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What to do in Queens this weekend and beyond


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Get on board at the Queens Botanical Garden, embark on a canoeing adventure, find some comic relief and do more at these events around the borough.

Saturday, May 23

Start your day with an early morning bird watching walk led by Jean Loscalzo of the Queens County Bird Club. Binoculars recommended. Free. 8 to 10 a.m. Forest Park, Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive. For more information, visit nycgovparks.org.

Get your summer started right. Enjoy a party hosted by Omar Olusion at Family Fun Day. Omar’s unique mix of creativity, amusement and magic will keep guests of all ages on their feet and entertained. Come celebrate the holiday weekend with live DJ music, dance contests, fun games and magic shows.  Free. 2 to 6 p.m. Forest Park, Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive. For more information, visit nycgovparks.org

Watch working G scale model trains make their merry way through an outdoor display that includes a miniature of the World’s Fair Unisphere, presented by the Long Island Garden Railway Society Inc. At the World’s Fair Train Show, the whole family can grab the “express” for a motorized train ride through select parts of the Garden. Free with garden admission. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Queens Botanical Garden. 43-50 Main St. For more information, visit queensbotanical.org.

Join the Queens Botanical Garden for a lively performance of popular music from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s. Music in the Garden presents The New York Exceptions, a doo-wop band that will have you singing and dancing to your favorite oldies. Free. 3 to 5 p.m. 43-50 Main St. For more information, visit queensbotanical.org.

Do you quilt, sew or just love fabric and textiles? Or would you like to learn? Join other sewing enthusiasts in an afternoon of creating and socializing at Open Sew at the Castle. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. Bayside Historical Society, 208 Totten Ave. For more information, visit baysidehistorical.org.

Learn how caterpillars change into beautiful butterflies. Search the trail for munched leaves, creeping caterpillars and hanging chrysalises. Take home your very own caterpillar and watch it change into a painted lady butterfly. Snack included. $24. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd. Please pre-register by visiting alleypond.com.

Sunday, May 24

Few experiences compare with being on the open water in New York City. Urban Park Rangers will lead you on canoe adventures that range from the gentle waters of protected lakes to the challenging open waters of rivers and bays. Basic canoe programs are great for all skill levels. The program is for ages 8 and up. Free. 1 to 2 p.m. Crocheron Park, 35th Ave. and Corbett Rd. For more information, visit nycgovparks.org.

Join Queens Museum for a free special World’s Fair anniversary event featuring rare (and some never before seen) films and photographs presented by two of the leading World’s Fair authorities, Alfred Fisher and Bill Cotter, who will discuss the legacy of both the 1939 and 1964 fairs, show photographs and videos, and have an extensive Q&A with the audience. Free with museum admission. New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park. 1 to 3:30 p.m. For more information, visit queensmuseum.org.

The Queens Museum invites children ages 5 to 12 and their adult companions to explore different works on view each week through a variety of fun hands-on art making activities. Children with special needs welcome, adaptations available. No fee or advance registration required. Just show up and stay for as long as you like. This week we will build small block sculptures. 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park. For more information, visit queensmuseum.org.

Learn skills that combine art, engineering, design, and construction, while taking inspiration from Noguchi’s sculpture and design work at the Design/Build Workshop for Adults at Socrates Sculpture Park. Join Socrates instructor Luz Fleming and educators from The Noguchi Museum in Socrates Sculpture Park’s outdoor studio as they guide you to create simple yet well-crafted furnishings for your home. Each project begins with an introduction at The Noguchi Museum and is followed by two consecutive workshops at Socrates. Runs through Sunday, June 28. Free. 1 to 4 p.m. Please pre-register at socratessculpturepark.org.

Masaki Kobayashi’s follow-up to “The Human Condition” was as intimate in scale as its predecessor had been epic—and every bit as masterful. A rich businessman is dying, and his three illegitimate children must be located to receive their share of his fortune, a process complicated by the machinations of his young wife (Watanabe) and his secretary (Kishi). In a rare depiction of the bourgeois milieu, Kobayashi creates a vision of modern life that has been completely corrupted by materialism. 2 p.m. Ticket prices vary. Museum of Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave. For more information, visit movingimage.us.

Monday, May 25

Champu is the talk of the town. His energetic and interactive style is sure to engage guests in a magical and hilarious experience in this Memorial Day magic show. Champu’s magical talents and quick wit will keep guests wondering and laughing. Free. 2 to 4 p.m. Forest Park, Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive. For more information, visit nycgovparks.org.

The Kaleidoscope is an experiment where friends and strangers get together and perform. Every week, four improvisers will form teams with people they have never performed with to create teams that have never existed and will never exist again. Like a kaleidoscope, every time you look you will see something different. Hosted by Nicole Pasquale. 8 p.m. Free. The Creek and the Cave. 10-93 Jackson Ave. For more information, visit creeklic.com.

Tuesday, May 26

“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” is the funny and moving story of a high school senior who tries to avoid getting entangled in deep relationships, preferring to make short film parodies of classic movies. His mother insists that he spend time with a girl in his class who has just been diagnosed with cancer. “Variety” wrote that the film is “destined not only to connect with young audiences in a big way, but also to endure as a touchstone for its generation.” 8 p.m. $20 general admission, $12 museum members. Museum of Moving Image. 36-01 35th Ave. For more information, visit movingimage.us.

Mike Guild knows everything about movies and films. He will take you through the landscape of the cinema, along with some very funny guests, to discuss everything going on the weird landscape that is Hollywood. Mike and friends will play games and everyone in the audience will win a unique price. The show is free so it’s like you are getting a prize while watching the best show about movies at The Creek and the Cave. 10 p.m. 10-93 Jackson Ave. For more information, visit creeklic.com.

Wednesday, May 27

Your Wednesday nights are going to get a lot more milk chocolate-y. It’s the Chocolate Wednesday mic at The Creek and the Cave. Your nougat-filled host, Benel Germosen, is going to guide you into a Candy Factory of jokes all night long. Come down, put your name in the bucket, and get three and a half minutes to drizzle your rich, delicious bits all over the audience. It’s comedy so sweet, it’ll give you a toothache. 11 p.m. Free. 10-93 Jackson Ave. For more information, visit creeklic.com.

Join the fun at the Q.E.D. singalong for kids. Led by the delightful Louie Pearlman, the fun-filled half hour includes original songs made up by Louie and his ukulele.

$10. Cost of admission is per family and includes snacks for the kiddos. 10:30 to 11 a.m. Q.E.D. 27-16 23rd Ave. For more information, visit qedastoria.com.

Thursday, May 28

Six comedians answer your anonymous relationship and dating questions with the wisdom and ridiculous insight only a comedian has. It’s an “anything can happen” stand-up comedy experience. The comedians weave their own dating experiences, stories and jokes with random and unexpected questions. Stand-up comedy with a twist. 10 p.m. Free. 10-93 Jackson Ave. For more information, visit creeklic.com.

Come join authors Kyle Knoke and Amy Plitt as they celebrate the release of their much anticipated guidebook, “Subway Adventure Guide: New York City,” which features tons of cool things to check out at the end of each subway line. The authors will be on hand to sign copies of the book and host a storytelling show featuring NYC locals regaling you with their harrowing and hilarious tales of dealing with New York public transit. $5. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Q.E.D. 27-16 23rd Ave. For more information, visit qedastoria.com.

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What to do in Queens this weekend and beyond


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Agnes Denes/Artist rendering

Check out a piece of living art, laugh out loud at a local stand-up show, be amazed by the best professional magicians in NYC and do more at these events in Queens.

Saturday, May 16

Seasoned professor and astronomer Mark Freilich will lead the interactive astronomy program “Star Searchers: Exploring the Night Sky.” It features an indoor question and answer session on basic astronomy followed by outdoor viewing using a professional telescope. 7:30 p.m. $15 per person. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd. Please pre-register by visiting alleypond.com.

Learn how caterpillars change into beautiful butterflies. Search the trails for munched leaves, creeping caterpillars and hanging chrysalises. Take home your very own caterpillar and watch it change into a painted lady butterfly. Snack included. This program is for ages 3 to 4 and will take place at the Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. $24 per child. Please pre-register by visiting alleypond.com.

Two French masters, two cherished masterpieces. Faure’s “Requiem” is a profound work of timeless beauty; Poulenc’s “Gloria” is playful, boisterous and stirringly serene. Paired together, they will make a delightful evening of musical depth and contrast not to be missed. 8 p.m. $20 general admission, $5 students. Kupferberg Center for the Arts, 65-30 Kissena Blvd. For more information, visit kupferbergcenter.org.

A riveting portrait of Golda Meir, one of the great women of our time, “Golda’s Balcony” is the latest work from Tony Award-winning playwright William Gibson (“The Miracle Worker,” “Two for the Seesaw”), and an award-winning smash hit that, in 15 sold-out months on Broadway, set the record for the longest one-woman show in Broadway history.  From the pogroms of Russia to the halls of the Knesset, the story of Golda Meir is the story of the state of Israel in the 20th century. Saturday, May 16, through Sunday, May 17. 8 p.m. Ticket prices vary. Kupferberg Center for the Arts, 65-30 Kissena Blvd. For more information, visit kupferbergcenter.org.

Sunday, May 17

Join the Alley Pond Environmental Center for a nature related story in “Animal Tales – A Butterfly Story.” Enjoy a snack, meet an animal and take a trail walk. Limited to 12 participants. 1:30 to 3: 30 p.m. $18 per child. 228-06 Northern Blvd. Please pre-register by visiting alleypond.com.

In “The Magic Circus,” cutting edge magicians who call themselves Mystics Merlin present an afternoon of jaw-dropping magical effects up close and in your face. They will dazzle with cards, balloons and ropes and pull magic from thin air. Ticket prices vary. Jamaica Center for the Performing Arts, 161-04 Jamaica Ave. For more information, visit jcal.org.

Rego Park Jewish Center will be having a tea and lecture featuring Cynthia Zalisky, executive director of the Queens Jewish Community Council lecturing in “Jerusalem, the Heart and Soul of the Jewish People.” Chair Noreen Daniel’s lecture will be titled “The Song of Songs – ShirHashirim.” 2:30 p.m. $8 p.m. 97-30 Queens Blvd. Call 718-459-1000 for more details.

Gabriela Albergaria’s work involves one territory: nature. Through drawing, photography and sculpture, the artist seeks to examine and deconstruct the cultural and social beliefs surrounding images of the natural. Albergaria builds on these concepts with” Two Trees in Balance” at Socrates Sculpture Park, where she will erect a 10-foot concrete wall adorned with two suspended trees. For the artist, “Two Trees in Balance” is “the moment where human and natural terrains intersect.” It will be open every day from 10 a.m. to sunset. Runs through August 30. Free. Runs through Sunday, May 30. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd. For more information, visit socratessculpturepark.org.

Haydn’s “Lord Nelson Mass” speaks to the turmoil and uncertainty of current events as it did when Napoleon was threatening all of Europe. The music conjures up the fear and terror of the times ultimately culminating in a paean of triumph over the forces of evil in its heroic final chorus “Dona Nobis Pacem.” 4 p.m. Ticket prices vary. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave. For more information, visit queensoratorio.org.

Several species of owls can be found in NYC Parks. Scientists often use owl pellets to learn more about their behaviors and habits. Using the park as our laboratory, get a chance to dissect a real owl pellet while learning more about these mysterious raptors. 11 a.m. to noon. Free. Alley Pond Park Adventure Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd. Please pre-register by visiting alleypond.com.

This spring a major project by New York City-based artist Agnes Denes will add life to the city’s skyline with a curving pyramid on Socrates Sculpture Park’s East River waterfront in Long Island City, Queens. Titled “The Living Pyramid,” Denes’s new large-scale, site-specific earthwork will span 30 feet at its four-sided base and ascend 30 feet high, created from several tons of soil and planted grasses. It will be open every day from 10 a.m. to sunset. Sunday, May 17, through Sunday, August 30. Free. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd. For more information, visit socratessculpturepark.org.

Rufus King loved to read and owned over 3,500 books. Take a tour of the museum to see his library. Create a book, decorate it using a popular 19th-century technique called paper marbleizing and design your own bookplate. Families with children of all ages are welcome. Noon to 3 p.m. Free. King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave. For more information, visit kingmanor.org.

Visit Astoria for the Astoria Spring Street Fair. Vendors will be selling food and various items. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 31st Street between Ditmars Boulevard and 21st Street.

Do you have spring fever? Join EmblemHealth for a day of fun, health and wellness right in the neighborhood at the Rock Church in Elmhurst. There will be health screenings, a carnival for kids, live music and entertainment and more. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 57-02 Hoffman Drive.

Monday, May 18

Ted Alexandro has been a comedian for 20 years and will perform at Q.E.D. as part of the Ted Alexandro Show. Time Out NY called Ted “[o]ne of the funniest comedians working today.” Ted has performed on “David Letterman,” “Conan O’Brien,” “Jimmy Kimmel,” “Craig Ferguson,” “The View” and two half-hour specials on Comedy Central. Ted opened for Louis C.K. at Carnegie Hall. 8 to 9:30 p.m. $5. Q.E.D., 27-16 23rd Ave. For more information, visit qedastoria.com.

At Artist Peer Circle Poetry and Prose Reading, featuring Catherine Fletcher, Jared Harel, Mary Lannon, Meera Nair, Vaughn Watson and peer facilitator Nancy Agabian, the writers will share new works of prose and poetry in progress. Each writer will read for 15 minutes, with a 15 intermission to network and meet the writers. This 3rd Space event will provide a platform for Queens-based writers to present their work, develop a Queens-based audience, and foster a Queens-based literary community. 6 to 8 p.m. $10. Queens Museum of Art. 11-01 Corona Ave. For more information, visit queensmuseum.org.

Tuesday, May 19

Some of the best NYC comics perform stand-up, and the audience answers trivia based on the act they just saw. So you don’t have to know anything! You can laugh, feel smart, and not think. Winners get a free tab. 8 p.m. Free. The Creek and the Cave. 10-93 Jackson Ave. For more information, visit creeklic.com.

Wednesday, May 20

The summer resort North Beach, located where LaGuardia Airport is now, was a major vacation destination in Queens from 1886-1917. This slide presentation by the Queens Historical Society will take you through the history of the area as it developed and declined. 7 p.m. Free. 27-16 23rd Ave. For more information, visit astorialic.org.

