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Queens’ Morning Roundup

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Tuesday: Overcast with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain, then a chance of a thunderstorm and rain showers in the afternoon. High of 84. Winds from the South at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60% with rainfall amounts near 0.4 in. possible. Tuesday night: Overcast with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain. Low of 73. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 30% with rainfall amounts near 0.3 in. possible.

EVENT OF THE DAY: EcoHouse at Queens Botanical Garden

The Community Environmental Center EcoHouse, on display at the Queens Botanical Garden through August 31, is a mobile, cutting-edge and interactive exhibit that lets you see behind the walls and underneath the floor of a home. You will learn how your house or apartment really works. A 21st-century classroom for students of all ages, it helps you understand how to save energy, save money and protect the natural world around you. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Judge sets alleged Westchester ‘pot mom’ free on $500,000 bond

Andrea Sanderlin, the so-called Westchester pot mom, was released Monday on $500,000 bond secured by the financial assets of four casual acquaintances. Read more: CBS New York

City has new plans but no cash for Ridgewood Reservoir

Residents are irked that the latest scaled-back master plan to transform Ridgewood Reservoir to a park arrived without any cash to actually pay for it. Read more: New York Daily News

Quinn proposes Bloomberg-like plan for healthier kids’ meals at chain eateries

A grilled cheese with fries ordered off the kids menu at Applebee’s packs a punch. It contains 21 grams of saturated fat — three times as much as the federal government allows in elementary school meals. Read more: NY1

FDNY sending contingent of firefighters to assist with deadly Arizona wildfire

Five members of the FDNY’s incident management team are heading to Arizona to lend a hand after the stunning deaths of 19 firefighters. Read more: CBS New York/AP

On July 4, Statue of Liberty to finally reopen

Months after Sandy swamped her little island, the Statue of Liberty will finally welcome visitors again on Independence Day. Read more: NBC New York

Kremlin: Snowden gives up on plan to stay in Russia

Edward Snowden has abandoned his effort to seek asylum in Russia after President Vladimir Putin warned that he would have to stop leaking information about U.S. surveillance programs if he wanted to stay, a Russian official said Tuesday. Read more: CNN


Queens’ Morning Roundup

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Tuesday: Overcast with a chance of rain. High of 55. Breezy. Winds from the NE at 20 to 25 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 20%. Tuesday night: Overcast in the evening, then mostly cloudy. Low of 46. Winds from the North at 5 to 20 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Fish & Crushed Can Story mixed media art exhibit 

This mixed media exhibit by artist Iandry Randriamandroso is created from discarded, crushed aluminum cans found on the streets, and cardboard and burlap from local grocery, along with wordless hand-made books about a fish and a crushed can. It illustrates how growth is disrupted by invasive species. The exhibit is on display at the Queens Botanical Garden Visitor & Administration Building Gallery from April 23 through July 23. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Boston bomb suspect: My brother was the mastermind

The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings has indicated that his older brother, not any international terrorist group, masterminded the deadly attack, a U.S. government source said. Read more: CNN

Canada terror plot targeted train in Toronto, NYC trains possibly scouted

Canadian officials have thwarted a terror plot that envisioned derailing a train in Toronto, and multiple sources say that Amtrak trains out of New York City may have been scouted by the suspects. Read more: NBC New York

NYPD investigate death of infant in Queens

The NYPD is investigating the death of a 6-month-old infant girl in Queens. Read more: Fox New York

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner returns to Twitter after sexting scandal bruised his political career

Former Congressman Anthony Weiner is back on the social network that helped end his career in public service. Read more: New York Daily News

TSA delays its move to loosen restrictions on small knives on planes

The Transportation Security Administration said it is delaying the implementation of a new controversial policy that would allow small knives on planes. Read more: CBS News

Senate bill jeopardizes tax-free online shopping

States could force Internet retailers to collect sales taxes under a bill that overwhelmingly passed a test vote in the Senate Monday. Read more: AP


Queens’ Morning Roundup

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Monday: Overcast with snow, then ice pellets and snow in the afternoon. High of 37 with a windchill as low as 25F. Winds from the SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation 80% . Monday night: Overcast with rain, then a chance of rain after midnight. Low of 37. Winds from the SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Repetition in Design

