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Beat the Heat: City pools open today

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Photo courtesy of .nycgovparks.org

If the heat wave that started off the 2012 summer season is any indication, then we might be in for a hot summer. Instead of sitting in air conditioning, try cooling off in one of the city’s free outdoor pools, starting June 28. Opened from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (with a break for cleaning between 3 and 4 p.m), there are eight different locations in Queens to swim, including an Olympic-sized pool in Astoria Park. Don’t know how to swim? No problem. The outdoor pools also have free swimming lessons for 1 and half year olds to adults of all ages.


Astoria Park

19th St. and 23rd Drive

Olympic-sized pool


Fisher Pool

99th St. and 32nd Ave.

Outdoor Wading pool


Fort Totten

Story Road. and Pratt Ave.

Outdoor Intermediate Pool, Outdoor Wading Pool, Outdoor Diving Pool


Liberty Park Pool

173rd St. and 106th Ave.

Outdoor Intermediate Pool, Outdoor Wading Pool


Marie Curie Park

211th St. and 46th Ave.

Outdoor Mini Pool


P.S. 10

45th St. and 30th Road

Outdoor Mini Pool


P.S. 186 Playground

Little Neck Parkway & 72nd Ave.

Outdoor Mini Pool


Windmuller Park

54th St. and 39th Road

Outdoor Mini Pool


For more information, visit the NYC Park’s website


Fort Totten under new leadership

| lguerre@queenscourier.com

The New York City Queens Recruiting Company at Fort Totten is under new leadership.

Major Brooke Brown relinquished command of the army recruiting company to Captain Michael Gallucci in a ceremony on June 7 at the army facility, marking the end of her two-year tenure.

“I am thrilled for the opportunity to tell my Army story back home in New York,” said incoming commander Gallucci, who is a native of Long Island.

Gallucci has a bachelor’s degree in management technology from SUNY Farmingdale and has completed assignments as a Battalion Chemical Officer in Korea, a Transportation Platoon Leader and Unit Movement Officer in North Carolina, and an Arrival Departure Airfield Control Group Officer in Afghanistan.

Gallucci, 30, departed from his latest duty as the Commander of Tango Company, 266th Quartermaster Battalion, in Fort Lee, Virginia, to head Fort Totten.

The new commander is a decorated officer with various awards, including the Meritorious Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Korean Defense Service Medal.

The ceremony was observed by members of the recruiting center and Gallucci’s family, and the outgoing commander had nothing but praise for her successor.

“He’s motivated and excited. He’s going to do great,” Brown said.

Brown will remain in the city, moving to the recruiting battalion at Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn, until December.

She plans to seek higher education in January, at an institution yet to be determined, to study System Engineering Managing Process.

“It’s exciting to move on to something new, but it’s sad to leave something when you feel there’s more to accomplish,” she said.


Courier Happenings

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com





Civil War New York Walking Tour

At 1 p.m., visit Fort Totten, located at 212th Street and Cross Island Parkway, for a Civil War New York Walking Tour led by the Urban Park Rangers. Get an up-close view of historical landmarks and learn about the unique role Queens played in shaping our nation. The tour group will meet at the front gate of Fort Totten. Admission is free.

Photo Courtesy of NYC Parks & Recreation

QPAC presents ‘Cinderella’


At 3 p.m. the Queensborough Performing Arts Center, located at 222-05 56th Avenue in Bayside, presents the Moscow Festival Ballet performing “Cinderella.” See the classic fairy tale vividly brought to life on stage under the direction of Sergei Radchenko, former principal dancer of the world renowned Bolshoi Ballet. Tickets are $39 to $42.


At 12 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard, presents “Art As Language,” an exhibition of work from the students at J.H.S. 189. Enjoy works of art, including drawings, manuscripts, paintings and quilts, created by some of the boroughs most promising young talents. This event has a suggested donation price of $5.


The Nassau Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum, located at 1255 Hempstead Turnpike in Uniondale, invites you to experience the magic of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. This once in a lifetime event, called DRAGONS, celebrates the Year of the Dragon through astonishing feats and acts of bravery. Tickets range from $20 to $150. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.Ringling.com or www.ticketmaster.com.


