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What to do in Queens this weekend and beyond


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of LaGuardia Community College

Explore a local museum, spend a lazy morning birdwatching, listen to the sounds of music from Guinea and do more at these events in Queens.

SATURDAY, FEB. 7

NYC Audubon, a nonprofit organization that works to protect birds in the city, is organizing a walk for birdwatchers at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Don Riepe, a naturalist, will guide participants on a walk where they’ll look for birds and other wildlife. The walk will be preceded by a presentation. Call 718-474-0896 or email donriepe@gmail.com for more details. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The refuge is located in Broad Channel.

The New York Irish Center is hosting a concert featuring Bernadette Morris on Saturday, Feb. 7. The violinist and singer was born in County Tyrone, Ireland, and she reimagines traditional Irish folk songs, giving them a modern twist. Her debut album called “All the Ways You Wander” was released in 2013. The pre-show hospitality hour begins at 7:30 p.m. with free tea and coffee, and beer and wine on sale. The show begins at 8:30 p.m. Open seating. Tickets: $22/$17 for seniors, students and unemployed. 10-40 Jackson Ave., LIC. Call 718-482-0909 for more details.

Explore the beauties of nature at Forest Park. Experienced urban park rangers will guide participants on a moderate hike through the terrain of the park and point out hidden gems and special features of the park. The group will meet at the visitor center at Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive. Free. 11 a.m. Call 718-352-1769 for more information.

With just a week to go for Valentine’s Day, the Bayside Historical Society is organizing a workshop for children to make gifts. Adults can attend the two-hour workshop if they are accompanied by a child. 12 p.m. Cost: $5. 208 Totten Ave., Fort Totten. Call 718-352-1548 for more details.

St. Michael’s Cemetery in East Elmhurst is hosting a special violin and piano recital to observe Valentine’s Day. The two artists performing at the recital are Olga Turkina at the violin and Philipp Petkov at the piano. The recital is free but attendees are encouraged to bring donations of canned food that the organizers will collect and donate to the needy. 2 p.m. Call 718-278-3240 for more information. 7202 Astoria Blvd.

On Jan. 26, India celebrated its 66th Republic Day. The Hindu Temple Society of North America in Flushing is celebrating the occasion with a cultural program and talks on the leaders of nonviolent movements: Mahatma Gandhi (India), Nelson Mandela (South Africa) and Martin Luther King Jr. (U.S.). The event will be held at the temple auditorium from 3:30 p.m. Call 718-460-8484 for more information. 143-09 Holly Ave., corner of Holly Avenue and Smart Street.

The Museum of the Moving Image is hosting Cinema Tropical Festival 2015, a three-day festival of the best Latin American films. It’s the second day today and two films will be screened. “Purgatorio: A Journey into the Heart of the Border” reimagines the U.S./Mexico border as Dante’s Purgatory. The film is in Spanish with English subtitles. 3 p.m. “Las Marthas” follows two Mexican-American girls who are trying to follow the traditions of being debutantes at a ball while battling economic uncertainty. Director Cristina Ibarra will attend the screening. In Spanish and English with English subtitles. 6 p.m. Tickets for both films are included with paid museum admission on a first-come, first-served basis. Call 718-777-6888 for more information. For the full schedule of the festival, visit www.movingimage.us. 36-01 35 Ave.

As part of their Beyond Sacred series, which explores Muslim identity after 9/11, LaGuardia Community College is bringing their exhibit Faces of Islam to the Queens Museum. The photography exhibition showcases works by students of the college. All the photos represent various Muslims in the community and urges people to see them as individuals and not as stereotypes. The aim of the Beyond Sacred series is to foster understanding between Muslim and non-Muslim communities in the city. The opening reception is at 4:30 p.m. It will be preceded by a theatrical demonstration called Identity Sacred at 3 p.m. New York City Building at Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

SUNDAY, FEB. 8

Spend a lazy Sunday morning by birdwatching at the Unisphere. Forget the cold weather—this is the best time to spot wild birds such as the Red-Tail Hawks, Bald Eagles and Owls. Experienced Urban Park Rangers will show you the best spots from where you can catch sight of these great birds. Free. 11 a.m. Call 718-352-1769 for more information.

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and the Bayside Historical Society at Fort Totten is going all out to offer you a chance to get romantic with an afternoon brunch. You can enjoy some jazz played live by the society’s jazz trio of musicians. 12 to 2 p.m. Cost: $25/$20 for members. R.S.V.P. is required: call 718-352-1548. 208 Totten Ave.

The Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge is hosting a visit and discussion about the terrapins that call the bay their home. Volunteers will educate participants about the terrapin’s nesting ecology, diet and hatchlings in an hour-long event. 1 p.m. Call 718-318-4340 for additional information. The wildlife refuge is located in Broad Channel.

The Museum of the Moving Image is hosting Cinema Tropical Festival 2015, a three-day festival of the best Latin American films. The festival concludes today with the screening of two films. The first is “The Quispe Girls.” The film is set in the mountains cape of Chile and follows three goat herding sisters whose livelihood is threatened when the new government bans herding. The film is in Spanish with English subtitles. 3 p.m. The second film being is screened is “The Face” (El rostra). It is shot in black and white and its narrative blends the past, present and future. This is the film’s New York premiere. In Spanish with English subtitles. 6 p.m. Tickets for both films are included with paid museum admission on a first-come, first-served basis. Call 718-777-6888 for more information. For the full schedule of the festival, visit www.movingimage.us. 36-01 35 Ave.

MONDAY, FEB. 9

The Godwin-Ternbach Museum is hosting an exhibition titled Year of South Africa: Collection of Violet and Les Payne. Les Payne was a reporter in Johannesburg, South Africa, in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s who reported the 1976 Soweto Uprising. The works in the Payne collection are paintings by artists from Soweto, a black township. These works represent everyday life in the town and the sense of hope in times of turmoil. The collection includes works by well-known artists such as David Mbele, Winston Saoli and Hargreaves Ntukwana. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free. Call 718-997-4747 for more information. 405 Klapper Hall, 65-30 Kissena Blvd.

Mare Nostrum Elements is a performance group dedicated to expressing human emotions through dance and other performance arts. In the second part of its Emerging Choreographer Series, it showcases works by a range of young artists including Sara Ahn, Darlene Arrington, Caroline Brethenoux, Henry Holmes, Daniel Holt, Edward Lathan, Elena Light, Jessica Myers and Kris Seto. Guest performances by Graham 2 and Valerie Green/Dance Entropy. 7:30 p.m. $5. LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, 31-10 Thomson Ave.

TUESDAY, FEB. 10

The end of apartheid and the first democratic elections in 1994 brought about a lot of changes in South Africa. For the young generation that came of age after that time, it was a time of great change both in the political and social structures of the country. It gave rise to a generation of South African artists who have catalogued this change through photography. The Godwin-Ternbach Museum is showcasing about 25 photographs by emerging South African artists at its second floor gallery through March 21. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free. Call 718-997-4747 for more information. 405 Klapper Hall, 65-30 Kissena Blvd.

Get introduced to the rhythms and sounds of music from Guinea, with Ibrahima Kolipe Camara, a drummer. Camara, a former member of Les Merveilles de Guinea and Les Ballets Africaines, will head this hands-on workshop on the sounds and movements of West African dance and music at the Queens Library at Lefrak City. Free. Registration not required. 4 to 5 p.m. 98-30 57 Ave.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 11

“Freedom Bound” is a play about America before the Civil War. It tells the story of Addison White, who escaped slavery thanks to residents of a small town in Ohio, and the Underground Railroad. The play will be performed at the Colden Auditorium at Kupferberg Center for the Arts. Appropriate for ages 5 to 18. Tickets: $8. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Arts Box Office at 718-793-8080. 10:30 a.m. to noon. 65-30 Kissena Blvd.

It’s tax season but there is no need to stress about it. Counselors trained by the IRS will help you file your income tax returns at the Queens Library at Laurelton. Just bring a copy of all your pertinent documents. Free. Registration not required. 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Call 718-528-2822 for more details. 134-26 225 St.

Valentine’s Day is coming up! The Queens Library at Seaside is hosting a workshop for making V-Day gifts, cards and decorations. Participants can create gifts their friends and family will surely love! Free. Registration not required. 4 to 5 p.m. Call 718-634-1876 for more details. 116-15 Rockaway Beach Blvd.

THURSDAY, FEB. 12

Tango Buenos Aires, a troupe from Argentina, will perform at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center. They are known for retaining the authenticity of tango in their performances and are a recognized name in Europe and the Far East. Their show is called Song for Eva Peron, and is based on the life of the former first lady of Argentina. 8 p.m. Tickets: $42/$39/$35. Visit www.qcc.cuny.edu/qpac or call 718-631-6311 to book tickets. 222-05 56th Ave.