Repetition in Design, on display at the Queens Botanical Garden, is a series of oil paintings on canvas by QBG’s Supervising Museum Instructor Gennadyi Gurman. Some of these pieces are influenced by the way the 8-bit video games from the 1980s looked, also from cartoons; but all show a bright color contrast. Until April 15 and free with admission. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Four-alarm fire guts commercial building in Queens

Business owners in Queens are assessing the damage after a fast-moving four-alarm fire ripped through a commercial building late Sunday. Read more: ABC New York

NYC school bus companies, union to meet Monday

New York City school bus companies and union leaders are to meet Monday in an effort to resolve the strike. Read more: Fox New York

City plans to put new schools in two struggling Queens high schools

Two struggling Queens high schools could soon become a lot more crowded. Read more: New York Daily News

MoMA PS1 wants to build performance dome in the Rockaways

Plans are in the works to bring a unique performance dome to the Rockaways. Read more: NY1

Schumer: Federal Sandy aid bill funds Army Corps’ projects on city coastlines

The U.S. Senate is set to vote on a Hurricane Sandy aid bill on Monday evening, and Sen. Charles Schumer said Sunday the bill would provide more than $1 billion to protect the coastlines of the city and Long Island. Read more: NY1

Police chiefs from Newtown, Aurora to meet with Obama

President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will meet today with law enforcement groups and police chiefs from several communities impacted by mass shootings to discuss the administration’s intensifying push to reduce gun violence. Read more: CBS News

Bipartisan Senate group proposes immigration plan

A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators has agreed on a framework for immigration reform that would provide a “path to citizenship” for those in the United States illegally but only after measures are put in place to secure borders and track undocumented immigrants. Read more: Reuters

Queens’ Morning Roundup

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Wednesday: Partly cloudy in the morning, then overcast. High of 25 with a windchill as low as 1F. Breezy. Winds from the WNW at 15 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 20%. Wednesday night: Overcast with a chance of snow. Low of 16F with a windchill as low as 5. Winds from the WNW at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 20%

Board reviews legality of school bus strike

Now into its fifth day, the strike by more than 8,000 school bus drivers and matrons is under review by the National Labor Relations Board. Read more: Fox New York

Long Island Rail Road employees face bust in big copper caper

More than a dozen Long Island Railroad workers will be slapped with criminal charges after a probe into the theft of hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of copper from the MTA, the Daily News has learned. Read more: New York Daily News

Bitter temperatures keep tri-state area in deep freeze

Bitter Arctic air is keeping temperatures well below freezing across the Tri-State area. Read more: CBS New York

Bystander shot in Empire State gun battle sues cops

A North Carolina college student injured during the wild police shootout with a gunman at the Empire State Building last August is suing the city — saying NYPD officers created a “dangerous and deadly confrontation” that resulted in nine wounded bystanders. Read more: New York Post

Hillary Clinton to face Congress on Benghazi assault

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton faces tough questions in her long-awaited congressional testimony concerning the assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. Read more: ABC New York

Man charged in shooting on Texas college campus

A 22-year-old man has been charged in a shooting on a community college campus in Texas that left three people wounded, one critically, authorities said. Read more: Reuters



What to do this weekend in Queens

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At 10:30 a.m., Alley Pond Environmental Center, located at 22806 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, will be holding an event titled “Young Chefs,” which invites kids to prepare homemade grilled cheese sandwiches and fresh banana split milkshakes. All materials will be included. Space is limited to eight participants and registration is required. Recommended for ages 7-12. Admission is $24 for non-members and $18 for members. For more information, call 718-229-4000, email contact@alleypond.com or visit alleypond.com.

At 2 p.m., Flushing Library, located at 41-17 Main Street, Flushing, presents the first part of the three-part Twilight Concert series, where Members of the Con Brio Ensemble will perform works by Brahms, Poulenc, Handel and others. The Ensemble is made up of critically acclaimed musicians, including violinist Alexander Meshibovsky, pianist Diana Mittler, oboist Alan Hollander and vocalist Barbara Ann Martin. Admission is $12 and $10 for students and senior citizens. TDF vouchers will be accepted. For more information, call 718-661-1200.

At 6 p.m., Dance Fusion, at 40-04 Junction Boulevard in Jackson Heights invites you to party your way into fi tness and the New Year with Zumba! Join us for an exciting and fun class taught by a licensed and experienced instructor. Even those who have never experienced this exciting new way to work out will love it! Classes are $10 per session.