At 7 p.m., celebrate Irish Culture at the Bayside Historical Society, located at 208 Totten Avenue in Bayside. Watch a performance of traditional Irish dance by students of the Petri School of Irish Dance, enjoy a dance lesson from an instructor, and sample traditional Irish food. Suggested donation is $10, or $5 for members of the Bayside Historical Society.


7 p.m., York College Performing Arts Center, located at 94-45 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard in Jamaica, presents James Spaulding, a jazz saxophonist and flutist who has established himself as a masterful soloist for ensemble performances. Originally from the Indianapolis, Indiana area, Spaulding is a modernist with solid roots in classical jazz. This performance has a suggested donation of $10.

At 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., the Queens Theatre, located at 14 United Nations Avenue South in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, presents Tom Wopat, the next installment in the theatre’s Celebrity Series. Wopat, a seasoned stage star whose credits include “Annie Get Your Gun” and “Guys and Dolls,” and television credits include “Dukes of Hazzard” and “Cybill,” will perform a concert of Broadway hits and standards from the 40s and 50s. Regular tickets for this show are $44 and Producer’s Circle tickets are $60.

Photo courtesy of the Queens Theatre

At 7 p.m., Community House, located at 15 Borage Place, presents its annual Casino Night. All funds raised at this event will help finance the upkeep of Community House’s facilities. Companies interested in participating in this event should call 718-268-7710 or visit www.thecommunityhouse.net.


Visit the Museum of Moving Image, located at 36-01 35th Avenue in Astoria, to see the Three Stooges Matinee film series. Legends of slapstick comedy, the Three Stooges have inspired generations of comedians with films like “False Alarms,” “Gents Without Cents” and “Grips, Grunts, Groans.” Screenings are free with museum admission, which is $12 for adults, $9 for senior citizens and college students (with ID) and $6 for children (ages 3-17).


At 7 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard, presents J.H.S. 189’s production of Guys and Dolls JR. Watch as a talented cast of young actors, singers and dancers performs this Broadway classic. Set in New York City, the show tells the story of gamblers and missionaries, love and adventure. This show is free to the public.


From 2 to 5 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard, presents Celebrate Spring, an interactive arts workshop open for all ages. Make Mexican paper art with skilled artisan, Aurelia Fernandez, who will teach children and adults alike how to create animal hats from paper and found objects. Learn about instruments from Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia and get a chance to build your very own pentatonic panpipe, called a palla. Juan “Pepe” Santana, a skilled musician, will teach attendees how to play simple Andean melodies on their newly crafted instruments. No previous musical training is necessary.


From 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., join the Queens Botanical Garden for its opening weekend event. Tour the beautiful gardens and enjoy special activities from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Also meet the Garden mascot, Flora. Admission is free.


At 2 P.M., Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard, presents mirror of another world, textiles and costume traditions in early Central Asian photography. Look through scholar Andrew Hale’s archives, the largest private collection of 19th and early 20th century Central Asian images in the United States. Hale will discuss how these photographs document Central Asian costume and textile trends. This event has a suggested donation of $5 for members and is free for students.


From 12 to 4 p.m., Queens County Farm Museum, located at 73-50 Little Neck Parkway in Floral Park, will host its annual BarnYard Easter Egg Hunt. Join Whiskers the Bunny for an afternoon of family fun with egg tossing, hayrides and more. Admission is $5.


From 2 to 5 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard, presents Celebrate Spring, an interactive arts workshop open for all ages. Felipe Rengel will lead a fascinating workshop on the Puerto Rican tradition of Vejidante, a celebration using masks. Attendees will be allowed to create their very own masks as well as learn about the history behind them. There will also be a demonstration on colorful Mexican flowers and paper banners, typically used in weddings, holidays and other celebrations. This event is $10 for non-members and free for members.


From 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., visit St. Sebastian School, located at 39-76 58th Street in Woodside to shop at the first annual Spring Craft Fair. Buy jewelry, clothes, gifts and more with all proceeds benefitting the St. Sebastian School. Visit ssscraftfair.blogspot.com for more information or to apply to be a vendor.


