2010-10-22 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

Great autumn days are such a pleasure. Not the rainy ones – but days with sunny skies, moderate temperatures and few clouds are so enjoyable. Wearing jackets, sweaters or sweatshirts neighbors go here and there and kids can still play outside. But, sitting outside every day is no longer an option as we move toward the end of this month.

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 two free playing cards. Hope to see everyone there.

The Herbert Johnson Lecture Series will take place on Wednesdays, including October 27, November 3 and November 10 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge visitor center where presentations will be of matters concerning the local area. Call 718-318-4340 for topics, further information.

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.”

Join naturalist Ron Bourke in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, November 6 from 9 a.m. to noon. Since the early waterfowl are back from their Arctic breeding grounds and hawks are soaring overhead, gain experience in spotting, identifying and watching these birds.

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!)

The American Legion Auxiliary Post 1404 will be holding their Annual Brunch and Sweepstakes to benefit the Children’s Christmas Party on Sunday, November 14. Eggs any style, omelets, freedom toast and pancakes with potatoes, sausage, ham, bacon or hash is on the menu along with juice or a drink, coffee or tea and cake. “Come on down and help support the Post Annual Children’s Christmas Party to be held on December 12.”

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.

Some neighbors had questions about the above; here are answers: There is no cost; parents can stay if they want to help chaperone; some chaperone every week. RAA board members are present as is the president of the organization. Naturally, there is no drinking. Oh, and — no — you don’t have to be a musician or singer to attend.

“The VFW Ladies Auxiliary would like to thank those who attended our last bingo. The turnout was fabulous. We are well on our way to get those warm, comfy sweatshirts and socks for our veterans who sacrifice for us. Just in time for the Holiday Season and winter chill! Thanks again all who came and hope to see you on Sunday, October 24 at 1 p.m.”

A neighbor sent this “Daily Inspiration” — in our case it would be weekly inspiration—for the column. A few words from Ruth Smeltzer, who lived 1894 to 1950 and was an American author and lecturer: “You have not lived a perfect day ... unless you have done something for someone who will never be able to repay you.”

Don’t forget to read the rest of The Wave to see photos of our neighbors and articles about them. It’s fun to see photo/captions or stories on Channel residents and what they’re up to outside the Channel, wedding or school photos, who’s had a big birthday and who’s gotten a new sister or brother and their first picture together.

What do you think of this use of technology? People who have an email address registered with the Queens Borough Public Library are now getting an email from the library reminding them that specific materials (they’re named!) they have borrowed are due soon and to renew or return them to avoid paying overdue charges.

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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