2006-07-28 / Columnists

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Getting Ready For Mardi Gras
By Liz Guarino

Unbelievably, it is the end of July already. Most folks say the summer passes too quickly. Meanwhile, those who planted gardens are enjoying the flowers and other plant life whose seeds they put in the ground after the frost was past. Those who planted tomatoes can now count how many they will have and start figuring out which friends and/or neighbors to share their bounty with.

Dog Wash Day-presented by Ruffles Bar-will be held on Sunday, July 30 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 28 West 10 Road. Small dogs are $10; medium dogs are $15; and large dogs are $20. Nail trim only is $5.

For appointments call Eileen at 718 474-1301 or Bernie at 718 634-4280. Rain date is Sunday, August 6. All proceeds to B.C.A.C.

There will be Bands and BBQ in Mardi Gras 2006! Support the BCAC

and Peyton for BabyFace with Live Music by: "Hole in One," "Sixth Boro," "Wine with Sue" and DJ Tommy Healy on Sunday, August 6 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the BCAC football field in Broad Channel.

There will be beer, soda, food and raffles/50/50's. There is a $15 donation in advance and a $20 donation the same day of the event. For tickets or further information call James 646 358-0386 or 718 318-3508 or Dina 718 644-3261.

During its summer-long workshops series, the Library has been bringing programs of different types that are suitable for all ages to everyone who wishes to participate. On Tuesday, August 1 children ages 3 to 5 can make their own Magic Scratch Bookmark at 3 p.m. at the Library. On Wednesday, August 2 session 2 of a two-session workshop, "Design your Own Shirt" is being held for teens ages 13 to 18 at 3 p.m. On Thursday, August 3 children ages 6 to 12 can make a Pencil Case at 3 p.m. On Friday, August 4 at 10 a.m. will be the adult book discussion. To 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.

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge is having a "Shorebird Festival" on Sunday, August 27 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The National Park Service, American Littoral Society and NYC Audubon Society plan a day-long celebration of shorebirds and shore birding. There will be field walks to both East and West ponds as well as audiovisual presentations. Guy Tudor, Kevin Carlson and Don Riepe will be among the presenters. Bring lunch, drinking water, binoculars, insect repellent, sunscreen and waterproof boots. Registration is required. Call 718 318-4340.

Sunset Picnic Concerts 2006 will hold their next concert on Sunday, July 30 at 6 p.m.

It will be an evening of Irish songs brought to listeners by "Andy Cooney and Band." Concerts are held outdoors at the Gateway National Recreation Area. Bring a beach chair, the kids and a picnic (the picnic is optional). Concerts are free.

Books and Bagels book discussion group joined in the summer reading program at the library.

The group is reading "Pompeii," a fiction novel by Robert Harris using the 79 A.D. eruption of Mount Vesuvius as a backdrop. (One of our neighbors read the book months ago-she said it was the most imaginative fiction she had ever read!)

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.

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 August 10.

Mardi Gras reminder: 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 lot of activity continues at the library. A recent change is that "wi-fi" is now available in the library. What is wi-fi? It is wireless access to the internet. People who own laptop computers can bring them to the library and enjoy wireless internet without hooking up to anything.

There are a few requirements though. First, you need a laptop or notebook computer. Next, you need a library card and a Personal Identification Number or PIN, both of which can be gotten at our library easily.

Your computer needs to be equipped with a wireless interface-call library for specs on this. Make sure battery is fully charged because the library electric cannot be used for this. Lastly, if you want to listen to music or other audible programs, bring headphones.

Have a good time surfing the 'net once you make sure to secure these items!

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