2004-07-23 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

Most folks are enjoying the good ol’ summertime—and what a great summer it is! Mardi Gras activities abound, providing fun and increasing the coffers of our volunteer fire department!

Mardi Gras 2004: East 8 Road, which is running for Most Popular Block, will be holding a Sunday Brunch on July 25 at 10:30 a.m. Breakfast is $5 per person and will be held at Christ Presbyterian Church Hall.

All American Dogs have been busy! On Mondays and Wednesdays they have been at the 17th Road Park, selling tee shirts, raffles, chips, soda, bottled water and other food items.

Mardi Gras is really hopping! Duffy’s Irish Pub will be “Raisin Hell” at the 14th Road Back House on July 31 from 7 to 11 p.m. at $15 per person. Enjoy Live Music, A Cappella Show, beer, food. Buy tickets now at Duffy’s on Cross Bay Blvd. in Broad Channel. A limited number of tickets will be sold. Call 718 318-2300. All proceeds to BCVFD.

Bingo is coming and All American Dogs have picked a lucky date for it-Friday the 13th—of August. It will take place at the North Channel Yacht Club at 6 p.m. There will be over $900 in prizes.

Chances on the $10,000 Giveaway are being sold for $100 each all summer. Those who want tickets should call Ginger at 718 318-5504. Drawing will be at the firehouse on Friday night, September 3. There is over $14,000 in prizes. There will be a Bake Sale each weekend at the firehouse.

Buy a $5 Chance on a Dell computer. Tickets will be on sale all summer! Call Ginger for tickets at 718 318-5504.

Dog Wash Day was so successful-it raised over $500 for BCVFD! So, All American Dogs are having another-it will be held at 1424 Cross Bay Blvd. on Sunday, August 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dogs can have a flea bath and/or get their nails clipped while the cats can get their claws trimmed too.

At the book discussion held at the Library last Thursday seven people were present. To go with the book “A Year in Provence,” which is an amusing tale of the author’s relocation to France and his year of getting used to living there, Linda had French-themed munchies! Fruit, cheese and crackers-everything but the wine! A new person joined the group, which pleased everyone. The last summer Book Discussion will be held at the Library at 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 26. The novel, “Awakening” by Kate Chopin will be discussed.

UCO reminds residents of the upcoming land auction. It will be held on August 4. Call DCAS at 212 669-8888 for a brochure that lists the properties or visit the website at www.nyc.gov/dcas.

There will be a Summer Bird Walk at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, July 24 at 9 a.m. Bring binoculars, sun/insect protection, drinking water and lunch on this birding walk. Expert birders lead this group around the West Pond Trail to see a diversity of waterbirds, songbirds and shorebirds. Reservations are required. Call 718 318-4340 for further information.

On Sunday, August 22 at noon at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge there will be a NYC Audubon Shorebird Workshop. Don Riepe, Guardian of Jamaica Bay will lead this workshop to view plovers, peeps and other shorebirds. Participants should wear waterproof boots and bring binoculars. Reservations are required. Call 718 318-4340 for more information.

The Broad Channel Library is asking for donations of new or good condition CD’s and DVD’s. They will be sent to the overseas troops as part of Operation Gratitude. Read more about the program on the internet at: www.opgratitude.com.

On Wednesday, August 11 at 2 p.m. the seniors will see Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Molloy College. At last report there were a couple of tickets still available. Call Teresa at 718 634-7799 or Winnie at 718 474-2783 to see if the tickets are still available.

Sunset Picnic Concert Series are held in Fort Tilden on the parade ground. The next concert, Paul Taylor 2, a modern dance performance, will be held on Sunday, July 25 at 6 p.m. Call 718 474-6760 for more information on the concert series and the indoor rain location.

Local artists who are members of Rockaway Artists Alliance will show their artworks in the 10th Anniversary Member Exhibit at Fort Tilden in sTudio 7. The exhibit will run from Sunday, August 1 through Sunday, September 12.

Every summer there is a critical shortage of blood supplies. People get busy and do not think of donating blood as much during the summer months. All New Yorkers are reminded every year of the need to donate blood in the summertime. Sometimes the donation site listed is a good distance from here and hard to get to as well. This summer there are two dates and sites for blood donation that are convenient and nearby: on Thursday, July 29 there will be blood donation in Far Rockaway from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Joseph Addabbo Family Health Center #2 at 1283 Central Ave. On August 8 the collection site is closer: Joseph Addabbo Family Health Center #1 at 67-10 Rockaway Beach Blvd. in Arverne from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information call 718 670-1007.

This email came last Tuesday: “Our son Mark suffered a leg injury last Saturday at Fort Tilden. The wound required nine stitches, but Mark is recuperating rapidly. We would like to express our sincere appreciation to all those who provided comfort and support to Mark during this trying time. We owe a debt of gratitude to the EMT and Peninsula Hospital employees for their kindness and professionalism in treating Mark. A difficult situation was made more bearable by the actions of caring individuals. Jim, Marie and Mark Harnisher”

Mardi Gras happening? Other important event? Share the news with your neighbors. (Please get your important information to me by 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning.) Send email to: Lizbcbits@aol.com.

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