2009-11-06 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

November brings us bare tree limbs, ever-cooler temperatures and thoughts of a turkey dinner near the end of the month and maybe even of Christmastime. Whoever placed the original holidays on the calendar did a great job — nice warm holidays as it grows ever colder outside. In the meantime, here are the events that are planned in our community at present:

Come to a Penny Social on Saturday, November 7 at the VFW Hall. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., calling begins at 7 p.m.. Prizes include original Coach purses, an outdoor fire pit, 25 gift baskets, and more. Refreshments will be available. Admission is $5. Proceeds go to the Children of Veterans Christ - mas Party. Call in advance to reserve a table: 347-751-5872. Anyone wishing to donate to the Penny Social can call the above number to get their donation picked up.

The remaining Herbert Johnson Lect ure Series will take place in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge visitors' center on Wednesdays, November 11 and 18 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.. Reser va - tions are required. Call for topics/ reservations at 718-318-4340.

The photography of Roger Carreau, who graduated from St. Virgilius Sch - ool, will be on exhibit at the West End Temple at Newport Avenue and Beach 147 Street on Saturday, Nov ember 14 and Sunday, November 15. Call 718- 634-0301 for times.

Walk the West Pond circuit in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge to look for birds on the pond and on the bay with naturalist Ron Bourque on Saturday, November 14 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. See Brant, Scaup, Ruddy Dusks and other seasonal birds. Bring binoculars or a scope, if you have one. Reservations are required. Call 718- 318-4340.

American Legion Auxiliary will be hosting Sunday Brunch on Sunday, Nov em ber 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eggs any style, hash and eggs, ome - lets, freedom toast and pancakes are on the menu served with bacon, sau - sage or ham and home fries. Compli - mentary coffee, tea and cake. Sweep - stakes will be drawn. All proceeds will benefit the Children's Chris tmas Party to be held on Decem ber 6.

Christ Presbyterian Church will hold its Annual Craft Fair on Satur - day, November 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Crafts, Christmas gifts and ornaments will be available for purchase as will lunch. Pictures with Santa will be taken from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Walk on the West Pond Trail with naturalist Don Riepe to take part in the NYC Audubon Winter Waterfowl Workshop at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Re - fuge on Sunday, November 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. After indoor slide show, head out to find snow geese and winter arrival of many different duck species. Bring binoculars and sign up in ad - vance at 718-318-4340.

The VFW Ladies Auxiliary said that anyone wishing to donate anything to the Veterans Dinner should call 347- 751-5872; they will make arrangements for pick-up.

"Broad Channel supports our Troops" T-shirts are still available at $20 each. They are available at Whart - ons Pharmacy or email vohare@ - nyc.rr.com. Makes a great gift!

As the season deepens, the weather cools and the winds blow — sometimes furiously. During the recent very windy days, a piece of paper sporting a 'bit' went flying out of the mailbox when I opened it and blew quickly out of sight. A similar mishap occurred in the spring. Both events dismayed me as I knew the papers contained news that should have been in this space, but the items did not appear. As you might imagine, all community news is very important to me. So that there is no repeat of this upset, I would like to have electronic delivery of all items for this column — which means, of course — email and no more notes in the mailbox. Does this mean people who don't have computers will not have their news printed in the column? Of course not! But it does mean the organization (all are nonprofits) information that is almost all of what is printed needs a helpful someone with a computer. People who are not online may have spouses, neighbors, friends, nieces, nephews, children or grandkids who are online and would do a good deed for an organization that works hard to help people and needs its items published. And, there is always the library where the staff will provide friendly information on the use of the computer equipment. It's a change for the better as no organization's news will blow down the street toward the bay ever again!

Some information about swine flu: it spreads like regular flu and most people hospitalized with it usually have other health problems/ weak immune systems. However, it is a new virus; people don't have much, if any, immunity to it. Pregnant women, people who live with or work with children age 6 months or less, and children 6 months to adults 24 years are among top groups recommended to get the H1N1 vaccine. The most common side effect from the vaccine is a sore arm. Mild fever, body aches and fatigue are also possible side effects. People with severe allergies to chicken eggs should not have the vaccine. Children under 2 have a higher risk of complications and hospitalizations from flu than older kids. People age 60 and older seem to have stronger immunity to swine flu than people who are younger! For more information, see the NYC website at www.flu.gov

Please send material to be published in the column by Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. of the week before it is to appear. I will reply to ask for necessary information that is not on the email or to acknowledge that the information has been received. Thank you.

Email can be sent to: Liz bc - bits@aol.com

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