2009-07-31 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

Summer is moving past us at a steady pace. It's flown so fast it's hard to believe that August starts on Saturday. It has been an unusual and fairly wet July, and it is impossible to predict the weather that is in front of us. We can hope for no "dog days" this month, and — possibly - the temperatures will stay somewhat moderate!

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.

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.

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 Friday, July 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 through August 21.

On Monday, August 3 at 2 p.m. teens and 'tweens can make their own bookmarks. On Wednesday, August 5 at 11 a.m. children ages 3 to 6 will enjoy a Summer Reading Party. And on Thursday, August 6 at 11 a.m. ages 7 to 10 will enjoy their Summer Reading Party. Teens and 'tweens will have their Summer Reading Party on Monday, August 10.

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; it is a light summer read.

The "3rd Annual Shorebird Festival" will take place in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, August 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Join naturalists Kevin Karlson, Don Riepe and Lloyd Spitalnik who will lead walks and give indoor presentations on shore- birds. Bring waterproof boots, lunch, insect and sun protection, binoculars and drinking water. Sign up in advance at 718-318-4340.

The Broad Channel Volunteers, in cooperation with the BC Irish Festival Committee, sponsors the 2nd Annual Broad Channel Irish Festival. This year's event is bigger and better than last year. This year there will be two great bands performing; first up is Jameson's Revenge, playing favorite Irish folk and contemporary music. Later in the afternoon and early evening, Finn's Fury will be taking the stage to rock the house. In addition, BCVFD will have its DJ on hand. Of course, festival-goers will enjoy performances by some local pipes and drums groups. Improvements have been added - a large covered area will be available for eating and listening pleasure - a perfect spot for shade to escape the, hopefully, sunny shies. Many activities are planned for the kids, including air cushioned rides, to keep them occupied while the adults enjoy the atmosphere and music. Many Irish artists and craftsmen will have their wares on display. Food vendors will provide both traditional and contemporary cuisine. "We will have our favorite Coldest Refreshments on hand! This festival is one of only a few of its kind in the New York City area. We hope to see you there. Thanks, Dan McIntyre, BCVFD"

The volunteers may do a lot of work most of us see, but they also do things most of us do not see. For instance, it is fairly easy to spot them on the boulevard, collecting for our fire department, but a couple of Sundays ago, one of our neighbors saw a group of one dozen or so volunteers outside the firehouse with a ladder, getting instruction on gaining access to second story windows. At a time of day when a lot of us were relaxing or dining, the vollies were busy working in the afternoon sun!

Did you wonder why events at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge ask for advance registration? If a presenter cancels due to illness or the weather is horrible — somewhat unlikely in summer — registrants can be alerted to the cancellation ahead of time and be spared the inconvenience of an unnecessary trip.

People who own laptop computers can bring them to the library and enjoy wireless internet. There are requirements though. First, you need a laptop or notebook computer with a wireless interface. (Call library for specs on this.) Next, you need a library card and a Personal Identification Number, both of which can be gotten at our library. Make sure the battery is charged because the library electricity cannot be used. Enjoy!

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

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Email can be sent to: Liz bcbits@aol.com

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