“Gun Country” highlights true stories by those whose lives have been touched by guns. A series which includes a program of live storytelling, and interconnected original plays exploring American life through its firearms and the human beings they touch. 10 a.m. Free. Also showing on Thursday, May 21, at 8 p.m. Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 161-04 Jamaica Ave. For more information, visit jcal.org.

Thursday, May 21

Artprov is a uniquely entertaining show that brings together different artistic mediums to inspire each other and create new works of art together. The Artprov cast of comics create improvised scenes and songs based on the gallery of their guest artist work, who, at the same time, create a new painting, sculpture, or piece based on the scenes based on their work. Q.E.D.7:30 to 9:00 p.m. $5.Q.E.D. 27-16 23rd Ave. For more information, visit qedastoria.com.

Hosted by mind-reader Eric Dittelman (“America’s Got Talent,” “Ellen”), Amazeballs presents the best professional magicians in NYC testing out brand-new material. 10 p.m. Free. The Creek and the Cave. 10-93 Jackson Ave. For more information, visit creeklic.com.

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What to do in Queens this weekend and beyond


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Flushing Town Hall

Listen to the sounds of a classical pianist, celebrate Mother’s Day in the great outdoors, delve into LIC’s art scene and do more at these events in Queens.

Saturday, May 9

Pitch, shoot and score with NYC Parks. Summer Sports Experience welcomes kids to join this free program focused on developing sports skills on Saturdays and Sundays. Kids will play a variety of sports each day, and can come every session, or just once. Free. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Runs through Sunday, June 21. Lost Battalion Hall Recreation Center, 93-29 Queens Blvd. Call 718-263-1163 for more details.

NYC Parks and Bike New York are proud to present Learn to Ride classes. In these free classes, children will learn the fundamentals of bicycling. This class teaches a safe, easy, effective way to learn to ride. Using this “balance first” method, parents help get their children rolling while the child does most of the work. Participants learn the basics of balancing, starting, stopping and steering a bike. Participants must bring their own bike. Free. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Almeda Playground, Beach 66th St.

An aquatic tale that moves between ancient myths and our modern era, children’s show “Ondin” takes toddlers from the wide open shores down to the very deepest part of the sea. There, the young fisherman Ondin turns into a strange marine creature and discovers a fascinating world. Ticket prices vary. 2:15 p.m. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. For more information, visit flushingtownhall.org.

Join the Alley Pond Environmental Center to listen to a nature-related story followed by craft and activity time for Toddler Tales – Wild Mother’s Day. Enjoy a snack, meet an animal and take a trail walk. Limited to 12 participants. $18 per child. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Please pre-register by visiting alleypond.com. 228-06 Northern Blvd.

Join professional photographer, Wayne “Fli” Summerlin for this two-day adult photography workshop on Saturday, May 9, and Saturday, May 16. Learn effective camera use and the importance of composition and lighting. During the first session, photographers will learn and then practice newly acquired skills, taking pictures during a nature walk on APEC’s trails. During the second session, two photos will be shared with the group, evaluated by the instructor and framed for your own display. $66 per person. 9:30 to 11 a.m. Please pre-register by visiting alleypond.com. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd.

Sunday, May 10

Bring your mom for an early morning bird-watching walk led by Steve and Heidi Nanz of the Brooklyn Bird Club for “Mother’s Day at Ridgewood Reservoir.” Binoculars recommended. Free. 8:30 to 11 a.m. Vermont Place. Call 718-235-4462 for more details.

New York Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle. Look for birds along the Willow Lake Trail at Albert H. Mauro Playground. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome. Bring a pair of binoculars, or ask a ranger to borrow a pair. Free. 9 a.m. Park Drive East and 73 Avenue Terrace. Call 718-352-1769.

Make mom’s day shine with a visit to Queens Botanical Garden. Enjoy a light brunch and the Queens Botanical Garden Craft Table, where children can make botanically themed treats. Free with garden admission. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, visit queensbotanical.org.

Face the Music, a teen music ensemble, will be performing with the Pannonia Quartet at Queens Museum. Face the Music is the only youth ensemble in the United States dedicated to the creation and performance of music by living composers. Free with museum admission. 2 and 4 p.m. For more information, visit queensmusem.org.

Abram Korsunsky has become an increasingly active pianist, performing as a solo and chamber musician in numerous concert venues throughout New York. Watch him perform a solo piano recital featuring works by Beethoven, Scarlatti, Liszt, Chopin and Edward Smaldone’s Transformational Etudes at Flushing Town Hall. Free. 3 p.m. 137-35 Northern Blvd. For more information, visit flushingtownhall.org.

Monday, May 11

The Creek and The Cave will present Week at The Creek. A hand-picked, organically grown, free-range comedian will cook up an hour set before viewers’ very eyes. Josh Gondelman, a writer for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, will perform. Free. 7 p.m. For more information, visit creeklic.com.

Tuesday, May 12

Play Bingo at Rego Jewish Park Center. There will be cash prizes and everyone 18 and over is welcome. There is an early bird game at 7 p.m. and the regular games begin at 7:15 p.m. $4 admission includes 12 games. These games will take place every Tuesday at 97-30 Queens Blvd. Call 718-459-1000 for more details.

Wednesday, May 13

Alley Pond Environmental Center invites you to take the first step. Learn a skill that will last you a lifetime. Move with grace while learning the basics of ballroom and Latin dance. Annakarina Marinos, award-winning certified ballroom dancer, will lead participants at the beginner and intermediate levels. Classes are held on Wednesday, May 13, and Wednesday, May 27.  $24 per session. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Please pre-register by visiting alleypond.com. 228-06 Northern Blvd.

The 5th Annual LIC Arts Open is happening Wednesday, May 13, to Sunday, May 17, and is expected to be the biggest yet. Since 2011, the LIC Arts Open—Queens’ largest arts festival—has been bringing together artists, residents,  businesses, tourists, local government, art enthusiasts and collectors to help foster Long Island City’s cultural and economic development. The festival has done much to raise the profile of Long Island City, home to one of the largest and most diverse arts communities in New York City. Ticket prices and locations vary. For more information, visit licartsopen.org.

“Our Lady of 121st Street” follows the reunions of a group of old friends who return to their old neighborhood after the death of a nun. The body of beloved community activist and nun Sister Rose has been stolen from the viewing room, and waiting for her proper return are some of New York City’s most emotionally charged, life-challenged neighborhood denizens, trying to find a place to put their grief, checkered pasts and their uncertain futures. Runs through Saturday, May 23. 2:30 and 8:30 p.m. LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, 31-10 Thompson Ave. For more information, visit lpac.nyc.

Thursday, May 14

Redeemer Lutheran Church will have a Rummage Sale Day for the Glendale community. Runs through Saturday, May 16. 4 p.m. 69-07 Cooper Ave. For more information, visit redeemerlutheranschool.org.

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What to do in Queens this weekend and beyond


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Flushing Town Hall

Explore the artistic side of Queens, celebrate the first annual nationwide Independent Bookstore Day, take a free salsa class and do more at these local events.

SATURDAY, MAY 2

Catch the warbler wave and welcome them back at this spring bird-watching workshop led by Peter Dorosh of the Brooklyn Bird Club. Binoculars recommended. Free. 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. Ridgewood Reservoir. Vermont Place. For more information, visit nycgovparks.org.

New York Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle. Observe Ospreys in their natural habitat. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome. Bring a pair of binoculars, or ask a ranger to borrow a pair. Free. 10 a.m. Fort Totten Park, Totten Road and Cross Island Parkway. For more information, visit nycgovparks.org.

The ninth annual celebration of Earth Day Rockaway lets kids and families take part in free environmental activities along the waterfront. Free. Noon to 4 p.m. 59th Street Playground. For more information, visit rwalliance.org.

“Dying for Beauty: American Women’s Quest for Acceptance,” by Dr. Harriet Davis-Kram will discuss women’s fashion trends in the 18th through the early 20th centuries, including clothing, makeup and the role of advertising. Her lecture will also focus on the health risks and dangers associated with women’s attempts to achieve certain ideals of beauty, such as pale, sickly complexions or narrow waists. Free. 3 to 4:30 p.m. King Manor Museum. 150-03 Jamaica Ave. For more information, visit kingmanor.org.

Celebrate Mexico’s diverse cultural history with the vibrant music and dance of the Calpulli Mexican Dance Company. Under the direction of Noemy Hernandez, George Saenz and Alberto Lopez, Calpulli performs a fresh, vital repertoire that honors Mexico’s past as well as Mexican-American cultural expressions in the United States. Ticket prices vary. 2:15 p.m. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. For more information, visit flushingtownhall.org.

The Briarwood Action Network (BAN) will celebrate that spring has finally arrived with It’s My Park Day! On each It’s My Park Day, thousands of New Yorkers come together to volunteer and celebrate their neighborhood parks and public spaces throughout the five boroughs. For spring 2015 It’s My Park Day, BAN will be back in Hoover Park. Lend a hand and paint, rake, clean and spruce up the park for spring and summer. There will be arts and crafts, storytelling, and other activities for kids and live music for all. Refreshments will be available for volunteer workers. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Manton Street. For more information, visit briarwoodactionnetwork.com.

Book lovers and bookstore fans will want to mark Saturday, May 2, on their calendar, as the first annual nationwide Independent Bookstore Day takes place in bookstores throughout New York City and across the country. Astoria Bookshop will be having two formal events happening at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Free. 31-29 31st St. For more information, visit astoriabookshop.com.

Wander mindfully through streets and avenues of Bayside and learn about the rich cultural heritage of the neighborhood with historian Jason D. Antos. 2 to 5 p.m. $5 Bayside Historical Society members, $10 non-members. Bayside LIRR Train Station. For more information, visit baysidehistorical.org.

The H2O Orchestra combines the pleasure of making music with environmental awareness. The H2O Ensemble, an orchestra with instruments constructed from recycled materials, was created to promote conservation in Latin America. The members of this group are professional musicians and build their own instruments from bottles, hoses, pipes, faucets and funnels. Come join us at this fantastic event that will showcase the power of music shaped by the environment. 8 to 10:30 p.m. $50. Kupferberg Center for the Arts. 65-30 Kissena Blvd. For more information, visit kupferbergcenter.org.

In celebration of the film’s 50th anniversary, the Museum of the Moving Image and the Academy co-present this special screening of a new 70mm print of “The Sound of Music” from preservation work done by 20th Century Fox and the Academy Film Archive. Wise’s spectacular adaptation of the Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway show is one of cinema’s greatest musical extravaganzas. 5:30 p.m. $15. 36-01 35th Ave. For more information, visit movingimage.us.

Renowned Korean folk artist Jai Choon Kim presents her Korean Folk Art for the first time in America in an exhibit called “The Royal Blossom” on Saturday, May 2, through Sunday, May 31. Focusing on the natural elements, such as flowers, insects and birds, this exhibition offers a great opportunity for the public to experience art influenced by exquisite royal palace paintings of the Chosun Dynasty. $5 suggested donation, free for Flushing Town Hall members and students. Flushing Town Hall. 137-35 Northern Blvd. For more information, visit flushingtownhall.org.

SUNDAY, MAY 3

The Alley Pond Giant in Alley Pond Park is the largest and oldest tree in the five boroughs. Take a walk to view this tree with New York Park Rangers. For all hiking programs they recommend wearing comfortable shoes or boots, and packing water and a light snack. Free. 10 a.m. 67th Avenue. Please pre-register at nyc.gov/parks/rangers/register.

Learn how to take better nature photos with Queens Botanical Garden as your backdrop. Photographer H. David Stein will offer a slideshow of examples, and offer pointers on light and composition. The workshop includes outdoor photography time. Beginning photographers are welcome. $15 per person. Noon to 1:30 p.m. 43-50 Main St. Advance registration and payment is required. Please pre-register by calling 718-886-3800.

Falu and her Bollywood Orchestra take inspiration from North Indian classical music and contemporary pop and jazz as they perform songs set to Bollywood film clips from the ‘60s to ‘80s. Free. 3 p.m. Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning. 153-30 Jamaica Ave. For more information, visit jcal.org.

Join Pets and Pals/Walk-4-Paws Party for a free day of family and pet fun. There will be games, rides, craft projects, pet adoptions, pet walks, a microchip clinic by Central Veterinary Associates, animal demonstrations and much more. Free. 12 to 3 p.m. Alley Pond Park. 76th Avenue and Springfield Boulevard. To pre-register for a dog hike with Bobbi and the Strays, please visit walk4paws2015.myevent.com.

Bring your little gardeners and nature lovers to Queens Botanical Garden for a relaxing afternoon featuring nature-inspired stories, followed by a botanically-themed craft activity. Limited to first 30 children; while supplies last. Free with garden admission. 2 to 3:30 p.m. For more information, visit queensbotanical.org.

In this hands-on workshop, an adult group (ages 12 and up) will make Da Po, a handkerchief used to teach drinking, while a youth group (ages 5-12) learns how to paint one of the most well-known types of Minhwa, Tiger and Bird, which were believed to ward off evil spirits. 1 p.m. $8 Flushing Town Hall members, $10 non-members. Flushing Town Hall. 137-35 Northern Blvd. For more information, visit flushingtownhall.org.

The New York Classical Players’s highly successful 2014-2015 season comes to an end with Emmy Award-winning violist Richard O’Neill featuring Schubert’s monumental romantic masterwork “Arpeggione Sonata for Viola and Strings,” and Bruch’s “Double Concerto” with violinist Siwoo Kim. 4 p.m. Ticket prices vary. Flushing Town Hall. 137-35 Northern Blvd. For more information, visit flushingtownhall.org.

Direct from Broadway, Chazz Palminteri performs his one-man stage version of the hit movie “A Bronx Tale,” based on his childhood memories of working men and gangsters in the Italian-American neighborhood where he grew up. 3 p.m. $45. Queensborough Performing Arts Center. For more information, visit qcc.cuny.edu.