At 7:30 p.m., The Zucker Hillside Hospital’s Sloman Auditorium, located at 266th Street and 76th Avenue in Glen Oaks, presents “Planning for Exceptional Families,” in conjunction with the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Queens/Nassau. This program will teach attendees about how to care for a loved one who has special needs, touching on the sensitive subject of a family member’s care after you pass. This forum will help put those facing these challenges at ease and provide them with the necessary information to make good choices now for the future. Ellen Victor, an attorney specializing in elder law and estate planning, will be in attendance to provide advice and support. The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Queens/Nassau is a non-profit organization that provides support, education and advocacy for families of residents suffering from mental illness. For more information, call 718-347-7284.


At 7 p.m., York College Performing Arts Center, located at 94-45 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard in Jamaica, presents Dr. April Lynn James, a mezzo-soprano wonder hailed by the New York Times as a “flash of beauty and inspiration” with a PhD in Music from Harvard University. James specialized in music from the 18th century and she has earned several awards, such as the Urban Artists Initiative/NYC Fellowship and a Queens Council on the Arts Individual Artist Grant.

At 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., the Queens Theatre, located at 14 United Nations Avenue South in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, presents Janis Ian, the next installment in the theatre’s Celebrity Series. Ian is a Grammy Award-winning folk music legend and the genius behind “At Seventeen,” “Society’s Child,” “Stars” and “Jesse.” She will perform several of her greatest hits as well as a bevy of other classic tunes. Regular tickets for this show are $44 and Producer’s Circle tickets are $60.

Photo courtesy of Peter Cunningham

At 6 p.m., the Alley Pond Environmental Center (APEC), located at 22806 Northern Boulevard in Flushing, presents the Friend of the Environment Earth Day Reception. This celebration will honor Central Veterinary Associates who have provided care for all of APEC’s animals for over 15 years. Admission for this event is $25 per person.

At 8 p.m., the Alley Pond Environmental Center (APEC), located at 22806 Northern Boulevard in Flushing, presents the John Flynn Earth Day Concert – Folk Music For the Earth. Listen to the music of legendary folk singer John Flynn, performing his hits as well as country and love songs. Admission for this event is $25 per person.


At 10 a.m., the Alley Pond Environmental Center (APEC), located at 22806 Northern Boulevard in Flushing, will host their Earth Day Walk for APEC. Join APEC on a fun, leisurely walk along Little Neck Bay and help raise funds for its cause. Trainers from Bayside’s Bell Plaza Sports Club will be on site to lead stretches and warm-ups just before the walk. This activity has a fee of $10 per person.


Friday at 7:30, Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m., the Queens Theatre, located at 14 United Nations Avenue South in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, presents SPENT. Straight from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival comes the U.S. premier of this hilarious, witty and quick political satire about the greed and corruption that started the worldwide financial crisis. The show features two actors playing 20 different characters, each from different parts of the world. SPENT won Toronto’s Dora Award for Best Performance. Tickets for this show are $25.


At 7 p.m., York College Performing Arts Center, located at 94-45 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard in Jamaica, presents the Clifton Anderson Quintet. Anderson, who began playing the trombone at age seven, attended the prestigious Fiorello LaGuardia High School of Music and Art, studied with Simon Karasick and Dave Schechter at Stony Brook University, and graduated from the Manhattan School of Music in 1978. He has performed with a diverse group of musical talents, including Stevie Wonder, Dizzy Gillespie, Paul Simon, Muhal Richard Abrams, WyClef Jean, and Dionne Warwick. Anderson racked up several Broadway credits during his career, including “Dreamgirls” and “Nine.” Tickets for this show are $20 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.


At 3 p.m. visit the Queensborough Performing Arts Center, located at 222-05 56th Avenue in Bayside to see Wayne Newton. For more than 20 years, the singing legend has entertained Las Vegas audiences, and now he brings his storied act right here to the heart of Queens. Stop by and say “Danke Schoen” to Mr. Las Vegas. Tickets are $55 and can be purchased online at www.qcc.cuny.edu/qpac or by phone at 718-631-6311.


At 2 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. on Sundays, the Queens Theatre, located at 14 United Nations Avenue South in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, presents The Jack Cole Project, a dance spectacular and tribute to the father of theatrical jazz dance, Jack Cole. Cole’s work became well known through various Broadway sensations, most famously, “Fosse.” See the incredible dance stylings of this legend come to life, on stage at the world premier of this event at the Queens Theatre. Tickets for this show are $49.


