittersweet vines from the park. Make a wreath from the vines and hang it on your door or inside your house. Sign up in advance at 718-318-4340.

The next Adult Book Discussion at the library will be on Saturday, November 15 at 11 a.m.; under discussion will be March by Geraldine Brooks.

On Saturday, November 15 the VFW will be holding its Annual Penny Social which starts at 7 p.m.; doors open at 6. Free admission and tons of prizes, including raffles, Coach bags, and baskets. "Come and join the fun." If you wish to reserve a table, call Josette at 646-344-2640.

An American Legion Auxiliary Brunch will be held on Sunday, November 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sweepstakes will be drawn. All proceeds benefit the Children's Christmas Party.

The Herbert Johnson Lecture Series will begin on Wednesday, October 29 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. All presentations/talks will relate to the topic of Jamaica Bay in print. Call them at 718-318-4340 to sign up and get details on topics for each lecture on four consecutive Wednesdays.

The Broad Channel Crafters and the American Legion Auxiliary will host the 20th Annual Craft Fair on Friday, December 5 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturday, December 6 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the American Legion Hall in Broad Channel. Lots of home made items, baked goods, homemade candy, etc. will be available. Kitchen will be open.

A thank you note from Rev. Andrea Zarou on behalf of her and the entire congregation of Christ Presbyterian Church "wants to say thank you to all who came out for our Sunday Brunch" and thank you to those "who gave their support by buying 50/50 chances. Thanks again for all your support all year long."

A few words from Dan McIntyre, BCVFD: "Thanks to all who have sent Fund Drive checks after our last reminder. We are still waiting to hear from many of our neighbors. Members will be distributing reminder notes to those who may have forgotten us. Please be aware that the Fund Drive is our primary means of fundraising. With these tough times even our small stipend from our friends in local government has been diminished. We need your help more than ever. United Way number is 212-251-2500 for those who wish to make their Fund Drive Donation in this way. Thanks."

"The problem these days is that we're all searching for a book of life that has the answers in the back." Albert Einstein

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