MONDAY, MAY 4

“Sounds of Josef Brodsky,” presented by EtM Con Edison/FCCA Composer-in Residence Nina Siniakova, immerses spectators into the spirit of Joseph Brodsky’s poems through a unique method of morphing sounds, symbolic ideas, images, art and theater. Free. 7 p.m. Flushing Town Hall. 137-35 Northern Blvd. For more information, visit flushingtownhall.org.

TUESDAY, MAY 5

Join this free fitness walking program along the beautiful Joe Michaels Mile, adjacent to Little Neck Bay. Adults only. Free. 9 to 10 a.m. Totten Ave. Call 718-352-4793 ext. 302 for more details.

In “A Question of Country,” a black woman and a white woman secretly form a grass-roots organization to fight against apartheid in the early 1970’s in Cape Town. The subsequent conflicts and collision of cultures, despite the victories, prove the impossibility of the friendship in post-apartheid South Africa. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free with RSVP. Kupferberg Center for the Arts. 65-30 Kissena Blvd. Please pre-register by visiting kupferbergcenter.org.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 6

Whether you’re a student, jazz musician or music educator, come join the Queens Jazz OverGround as they lead the house band in this monthly jam session. Held on the first Wednesday of every month, Jazz Jams are a fun way to hone your skills and jam each month with your peers. Don’t play? Come listen. $10, Free for performers, Flushing Town Hall members and students. Flushing Town Hall. 137-35 Northern Blvd. For more information, visit flushingtownhall.org.

“Figures of 8 Student Choreography Showcase” is an exciting opportunity for dance students to present fully produced works to the public. Choreography will be presented by Ilianna “iLLy” Ayala, Leora Graber, Malcolm V. Griffin, Paula Katsanos, Dianne Kissoon and Ashely Pinckney, Zoe Padden, Jiemin Yang and Oyamiwa Walker. Noon. $7. Kupferberg Center for the Arts. 65-30 Kissena Blvd. For more information, visit kupferbergcenter.org.

THURSDAY, MAY 7

EC Squared Studio opens a new salsa class with a free first session. Join other dance lovers on the fundamentals of salsa, including technique, turn patterns and styling. Start with individual footwork during the first hour, followed by partner work during the second hour. Instructor Jose has been teaching Latin Ballroom for over 20 years and has had the privilege to study under “The Mambo King.” 7 to 9 p.m. Free. 80-20 Roosevelt Ave. For more information, visit ecsquaredstudio.com.

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What to do in Queens this weekend and beyond


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Flushing Town Hall

Enjoy 10 hours of free jazz at Flushing Town Hall, sample brews and bacon at Citi Field, come out for Bingo Open Mic in LIC and do more at these Queens events.

Saturday, April 25

New York Park Park Rangers will guide you through the Ridgewood Reservoir to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome. Bring a pair of binoculars or ask a ranger to borrow a pair. Free. 9 a.m. Highland Park, Vermont Place and Highland Boulevard. Call 718-352-1769 for more details.

The Queens Greenhouse & Nursery has served the city’s parks for the last century. Gardeners will provide visitors with information on the different species, how to care for them, and where to go to see them throughout the borough. They will also talk about the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies the greenhouse employs to minimize and treat pest problems. Free. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 88th Lane. Call 718-520-5341 for more details.

Join the NYC Compost Project to learn how to reduce your waste and create “black gold” for your garden by composting leaves, kitchen scraps, garden trimmings and weeds. This workshop will cover the essentials of outdoor composting in an urban setting. As a fall focus, we will discuss how to compost leaves and how to use mulch to protect and improve your garden’s soil. 1 to 3:30 p.m. $5. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St. Please pre-register by emailing compost@queensbotanical.org.

Shop over 30 vendors selling books, albums, household items, antiques, clothing, collectables, pottery and much more at the Kew Gardens Flea Market. The Heavenly Angels Animal Rescue will be there with dogs and cats for adoption from noon to 4 p.m. 100 percent of the vendor fees benefit the JHMC Pediatric Department. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 82-60 Austin St. Call 917-359-0541 for more details.

Tours of the Onderdonk House and gardens will be available at Spring Fling for Earth Day. Enjoy crafts, games, music and entertainment. Light refreshments will be available. noon to 4 p.m. $5. 1820 Flushing Ave. For more information, visit onderdonkhouse.org.

Queens Council on the Arts and the Queens Museum are hosting Queens Arts Connection, a professional development event for artists to learn more about NYC Arts service organizations and the business of art. Artists will have the opportunity to have their portfolios critiqued by Queens Museum curatorial staff for free. 2 to 7 p.m. 111-01 Corona Ave. For more information, visit queenscouncilarts.org.

Sample food from the restaurants, bars and eateries in Rockaway Beach. Event tickets are $10 and available at all participating establishments: 101 Deli, Bungalow Bar & Restaurant, Chicks To Go, Elegante Pizza, Sayra’s, Wine Bar, Surfside Bagels, Thai Rock, The Rock, Uma’s, Uncle Louie G and Whit’s End. 5 p.m. 90-16 Rockaway Beach Blvd. Call 718-945-5111 for more details.

The Bacon and Beer Classic at Citi Field will offer participants beer from New York breweries and bacon dishes from more than 20 restaurants in New York City on Saturday, April 25. Ticket prices vary. 123-01 Roosevelt Ave. For more information, visit baconandbeerclassic.com.

LIC Flea & Food is located at an outdoor lot by the waterfront at the corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue, and offers items for sale including food and drinks, collectibles, antiques, arts and crafts, handcrafted jewelry and fashion, and much more. Along with over 80 vendors each day, the market also has a beer garden, exclusively serving beers brewed in Queens from local breweries including Rockaway Brewery, Queens Brewery, Finback Brewery and SingleCut Beersmiths. The LIC Flea is the only location to carry beer from all six breweries. The bar will also offer a great selection of wines. LIC Flea & Food will run every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., through the end of October. For updates on the LIC Flea & Food market, follow on Facebook.com/LICFlea,Instagram.com/LICFlea and @LICFlea on Twitter.

Enjoy 10 hours of free jazz. The Third Annual Queens Jazz OverGround Spring Jazz Festival features performers from around the borough, from jazz legends to up-and coming artists. Noon to 10 p.m. Free. Flushing Town Hall. 137-35 Northern Blvd. For more information, visit flushingtownhall.org.

Sunday, April 26

It’s a fun-filled day at Queens Botanical Garden’s Arbor Festival. Come enjoy a variety of activities for all ages including a petting zoo, arts and crafts, live music, face painting, tours, food and craft vendors, compost demonstrations and a beer tent! 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free with garden admission. 43-50 Main St. For more information, visit queensbotanical.org.

Catch-and-release fishing is a great way to get outdoors and discover nature just a few blocks from home. Experienced New York Park Rangers teach the ethics of fishing and the ecology of our waterways on every fishing program. All equipment is provided. Children 8 years and older are welcome. Free. 1 p.m. Flushing Meadows Corona Park, 1 World’s Fair Marina. Call 718-352-1769 for more details.

“To Be Alive!” is a short documentary film co-directed by Francis Thompson and Alexander Hammid and was designed to celebrate the common ground between different cultures by tracing how children in various parts of the world mature into adulthood. The film will be screened at Kingsland Homestead. $5 QHS members, students and seniors. $8 general admission. 143-35 37th Ave. For more information, visit queenshistoricalsociety.org.

The college that gave College Point its name is long gone but we have plenty of other sites to see in this former company town built in large part by entrepreneur and railroader Conrad Poppenhusen. Join Kevin Walsh of Forgotten NY and the Greater Astoria Historical Society for a tour, including a visit to the institute that Poppenhusen founded. 12 p.m. $15 GAHS members, $20 general admission. Poppenhusen Institute. 14th Road and 114th Street. For more information, visit astorialic.org.

The Sports and Health Fest will allow Bayside residents to shake off the cabin fever they experienced this winter and will highlight all of the healthcare and allied professionals on Bell Boulevard. The event will also feature representatives from the New York Mets, the New York Cosmos and the United States Tennis Association. Free. Noon to 5 p.m. 42nd to 43rd avenues. For more information, visit baysidevillagebid.com.

Abraham H. Foxman, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League since 1987, and a world-renowned leader in the fight against anti-Semitism, bigotry and discrimination will be the special guest speaker on the vital topic: “Global Jewish Challenges” at the 19th Annual Telsey Lecture Series. 3 p.m. Free. The Reform Temple of Forest Hills. 71-11 112th St. Call 718-261-2900 for more details.

The American Jewish Symphony is an electrifying 50-piece ensemble dedicated to the performance of orchestral works of distinction that explore Jewish Cultural heritage and experience. The Eastern European program features selections of music from Klezmer and folk traditions to music of the American Yiddish Theater, which became a powerful influence on the artistic form of the Broadway musical. Guest entertainer Mike Burstyn is one of the world’s most popular Jewish entertainers. 3 p.m. $48. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave. For more information, visit qcc.cuny.edu.

“Saturday Night Live,” “Seinfeld” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” are three of the most beloved shows in the history of television. Ask any Baby Boomer about their favorite all-time TV program and chances are those three hits will be at the top of their lists. For the first time ever, three of the top TV writers from those iconic shows will gather to discuss what really happened behind-the-scenes in Funny Girls: TV Boomer Babes Tell All. What were the stars of those shows like? What was the writing process like? And what ELSE went on? 3 p.m. Ticket prices vary. Kupferberg Center for the Arts. 65-30 Kissena Boulevard. For more information, visit kupferbergcenter.org.

Monday, April 27

Come with five minutes of material, grab a BINGO card, and play with hosts Julia Lundy and Veronica Elizabeth at Bingo Open Mic. Or come with no material; BINGO is also open to non-performers. There will be prizes, one of which is the first spot at the following open mic. Sign-up will be done by lottery, so please come early to put your name in the bucket. Free. 6 p.m. The Creek and The Cave, 10-93 Jackson Ave. For more information, visit creeklic.com.

Tuesday, April 28

Resorts World Casino will display Spring Into Queens, an exclusive horticultural exhibit from the Queens Botanical Garden, for the entire month of April in the Red Wall Gallery. Spring Into Queens features several beautiful, vivid floral works of art designed by garden staff member Shari Romar and members of the QBG Gallery Committee. Free. 110-00 Rockaway Blvd. For more information, visit rwnewyork.com.

In “I Am the Chicken Man, Cluck,” a 29-year-old Harvard graduate, who has squandered his adult life, is now employed as a dancing chicken man at a fast-food restaurant. In a misguided attempt to save his boss’s brilliant, 17-year-old, Indian daughter from a similar fate, he helps her get a publishing contract, but inadvertently ends up pushing her to plagiarize her book. Though completely fictional, this play was inspired by the story of Kaavya Viswanathan, a Harvard student who was actually accused of plagiarizing her debut novel. 7 p.m. Free. Please RSVP at kupferbergcenter.org.

Wednesday, April 29

“Beyond Sacred” is an interview-based theatre production by Ping Chong + Company and LaGuardia Performing Arts Center exploring the diverse experiences of Muslim communities within New York City. The five participants in “Beyond Sacred” vary in many ways, but share the common experience of coming of age in a post-9/11 New York City, at a time of increasing Islamophobia. 8 p.m. $20. LaGuardia Performing Arts Center. 31-10 Thomson Ave. For more information, visit lpac.nyc.

Thursday, April 30

Shakespeare’s most tragic hero squares off against his greatest villain in “Othello,” a fast-paced tale of jealousy, betrayal and vengeance. Watch as Iago leads “The Moor” to the edge of sanity by weaving a trail of deceit about the loyalty of a friend and a wife’s fidelity. The drama unfolds in a pulsating stripped-down production that features an all-female cast. 7:30 p.m. $18. Queens Theatre. 14 United Nations Ave. South. For more information, visit queenstheatre.org.

What if you could move backwards through time and see how your choices charted your path to the present moment? With an exciting score, humor, idealism and insight, “Merrily We Roll Along” starts at the end and ends at the beginning. We see snapshots of 20 years in the lives of Franklin Shepard and his close friends and ponder the show’s central question: “How did you get to be here?” Runs through Saturday, May 23. 8 p.m. $12 students and seniors, $18 adults. Astoria Performing Arts Center. 30-44 Crescent Street and 30th Road. For more information, visit apacny.org.

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What to do in Queens this weekend and beyond


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo: Thomas Bresson

Stargaze without leaving the borough, celebrate Earth Day with a garden stroll, sample the flavors of Ridgewood and do more at these events in Queens.

SATURDAY, APRIL 18

“An Exhibition of New Narrative Experiences” consists of virtual reality experiences, interactive films, participatory installations, and speculative interfaces and offers insights into a possible future where stories engage more of our bodies than just our eyes and ears. Runs through Sunday, July 26. $12 adults, $9 students, seniors, $6 children. Museum of the Moving Image. 35th Ave and 37th St. For more information, visit movingimage.us.

Breathe in deep and relax. Certified master yoga instructor Mike Mancini creates a multilevel adaptable approach suitable for beginners and experienced students. Bring your own mat, towel and water bottle. Limited to 10 participants. 9:15 to 10:15 p.m. $16. Alley Pond Environmental Center. 228-06 Northern Blvd. For more information, visit alleypond.com.

Visit the Alley Pond Environmental Center for story time. First published in 1941, “Make Way for Ducklings” tells the story of a pair of mallards who decide to raise their family on an island in the lagoon in Boston Public Garden. This class will include a story, time with our animals, a snack, a craft and a nature walk. Limited to 8 participants. This program is for ages 5 to 6. 1:30 to 3 p.m. $18 per child. 228-06 Northern Blvd. To pre-register, call 718-229-4000.

Join the New York Park Rangers to learn the various forms of composting techniques and make your own take-home worm bin. Free. 1 p.m. Fort Totten Park. 422 Weaver Ave. Please pre-register at nyc.gov/parks/rangers/register.

Come create some Fizzy Fun Eruptions. From hypothesis to conclusion children will get hands-on experience to collectively create an innovative science fair project that is sure to impress any science teacher. Limited to 8 participants. This program is for ages 7 to 8. 1:30 to 3 p.m. $24. Alley Pond Environmental Center. 228-06 Northern Blvd. To pre-register, call 718-229-4000.

