2008-07-11 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Commentary By Liz Guarino

As we move deeper into the summer, it seems that there is more activity in the Channel than there is in the early parts of the summer. And lots of folks are away on their vacations in the summer, too! Busy, busy! Here's what's happening around the community.

Christ Presbyterian Church will have Bingo in the church hall on Church Road on the following Wednesdays in July- the 16th, 23rd and the 30th. Doors open at 6 p.m. Early Bird is at 6:30 p.m. Bingo starts at 7 p.m. Donation is $5. Coffee and cake will be served.

Storytelling in the Park will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m on Fridays in July- 11, 18, 25 and on Friday, August 1. Storytelling takes place in the Broad Channel Park on Crossbay Boulevard between West 17 Road and East 16 Road next to the library.

Part of the 2008 Children First Summer Festival Series sponsored by New York State Senator Shirley Huntley will be held at the Broad Channel Park at East 17 Road and Crossbay Boulevard on Saturday, July 12 between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. There will be games, rides, exercise, learning, food and other fun filled activities. For more information on this event, call the senator's office at 718- 322-2537.

Sponsored by BCAC, Car Wash Day has been moved from Saturday, July 12 to Sunday, July 13; it starts at 11 a.m. at the BCAC Memorial Field.

Broad Channel Athletic Club will hold registration for Shamrock Foot- -ball on Saturday, July 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration after July 12 is subject to roster availability. Registration includes equipment, insurance, jersey with name, color yearbook and slideshow DVD.

Groups are as follows: ages 5 to 6, 7 to 8, 9 to 10, 11 to 12 and 13 to 14. Sign up at BCAC Memorial Field at 125 Cross Bay Boulevard. (1st Road)

Broad Channel. Fees are as follows: ages 5 to 6, $125; ages 7 to 14, $175; multiple children, 2nd is +$75, 3rd is +$50. Each family is required to pay $25 for field maintenance. Sponsors are needed; please visit www.BCACNY. com or send email to: admin@bcacny. com for Sponsor Information.

The VFW is having a brunch on Sunday, July 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Brunch includes choice of pancakes, waffles or any style eggs with ham, bacon or sausage. Adults cost $6 and children are half price.

St. Virgilius Golden Age is sponsoring a trip to Trump Plaza in Atlantic City on Wednesday, July 23. The cost is $35 per person, with $25 returned in playing cash and $5 comp for food. Bingo will be played on the way down and a movie will be shown on the way back. The bus leaves at 8:30 a.m. from Noel Road and Cross Bay Boulevard. Seating will be first come, first served with payment. Contact Dolores at 718-634- 9462 or Margaret at 718-945-4967.

Broad Channel Athletic Club volunteers are selling $100 chances to win $10,000 - among other cash prizes. Anyone interested in purchasing a chance, please contact Sabrina at 718- 634-4632 or Jessica at 718-318-3806.

BCAC has planned many events for the upcoming weeks. On Saturday, July 19, there will be a stickball tournament at the 20th Road field; $30 entrance fee for each team, hot dogs, hamburgers and $2 beers. Prizes will be awarded to the first and second place teams. Please contact Jack 718- 318-3806; JACK5029@aol.com, if you would like to enter.

A "Butterfly Count Challenge" will take place in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge from 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday, July 13. Walk with a naturalist from the National Park Service and try to keep track of these beautiful creatures. Bring drinking water, binoculars, insect and sun protection. Pre-register; call 718-318-4340.

On Friday, July 18 in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge from 8 to 10 p.m. will be "Night of the Moths" with moth expert, Steve Walter. After an indoor presentation on the creatures, participants will go outdoors in search of them. Advance sign up is required; call 718-318-4340.

On Saturday, July 26 the BCAC will host a Family Day/Camp Out at the BCAC Memorial Field, from 2 to 8 p.m. There will be food, drinks, games, face painting, rides, music by DJ and a campfire to end the night. On Saturday, August 16 the BCAC will be hosting an Irish Festival, from 12 to 8 p.m. An honor guard will open the festival at 12:30. There will be local vendors: artists, jewelry designers, local shop owners; and national Irish novelty vendors. There will be plenty of entertain- ment: pipe bands, step dancers, and Black 47 will close the show! If anyone is interested in participating in the festival, please contact Jessica at 718- 318-3806 or ja1507@ aol.com or Cindy at mangan319 @ aol.com. All proceeds will go to BCAC.

The library reopened with a lot of summer programs on its calendar. Of course, there is the Summer Reading Program, which all ages can join. The Adult Book Discussions take place over coffee (or tea) and bagels. On Saturday, July 19 at 11 a.m. discuss "Water for Elephants" by Sara Gruen. (If you don't finish the book or get a chance to start it, come anyway!) On Saturday, August 23 at 11 a.m., Adult Summer Reading Book Discussion Group will discuss, "The Almost Moon," by Alice Sebold.

A Family Bus Trip to Sesame Place is planned for Tuesday, August 5. Park tickets cost $28 each. Bus seats are $28 each (bring your own car seat). Bus leaves Broad Channel at 7:30 a.m. Park is open from 10 a.m. till 8 p.m. For reservations and/or further information call Ginger 718-318-5504.

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