With shows beginning at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., The Chocolate Factory, located at 5-49 49th Avenue, Long Island City, presents “There There,” an unpredictable and moving play about being the  wrong person in the wrong place at the wrong time doing all the wrong things. For tickets and for more information, visit chocolatefactorytheater.org or call 212-352-3101.


At 10 a.m., Queens Botanical Garden, located at 43-50 Main Street, Flushing, will be holding an electronic waste recycling event. Bring your unwanted or broken electronics such as old phones, chargers, handheld toys, TVs, cameras, holiday lights and more and they will be disposed free of charge. All participants will also have a chance to enter a free raffle to win a new 21-inch iMac and will also receive a “Green Karma” coupon worth anywhere from $5 to $500, redeemable at the Tekserve store. For more information, contact Darcy Hector at 718-886-3800 or dhector@queensbotanical.org.

At 2 p.m., Bayside Historical Society, located at 208 Totten Avenue, Fort Totten, Bayside, will be holding its Annual Art Show 2013. The event will also include a performance by Lindsay Megiddo. Those interested in submitting original works are encouraged to view an information packet and complete a registration form, both of which can be accessed at baysidehistorical.org on the Events page. For more information, call 718-352-1548 or visit baysidehistorical.org.

At 2:15 p.m., Flushing Town Hall presents New York City’s preeminent ambassadors of Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba and Plena music and dance. Lead by National Heritage winner Juan Gutirrez, this unique troupe of Puerto Rican master traditional artists and seasoned New York musicians are leaders in the resurgence of the Island’s traditional music in NY. Tickets are $12/$10 members/$8 children/$6 member children. Flushing Town Hall is located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard. To learn more, call 718- 463-7700.

At 4:30 p.m., Church-In-the-Gardens, located at 50 Ascan Avenue, Forest Hills, presents the second part of the three-part Twilight Concert series, where Members of the Con Brio Ensemble will perform works by Brahms, Poulenc, Handel and others. The Ensemble is made up of critically acclaimed musicians, including violinist Alexander Meshibovsky, pianist Diana Mittler, oboist Alan Hollander and vocalist Barbara Ann Martin. Admission is $12 and $10 for students and senior citizens. TDF vouchers will be accepted. For more information, call 718-268-6704.


The Secret Theatre, located at 4402 23rd Street, Long Island City, presents “Urinetown, the Musical,” a Tony-Award-winning production set in a dystopian city where a water shortage has forced private toilets to be outlawed. Out of the residents who are furious over the fact that they have to share public facilities, a hero rises to lead them through a comedic, music-infused revolution. Evening shows Thursday through Saturday are at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m., with a special matinee performance on January 26 at 3 p.m. For more information, contact Alyssa Van Gorder at 718-392-0722 or pr@secrettheatre.com.


The Louis Armstrong House Museum, located at 34-56 107th Street, Corona, presents its Louis Armstrong at Freedomland exhibit. The exhibit, curated by Louis Armstrong House Museum Archivist Ricky Riccardi, paints an intimate portrait of Armstrong on stage and off during the turbulent years of 1961 to 1964, spreading joy to fans young and old with his integrated band of all stars. Major funding for the exhibit is made possible by the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday through Sunday and closed on Mondays. Admission is $10 for adults; $7 for seniors 65 and older, students and children and free for members and children under four. A $6 group rate is available for groups of at least eight, in which case it is asked that an appointment be made. For more information, call 718-478-8274 or visit louisarmstronghouse.org.



Halloween events in Queens

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Here’s your guide to all the Halloween happenings in Queens this October.

Pumpkin Patch
Queens County Farm Museum
73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Glen Oaks
Thru October 28
Saturdays & Sundays
11:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Haunted House at the Poppenhusen

The Poppenhusen Institute
114-04 14th Road College Point
Friday, October 26-Saturday, October 27
Wednesday, October 31
5:00-6:00 p.m. (ages 6-8), 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. (ages 8 and up)

Halloween Haunted House

Queens County Farm Museum
73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Glen Oaks
Friday, October 26 – Sunday, October 28
4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Children’s Fall Festival
Queens County Farm Museum
73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Glen Oaks
Sunday, October 28
11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Dead or Alive
New York Hall of Science
47-01 111 Street, Corona
Friday, October 26 – Sunday, October 28

Thriller at the Battery
Fort Totten Park
Cross Island Parkway between Totten Avenue and 15 Road
Friday, October 26
6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Boo at the Zoo
Queens Zoo
53-51 111th Street, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
Saturday, October 27-Sunday, October 28
11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Halloween Walking Tour
Hell Gate Bridge, Astoria Park (on Shore Boulevard)
Saturday, October 27
11 a.m.

