2004-08-13 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

It’s hard to believe that a couple of days more will bring us to the middle of August. Time sure can fly when you’re enjoying yourself. There has been a lot of Mardi Gras activity all summer; there is still time to get in on the fun.

Bingo is coming and All American Dogs have picked a lucky date for it-Friday the 13th—of August. Bingo will take place at the North Channel Yacht Club. Doors open at 6 p.m.; games start at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 per person. [Everyone must have an admission.] There are free raffles every time the number 13 is called! Jackpot is $400. There will be over $900 in prizes. All proceeds to BCVFD!

Duffy’s Irish Pub will present “An Irish Wake” on Saturday, August 14. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. will be The Viewing; at 8:30 will be The Funeral Procession. Then it’s back to Duffy’s for “live” music, singing, bangers (Irish sausages), and Fun! Buckets will be available. Cover charge is $5. All proceeds to benefit BCVFD.

Back by popular demand! Duffy’s will be serving Pot Roast Dinners with red cabbage and other good fixings on Tuesday, August 17 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. for $8 per dinner. Diners can eat on the premises or get Free Delivery. To order dinner, call 718 318-2300. Call early-you can start calling on Monday to reserve a dinner. Proceeds, of course, go to BCVFD!

One lucky person will win a Dell computer this summer! Tickets cost $5 each. Call Ginger for tickets at 718 318-5504.

On a Mardi Gras note, Grassy’s has dinners on Thursday nights. Eat in or take out. Call 718 474-1688 for weekly dinners, delivery.

The last summer Book Discussion will be held on Thursday, August 26 at 10 a.m. Under discussion will be a novel called, “The Awakening” by Kate Chopin.

If you’re 7 to 12 the Library has a program you won’t want to miss on Wednesday, August 18 at 3 p.m. It’s called Green Tree Pythons, Red Pandas and Golden Toads: The Colors of Survival. Learn about animals that change color and what the colors mean to different wild animals.

Dog Wash Day was a big success with over 30 dogs washed. All American Dogs want to thank everyone who took advantage of the pooch primping and a special thanks to all the helpers for making the day possible. [People came from various communities to take advantage of this. Some folks have even asked for another Dog Wash Day!]

Tickets are going fast-don’t risk getting left out by waiting until the last minute to get yours! Chances on the $10,000 Giveaway cost $100 each. To get tickets, call Ginger at 718 318-5504. Drawing will be at the firehouse on Friday night, September 3. There is over $14,000 in prizes.  

On Mondays and Wednesdays All American Dogs have been at the 17th Road Park, selling tee shirts, raffles, chips, soda, bottled water and other food items. A nice little story goes with this item: A young resident-Michaela Modica—had a lemonade stand. Well, this little girl donated the money she made selling lemonade to All American Dogs, so BCVFD will benefit!

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.



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.

A Late Summer Wildflower Walk will be held on Sunday, August 29 at 10 a.m. in the Wildlife Refuge. This walk will be led by a ranger. Goldenrod, asters and other species will be studied. Pollination of these as well as insect/plant interactions of other types will be presented. Reservations are required; call 718 318-4340.

Sunset Picnic Concert Series are held in Fort Tilden on the parade ground every summer. The next and final concert will be held on Sunday, August 22 at 6 p.m. and will be Legends of Rock and Roll, with The Platters. Call 718 474-6760 for more information on the concert series and the indoor rain location.

On Wednesday, August 25 St. Virgilius Golden Age and Rosary Altar Society will host a Bus Trip to Trump Marina in Atlantic City.

St. Virgilius P.A. asks people to save Campbell labels, Box Tops for Education and other proofs of purchase over the summer months and bring them to the school office in September or drop them in the box in the rear of St. Virgilius Church. Computer people: Empty ink cartridges from your printer are POP’s too. Put them in a plastic bag before bringing them to the school office next month.

Local artists will show their artworks in RAA’s A Perfect 10: Anniversary Member Exhibition at Fort Tilden in sTudio 6. The exhibit will run through Sunday, August 29. The gallery is open to the public and there is no charge for viewing the artworks. Gallery hours on Saturdays are from noon to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. For further information call RAA at 718 474-0861 or email: rock


Membership in RAA allows folks to take advantage of their various adult education summer classes that are free to members.

This summer Relief Printmaking, Fun in Clay for Beginners and Life Drawing were featured.

Classes are held at night so working people can enjoy them.

It might suit you to join RAA this summer so you can enjoy classes next summer.

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 if you need it in that Friday’s column.)

Send email to: Lizbcbits@aol.com.

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