2006-08-11 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

August is nearly halfway gone! Where did the time go? Summer is almost over-and in our little corner of the world, that means only one thing. It is almost time for Countdown Friday, Family Fun Day, Making a Float and the Grand Parade.

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; 3 people to a team. There will be 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 brought programs of different types suitable for all ages so everyone could enjoy themselves. This next week is the last of the planned summertime activities. On Tuesday, August 15 and Wednesday, August 16 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. all ages can play Board Games.

There are games at the library, but if you enjoy a game that is not in the library, bring your own game with you. (They have a new board game at the library called Quidditch-it is based on the sport that is played in the Harry Potter books!) On Thursday, August 18 is the Summer Reading Club Party for all ages.

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.

Chances for $100 each are being sold as part of the Mardi Gras 2006 activities. The prize is $10,000. All proceeds will go to the BCAC. Only 400 chances will be sold. For tickets 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 24.

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.

The BCAC needs cheerleading coaches, anyone interested please contact Michelle at 718 634-5799.

"The 2006 Mardi Gras is well underway and we have great committees doing a wonderful job for the BCAC this summer, Ruffle Bar for Most Popular Bar, Jackie's Angels for Baby Face and Peyton for Baby Face. Please come out and support their events! Save the date, the Countdown will be on Friday, September 1, a fantastic Family Day is planned for Saturday, September 2nd with Crowning that evening. Sunday, September 3rd is Make Your Float Day with Visitation at the winning bar that evening. Monday will be the Grand Parade! Thank you all who have been helping make this year's Mardi Gras a success! Time is running out for your chance at tickets for the $10,000 giveaway! Tickets are $100 each and you have 17 chances to win, prizes range from $500 to $1000 and of course the grand prize of $10,000! Please call Julie 718 318-0308 for your lucky ticket!"

There have been a lot of changes in our community's back (or front) yard. The bike path next to the refuge has been completed and it was fascinating to watch the bulldozer flattening out the blacktop off the road instead of on it! The new building (visitor center) in the refuge is coming along. One report says it will be open this fall. The new building will cover a greater area than the old one did and will be completely accessible for all to enjoy. It will include an auditorium.

Hang onto your boxtops for education a little bit longer. 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 collection box for them in the lobby of the school.)

There will be a Jamaica Bay Sunset Cruise on Saturday, September 9. Details on this are available at www. alsnyc.org or call 718 318-9344 or e-mail: driepe@nyc.rr.com.

If you or your organization has news that belongs in this space, or if you want to start a support 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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