2009-04-17 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

The April holidays have come and gone. Many people took advantage of the opportunity to get together with their extended families and enjoy dinner together and each other's company. Perhaps they also took part in religious services as well. Now, of course, the next holiday will not arrive until May—when many people will enjoy a three day weekend for Memorial Day and the season's first use of the grill in this unofficial beginning of summer.

Christ Presbyterian Church will present Bingo in the church hall on Noel and Church Roads on Friday, April 17 and Friday, May 15. Doors open at 6 p.m. Early Bird is at 6:30 p.m. Bingo starts at 7 p.m. Donation is $5. Coffee, tea and cake will be served.

St. Virgilius Golden Age will sponsor a bus trip to Trump Plaza in Atlantic City on Tuesday, April 21. The bus will leave from the corner of Noel Road and Cross Bay Boulevard at 8:30 a.m. Cost per person is $35 with $25 cash and $5 food comps. On the way to Atlantic City, bingo will be played. A movie will be shown on the way home. Call D. Schmitt at 718-634-9472 or M. McCarthy at 718-945-4967 to get in on the fun. Checks should be made payable to St. Virgilius Golden Age Club.

Take part in "Together Green Volunteer Day" at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, April 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Help rid the park of invasive, non-native plants and work side by side with park personnel in this volunteer stewardship event. To make reservations which are required, call 718-318-4340. This event will take place during National Park Week which will be held from April 18 to April 26.

On Wednesday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. volunteer to clean up the North Channel Bridge in an Earth Day Beach Cleanup event. Groups are welcome. Reservations are required; call 718-318-4340 to make them.

Take part in a NYC Spring Migration Walk led by Don Riepe at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, April 25 from 10 a.m. to noon. See warblers and other migrants. Learn about migration. Bring binoculars. To pre-register (required), call 718-318-4340.

On Sunday, April 26 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge take part in a family event (children must be age 4 and up) that is a volunteer planting project. Participants will explore plant parts from roots to blooms. Sign up in advance at 718-318-4340.

A Magic Tricks Workshop that teens will enjoy will be at the library on Tuesday, April 28 at 4 p.m. Learn to do magic tricks from a real magician, Jeremy Pasternak, who uses ordinary objects for his tricks and illusions. Sign up in advance at the library.

Storytime at the library is set to begin on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. from April 28 to June 24; except for May 13. Storytime, a half hour spent reading picture books, is for small children, ages 2 to 5.

Local schoolchildren are invited to take part in the 2009 Golden Apple Awards for Schools in New York City by showing their school recycling programs. They can demonstrate how their school reduces waste. They can brag about their school's beautification projects. Students can enter one (or all three!) of the contests: TrashMasters! Super Recyclers; TrashMasters! Reduce & Reuse Challenge; and Trash- Masters! Team Up to Clean Up. Local students whose schools compost will have their entries reviewed for the Golden Shovel Award that honors the Master School Composter in Queens County. Schools compete within their grade division (elementary, intermediate, or high school) for citywide and borough honors. Project entry binders must be received by April 30. Golden Apple Awards contest rules and Registration Form are available at www.nyc.gov/wasteless/goldenapple. (NYC schoolchildren from all boroughs can take part in this competition.)

Children outgrow their books or lose interest in them as they grow up, but until now there hasn't been anywhere to go and trade them in for more grown up or different material—until the upcoming Community Children's Book Exchange. This book swap is due to take place outside the Broad Channel library on Saturday, May 2 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring a book that your child has outgrown; browse the titles our neighbors have brought to find a book a bit 'older' that will be perfect for your child. Saturday, May 9 is the rain date for this event.

Sealife Rescue will be at the Broad Channel library on Wednesday, May 13 at 4 p.m. Watch a live videoconference program from Florida and learn how scientists rescue and treat injured or sick sea animals.

The next novel under discussion by the Adult Discussion Group will be "Sold" by Patricia McCormick, a book about human slavery (in poor countries, parents sometimes sell their daughters into prostitution when the girls reach their teens) that is flourishing today. The Group will meet and discuss the book on Saturday, May 30 at 11 a.m. at the library.

The digital change that was supposed to take place in February has been rescheduled for June 12. Television signals will be broadcast in digital, instead of analog, effective that date. The changeover was delayed to allow people more time to get a $40 coupon for a converter for television sets that do not have cable or satellite dishes or digital converters built in. Hopefully, everyone has whatever they need to continue watching their favorite television programs.

A novelist, Virginia Woolf [1883- 1941], said the following: "Some people go to priests; others to poetry: I to my friends."

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