What to do this weekend in Queens

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Photo courtesy of Eastern Queens Alliance and Idlewild Park Preserve
Photo courtesy of Eastern Queens Alliance and Idlewild Park Preserve

Saturday, June 14

Don’t be a victim of identity theft! Come out to the United Community Civic Association (UCCA) and Ridgewood Savings Bank Community (RSB-Astoria Branch) “Shredding Event” at Ditmars Boulevard and Hazen Street from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Protect your personal and important legal papers by safely destroying everything free of charge. Limit: two boxes per person, and refreshments will be hosted by Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee Co. For more information contact UCCA at 917-742-6975 or RSB-Astoria Branch at 718-274-5400.

The Eastern Queens Alliance, Inc. and Idlewild Park Preservation Committee will be hosting a free reptile show in Idlewild Park Environmental Science Learning Center, “A World of Fun With Reptiles” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 14. Come meet alligators, a giant python snake, lizards, turtles, toads and all sorts of exotic reptiles. Children and adults of all ages are welcome and you can bring folding chairs or blankets. For more information contact 347-824-2301 or info@easternqueensalliance.org. The Center is located at the Idlewild Park Preserve Cricket Field at 223rd Street and 149th Avenue in Springfield Gardens.

Join vocalist Cassandra Hawkins and the CITG Jazz Band led by Sunny Knable in a unique blend of music and a traditional evening vespers service at 5 p.m. at  The Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave. in Forest Hills Gardens.

Sunday, June 15

The Briarwood Community Association and Melrose Credit Union, with support from Alba Pizzeria invite you to Briarwood Street Fair from noon to 4 p.m. at Manton and Main streets. There will be a magic show, arts and crafts, costume characters, a magic castle for the kids, music and dancing for everyone, free pizza, ice cream and soda. For further information call 718-297-4542. This event is free.

The Shops at Sky View Center will celebrate the beginning of summer with an afternoon of crafting colorful twig wind chimes from 2 to 4 p.m. Children are invited to participate in this craft activity, which includes painting and assembling their own wind chimes. The event is open for kids of all ages and their families and is located at 40-24 College Point Blvd in Flushing, at Level D.

Come join the annual, festive event at the Non-Denominational Art Fair at the Queens of Angels Church, where 30 artists will exhibit in the historic parish-meeting hall at corner of Skillman Avenue at 44th Street from noon to 5 p.m. Free admission. There will be a special raffle for fathers for Father’s Day and a free glass of wine from Lowery Wines & Liquors with purchase of art!

The Queens Botanical Garden in collaboration with the Latin American Cultural Center of Queens presents “Musical Color in the Garden” from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at 43-50 Main St. in Flushing. The Quintet of the Americas will perform and the composers are James Cohn and Matt Sullivan. Please RSVP by calling 718-261-7664 or by emailing LACCQ@aol.com. Free transportation to the concert will be available depending of the number of participants.

IN SCENA! Italian Theater Festival NY brings “Neighbors (An Anti-Romantic Comedy)” to The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd St., Long Island City at 8 p.m. “Neighbors” is a journey into the absurd situations experienced by two Italian immigrants in New York City. They have opposite personalities, but they are both products of a generation of no certainties. Tickets are $15 and are available for advance purchase at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/680060 and www.inscenany.com. The toll-free number for audience info is 866-207-3465.


The popular Long Island City flea market LIC Flea & Food  is opened on weekends at the outdoor lot by the waterfront at the corner of 5th Street and 46th Avenue from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Items for sale at the market include food and drinks, collectibles, antiques, arts and crafts, fashion and more.


The LIC Flea and Kaufman Astoria Studios have partnered up to bring the city’s first-ever backlot market called Astoria Flea & Food at Kaufman Astoria Studios. The new market will launch Sunday, May 4, and bring the community the best in food vendors, antiques, collectibles, art, crafts, fashion and much more. The Astoria Flea will be located in the studio’s outdoor lot, the first of its kind in New York City, which opened up in December at 36th Street and 35th Avenue, and will operate every Sunday for eight consecutive weekends from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Through June 15

The San-Francisco-based artist Jim Campbell, best known for his evocative low resolution works, is the subject of a major solo exhibition at the Museum of the Moving Image, spanning his 30-year career and featuring over 20 installations. The works range from early experimental film, interactive works, and low-resolution videos to large-scale sculptural installations. An innovator in the use of technology, Campbell integrates and manipulates computers and custom electronics into visually arresting artworks. The Museum of the Moving Image is located at 35-01 35th Avenue, Astoria. For more information, call 718-777-6888.

Through August 31 

The Noguchi Museum has an exhibition on view of Noguchi’s work from archaic times to modern times.  The only thing Noguchi loved more than the promise of the future was the sense of belonging to the Earth he derived from working with million and billion year old pieces of rock. Noguchi Archaic/ Noguchi Modern explores a stylistic wormhole that seems to link the ancient past and the distant future in his work.