Discover the history of and current environmental issues affecting Newtown Creek and the surrounding shoreline. Guide Richard Melnick is considered the foremost tour guide on the East River and has co-written the first book on the waterway “Images of America: The East River.” 11 a.m. $15 GAHS members, $20 for non-members. For more information, visit astorialic.org.

Learn about transportation in the 19th century, hear a story about the history of trains and create your own toy horse to ride home. 12 to 3 p.m. $5 adults, $3 students. King Manor Museum. 150-03 Jamaica Ave. For more information, visit kingmanor.org.

Join Mark Freilich, professor and astronomer for an exciting evening of stargazing. See the moon up close, learn about and view the Orion Nebula, the Andromeda Galaxy, the Big Dipper, Jupiter and the brightest star – Sirius. This program will feature an indoor interactive question and answer session on basic astronomy. Saturday, April 18, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. $15 per person. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd. To pre-register, call 718-229-4000.

LIC Flea & Food is located at an outdoor lot by the waterfront at the corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue, and offers items for sale including food and drinks, collectibles, antiques, arts and crafts, handcrafted jewelry and fashion, and much more. Along with over 80 vendors each day, the market also has a beer garden, exclusively serving beers brewed in Queens from local breweries including Rockaway Brewery, Queens Brewery, Finback Brewery and SingleCut Beersmiths. The LIC Flea is the only location to carry beer from all six breweries. The bar will also offer a great selection of wines. LIC Flea & Food will run every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., through the end of October. For updates on the LIC Flea & Food market, follow on Facebook.com/LICFlea,Instagram.com/LICFlea and @LICFlea on Twitter.

SUNDAY, APRIL 19

Bayside Historical Society is marking the 50th anniversary of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Law, which was enacted April 19, 1965, with a guided tour of the Lawrence Cemetery. Paul DeBenedetto, president of the BHS board of trustees, will discuss the importance of the Lawrence family as well as the NYC landmark law. Free. 11 a.m. The Lawrence Cemetery, 216th Street and 42nd Avenue. For more information, visit baysidehistorical.org.

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary “About Boating Safety” class will be taught by qualified Coast Guard Auxiliary instructors. This one-day, eight-hour boat safety course is designed to be an introductory course to meet the moating education needs of recreational boaters and personal water craft operators. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $65. Fort Totten. 611 Little Bay Road. Call 347-336-5866 for more details.

Maspeth Federal Savings Bank will host the 17th annual “Dust Off Car Show & Blood Drive” to benefit St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children. The car show will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the blood drive will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Goody bags and raffles will be passed out. $20 for car show entry. 69th Street off Grand Avenue. For more information, visit eccatoysfortots.org.

Formed at the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, The Balsam Chamber Ensemble is a scholarship-receiving ensemble, honoring Artur Balsam who was a classical pedagogue. The ensemble will perform a wide range of repertoires from the Baroque period to 20th century, and provides a first-class chamber music experience. 1 p.m. $5. Flushing Town Hall. 137-35 Flushing Blvd. For more information, visit flushingtownhall.org.

Spring is here and so are the blooms. This walking tour will offer a closer look at some flora and their fauna friends that help them flourish. Learn about the important role pollinators play in the life-cycle of plants. 11 a.m. Free. Forest Park Visitor Center. Enter the park from Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive. Call 718-352-1769 for more details.

MONDAY, APRIL 20

“Masters of American Photography,” a traveling exhibition of photographs on loan from the Reading Public Museum in Pennsylvania, elegantly represents the history of photography in the 20th century. Iconic images by Alfred Stieglitz, Ansel Adams, Walker Evans, Edward Weston, Dorothea Lange, Margaret Bourke White and others will be on display. The exhibit opened last week and runs through Saturday, June 20. Free. Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College. 65-30 Kissena Blvd. Call 718-997-4747 for more details.

TUESDAY, APRIL 21

Meet the heroes, gods and monsters of Greek mythology. Using a combination of poetry, masks, mime and skillful audience participation, Chariot of the Sun brings these classic tales to life. Included are the myth of Phaethon and his chariot, Pandora and her mysterious box, and the thrilling tale of Odysseus and Cyclops. 11 a.m. Ticket prices vary. Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-03 Jamaica Ave. For more information, visit jcal.org.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22

Join the Queens Botanical Garden after school to celebrate Earth Day. Take a garden stroll and make a botanically-themed craft. 3:30 to 5 p.m. Free with garden admission. Limited to the first 30 children. 43-50 Main St. For more information, visit queensbotanical.org.

THURSDAY, APRIL 23

Dr. Regan’s lecture, “Feet, Hooves, and Rails: Transportation in Nineteenth Century America,” follows the development of transportation from the pre-industrial period to the introduction of the combustion engine in the early 20th century. He will discuss the technological innovations and ideological shifts that changed transportation and transformed the United States into a world power. He will also address the central role New York City played in this process. 5 to 6:30 p.m. Free. St. John’s University, 800 Utopia Parkway, D’Angelo Center, Room 206. Please pre-register by calling 718-206-0545 ext. 13.

With over 20 eateries representing the diversity of Queens, the Taste of Ridgewood will raise money to ensure that no child or family is ever turned away from life-enhancing YMCA programs because of the inability to pay. Converse, listen to live music provided by Miracles of Modern Science, and enjoy the simple pleasure of fine cuisine all for a wonderful cause. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Prices vary. Ridgewood YMCA. 69-02 64th St. For more information, visit ymcanyc.org.

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What to do in Queens this weekend and beyond


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo: Robert Munn

Experience the World’s Fair in 3D, learn a skill that will last you a lifetime, celebrate cultural diversity through music and do more at these events in Queens.

SATURDAY, APRIL 11

New York Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome. Bring a pair of binoculars or ask a ranger to borrow a pair. Free. 9 a.m. Alley Pond Park Adventure Center. 67th Ave.

Eggs come in many different shapes, sizes and colors. Learn about animal babies while investigating the diversity of eggs from which they hatch. Discover the wonders of hatching through story time, games, live animals, a nature walk and an array of unusual eggs. A snack is provided. This program is for ages 3 to 4. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $21 per child. Alley Pond Environmental Center. 228-06 Northern Blvd. Call 718-229-4000 to pre-register.

Do you have what it takes to survive in the wild? Animals do some amazing things to survive. Defenses come in all forms, from squirting blood out their eyes, to rolling over and playing dead or simply stinking up the place. Come learn about these defenses and experiment with creating your own animal defense. Limited to 8 participants. Snack is included. This program is for ages 8 to 12. $24 per child. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd. Call 718-229-4000 to pre-register.

Join the Bayside Historical Society and explore what was once the favorite vacation area for many silent movie-era stars such as Mary Pickford, where estates lined the waterfront, including those of industrialist Harvey Firestone an entertainment impresario Arthur Hammerstein. Historian Jason D. Santos will be guiding this tour. 2 to 5 p.m. $5 for BHS members, $10 for non-members. Powells Cove Boulevard and 154th Street. For more information, visit baysidehistorical.org.

LIC Flea & Food, located at an outdoor lot by the waterfront at the corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue, will kick off its third season on Saturday, April 11, with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. Along with over 80 vendors each day, the market will also have a beer garden, exclusively serving beers brewed in Queens from local breweries including Rockaway Brewery, Queens Brewery, Finback and SingleCut. The bar will also offer a great selection of wines. LIC Flea & Food will run every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., through the end of October. For updates on the LIC Flea & Food market, follow on Facebook.com/LICFlea,Instagram.com/LICFlea and @LICFlea on twitter.

SUNDAY, APRIL 12

This event will help explore the pet rabbit myths and misconceptions and uncover the joys of the human and rabbit relationship while detailing proper rabbit housing, diet, bunny-proofing your home, handling, rabbit adoption vs. purchasing a rabbit, medical concerns and children and rabbits. Suggested reading materials in the form of books and excellent websites will be presented. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Free. Alley Pond Environmental Center. 228-06 Northern Blvd. Please pre-register by visiting alleypond.com.

Learn how to use your digital camera effectively, improving your shots by understanding aspects, composition and lighting. In participating in this class you will learn how to achieve the best photographs with the camera that you own. During the second class on Sunday, April 19, the instructor will evaluate your pictures and participants will create a frame for their favorite picture. All participants are required to bring their own digital camera, charged battery for your camera, as well as a memory card. Printing the photographs will be the responsibility of the parent. Limited to 10 participants. 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. $62 per child. Alley Pond Environmental Center. 228-06 Northern Blvd. Please pre-register by visiting alleypond.com.

Hiking is the ultimate way to enjoy the outdoors and reduce stress. Regardless of the intensity level, it is a great way to burn calories and stay fit. Urban Park Rangers will lead participants from Cunningham Park to Alley Pond Park on a historic section of the Queens Greenway that at one time was part of private road built by the Vanderbilt family in 1908. 11 a.m. Free. Cunningham Park. 73rd Ave and Hollis Hills Terrace. Call 718-352-1769 for more details.

Celebrate National Poetry Month at Queens Botanical Garden. Using haiku as a point of departure, enjoy a garden stroll to get your creative juices flowing, and then take part in a poetry writing workshop. 1 to 3 p.m. Free with garden admission. 43-50 Main St. For more information, visit queensbotanical.org.

Beloved stories by Eric Carle will be retold on stage through fanciful puppets that teach as well as entertain. The triple-bill includes the wonderful story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s metamorphosis into a beautiful butterfly, the fanciful account of Little Cloud’s travels through the sky, and the Mixed Up Chameleon’s discovery of his own unique nature. 2:15 p.m. Ticket prices vary. Flushing Town Hall. 137-35 Northern Blvd. For more information, visit flushingtownhall.org.

“Queens Museum for You Are Here,” a community forum and exhibition opening featuring community-driven design concepts to improve the connectivity of Flushing Meadows Corona Park will take place at the Queens Museum. The exhibition illustrates the current connectivity challenges and highlights creative opportunities for the Park’s future. A group of community advisers, residents of the neighboring communities who have volunteered to be part of a four-month-long ‘community design school,’ will present their design concepts, including creative information kiosks, art installations for park entrances, wayfinding landmarks, sensory play areas for children with special needs, and more. Free. 2 to 5 p.m. Flushing Meadows Corona Park. For more information, visit queensmuseum.org.

Robert Munn and Sara Cook of the Depthography Group will be presenting their “World’s Fairs in 3D” Stereoscopic Projection Show.  The show consists of over 28 full-color View-Master stereo views of the 1939-40 Fair and over 128 views of the 1964-65 Fair, including images of the ruins and aftermath of the events. From 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. $10. Kingsland Homestead. 143-35 37th Ave. Call 718-939-0647 for more details.

MONDAY, APRIL 13

Lucky Draw—a one-of-a-kind art raffle—guarantees that each and every ticket holder walks home with a work of art! This fast-paced, one-night event offers first-time and seasoned collectors access to artworks by top emerging and established talent. All proceeds benefit SculptureCenter. The order of selection is determined by random drawing and the draw commences with a live auction. 6p.m. Ticket prices vary. Sculpture Center. 44-19 Purves St. For more information, visit sculpture-center.org.

TUESDAY, APRIL 14

Enjoy this bilingual production of “The Brave Calf,” a story about a young calf who decides to explore the world and befriends a rabbit and a buzzard. They meet a selfish bull who refuses to share water from the only lake in the region. The calf and his new friends peacefully prevent the bill from hoarding all the natural resources, leading the bull to reflect on the importance of friendship, teamwork and caring for the environment. 4 p.m. Free. Queens Library at Corona. 38-23 104th St. Call 718-426-2844 for more details.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15

Alley Pond Environmental Center invites you to take the “first step.” Learn a skill that will last you a lifetime. Move with grace while learning the basics of ballroom and Latin dances. Annakarina Marinos, award-winning, certified ballroom dancer and APEC educator, will lead participants at beginner and intermediate levels. Bring a partner or meet one here. Dress comfortably (sneakers not recommended). This event will take place on Wednesdays through June 24. $24 per person. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. 28-06 Northern Blvd. For more information, visit alleypond.com.

Joseph Tirella, Queens College alumnus and English major will read from “Tomorrow-Land: The 1964-65 World’s Fair and the Transformation of America.” Tomorrow-Land examines how the World’s Fair was a ‘60s flashpoint in politics, pop culture, technology, urban planning, civil rights and violent crime. Free. 12:15 p.m. President’s Conference Room #2, Rosenthal Library. Call 718-997-3700 for more details.

THURSDAY, APRIL 16

Celebrate cultural diversity through music in this multimedia musical performance, based on Emmy-winning author/composer Philip Pelletier’s musical storybook, “One Night in Frogtown.” Tad, a saxophone-playing frog, sets out to discover the sources of the faraway music that only he can hear. Along the way, Tad meets blues, classical and rap frogs. After several musical misadventures, Tad discovers his inner strength and brings the other frogs together despite their musical differences for a spirited jam session. 10 a.m. Ticket prices vary. LaGuardia Performing Arts Center. 31-10 Thompson Ave. Call 718-482-5150 for more details.

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By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Get to know a local park, explore the borough’s cultural scene, dabble in the martial arts and do more at these events in Queens.

SATURDAY, APRIL 4

Local Air Force veteran and senior mortgage banker H. Roy Bhiro will be hosting a free homebuyer seminar in collaboration with the Queens Chamber of Commerce and Neighborhood Housing Services of Jamaica. The main focus of this seminar will be to educate first-time would-be home buyers. NHS representatives will be on hand to determine grant eligibility and a VA expert will be available to help veterans determine VA eligibility and applying for a VA Certificate of Eligibility. Free. 1 to 4:30 p.m. York College, Room 3D01. 94-20 Guy Brewer Blvd. Call 631-391-6457 for more information or visit firsthome.ticketleap.com/fthb to register.

Join the Queens Botanical Garden for a Spring Egg-stravaganza. Children can take part in an egg scavenger hunt and old-fashioned games. Flora, Queens Botanical Garden’s mascot, will be making appearances, so don’t forget the camera. Advanced registration is required. Noon to 2 p.m. Event parking rate of $10 will be in effect. 43-50 Main St. For more information, visit nycgovparks.org.

Join the Urban Park Rangers for a tour of Fort Totten by candlelight. A pristine stretch surrounding a preserved Civil War fortress, Fort Totten Park provides a fascinating glimpse into New York’s past. Free. 8 p.m. 422 Weaver Ave. To register, visit nyc.gov/parks/rangers/register.

