2011-01-21 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Elizabeth Guarino

Another snowstorm is supposed to fall on us later this week. And it’s fairsized too. Oh great! I hope all of us find our shovels quickly in case we have to dig our cars out. Maybe forecasters will err and there won’t be a big dig out for those needing to make it to work that day.

On Saturday, January 22 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., “Wait Out Winter” in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. With the days getting colder, it’ll be good to have an indoor presentation, then go outside with naturalist Dandelion Dilluvio. Note how the Jamaica Bay wildlife is waiting out winter. Bring binoculars.

On Sunday, January 23 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge join naturalist Ron Bourque and learn why Jamaica Bay is a real ‘hotspot’ for winter birds. Bring binoculars.

Christ Presbyterian Church presents Bingo at the church hall at Noel and Church Roads on Friday, January 28. Doors open at 6 p.m. Early Bird at 6:45 p.m. Bingo starts at 7 p.m. Coffee, tea and cake will be served. Donation $5. “Note: There will be no bingo if it snows hard. All are welcome. Hope to see you all there.”

The VFW will also begin taking reservations for Valentine’s Dinner which will be held on Sunday, February 13 at 6 p.m. Call the post at 718- 634-5106 and leave your name and number in your party. RSVP by Thursday, February 10. The cost is $40 per couple. Includes appetizer, soup, salad, dinner, dessert and more. All proceeds go to support our veterans. (They are now on Facebook; for information and upcoming events go to pages VFW Post 260 Prince Wynn Men’s Auxiliary.)

Read me a story! The Queens Library now offers free downloadable audio books, e-books, music, video and more! Easy to use. Available 24/7. And no late fees! Most items can be transferred to mobile devices and many can be burned onto CDs. You can ‘borrow’ up to 50 items at a time. Check the Library’s website at www.queenslibrary.org and scroll down to the Digital Media section for all details.

Now through February 2011 the Refuge celebrates the Bay with an exhibition of the work of over a dozen talented artists, many of them residents of Broad Channel. Titled “RAA on Jamaica Bay” the exhibition is presented by the Rockaway Artists Alliance and the National Park Service and curated by RAA President Geoff Rawling.

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.

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.

Got a new computer as a gift this year? Please consider donating your old equipment – PCs, CPUs, monitors, printers, keyboards, mice – to a good cause. A computer class needs more equipment so everyone who joins the class can become computer literate. So many things today are online from renewing your driver’s license to registering for college. I will print complete information on donating in a future column.

It can get complicated to make plans during winter, especially when we’re not sure if it will snow and how much and where. Well, NYC has a way of getting that emergency information out to those who need and want it. Get the latest news on the following: Emergency Alerts – messages about life-threatening events that may require immediate action. All registrants are automatically added to this list.

Significant Events Notifications – important information about emergency events, utility outages and other types of high-impact events in your ZIP code;

Public Health Notifications – information about important public health issues in your community;

Public School Closing/Delay Advisories – updates about unscheduled public school closings, delays and early dismissals;

Unscheduled Parking Rules Suspensions – updates about unscheduled suspensions of citywide parking rules.

Those who sign up can pick how they get their news — from text messages and pre-recorded phone messages, emails, Twitter and RSS news feeds.

To sign up for Notify NYC, please visit www.nyc.gov/notifynyc or call 311.

On Sunday, January 30 No-Cost Mammograms will be in Woodhaven (between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.) for women age 40 and older who have had no mammograms in the last 12 months; have a NYC mailing address; and have no insurance. No screenings for anyone who has a non-participating insurance plan. AN APPOINTMENT IS NECESSARY. CALL 1-800-453-8378, EXT 1.

Mobile Mammography Van will be parked in front of Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps, 78-15 Jamaica Avenue, Woodhaven.

Anyone who has an idea for park use is invited to share it with Public Affairs. Their telephone is 718-354- 4606. Their email address is: GATE_ Public_ Affairs@nps.gov and their mailing address is: Public Affairs Office; 210 New York Avenue; Staten Island, NY 10305. The wildlife refuge is at the north end of town. All of the Channel people have it in the front yard and probably have some good ideas about the future use of this property.

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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