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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