2006-05-05 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

The warm weather feels wonderful. It is a great time of year-not too hot, not too cool. Enjoying the warmth of the sun feels especially good of late-invigorating and energizing. Some folks have planted their gardens and are waiting for the pretty flowers to push their heads up from under the soil. Still others are enjoying short sleeves and lighter clothing. Ah, Spring!

Julie Blake, one of our neighbors, sent an email and this is what it said: "The Broad Channel Athletic Club has been in existence since 1962; it is a volunteer run organization. It is the ONLY multi not for profit youth sports organization in the city! Every generation has done its part in keeping the club alive for the children of our community as well as other communities. It is time for the next generation to step up and take an active part in this wonderful organization. Please join us for an open meeting on Cinco de Mayo, May 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the clubhouse on the BCAC Memorial Field. The future of the club depends on the residents of Broad Channel; come and see the difference you can make! Refreshments will be served! and it is almost Mardi Gras time again. Wanted: Candidates for Mardi Gras, 2006. If you think you've got the cutest kid(s) in town- Baby Face: for infant to 5 years old. If you think you've got the cutest pre-teen(s) in town-Prince and/or Princess: 6 to 12 years old. If you think you are the cutest teen in town. Most Popular Teenager: 13 to 19 years old. If you think you've got the cutest pet(s) in town-Any kind of Pet: 0 to 99 years old. If you think your block is the best in town-Any block, young and old. Think you have what it takes to be creative-Create a New Category! Show your support for the B.C.A.C. and have a blast this summer! Call Julie at 718 318-0308, Michelle at 718 474-2047 or ask a B.C.A.C. member to sign you up today.

Chief Dan McIntyre of the BCVFD also sent an email with information for the entire community: "The firehouse is currently on its first sweep of the town for our annual fund drive. Members will be visiting on an ongoing basis. Townspeople can greatly help us out by sending their donation in the envelope provided with our brochure via mail, dropping in firehouse mail box, or drop boxes in Bradbury's (the 8 Road deli) or All American deli. All inquiries can be addressed by contacting the firehouse business phone 718 474- 6888. "We Gave" door stickers will be distributed as donations are received."

A note signed Rev. Andrea Zarou found its way into my mailbox and this is what it said: "We at Christ Presbyterian Church wish to thank all who attended our Craft Fair and Flea Market."   

Christ Presbyterian Church will hold a Game Night in the church hall on Thursday, May 18 at 7 p.m. Admission will be $5.

Story Time is at the library. Children, ages 2 through 5, are invited to bring their parents or grandparents to this special time of songs, music and books for their preschooler age group. Story Time will be held on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. and will be held every week except May 17, through to June 14. Call library at 718 318-4943 for more information.

On Sunday, May 7 at 10 a.m. bring your binoculars and learn how to bird watch in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. It is the peak season for songbird migration throughout the refuge and there will be tips and techniques offered so you can learn how to identify them. Reservations are necessary; call 718 318-4340.

On Saturday, May 13 at 9 a.m. join with others to take part in a Spring Migration Bird Walk at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge and take advantage of peak migration time. See warblers, shorebirds, wading birds and waterfowl. Don't forget your binoculars. Register; phone 718 318-4340.

Celebrate sunsets, moonrises and the blooming of the earth a day after a full moon-on Mother's Day Sunday, May 14 at 7 p.m. Bring binoculars with you. Pre-register; call 718 318-4340.

Rockaway Artists Alliance, to which B.C. residents belong, opens a solo art exhibit on Sunday, May 7 from 1 to 3 p.m. Pipe Dreams is the exhibit of an alumnus of St. Virgilius School, Roger Carreau. He plans to have entertainment every weekend through his exhibit. The Children's Exhibit, KidSplash 2006, features the artwork of district 5 public school children; P.S. 47 is in district 5. It will be open on Saturday, May 13 in sTudio 7. Galleries are open to the public; 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 them at: rockart116@aol.com

On Saturday, May 20 at 10 a.m. go for a Wildflower Walk in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge with a park volunteer. You will learn how to identify plants, hear folklore, and hear about the value of plants to the wildlife. Spring wildflowers will be in evidence. Register in advance; phone 718 318-4340.

Beware of telephone scams: There is a recent scam where someone calls and asks for checking and savings account information or your social security number, saying it is needed to enroll you (or keep you from being enrolled) in a Medicare drug plan. No one reputable will ever telephone you and ask for personal information.

If your organization has news that belongs in this space, please get the information to me by 9:30 a.m. on the Tuesday before you need the item to appear in The Wave. Please sign your email; like the rest of the newspaper, I cannot publish info that comes without a name.

Send email to: Lizbcbits@aol.com

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