On Saturdays and Sundays, at the Socrates Sculpture Park, located at 32-01 Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City, join the summer fitness classes. Learn yoga, capoeira, pilates and tai chi all while enjoying the summer sun. Classes are open to novices and experts alike. Wear comfortable workout attire and bring a mat or towel for yoga. For full class schedule, visit www.socratessculpturepark.org. All classes are free.

VFW hosts parade-goers

| mpantelidis@queenscourier.com

Photo Courtesy of VFW Post 885

Marchers in the New York City Veterans Day Parade were hosted by the John Vincent Daniels Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 2813 after the procession’s conclusion on November 11.

Members of the United States Army Transportation Group based out of Fort Totten, many of whom recently returned from a tour of duty in Iraq, and Boy Scouts from Sunnyside’s Troop 309 visited the post, located at 51-27 Queens Boulevard in Woodside, after participating in the parade.

During the event, which included a buffet for guests, Boy Scouts interacted with soldiers, including VFW Post 2813 Senior Vice Commander Eddie Avila, an Iraq War veteran and teacher in the New York City public school system.

What’s Happening In Queens

| amanning@queenscourier.com





Saturday, November 26 at 2 p.m. Flushing Library: Kunqu Society Presents a Chinese Opera; The Kunqu Society will present this special performance  in honor of the 10th anniversary of Kunqu’s designation as a “Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity” by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization; call 718-661-1200.


10:30 a.m. Douglaston-Little Neck Library: “Yoga and Me” for Preschoolers; Sarae Garcia teaches this class that introduces yoga to children ages three to five in order to tap into their creativity using movement and games. Preregistration is required; call 718-225-8414.

10:30 a.m. Fresh Meadows Library: Knitting/Crocheting Club; Enthusiasts of knitting and crocheting can come work on their skills while enjoying great conversation. Participants must bring their own materials; call 718-454-7272.

3 p.m. Long Island City: Homework Help: Come start your weekend off right by getting your homework out the way with the help of staff; call 718-752-3700.  

3 – 6 p.m. Cambria Heights Library: BOOST Homework Help; The library’s BOOST (Best Out of School Time) staff will be helping students with their homework to give them encouragement, keep them on task and clarify instructions; call 718-528-3535.

3:30 p.m. Queens Village Library: Holiday Pen Pal Club; Spread joy this holiday season by creating cards and bookmarks for the homebound elderly; call 718-766-6800. 

 4 p.m. Fresh Meadows Library: Book Buddies; Every Friday afternoon, children in grades K – 3 can come to read and play fun, educational activities with a teenage book buddy. Teens in seventh grade and up may apply to volunteer; call 718-454-7272.



2 p.m. Long Island City Library: Searching Online for a Job: This workshop will go over everything from Internet job searching and job search assessment to job sites and resumes; basic computer skills and preregistration are required; call 718-752-3700.

3 p.m. Cambria Heights Library: Library Explorers Club; The Queens Museum of Art Educators will guide children and families through the new Children’s Library Discovery Center.  This series of programs was created specially for families with children affected by Autism (siblings are also welcome). Preregistration is required; call 718-990-0114.  


1 p.m. Fort Totten Visitor’s Center: Historic New York – The Fort Totten Tunnel Tour; Exploring tunnels and hidden chambers can be very exciting, especially when you have a guide who knows them well and is armed with a lantern.  Come see an unfamiliar part of Fort Totten, forgotten and mysterious; call 718-352-1769.


10 a.m.Forest Hills Library: Ping Pong Club; Adults are invited to come play ping pong; call 718-268-7934.

10 a.m. Central Library: Stay Well; Learn new ways to take charge of your health and help your friends do the same. Special exercises and relaxation techniques that can make a difference in your life will be taught; call 718-990-0700.

10:30 Forest Hills Library: Grandparent Support Group; This meeting will focus on issues and challenges of raising grandchildren, including how to communicate effectively, how to bridge the gap between Russian traditions and American culture at home and how to deal with difficult teens; call 718-268-7934.

