2008-07-25 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Temperatures Are High - Time For BCAC's Mardi Gras
Commentary By Liz Guarino

Temperatures have been high enough for the city to open its cooling centers- air-conditioned places that keep the citizens of this city from sizzling. Not all citizens know that most neighborhoods have had cooling off places that are open to the public during the day, except Sunday. Broad Channel got its cooling off place in 1990. Of course, if all of us tried to go there at the same time, we wouldn't fit in the building. But it's a great place to visit. Of course, I'm talking about- the library!

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.

Christ Presbyterian Church will have Bingo in the church hall on Church Road on Wednesday, July 30. 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 Friday, July 25 and on Friday, 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).

It's not too late to join the summer reading program and fun at the library. Activities for children of all ages will take place at the library over the rest of summer. Arts and Crafts for children aged 3 to 6 will be held on Monday, July 28 and on August 4 and 11 at 2:30 p.m. Children ages 7 to 10 can enjoy Arts and Crafts on Tuesday, July 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. Tweens and Teens age 11+ can enjoy Crafts on Wednesday, August 6 at 3 p.m. On Wednesday, July 30 at 3 p.m. make your own Backpack with Susan Hale; sign up in advance for this. On Fridays- July 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. On Saturday, August 23 at 3 p.m. enjoy Arts and Crafts at the library.

On Saturday, July 26 in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge from 1 to 3 p.m. join the NYC Audubon Shorebird Walk. Naturalist Don Riepe will lead the walk around the East Pond shoreline. Learn why Jamaica Bay attracts so many migrant shorebirds. Wear waterproof boots, sun and insect protection. Advance sign up is required; call 718-318-4340.

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). The bus will leave 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 at 718-318- 5504.

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.

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." The discussion will take place over coffee (or tea) and bagels or bagel bites.

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.

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, slide presentation and signing event will be held at the Seaside branch of the public library located on Rockaway Beach Boulevard between Beach 114 and Beach 116 Streets on Monday, August 18 at 6:30 p.m.

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