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Enjoy Korean cuisine at Flushing Oktoberfest on Saturday

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Photo courtesy of the Voelker Orth Museum

Ah, pickled cabbage!

It’s healthy, tangy and savory. Plus, it’s been part of Queens cuisine for centuries as it’s a main facet of German gastronomy (sauerkraut) and Korean kitchens (kimchee).

On Oct. 3 at 5:30 p.m., the Voelker Orth Museum will celebrate a distinctly Flushing-style Oktoberfest with hospitality, live entertainment and an outdoor grill firing up dishes with ethnic versions of pickled cabbage — along with copious amounts of beer, of course, and a house punch made with juice from the museum’s freshly harvested grapes.

Local musician Norman Curtis will play classic, toe-tapping Teutonic ditties on his keyboard during this 3-hour event, which marks a tradition that began as a wedding party for Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria in 1810.

Plus, journalist Caroline Shin will share some cultural notes and her “Cooking with Granny” series that she hosts and produces. (The series documents grandmothers’ recipes and stories across cultures in New York.)

The event costs $30 per person because it aims to raise money for the historic house, which is located at 149-19 38th Ave. in Flushing. Built in 1881 by German immigrant Conrad Voelcker, the venue contains a bird sanctuary, a performance space and a Victorian garden, which features many popular plants and berry bushes from the late 19th century. The plants are maintained in the old-fashioned way with time-honored gardening techniques, such as hand-pruning.

Norman Curtis

Norman Curtis


Queens to serve classic double on Sunday

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Queens Council on the Arts

Classical music lovers will have two reasons to rejoice on Sunday.

At 2 p.m., the Voelker Orth Museum in Flushing will host East Meets West: A Recital. The special program features Hannah Hsu Wang, a Taiwan-born pianist known for an elegant touch, and Raymond Karl Malone, a violinist who made his Carnegie Hall debut while still in high school.

These two Queens residents will bring together western classical and Asian traditional music by playing Bach, Brahms and the Taiwanese composer Tyzen Hsiao.

The performance should end in time for enthusiasts to make it to The Church-in-the-Gardens in Forest Hills Gardens on time for Con Brio Ensemble’s Twilight Concert at 4:30 p.m. This chamber group — violinist Anton Miller, violist Rita Porfiris, cellist Hamilton Berry, oboist Alan Hollander and pianist Diana Mittler-Battipaglia — will perform romantic works by  Schumann, Reinecke, Fuchs and Toch.

Both concerts cost $12.


As Landmarks Law turns 50, Queens will celebrate ‘Landmarks Month’

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THE COURIER/Photo by Asha Mahadevan

To mark five decades since the city enacted legislation protecting its most historic places, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz announced events to celebrate “Landmarks Month” across Queens this April.

“Queens landmarks will together celebrate the golden anniversary of the Landmarks Law with a series of events designed to educate residents and visitors of our neighborhoods’ beautiful and rich histories,” Katz said Friday. “As our communities and families grow, our borough also balances that growth with efforts to preserve the irreplaceable landmark treasures that contextualize our present and shape our future.”

The borough president’s office launched a special website that includes a Google Map showing the locations of Queens’ more than 70 individual landmarks and 11 historic districts and a calendar of events in honor of the Landmark Law’s golden jubilee.

The celebratory events include a tour of the landmark Lawrence Cemetery hosted by the Bayside Historical Society on Sunday, April 19, at 11 a.m.; an afternoon tea at the Voekler Orth Museum in Flushing on July 26 at 2 p.m.; and meetings of the Queens Preservation Council on April 27, May 18 and June 29 at Queens Borough Hall in Kew Gardens.

Katz will also host an anniversary reception for the Landmarks Law at the Queens Museum of Art in Flushing Meadows Corona Park on Tuesday, April 21, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The program includes a glimpse of the Queens Museum’s special exhibit, “Panorama of Queens, 1965-2015: Fifty Years of Landmarking,” in which special markers on the museum’s Panorama of New York City indicate the location of Queens landmarks.

Admission to the reception is free, but those attending are encouraged to reserve a place by emailing RSVP@queensbp.org.

Then-Mayor Robert F. Wagner Jr. signed the Landmarks Law in April 1965, which created the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC), an organization tasked with considering and declaring certain buildings and places of historical significance as public landmarks.

The legislation was drafted amid public outcry over the original Pennsylvania Station’s demolition. The Beaux-Arts stone structure at the corner of 33rd Street and 7th Avenue in Manhattan was torn down to make way for the Madison Square Garden sports arena, an office tower and a smaller underground train station.

The LPC named its first Queens landmark on Oct. 14, 1965, granting status to the Kingsland Homestead in Flushing. Most recently, the LPC approved in December 2014 the creation of the Ridgewood Central Historic District, preserving more than 900 attached rowhouses in the heart of the neighborhood.


