2009-07-24 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

Commentary By Liz Guarino

This past week was a fairly wet one. It has been a cool, wet season so far. August usually is fairly hot and very dry — especially near its end - but this season has so far been quite unpredictable. Interestingly, at least two other states — Illinois and Delaware - had weather very similar to ours this past week!

A BBQ will be held on Saturday, July 25 at the VFW from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. A $20 donation includes food, beer and friends; 50/50 raffle. "Come down, support your Veterans."

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

Summer activities at the library: Storytelling in the Park will take place on Fridays, July 24 and 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 27 at 2 p.m. teens and 'tweens can make their own Beaded Pin. On Wednesday, July 29 at 11 a.m. children ages 3 to 6 can learn about Cooking. And on Thursday, July 30 at 11 a.m. ages 7 to 10 can learn about Cooking — all in the library.

On Friday, August 7 at 1 p.m. (note different day and time) the Book Discussion group will examine "Queen of Babble" by Meg Cabot, a light summer read.

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.

A note of gratitude from Christ Presbyterian Church: "Many thanks to all who attended our Wednesday night bingo. We hope to see you on the 29th. Bring a friend. Everyone had a great time — even those who did not get a chance to holler. Thanks for your support."

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 4Nadine 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.

On Sunday, August 2 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, children ages 4 and up, who are accompanied by an adult, can enjoy a "Bird Walk." Hear a story about birds and make a birdhouse. Bring binoculars, insect and sun protection. Sign up in advance at 718-318-4340.

From BCVFD: "Our movie night presentation was well received. Many of our guests were quite surprised at the extent of preparation that was done to provide a nice night out with the family. Approximately 55 families attended constituting around 375 guests. Our concession stand was well stocked and well received. We hope this event can expand over the coming years as it is truly an enjoyable event. We are considering a second presentation of movie night targeting our teenage residents. Perhaps a teen "Fright Night." Plans are being discussed and we would welcome corporate and local business sponsors to cover the presentation costs."

BCVFD sends a big 'Thank You' to all those individuals and organizations that helped to make the event successful!

Reminder: The BCVFD sponsored Irish Festival will be on Saturday, August 8 at the BCAC field from noon to dusk. There will be two bands, Jameson's Revenge and Finn's Fury, performing. There will be pipes and drums, traditional Irish art, traditional Irish crafts, traditional and non-traditional foods, and - of course - your favorite ice cold refreshments will be plentiful. A large covered area will be provided for our guests' dining and listening pleasure. Plenty to see and do, many activities will be provided for the kids. "Look for our signs and mark the date."

More than a few of our neighbors have told me they feed homeless cats in our community. Some of our neighbors have been involved with a trap, neuter and release program to prevent the number of feral cats from exploding. I have been feeding three of them, but notice that lately another cat has joined them. Anyone who would like to join with me and others to organize a TNR program, send me an email and let's see what we can do to help our community.

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Email can be sent to: Lizbcbits@aol.com

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