2007-06-01 / Columnists

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Memorial Day Only a Memory
Commentary By Liz Guarino

Commentary By Liz Guarino

The Memorial weekend is a memory now. The parade on Sunday stepped off at 2 p.m. from van Brunt. The marchers commanded presence, as always. Next, everyone can look forward to the end of the school year for the students and lots of Mardi Gras fun for all. If you have ideas for Mardi Gras, don't keep them to yourself- share them with the volies!

"Friend in Need" On Friday, June 1 at 8 p.m. there will be "Night at the Races" at the American Legion Hall on Cross Bay Boulevard in Broad Channel. Per person $10 includes program, beer, soda, wine. There will be lots of prizes to win. "Please come out and help a friend in need."

The BCVFD will host a party to kick off Mardi Gras 2007 at the VFW Hall on Shad Creek Road on Sunday, June 3 from 3 through 6 p.m. Admission per family is $10; it includes tickets for beer, soda, hamburgers and hot dogs. They also include rides for the younger children. Bring your Mardi Gras ideas!

Kids and Teens can learn about reptiles in A Reptile Edventure with Erik Callender at the library on June 7 at 3:30 p.m. See live animals such as bugs, frogs, lizards, toads, turtles and snakes from all around the world at this program. Sign up in advance at 718-318-4943 or drop in to register.

PS 47's Parents Association will be hosting its Annual Auction on Friday, June 8; doors will open at 7 p.m. Auction will start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person; 10 people to a table. If you would like to purchase tickets ahead of time, please contact Karen at 718-945-9041 or Gerri at 718-474-3138.

The VFW will hold a Bar-B-Q on Sunday, June 17. "All you can eat, all you can drink- bring a smile." Adults cost $20 each; $35 per couple. Children are half price. The Bar-B-Q begins at 2 p.m.

Brunch at the VFW will be held on Sunday, June 10. The usual breakfast items will be on the menu starting at 10 a.m.

On Saturday, June 16 take a "Land Cruise" to the Hilton Casino in Atlantic City from the North Channel Yacht Club, the event sponsor. The day begins with coffee and bagels at 7:30 a.m. Bus will leave from the N.C.Y.C. at 8 a.m. The cost is $35 per person, with cash return of $25 and a $5 food coupon. On the way to Atlantic City, bingo will be played. A movie will be shown on the return trip. Call Fred or Dolores at 718-634-9472.

Everybody- from toddlers to teens, from adolescents to adults- can sign up for the Summer Reading Program at the library. Registration starts on Thursday, June 7. Only kids are eligible for reading incentive prizes.

The Adult Summer Reading Program at the library will meet for a discussion of the book Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See on Friday, June 1 at 10 a.m. All are invited to come to the library for the discussion of this book. The other two discussions will be held on Friday, July 6 (The Book Thief by Markus Zusak will be under discussion) and on Friday, August 3 One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus will be discussed at 10 a.m.

A Jamaica Bay Sunset Cruise, a three-hour narrated tour of the backwater marshes of Jamaica Bay, will take place on Saturday, June 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. 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 $45 includes narrated tour, wine and cheese, fruit, snacks. For more information call 718-318-9344 or e-mail: driepe@nyc.rr.com. Those who miss this tour may be happy to hear that the next boat tour will be held on Saturday, June 16, from 5 to 8 p.m.

At the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge there will be two horseshoe crab walks on two Saturdays, June 2 and 16. Meet at the refuge center at 9 a.m.; carpool to North Channel Bridge. Learn about the horseshoe crab from leaders Don Riepe and Mickey Cohen. Bring your boots and binoculars. Children are welcome at this event. Sign up in advance by phoning 718-318-4340.

For children only: The Library is gearing up for the Summer Reading Program. They are having a contest to name the 2007 Mascot for the program. Kids who sign up for the summer reading program can enter the contest to name the mascot. Application forms are at the library.

The Broad Channel Athletic Club is looking for photos for the BCAC website. The BCAC hopes for photos from our neighbors of the days when they, their children or grandchildren played sports for the BCAC. If you or they played ball, cheered, played hockey, coached or swam under the BCAC's name, send them your stories and photos. The BCAC was incorporated in 1961; photos can be e-mailed to the AC at admin@bcacny.com or contact Margaret at 718-634-1956. BCAC will copy the photos and return the originals to you. You can visit BCAC's new site at bcacny.com. The AC is currently working on the new forum and some of the pictures will be on the site shortly.

Hang onto your boxtops for education over the summer months. They are used by the Parents Association of P.S. 47. In September they can be delivered to the school.

From the pages of the little magazine "Bits & Pieces" comes this Irish proverb: "Trust me, but look to thyself."

If you or your organization has news that belongs in this space, 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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