Quintet of the Americas presents the “In Pursuit of Freedom Concert,” featuring music related to the exhibition “In Pursuit of Freedom” at the Brooklyn Historical Society. It is part of the library’s day-long America is a Dream – A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. event. Quintet of the Americas, Queens’ renowned woodwind quintet, will present a concert featuring two works by Carl MaultsBy – The Journey and Kum-Ba-Ya. Free. 2 p.m. Langston Hughes Library and Cultural Center. 100-01 Northern Blvd. For more information, visit quintet.org.

In this two-hour accent workshop, you’ll get the chance to play with accents like never before. Practice new sounds, and learn what makes an accent unique, from phonetics to rhythm and pitch. Accents covered in this workshop include British RP, Cockney, the New York accent, and the General Southern accent. 4 p.m. $30 if you purchase by March 31, $40 if you purchase after. Q.E.D. 27-16 23rd Ave. For more information, visit qedastoria.com.

Visit the Secret Theatre for the “Flying Solo Festival” through Sunday, April 5. The theatre supplies all the basic production elements needed to support a new work whether finished or still in development – a stage, a small crew, box office and lobby staff. Confirmed shows include Tjasa Ferme’s “Wild Child in the City.” 8 p.m. $18. 44-02 23rd St. For more information, visit secrettheatre.com.

SUNDAY, APRIL 5

Get to know the park by hunting for some common and uncommon objects and artifacts with Urban Park Rangers. This event is fun for all ages and a great way to learn more about Kissena Park. Free. 11 a.m. Enter the park on Kissena Boulevard and Booth Memorial Avenue. For more information, visit nycgovparks.org.

MONDAY, APRIL 6

The kids are out of school; now get them out of the house. Head to the park and join Urban Park Rangers free “Kids Week” programs. Immerse your kids and yourself in the natural world. Appropriate for ages 12 and under. As part of Kids Week Queens, kids will learn about bird watching. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced birdwatcher, spring migration is an exciting time to be out in the park. Bring your own binoculars or ask a ranger to borrow a pair. Free. 1 p.m. Alley Pond Park Adventure Center. 67th Avenue. For more information, visit nycgovparks.org.

After conquering the world of music and ascending the pinnacle of New York’s cultural scene with America’s premier entertainment and lecture space, Steinway Hall, the Steinway family turned their interests toward transportation. Join the Greater Astoria Historical Society for a lecture on the Steinway family’s influence on Long Island City and the rest of New York’s transportation system at 7 p.m. Free for GAHS members, $5 for non-members. Greater Queens Historical Society. 35-20 Broadway. For more information, visit astorialic.org.

Dino Blanche, an avid practitioner of martial arts for more than 38 years and founder of martial arts studio The Laughing River, offers a sampling of jujitsu and other self-defense techniques for young people ages 8 to 18. The signature of a parent or guardian is required for participants under age 18. Free. 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Queens Library at Langston Hughes, 10001 Northern Blvd. Call 718-651-1100 for more details.

TUESDAY, APRIL 7

As part of Kids Week Queens, join Urban Park Rangers to hone your five senses and enjoy testing your skills playing Native American games. Free. 1 p.m. Kissena Park. Kissena Boulevard and Booth Memorial Avenue. For more information, visit nycgovparks.org.

Bring your little gardeners and nature lovers to Queens Botanical Garden for a relaxing afternoon featuring nature-inspired stories, followed by a botanically-themed craft activity. Limited to first 30 children; while supplies last. Free with garden admission. 2 to 3:30 p.m. 43-50 Main St. For more information, visit nycgovparks.org.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8

Join Urban Park Rangers and learn outdoor skills with your kids. Do you know about proper hiking gear? Do you want to learn how to use a compass? How can I collect drinking water? These are just examples of the type of skills you may learn to accomplish during this program. Free. 1 p.m. Forest Park Visitor Center. Enter the park on Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive. For more information, visit nycgovparks.org.

Spring has sprung at the Alley Pond Environmental Center. Children will be exploring the ecosystems and finding out what happened to plants and animals over the long winter. Story time, a snack and time with APEC’s indoor animals will be included in this spring adventure. Limited to 12 participants. This program is for children ages 3 to 6. 10 a.m. to noon. $21 per child. 228-06 Northern Blvd. For more information, visit alleypond.com

Your kids will become animal care trainees for one day at Alley Pond Environmental Center. Children will have hands-on experience in feeding, brushing, cleaning and learning all about the needs of APEC’s animals. Snack and animal care trainee certificates are included. Limited to 8 participants for children ages 8 to 12. 10 a.m. to noon. $21 per child. 228-06 Northern Blvd. For more information, visit alleypond.com

THURSDAY, APRIL 9

It’s easy to construct a simple raised bed for your community garden and a double bed provides an easier gardening experience for senior members. GreenThumb will share ideas on design and discuss ways to plan your garden plot for maximum production. Free. 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. 107-27 Inwood St. Call 212-788-8070 for more details.

Justin Williams and Akash Bhasin drink, banter and host a showcase titled “Death Comedy Jam” featuring the best young comics from NYC and beyond. The free Tecate for the audience flows like the laughter that earned Death Comedy Jam the 2013 Creek Award for Best Stand-Up Show. Free. 10 p.m. The Creek and the Cave, 10-93 Jackson Ave. For more information, visit creeklic.com.

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What to do in Queens this weekend and beyond


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo: Joanne O’Connor

Explore the borough’s artistic side, take a historic walk in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, learn how to prepare typical Greek dishes and do more at these events in Queens.

Saturday, March 28

The Alley Pond Environmental Center will teach children ages 5 to 6 about where their favorite animals live and what materials they use to construct their homes. This program includes live animals, crafts, snacks and a hike in search of nests, burrows and tree holes. Limited to 12 participants. 228-06 Northern Blvd. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. $21 per child. For more information, visit alleypond.com.

Join artist Paul Lin as he shares the time-honored tradition of pressed flower botanical art. This hands-on workshop will introduce participants of all levels to the therapeutic technique of art making, exploration of natural materials, and the importance of composition and design. 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Alley Pond Environmental Center. $15. Advanced registration is required. For more information, visit nycgovparks.org.

Amos Poe’s “Empire II” will be screened at the Museum of the Moving Image. Rather than running the camera continuously over the course of one evening, Poe uses time-lapse photography, filming the Empire State Building from the window of his West Village apartment over the course of a year. With its bright colors and pixilated energy, the film becomes a dynamic city symphony, with its rapid-fire imagery accompanied by the poems and songs of Patti Smith, Lucinda Williams, Debbie Harry, Peggy Lee, B.B. King, and more. Runs through March 29. The film will screen continuously in the Video Screening Amphitheater. For more information, visit movingimage.us.

Presented by EtM Con Edison/FCCA composer-in-residence Nina Siniakova, “Spring Mix” is a tangy medley of classical hits and contemporary compositions peppered with some beloved jazzy tunes. Performed by three established New York musicians, this concert will make you ready for spring. Free. 1 p.m. Flushing Town Hall. For more information, visit flushingtownhall.org.

Sunday, March 29

A Sunday Walk in Flushing Meadows Corona Park from Flushing to Corona honors the 75th and 50th anniversaries of the World’s Fairs in New York City. This walk will focus on the history of Flushing Meadows Corona Park as well as sites associated with the World’s Fairs. The walking tour is a fundraiser for the Queens Historical Society. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 43-50 Main Street. To register, email jaconet@aol.com.

Stop by the GreenThumb Compound’s annual spring supply giveaway to pick up tools, gloves and other materials for working with kids in the garden. A vehicle or several garden members will be necessary to transport these materials, which will be supplied first-come, first-served to schools registered with Grow to Learn. 10:30 to 12:30 p.m. For more information, visit nycgovparks.org.

Join Forgotten NY’s Kevin Walsh and GAHS’ Rich Melnick in exploring the remnants of two World’s Fairs, 1939-1940 and 1964-1965. Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. $15 for members of Greater Astoria Historical Society, $20 for non- members. For more information, visit astorialic.org.

Based on the books by Barbara Park, this musical tells the story of a first-grader named Junie B. Jones. Hear about Junie’s experiences as a first-grader, like joining a kickball team, stubbing her toe and meetings new friends, all told through original music and dance! 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. $14. 111-01 Corona Ave. For more information, visit queenstheatre.org.

“Illegal Motion,” performances by Madeline and Alexandra Lerman, explores the ways physical movements and body language negotiate their limits in the everyday systems of technology, intellectual property law and sport. Their focus on the formation of new body languages generated by the evolution of interface design, ergonomics, and mediated daily rituals is juxtaposed with an exploration of two of the most traditional forms of art—clay and dance. 3 and 4 p.m. Sculpture Center. For more information, visit sculpture-center.org.

Monday, March 30

Rabbi Sokolov will be at the Kew Gardens Community Center to explain the Haggadah, the Jewish text that is read during Passover dinner, and items on the sedar plate. He will also discuss the significance of Passover. 80-02 Kew Gardens Road, Suite 202. Call 718-268-5960 for more details.

Learn how to prepare typical Greek dishes with Ms. Julie Douveas, a first generation Greek-American. Enjoy tasty samplings of tzatziki, orzo pasta salad, saganaki and nut ball dessert. Limited to 15 adult participants. Free babysitting for children ages 5 and up. 228-06 Northern Blvd. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $20 per person. Register at alleypond.com.

Queens Library is preparing its operating budget for Fiscal Year 2016. The public is invited to find out what the library’s funding priorities are, and to give the library their input. 41-17 Main Street. 6 p.m. The library will also be taking public comments at queenslibrary.org/budgetfeedback from April 1 to April 30.

Presented by Indo-American Arts Council, the Erasing Borders Exhibition features work by artists whose origins can be traced to the Indian subcontinent. This group of multinational artists reflects a broad range of life experiences and aesthetic values. The artists interpret diverse subject matter – figurative, abstract and conceptual – in a variety of media. Runs through April 19. Suggested donation of $5, Free for members. Flushing Town Hall. For more information, visit flushingtownhall.org.

StorySLAM is open to anyone with a true story to share on the night’s posted theme: state lines and personal boundaries. When the doors open, storyteller hopefuls put their names in The Moth Hat. A half hour later, names are picked, and storytellers take the stage. Each person has just five minutes. Ten featured stories are scored by teams of judges selected from the audience who pick the StorySLAM winner. 7 p.m. $8. Flushing Town Hall. For more information, visit flushingtownhall.org.

Presented by Indo-American Arts Council, the Erasing Borders Exhibition features work by artists whose origins can be traced to the Indian subcontinent. This group of multinational artists reflects a broad range of life experiences and aesthetic values. The artists interpret diverse subject matter – figurative, abstract and conceptual – in a variety of media. Starts March 30 and runs through April 19. Suggested donation of $5, Free for members. Flushing Town Hall. For more information, visit flushingtownhall.org.

Tuesday, March 31

Marking the second year of its Studio Program, the Queens Museum presents an exhibition featuring the works of 12 artists, who, working singly and in partnerships, have occupied studios at Queens Museum from 2013 to 2015. The exhibition will take place in the new wing of the Queens Museum. Runs through June 28. New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park. For more information, visit queensmuseum.org.

Wednesday, April 1

If you’re interested in learning more about jazz and playing alongside other musicians, join the Queens Jazz OverGround for their monthly Jazz Clinic. Stick around for the Monthly Jazz Jam immediately after the clinic. Free. 6 p.m. Flushing Town Hall. For more information, visit flushingtownhall.org.

Thursday, April 2

Two of your favorite stories, Caps for Sale and The Three Billy Goats Gruff, come to life onstage with all kinds of puppets, some of them larger-than-life! Help the peddler find his caps, and help big Billy Goat Gruff find his brothers. Watch the characters sing and dance their way out of trouble and into a world of happy endings. 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. $8. Call 718-793-8080 for more details.

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What to do in Queens this weekend and beyond


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of sohdaiko.org

Watch one of the most exciting taiko groups in the world, check out an internationally renowned spiritual medium, try a multi-player game before it’s available to the public and do more at these events in Queens.

Saturday, March 21

Celebrate the Equinox by making botanically themed crafts with your kids. The Queens Botanical Garden will host a March equinox craft for kids so you can get creative while exploring the gardens. While supplies last; limited to first 30 children. Free. 1 to 3 p.m. Contact 718-886-3800 for more details.

The Queens Museum’s Open A.I.R. Artist Services Program with award-winning artists Mark Strandquist and Queens-based photographer and educator Sol Aramendi will help participants develop and utilize challenging methods for creating personal, political, and socially powerful photographs. Work alongside a diverse group of youth from Queens and collaboratively create a series of images. 2 to 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit queensmuseum.org.

The Bayside Historical Society is hosting a Queens Sewing Social where you can quilt and sew using a number of different textiles. Learn more about the craft from enthusiasts and spend an afternoon creating and socializing. $8 BHS members, $10 non-BHS members. 208 Totten Avenue.

Hard-driving rhythms drummed with athleticism make Soh Daiko one of the most exciting taiko groups in the world. Soh Daiko honors the ancient Japanese drumming tradition in every performance by playing drums constructed by group members from oak wine barrels and ox hides. Come watch a performance at 3 p.m. Free. LaGuardia Performing Arts Center. For more information, visit laguardiaperformingarts.org.

Internationally renowned No. 1 New York Times best-selling author, clairvoyant, spiritual medium, producer and television personality James Van Praagh is considered a pioneer in the mediumship movement throughout the world, and has been recognized as one of the most accurate spiritual mediums working today. Visit the Queensborough Performing Arts Center for a talk and Q&A. Prices vary. 8 p.m. For more information, visit qcc.cuny.edu.

Sunday, March 22

Join the Queens Botanical Garden and other community groups in celebrating the vernal equinox (historical Earth Day) with a day of volunteering and unity. End the day with a festive march to the Flushing Meadows-Corona Park Unisphere. Free. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, visit queensbotanical.org.

The World of Tomorrow is a feature documentary that looks at the great 1939 New York World’s Fair. Five years in the making, this critically acclaimed film uses home movies, newsreels, industrial and promotional films, cartoons, still photographs and other vintage graphics to study the Art Deco extravaganza that was the World’s Fair. 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. $8 general admission, $5 QHS members, students and seniors. Call 718-939-0647 for more details.

