2006-07-14 / Columnists

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Summer Brings So Many Special Things
By Liz Guarino

Summer brings so many special things into our world with things that can't be done comfortably at other times of the year. Things like: picnics, dips in the pool or ocean, ice cold lemonade and beer, wearing shorts and sandals, backyards, decks, barbecues and spending lots of time strolling, sitting and playing outdoors. Summer passes too quickly, though; enjoy it while it is here.

Mardi Gras news: A Broad Channel "Camp Out" will be held on Saturday, July 15 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the BCAC field (next to the American Legion). From 6 to 8 p.m. there will be an old fashioned barbecue with hot dogs, hamburgers, soda, juice and beer-costing $1 each. There will be games for everyone including: Egg toss, balloon toss, hula-hoop contests, and more. From 8 to 10 p.m. there will be a Campfire Celebration. Participants will toast marshmallows, make s'mores and sing songs around the campfire. Campfire fee is $2 per person or $5 per family and includes all the marshmallows and s'mores you can eat. All proceeds go to the B.C.A.C.: Jackie's Angels for Baby face. Questions about the Camp Out/ Campfire Celebration can be directed to Sabrina at (718) 634-4632.

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 27.

On Sunday, July 16 some of the seniors (about two dozen of them!) from St. Virgilius Golden Age will attend a brunch at Kennedy's Restaurant in Breezy Point. When the brunch is over they will go to the Post Theatre in Fort Tilden to enjoy a 2 p.m. performance of "Kiss Me Kate."

Registration for the BCAC Shamrock Football team continues at the Memorial Field on Cross Bay Blvd. on Sunday, July 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.

Chances for $100 each are being sold by the Mardi Gras committees. The prize is $10,000. All proceeds willgo to the BCAC. Only 400 chances will be sold. 

A reminder: the second session of the workshop in String Art for teens ages 13 to 18 will be held on Wednesday, July 19 at 3 p.m. For those who signed up for this workshop, this is the final session.

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 "Pompeii," a fiction novel by Robert Harris. The discussion date for this novel is Friday, August 4 at 10 a.m. at the Library. The next book to be discussed is "Brick Lane" by Monica Ali; a discussion date for this book has not yet been set.

BCVFD has revamped their web site. There have been many links installed by their web designer. For online neighbors it is located at: http:// www.broadchannelvfd.org/index.html . You can use their contact page to drop them a line; those who are not online and want to see it can do so at the library.

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.

In its summer-long workshops series, the Library brings programs suitable for all ages. On Monday, July 18 children ages 3 to 5 can make their own Dog or Cat Spring Toy at 3 p.m. at the Library. On Thursday, July 20, children ages 6 to 12 can make a Dog Bookmark at 3 p.m. On Friday, July 21 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. all ages are invited to play Board Games. Register for all workshops; call (718) 318-4943.

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.

Sunset Picnic Concerts 2006 will hold their next concert on Sunday, July 16 at 6p.m. It will be a "Tribute to Musical Legends" Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons and Bobby Darin, who were popular in the 1960s. Concerts are held outdoors at the Gateway National Recreation Area. Bring a beach chair, the kids and a picnic. Concerts are free.

A little reminder that the Library is encouraging library patrons 16 years old or younger to read books to pay off library fines on their cards. All the young people have to do is go to the library and read for at least half an hour to get Library Bucks worth $1 toward existing fines. If they read for an hour, they earn Bucks worth $2 off their fines. There are rules to this offer, so check it out with the librarian before you take advantage of this offer.

If you or your organization has news that belongs in this space, or if you want to start a support or other type of group that will improve the lives of others, 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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