Rockaway Canine Festival
Rockaway Freeway Dog Park
Beach Channel Drive at Beach 84 Street, Rockaway Beach
Saturday, October 27
11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Family Halloweenfest
Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning
161-04 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica
Saturday, October 27
11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Trick or Treat!
Louis Armstrong House Museum
34-56 107 Street, Corona
Saturday, October 27
1 p.m.-4 p.m.

3rd Annual Halloween Costume Party
Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing
Saturday, October 27
8 p.m.

Bayside Village Halloween Family Festival

Bell Boulevard

between Northern Boulevard and 35th Avenue

Saturday, October 27

Noon-5 p.m.


Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing
Sunday, October 28
12:00 p.m.

Halloween on Ice
City Ice Pavilion
47-32 32 Place, Long Island City
Sunday, October 28
12:00 pm.-3:50 p.m.

CenterStage Halloween Concert
Sky View Center
40-24 College Point Boulevard, Flushing
Sunday, October 28
3:30 p.m.

Haunted Halloween Hike
Alley Pond Environmental Center
228-06 Northern Boulevard, Douglaston
Monday, October 29
4:30 p.m. (ages 5-7), 6:30 p.m. (ages 8-12)

Playground For All Children
Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
Tuesday, October 30
4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Queens Zoo Trick & Treating and Halloween Festivities
Queens Zoo
53-51 111th Street, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
Wednesday, October 31
3:00–5:00 p.m.

Jackson Heights Halloween Parade
Line up near P.S. 222  (87th Street and 37th Avenue)
Wednesday, October 31
5 p.m.

Halloween Party! Devil Science Theater 3K
Laughing Devil Comedy Club
47-38 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City
Wednesday, October 31
8 p.m.



What to do with the kids this weekend

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Photo courtesy of the New York Hall of Science


Saturday, September 29

9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Join the Friends of the Ridgewood Library for their semi-annual Fun Day, where there be a flea market, crafts, reading in the garden and more.

11 a.m. – 3 p.m., The National Estuaries Day Festival commemorates Little Neck Bay, the local estuary. Meet people from health service, recreational and civic associations, school groups and government organizations. Hike along Alley Pond Environmental Center’s unique and beautiful estuary trails, listen to live music, visit educational booths and exhibits from neighborhood organizations and participate in children’s activities and crafts. Free entertainment, hands-on demonstrations, fun games, boat and canoe rides. Please pre-register.

5:30 – 8:30 p.m., At the Voelker Orth Museum’s Oktoberfest in the Garden there will be food, drinks, music and more in celebration of the German-American heritage of the Voelker and Orth families. Admission $30 ($25 for members), inclusive of food and drink. Reservations recommended.

Saturday, September 29 – Sunday, September 30

10 a.m. – 7 p.m. (Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Sunday), Deemed “The Greatest Show and Tell on Earth,” the annual Maker Faire at the New York Hall of Science will feature more than 500 maker exhibits, the world’s most diverse showcase of creativity and innovation in technology, craft, science, fashion, art, food and more. Expect outrageous attractions such as the Life-Sized Mousetrap, Coke Zero and Mentos Show, Power Racing Series, iconic Cupcake Cars and other spectacular surprises, such as workshops on soldering, lock picking and Arduino.

Sunday, September 30

12 p.m. – 6 p.m., The Forest Hills Street Festival is a family fair on seven blocks with about 150 vendors, promotions, kiddie rides and crafts. Plus, Austin Street stores will be open. Rain or shine.

4 p.m. – 6 p.m., The Autumn Moon Festival at the Queens Botanical Garden is an afternoon of moon cakes, arts and crafts, and cultural performances celebrating an ancient holiday that reflects on the summer harvest, the fullness of the moon and the myth of the immortal moon goddess. Bring picnic blankets and summer chairs. Free with admission.



Saturday, September 29

1 p.m., Ballet Long Island’s Princess Tea Party opens this weekend, featuring Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid and more. Kids can also take photos with the princess characters and join them for a tea party following the performance.