What to do this weekend in Queens

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Saturday, June 15

Come get your hands dirty at the MillionTreesNYC Tree Care Workshop and Care Day and learn about the stewardship and care it takes to keep our city green. The workshop focuses on caring for and watering the 80,000 newly planted street trees around NYC and meets at the intersection of Putnam and Forest Avenues at 10 a.m. and runs until noon. Children are welcome but must be accompanied. Visit www.milliontreesnyc.org to register or call 212-360-1342.

The Noguchi Museum is inviting families to come and participate in a series of hands-on workshops. The program is from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and costs $10 per family. Families of up to four with children from 5-11 can pre-register by calling 718-204-7088 ext. 203 or e-mail education@noguchi.org.

The Voelker Orth Museum is hosting its monthly Storybook Discovery Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon. The museum hosts a storybook-themed activity day for children 6 and under to celebrate the love of books. Each session includes an art or nature activity. There is a suggested contribution of $2. For more information, visit the museum’s website at www.vomuseum.org or call 718-359-6227.

From now through the end of August, The Louis Armstrong House Museum will be hosting an exclusive exhibit: Swingin’ with the AllStars: Louis Armstrong and Baseball. Located at 34-56 107th Street in Corona, the museum is offering free entrance to the exhibit with the price of admission, which is $10, or $7 for seniors, students, and children. The exhibit focuses on Armstrong’s fascination with baseball and features several photos and artifacts sequencing the jazz legend’s involvement with the New York’s top players during the height of his fame. The museum is open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and from noon – 5 p.m. on weekends. For more information or to book a group tour visit www.LouisArmstrongHouse.org or call 718-478-8274.

Sunday, June 16

Nothing says summer like experiencing the open water in NYC. Join the Urban Park Rangers for their intermediate canoeing workshop at Bayswater Park. For ages eight and up, participants will meet at Bay 35th Street and Beach Channel Drive. Some experience is preferred, but not required. The Urban Rangers will take you on the waters of lakes, bays, and rivers. For details call 718-846-2731 or visit www.nycgovparks.org.

From 11 a.m. -1 p.m. and from 3-5 p.m., the Big Apple Circus will be dazzling audiences with its array of old-fashioned circus acts. From jugglers, clowns, and bicycle tricks to contortionists, horses, and men flying on the trapeze, the show is sure to please, as it has for years. The circus will take place in the Big Top at Cunningham Park located at 196-22 Union Turnpike. Tickets are starting at $20. More information is available at 888-541-3750 or by visiting the event’s page at www.nycgovparks.org.

Come and enjoy the sounds of your favorite soul and R&B classic at an outdoor performance in Forest Park.  Starting at 5 p.m., the Magic of Motown will be hosted in the George Seuffert Bandshell at Forest Park. Visit www.nycgovparks.org for more details

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.




Free Shakespeare in Queens

| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Hip to Hip Theater Company

In July and August, the Hip to Hip Theatre Company is giving free performances of the Shakespeare plays “Hamlet” and “Comedy of Errors” in various locations in Queens.


Wednesday, July 25, 7:30 p.m.
Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Thursday, July 26, 7:30 p.m.
Voelker Orth Museum

Friday, July 27, 7:30 p.m.
Lost Batallion Recreation Center
Comedy of Errors

Saturday, July 28, 7 p.m.
Far Rockaway Gateway Riis Park
Comedy of Errors

Sunday, July 29, 7 p.m.
Far Rockaway Beach 17th Street

Wednesday, August 1, 7:30 p.m.
St. Albans Park
Comedy of Errors

Thursday, August 2, 7 p.m.
Fort Totten Park
Comedy of Errors

Friday, August 3, 7:30 p.m.
Sunnyside Gardens Park

Saturday, August 4, 7:30 p.m.
Gantry Plaza State Park
Comedy of Errors

Sunday, August 5, 5 p.m.
Socrates Sculpture Park

Wednesday, August 8, 7:30 p.m.
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Comedy of Errors

Thursday, August 9, 7 p.m.
Fort Totten Park

Friday, August 10, 7:30 p.m.
Sunnyside Gardens Park
Comedy of Errors

Saturday, August 11, 7:30 p.m.
Gantry Plaza State Park

Sunday, August 12, 5 p.m.
Socrates Sculpture Park
Comedy of Errors

Thursday, August 16, 7:30 p.m.
Voelker Orth Museum
Comedy of Errors




What’s happening this weekend

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2 p.m. Flushing Library: Jazz/R&B/Brazilian Music with Since When?; a fusion of jazz, rhythm & blues and Brazilian styles reflecting a range of influences such as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Sade, The Rippington’s and others; call 718-661-1200.

