2005-08-18 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

Some of our neighbors have been wishing for the month of September or at least, its temperatures.

Day after day of humidity and heat is frazzling nerves on a lot of folks and making them irritable. The ‘dog days’ of August are not the best time of year for human temperament, to say the least. The rains earlier in this week (Sunday and Tuesday) which made the day and afternoon after them much cooler, made some folks cheer. Cooler overcast days—even though they have mostly gray skies and weak or no sunshine—made some folks very happy indeed.

I got a nice note from Christ Presbyterian Church. It read: “Many thanks to all who made it to our first Game Night. There will be another one held on Thursday, August 25. Come on down and spend a cool evening with us.”

Of course, the ‘cool evening’ means the air conditioning will be turned on; in the heat we all have been enduring lately, it will be nice to enjoy cool conditioned comfort and the evening’s events with friends and neighbors is something to look forward to.

Game Night will start at 7 p.m. in the church hall; entrance on Church Road. Admission will be $5 per person; included is coffee and cake. Refreshments will be sold.

The BCAC will be holding additional Cheerleading Registration on two consecutive Tuesdays, the 16th and 23rd and two consecutive Thursdays the 18th and 25th at the Memorial Field on 1st Road. The final registration days, cheerleading is for ages 5 to 14 and the cost is $85. (sneakers not included). Call Michelle at 718 634-5799 for further information.

On Thursdays, Grassy’s has dinners to benefit Larry in his bid for President from 5 to 7 p.m. Call for dinner selection of August 25. Eat in Grassy’s (eat-ins get a complimentary glass of wine with dinner) or call for delivery, 718 474-1688. On Saturdays and Sundays, there will be Car Washes. Proceeds from events will be used to support BCVFD.

Mardi Gras 2005 at Duffy’s Pub will have home cooked meals every Wednesday night for kids and adults from 5 p.m. until? Call for information on August 24 dinners and reservations/delivery, 718 318-2300. Duffy’s will even deliver in Rockaway from Beach 90 to Beach 129 Streets. No charge for toll! All proceeds to support BCVFD.

Join the East Pond Shorebird Walk at the Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, August 21 at 9 a.m. It is the peak of migration through Jamaica Bay and many different types of birds can be seen. Learn about conservation issues that affect migrating birds. Wear waterproof boots, sunscreen and insect repellent. Bring binoculars. Pre-registration is required.

Books and Bagels (Adult Book Club) members will discuss “The Good Earth,” by Pearl Buck on Tuesday, August 23 at 10 a.m. This book went through a new printing because it is an Oprah reading club selection. All who read the book years ago or recently or who want to take part in or just listen to the discussion are welcome. Laura Lippman’s novel, “To the Power of Three,” will be the next book discussed (probably in late September) by the P.S. 47 book discussion group.

On Thursday, August 25 at 2 p.m. at the Library there will be a Summer Reading Party for registered members of the summer reading club.

NYC Audubon Shorebird Walk at the Wildlife Refuge will take place on Sunday, August 28 at 2 p.m. It is the peak of migration through the refuge, with a big variety of shorebirds to be seen. Learn about the problems these passersby face. Wear waterproof boots, bring binoculars and wear sunscreen. Don’t forget to sign up; use insect repellent and bring bottled water to the Walk.

On Tuesday, August 30 at 2 p.m. at the Library for children ages 5 through 12 there will be a program called Owl Moon. It will be presented by the Queens Zoo.

For those who are interested in the Sunset Picnic Concerts, the final concert will be A Tribute to Ragtime on Sunday, August 21 at 6 p.m. There is an indoor rain location. Call 718 474-6760 for information. Last Sunday was the second annual Picnic of the Rockaway Artists Alliance [RAA], some of its members are B.C. residents. Everyone pitched in to make a great day happen for members and their families. There was a lot of food prepared by members beforehand and artfully arranged by members as well. Hotdogs and hamburgers were made on a nice big grill. It was a really nice day by T 6 and T 7, with lots of dancing, singing and of course, music making. There was a nice breeze to keep attendees cool. Even though it was somewhat overcast, quite a few people sported hats and the smell of sunscreen was in evidence. It looked like everyone had a good time.

Even though most of the old visitor center at the Wildlife Refuge is gone and the new one is far from completion, there are still plenty of programs to attend in the refuge. Summer time is a great time to head in there because it tends to be cooler in there for some reason. One very hot Sunday when it looked like the thermometer was going to explode from the temperature, two of our neighbors took their newspaper and beach chairs to a certain spot in the refuge that they said was so cool, it was like sitting in air conditioning! Anyway, if you registered for a program, you might want to call before the program begins, just to make sure it’s still going to be held. Things sometimes happen to upset the schedule. The number is: 718 318-4340.

If you have an item of news or information you would like to see in this space, please get the information to me by 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday in the week before the weekend that you need it to appear in The Wave. Send email to: Lizbcbits@aol.com

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