2009-07-17 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Elizabeth Guarino

It has been an unseasonably cool summer so far, but no one knows what kind of days are waiting for us. Will they be cool? Or rainy? Or unbelievably hot? Who knows? Just relax and enjoy the slower pace of summer and the warmth of the sun and the beauty of the flowers and the good taste of produce grown in the backyard!

Dance under the Stars at the VFW Hall on Shad Creek Road in Broad Channel every Wednesday through August 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. Free dance parties for the whole family— ballroom steps and line dances.

St. Virgilius/St. Camillus CYO BCAC Girls Soccer will be holding registration and practice every Monday and Wednesday at the BCAC Memorial Field, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. For further information contact Jo at 718- 474-8207 or email BCACSOCCER@- GAIL.COM

On Friday, July 17 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. join "Night of the Moths" in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Join moth expert Steve Walter. A brief presentation on the Jamaica Bay moths will be held indoors before going into the moths' world. Advance sign up at 718-318-4340.

The 3rd Annual Children First Family Festival will be held on Saturday, July 18 at 11 a.m. at the 17 Road Park on Cross Bay Boulevard in Broad Channel. There will be games and events for the family. New York State Senator Shirley Huntley, who sponsored the event, and her staff, will attend—come and meet them!

On Saturday, July 18 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, observe an osprey family with a park ranger while getting an idea of the West Pond Trail's nature. Bring binoculars and insect and sun protection. Sign up for either tour at 718-318-4340.

The library will have many activities over the summer. Storytelling in the Park will take place on Fridays, July 17, 24, 31 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Broad Channel Park with the librarian and the Queens Recreation team for storytelling, crafts and activities.

From 1 to 4 p.m. on Friday, all can play board games in the library.

On Monday, July 20 at 2 p.m. Teens and Tweens can decorate their own picture frame. On Wednesday, July 22 at 11 a.m. children ages 3 to 6 can decorate an Animal Mask. And on Thursday, July 23 at 11 a.m. ages 7 to 10 can paint a Sun Catcher—in the library.

A "NYC Audubon Summer Bird and Nature Walk" will take place in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, July 26 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join naturalist Don Riepe and see butterflies and dragonflies. Watch shorebirds and learn some ecology and history of the refuge. Attendees should use sun and insect protection. Bring binoculars and drinking water. Sign up in advance at 718-318-4340.

Christ Presbyterian Church will present Bingo in the church hall on Noel and Church Roads on Wednesday, July 29. 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. All neighbors welcome!

Christ Presbyterian Church presents "Storytelling" by Suzanne and Nadine followed by a "Game Day" on Sunday, August 2 at noon. Event is for all children ages 12 and under. Admission is $5 and includes lunch of hot dog and soda. All game tickets will cost 25 cents each. (There will be tons of prizes to win!) Lunch, candy and refreshments will be available for purchase for adults. There will be plenty of games and fun for all children attending the event. All children under 12 are invited to this event.

Some history from Dan McIntyre: "Movie night is relatively new to the Broad Channel Mardi Gras activities. Both the BCVFD and the BCAC have been attempting to change the 'face' of Mardi Gras for the past few years and make more family oriented events possible.

"In the 'Old Days,' Mardi Gras only took place in Broad Channel's then many drinking establishments. When I was a tot, the community had seven bars in operation and each would be able to "field" a candidate. Bar patrons would form Mardi Gras committees and, with the owner's help and support, these committees would all raise large sums of money. Proceeds from these committees would be given to the firehouse or BCAC in alternating years.

"Times have changed and many of our neighbors may not realize that these fundraisers are how the Firehouse and Athletic Club stay in business. BCVFD used to be able to replace outdated Ambulances and Fire Engines with Mardi Gras monies; now BCVFD is only able to augment its operating budget because participation has dropped."

On Saturday, July 18 at 8 p.m. at the BCAC Memorial Field, 2 Road and Cross Bay Boulevard, the BCVFD will present the 3rd annual "Movie Night under the Stars." The presentation for the evening on the Giant 25 foot screen will be "ET The Extraterrestrial" and two classic cartoon shorts.

Old fashioned "Drive in Style" refreshments— beverages, hot popcorn, hot pretzels, favorite candies, hot dogs and cotton candy—will be available for purchase.

"Come out and join your neighbors and enjoy the show with your families. Bring your lawn chairs and beach blankets. As this is a Mardi Gras event, a $10 admission fee will be charged for each family. Thanks, hope to see you there. Dan McIntyre"

Leonardo da Vinci, artist, architect and engineer (1452-1519) once said: "Nothing can be loved or hated unless it is first known."

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Email can be sent to: Lizbcbits@- aol.com.

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