2008-07-18 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

BCAC Sets Numerous Mardi Gras Events
Commentary By Liz Guarino

Most of the summer is perfect for outdoor activities- but there is fun indoors, too. A lot of activity is taking place all over the community- some indoor, some outdoor. Here are events taking place locally:

Christ Presbyterian Church will have Bingo in the church hall on Church Road on the following Wednesdays in July- the 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. (A note arrived for the column that said they were appreciative of those who are coming/have come on Wednesday to enjoy Bingo!)

Storytelling in the Park will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Fridays: July 18, 25 and August 1. Storytelling takes place in the Broad Channel Park on Cross Bay Boulevard between West 17 and East 16 Roads (next to the Library).

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.

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.

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.

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 Sunday, July 20 at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge from 10 to 11:30 a.m., families with children age 4+ can enjoy an inside activity and go outside to look for butterflies4. Sign up in advance at 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 entertainment: 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.

Activities for children of all ages will take place at the B.C. library over the rest of summer. Arts and Crafts for children aged 3 to 6 will be held on Mondays: July 21, 28 and on August 4 and 11 at 2:30 p.m. Children ages 7 to 10 can enjoy Arts and Crafts on Tuesdays: July 22, 29 and on August 5 and 12 at 2:30 p.m. Both days, crafts will be given out on a first come, first served basis. On Fridays: July 18, 25 and August 1, 8, 15 and 22 enjoy playing games from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Play one of theirs or bring your own.

The Adult Book Discussion will 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, who also wrote "Lovely Bones."

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.

Broad Channel (the book) should be available on Monday, July 21 for local purchase. The B.C. Historical Society has arranged a book signing event at Grassy's on Crossbay Boulevard for Sunday, July 27 from 1 to 3 p.m. Champagne, cookies, beer and pretzels will be served. Meet the book's authors or stop in and say 'hi' if you already know them. Authors will sign previously purchased books; books will also be available for purchase at the event. Authors will discuss the making of the book. See you there! Rockaway neighbors and friends will have an event closer to them for their convenience. A book talk and signing event will be held at the Seaside branch of the public library on Monday, August 18 at 6:30 p.m.

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