2006-08-04 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

It's now August and the dog days have visited us quite a bit already. One hundred degree days are a literal drag for folks who don't have any air conditioning. If we continue to have hot days, I hope Con Ed can keep our power running!

Chances for $100 each are being sold as part of the Mardi Gras 2006 activities. The prize is $10,000. All proceeds willgo to the BCAC. Only 400 chances will be sold. For tickets call Sabrina at (718) 634-4632.

Jackie's Angels for Baby Face presents: Beer Pong Tournaments, Turbo Cup Tournaments and Adult Simon Sez. There will be food, alcohol and music. Admission of $20 includes beer and food. The event will be held on Friday, August 4 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the "Backhouse." Must be 21 years old to enter. All proceeds will go to the BCAC.

There will be Bands and a BBQ for 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.

Jackie's Angels for BabyFacepresents Kids Fun Night on Wednesday, August 9 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the basketball courts in the 17th Road Park. There will be carnival games, sand art, tattoo booth and more. All proceeds to BCAC. For further details call 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 August 10.

A Stickball Tournament presented by Jackie's Angels for Baby Face will be held on Saturday, August 12. Registration will take place at 12:30 p.m. Games begin at 1 p.m. at the 20th Road field. Cost is $20 a team; three people to a team with cash prizes. Hot dogs, hamburgers, soda, and beer will all be available for $1 each. All proceeds to the BCAC.

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 8 children ages 3 to 5 can make their own Fish Magnet at 3 p.m. at the Library. On Wednesday, August 9 teens ages 13 to 18 will be able to make Sculptural Wire Bookmarks at 3 p.m. On Thursday, August 10 children ages 6 to 12 can make a Magic Scratch Flower at 3 p.m. On Friday, August 11 from 1 through 5 p.m. all ages can play Board Games. (They have a new board game called Quidditch-of course it is based on the sport that is played in the Harry Potter books!) To register for 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.

Come to Bingo Night at 7 p.m. on Friday, August 18 in the Presbyterian Church Hall. Admission is $5. Snacks and drinks will be available. There will be raffles and prizes. The Jackpot will be $150. All proceeds to benefit Peyton for Baby Face and BCAC.

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, August 13 at 6 p.m. The Long Island Pops will celebrate the 250 birthday of Mozart as well as Broadway and Hollywood. Concerts are held outdoors at the Gateway National Recreation Area. Bring a beach chair, the kids and a picnic-if you like. Concerts are free.

St. Virgilius parish got a new administrator this past Tuesday. Effective August 1, Rev. John P. Maloney, became the parish administrator. He will continue to live in St. Helen's rectory while he ministers here. He is very down-to-earth and likeable with a good sense of humor. Parishioners from St. Helen's Church said that he is terrific. The other parochial vicar from St. Helen's, Rev. William A. With, said sometimes he will say Mass instead of Father Maloney. Father John Wtulich, St. Virgilius's current administrator, will go to St. Francis de Sales in Belle Harbor; the Tablet lists his appointment date as September 1.

City-designated Cooling Centers are located in Rockaway for when the weather gets dangerously hot as it did this past week.

Call 311 for their addresses and availability.

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