Broad Channel Bits
Commentary By Liz Guarino
The Broad Channel Pre-k will be having Kiddie Bingo on Sunday April 15 at the Christ Presbyterian Church from 2 until 5 p.m. Cost is $5 per child, ages 3 through 8. Parents should be present. Snacks and beverages and extra boards will be sold. Every child will earn a prize.
On tax day- Sunday, April 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. watch Courting Woodcocks at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. In spring the American male woodcock puts on a very showy courtship dance at dusk to impress the female of the species. The "dancing" is up in the sky and then the bird descends to the ground. There will first be an introduction indoors for the people participating. A short walk afterward leads to woodcock turf. Bring binoculars. Sign up in advance required. Call 718-318-4340.
St. Virgilius Golden Age will run a bus ride to Atlantic City Trump Plaza Casino on Tuesday, May 22. The bus will be boarded at the corner of Noel Road and Cross Bay Boulevard. It will leave promptly at 8:30 a.m. The cost is $30 per person; with coin return of $25 and food coupon worth $5. For further information or to reserve a seat on the bus call Dolores at 718-634-9472 or Margaret at 718-945-4967.
There will be a Brunch at the American Legion on Sunday, April 29 from 10 to 2 p.m. This will be the Auxiliary's last Brunch of the season.
The Spring Craft Fair and Flea Market will be held at Christ Presbyterian Church in the Church Hall of 102 Noel Road on Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be flea market items, new items and crafts.
There are "Restless Waterfowl and Early Migrants" on Saturday, April 21 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. This is the time of year when "bird courtship season intensifies." A Park volunteer and bird pro will lead this tour to which registration is a must. Call 718-318-4340 to sign up. Bring your binoculars.
Earth Day is Sunday, April 22. At the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge it's also National Park Week; and to start it off there will be 45 minute guided tours of the recently redone Visitor Center by park rangers. The building has many environmentally friendly features and is "a model of sustainable design."
The beach cleanup on Earth Day will be at Plumb Beach. Volunteers from this area and further afield will remove litter and plant shrubs and grasses that are native to the coast. For more information and to sign up, contact the American Littoral Society at 718-318-9344.
Tuesday, April 17 will be marked by a celebration in each of the library's branches for the 100th Anniversary of the Queens Library's incorporation. Our library extends an invitation for cake and crafts from 1 to 6 p.m. on that day. On Friday, April 20, the Library's public relations department has tentatively scheduled an online look at some of the items that some children gave to the library for the time capsule. (I'm still waiting for details on this.) The time capsule, to which library patrons contributed, will be buried on Wednesday, April 25.
The Broad Channel Athletic Club is looking for photos of yesteryear. The BCAC is looking for people to send their photos to them, of the days when they played ball, cheered, played hockey, coached or swam for us under the BCAC's name. Any photos of the BCAC's Mardi Gras's, running races, swimming races, dances etc.. How about photo's from our Famous Hall of Fame Dances!!! Their new website is BCACNY.com and it has two new forums on it.
One is BCAC Yesteryear.
They are also doing another forum called:
Where Are You Now?
They would like to know where the kids continued with their sports after the BCAC. Who went on to play ball, hockey, swim or cheer at high school or college. Who went on to become a coach for the BCAC, high school or college? Which children went on to play in adult leagues? Send them your stories and photos.
The BCAC was incorporated in 1961; if anyone has any photos they would like to share with the AC they can e-mail it to AC at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Margaret at 718-634-1956. They can copy the photos and return them to you. Michael Malsey is the webmaster, both creating and maintaining the site.
Friday night Bingo will be held at the North Channel Yacht Club on April 20, with over $600 in prizes. Admission cost is $5 per person. Doors will open at 7 p.m. Early Bird 50/50 split/ will be available. Calling will start at 7:30 p.m.
There is a lot of buzz all over the city about the Literary Arts Festival/ Writers' Conference that will take place on Fort Tilden on Sunday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is a first ever event and there is a lot of excitement over it. Agents and editors will be there; if you have a book idea, you might be able to interest one of them in it. There will also be a writers' panel, made up of local writing talent. And there will be entertainment on the Moon Stage and in the Theater too. And 500 lucky people will wind up with free copies of Writer's Digest- a magazine for writers that is full of how-to advice, markets looking for writing and lots of other information vital to launching a writing career.
See you there?!
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