2010-08-13 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

Motorists headed toward Howard Beach have probably noted that the two lanes of traffic have been reduced to about one or one and a half at certain times because of all the ConEd trucks working on the lines. None of the neighbors asked knows exactly what they are doing. Hopefully doing something to insure that Broad Channel has electricity for the remainder of the summer, especially if it’s hot!

On Friday, August 13 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. is “Night of the Moths” at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Join moth expert Steve Walter for an indoor presentation, followed by an outside walk in the moth’s world. Sign up at 718-318-4340.

American Legion Post 1404 Friends of Charles Park Committee with the National Park Service invites everyone in the community to the Dedication Ceremony of the Korean War Memorial and Community Flag Pole at Frank Charles Park on Saturday, August 14 at 6 p.m. Park is located at 156 Avenue and 98 Street, Howard Beach. Ceremony will take place rain or shine. Bring lawn chairs and a picnic supper. Entertainment will follow ceremony.

BCAC presents “The Goonies” for Family Movie Night on Saturday, August 14 at 7:30 p.m. Movie will begin at sundown. Family donation is $15. Popcorn, snacks and soda will be sold. Bring beach chairs and blankets. Rain date is Thursday, August 19. Proceeds to the BCAC.

Come to the “Shorebird Festival” in Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Saturday and Sunday, August 14 and 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Naturalists will give presentations on shorebirds and lead walks to look for them over both days. Wear waterproof footgear and sun and insect protection. Bring binoculars, lunch 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 Tuesdays, August 17 and August 24. 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.

Pot roast over egg noodles with salad dinner will be served on Thursday, August 19 at Grassy’s from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for $8 for Dennis Malone for Mayor; dine in or call for free delivery. Call 718-474-1688. Proceeds to BCAC. “I hope everyone is having a fun summer!”

Live music from the group, Blacklight, will be at Grassy Point on Thursday, August 19 starting at 8 p.m. Cover charge is $10. With $1 jello shots, 50/50’s. Proceeds to BCAC.

Live band, Functional Freaks, will be at Grassy’s on Friday, August 20 starting at 10 p.m. With $10 cover charge; $1 jello shots; 50/50s. Proceeds to BCAC.

On Saturday, August 21 there will be a Horseshoe Tournament starting at 1 p.m.; $20 entry fee per person. Raffles. Cash prize for winning team. BBQ for participants only. Rain date is Sunday, August 22. To sign up, call 718-474- 1688. Proceeds to BCAC.

Ruffle Bar has scheduled an Irish Wake in support of Timmy Hanning for Mayor. The wake will be held on Friday, August 27 at Ruffle Bar. Cover charge is $5. Viewing is at 5 p.m.; funeral procession is at 7 p.m.. Irish bangers. Live entertainment. “Lots of fun and laughs!”

At the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, August 28 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. join Ron Bourque, naturalist, at the East Pond to watch shorebirds during peak migration. Wear waterproof footgear and sun and insect protection. Bring binoculars and drinking water.

Tickets are available for the $10,000 drawing to be held at Countdown. Only a few tickets are left. Shares are available. Half tickets are $50; one quarter ticket is $25. Holders of winning ticket share prize. For full tickets or ticket shares, contact Sabrina Gross at 646-236-0090 or send email to Smag406@aol.com. Drawing will be held at the BCAC Memorial Field on Friday, September 3 at 8 p.m. Beverages will be sold. Winners do not need to be present at the drawing to claim prize. Proceeds to BCAC.

At the Library: Adult Book Discussion will take place on Friday, August 27 at 1 p.m. Read “Out of Time” by Paul McCusker.

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 in 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.

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

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.

The Rockaway Writers Group, to which some Broad Channel writers belong, is looking for actors to read original works written by members of this group. At present, writers produce 10-minute-long performance pieces — prose, poems, short stories, short plays. Needed are adult readers/ performers, male and female—age unimportant. At present, performances are held in Fort Tilden, but we are hoping for an agreement with Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge to present our work in their visitor center. Other areas in Queens might be a possibility in the future. If you only can perform at a specific venue, list it in your email or note. Interested adults can email or drop a note in my mailbox. Thank you.

Please send material to be published in the column by Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. of the week before it is to appear. Thank you.

Email can be sent to: Lizbcbits@aol .com

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