Beecher’s Fault, a band based in Astoria, is performing at Rest-au-Rant as part of the venue’s Live Music Thursdays series. There’s no cover and no minimum purchase required to attend the performance. The band consists of four members: Ken Lamken, Ben Taylor, Max Maples (drums) and Serge Ruccolo (bass). Their third album will release later this year. 9 p.m. 30-01 35th Ave.

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What to do in Queens this weekend and beyond


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Michael Palma

Experience tango like never before, take a tour of classic storefront signs, share your talents at an open mic night and do more at these events in Queens.

Rare winter birds are coming to Jamaica Bay, and this is your chance to observe them in their natural setting. An NYC Audubon guide will take participants on a tour through Floyd Bennett Field, Fort Tilden and Breezy Point for an opportunity to see birds such as snow buntings, grebes, loons and horned hawks. Space is limited; reserve your spot by calling 212-691-7483 or emailing dklein@nycaudubon.org. Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Crossbay Boulevard, Broad Channel.

Children and their adult companions can learn how to create wooden Lego Minifig heads at the Toy Hacks workshop at the New York Hall of Science. If you are not a fan of Lego, that’s fine too as the workshop will show other options such as Pencil Pets. The workshop is basically a way to introduce children ages 6 and older to woodworking with hand tools. There are two sessions: 1:30 to 3 p.m and 3:30 to 5 p.m. Fee: $3 per adult/child pair, plus NYSCI admission/$1 per pair for members. 47-01 111th St. Call 718-699-0005 for more details. The workshop will take place again on Feb. 1.

Children and young teens can use their imagination to visualize a world in which all objects come alive at night. The Mysterious Lake: Give a Voice to Discarded Objects Workshop aims to do exactly what its name suggests and showcase the stories these objects would have to tell. Attendees are urged to bring their own objects and make them come alive. The workshop will have two sessions: 2 to 4 p.m. for ages 3 to 7 and 4 to 6 p.m. for ages 8 to 15. Free. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.

It’s the time to salsa! And cha-cha. And merengue. And swing and hustle! The Flushing Town Hall is hosting La Danza del Corazon, a Latin dance social to raise funds for its programming. The event is spread over two floors — one devoted to salsa and bachata, and the other to hustle, cha-cha, merengue and west coast swing. There will also be performances on stage and three dance classes in salsa, bachata and hustle. Tickets: $15 advance/$20 at the door. 6 p.m. Call 718-463-7700 for more details. 137-35 Northern Blvd.

Thalia Spanish Theatre is premiering its new show, “Tango 5 Senses,” on Jan. 30 at 8 p.m. It promises to be tango like you’ve never experienced before. Four pairs of dancers will take you on an experience of a lifetime. Latin Grammy winner Raul Jaurena has composed the music while Angel Gil Orrios directs the production. The show will run for eight weeks, till March 22. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 4 p.m. Tickets: $40 /$37 for seniors and students. To book tickets, visit www.thaliatheatre.org or call 718-729-3880. 41-17 Greenpoint Ave.

SUNDAY, FEB. 1

The World’s Fairs of ’39 and ’64 were two historic turning points for Queens, with the eyes of the entire world on the borough. Visitors from all over the world came to Queens and left with a lifetime of memories. Urban Park Rangers are organizing a tour of the World’s Fairs site in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. They’ll highlight the importance of the site and the various landmarks in and around it. Free. 1 p.m. Call 718-352-1769 for more information.

Children and their adult companions can learn how to create wooden Lego Minifig heads at the Toy Hacks workshop at the New York Hall of Science. If you are not a fan of Lego, that’s fine too as the workshop will show other options such as Pencil Pets. The workshop is basically a way to introduce children ages 6 and older to woodworking with hand tools. There are two sessions: 1:30 to 3 p.m and 3:30 to 5 p.m. Fee: $3 per adult/child pair, plus NYSCI admission/$1 per pair for members. 47-01 111th St. Call 718-699-0005 for more details.

Learn about the history of Jamaica Bay from Dan Hendrick, a filmmaker and a historian of the bay. He will give a pictorial overview of the bay from his book, “Jamaica Bay,” at the visitor’s center at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. 2 p.m. Crossbay Boulevard, Broad Channel. Call 718-318-4340 for additional information.

