Still plenty of summer left in Woodhaven
by Lisa Komninos
Jul 31, 2018 | 1475 views | 0 0 comments | 91 91 recommendations | email to a friend | print
By the time you read this article, it will already by August. Summer comes and goes so quickly.

Some are glad to find a cooler day but for me, an avid beachcomber, the lazy days of summer go way too fast. It’s a perfect time to pick up a good read at your local library and head to the beach.

But if the heat is just a bit too much, then head to the library in Woodhaven instead just to cool off. The library is a designated cooling center, one of many in the area when the temperature rises.

And if your budget is tight, summer can come cheap. Rockaway Beach is free, nearby, and the boardwalk is renovated and beautiful.

Recently, I noticed you can now rent a city bike for a very low cost of $1 per 30 minutes, with a few extra charges. It’s not free, but pretty darn close to free. I’m certain I will be doing that on my next visit.

After your ride, hit the beach and stay awhile. If the beach is not your thing, try Seuffert Bandshell in Forest Park. They have a wide variety of concerts during the summer.

Also not to be missed are the movies and plays geared toward kids, although many adults enjoy them too.

I recall 40 years ago when my aunt and uncle would walk from Ridgewood to Seuffert Bandshell to see the German symphonies, which performed a lot of those concerts at the bandshell.

As a young child, I thought Ridgewood was as far away as Alaska, but they made the trek and afterward always surprised us with a visit. (Secretly, I think their priority was the bands, then us, but that’s okay we loved those visits.)

I can’t remember any of the names of the symphonies they told us about, but they loved each and every one of them.

So put away those cell phones, if just for a few hours, and enjoy the upcoming shows:

• Thursday, August 2, at 7:30 p.m. - Parrot Beach (Jimmy Buffett Show)

• Saturday, August 4 a 4 p.m. - Battle of the Bands

• Monday, August 6 at 7:30 p.m. - Movie Under the Stars: Beauty and the Beast

• Thursday, August 9 at 7:30 p.m. - Rock this Town (Brian Setzer Tribute) • • Thursday, August 16 at 7:30 p.m. - Four Tops Revue featuring Motown with Theo Peoples

• Monday, August 20 at 7:30 p.m. - Movie Under The Stars: Jumanji.

National Night Out Against Crime is held every year on the first Tuesday of August. This year it falls on Tuesday, August 7, and will take place at Victory Field.

I have attended these National Night Out events for many years, and the 102nd Precinct police does a splendid job grilling up hot dogs, hamburgers and much more.

In addition, local community organizations, including GWDC, elected officials, and a variety of local businesses participate. Last year, there was even an ice cream truck serving free ice cream cones.

Besides the food, some of the other giveaways were coloring books, pencils, tote bags, keychains and more. There is a band playing music throughout the evening.

So come on by and get to know your local police officers and chat with your neighbors and friends. The event runs from 6to 9 p.m.

And when summer is coming to an end, the fun doesn’t have to. The WBID will hold its annual Back to School Promotion on August 25 from 1 to 4 p.m.

There will be clowns, face painters and free giveaways along Jamaica Avenue, and tPlastic Soul will be performing at Forest Parkway Plaza.

When the weather really starts to get cooler, you know it's time for the Wonderful Woodhaven Street Festival. This year it will take place on September 30 from noon to 6 p.m.

More to come on that big event in September, but until then take time to relax and enjoy the rest of summer.
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