2006-08-18 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

The sunlight used to stream into the house at 5 a.m.; now it's still pretty dark at 5:30 and getting up for work is harder when it's somewhat dark. And, of course, darkness comes earlier in the evening now than it did in the middle of the summer. These changes sort of creep up on everyone-they're so gradual, it's easy to miss them!

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.

A Dog Wash Day for Jackie's Angels FOR Baby Face will be held at 1101 Cross Bay Blvd. on Saturday, August 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; rain date Sunday, August 20. There is a choice of herbal flea bath or regular. Warm water and dryer will be used and the dog's nails cut. Small dogs cost $10; medium $12 and large dogs are $15. Call Lily for appointment, 718 474-6290/ 917 886-4006. All proceeds to 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.

Coming soon to our little corner of Queens County: Countdown Friday on September 1, Family Day on Saturday, September 2 and Crowning will take place in p.m. hours on Saturday. Make Your Float Day will be Sunday, September 3; with Visitation taking place at the winning bar that night. The Grand Parade will be on Monday [Labor Day], September 4.

Tickets for the $10,000 Giveaway are $100 each; each ticket gives the holder 17 chances to win. Prizes range from $500 to $1000 and the grand prize is $10,000! Call Julie 718 318-0308 for tickets.

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

Christ Presbyterian Church by the Sea will have their last Game Night at 7 p.m. in the church hall on Thursday, 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.

There will be a Jamaica Bay Sunset Cruise on Saturday, September 9 from 5 to 8 p.m. A three hour narrated tour of Jamaica Bay aboard the 96 ft. "Dorothy B VIII" will sail out of Sheepshead Bay. Meet at 4:30 p.m. at Pier #6 (Emmons Ave. & Dooley St., Brooklyn). Learn about the history and ecology of the bay; see nesting peregrine falcons, osprey, herons, egrets, ibis, shorebirds and waterfowl. Mickey Cohen and Don Riepe will lead the event. The cost of $35 includes narrated tour, wine and cheese, fruit, snacks. To reserve, send a check for $35 per person to: American Littoral Society, c/o Don Riepe, 28 West 9th Road, Broad Channel, NY 11693. For more details on this cruise visit the website of the American Littoral Society at www.alsnyc.org or call 718 318-9344 to speak to Don or send an e-mail to him at: driepe@nyc.rr.com.

The New York Kite Festival will take place in Rockaway at Riis Park Bay 9 on Saturday, August 19 and Sunday, August 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce at 718 634-1300 or send email to: rockawaychamber@aol.com for more information. Event is free to all.

B.C. artists will be pleased to hear that the Rockaway Artists Alliance has a new website. It is located at: http:// www.rockawayartistsalliance.org/

Books and Bagels will have their next book discussion on Friday, September 15 at 10 a.m. Since the heat torpedoed the August book discussion, the fiction novel Pompeii by Robert Harris will be under discussion.

Sunset Picnic Concerts 2006 will hold their final concert on Sunday, August 27 at 6 p.m. The Kings of the Keyboard will celebrate the musical styles of Scott Joplin, Fats Waller and Art Tatum. 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. In case of rain, phone 718 474-6760 for indoor location.

St. Virgilius Golden Age will be running a bus trip to Atlantic City on Wednesday, September 13. Destination is the Hilton Casino. Bus leaves corner of Noel Road and Cross Bay Blvd. promptly at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $29; coin return is $19 and a food coupon worth $8 toward the buffet or $4 credit at Horizon's. Call Dolores at 718 634-9472 or Margaret at 718 945-4967.

Don't forget:

If the electric does go out, have a cell or regular (non electric) phone handy to make calls on.

Cordless phones do not work if there is no electric.

Words for the Week: Washington Irving, recognized as one of the first American writers (he wrote The Legend of Sleepy Hollow), once said: "A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles."

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