2010-11-05 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

Fall winds gust strongly, blowing some of the leaves off their branches, bouncing pole-hung wires in the air and — in some cases — pushing people down the street toward their destinations.

It’s getting cooler and cooler during day and heading toward freezing some nights.

Trick and Treat children have enjoyed and put away their Halloween costumes as Thanksgiving Day comes our way!

A Memorial Mass for all who were buried from St. Virgilius Church during the past year will be held on Sunday, November 7 at 10 a.m. in St. Virgilius Church.

All are invited.

For teenagers (grade 7 and older): Come to Teen Club to spend time with old friends and to meet new friends. There will be music, food and games. Teen Club will be held on Wednesday evenings from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in St. Virgilius Meeting Room, 16 Noel Road. Please use rear entrance. For more information, please call Sister Mary Anne at 718-634-5680.

The final talk of the Herbert Johnson Lecture Series will take place on Wednesday, November 10 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge visitor center where the presentation will concern residents of the local area. Call 718-318-4340 for topics, further information.

Join naturalist Ron Bourke in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, November 6 from 9 a.m. to noon. With the early waterfowl back from their Arctic breeding grounds and hawks are soaring overhead, participants will 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!”

Story Time for children ages 2 to 5 is at the Library on Wednesdays, November 10 and November 17 at noon. Children listen to stories and color.

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 resumés.

The Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 260 in Broad Channel will be holding their annual Penny Social on Saturday, November 13 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6. Reserve a table or come early as the hall fills quickly. Raffles include his and her bicycles, authentic Coach bags, a Montauk fishing trip, baskets galore and even a raffle for a children’s 2-hour birthday party – characters and face painting included; 50/50s and much more. Admission is $10. Reserve a table; call Josette at 646-344-2640.

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.”

At the Library on Friday, November 19 at 3:30 p.m. young people ages 7 to 12 join the Craft program. Supplies are given out on a first come, first served basis.

Christ Presbyterian Church will present their Annual Christmas Crafts Fair on Saturday, November 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch will be sold. Crafts, Christmas gifts and ornaments. Photos with Santa from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

At the Library on Monday, November 22 at 7 p.m. children listen to a bedtime story and make a simple craft at Pajama Time.

Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) helps qualifying Americans with a one-time grant for heating their homes. Apartment dwellers can also qualify for HEAP, receiving a lesser amount. There are guidelines to meet to qualify for this federally funded assistance. If you got help from HEAP last year, you don’t have to do anything, but an application for a first-time applicant is available by calling 311.

St. Virgilius Golden Age Club (age 50 and over) meets every Thursday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. in Christ Presbyterian Church by the Sea Hall (entrance on Church Road). All seniors are welcome.

From BCVFD: The members of the firehouse would like to thank all those who helped make the annual Halloween Parade a success. We want to thank Ginger O’Hare and my better half Dawn, for many years of organizing the parade, coordinating the donated goodies, stuffing the goody bags as well as behind the scene things and all those who helped this year. Next year will be even better; maybe music to add to the festivities. Ideas on how we can improve this event or make accompanying music are welcome. Feel free to contact us.

The BCVFD is conducting a “Holli-day Raffle” for the cash prizes of $1,500, $500, and $250. Cost $1 a chance, book of 6 for $5. The drawing will be December 11. We will sell chances at the train station, at the firehouse, at Waldbaum’s in Rockaway, and door to door.

We have had a few new members join our ranks, but we still are in critical need of membership. Stop by for details or contact us via our web site. Free training available, BCVFD sponsored “Saturdays only” EMT class to start in January in Hamilton Beach. One final note; Santa has been stopping by checking out the Fire Engine for his use again this year. Remember to get your home on Santa’s list early this year; list announcements will start around Thanksgiving.

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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