2007-06-29 / Community

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Heading Towards Mardi Gras Season
Commentary By Liz Guarino

Commentary By Liz Guarino

It seems that, along with the beautiful summer days, we are getting enough rain at this usually dry time of year. It seems as if the rain is falling while most of us are indoors, or sleeping, or both. Of course, there are always folks working around the clock - no matter what the weather is - and they do get wet!

Zippy the Clown will be at the Library on Friday, June 29 at 1:30 p.m. Come and meet Zippy! All are welcome!

It's Mardi Gras 2007 and this invitation goes out to all: "Come join us at Ruffle Bar for a "Mock" Irish Wake on Saturday, July 7, for lots of fun and laughs. "The Viewing" is from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. "Funeral Procession" will follow and live music starts at 9 p.m. With "bangers and potatoes" to eat and lots of "drink specials", it's sure to be a great night for all. So come join us and have fun, while helping to support our BCFVD. Cost is $10 per person.

Dog Wash Day is Sunday, July 8. Call 718-474-1301 for details.

Enjoy a hot dinner from Ruffle Bar on Wednesday, July 11 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Enjoy pot roast, potatoes and veggie; donation is $7 per meal. Eat in or have it delivered, if you want. Free delivery! To reserve your dinner(s), you can start calling 718-318-2300 on Tuesday, July 10. "They Go Fast". Proceeds to BCVFD. Look for other Mardi Gras events at Ruffle Bar in weeks to come.

An e-mail from Dan McIntyre read: "The BCVFD wants to thank everyone who has contributed to the 2007 Fund Drive. This money will be used to fund our day-to-day operations; without your support we can't be there when you need us. Members will be distributing the door stickers as they visit your neighbors who have not yet sent in their donation. Fund Drive donations can be mailed to the firehouse, sent via our web site, or we will come to your house to pick them up; call any evening after 7 p.m.

"We wish to also remind our neighbors that the 2007 Mardi Gras activities are under way. The Ruffle Bar is selling home-cooked dinners every Wednesday and the Bay View is holding fun events throughout the summer every Sunday night. Flyers with details are being distributed. Please support both committees' efforts.

"The BCVFD will host our first annual "MOVIE NIGHT". This will be held at the American Legion Ball Field at 21st Road, on Saturday, July 21 at 8 p.m. Our presentation will be shown on a 14 ft. x 25 ft. screen with surround sound for a great night out with the family. Snacks will be available through our Mardi Gras committees." Thanks, Dan McIntyre, BCVFD.

The BCAC will hold registration at the BCAC Memorial Field at 1st Road on Cross Bay Boulevard for football and cheerleading on two additional Saturdays, June 30 and on July 14 at 1 p.m. for both sessions. After July 14, a $25 late fee will be charged. Registration includes equipment, insurance and personalized jersey. Cheerleading fee is $85; Football fee is $100 for ages 5 and 6; from age 7 to 14, fee is $150. A multiple child discount is available. Each family must buy $25 in field maintenance raffle tickets; each family has a chance of winning the $500 grand prize. BCAC sponsors are needed; visit their site at: www.BCACNY .com. Email the site administrator for further sponsor information.

On Saturday, June 30 from 10 a.m. to noon at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, learn about ospreys, which are birds of prey. Their continued survival in an urban area is a challenge for them; learn about their difficulties and what is being done to help them. Sign up in advance for this event. Bring protection from the sun and insects; bring bottled water and binoculars.

On Sunday, July 1 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, participants will follow "The Trail of the Terrapins." An expert on turtles, Russell Burke, will hold a presentation in the visitor center, and afterward attendees will head into "prime turtle territory." Advance sign up is required.

On Sunday, July 1, the VFW will hold a brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with the usual breakfast offerings on the menu in their air-conditioned hall. Adults are $6 each, while children are half-price.

The Shad Creek Association presents its 13th Annual "It's A Fluke" Fishing Tournament on July 7. The SCA is located at 529 Cross Bay Blvd in Broad Channel on Jamaica Bay. The Captain's meeting/sign-up will be July 5 from 5 p.m. on...The contest runs from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. sharp. Entry fee is $25 per angler and there will be a Calcutta for the largest Sea Robin. Weigh-in is at the clubhouse and there will be a BBQ and beverages at the weigh-in party!

Find wild flowers in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, July 7 from 10 a.m. to noon. A park volunteer will lead this walk on which participants will look for daisies, milkweed, mullein and roses. Sign up in advance for this event; phone 718-318-4340.

The Adult Summer Reading Program at the library will meet on Friday, July 6 at 10 a.m. to discuss "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak. All adults are welcome! ("One Thousand White Women" by Jim Fergus is the book that will be discussed in August, if anyone wants to get started on it.)

An Early Deadline is scheduled for next week due to the Fourth of July holiday. If anyone has Mardi Gras or other news to appear in this space next week, please get the information to me over the weekend of June 30 and July 1 so it will appear here. Please sign your e-mail or letter; like the rest of the newspaper, I cannot publish info that comes without a name. Thank you! E-mail can be sent to: Lizbcbits @aol.com

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