5:30 p.m. -6:30 p.m., Take part in the national attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most soccer balls ever dribbled by a group at one time. The event also raises money and awareness for America SCORES, which help bring soccer to under-resourced elementary schools. The New York City event will take place at Pier 25 (at Hudson River Greenway and North Moore) and will be followed by a happy hour fundraiser at Harry’s Italian Pizza Bar in Battery Park City.

Saturday, September 29 – Sunday, September 30

11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., Come to the Long Island Children’s Museum this weekend to see Dora the Explorer Live! “Dora’s Pirate Adventure.”

Sunday, September 30

12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Kiddie Cruise: A Princess and Pirate Adventure is an all inclusive fun-filled family event that sails for two hours on the Hudson River. Guests enjoy a puppet show, magician, face painting, arts and crafts, live music while soaking in the sights. All guests receive a healthy bagged lunch and unlimited juice and soda. Kids are encouraged to dress up as their favorite Princess or Pirate. The boat leaves from Pier #40 West Side Highway in Manhattan.




Queens events for Labor Day Weekend

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com


Friday, August 31

7 p.m. – 10 p.m., Take in the 1965 classic, “Doctor Zhivago,” at the Museum of the Moving Image. Based on Boris Pasternak’s novel, this tale of a love triangle set against the Bolshevik Revolution is an astonishing feat, as emotionally involving as it is visually spectacular. Highlights include Freddie Young’s Oscar-winning cinematography and Maurice Jarre’s iconic score.

7 p.m. – 9 p.m., Get on your dancing shoes for a night of music and dancing under the stars with the Friends of Queensbridge Park Committee.

8 p.m., Head to the Secret Theatre for a series of one-act plays featuring actors, playwrights and directors banding together and competing to win cash prizes in an epic theatrical showdown.

Saturday, September 1

11:00 a.m., Trained Rangers at Fort Totten Park will give free archery lessons, demonstrating the safe and proper way to draw a bow and shoot an arrow. Families and children ages 8 years and older are welcome to participate.

11 a.m. – noon, Children can learn to cook with free classes from Allergic to Salad for ages 2 to 12 at Socrates Sculpture Park.

12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Come to the Back to School Festival at St. Albans Park and end the summer with an afternoon of crafts, games, inflatables, music and more.

Sunday, September 2

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., This is the last day for the Sunday Children’s Activity Table at the Queens Botanical Garden where they can make special crafts.

Monday, September 3

Noon – 6 p.m., Enjoy a plethora of booths selling food and goodies at the 30th Avenue Astoria Festival.

6 p.m. – 10 p.m., Enjoy live music, DJs, performances, guest bartenders and chefs at the Rockaway concessions.

Around NYC

Friday, August 31 to Sunday, September 2

This weekend see Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Junior at the CM Performing Arts Center in Oakdale, Long Island. Show times are 11 a.m. on Friday and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday, September 1

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Bring your children to storytelling hour at the Statue of Hans Christian Andersen in Central Park.

Sunday, September 2

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Visit one of New York City’s richest bird habitats with New York City Audubon guides. Learn how to spot and identify birds in their natural habitat on a tour through the North Woods. Ages 5 and up.

2 p.m. – 10 p.m., Head to a free Tiki Disco, held in the backyard of Bushwick pizza palace Roberta’s.

Monday, September 3

Celebrate West Indian–American Day at the mammoth parade, the high point of a 5-day Caribbean Carnival Festival that today is the largest outdoor summer event in North America.

See Governors Island on two wheels, with Bike and Roll’s free program.

You can also take the kids on one of these many day trips in and around Queens this Labor Day weekend. 

City kicks off summer youth jobs program at Queens Botanical Garden

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Photo courtesy of the mayor's office

Out of school and into the work force.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg helped kick off the first day of the city’s summer youth employment program at the Queens Botanical Gardens, which will have 35 employees working as garden greeters, horticulture aides and aides to the children’s garden.

More than 31,000 city kids are participating in the program. The participants were selected through a lottery system and placed by community‐based organization partners at local nonprofits and businesses.

“With many young people now struggling to find employment, opportunities for summer jobs are very welcome,” Bloomberg said. “These programs help working families, keep kids in school, and help students do better on Regents exams and increases graduation rates. We are grateful to the more than 80 corporate and philanthropic sponsors for their support of our City’s young people this summer.”

Students who work during high school tend to stay in school, graduate at higher rates and are more likely to work after graduation, according to the mayor’s office.  Students’ attendance and likelihood to take the Regents also increases the year following summer employment, according to a recent New York University study.