1 p.m. Long Island City Library: Learn about Housing and Public Benefits Options; Learn about affordable housing and public benefits. All workshops will take place at the Queens Library Literacy Zone /JeanneElmezziAdultLearningCenter;call 718-752-3700.

1 p.m. Langston Hughes Library: Northern Queens Regional CAC Meeting; Anyone who is interested in improving the health of their neighbors in Jackson Heights, Elmhurst, Langston Hughes, Corona, Lefrak City, Flushing and Pomonok should come to this meeting; call 718-990-5197.

1 p.m. Long Island City Library: The Social Worker Is In: A social worker will be available to answer questions in English and Spanish for older adults and caregivers about obtaining long-term care and applying for benefits and entitlements and to provide  information about community services available to support you and/or the person you are helping. There will also be information about homecare, respite, counseling, support groups, adult day care and more; call 718-752-3700.

2 p.m. Long Island City: Financial Empowerment Center; Come talk to a financial counselor to get tips on managing your credit, debt and household budget. To register, call theQueensFinancialEmpowermentCenter at 646-810-4050 x 112 and indicate that you want to register for a session at the Queens Library.

4 p.m. Briarwood Library: Meditation for Children – Happy Minds, Healthy Bodies; Children ages seven to 12 can come learn how to relax their minds and learn how it helps their body and can improve their grades. Preregistration is required; call 718-658-1680.

5 p.m. Pomonok Library: College Club 2011 It’s All About You! – Your College Admissions Essay; This one hour Kaplan workshop is designed to show students and their parents what college admissions officers look for in an essay. The instructor will examine what types of essay topics students will encounter, critique a sample admissions essay and cover the four steps to writing a winning essay. Preregister at www.kaptest.com/College/Home/index.html.  

6 p.m. Lefrak City Library: Open Forum with New York City Council Member Daniel Dromm; Councilmember Daniel Dromm will join November’s Open Forum. Learn what a councilmember does, hear the responses to issues raised last month and join the Open Forum this month to voice your questions, ideas, concerns or observations about our community; call 718-592-7677.

6:30 p.m. Corona Library: Flamenco Cante and Guitar; Experience the musical traditions of Andalucia, Spain and folkloric songs – truly the heart and soul of flamenco –  and the beauty of flamenco dance as performed by Flamenco Latino; call 718-426-2844.


1 p.m. Fresh Meadows Library: Adult Scrabble; Come play the word game that has been played for generations. Participants should bring their own boards; call 718-454-7272.

1:15 p.m. Douglaston-Little Neck Library: Mother Goose; Children ages nine to 36 months and their caregivers can come sing nursery rhymes and listen to stories. Preregistration is required and space is limited; call 718-225-8414.

2:30 p.m. Bellerose Library: Let’s Bollywood – A Dance Instruction Workshop for Adults; Dance instructor Pia Majumdar will teach this 3-session workshop on Bollywood dance steps. At the last session, participants will get a chance to put all the steps together for a fun performance for family and friends. Preregistration is required; call 718-831-8644.

4 p.m. Steinway Library: Going Green with LEAP; Children ages 11 to 14 will create and play games that focus on the ecology and environments in their neighborhoods. They will also organize a “Go Green” campaign; call 718-728-1965.

6:30 p.m. Central Library: Owning Your Own Business – The Nuts & Bolts of Getting Started; Anyone who is considering starting his or her own business should come to this workshop to learn how to develop the idea into a business plan. Participants will learn how create a demand for a product/service, how to set goals and objectives and how to budget time and money. This is held in theJobInformationCenter. To register call 718-990-5102.


10:30 p.m. Auburndale Library: Computer Class for Chinese Speakers; A one-on-one, half-hour computer lesson for Chinese speakers. Appointments are available at 10:30, 11 and 11:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. every Wednesday; call 718-352-2027.


3 p.m. Bellerose Library: Introduction to Relaxation and Self-Healing, Part 2 – Meditation and Harmonic Self Balancing Technique; Learn harmonic self-balacing techniques to promote physical and emotional balance. These approaches will reduce stress, increase concentration and provide a greater understanding of the relationship between mind and body; call 718-831-8644.

6 p.m. Bayside Library: Writer’s Workshop; Improve your writing by taking part in this workshop. Writers will learn the craft of narrative and discuss published stories and participants’ work.

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