2010-10-08 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

Last week’s fierce winds and heavy downpours did not thrill any of the neighbors I spoke with — but everyone was lucky to be indoors when the rains came. Thankfully, the temperatures were not low; soup weather is not that far away, but few of us are ready for it now. This week is cooler than last week, but it is October!

A Friend in Need Night at the Races at the American Legion Hall, 209 Cross Bay Boulevard is on Saturday, October 16 starting at 8 p.m. til! Donation of $10 per person includes tap beer, soda and food. Cash bar available.

On Saturday, October 9 from 7 p.m. to midnight the Broad Channel American Legion Auxiliary will present A Tribute to Sinatra and Elvis. Cost of $25 per person includes the show, pasta and one free drink. For more information or for advance tickets call Carol at 718-634-7235.

On Sunday, October 10 the Men’s Auxiliary will be holding their brunch from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. On the menu are eggs, pancakes, breakfast meats and a delicious garbage omelet! Coffee and cake are included.

On Sunday, October 10 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. explore the ‘hidden secrets’ of the “green” visitor center at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Learn about its environment-friendly construction and workings.

On Saturday, October 16 from 10 a.m. to noon it’s “Bittersweet Wreath” in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Help clear these aggressive vines and then make a decorative wreath from your cuttings. Sign up at 718-318-4340.

It must be fall ... because it’s time for the Shad Creek Association’s Annual Pig Roast on Saturday, October 16 at 2 p.m. Come hungry because on the menu are burgers, dogs, brats and hors d’oeuvres to start. Then roast turkey, spiral ham, roasted potatoes, vegetables and other vittles will be served. And, of course – the PIG!! Tap Beer, soda and wine are included at $35 per person. Only 80 tickets will be sold. The SCA is located at 529 Cross Bay Boulevard; contact Karen Lehr at 718- 945-3920 or Bob Sacco at 917-709-2892 for tickets.

Kids 8 to 10 are invited to use leaves to make crafts and for other activities at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, October 17 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Investigate and identify the leaves. Sign up in advance at 718-318- 4340.

On Wednesday, October 20 in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge attend the first of the Herbert Johnson Lecture Series from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Guest presentation is about an aspect of the local area. Call 718-318-4340 to reserve and for more information.

The 2nd Annual Children’s Halloween Carnival will take place at Christ Presbyterian Church in the church hall on Saturday, October 23 from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $3; children 12 and younger are welcome. Game tickets are 4 for $1; prizes at every game. Decorate a pumpkin for only $1. Lunch and refreshments will be sold. Prizes for best costume. Toys and games donated by Traza Ins.

On Sunday, October 24 the Ladies will be holding a fun game of Bingo in which proceeds will go to the St. Albans Disabled Veterans. Entrance fee is $5; $100 prize guaranteed. Raffles and 50/50s will be sold. Doors open at noon; games start at 1 p.m. As always: bring a friend, receive a free card. Bring a senior, receive 2 free playing cards. Hope to see everyone there.

On Saturday, October 30 at 8 p.m. the VFW will again be holding their annual “Adults Halloween Party.” Music will be provided by a DJ; food and bottled beer are included. Prizes for Best Costume will be awarded. And more! Per person cost is $25; couples cost $40. “Come out for a ghoulish night of events.”

The PS 47 Parents Association will be holding a Craft Fair on Sunday, November 7. The fair will take place at the school, at 9 Power Road in Broad Channel. There will be dozens of vendors selling handmade crafts. The Craft Fair will take place from noon to 4 p.m. “Come and get an early start on your holiday shopping!”

On Friday, November 12 a Job Fair will be held at the Aqueduct Racetrack Clubhouse (event will be held indoors in 3rd Floor Manhattan Terrace Room) at 110-00 Rockaway Boulevard, South Ozone Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free parking; wheelchair accessible; business attire is suggested. Over 100 potential employers are expected; bring plenty of resumes. (At the Aqueduct job fair some months ago, 3000 job seekers showed up; there was a three hour wait to get into the fair — wear comfy shoes!)

From PCC President D. Ruscillo: For Facebook users, there are two viruses going around cyberspace that can cause havoc with your Facebook account. They have subject lines of Weight Loss or Cute Baby-Made Me Laugh. Don’t open, just delete.

By now everyone in the community has gotten a copy of The Channel News and seen the work of its new editor, Natalie Grant. News for the newsletter can be emailed to her at: najomawi@ nyc.rr.com (Don’t forget to keep sending to me!) Thank you to former editor, Diane Malsy for her work on the newsletter in the spring.

Only in Broad Channel! At the Sunday Brunch at the American Legion family members decided to eat together. Nothing unusual in that — except that this family needed to push three tables together to accommodate all the dining family members!

If you are a teen and want to try something different, attend Friday Night Teen Night at sTudio 7 in Fort Tilden called “Gen M” (Generation Music) a creative environment for teenagers to perform music, poetry and art of their own or just interact with each other in a secure and friendly space. At 8 p.m. every Friday; bring a parent for your first visit.

Sponsored by RAA.

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Email can be sent to: Lizbcbits@aol.com

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