2009-11-13 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Commentary By Liz Guarino

The unseasonably warm weather we have been enjoying all the previous week is certainly unusual for this time of year, but that doesn't stop people from taking pleasure in it. While some folks say we're in for a brutal winter, according to the Farmer's Almanac, it's possible that the winter weather will be mild.

Who can say what we'll have? One thing's for sure — looking out the window first thing in the morning will give you an up-to-date weather report!

The final evening in the Herbert Johnson Lecture Series will take place in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge visitors' center on Wednesday, Novem - ber 18 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. "The Greens of Gateway," a look at habitats in the park will be followed by "It's Ducky!" - a look at duck research during waterfowl season in the refuge. Reservations are required. Call for reservations at 718-318-4340.

The photography of Roger Carreau, who graduated from St. Virgilius School, will be among the works of nine artists on exhibit and available for purchase at the West End Temple at Newport Avenue and Beach 147 Street on Saturday, November 14 and Sunday, November 15. While Satur - day attendance will be by invitation only, Sunday hours are open to the public and are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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, November 15 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. Complimentary coffee, tea and cake will be available. Sweepstakes will be drawn. All proceeds will benefit the Children's Christmas Party to be held on December 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 Refuge on Sunday, November 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. After an indoor slide show, head out to find snow geese and winter arrival of many different duck species. Bring binoculars and sign up in advance 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.

And welcoming the month of Dece m - ber by marking the calendar are the following events:

The 21st Annual Craft and Christ - mas Gift Sale on Friday, December 4 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturday, December 5 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. is presented by the Broad Channel Craf - t ers and the American Legion Auxili - ary. Craft Sale will be held in the American Legion Hall at 209 Cross Bay Boulevard in Broad Channel. Ornaments, baked goods, raffles, jewelry and more will be available. All proceeds benefit the Rockaway Gray - beards Wounded Warrior Fund.

Have Sunday Brunch at Christ Pres - byterian Church on December 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Your choice of scrambled eggs or pancakes and sausage or bacon. Hash brown potatoes will be served with both. Juice, coffee, tea and cake will be served. Donation is $7. Tickets for 50/50 drawing to be pulled at brunch are $10. Call Al at 718-474-0534; Barbara at 718- 318-2281; Joyce at 718-474-7769; Tony at 718-945-2334 or Janet at 718-318- 6454.

More information about seasonal flu: It comes as no surprise that there is a very heavy demand for the flu vaccine and some worry that there will be a shortage.

The presence of H1N1 flu has heightened flu awareness in general and demand for regular flu vaccine is high. Some side effects may result from the vaccine, but elderly people and other vulnerable groups are urged to get it. For more flu information, see the NYC website at www.flu.gov or call 311.

Answering questions like "Can You Safely Drink Milk After the Sell-By Date?" and "Is It OK To Put Hot Food Directly Into the Fridge?" and "Is it OK to Thaw Meat on the Counter?" and many, many others is the website http://stilltasty.com/ which was pointed out to me in an email recently sent to me by a Rockaway neighbor. An interesting website and worth a look, it bills itself as: "Your Ultimate Shelf Life Guide." It answers any questions you might have about food safety and lots of questions that are just plain thought-provoking, such as: "Does Vinegar Ever Go Bad?" (The information on the site comes from U.S. government food safety agencies like CDC, FDA and USDA.)

Last Wednesday night, in the visitor center at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge was a slide presentation on Jamaica Bay. Covered were some of the problems the area faces like birds and JFK airport and the disappearance of the salt marshes and a look at some of the plants and animals in the area.

With the aid of stunning photographs and his in-depth knowledge of his topic, Don Riepe gave a thorough and interesting presentation — of its problems and possible solutions as well as closeups of its many finny, feathered, furred and chitin-clad (horseshoe crabs and insects) living creatures.

Please send material to be published in the column by Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. of the week before it is to appear. Thank you.

Email can be sent to: Lizbcbits@aol. - com

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