10:30 a.m. Central Library: Job Search Boot Camp; spend one day at the library and learn all the best strategies for finding a job; 10:30 a.m. to noon – Winning Resumes & Cover Letters; 12:30 to 2 p.m.- Effective Job Search Strategies; 3 to 4:30 p.m.- Acing the Interview; call 718-990-0700.

Noon. Langston Hughes Library: Hispanic Heritage Festival 2011; celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with an entire day of music and crafts; call 718-651-1100.


3 p.m. Central Library: Dominican Folk and Modern Merengue; Enjoy a unique presentation of Merengue Típico, traditional Dominican merengue and merenhouse, a blend of merengue with American hip-hop and rap! For more information, call 718-990-0700.


7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Maximus Spa and Salon: Zumbathon for Breast Cancer; limited registration, advanced registration recommended; contact Beth Levine at 516-987-7524 or Jen at Maximus at 516-333-3511.

1:30 p.m. Kew Gardens Hills Library: Avigail Malachi; this New York based ensemble is dedicated to the art of traditional Jewish music, combined with other world music and/or jazz; call 718-261-6654.

2 p.m. Long Island City Library: Financial Empowerment Center; talk to a financial counselor and learn how to work with your credit, debt, household budget and money management in general. To register, call the Queens Financial Empowerment Center at 646-810-4050, ext. 112.

6 p.m. Jackson Heights Library: Rhythms of Bollywood; Indian musician/composer Rushi Vakil will conduct an interactive workshop with live demonstrations on the evolution of Bollywood music from the 1950s to the present through the lens of rhythm; hear some iconic songs from Bollywood over the generations and learn how its rhythm and sound have changed over time; call 718-899-2500.

6 p.m., Long Island City Library: Applying for Unemployment; find out more about unemployment and plan your next steps for finding employment; topics include: filling out online applications, looking for jobs, and exploring online learning. Preregistration is required; call 718-752-3700.


6:30 p.m. Central Library: Owning Your Own Business: The Nuts & Bolts of Getting Started; Do you have an idea for a business? Learn how to develop your idea into a business plan. Participants will learn: Creating a demand for your product/service; Setting goals & objectives; Budgeting & timelines; Identifying resources & networks; Getting ready to open your “doors.” Every Tuesday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Job Information Center. To register, call 718-990-5102.


6 p.m., Flushing Library: Dr. Joseph Debe; Glycation, the crusting of proteins and other molecules by sugar, is possibly the single most important factor in aging; it plays a pivotal role in diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, cancer and all the degenerative diseases, as well as poor physical and mental functioning with age; Dr. Joseph Debé, Board Certified Nutritionist, has researched the foods, spices, cooking methods, and nutritional supplements that naturally fight glycation to promote vitality and longevity; call 718-661-1200.


6 p.m. Samuel Field Y: Dance, Zumba and Fitness Class for Cancer Survivors; on-going fitness class for cancer survivors led by nurse, Zumba instructor and cancer fitness specialist Beth Levine; call 516-987-7524 or visit www.fitnesspcancer.com for additional weekday dates.

Thursday, October 6 at 6:30 p.m. Queens Historical Society: Interview with the Author (Joe Lunievicz); join QHS for the latest installment in our Interview with the Author series featuring Joe Lunievicz; his new book Open Wounds follows the story of a young man growing up in Queens during the World War II era; call 718- 939-0647.


Through November 12 Voelker Orth Museum: The Allure of Red; an eclectic mix of photographs taken by Greta M. Jaklitsch over a number of years; all photos are limited editions taken with 35mm film, not enhanced or altered; call 718-359-6227 or visitwww.vomuseum.org.

Tuesday, October 18 at 1:30 p.m. Queens Historical Society: Third Tuesday Movie Matinees (Growing up Queens: A Study of Childhood in Our Unique Borough); Queens Historical Society is pleased to present their newest event series, Third Tuesday Movie Matinees, featuring movies evoking childhood and celebrating memories of growing up in New York; call 718-939-0647.

Saturday, October 8 at 1 p.m. Greater Astoria Historical Society: Man of Peace; a special program on Father Mychal Judge, Chaplain, FDNY exploring his life and the effect he had on the lives of many New Yorkers; documentary film maker, Brendan Fay, will show rare footage and personal items of Father Judge; call 718-278-0700’

Saturday, October 15 at 2-5 p.m. Community Church of Douglaston: Heaven on Earth; celebrate the rebirth and renewal of the historic 1850s cottage at the Community Church of Douglaston; open house and tours; presented by the Douglaston and Little Neck Historical Society; visit www.dlnhs.org.

October 14-16 The Astoria/LIC International Film Festival: an exciting mix of submissions is sure to make the second annual Astoria/LIC International Film; visitwww.astorialic.com for a list of films, events and venues.