2009-10-09 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

Mixed in with the rainy days, we have been enjoying some really glorious weather. Nice enough to make a person inhale deeply and say, "It's good to be alive on a day like this!" Sunny skies, a cloud here and there and just enough wind to remind us that it is October even if it feels otherwise. Of course, we all know that this weather won't last forever. But while it's here, let's enjoy it as much as we can!

American Legion Auxiliary will be hosting their first Brunch of the season on Sunday, October 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eggs any style, hash and eggs, omelets, freedom toast and pancakes are on the menu served with bacon, sausage or ham and home fries. Coffee, tea and Complementary Coffee and Cake. All are welcome.

Transit District #23 is having a Blood Drive on Monday, October 12 at 222 Beach 116 Street from 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. "Please come down and donate." There is a blood shortage and blood is desperately needed. This is a double points day so donors can earn more rewards by donating. There will be refreshments and cookies.

A two-session Defensive Driving Course will be given on Wednesday, October 14 and Thursday, October 15 from 7 to 10 p.m. in the School Building at 16 Noel Road in Broad Channel, in the lunchroom. By taking this course, you can receive a 10 percent reduction on your car insurance for 3 years or up to 4 points off of your license. No test will be given. Fee is $60. To make a reservation or for further information: call Helen, at 718- 945-4648 or Cindy, at 718- 634-5449. Refreshments will be served. If you attended the course in March, 2006, your certificate expires in March. Payment in full guarantees a seat — they are unable to hold a seat without payment. The course is sponsored by St. Virgilius Church and all proceeds benefit St. Virgilius religious education program.

The Broad Channel Athletic Club presents the 3rd Annual BCAC Memorial Golf Outing in Memory of John W. (Jack) Kase that will be held at Forest Park Golf Course on Friday, October 16. Check-in is at 8 a.m. for a 9 a.m. tee off. Shotgun Start based on 100 golfers. The cost will be $150 per golfer or $600 per foursome. Price includes: a round of golf with cart, breakfast at the course, lunch at the turn, soda, beer and water on the course during the round, golf goodie bag and shirt and the awards dinner after golf at the North Channel Yacht Club.

There will be contests: closest to the pin, long drive, straight drive, low round foursome. Prizes will be given and raffles held at the dinner. Dinner only will cost $50. For more information contact: John Blake 917-

603-7113 or juka693@aol.com

The VFW in Broad Channel will hold their annual Halloween Costume Party on Saturday, October 24 from 8 p.m. to midnight. There will be a DJ, food, bottled beer and cash prizes for the best costumes. Donation of $20 per person or $35 per couple. Proceeds will go to the St. Albans Hospital Veterans Thanksgiving Dinner. Call in advance to reserve a table at 347-751-5872.

Are you 12 or under? Join the fun! Put on your costume and come to Christ Presbyterian Church for Halloween Children's Day on Sunday, October 25 at noon. Admission is $5, which includes lunch. Prizes (1st, 2nd and 3rd) for best costumes will be given. There will be many 25 cent games to play — win the game and win a prize. Bring an adult and let her or him join in the fun — her/he can wear costumes too! Lunch will be available for purchase. Many goodies will be available for purchase.

Come out and have some fun. Walk in Broad Channel's Annual Halloween Parade which takes place on Saturday, October 31 at noon. Lineup is at the 17th Road Park.

"Broad Channel supports our Troops" T-shirts are still available at $20 each. They are available at Wharton's Pharmacy or email vohare@nyc.rr.com. Makes a great gift!

Look for fall migrants with naturalist Andrew Baksh at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, October 11 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Warblers, waterfowl and possibly raptors may be sighted. Bring binoculars. Reservations are required. Call 718-318-4340.

On Sunday, October 11 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. visit the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge "green" visitor center and learn about its sustainable design and how it operates. Get some tips for your own home, too. Reservations are required.

On Sunday, October 11 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge ages 4 to 8, accompanied by an adult, can learn why the trees' leaves change color in the spring. Hear a story, make a tree card and walk in this event. Wear clothing that can get messy. Reserve at 718- 318-4340.

Friday, October 9 is the final day for nominations for the 2009 I Love My Librarian Award. Nominations can be made online at: ilovelibraries.org/ilovemylibrarian

Knitting for Beginners for age 12 and over has being taught at Peninsula library. Participants will knit a hat and scarf. The remaining meetings are October 10 and October 24; November 7 and 21 and December 5 and 19. All sessions are from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Teenagers may enjoy hearing that there were two teens at the first workshop.)

October is Energy Awareness Month.

A new website has been launched to keep residents informed about everything to do with flu. It is located at: www.nyc.gov/flu.

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Email can be sent to: Lizbcbits @aol.com

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