The Luxembourg International Composition Prize-winning composer Huang Ruo and classical music superstar New Asia Chamber Music Society will join the internationally renowned Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company for an interactive dance and music demonstration. $15, $10 members and students. 3 p.m. Flushing Town Hall. For more information, visit flushingtownhall.org.

Monday, March 23

Visit the Museum of Moving Image to try a multi-player game before it’s available to the public. “Push Me Pull You” by House House (Melbourne, Australia) is a cooperative, physics-based sumo-soccer game. Working together, players pilot sports monsters: stretching, contracting, pushing and shoving to keep a ball on their side of the court. “Push Me Pull You” was created amid a renewed interest in local multiplayer games, and like many of these titles, it borrows the formal qualities of sports without simulating any particular sport. Runs through March 27. For more information, visit movingimage.us.

The second year of the CUNY Dance Initiative is under way, awarding residencies to 26 New York City dance companies and choreographers at 11 CUNY colleges in 2015. Join Dance/NYC as Wendy Perron, author of “Through the Eyes of a Dancer” and former editor-in-chief of Dance Magazine, hosts a discussion with five awarded artists at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center in Long Island City. Free. 31-10 Thomson Ave. To RSVP, visit dancenyc.nyc.

Tuesday, March 24

Are you an aspiring actor or actress? Are you curious about what it’s like to perform on stage? Have you ever dreamed of becoming a movie star? This 10-week program will give you a chance to learn about theater, explore the art of acting and perform in a final showcase. Participation in the showcase is voluntary. Help put on the show or be in the show yourself. 5 to 6 p.m. 89-11 Merrick Blvd. Free. Runs through March 31. For more information, visit queenslibrary.org.

Wednesday, March 25

Castorina and Rose perform favorite musical selections from the Broadway stage, including “I Could Have Danced All Night” and “Hello, Dolly!” and memorable American standards such as “New York, New York,” “Send in the Clowns” and more. Free. 3 to 4 p.m. 72-31 Metropolitan Avenue. For more information, visit queenslibrary.org.

Thursday, March 26

This art exhibit brings together 20 visualizations representing networks in topics as diverse as refugee migration flows, Chinese political connections and subway and bike sharing systems. The authors are representative of top visualization groups around the world who are producing some of the most innovative work in this field. In addition to the compelling graphical visualizations, visitors will be able to manipulate the data in selected projects through a technology interface. New York Hall of Science. Free with admission.

Sign language and participatory re-enactments engage students while they learn the story of Annie Sullivan Macy and her work with Helen Keller. Experience the story of a heroic young woman who enters the world of a handicapped child and revolutionizes the field of teaching forever. $5 JCAL members, $7 non-members. 153-10 Jamaica Ave. Call 718-618-6170 for more details.

March 27

Celebrate World Theatre Day with Roberta Levitow, teacher and director of over 50 productions in Los Angeles, New York City and nationally. She will discuss her experience as a director and Fulbright Ambassador Emerita where she received grants to teach in Hong Kong, Bucharest and Kampala. 6 p.m. For more information, visit laguardiaperformingarts.org. 31-10 Thompson Ave.

“Red Wednesday,” a production inspired by the controversial story of Sadegh Ghotbzadeh, Iran’s foreign minister during the 1979 hostage crisis, will take place on March 27. Written by his great-niece, the production pays special attention to those left to clean up the mess when we blow each other up. Prices vary. 8 p.m. Runs through March 29. For more information, visit laguardiaperformingarts.org. 31-10 Thompson Ave.

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What to do in Queens this weekend and beyond


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Rob MacKay/Queens Economic Development Corp.

Get your dancing shoes on, browse memorabilia from the World’s Fairs, celebrate Pi Day and do more at these events in Queens.

Saturday, March 14

Saxophonist David Schnitter and singer Marti Mabin return to the Sunnyside Reform Church to offer another dazzling concert, “Jazz in the Sanctuary.” 48-03 Skillman Ave. Free. Starts at 7 p.m.

Visit the King Manor Museum in Jamaica and write a letter with a quill and ink, and hear a true story about a dog that helped postal workers in the 19th century. Also, take a museum tour and see a mailbox used in Jamaica 200 years ago. 150-03 Jamaica Ave. Free. 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic “The Sound of Music” is being presented by special arrangement at the Community Theater Group of Bay Terrace Garden Jewish Center, 13-00 209th St. $22, $20 for seniors and children. Starts at 8:30 p.m.

This month’s reading at the Voelker Orth Museum focuses on tales of leprechauns and shamrock in “Storybook Discovery: The Luck of the Irish.” Participants can explore the garden and craft a rainbow with a pot of gold. 149-19 38th Ave. $5 suggested donation. Starts at 11 a.m.

Get a taste of the children’s garden program and plant seeds while learning about gardening and the environment on Children’s Garden Family Day. The Children’s Garden is a hands-on program for children ages 5 to 12 that teaches them about plants, gardens and nature. Register early for the spring session, which starts on April 11. Queens Botanical Garden. Free. 2 to 4 p.m.

Participate in Yoga in the Elements with instructor Mike Mancini, who creates a multi-level adaptable approach suitable for beginners to experienced students. Practice finding total peace in a serene surrounding. The Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd. $16. 9:15 a.m.

Artistic director and choreographer for Dance Entropy, Valerie Green, channels her two decades in New York’s dance community in her last show, “Succession: A One-Woman Retrospective Odyssey.” Green Space, 37-24 24th St. $20 at the door. Stars at 5 p.m.

Get your dancing shoes on and join members of the renowned Taylor 2 on Saturday, March 14, for an interactive dance workshop. This class, for ages 10 and up, will incorporate the athleticism, humor and emotion found in Paul Taylor’s work. After the workshop, the Taylor 2 dance company will put on a performance. Ticket prices vary. For more information, visit flushingtownhall.org. Workshop starts at 1 p.m. and performance begins at 2:15 p.m.

The Museum of Moving Image is hosting the Teen Digital Media Lab. Teens can spend their Friday afternoons trying out different media-making activities. These design jams are a chance to experiment with game design, programming, animation and more. Participants will use various tools and technologies, collaborate on design challenges and get exclusive access to the museum. Ages 14 and up. Free. Museum of Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave. 4 pm. For more information, visit movingimage.us.

Adults of all ages will gain lifesaving skills from demonstrations on fire safety. 1 p.m. at Queens Library Forest Hills, 108-19 71st Ave.

Sunday, March 15

Browse memorabilia from the 1949-40 and 1964-65 World’s Fairs drawn from the collections of people who attended and fondly recall the World’s Fairs. All items on display in the exhibition have either been donated or loaned to the Queens Historical Society by residents of Queens who attended the World’s Fairs. 143-35 37th Ave. 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit queenshistoricalsociety.org.

Urban Park Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City. On these hikes, you may explore nature, discover our city’s urban forests, or just unplug from the world to clear your head. Hiking programs feature intensity levels ranging from light (a leisurely stroll on mostly paved paths), to moderate, to vigorous. This will be a light hike. Park Drive East and 73rd Avenue Terrace. Free. 11 a.m. For more information, visit nycgovparks.org.

Shown as part of the Museum of Moving Image’s Required Viewing series, “North by Northwest” is an Alfred Hitchcock classic that influenced the making of TV’s “Mad Men.” 36-01 35th Ave. Starts at 5:30 p.m.

The Con Brio ensemble will perform works by Bach, Beethoven and Schumann, and a special selection of pieces by Dvoark, Kreisler, Dukas and Sarasate that were influenced by Hungarian Gypsy music. 2:30 p.m. at Queens Library Forest Hills, 108-19 71st Ave.

The controversial, explicitly racist, but landmark 1915 film “The Birth of a Nation” by D.W. Griffith will be screened at the Greater Astoria Historical Society’s Quinn Building. Though silent, it contains many cinematic innovations, technical effects and artistic advancements, including a color sequence at the end. It is being shown in conjunction with lectures commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and a look at the Reconstruction period. 35-20 Broadway, fourth floor. Screening starts at 1 p.m.

Established in 1993 by Paul Taylor, “Taylor 2” is a modern dance unhindered by technical limitations. The repertoire includes dances that span the broad spectrum of his original work. You may also join “Taylor 2” members for an interactive dance workshop. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. The workshop is $7, the performance is $13 and $8 for children. Workshop starts at 1 p.m., performance starts at 2:15 p.m.

Join the New York Hall of Science for a celebration of Pi Day with a special workshop with Sibel Deren Guler. Visitors will spend the afternoon observing, designing, and testing the way people act with the exhibition and speculate into the future to re-envision how to make Mathematica more interactive and playful. Visitors will sketch out their ideas through design thinking exercises and build them out of simple craft materials. RVSP required at nysci.org. 47-01 11th Street. Noon to 2 p.m.

The Astoria Symphony Orchestra presents Brahm’s valedictory “Symphony No. 4,” along with Barber’s wistful, reflective work for soprano and orchestra “Knoxville, Summer of 1915,” as well as Mozart’s “Overture to Die Zauberflote.” Long Island City High School, 14-30 Broadway. $25. 5 p.m.

The monthly film series at the Queens Museum returns with a special presentation of “Genderings,” featuring the works of filmmakers who focus on the lives and experiences of transgender and gender-non-conforming people. A Q&A session with the filmmakers will also take place. NYC Building in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. 3 p.m.

Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with our veterans. You’ll get a family-style dinner—corned beef and cabbage, mashed potatoes and all the trimmings. Beer, wine, soda, coffee and dessert. Plus, dancing with DJ Richie. $30 per person. All proceeds go toward American Legion Post 118. Call Jennifer 718-296-3923 or Loretta 718-843-1292 to order tickets. 1 to 5 p.m. at the American Legion Hall at 89-02 91st St.

TheReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival presents award-winning movies by and about people with disabilities. “Autistic Like Me” is a candid portrait of the fathers and male caregivers of children with autism. Central Queens Y, 67-09 108th St. 10 a.m.

Monday, March 16

Join instructor Tanya Gonzalez-Jorge for a night of Zumba. This fusion of Latin, international and popular dance music themes creates a dynamic, exciting and effective fitness workout. The class runs through June 29. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. 214-20 Northern Blvd.

Tuesday, March 17

The 5th Annual Queens World Film Festival will screen 116 films in locations all throughout Queens beginning with the Museum of the Moving Image. The festival includes an annual multi-day, multi-venue festival, youth-oriented educational initiatives and year-round screening opportunities for QWFF filmmakers past and present. The festival screens challenging films representative of quality independent cinema from around the world and around the corner. Runs through March 22. Tickets are $12, $9 for seniors and students. For more information, visit queensworldfilmfestival.com.

As part of the Sculpture Center’s Conversation series, there will be a discussion of Ecofeminism and the work of Araya Rasdjarmreaernsook. Her subjects are often muted in “othered” social positions in her video works. She uses poetry to engage thoughts of ignored established hierarchies between animals, women, the poor, the sick and the dead. 44-19 Purves Street. 7 p.m.

Wednesday, March 18

The Hearing Loss Association of America is presenting a documentary called “Silent NO MORE” by No Limits Theatre for Deaf Children, an organization that produces original plays specifically for deaf and hard-of-hearing children. The film will highlight the struggles and successes of people who grow up with hearing loss. LIJ Hearing & Speech Center, 270-05 76th Ave. 7:00 p.m. Call 718-264-3017 for more information.

The Queens Symphony Orchestra is hosting a free concert, “The Sounds of Broadway.” Reservations are required. Call 718-570-0909 to make reservations. Southern Queens Salon Series are co-produced with NYC Council Member Eric Ulrich. 7 p.m. at West End Temple, 147-02 Newport Ave.

Enjoy a hands-on workshop designed for artists who wish to better communicate about their work with the program “Best Practice for Writing Letters of Inquiry and Artist Statements.” Participants will learn not only how to writer clearer, more concise letters and statements, but also tips and tricks to think more clearly about the process. Part two is on Wednesday, March 25. Queens Council on the Arts, 37-11 35th Ave. RSVP at queenscouncilarts.org. $10. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Thursday, March 19

The Threepenny Opera written by poet-playwright Bertolt Brecht premiered in 1928 in Berlin and changed musical theater forever. Set in Victorian London, the provocative tale of a displeased father and his mission to destroy his daughter’s marriage offers a socialist critique on capitalist norms. The modern musical comedy score by Kurt Weill mocks traditional opera and is largely influenced by jazz. At the Kupferberg Center for the Arts. 8 p.m. $16, $10 for seniors and those with a Queens College ID. For more information, visit kupferbergcenter.org.

Guitarist Francisco Roldán performs music from Columbia, the Dominican Republic, Spain, Venezuela and the United States. 6 p.m. at Queens Library Woodhaven, 85-41 Forest Parkway.

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What to do in Queens this weekend and beyond


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Janus Films

Learn how to fan dance, question a film’s sense of space, instill a love of science in your child and do more at these events in Queens.

Saturday, March 7

Explore what you can build with just a 3-inch block of wood and a few simple hand tools at the New York Hall of Science’s One Block Challenge. On Saturday, test the limits of your creativity using the wood and a small saw and hot glue. On Sunday, discover your inner Michelangelo by using a rasp and a file. 47-01 111th St. 1:30 to 5 p.m. $3 per adult/child pair, plus NYSCI admission.

An exhibition at the Queens Museum called “Open Sessions: Drawings in Context/Field” focuses on the notion of field/context as a political, historical, spatial and technological construct. Encompassing practices in video, sound, photography, drawing, performance and sculpture, the works herein negotiate with spaces both ambiguous and direct. Video screenings will precede a reception and gallery. New York City Building in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. 1 to 7 p.m. For more information, visit queensmuseum.org.

The opening reception of “After Midnight: Indian Modernism to Contemporary India” follows India’s 1947 independence led by the Progressive Artist Group. In 1997, a new phase with a sudden globalized visibility to the art world took place. This exhibition presents the juxtaposition of these two historical periods, including the shifting zeitgeists in India’s cultural production. An interactive performance by Minthu Sen will also take place. Queens Museum at the New York City Building in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. 5 to 7 p.m. For more information, visit queensmuseum.org.

