2011-02-04 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

Another snowstorm later this week? Omigosh! Where are we going to put all the white stuff? One of our neighbors said she’s developing a lot of muscles from all her shoveling. Another neighbor actually rents a whole garage to avoid car shoveling. And the men on the block seem rather blasé about any more snowfall — they shovel and shovel, helping neighbors who are less strong or able to clear the snow and maintain use of their cars and sidewalks.

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 NYC Audubon Winter Wildlife Walk in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge will take place on Saturday, February 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Walk around the ponds and gardens looking for winter birds and signs of wildlife with naturalist Don Riepe. Bring binoculars.

The VFW will also be starting 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 (shrimp cocktail), soup (Italian Wedding soup), salad (fresh Caesar salad), dinner (pasta with meatballs), dessert (red velvet cake) and more. A glass of wine served with every meal. $20 per person. All proceeds go to support our veterans. “Come share a romantic night out …dinner and wine at the VFW. All proceeds go to sponsoring events for our US Veterans.”

VFW Bingo will be held on Sunday, February 20. Doors open at noon; games start at 1 p.m. at the VFW Hall on Shad Creek Road. Proceeds go to the veterans of St. Albans; $5 to play. Coffee and cake served; raffles and 50/50s. “Come spend an afternoon with old friends or just come and meet some new ones.” The more people who attend, the bigger the jackpot.

BCVFD 107 Anniversary Installation Dinner Dance is Friday, February 25 from 8:30 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. at the Knights of Columbus in Rockaway Beach. Buffet food, open bar, bottled beer, entertainment, raffles and prizes. Tickets are $45, all proceeds to support the BCVFD. Call the firehouse any evening to purchase and reserve tickets. 718-474-6888.

There is room in the journal for those who want to purchase ads.

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:

EmergencyAlerts – 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.

If your plan for the New Year is to start your own business, visit www.sba.gov for a ton of helpful, free information from the federal government. This includes online training to help you start, run and grow your own business.

The schools can always use Box Tops and Labels for Education which help them buy different things like computer software or athletic equipment.

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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