Experience a part of Queens history, stroll through a Christmas fair, attend a tree lighting and find more ways to celebrate the holiday season with these events throughout the borough.
Saturday, Dec. 6
The All Saints’ Church is hosting a Christmas Fair. Attendees can expect to shop from vendors with new merchandise, take photos with Santa Claus and participate in a raffle. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 214-35 40th Ave.
St. Josaphat’s R.C. Church of Bayside will hold a Christmas Craft Sale plus Polish Meat and Bake Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Parish Hall. 35th Avenue and 210th Street. Call Steve at 718-224-3052 for more information.
The Museum of the Moving Image is hosting a Moving Image Studio workshop where children 7 years and older can make projects such as flipbooks and computer animations and video games, and handle movie equipment such as projectors and film strips. Children between the ages of 7 and 12 need to be accompanied by an adult, while children above the age of 12 can attend the workshop on their own. The workshop, between noon and 5 p.m., is free with museum admission. 36-01 35th Ave. Call 718-777-6888 for more information.
Forest Park officials are organizing a Holiday Happening that promises to be loads of fun for children. The event will host craft activities, games and music. Organizers are promising a prominent personality will attend the event, but it’s a surprise! The event will take place between noon and 3 p.m. at George Seuffert Bandshell in Forest Park. Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive. For more details, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 718-235-4100.
The Queens Museum is hosting a series of events to mark the 25th annual Day With(out) Art. There will be screenings of films about the HIV/AIDS epidemic, an open mic, a workshop on the basics of vogueing, and a community dialogue around an object. Voces Latinas will offer HIV testing. All events are free and open to the public. For complete schedule and more details, visit queensmuseum.org or call 718-592-9700. Noon to 5:30 p.m. New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Children aged 6 years and older can learn to make holiday lanterns at the New York Hall of Science. They will learn how to construct a paper circuit for an LED light and use various materials to build the lantern itself. Preregistration required for this recurring event. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. 47-01 111th St.
Sunday, Dec. 7
St. Josaphat’s R.C. Church of Bayside will hold a Christmas Craft Sale plus Polish Meat and Bake Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Parish Hall. 35th Avenue and 210th Street. Call Steve at 718-224-3052 for more information.
Temple Tikvah of New Hyde Park is hosting its annual Holiday Fair. Visitors can expect a range of items for children and adults at reasonable prices, handcrafted jewelry, toys, books and gift items. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 3315 Hillside Ave. Call 516-746-1120 for more details.
Light up on the longest night of the year. The Queens Botanical Garden is organizing a tree lighting event with activities for the entire family. There will be live musical performances, arts and crafts tables, a Holiday Marketplace with special sales and a Santa Claus ready to pose for photos. The event is free and will take place between 1 and 5 p.m. The tree will be lit at 4:45 p.m. Call 718-886-3800 for more information. 43-50 Main St.
Teaching Artist Paul Lambermont will lead a workshop at the Queens Museum that will focus on the exhibition Anonymous: Contemporary Tibetan Art. The exhibition includes drawings, paintings and other artwork. Participants will take a close look at this art work and the symbols embedded in them, and then create their own paintings and collages. The event will take place at the Rubin Gallery (tour) and the Main Atrium (art making) from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. It’s free and RSVP is not required. New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
The Vienna Boys Choir will bring the spirit of the Christmas season alive when they perform their holiday concert at the Kupferberg Center for the Arts. The concert will include classical music, traditional Christmas carols, songs from around the world and popular music. Tickets $20 – $30. 3 to 4:30 p.m. Colden Auditorium. 65-30 Kissena Blvd.
Monday, Dec. 8
“Jack and the Beanstalk” is a tale for children of all ages, and the Queens Library is making Jack even more endearing to children. The Auburndale location is hosting a funny but action-packed show that will feature handcrafted shadow puppets to tell Jack’s adventures. Registration not required. 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. 25-55 Francis Lewis Blvd.
Teenagers are introduced to the fast-paced beats of African music at this workshop at Queens Library for Teens in Far Rockaway. The workshop will explore the connections between music from Africa, hip-hop and Latin music. 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. 2002 Cornaga Ave.