An Asian Fan Dance Workshop will be taught by Song Hee Lee, a Korean dancer, and Ling Tang, a Chinese dancer. Simple fan dance routines from both Korean and Chinese traditions will be the focus. No dance experience necessary. All levels welcome. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. 2 p.m. $10, $8 for members and children. For tickets, visit flushingtownhall.org.

Das Audit, a New York-based instrumental ensemble, will perform a selection of organic compositions and devise compact improvisational structures motivated by classical, folk and traditional music. The performance will be followed by a reception. SculptureCenter, 44-19 Purves St. 4 to 5 p.m. For more information, call 718-361-1750 or visit sculpture-center.org.

The Museum of the Moving Image presents the “See it Big! High and Wide” series until Thursday, March 12. This new symposium asks what a film’s “sense of space” really means. What does each frame’s literal height and width communicate? The dimensions of a movie can suggest broader questions for cinema as a whole. 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria. Starts at 7 p.m. $12, $9 for senior citizens and students, may reserve by emailing reservations@movingimage.us.

Sunday, March 8

The legacy of the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, the New York State Pavilion at Flushing Meadow Corona Park, is hosting a lecture and book signing with author Christian Kellberg. Kellberg was part of the volunteer effort to paint the pavilion over the last three years and has photographed many neighborhoods and their landmarks. From 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit queenshistoricalsociety.org.

Mix everyday household ingredients to make polymers like silly putty and oobleck at the New York Hall of Science’s Little Makers: Ooey Gooey program. Children 18 months and older can find out for themselves — is it a solid or a liquid? 47-01 111th St. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $8 per family, plus NYSCI admission.

The Queens Botanical Garden is hosting an indoor gardening workshop on how to start growing your summer veggies indoors. It is an introductory workshop that should be of interest for both the novice and experienced gardener. 43-50 Main St. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. $6. Registration and payment required online at nycgovparks.org.

Tan Dun’s Ghost Opera is a five-movement work for string quartet and pipa, with water, metal, stone and paper. Inspired by childhood memories of the shamanistic “ghost operas” of Chinese peasant culture, it calls on the spirits of Bach, Shakespeare, ancient folk tradition and nature. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. 2 p.m. $15, $10 for members and students. For tickets, visit flushingtownhall.org.

“Face The Music” returns to the Queens Museum to present three diverse ensembles: the Face The Music Symphony, the Sound Bite Orchestra and Fearless Voices. The New York Times has called Face The Music “a force in the New York new-music world.” New York City Building in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. 2 to 4 p.m. Free, no RSVP needed.

Monday, March 9

The Far Rockaway Branch of the Queens Public Library is offering a guided meditation session to help calm your mind and relax your body. People who meditate regularly report feeling less stress and a greater sense of peace and well-being. 16-37 Central Ave. 5 to 6 p.m. For more information, call 718-327-2549 or visit queenslibrary.org.

Wednesday, March 11

From the kitchen to the playground, science is all around us. Enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays and science activities with your preschooler ages 18 months to 5 years, and instill a love of science in your child! Laurelton branch of the Queens Library, 134-26 225 St. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Preregistration is required. Call 718-528-2822.

Thursday, March 12

Learn about the most common health problems and how to manage them as well as which annual health exams are required to prevent many diseases. The event, at the Sunnyside branch of the Queens Public Library, is called “The Doctors You Need to See Every Year, Even if You’re Perfectly Healthy.” 43-06 Greenpoint Ave. 12 to 1:30 p.m. For more information, call 718-784-3033 or visit queenslibrary.org.

The LaGuardia Performing Arts Center at LaGuardia Community College presents a two-day film festival beginning Thursday celebrating the Berber and Tuareg cultures. Berbers, also known as the Imazighen, are the native people of North Africa. Films in Berber languages depicting Berber cultures were banned in North Africa until the 1990s, yet a vibrant video and film production has begun to emerge. Most films will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers. To RSVP call the box office at 718-482-5151 or email rsvp-lpac@lagcc.cuny.edu. The center is at 31-10 Thomson Ave. E-241, Long Island City.

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Contribute to the future of Flushing Meadows, take an introductory sign language class, listen to the sounds of a local band and do more at these events in Queens.

SATURDAY, FEB. 28

Step into Fort Totten and step back in time to the 19th century. Urban Park Rangers are organizing a walking tour of the tunnels of Fort Totten. The tour will also include facts about the history of the fort and how it played an important part in the city’s defense. Participants will get to visit the Endicott Batteries and Main Magazine areas of the fort. The group will meet at the visitor’s center at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28. Free. Visit www.nycgovparks.org for rules about car parking or call 718-352-1769 for more information. Cross Island Parkway between Totten Avenue and 15th Road. Enter the park at 212th Street and Cross Island Parkway.

EastRiver Ensemble is holding a workshop on Chinese music and dance at Flushing Town Hall. The musicians will take participants through the history of instruments such as the erhu (fiddle), yangqin (dulcimer), pipa (lute) and percussion, integral parts of Chinese music. The workshop begins at 1 p.m. It will followed by a performance by the ensemble in which they’ll showcase folk dance, acrobatic stunts and folk music from Dongbei and Hebei regions of north China. 2:15 p.m. Tickets for the workshop: $7/$4 children/free for members with tickets to the performance. Tickets for the performance: $13/$10 members/$8 children/$6 member children. Visit www.flushingtownhall.org to book tickets or call the box office at 718-463-7700 ext. 222. 137-35 Northern Blvd.

Children can learn to make propeller-powered cars using a simple rubber band at this workshop at the New York Hall of Science. The workshop will also teach children how small changes in their design can make the difference in the car being built for speed, distance or style. For ages 7 and older. Preregistration is required as space is limited to 12 participants per session. Go to nysci.org to book. There are two sessions: 1:30 to 3 p.m. and 3:30 to 5 p.m. Fee: $5 per adult/child pair, plus NYSCI admission/$3 per adult/child pair for members. Call 718-699-0005 for more information. 47-01 111th St.

If you are one of those fascinated by the mayor’s sign language interpreter, then this is the event for you. The Central Library in Jamaica is hosting an introductory workshop to the American Sign Language. You’ll learn fingerspelling, numbers, conversation starters and etiquette. Space is limited. 2 to 3 p.m. Call 718-990-0700 for more information. 89-11 Merrick Blvd.

SUNDAY, MARCH 1

Children can learn to make propeller-powered cars using a simple rubber band at this workshop at the New York Hall of Science. The workshop will also teach children how small changes in their design can make the difference in the car being built for speed, distance or style. For ages 7 and older. Preregistration is required as space is limited to 12 participants per session. Go to nysci.org to book. There are two sessions: 1:30 to 3 p.m. and 3:30 to 5 p.m. Fee: $5 per adult/child pair, plus NYSCI admission/ $3 per adult/child pair for members. Call 718-699-0005 for more information. 47-01 111th St.

Quintet of the Americas will perform Latin American music at the Queens Library in Flushing. The woodwind quintet will be joined by Corona Youth Orchestra students and together, they will play a new work by Harold Gutierrez, the award-winning composer. Gutierrez will also premiere his multi-media work that includes his piano-wind sextet and Latin American dances such as the tango. The performance will take place in the auditorium on the lower level of the library. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Registration not required. 41-17 Main St. Call 718-661-1200 for more information.

A group of community advisors working toward improving Flushing Meadows Corona Park is hosting a forum on the subject at the Queens Museum from 3 to 5 p.m. The World’s Park Community Forum, co-hosted with the Design Trust for Public Space and the NYC Parks Department, includes presentations and activities for everyone to interact with and contribute their ideas for improving access and connectivity to the park. Simultaneous Spanish and Mandarin interpretation will be available. The event is free but you can RSVP on Eventbrite via the link at www.queensmuseum.org/events/worlds-park-community-forum. New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Call 718-592-9700 for more details.

MONDAY, MARCH 2

The Museum of Interesting Things, a traveling exhibition of antiques and inventions, is coming to the Greater Astoria Historical Society. The exhibition explores the industrial revolution with exhibits such as the Thomas Edison cylinder phonograph, the steam engine and windup toys. Many of the displays are interactive and children will find them interesting. 7 p.m. Quinn Building, 35-20 Broadway, 4th Floor. Call 718-278-0700 for more details.

If you are a fan of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho,” then you must watch the films he made before he became a part of Hollywood. The Queens Library at Sunnyside is screening five such films over five weeks, starting today with “The Lady Vanishes” (1938). It follows a young girl on a train traveling through Europe, who is the first to realize that her fellow passenger, an elderly lady, has disappeared. 3 to 4:45 p.m. Call 718-784-3033 for more information. 43-06 Greenpoint Ave.

Scared of speaking in public? Fear not! Robin Richie is here to help. Richie, who is an independent cable television producer and on-air host, will give you the tools you need to transform into an effective and engaging public speaker. Age is no bar – the workshop is open to high school seniors, college students and professionals. Everyone will gain confidence to make their next oral presentation. 6 to 8 p.m. Central Library (Jamaica) at 89-11 Merrick Blvd. Call 718-990-0700 for more details.

TUESDAY, MARCH 3

The Civil War ended 150 years ago. Among the brave soldiers on both sides were New York’s 26th Regiment United States Colored Troops. This was the regiment that was recruited from African Americans in the state and who fought South Carolina during the Civil War. Learn more about them at the program that CHE Nautical and Enviro Edutainment has organized at the Queens Library in Langston Hughes. The program will feature actors in period costume and a model of the landscape during Civil War. 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Registration not required. Call 718-651-1100 for more information. 100-01 Northern Blvd.

Local band Single Girl Married Girl is performing at the Queens Kickshaw in Astoria. Members include Chelsey Coy (vocals), Charlie Rauh (guitar), Dan Morosi (drums) and John Gray (upright bass). The band is a pop/folk/country outfit and is working on new material that they hope will be appreciated by fans of Lucinda Williams and Sharon Von Etten. 9 to 11:30 p.m. 40-17 Broadway.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4

The Queens JazzOverGround’s monthly Jazz Clinic will take place at the Flushing Town Hall from 6 p.m. This month, the clinic will focus on Dizzy Gillespie and the birth of bebop. The workshop is open for high school students and older participants. Free. The workshop is followed by the Monthly Jazz Jam at 7 p.m. where students, jazz musicians and music educators can join the band and play together. You don’t have to play to attend. The workshop is open for listeners too. Tickets: $10/free for performers, members and students. Call 718-463-7700 for more information. 137-35 Northern Blvd.

Applications for the NYC municipal card are open, but if you are wondering how to go about applying, then this is your chance to get some assistance. The Astoria Blue Feather group and the Queens Library are hosting a workshop that will take participants through the application process. The ID card comes with many benefits, including discount coupons to cultural institutions across the city, and it can be used as a library card. Registration not required. 10 a.m. to noon. Call 718-278-2220 for more details. 14-01 Astoria Blvd.

THURSDAY, MARCH 5

An exhibition of photographer Isamu Noguchi’s images of the Jantar Mantars of Northern India is ongoing at The Noguchi Museum. The Jantar Mantars are open-air astronomical instruments that measure solar time and the paths of celestial objects. These instruments date back to 1724. Noguchi took the photos of these observatories in Delhi and Jaipur between 1949 and 1960. They offer an insight into man’s quest for knowledge that led to these scientific achievements, and the way people interact with the space in modern times. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 9-01 33rd Rd. (at Vernon Boulevard), LIC. Call 718-204-7088 for more details.

Have you applied for the NYCID card yet? The Astoria Blue Feather Group is hosting a workshop to help New Yorkers apply for the municipal ID card at the Queens Library in Astoria. The official ID card can be used as a library card and comes with numerous discount coupons to various cultural institutions and other benefits. 6 to 8 p.m. Call 718-278-2220 for more details. 14-01 Astoria Blvd.

If the recently released “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie left you yawning, then this play is right up your alley. “Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody” is playing at the Colden Auditorium of the Kupferberg Center for the Arts. As the name indicates, the comedy is a parody of the “Fifty Shades of Grey” book series. The performance has original musical numbers and hilarious surprises. Tickets: $25-$45; book them online at kupferbergcenter.org or by calling the box office at 718-793-8080. 8 to 9:30 p.m. 65-30 Kissena Blvd.

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Ring in the Year of the Sheep with samples of dances from countries across the globe. This "sampler" event will include dances from China, Korea, Taiwan, India, Mexico and the U.S. on Sunday, Feb. 22 at Flushing Town Hall.

Ring in the Year of the Sheep, calm the mind and body, experience some good ol’ magic and do more at these events in Queens.

SATURDAY, FEB. 21

Yogurt Couture at Bay Terrace Shopping Center is reopening with a two-day fundraiser benefiting St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children. Twenty-five percent of the proceeds raised today and tomorrow will be donated to St. Mary’s. All customers will also receive a 25 percent discount card that can be used against a purchase on a later date. Noon to 9 p.m. today and noon to 7 p.m. tomorrow. Call 718-819-8054 for more information. 212-67A 26th Ave.

Abracadabra! Magician Bill Blagg will perform his best acts at the Queens Theatre, leaving you spellbound. No tricks, just good ol’ magic will leave you blinking in disbelief. Recommended for children above the age of 6 and adults. 2 and 8 p.m. Tickets: $30/$27 for members/$25 rear seating/$99 for four tickets. Visit queenstheatre.org to buy tickets. 14 United Nations Ave. South, Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Call the box office at 718-760-0064.

Explore the universe from Fort Totten. Urban Park Rangers will guide participants through the gems of the night sky that are visible to the naked eye. The rangers will also discuss the science, history, myths and legends of the universe. The group will meet at the visitor’s center at 6 p.m. Free. Call 718-352-1769 for more details. Cross Island Pkwy., between Totten Ave and 15th Rd.

SUNDAY, FEB. 22

The Mamas Summer Countdown, which celebrates summer, is taking place at the New York Hall of Science. It is being organized by Queens Mamas, Long Island Mamas and the Mamas Expo. The event brings together all resources for children to utilize in the summer, such as camps and classes, vacation destinations, and places where parents and children can enjoy a day out together. Free with NYSCI admission. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 57-01 111th St.

