2007-08-24 / Community

Broad Channel Bits

Rain has been falling on us a lot this month; it seems to have been more than an average amount of rainfall. Of course, this past week was the effect of severe weather elsewhere. Fortunately for us, we only had to deal with a few raindrops. Summer is still with us as the later part of the week showed us- and not too many "dog days," either behind or immediately in front of us!

On Sunday, 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.

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 at 718-318-5504, E-mail vohare@nyc.rr. com or call Dan 718-634-6930, E-mail Cracky57@aol.com.

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(s) call 718-318-2300. Ruffle Bar also presents Mardi Gras Specials all summer- Margaritas, Daiquiris and Creamsicles: $3. Ruffle Bar also has 50/50 chances for $25. Basket Raffles are available also. Proceeds go to BCVFD.

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.

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.

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 Friday, August 24 all are welcome to play board games in the library from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

St. Virgilius Golden Age will be sponsoring a bus ride to Atlantic City to the Hilton Casino on Wednesday, September 5. Bus will leave corner of Noel Road and Crossbay 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.

On Sunday, September 23 and on 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 Email 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.

The movies "Barnyard" and "Babe 2" can be seen on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 28 and 29, at 10 a.m. at the Regal Cinemas (at The Shops at Atlas Park, 8000 Cooper Avenue, Glendale). 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.

On Saturday, August 25 from 10 a.m. to noon, take a walking tour of the West Pond Trail. It's the 81st birthday of the National Park Service. Learn about the Park Service and local history as you walk in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Bring binoculars, drinking water, insect repellent and sunscreen. Sign up in advance. Call 718-318-4340.

Enjoy hiking around the ponds during peak shorebird migration in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. On Sunday, August 26 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., take part in learning about shorebirds- how to identify them and other information. Before lunch, walk; after lunch, watch the presentations. Bring lunch, drinking water, insect repellent and sunscreen. Sign up in advance. Call 718-318-4340.

On Friday, September 4, there will be a Book Discussion at the Library at 10 a.m. Under discussion will be Baudolino by Umberto Eco.

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 can go to St. Rose of Lima, St. Camillus or St. Francis de Sales schools on the peninsula. It is almost time to deliver them.

On Saturday, September 29 at 4 p.m., there will be a Disability Awareness Mass at St. Gertrude Church in Edgemere. It is dedicated to the memory of the recently-deceased pastor, Father Brendan Downing.

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