Adrienne Onofri, a Queens resident and author of the book “Walking Queens,” will moderate a discussion on the future of Astoria and Long Island City, titled “Where Do We Go From Here? Behind the Hype about Astoria and LIC.” Noted names in the restaurant, arts and real estate businesses, as well as political and community leaders, will be a part of the roundtable discussion at the Greater Astoria Historical Society. Free. 1 p.m. Quinn Building, 35-20 Broadway, 4th Floor. Call 718-278-0700 for more details.

MONDAY, FEB. 2

Give your body a workout at this total body conditioning workshop for adults. The hour-long session will include low impact exercises, cardio sculpt exercises and stretches with dance moves to help you get fit. Attendees are advised to wear loose comfortable clothing and sneakers and to bring a bottle of water. Space is limited but preregistration is not required. Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis. 10 a.m. 40-20 Broadway. Call 718-721-2462 for more details.

It’s tax season and if filing those tax forms is giving you a headache, simply head to the Queens Library at Briarwood. Counselors, trained by the Internal Revenue Service, will help you file your tax returns. Just bring all the necessary documents. 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. 85-12 Main St. Call 718-658-1680 for additional information.

Kevin Walsh of Forgotten NY is hosting a tour of classic storefront signs that have a lot of history behind them, but are on their way to being discarded. Walsh will explain the significance of many of the storefront signs. Tickets: $5/free for members of the Greater Astoria Historical Society. 7 p.m. Quinn Building, 35-20 Broadway, 4th Floor. Call 718-278-0700 for more details.

TUESDAY, FEB. 3

February is Black History Month and children between the ages of 6 and 12 can celebrate the occasion with a workshop by Linda Humes. The workshop will feature music and songs from Africa, the Caribbean and the U.S. It will also discuss a variety of topics such as the environment and cultural appreciation. 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. 204-01 Hollis Ave. Call the Queens Library at South Hollis at 718-465-6779 for more details.

If you’ve ever wanted to learn to make an enclosed moss terrarium, this is your chance. Luludi Living Art is organizing a class in making such terrariums. The class is small, with just 3 to12 participants. Everyone will be given a container, a plant and other materials, and get guidance from an instructor. Cost: $55 per person plus $10 for snacks and wine (optional). 6 to 7 p.m. 23-07 24th Ave. Visit www.luludi.net to book a class.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 4

The Noguchi Museum is presenting a series of installations titled Iconic Display. The installations on display are works by Isamu Noguchi and other artists such as Arata Isozaki. The aim is to explore how the context in which we experience art changes the way we perceive it. This display opens today and will be showcased till Sept. 13. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets: $10/$5 senior citizens and students with valid ID/free for members, children under 12 and NYC public high school students with a valid ID. Call 718-204-7088 for more details. 9-01 33rd Rd. (at Vernon Boulevard).

Here’s your chance to have some fun and help a good cause. Citi Field is hosting an event to benefit Autism Speaks, an organization that advocates for the autistic. Attendees can practice batting at the Visitors’ Clubhouse, enjoy light refreshments, meet Mr. Met and get an exclusive tour of the ballpark. There will be four one-hour sessions between 5 and 9 p.m. Tickets: $99. Visit mets.com/BatterUp or call 718-507-TIXX to buy tickets.

The Queens Jazz OverGround’s monthly Jazz Clinic will focus on John Coltrane and his dedication to practice. Participation is open to high school students and older attendees and is free. 6 p.m. The clinic will be followed by the Monthly Jazz Jam, in which jazz musicians, students and teachers can come play with the band. If you don’t play, you are welcome to listen. Tickets: $10/ free for performers, members and students. Visit www.flushingtownhall.org to buy tickets. Call 718-463-7700 for more details. 137-35 Northern Blvd.

THURSDAY, FEB. 5

This winter, bring a bit of spring into your life. Work with flowers and learn how to arrange them into simple and complex designs that will brighten up your home. Instructor Anna Kao will guide participants through the various steps. Materials will be provided but they are limited. Preregistration is not required but participation is on a first-come, first-served basis. The Queens Library at Queensboro Hill is hosting the workshop as part of its Lunar New Year celebrations. 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. 60-05 Main St. Call 718-359-8332 for more details.

It’s Open Mic Night at the Queens Library in Flushing. Share your talents in poetry, comedy, music, and the written and spoken word. All participants will be given five minutes to showcase their talents. The Open Mic Night will take place in the IRC Conference Room on the third floor. 41-17 Main St. Call 718-661-1200 for more details.