Explore some of the best work in the art of calligraphy at Flushing Town Hall’s exhibition “Dynamic Writing: A Century of Calligraphy.” The exhibition will focus on how two traditions of calligraphy – the Chinese Hsu-Fa and the Korean Hanguel scripts – are essentially in harmony. It will include works by calligraphy masters Chao-Lin Ting and Dr. Yoo Sung Lee. Opening reception is at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 22. The exhibition will run every weekend, noon to 5 p.m., through Mar. 22. $5 suggested admission/free for members and students. 137-35 Northern Blvd. Call 718-463-7700 for more information.

Ring in the Year of the Sheep with samples of dances from countries across the globe. This “sampler” event will include dances from China, Korea, Taiwan, India, Mexico and the U.S. Event begins at 2 p.m. and is free, but tickets will be distributed at the box office from noon on a first-come, first-served basis and are limited to two per person. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. Call 718-463-7700 for more information.

Learn handy skills that will help you in the great outdoors. Urban Park Rangers will teach participants the different types of knots, hitches and lashings that are vital to know when hiking or camping outdoors. The program is family friendly but it is advised that children be above the age of 8. The group will meet at the visitor center at Forest Park at 1 p.m. Free. Call 718-352-1769 for more information. Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive.

The Bayside Historical Society is organizing a meeting with the BHS board of trustee class of 2017. Attendees can get to know the candidates better and then stay on to play board games such as Mystery Date, Sorry and Masterpiece. Free. 2 to 4 p.m. 208 Totten Ave. Call 718-352-1548 for more information.

Pianist Diana Mittler-Battipaglia and other members of the Con Brio Ensemble will perform Mozart and Beethoven’s compositions at a twilight concert at the Church in the Gardens in Forest Hills. Pieces planned for the night include Mozart’s Violin Sonata in B flat Major K 454 and Beethoven’s song cycle “An die Ferne Geliebte.” Performers include Paul Roczek (violin), Hamilton Berry (cello) and baritone Darian Worrell. Tickets: $12/$10 for students and seniors. 4:30 p.m. 50 Ascan Avenue.

Madeline Hollander and Alexandra Lerman of Illegal Motion focus on the ways we test the limits of physical movements in everyday systems of technology and how new body languages are formed. Hollander explores this concept through performance while Lerman does it through sculpture. Their collaborative piece at the Sculpture Center includes terra-cotta tablets and dance performances. Hollander will perform at 3 and 5 p.m. 44-19 Purves St. The center is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 718-361-1750 for more details.

MONDAY, FEB. 23

The Queens Library at Glendale is screening “The Maltese Falcon” starring Humphrey Bogart. The 1941 film is based on the eponymous novel by Dashiell Hammett. Bogart plays private detective Sam Spade, based in San Francisco, while Mary Astor is his client. The film follows Spade as he deals with three competitors trying to obtain the same statuette of a falcon. Free. Registration not required. 12:30 to 2:15 p.m. 78-60 73rd Place. Call 718-821-4980 for more details.

Calm the mind and relax the body with some guided meditation. It is a very good way to de-stress. Regular meditation is known to give you a greater sense of peace. Jill Ackiron Moses will instruct participants on how to make the best of meditation at the Queens Library in Far Rockaway. 5 to 6 p.m. 1637 Central Ave. Call 718-327-2549 for more details.

TUESDAY, FEB. 24

The Queens Library at Briarwood is hosting A Tribute to the Divas: Adele, Beyonce, Shania Twain and More. Attendees can enjoy music that these great female artists have created over the years. Other artists who will be featured include Alicia Keys, Reba McEntire and Jennifer Hudson. 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Free, registration not required. 85-12 Main St. Call 718-658-1680 for more details.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 25

Two-time Academy Award-winner from India, A. R. Rahman, will attend the screening of “Jai Ho,” a documentary on his life, at the Museum of the Moving Image. The music composer, known internationally for his work in Slumdog Millionaire, will also participate in a live discussion of his work and life after the screening with Scott Foundas. Tickets are free with museum admission and free for members. Space is limited so reserve your ticket and purchase museum admission in advance. Admission: $12 adults/$9 senior citizens (65+), students with valid ID/$6 for children between the ages of 3 and 12/free for members and children under 3. Visit www.movingimage.us to reserve tickets; call 718-777-6888 for more details. 36-01 35th Ave.

The Queens Symphony Orchestra will perform Bach and Debussy compositions at the All Saints Episcopal Church in Woodhaven as part of their Southern Queens Salon Series Concert. The event is free but RSVP is required. Visit www.queenssymphony.org to reserve your ticket or call 718-570-0909 for more information. 85-45 96th St. 7 p.m.

Laugh away the winter blues with this live comedy event, headlined by Regina DeCiccio, at the Dog and Duck Gastropub in Sunnyside. Other comics performing this evening include TJ, Teresa DeGaetano and Phil Stamato. The restaurant will give away two $25 gift certificates as prizes during the evening. Free. 9 p.m. 45-20 Skillman Ave. Call 718-406-9048 for more details.

THURSDAY, FEB. 26

Calling all brides and grooms! The Great Bridal Extravaganza is coming to Glendale! The luxury bridal showcase will feature some of the best professionals of the wedding industry. Experts in floral work, photography, invitations, wedding favors, make-up and hair dressing, and travel arrangements will guide you through the nitty gritties that make your big day the best. Wedding planners and honeymoon planners will also be present. There will be giveaways, including an 8-day vacation. Admission: $10. 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. The Shops at Atlas Park, 80-00 Cooper Ave. Call 631-667-3976 for more details.

Queens Council on the Arts is kicking of its 50th birthday celebrations with a Havana-themed party at the Paper Factory Hotel. There will be live music, a casino night, salsa performances and cuisine from countries across the globe. Tickets: $150/$1,350 for 10 tickets /$675 for five tickets. Visit queenscouncilarts.org/casino-caliente to buy tickets. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. 37-06 36th St.

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day, enjoy the Lunar New Year, mark Black History Month and do more at these events in Queens.

SATURDAY, FEB. 14

This Valentine’s Day, spread some love for the amazing birds that call the city their home in the winter. Urban Park Rangers will guide participants to some of the best spots to view birds in this birding program. All skill levels, including beginners, are welcome to participate. Free. 11 a.m. Ridgewood Reservoir, 58-2 Vermont Place. The park entrance is located opposite the parking lot of Vermont Place.

If you prefer to count birds for a global tally rather than just watch them, head to the Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing for their 18th annual bird counting event. The tally will be added to the numbers sent in from around the world. The event is free but preregistration is required; email sromar@queensbotanical.org. The group will meet in the lobby of the Visitor & Administration building. 11 a.m. Call 718-886-3800 for more details. 43-50 Main St.

Flushing Town Hall is going traditional this Lunar New Year by hosting a bazaar, which they promise will offer an authentic cultural experience for everyone – whether you are of Chinese descent or not. Lion dance, opera hits, folk music, magic and martial arts performances, and traditional Chinese food will all be available at the bazaar. Free. 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 137-35 Northern Blvd.

The King Manor Museum in Jamaica is hosting a workshop for making Valentine’s Day gifts. Attendees can decorate picture frames and make other gifts inspired by the 19th century for their loved ones. Noon to 3 p.m. Free.Rufus King Park, Jamaica Ave., 89 Ave., between 150th and 153rd streets. Call 718-206-0545 ext. 13 for more information.

Children can learn about democracy in the upcoming edition of the New York Council for the Humanities’ Conversations with Kids program. The discussion will focus on the book “Pearl Moscowitz’s Last Stand” by Arthur A. Levine. The book tells the story of Moscowitz, who protests the city’s decision to cut down the last tree on her block. The program is open to children and their adult companions. Free. 1 to 2 p.m. Kingsland Homestead, 143-35 37th Ave. Call 718-939-0647 for more information.

The Queens Kickshaw is taking a different approach to Valentine’s Day by hosting a fundraiser for V-Day, an organization that works to end violence against women and girls through the arts. All the profits of the evening will be donated to V-Day. The chef of this restaurant in Astoria has planned a special menu that will be available a la carte in addition to the regular menu. 6:30 p.m. 40-17 Broadway. Call 718-777-0913 for more details.

Come together for world peace at The Red Ball: World Peace in the Key of Jazz concert at the Flushing Town Hall. Singer Antoinette Montague and her band consisting of Danny Mixon (piano), Paul Beadry (bass), Chip White (drums), Solomon Hicks (guitar), Christopher McBride (sax) and Jay Hoggard will play jazz and blues hits. All attendees are encouraged to wear red to symbolize the need for world peace. 8 p.m. (Pre-show Members Lounge starts at 7 p.m.) Tickets: $22/$15 members/$10 students. 137-35 Northern Blvd.

SUNDAY, FEB. 15

The New York Chinese Cultural Center has arranged a cultural event at the Queens Museum to celebrate Lunar New Year. It includes one hour of performances by professional artists and school students, another hour of a visual arts demonstration, a workshop where participants can make their own Chinese zodiac animals, and another workshop on the art of Chinese paper cutting. Visit www.queensmuseum.org or call 718-592-9700 for the full schedule. 1 to 4:30 p.m. New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

The Queens Botanical Garden is organizing a craft table at The Shops at Skyview Center in Flushing. Participants will get a chance to make red envelopes and decorate them as part of QBG’s Lunar New Year celebrations. From 2 p.m. till supplies run out. Call QBG at 718-886-3800 for more information. 40-24 College Point Blvd.

Pan Asian Repertory Theatre is performing “Film Chinois,” an award-winning play about spies set in 1940s China. Free. 4 p.m. Flushing Town Hall. 137-35 Northern Blvd.

Warm up your heart with music! On Feb. 15 at 3 p.m., cellist Jia Kim and pianist TaisiyaPushkar present a program “On Love And Other Troubles,” performing music by Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms and Piazzolla. This concert is a part of Metis Concert Series, presenting musicians from around the world featuring classical, early music and jazz at Community Church Little Neck, 46-16 Little Neck Parkway. Tickets are $25/$15 sold at the door or online at eventbrite.com/on-love-and-other-troubles.

MONDAY, FEB. 16

The New York Hall of Science is hosting Engineering Week till Feb. 20. Every day will focus on a different aspect of the field of engineering. It starts today with Civil Engineering Day. Children can learn about civil engineering through games and other hands-on activities—such as building a bridge out of paper and building the tallest possible tower of blocks without the tower falling over—arranged by NYSCI Explainers in conjunction with the Metropolitan Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 47-01 111th St. Call 718-699-0005 for more details.

TUESDAY, FEB. 17

Observe Black History Month by learning about the contributions that Dr. George Washington Carver made to botany, agriculture, industrial engineering and even medicine. This workshop encourages participants to paint with plants and even plant a peanut to take home for further observation. Organized by the Queens Botanical Garden. $5 per child. Advance registration and payment required. Visit the “Programs & Events” page on www.queensbotanical.org for registration and payment details. Call QBG at 718-886-3800 for more information. 43-50 Main St.

The New York Irish Center is hosting two performances of “Magdalen,” a one-woman play about the Magdalene Laundries that existed in Ireland between the 18th and 20th centuries. These were “laundries” allegedly run by Catholic nuns in which the “misfits” of society such as orphans, the disabled and unwed mothers were forced to work without pay as atonement for their sins. The play “Magdalen,” written by and starring Erin Layton, tells the story of these victims. Freshly baked pancakes will be served at the performance to celebrate Pancake Tuesday. “Magdalen” opens at 8 p.m. Tickets: $17/$12 for students, seniors and unemployed. 1040 Jackson Ave. Call 718-482-0909 for more details.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 18

The New York Hall of Science is hosting Engineering Week till Feb. 20. Every day will focus on a different aspect of the field of engineering. On the third day, the focus will be on nano engineering. Children can learn about nano engineering and how it impacts our day-to-daylives through games and other hands-on activities with NYSCI Explainers. 1:30 to 4 p.m. 47-01 111th St. Call 718-699-0005 for more details.

Two of South Africa’s famous musical icons are coming together at the Kupferberg Center for the Arts to observe the 20th anniversary of the end of apartheid and start of democracy in the African nation. Hugh Masekela and VusiMahlasela will perform South Africa’s Freedom Songs and some of their own songs at the 20 Years of Freedom concert at the Center’s LeFrak Concert Hall. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Tickets: $35 to $55/$20 with Queens College ID at the box office window only. Visit the Events page at kupferbergcenter.org to buy tickets. 65-30 Kissena Blvd.

The New York Irish Center is hosting its closing performance of “Magdalen,” a one-woman play about the Magdalene Laundries that existed in Ireland between the 18th and 20th centuries. These were “laundries” allegedly run by Catholic nuns in which the “misfits” of society such as orphans, the disabled and unwed mothers were forced to work without pay as atonement for their sins. The play “Magdalen,” written by and starring Erin Layton, tells the story of these victims. 8 p.m. Tickets: $17/$12 for students, seniors and unemployed. 1040 Jackson Ave. Call 718-482-0909 for more details.

THURSDAY, FEB. 19

Children get up close with bugs at a workshop led by professional entomologists at the Alley Pond Environmental Center. The presentation will be followed by a game show, called “Who’s Bugging You?” There will be crafts, snacks and giveaways, all around the theme of bugs. Recommended for children between the ages of 7 and 14. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost: $12. Limited space so preregistration is required.For more information, visit www.alleypond.com or call 718-229-4000 or email contact@alleypond.com.

The New York Hall of Science is hosting Engineering Week till Feb. 20. Every day will focus on a different aspect of the field of engineering. On the fourth day, the focus will be on wearable engineering and the future of the merger between tech and textiles. Children can learn about wearable engineering through games and other hands-on activities with SibelDerenGuler, the creator of Invent-abling sets. Children can sketch out ideas and build basic prototypes. 1 to 4 p.m. 47-01 111th St. Call 718-699-0005 for more details.

The Queens Botanical Garden is hosting an NYC Compost Project for families and it’s called “I Heart Worms.” The workshop is for children ages 5 and up, and their adult companions. It will introduce participants to the red wiggler worms that make indoor composting possible. Children will also be encouraged to make heart-shaped cookies for their plants. The workshop is very hands-on. Registration required; email compost@queensbotanical.org. Cost: $5 per child. 2 to 4 p.m. 43-50 Main St.

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