2009-04-24 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Commentary By Liz Guarino

The weather was wet, dreary, overcast and/or windy earlier this week. After a few days of less than thrilling weather, it's always a pleasure to see the sun again. A lot of activity is planned for people to enjoy!

The Broad Channel Pre-K will be having a bake sale on Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26 after the masses. Proceeds will benefit the Broad Channel Pre-k.

Take part in a NYC Spring Migration Walk led by Don Riepe at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, April 25 from 10 a.m. to noon. See warblers and other migrants. Learn about migration. Bring binoculars. To pre-register (required), call 718-318- 4340.

On Sunday, April 26 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge take part in a family event (children must be age 4 and up) that is a volunteer planting project. Participants will explore plant parts from roots to blooms. Sign up in advance at 718-318-4340.

A Magic Tricks Workshop that teens will enjoy will be at the library on Tuesday, April 28 at 4 p.m. Learn to do magic tricks from a real magician, Jeremy Pasternak, who uses ordinary objects for his tricks and illusions. Sign up in advance at the library.

Storytime at the library is set to begin on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. from April 28 to June 24; except for May 13. Storytime, a half hour spent reading picture books, is for small children, ages 2 to 5.

Local schoolchildren are invited to take part in the 2009 Golden Apple Awards for Schools in New York City by showing their school recycling programs. They can demonstrate how their school reduces waste. They can brag about their school's beautification projects. Students can enter one (or all three!) of the contests: TrashMasters! Super Recyclers; TrashMasters! Reduce & Reuse Challenge; and Trash- Masters! Team Up to Clean Up. Local students whose schools compost will have their entries reviewed for the Golden Shovel Award that honors the Master School Composter in Queens County. Schools compete within their grade division (elementary, intermediate, or high school) for citywide and borough honors. Project entry binders must be received by April 30. Golden Apple Awards contest rules and Registration Form are available at www. nyc.gov/wasteless/goldenapple. (NYC schoolchildren from all boroughs can take part in this competition.)

Children outgrow their books or lose interest in them as they grow up, but until now there hasn't been anywhere to go and trade them in for more grown up or different material—until the upcoming Community Children's Book Exchange. This book swap is due to take place outside the Broad Channel library on Saturday, May 2 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring a book that your child has outgrown; browse the titles our neighbors have brought to find a book a bit 'older' that will be perfect for your child. Saturday, May 9 is the rain date for this event.

Think you are the next Broad Channel Idol? Join the Broad Channel Pre- K for Karaoke Night at Grassy's Bar on Friday, May 8 at 9 p.m. There will be a $5 cover, jello shots, 50/50s, door prizes and prizes for Karaoke singers in different categories. The proceeds from this event will benefit the Broad Channel Pre-k.

Christ Presbyterian Church will hold their Annual Spring Fair and Plant Sale on Saturday, May 9 in the church hall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be flats, flowers and Mother's Day plants. Kitchen will be open: franks, soda, coffee and tea will be available for purchase.

Sealife Rescue will be at the Broad Channel library on Wednesday, May 13 at 4 p.m. Watch a live videoconference program from Florida and learn how scientists rescue and treat injured or sick sea animals.

Christ Presbyterian Church will present Bingo in the church hall on Noel and Church Roads on Friday, May 15. Doors open at 6 p.m. Early Bird is at 6:30 p.m. Bingo starts at 7 p.m. Donation is $5. Coffee, tea and cake will be served.

The next novel under discussion by the Adult Book Discussion Group will be "Sold," by Patricia McCormick, a book about human slavery (in poor countries, parents sometimes sell their daughters, unknowingly, into prostitution when the girls reach their teens) that is flourishing today. The Group will meet and discuss the book on Saturday, May 30 at 11 a.m. at the library.

Many thanks from Christ Church to all who came to their Bingo; it had a nice turnout.

"The BCVFD is about to start its 2009 Fund drive in the coming weeks. A letter with return envelope will be arriving shortly. Please help US help YOU!! Please utilize the return envelope for your 2009 donation, and include your home address either on the return envelope or on the check or money order. BCVFD members will be visiting each home in the coming weeks. If you would like to help, please give us a call at 718- 474- 6888. We are always actively looking for new and returning volunteers.

"The BCVFD will also be the sponsor of this year's Mardi Gras activities. We currently have some events on the calendar. We once again will be hosting the 3rd Annual 'Movie Night under the Stars' and the 2nd Annual 'Broad Channel Irish Festival.' These events are tentatively scheduled for July and August this summer. We are hoping to schedule many more events, the complete schedule will be forthcoming on our web site. http://www.broadchannelvfd. org/index.html.

"Any comments or suggestions are welcome; I can be contacted via the firehouse or through my link on our web site. Thanks, Chief Dan McIntyre, BCVFD"

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