2009-11-27 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Commentary By Elizabeth Guarino

Thanksgiving Day is just a memory now — I hope that everyone had a nice day and lots of pleasant memories from it. The weather has been so nice and enjoyable for this time of year, with enough rain/clouds to remind us of the season we're in!

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 Crafters and the American Legion Auxiliary. Craft Sale will be held in the American Legion Hall at 209 Cross Bay Boulevard in Broad Channel. Orna ments, baked goods, raffles, jewelry and more will be available. All proceeds benefit the Rockaway Gray - beards Wounded Warrior Fund.

A "Winter Birding Workshop" will be held at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, December 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with Andrew Baksh and Don Riepe. An indoor/outdoor presentation will look at the many feathered species that over-winter in the refuge. Call 718-318-4340 to sign up for this event.

An old-fashioned Christmas Tree Lighting will take place on Thursday, December 10 at the BCAC Field from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Come and decorate the tree. Ornaments are handmade courtesy of the children of the community. There will be free hot cocoa and cookies and free candy canes. Carols will be sung by the Broad Channel Girl Scout troop and the PS 47 Chorus. There will be a visit from Santa Claus! Tree lighting will take place at approximately 6 p.m. There will be caroling around the neighborhood immediately following the tree lighting; everyone is welcome to take part.

Enjoy 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 sau - sage or bacon; hash brown potatoes will be served with both choices. 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.

A note from the president of the Deacons at Christ Presbyterian Church said: "We at Christ Pres - byterian Church wish to thank all who came to our Annual Christmas Craft Fair. A great day was had by one and all. There were quite a lot of winners from the Raffle Table; the winner of the 50/50 received $148. Thanks again for your continuing support of our church. Hope to see you all at the Brunch on Sunday, December 13 bet - ween 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m."

Barbara Toborg, chairperson of the Broad Channel Historical Society, is seeking a photo of the 1939 graduating class of St. Virgilius School. If you have access to one please e-mail Barbara at tobytoborg@aol.com or call at 718-474- 1127.

There is a recently formed group of writers of all kinds that meets once a month in Fort Tilden called the RAA Writers Group. It is part of the Rock - away Artists Alliance, to which many B.C. people belong. The writers group boasts at least two Channel writers and wishes to reach out to other resident writers to tell them about the group and invite them to join. Included in the writers group are essayists, poets, songwriters, journalists, short story fiction writers, actors, filmmakers and those people who simply want to write. There are about 40 members altogether (most are not published writ ers); an average of 12 people at - tend most meetings. At the meetings, there are sometimes guest speakers. Members read their work aloud and invite critique or suggestions from the other members. Members also support and encourage each other. The group has hosted its first major performance event and plans to do another in spring. Seven members wrote original works which were self-performed or performed by actors in front of an audience of about 50. The works included short plays, a short story, songs, poetry and a personal essay relating to the Holocaust. Future plans may include a performance of writers' original material at another location in central Queens in addition to the performance in Fort Tilden. Anyone interested in joining their writing talents with the group's can send me an email, which I'll forward. Interested people can also call 718- 474-0861 or email Rockart116@ aol. - com. For more information about the overall organization, visit the website at: rockawayartistsalliance.org

The group is also desirous of reaching out to budding or longing-to-be writ ers in the local high schools. At pre sent, methods to accomplish this are being sought. Any high school Eng - lish teachers with ideas about how this could be accomplished are asked to get in touch via email to me or subject "Writers Group high school outreach" to the RAA office as listed a bove.

A recent trip to my doctor pointed up the fact that there is a very big de - mand for both seasonal flu and swine (H1N1) flu vaccines at present. The swine flu really caused an awareness of influenzas this season and people who never had vaccines before now want them. This places a big demand on supply and physicians are having a hard time getting adequate supplies of both. People who want the vaccines are advised to call 311 for a location to get the vaccines or visit the website at www.nyc.gov/flu

Did you know that: Beginning Nov - em ber 24, 2009 all children under 8- years-of-age must use a booster seat or seat belt when riding in a car. All front seat occupants have had to use seat belts for some time and children under 16-years-of-age, in both front and back seats, must buckle up. Drivers can receive a fine of up to $100 and three points against their license if a passenger under age 16 is not properly restrained.

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