By Queens Courier Staff |

Biz startup help

            On Wednesday, March 17 from 2 to 3:15 p.m. there will be a free seminar “10 Steps to Starting Your Own Business” at Queens NYC Business Solutions, located on the 2nd floor of 168-25 Jamaica Avenue in Jamaica.

            Learn about incentive programs; how to register your business, get an Employer Identification Number or Sales Tax ID; permits and licensing; getting help with business plans, marketing and insurance and more.

            The seminar is free with registration. Parking is available in a lot behind the center; enter on 91st Avenue. For more information, call Antonio Tseng at 718-577-2166 or email

BHS St. Patrick’s celebration

The Bayside Historical Society will hold its St. Patrick’s Day Celebration on Thursday, March 18 at 7 p.m. The evening of history and song will include the Bayside Glee Club, under the baton of Henry McDonagh III, performing a tribute to the day.

            In addition to the current exhibits, a special exhibition includes the original deed from Timothy Matlock to Abraham Bell in 1824 for the purchase of 245 acres in what would eventually become Bayside.

            Items related to Bayside resident, World Heavy Weight Boxing Champion Gentleman Jim Corbett (1866-1933) will be on display.  In 1892, Corbett, considered to the father of modern boxing, defeated the great John L. Sullivan by way of a knockout in the 21st round. After his retirement, Corbett lived in Bayside from 1903 until his death.

            Light refreshments, including Irish soda bread, will be served. Call 718-352-1548 to reserve. A $3 donation is requested. Visit the Society online at .


Rite of spring

            The United Nations Association of the U.S.A. and the U.N. Business Council invites everyone to join them in a “Celebration of Earth Day 2010 at the Vernal Equinox.”

            On Saturday, March 20 at noon, join with an international community at this free (a donation is suggested) event at the Queens Museum of Art in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. There is a free trolley from the Willets Point No. 7 train station scheduled.

The agenda includes a reception with light refreshments; music and dance by world-class musicians, a sing-along around the Unisphere; the ringing of a peace bell simultaneously at the exact moment of spring around the world and more.

R.S.V.P. to Peg Shannon at or John Tandana at 347-728-2612 or Visit for more information.


Do do-si-do

            Friends and neighbors will swing their partner, promenade and do-si-do at the Alley Pond Environmental Center (APEC) annual Square Dance on Saturday, March 20.

            Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the dance, led by Square Dance Caller Jim Emory, starts promptly at 7 p.m. Partners are not required and beginners are welcome; wear comfortable shoes or sneakers.

            Admission is $12 for adults; members pay $10. Children ages 7-12 pay $8 and must be with a paying adult. APEC is located at 228-06 Northern Boulevard, just east of the Cross Island Parkway.

            To pre-register, or for more information, call 718-229-4000.


Super bowling

            The owners and management of JIB Lanes, 67-19 Parsons Boulevard in Flushing, continue their program of special bowling events to support good causes with the following benefits:

            Every   Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to noon there’s a Bowling Bash for St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children. Pay $25 per lane for bowling, sweepstakes including sports memorabilia and other surprises. Breakfast specials are offered.

On Saturday, March 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. JIB offers bowling to benefit St. Robert Bellarmine School in Bayside. Half of the $20 fee goes directly to the school. Shoe rental is included, plus sweepstakes including Mets tickets, DVD player, specialty baskets, sports memorabilia and more, including jackpot free game coupons.

Lane sponsorships are available. Call Jim Santora at 917-502-4128 or email to reserve or for more information.


CDEC 26 meets

            Community District Education Council 26 will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, March 24 in Room B44A of M.S. 67 the Louis Pasteur Magnet School, located at 51-60 Marathon Parkway in Little Neck.

            The business meeting begins at 7 p.m. sharp, when they will vote to fill a vacancy and transact any other necessary business. The public portion of the meeting will begin at 8 p.m. and include a superintendant’s report.

Anyone wishing to speak during the public meeting session must sign the Speakers Sheet provided. You will be allowed up to three minutes speaking time. Light refreshments will be served. All meetings are held at wheelchair accessible sites.

For more information call CDEC26 at 718-631-6927 or visit


BTCA meets

            The Bay Terrace Community Alliance (BCTA) will hold an “important” meeting on Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. at the Chabad of Northeast Queens, located at 26-06 213th Street in Bayside.

            BCTA is concerned that city plans to construct additional access ramps for the Van Wyck Expressway will exacerbate traffic on the Whitestone Expressway and Cross Island Parkway and have a detrimental effect on Bay Terrace.

            The public is invited. For more information, visit

Save the Date

             Life’s WORC 23rd Annual Geraldo Rivera Golf and Tennis Classic will be on Monday, May 10 at Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove. The event begins with 10:30 a.m. registration and concludes with a cocktail reception beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The proceeds form the outing will further the organizations mission to provide comprehensive support to people with developmental disabilities including mental retardation and autism.

A deluxe golf foursome is $2,000 or $500 for a single golfer. Tennis singles are $175; cocktail reception only for $125. For more information, call Matthew Zebatto at 516-741-9000 Ext. 241 or email