Tuesday, Dec. 9
Adult participants in Cristina Cipriani’s workshop will learn to paint on glass and make their own colorful trinkets. Space is limited so preregistration is required. The workshop runs from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Call 718-429-4700 for more information. 54-22 Skillman Ave.
The Queens Library of Douglaston/Little Neck is hosting a holiday concert to mark Hanukkah and Christmas. Irene Failenbogen will perform at this hour-long concert. Light refreshments will be served. 4 p.m. 249-01 Northern Blvd.
Come participate in a wheelchair basketball open gym at the Al Oerter Recreation Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Participants – adults and seniors – must be physically challenged but able to use a sports wheelchair. Sports chairs will be available at the center. NYC Parks membership is required of all participants. For more information, call 718-353-7853 or email email@example.com. 8 to 9 p.m. 131-40 Fowler Ave.
Wednesday, Dec. 10
The Alley Creek Watershed Project is holding its third community meeting to discuss the plans to develop the watershed. The meeting will discuss how previous concerns of the community have been taken into consideration and changes incorporated in the plan. It starts at 6 p.m. at the Alley Pond Park Environmental Center. 228-06 Northern Blvd. For more information call 212-360-1446 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Stevenson Regular Democratic Club is hosting its 48th Annual Dinner Dance. The event will honor four prominent citizens: Thomas P. DiNapoli, the New York State Comptroller; James Bua, Local Union No. 3 I.B.E.W; Irene Baker, senior vice president, government affairs, Madison Square Garden; and Sharon Banks, librarian, Pomonok branch of the Queens Borough Public Library. Tickets to the dance cost $100 per person. 6:30 p.m. Douglaston Manor, 63-20 Marathon Parkway.
Thursday, Dec. 11
The Queens Botanical Garden is hosting a workshop on the benefits of composting with a worm bin. The workshop is mainly aimed at children and teachers, as it will introduce children to concepts of biology and recycling. It will also teach how attendees can set up worm bins and maintain them. Registration is required and can be done by calling 718-539-5296 or emailing email@example.com. Cost: $5 per person. 6 to 8 p.m.
Recovery International is hosting free meetings for people suffering from mental issues such as anxiety, stress and depression, among others. The meetings are safe and confidential places for sufferers to get help and advice on how to cope with these issues. The meeting is open to all and will be held at the Forest Hills location of the Queens Library. 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. 108-19 71st Ave.
Sunday, Dec. 7
Tour Chinatown in Flushing and experience the transformation the area has undergone in the past four decades with official Queens historian Jack Eichenbaum. The walking tour will explain how rezoning and greater land availability has led to real estate developments. No RSVP required. Tickets $15. The group will meet at the second floor of the New World Mall, opposite the restrooms, at 11 a.m. Enter the mall on the south side of Roosevelt Avenue just uphill from the Main Street station of the 7 train. Visit http://www.geognyc.com/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Seven historic sites in the borough are participating in the 27th Annual Holiday Historic House Tour on Dec. 7. The sites are as follows: Kingsland Homestead, Voelker Orth Museum, Lewis H. Latimer House Museum, The Friends Meeting House, Flushing Town Hall, The Bowne House and The Louis Armstrong House Museum. The tour will tell participants about the historic significance of each of these sites. There will also be special activities and refreshments. The tour runs between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. but attendees are free to choose which landmarks they wish to see. Tickets are $20 presale/$25 at the door day of the event/ $10 for children under 12. Buy them at https://holidayhousetour2014.eventbrite.com. For more information, call 718-939-0647 or email email@example.com.
Tuesday, Dec. 9
The Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center is screening “Sophie Scholl: The Final Days” (2005) at 1 p.m. It tells the story of Scholl, 21, a member of White Rose, an anti-Nazi non-violent student resistance group in the 1940s, who was executed for treason in 1943. The German film won the Silver Bear awards for Best Director and Best Actress at the Berlinale in 2005. 222-05 56th Ave.