The Queens Library at Queens Village is organizing an After Hours discussion about Valentine’s Day. In this teleconferenced discussion, Karen Quinones of Patriot Tours will explain the history behind Valentine’s Day. First-time callers can get access numbers from Mail-a-Book at 718-464-0084. 8 to 9 p.m.

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What to do in Queens this weekend and beyond


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook and Tyler Rollins Fine Art

Enjoy the borough’s many artistic offerings, learn to juggle with an international champion, stay fit during the winter months and do more at these events in Queens.

SATURDAY, JAN. 24

The Kingsland Homestead is hosting a book reading of Doreen Rappaport’s work, “Martin’s Big Words.” The classic children’s book helps youngsters get introduced to the concepts of Dr. King’s legacy. The reading is part of the New York Council for the Humanities’ Community Conversations for Kids program. The reading will be followed by a discussion on Dr. King’s importance America’s history. Free for children and their adult companions. 1 to 2 p.m. 143-35 37th Ave.

Ying Nung Ma recently immigrated to the city from Taiwan and her photographs of New York reflect her unique perspective of the city. She is having her first solo exhibition of her photographs at the Voelker Orth Museum. The exhibition opens with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. The reception includes a musical performance by Ying Nung Ma’s daughter Iris, a flautist. The exhibition will be open on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. till March 22. For more details, call 718-359-6227. 149-19 38th Ave.

Learn to juggle with international juggling champion Greg Kennedy at the Flushing Town Hall. This interactive workshop, which begins at 1 p.m., is for anyone above the age of 6. The workshop will be followed by a juggling show at 2:15 p.m. in which Kennedy, a veteran of Cirque du Soleil, will be joined by two aerial acrobats to create dazzling artistry. The fee for the workshop is $7/ $4 children/free for members with tickets to the show. The show tickets cost $13/ $10 members/ $8 children/ $6 member children. Visit www.flushingtownhall.org to book tickets or call 718-463-7700 for more information.

You don’t have to wait till Halloween to get spooky! The Winter Spooktacular Ball will take place at the Queens Museum from 2 to 5 p.m. The theme is a spooky circus and it will include events such as a scavenger hunt, clown face painting, ring toss raffle and a Palindrome Parade. Individual tickets cost $20 but there are options for group tickets and other benefits with contributions of $75 and $150. Visit www.queensmuseum.org to book tickets or call 718-592-9700 for more details.

SUNDAY, JAN. 25

It’s going to be an all-star lineup at O’Neills in Maspeth. Some of today’s biggest sports stars are coming together for a charity fundraiser in aid of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Stanley Cup champions Brian Leetch, Adam Graves and Mike Richter, championship fighters Mark Breland, Iran Barkley, Junior Jones and Danny Jacobs, two-time Super Bowl champion Sean Landeta, and boxing promoter Lou DiBella will be at the event, raising awareness about the various diseases children in the hospital are battling and raising funds to carry out research that will help them. There will be live music and a magic show, as well as an all-day gourmet buffet and open bar. 1 p.m. Tickets: $100/$50 for guests aged 12 and under. Buy tickets at eventbrite.com (the event name is NY Champions for St. Jude) or by calling Eagel Sports Promotions at 914-332-4772. 64-21 53rd Dr.

This week’s Drop-In Family Workshop at the Queens Museum will focus on clay figures. Children between the ages of 5 and 12 and their adult companions can make clay figures of characters from the bookmaking workshop the previous week or any other character they wish. Attendance at the bookmaking workshop is not a prerequisite for this workshop. Children with special needs are welcome. Free. Registration not required. 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Call 718-592-9700 for more details.

The advances in the field of animation are helping us enter magical worlds, but there is something quaint about the magic of vintage animation that makes it hard to resist. Laugh at some of the best vintage cartoons from the 1920s and ’30s at the Voelker Orth Museum where curator Tom Stathes has put together a collection of winter classic cartoons from his own personal archive. The cartoons will be projected on 16mm film — just the way it was done when they were originally made. The event is suitable for both children and adults. 2 p.m. Ticket: $5/free for children under the age of 3. For more details, call 718-359-6227. 149-19 38th Ave.

The Sculpture Center is showcasing the work of prominent artist Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook. The Thai artist works with several mediums, and some of her best work in video, sculpture and photography will be among those on display. She is skilled in creating complex narratives around the marginalized, and has exhibited her work in several countries, including Australia, South Africa, Italy and Turkey. She is creating sculptures specially for this exhibition, which officially opens on Sunday, Jan. 25. The opening reception is on the day before, Saturday, Jan. 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibition runs until March 30. Open Thursdays to Mondays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. $5 suggested donation/$3 students. 44-19 Purves St. Call 718-361-1750 or visit www.sculpture-center.org for more details.

The Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge is conducting a series of lectures about the bay at its visitor center. The lecture focuses on the geography of the bay and how it has changed over time due to loss of salt marsh, the evolution of the shore line and the effects of restoration. 2 p.m. Call 718-318-4340 for more details. Crossbay Boulevard at Jamaica Bay in Broad Channel.

The Secret Theatre – Big is hosting a limited two-week run of the classic musical “Hair.” Several of the songs of this musical became anthems when it was first staged, and the topics remain relevant even today. 2 and 7 p.m. Dates and times for other shows vary. Production closes on Feb. 1. Tickets: $20. 4402 23rd St. Call 718-392-0722 for additional information.

MONDAY, JAN. 26

The Queens Library in Glendale is screening the classic movie “The Thin Man.” It stars William Powell and Myrna Loy as the detective duo Nick and Nora Charles. Nick has to find out whether his client Dorothy Wynant’s father Clyde is guilty of killing Dorothy’s stepmother Julia Wolf. He does that by inviting all the suspects to dinner. The screening is free. 12:30 to 2 p.m. 78-60 73 Place. Call 718-821-4980 for more details.

With all the myths and controversies surrounding breastfeeding, do you want to know if it is right for you and your baby? Attend the workshop covering breastfeeding basics at the Queens Central Library in Jamaica. The workshop is open to everyone—mothers, future mothers, their friends and family members—and will explain the basics of breastfeeding and help attendees with problems regarding breastfeeding an infant. 1 to 3 p.m. Registration not required. 89-11 Merrick Blvd. Call 718-990-0700 for more details.

Anti-bullying advocate Dori Crescas will lead a workshop about the effects of bullying on youngsters and how they can tackle it. The workshop is for children and teens between the ages of 5 and 18 years. 4 to 6 p.m. 108-41 Guy R. Brewer Blvd.

It’s The Moth StorySLAM night at the Flushing Town Hall. The theme for this night’s stories is Borders. Participants have to prepare a 5-minute story about crossing—or not crossing—either state or personal boundaries into new territory. They have to be true stories—no fiction please. Funny stories are welcome, but stand-up comedy is not. Those who wish to participate can drop their names into the Moth Hat from when the doors open at 7 p.m. till 7:30 p.m. These storytellers are then scored to decide a winner. You don’t have to tell a story; you can just sit back and listen, too. Storytelling begins at 8 p.m. Tickets: $8. For more details about the contest and to book tickets, visit www.flushingtownhall.org or call 718-463-7700.

TUESDAY, JAN. 27

Watch Liam Neeson as private investigator Matthew Scudder in “A Walk Among the Tombstones.” The Queens Library is screening the movie at its Douglaston/Little Neck branch at 3 p.m. The film follows Scudder as he is hired by a drug lord (Dan Stevens) to find out who abducted and then killed his wife. When the criminals abduct another young woman, Scudder races against time to find the culprits. 3 p.m. Rated R. 249-01 Northern Blvd. Call 718-225-8414 for more details.

You’ve seen it in your favorite TV shows; now it’s time to learn how to do it. Cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, better known as CPR, is a life-saving practice and knowing it can help you save your loved ones when the need arises. The FDNY’s Mobile CPR Training Unit will teach the core skills of CPR at a workshop at the Queens Library’s Maspeth branch from 3 to 4 p.m. Space is limited so preregistration is required. Log in to http://www.queenslibrary.org/event/help-save-a-life-on-site-cpr-training to register or call the library at 718-639-5228. 69-70 Grand Ave.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 28

This winter, if the temptation to warm up with hot chocolate is making it tough for you to stay fit, worry not. Cardio Challenge is a total body workout that combines low-impact aerobics and boot camp into easy-to-follow routines that will burn those calories while making your body more toned and your heart fitter. Instructor Bona Bhatia Khullar will take participants through the exercises in this weekly, hour-long class, starting at 4 p.m. 118-14 Hillside Avenue. Call 718-849-7150 for more details.

This year marks the 175th birth anniversary of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, the legendary Russian composer known for classics such as “The Nutcracker,” “Swan Lake,” “Romeo and Juliet” and “1812 Overture.” Soprano Svetlana Gaskova and friends will pay tribute to Tchaikovsky with a concert of vocal music of his best works. They’ll also perform works by composers Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov and Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff. 5 to 6 p.m. Queens Library in Forest Hills. 108-19 71 Ave.

