2006-08-25 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

The weather has been blessedly cool and breezy lately-uncharacteristic for August. While no one wants to see the end of summer, many neighbors welcomed the difference from the usual August heat and humidity.

Jackie's Angels for Baby Face present: The Original Broad Channel Carnival on Friday, August 25 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. One Night Only-to be held at the 1st Road Field (Weather Permitting). There will be: Carnival Games, Pie Eating Contest, Music,Sand Art, Spin Art, Football Toss, Jumping Castle, Tattoo Booth, Interactive Games, Beer, Soda, Snacks, Prizes. Fun for everyone. All proceeds to BCAC.

This year's Mardi Gras benefits the BCAC. The committee members are selling $100 chances. The prize is $10,000. There are other money prizes. Tickets are still available. Shares of $20 each can be bought if $100 is more than you can spend. Email Margaret at: Bcuptown 711@ aol.com to buy entire raffle or a share.

An email came with a report on one of the Mardi Gras events and this is what it said: "Dog Wash Day was a great success. We washed 36 dogs for Jackie's Angels! I just want to say thank you to all 36 dogs and their owners for participating in the Dog Wash Day for Jackie's Angels. Expect a postcard in the mail for next year's Dog Wash Day. A special thank you to Connie, Jessica, Sabrina and all the kids that helped make the day a success."

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. Enjoy the activities!

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 held their last Game Night earlier this week. Rev. Zarou and the entire congregation wish to thank all of the people who took part in the Game Nights.

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 4:30 to 7:30 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.

Books and Bagels will have their next book discussion on Friday, September 15 at 10 a.m. Since the extreme 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 during the last few days of this month [or during a hot September], any phone that needs electricity [like a cordless phone] will not work. It's a good idea to have a cell or regular (non electric) phone handy to use for any calls you want to make.

BCVFD has revamped their web site. There have been many links installed by their web designer. Find it at: http://www.broadchannelvfd.org/index.html.

You can use their contact page to drop them a line.

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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