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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.