2010-08-27 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

August is usually such a dry, hot month. The amount of rain we got earlier this week was a bit unexpected; although, maybe it was well-received by the gardeners among us. And, it really did cool our temperatures. Labor Day weekend is almost here and — in this area — means a lot of fun, family activities crowned by the Grand Parade. It’s also — sigh – the unofficial end of summer!

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!” Proceeds to BCAC.

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.

A reminder of the Old Timers Softball Game on Friday of Labor Day weekend at 6:30 p.m. at the BCAC field. “Any-one who ever played for either Grassy Point or O’s Pub, please join us for the 1st annual Old Timers Game O’s Pub vs. Grassy Point.”

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 and be prepared to discuss the book.

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.

The Broad Channel Library will have new hours, effective Tuesday, September 7: Monday and Thursday from 1 to 8 p.m.; Tuesday from 1 to 6 p.m.; Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturdays, the library will be closed.

A two-session Defensive Driving Course sponsored by St. Virgilius Parish will be given on Wednesday, September 29 and Thursday, September 30 from 7 to 10 p.m. in the school building at 16 Noel Road in Broad Channel, in the lunchroom. By taking this course, you can receive a 10 percent reduction on your car insurance for 3 years or up to 4 points off your license. No test will be given. Fee is $60. To make a reservation or for further information: call Helen, at 718-945-4648 or Cindy, at 718-634-5449. Refreshments will be served. If you attended the course in September 2007, your certificate expires in September 2010. Payment in full guarantees a seat — they are unable to hold a seat without payment.

Christ Presbyterian Church will present a Sunday Brunch on September 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. On the menu is a choice of: scrambled eggs with bacon or sausage or pancakes with bacon or sausage. Hash browns will be served with both. Coffee, tea, juice and cake will be served. Donation is $7.

A 50/50 will be held at the September 26 Brunch. Tickets cost $3 each or two for $5. To buy tickets, call Al at 718- 474-0534, Joyce at 718-474-7769 or Janet at 718-318-6454.

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.

A note from the congregation at Christ Presbyterian Church found its way into my mailbox and this is what it said: “We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our friends who came to our Tuesday night summer bingo games. It was our pleasure to have you. Even though no one became rich, we sure did have a lot of fun. Many thanks for your great support.”

Keeping the bike path safe? On the southbound side of the Addabbo bridge, the DOT has had lines painted on the road to squeeze traffic to the two lanes nearest the anglers.

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Email can be sent to: Lizbcbits@aol.com

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