2008-05-16 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Commentary By Liz Guarino

As warm days overtake our weather, we are approaching Memorial Weekend and its solemn rites. Of course, Memorial Weekend marks the beginning of summer in the area; soon the sound of splashing from kids in swimming pools will be heard and the aroma of barbeque will fill the air. And don't forget Mardi Gras and the fun activities it brings. There is always something for everyone in the summer!

Christ Presbyterian Church is having Bingo on Friday, May 16 in the Church Hall on Noel and Church Roads. Doors open at 6 p.m.; early bird at 6:30 p.m. Bingo starts at 7 p.m. Coffee and cake will be served. Donation is $5 per person.

North Channel Yacht Club presents Friday Night Bingo on May 16. There is over $600 in prizes. Admission is $5 per person. Doors will open at 7 p.m. (Early Bird 50/50 split*Supplies Available.) Calling starts at 7:30 p.m.

And the North Channel Yacht Club will be helping A Friend in Need through a trip to Trump Plaza in Atlantic City on May 17. The bus leaves at 8 a.m. from the yacht club. There will be bagels and coffee at 7:30. On this trip there will be lots of fun with bingo on the way down and a movie on the way back. Cost is $40 per person with $25 casino cash back and $5 for food. Call Fred Schmitt 718-634-9472 or John Heaphy 718-474-3173 to get a seat on the bus. Better hurry. It is first come, first served and seats will be going fast! Check should be made out to: North Channel Yacht Club.

A Memorial Service for Henrietta Bowden will take place this Saturday, May 17 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Virgilius Church. The Mass will give all of us an opportunity to give thanks for her many years of service to our school, children and parish. All are welcome to attend.

"Spring Leaves and Flowers" is the program at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, May 17 from 10 a.m. to noon. Since it's time for spring leaves and flowers to bask in the sunlight, look for them on this walk in the refuge with a park volunteer. Reservations are required. Sign up at 718-318-4340.

It's time for "Spring Migration Wander" at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, May 18 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Look for warblers and other spring migrants with park volunteer Ron Bourque on a walk through the refuge. Bring binoculars. Reservations are required. Sign up at 718-318-4340.

"Full Flower Moon" at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge will take place on Sunday, May 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. Meet at the visitor center for an indoor presentation, then travel to North Channel Bridge to see adult horseshoe crabs in their annual mating rituals during Full Flower Moon. Wear appropriate footwear for this activity. Reservations are required.

Rev. Andrea Zarou and the entire congregation of Christ Church sent the following note: "Many thanks to all who came to our annual spring Flea Market and Plant Sale. As always, you made it a great day for us. Next time we will have to get more plants and flowers. They all went by noon. People were waiting at 9 a.m. to get in! Thanks again for your support."

Rockaway Artists Alliance announces two free adult education workshops, funded by a grant from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. On Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to noon, May 17 and 24, June 7, 14 and 21 (no class on Memorial Day Weekend) will be "Basic Birdwatching" with "Birdman" Denis Macrae. May classes will be held at T6 on Fort Tilden; June classes will be held at the Wildlife Refuge- meet at the Visitor Center. Denis will lead walks to sight birds. Bring your binoculars. The last session will be held at Denis's sunset bird house. There, participants can enjoy refreshments.

On Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. on June 4, 11, 18 and 25 join the "Raw Foods 'Un-Cooking' Class" with Arianna Rose. Classes will meet in Fort Tilden, exact location not yet determined. The series will culminate in the class cooking and sitting down to a meal together.

All supplies and materials are provided. Spaces are limited. To register for either class, send an e-mail to rockart116@aol.com.

A Jamaica Bay Sunset Cruise will take place on Sunday, June 1 from 5 to 8 p.m. The 3-hour narrated tour of Jamaica Bay will sail out of Sheepshead Bay. Meet at Pier #2. Learn about the history and ecology of the bay; see nesting peregrine falcons, osprey, herons, egrets, ibis, shorebirds and waterfowl. The cost of $45 includes narrated tour, wine and cheese, fruit, snacks. To reserve, send a check for $45 per person to: American Littoral Society, c/o Don Riepe, 28 West 9th Road, Broad Channel, NY 11693. For more information call 718-318-9344 or e-mail: driepe@nyc.rr.com.

Noteworthy: Last Thursday night I got home at 8:15 p.m.; in a day that saw me climbing into a small bus at 8:30 a.m., it had been an unusually long day and I was tired. When he saw me getting out of the bus, a nice young man wearing a baseball cap (a neighbor who had been walking down the block), stopped on the sidewalk a few feet from me and waited to see if he could be of assistance. He said nothing to me and neither did I to him. When he noted that I was doing ok, he resumed his way down the block. I thought of calling after him to thank him for his thoughtfulness, but I just wanted to go inside and have (a wildly late) dinner. Isn't it nice to know that we have neighbors who are made of such good stuff? So, thank you to that nice young man- his kindness is greatly appreciated!

Beware Internet and phone schemes that claim to facilitate receipt of your economic stimulus check. More on this next week.

If you have news that belongs in this column, please get the item(s) to me by Tuesday by 9 a.m. of the week in which the item is to appear. Please sign your email or note; 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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