2007-08-17 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Commentary By Liz Guarino

We are headed toward the end of August and summer's home stretch- here's what's happening in the Channel:

Ruffle Bar dinners every Wednesday, proceeds to BCVFD. Look for sauerbraten and surf & turf in the coming weeks. To learn "what's for dinner" or to reserve dinner, call 718-318-2300. Ruffle Bar is having Bingo on Friday, August 17 at the American Legion Hall. Doors open at 6 p.m., $10.00 admission includes one book of specials, one jackpot, and coffee and cake. Hot dogs and other items will be sold. Giant jackpot, raffles, prizes and a 50/50 Bingo. Mardi Gras 2007!

Christ Presbyterian Church is running a bus ride to Lancaster, Pennsylvania to see "In the Beginning," the story of Adam and Eve. The trip is overnight with choice of single, double or triple accommodations and includes: transportation, one night at a hotel, breakfast, dinner, show, a tour of Amish country and a visit to a flea market on August 22-23. Call Janet at 718-318-6454.

Grassy Point presents homemade cooking every Thursday night from 5 to 7 p.m. Eat in or take out. Call 718- 474 1688 to order or for reservations. Meals are $7 each. Proceeds go to BCVFD.

Christ Presbyterian Church is having Bingo every Wednesday in the Church Hall on Noel and Church Roads. Doors open at 6 p.m.; there is an Early Bird. Bingo starts at 7 p.m. Coffee and cake will be served. Donation is $5 per person.

On Thursday, August 26, there will be a BBQ at the VFW starting at 2 p.m. Cost is $20 per person/$35 a couple. Kids are half price.

On Fridays, August 17 and August 24, all are welcome to play board games in the library from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. A Summer Reading Party will be held at the library on Tuesday, August 21 at 3 p.m. for all ages.

Save the Date: On Sunday, September 23 and Saturday, October 13 - the rain date for both is Sunday, October 14. The brand new, 101-foot luxury boat "Golden Sunshine" will sail out of Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. Cruise will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.). Learn about the history, ecology, management, and wildlife of the Jamaica Bay Refuge. See egrets, herons, osprey, peregrine falcons, oystercatchers, migrating raptors and waterfowl, plus great views of the marshes, JFK Airport and the NYC skyline. Cost of $45 per person includes narrated tour, wine and cheese, fruit, drinks and snacks. Leaders will be Mickey Cohen and Don Riepe. Call 718-318-9344 or e-mail driepe@nyc.rr.com for information. To reserve, send check made out to American Littoral Society to 28 West 9 Road, Broad Channel, NY 11693.

St. Virgilius Golden Age will be sponsoring a bus ride to Atlantic City's Hilton Casino on Wednesday, September 5. Bus will leave corner of Noel Road and Cross Bay Boulevard at 8:30 a.m. sharp. Cost is $30 per person, with a $25 coin return and a $5 food coupon. Contact Dolores at 718-634-9472 or Margaret at 718-945-4967 to get your seat.

An email from Dan McIntyre: "The Bayview, Grassy Point and Ruffle Bar are still holding fundraising events throughout the remainder of the summer. Please check your mailboxes as their committees will distribute flyers concerning these events. Please support the committees, as they are raising funds for the BCVFD through their Mardi Gras efforts. The BCVFD is also sponsoring a $10,000 grand prize drawing that will be held following the Labor Day Parade at the winning establishment. Total prizes are $14,000, many chances to win. Only 400 tickets will be sold; tickets available from the Mardi Gras committees and through the firehouse. Please contact Ginger 718-318-5504. Email vohare@nyc.rr.com or call Dan at 718- 634-6930. On behalf of the BCVFD I would like to offer our heartfelt thanks to Charlie Howard and Call-A-Head for their sponsorship of and services provided for the first Annual Movie Night that the firehouse held in July."

The Broad Channel Historical Society will be holding an open house in St. Virgilius School on Sunday, September 2, from noon to 2 p.m. A portion of the collection will be on display, including pictures of Mardi Gras, the struggle to buy the land, banners, trophies and more. The collection of pictures, documents, and artifacts is usually kept in the local library and displayed in its entirety on Historical Day at the VFW Hall, scheduled this year for October 14, 2007. Visitors are advised to enter the school at the Church Road entrance. The Broad Channel Historical Calendar, 2008, will be available for sale, still at the $5 price. Times of high tide are given on the calendar.

It's a little further afield, but some neighbors may be interested to know that there are only two weeks left for family films at Regal Cinemas (at The Shops at Atlas Park, 8000 Cooper Avenue, Glendale). Films will be shown every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 a.m. Children are asked to bring their Queens Library card for a free pass to the movie, but if they don't already have one, they can sign up for a card at the event. Schedule is: week of August 21: "Monster House" and "Muppets from Space"; week of August 28: "Barnyard" and "Babe 2."

Have you been holding on to your boxtops and labels for education over the summer months? Boxtops are used by the Parents Association of P.S. 47. Labels go to the parochial schools on the peninsula. In September, they can be delivered to the schools that use them.

If you have news that belongs in this column, 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 or letter; 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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