THURSDAY, JAN. 29

It’s Harry Potter Day at the Queens Library at South Jamaica. Children and teenagers can get their fill of the wizard by getting together to play an interactive Harry Potter video game. Open for youngsters above the age of 10. 4:30 to 5 p.m. Preregistration not required. 108-41 Guy R. Brewer Blvd.

Go beyond the Grimm brothers in this workshop about fairy tales from around the world. Fairy tales exist in every culture, which each one carrying values and influences specific to that culture while conveying a universal thought. This workshop will introduce children to may such stories from other cultures and meet characters other than Rapunzel and Cinderella. 6 to 7 p.m. Preregistration not required. Queens Library at South Jamaica. 108-41 Guy R. Brewer Blvd.

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What to do in Queens this weekend and beyond


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of NYSCI

Even with the cold weather, there is no excuse to stay at home this weekend. These Queens events are guaranteed to entertain and most will also keep you warm.

SATURDAY, JAN. 10

Martin Luther School invites you to join them for “Talking Baseball” with New York Mets fan favorite Mookie Wilson. Take a walk down Mets Memory Lane with Mookie as he shares stories from his playing days and takes questions from the audience. He will also sign autographs and pose for pictures. The event starts at 9 a.m. in the school cafeteria at 60-02 Maspeth Ave. Tickets are $25 each and $15 for kids under 12. A table of eight is $180. Call 718-894-4000 ext. 133 to place your order.

See “A Bronx Tale” at the Greater Astoria Historical Society at 1 p.m. Please be cautious: the movie has strong language. The society is located on the fourth floor in the Quinn Building at 35-20 Broadway. Contact info@astorialic.org or 718-278-0700 for more information.

Come to Citi Field’s McFadden today to see and hear from Mookie Wilson, Wally Backman, Ed Charles, Josh Lewin, Mr. Met and several themed panel discussions. The midwinter gathering of baseball fans is a combination of “Fan Fest” meets “Comic Con.” “Queens Baseball Convention 2015” is from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and is located at 123-01 Roosevelt Ave.

Meet veteran New York rock radio personality Ken Dashow, who worked at WNEW-FM for 17 years and then joined Q-104, where his television drive-time show is rated No. 1 in NYC. He also hosts Q-104’s popular Sunday morning show “Breakfast with the Beatles,” where he plays requests, shares stories about the Fab Four and has interviewed everyone from Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr to Yoko Ono and May Pang. The talk will be from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Central Library in Jamaica at 89-11 Merrick Blvd.

Come in out of the cold and breathe in deep and relax at Alley Pond Environmental Center. A heated log cabin offers the perfect rustic setting for a serene yoga session. Certified master yoga instructor Mike Mancini creates a multi-level adaptable approach suitable for beginners to experienced students. Bring your own mat, towel and water bottle. Limited to 10 adult participants. Yoga is from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. and the fee is $10 for members and $16 for non-members. 22806 Northern Blvd.

MillionTreesNYC is looking for volunteers to help spread the mulch generated during this event around young street tree beds to help insulate these trees from the cold weather, retain moisture and provide a decorative addition to neighborhood blocks. You can also pick up bags of mulch to take home with you. Register here. The event is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and located at 34th Avenue between 77th and 78th streets in Travers Park.

Hike to hidden gems of New York City, explore nature and discover urban forests in “Light Hike: Winter Tree ID.” Enjoy exploring the trees of Kissena Park. Admission is free. The event starts at 11 a.m. and is located at Rose Avenue and Oak Avenue. Contact 718-352-1769 for more information.

SUNDAY, JAN. 11

After dropping off items at the E-Waste event, join Queens Botanical Garden in the Education Building, where we’ll be making children’s crafts out of recycled and repurposed items. Admission is free. For more information, please contact 718-886-3800 or education@queensbotanical.org. The garden is located at 43-50 Main St. and the event is from 1 to 3 p.m.

New York Hall of Science’s GingerBread Lane has come to a close. Take a piece of GingerBread Lane home with you! Houses will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis until every piece of GingerBread Lane is gone. Limit one house per person, while supplies last. The line opens at noon and the giveaway starts at 1 p.m. Admission to GingerBread Lane is free with a NYSCI admission. The NYSCI is located at 47-01 111th St.

