2010-10-15 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

Earlier this week, we had hail. In early October. With temperatures in the 50s. Who would have expected that? I hope none of the neighbors was caught in the unexpected storm; getting hit in the head with a large hailstone has got to hurt! The hailstones ranged from dime- to quartersize across the city. They were so loud when they hit the front window here – I was afraid the glass was going to shatter and hailstones would fall all over the carpeting!

A Friend in Need Night at the Races at the American Legion Hall, 209 Crossbay Boulevard 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 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 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 about an aspect of the local area. Call 718-318-4340 to reserve and for more information.

Stroll by the light of the Hunter’s Moon in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, October 23 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:40 p.m. Take the West Pond Trail into the sunset and return to the visitor’s center in moonlight. Sign up in advance at 718-318-4340.

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. More than 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.

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.

At last Sunday’s brunch at the VFW Hall, one of the nicest things is sitting close to the kitchen. Visible is a rare sight — and one that never fails to thrill a lot of women. What is it? A kitchen full of men — and they are wonderful to watch. They are so organized and it’s great to watch them cook and move around as they excel in a room that was filled only with women at a time in the past!

Did you know that seniors are the group most likely to vote in the upcoming election; most younger folks are inclined to skip the upcoming election? Seniors, by the way, reported less trouble with the new voting machines in the primary. Seniors can ask for a BMD if it’s hard for them to fill in the oval by hand.

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: Liz bcbits@aol.com.

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