“The research is clear that summer learning loss disproportionately impacts our most vulnerable low-income students, which is why it is so important that we continue to support our city’s summer jobs programs and pilot new initiatives such as the ones we are announcing today,” Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said.

The city launched two new summer employment programs, Summer Quest and Summer Scholars, to go along with the already established Summer Youth Employment Program, Ladders for Leaders, the Young Adult Internship Program, the Young Adult Literacy Program and the Young Men’s Initiative Work Progress Program


Queens museums taking part in Museum Week

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Museum of the Moving Image

Queens museums are gearing up to make history with the first-ever New York State Museum Week.

From May 31 until June 6, local participating sites will join approximately 250 state-wide museums, zoos, gardens and art centers in an effort to lure residents and foreign visitors alike with special discounts to showcase their unique exhibits.

“Museum Week is a wonderful way to put the spotlight on the terrific array of educational, cultural and historic attractions that are available in Queens and throughout the state,” said Assemblymember Margaret Markey, chair of the Assembly Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sports Development Committee.

Queens sites include the Museum of the Moving Image [MMI] in Astoria; the Louis Armstrong House Museum; King Manor Museum; the Noguchi Museum; the Mets Hall of Fame & Museum at Citi Field; and the Queens Botanical Garden [QBG].

The week-long initiative was created by the New York State Department of Economic Development and is sponsored by the “I love NY” campaign.

It is designed as a way to get the word out about local and state-wide attractions to residents, who may not have known of quality art so close to home.

“It’s a great chance for people to do something that they wouldn’t normally do and the not get hit in the pocket book or burn extra gas,” said Rob MacKay, an executive member of the Queens Tourism Council, a section of the Queens Economic Develop Corporation.

The sites are advertising special offers such as half-off admission and up to 25% off souvenirs at the QBG, and a two-for-one special admission deal to the MMI by mentioning the NYS Museum Week.

The Louis Armstrong House Museum is planning to offer patrons $10 off any entrée at Bourbon Street restaurant in Bayside with admission.

“The Louis Armstrong House Museum is thrilled to participate in the first New York State Museum Week,” said Museum Director Michael Cogswell. “Queens has it all — science museums, art museums, film museums, botanical gardens, historic houses and so much more.”


Grow your own plants at the Intergenerational Garden

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Beginning April 21, Queens Botanical Garden (QBG), located at 43-50 Main Street in Flushing, is inviting local gardening enthusiasts to cultivate their own plots in its new Intergenerational Garden. The garden is open to residents of all ages and will be available throughout the spring and summer months on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon.

For experienced gardeners like local resident Delana Kaalund, it has provided a rare opportunity to grow fresh vegetables in an urban environment. “It’s calming, almost like meditation,” said Kaalund, a local resident who has had a plot in the garden for seven years and is now one of the superintendents. “It’s nice to watch the plants come up and get organic vegetables.”

Donations of fresh vegetables have been made to the Macedonia AME Church to aid families in need. Local food pantries and service organizations, such as TimeBanksNYC, have also helped recruit volunteers to the garden for its preliminary cleanup effort.

Our gardeners and volunteers are as diverse as one can get in NYC,” says Intergenerational Garden Coordinator Maureen Regan. “From Woodhaven, South Ozone Park to Flushing and Whitestone, all work together to become good stewards of the environment, raise awareness of hunger in the community and learn from each other.”

For more information about the Intergenerational Garden, please email mregan@queensbotanical.org.

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.

Queens College hits community homerun

| smosco@queenscourier.com

Baseball players often kick up dirt and tear up grass with their cleats – so one area team saw fit to make amends with the ground and give something back.

The Queens College baseball team continued its community efforts recently, as it helped with a beautification project at the nearby Queens Botanical Garden. The team cleaned up many of the garden beds throughout the complex, and also planted over 2,000 tulips at the site on November 28.

“(The event) was a fun way to give back to the community,” said Knights’ junior outfielder Warren Kelly. “We had a great time meeting people and working hard.”

Besides beautifying the community, the project had the double benefit of bringing the team together during the offseason, something their head coach recognizes as highly important.

“It was a rewarding experience to watch our team perform this volunteer work, in that they gained a sense of accomplishment and goodwill,” said third-year head coach Tom Sowinski. “They really enjoyed themselves and bonded together.”