2010-07-30 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

Do you ever notice how broadly the television weather people smile when they tell you a series of 100 degree days is on the way? It must be easy for them – they are sitting in a nicely air-conditioned studio and are very comfy as they say this. Don’t they hear the hisses and boos from their overly warm viewers? This week, if weather reports come through as they’re predicted, we are in for moderate days — in the 80s — or as one of our neighbors says, “It’s going to be cold!”

SAVE THE DATE: On Saturday, October 9 from 7 p.m. to midnight the Broad Channel American Legion Auxiliary will present A Tribute to Sinatra and Elvis. “Two talented guys will sing Sinatra and Elvis Hits.” Cost of $25 per person includes the show, pasta, and one free drink. For more information or for advance tickets call Carol at 718- 634-7235.

Wine with Sue will perform at Grassy Point on Friday, July 30 starting at 10 p.m. to support Dennis Malone for Mayor, proceeds to BCAC. Cover charge is $10 per person. There will be $1 Jello shots, 50/50s, raffles.

Every Thursday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., there will be a free Yoga Class with Broad Channel resident and yoga instructor Mary Lou at Fort Tilden in building sTudio 7 (through main gate to intersection in front of old chapel; turn right, go past Post Theater and T6 to T7 on left. Parking is available outside T6 and T7). Bring mat or towel. Wear loose comfortable clothes.

In Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, July 31 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. join naturalist Ron Bourque and look for the migratory shorebirds around the East Pond. Wear waterproof footgear and sun and insect protection. Bring binoculars and drinking water. Sign up at 718- 318-4340.

Christ Presbyterian Church will have Bingo in the church hall on Noel and Church Roads on the following Tuesday nights: August 3 and August 10. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Early Bird is at 6:45 p.m. Bingo starts at 7 p.m. Donation is $5. Coffee, tea and cake will be served.

Mardi Gras activities that the BCAC will hold, include: Saturday, August 7 is the date for the 3rd Annual Broad Channel Irish Festival. Finns Fury will be back along with Unforgettable Fire, the renowned U2 cover band, and more, to provide great Irish entertainment. Shaded seating, food and drink, entertainment for the kids, and many Irish vendors will be on hand. Saturday, August 14 marks the return of Movie Night. Tickets are available for the $10,000 drawing to be held at Countdown. With only 400 sold, the $100 ticket is a great buy. For tickets contact Sabrina Gross 646-236- 0090. “All events will be at Memorial Field, so please come out and help support the Broad Channel Athletic Club.”

On Saturday, August 7 at 9 p.m. there will be a Costume Party at Grassy Point (where Dennis Malone is running for Mayor). Entry fee of $10 per person includes one free drink. There will be a DJ and a cash prize for the best costume. Proceeds to BCAC.

“Shorebirds 101” in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge will take place on Sunday, August 8 from 10 a.m. to noon. Walk around East and West Ponds with naturalist Don Riepe and look for migrating shorebirds and butterflies. Bring binoculars, drinking water; wear sun and insect protection. Sign up at 718-318-4340.

Dinners on Thursdays at Grassy’s for $7 for Dennis Malone for Mayor; dine in or call for free delivery. Call 718-474- 1688. Proceeds to BCAC.

On Saturday, August 21 there will be a Horseshoe Tournament; 2 person team $25 entry fee. Cash prize; trophies. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd places. Food for teams; music from DJ. Rain date Sunday, August 22. To sign up, call 718- 474-1688. Proceeds to BCAC.

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge visitor center’s current art exhibit on Birds of the Northeast United States runs to September 30.

This just in: People who use canes or walkers should be particularly watchful when they’re in or around commercial areas to shop, do their banking, visit a restaurant, go to a movie, etc. Some young teen and maybe tweens have been seen trying to kick canes and pull walkers to upset their user’s balance and snatch purses, wallets, etc. The alleged perpetrators seem to be alone with friends hidden nearby who watch for people who are alone momentarily while their son or daughter brings the car around or goes back inside the store for the second grocery cart. The alleged crooks in training are thought to be younger teens trying to fill their pockets without working and sharpening their highly questionable ‘skills.’ So, keep your eyes moving and stare at people who fit this category and pass by you a little too close for comfort — it happens quickly — but looking around and staring hard at those who make you uncomfortable may help keep creeps away from you!

The Rockaway Writers group to which Broad Channel writers belong is looking for actors to read original works written by this group. At present, writers produce 10-minute performance pieces — prose, poems, short stories, short plays. Some are serious; others light; still others outright hilarious. An occasional piece may be a bit bawdy. Sought are adult readers/performers, male and female — age unimportant — for performance event to be held in the fall. (Children not requested at this time, but this may change in the future.) If you are interested to be part of ongoing community performances, send email to below address. (I need a male actor for my two-character short play.) At present, performances are held on Fort Tilden, but planned growth will eventually bring us into other areas. Email Lizbcbits@aol.com.

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