2011-01-28 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

As I write this, another snowstorm is predicted to fall on us.

Last week we got only a few inches — this one is supposed to be bigger and have ice mixed in it. Snowfall can be so unpredictable so we’ll have to wait until it falls— or not! At any rate, those shovels need to be easily located all winter in case we have to dig out – again.

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.”

Saturday, January 29 from 10:30 a.m. to noon, ”Winterfowl” comes to the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Find anything from ruddy ducks to buffleheads on the West Pond on this ranger-led walk. Bring binoculars.

Saturday, February 5 brings a touch of history to the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge as they present, “The Harlem Hellfighters: the 369th Regiment.” This New York National Guard unit was the first African-American regiment to serve overseas in World War I. Their story will be brought to life complete with a slide and lecture show between 2 and 3 p.m. at the visitors’ center.

Before the kickoff for Super Sunday February 5, take a stroll on the wild side. Bring your binoculars as you track down ducks, geese and songbirds and ‘feel the rush of winter birding’ during Super Bird Sunday at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Refresh, renew and enjoy and still have time to whip up the dip and fire up the Buffalo wings before game time. Cameras welcome.

The VFW Post 260 on Shad Creek Road would like to remind everyone that seniors get a $1 discount off brunch. The VFW will also be starting to take 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 the 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. (We 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.

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 when it is sent here.

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 lifethreatening 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 national 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.

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