2006-07-07 / Columnists

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Summer Is An Exiting Season!
By Liz Guarino

Summer has had its official beginning and it really seems to move quickly through the season to bring the fall's cool breezes. In the meantime, it is so nice to see children playing outdoors, while young mothers and fathers push or pull strollers, carriages, wagons and carts full of the most precious cargo available-their infants and toddlers.

Children ages 15 and under are invited to participate and earn a prize on Saturday, July 8 at the Scavenger Hunt. Pick up scavenger list at 10 a.m. at the B.C.A.C field (next to the American Legion). Enjoy the barbecue at 2 p.m. at the B.C.A.C field. (Hamburgers and hot dogs are $1 each.) There is a cost of $5.00 per group to enter the Scavenger hunt: each group will get a prize for playing. There is a maximum of three people to a group. All proceeds go to the B.C.A.C from Jackie's Angels for Babyface.

Christ Presbyterian Church by the Sea will have a Game Night at 7 p.m. in the church hall every other Thursday. The next Game Night will be on July 13.

Registration for the BCAC Shamrock Football team continues at the Memorial Field on Crossbay Blvd. on Sunday, July 9 and 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for age groups 5& 6, 7 & 8, 9 & 10 and 11 & 12. There is a new 13-year-old league. The team is in search of sponsors.

It's time to grab your fishing gear and aim your boat toward your favorite place to catch the big ones! The Shad Creek Association will hold the 12th Annual It's A Fluke Fishing Tournament on Saturday, July 8 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.Sign-up/Captain's Meeting was on Thursday, July 6 starting at 5 p.m. Prizes are as follows: 1st place $500; 2nd place $250; 3rd place $150. Total weight, up to 3 Fluke: 1st place $150; 2nd place $100. There will be a Calcutta for largest Sea Robin. There will be plenty of food and refreshments at the weigh-in party! The SCA is located at 529 Cross Bay Blvd in Broad Channel, NY 11693. Their website is: www.shadcreekassociation.org

The library has a series of fun things for all ages during the summer months. Children age 3 to 5 can make a Handprint Daisy at the Library on Monday, July 11 at 3 p.m. Call (718) 318-4743 to sign up.

A two-session workshop in String Art for teens ages 13 to 18 will be held on Wednesdays, July 12 and 19 at 3 p.m. Pre-register for both sessions by calling (718) 318-4943.

Children ages 6 to 12 can make a Marshmallow Bunny at the Library on Thursday, July 13 at 3 p.m. Sign up for this workshop; space is limited.

On Friday, July 14 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. play board games at the Library. This event is for All Ages.

Books and Bagels book discussion group is reading "The Namesake," by Jhumpa Lahiri, who has written on the Indian immigrant experience in this book; this is her first novel. The discussion for this book will be held on Friday, July 7. "Pompeii," a fiction novel by Robert Harris, will be read next- with the discussion set for Friday, August 4. Both discussions are set for 10 a.m. at the Library.

An email came to me with the following information: Rose bushes were put in all the tree pits that didn't have too many flowers in them.We need to spread the word and have people water them when, of course, nature does not.Can people take care of them?

Learn about Ospreys, birds of prey, at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, July 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. Surviving in an urban area is a challenge to these animals. Learn what is being done to help them. Bring bottled water, sunscreen, insect repellent and binoculars. Call (718) 318-4340 for more information. Sign up is required.

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge will be the scene of much Shorebird viewing on Saturday, August 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Ron Bourque, an expert birder who is one of the park's volunteers, will lead a walk to the East Pond; it is peak migration time. Learn how to identify "peeps" and about conservation issues which affect the shorebirds. Participants are advised to bring binoculars, insect repellent, sunscreen, bottled water and waterproof boots. Sign up for this event. Call (718) 318-4943 for further information.

Hang onto your boxtops for education over the summer months. They are used at the Parents Association of P.S. 47. In September they can be delivered to the school with a relative's or neighbor's child who goes there or make Power Road part of your daily walk and drop them off one morning. (During the 2005-2006 school year there was a box to collect them placed in the lobby of the school.)

Heat and haze are settling in on us. As always, seniors and children (especially babies) are given advice that sounds sensible for most people. Limit direct sun exposure, especially during the hours of 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; use sunscreen when you are in the sun, no matter what time it is. Drink plenty of liquid, but avoid ice cold drinks, which may upset the stomach. Save heavy work for days when it is a bit cooler. Dress comfortably in loose comfortable clothing. Water garden in the cooler morning hours. Keep cool any way you can and be safe! If you want to start a support or other type of group that will help/ enrich the lives of others or if you or 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. Email can be sent to: Lizbcbits @aol.com

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