2003-08-08 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino
Broad Channel Bits By Liz Guarino

The summer is really flying past us at an amazing rate of speed! (I’m not
sure how time works exactly, but my uncle told me time for him seems to go faster as he ages.) Before we know it, the month of September will be here and the school-age kids will be back at their books, school activities and lessons.

Soon, the clubs that took a break for the summer will be back in the swing as all of their many activities start up again.

Happy Birthday to Kacie Jordan, who will turn 6 on Sunday, August 10th. Have a wonderful birthday, Kacie!

"Cherish the Ladies" will treat concertgoers to their wonderful Irish music on Sunday, August 10 at 6 p.m. in the Sunset Concerts held at Gateway National Recreation Area. Bring a chair or blanket for the event and even though the photographs show people in tank tops, it can get cold at Gateway after sunset. So, bring a sweater or light jacket with you. In case it rains, there is an indoor rain location; telephone 718 474-6760.

Seniors will have a day full of enjoyment when they take a trip to see "The Music Man" at Molloy College. The outing will take place on Wednesday, August 13th. Breakfast will be at 11 a.m. at the Waterview Diner that day. The bus will leave Noel Road and Crossbay Boulevard at 10:30 a.m.

Teens are in for a treat when they learn how to make different items in the Balloon Twisting Workshop at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 13. Jimmy Leo of Cloud 9 Balloons will show some of his creations and teach teens the tricks of the balloon twisting trade.

On Thursday, August 21 at 1 p.m. patrons can attend Tropical Wreath Making at the Library. All materials will be provided so attendees can create unique items, learning how to make summer wreaths out of fruits. Pre-register for this workshop in person or call the Library at 718 318-4943.

Book Talk with mother/daughter team Sara and Emily will take place on Friday, August 22 at 4 p.m. Young folks-age 11 and up-are invited as well as their Moms. For the titles of the discussed books, call the Library.

There will be a bus trip to Atlantic City’s Sands Casino, sponsored by the
St. Virgilius Rosary Altar Society on Monday, August 25. The bus will leave the Channel at 8:30 a.m. It costs $23; there is a return of $13. Call Muriel at 718 634-6126 or Eileen at 718 634-8547 for more information.

Young folks ages 6 to 12 are invited to Sensational Sharks at the Library on Friday, August 29 at 1:30 p.m. Attendees will learn about sharks; samples of their skin and bones will be available for looking at (or touching, if you like!). There will be a video showing a number of species of the most misunderstood and feared creatures in the ocean—sharks.

The next Books and Bagels book discussion will be on Thursday, August 14 at 10 a.m. Under discussion will be "Seabiscuit" by Laura Hillenbrand.

Channel artists will show their work in the Rockaway Artists Alliance exhibit, Local Motion: A Sports Show. The theme for this exhibit is sports, sporting events and related subjects such as fans and teams. Emphasized are the sports of this general geographic area such as baseball, basketball, rugby and cricket. On display will be photographs, paintings, pottery, jewelry, ceramics and stained glass. Among these many artworks, photographs of children in the AC will be on display. The exhibit will be open until Sunday, August 31 at Fort Tilden in sTudio 7 Gallery.

FOR HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES ONLY: Applications for the police exam are available at the 100 Precinct, the Library and online at www.nyc.gov /nypd. All applications must be filed by August 26 in order to take the October exam.

Applicants can file online. If you don’t have internet access, the Library has two PC’s for patrons’ use. More information is available by calling 212 RECRUIT.

Do you save your proofs of purchase during the summer? (It is too hot to bake right now, so cake mix POPs will probably not be seen until the fall!) The members of St. Virgilius P.A. ask that people continue to give all the proofs of purchase they were providing all year over the summer too: Campbell’s labels, Betty Crocker coupons and Box tops for Education are sought. There is a box in the rear of the church for them. The P.A. also asks PC owners to save their empty inkjet cartridges and put them in plastic bags, then drop them off at the school office in September.

ARTISTS, CRAFTSPEOPLE, PHOTOGRAPHERS: August 30 is the deadline to submit completed entry form and slides or photographs of three pieces of your work for consideration for the Artist Showcase sponsored by the Queens Library and
Alliance of Queens Artists. This is the 21st year that this competition has been held. Entrants must be residents of Queens and have a body of work to show; participation is free. Finalists of this competition will have their work shown at a Queens Library branch location or at the AQA Gallery on Metropolitan Avenue. Further information is available by calling the Central Library at 718 990-0815.

I GOT MAIL! A surprising amount of email came my way on the subject of the 9 Road Park. People wrote to tell me that it was in use. There is no word yet on the dedication of the park. But, parents with young children are thrilled with a wonderful space and new equipment for their children to enjoy.

That being said, there was also tremendous concern about misuse of the park.

The worries were about unauthorized use of the premises at night and

the resultant filth and damage such use would potentially bring. One of the parents noticed some teens in the park during the hours when the smaller tots were playing in there. (Do you remember when teenagers wouldn’t allow themselves to be seen anywhere near little kids, let alone in a park containing equipment clearly intended for small children)?

Keep in touch; send an email to: Lizbcbits@aol.com.

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