Join Alley Pond Environmental Center in “APEC Adventure Hour – H is for Home.” This event is good for children who are of 18 to 36 months of age. Parental participation is required. This class will offer toddlers an opportunity to learn about nature in a relaxed environment. Monthly theme-related activities include live animals, art projects, outdoor play, trail walks and music. Pre-registration is required. Limited to eight parent and child pairs. Fee is $10 for members and $16 for non-members. The event is from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. and APEC is located at 22806 Northern Blvd.

It’s the last day of the holiday decorations at the Voelker Orth Museum. The house is decorated every year for the holidays, to recreate the way the Voelker and Orth families welcomed the season. The house is also displaying a collection of folk nativities, depicting nativity scenes. 1 to 4 p.m. 149-19 38th Ave.

MONDAY, JAN. 12

Visit the Queens Botanical Garden to see artist Elaine Hajian’s work. Admission is free with a garden admission ticket ($4 for adults, $3 for seniors and $2 for students with ID and children 3 to 12). The event is from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Contact 718-886-3800 or dhector@queensbotanical.org for more information. The garden is located at 43-50 Main St.

Children age 6 to 12 compete to see who can spell the most words in the spelling bee event at the Queens Library branch at Cambria Heights. The competition is from 3 to 4 p.m. and the library is located at 218-13 Linden Blvd. Please call 718-528-3535 for more information.

Alacia Stubbs will show how to create a “cathedral window design” block that can be embellished with embroidery or found objects like buttons, lace or even a photo. Preregistration is required and materials will be provided. This event is intended for adults and is from 4 to 6 p.m. Log in to QueensLibrary.org or call 718-278-2220 to preregister. The event is located at the Queens Library at Astoria at 14-01 Astoria Blvd.

There will be a film screening and discussion at the Queens Library at Fresh Meadows today from 2 to 5 p.m. In the award-winning “Salvo,” in Italian with English subtitles, directed by Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza, a solitary, cold and ruthless Sicilian Mafia hitman on assignment sneaks into a house and discovers Rita, an innocent young blind girl. The library is located at 193-20 Horace Harding Expressway.

TUESDAY, JAN. 13

Singer and pianist Mitch Kahn celebrates the legacies of Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, the Gershwins, Johnny Mercer and others in “Mitch Kahn Sings Academy Award-Winning Songs” at the Queens Library at the East Flushing branch. The event is from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. and is for adults only. Registration is not required. The library is located at 196-36 Northern Blvd.

Are you living with cancer? Share your experiences, concerns and hopes with other members of the Latino community in the same situation. For more information or to RSVP, call 212-647-9700 ext. 245. Meetings will take place at Queens Cancer Center of Queens Hospital Center at 82-68 164 St. The event is from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Brooklyn Nets Wheelchair Basketball Open Gym is similar to regular basketball but is played in a wheelchair. Participants must be physically disabled and able to play in a sports wheelchair. There are available sportschairs for use at the recreation center. The event is for adults and seniors. Admission is free but NYC Parks Membership is required. The center is located at 131-40 Fowler Ave. Contact 718-353-7853 for more information. The event is from 8 to 9:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 14

“You Be the Judge” is a Queens Library at Queens Village branch program. This teleconferenced program is for older adults and the homebound. We will discuss real court cases and verdicts. First-time participants must call 718-464-0084 for access numbers. The teleconference will be from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Committee for Latin American and Caribbean Studies offers free GED and Adult Literacy classes offered at St. John’s University in Marillac Building room 433A. If you came illegally as a child, this program for those who qualify can help you become a legal United States citizen. Subjects covered include English, mathematics, social studies, science, computer technology and other educational workshops. The university is located at 8000 Utopia Parkway. The event is from 6 to 9 p.m.

Are you ready to apply for jobs? Does your resume stand out from the crowd? Make your resume the best it can be at “Resume Workshop” at the Queens Library branch at South Jamaica. Participants will learn how to get started, about types of resumes, what to include and not include and tips for making a resume stronger. To preregister, visit www.jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-8625 for more information. The class code is JR130. The event is from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and is held at 108-41 Guy R. Brewer Blvd.

Come to the Queens Library at the South Ozone Park branch today from 2:30 to 4 p.m. to learn how to use wire sculpting to design chic necklaces and bracelets. Materials will be provided and preregistration is required. Please call 718-529-1660 to register and for more information. This event is for adults only and will be conducted in English. The South Ozone Park branch is located at 128-16 Rockaway Blvd.

“Defensive Driving” is an AARP defensive-driving refresher course especially designed for drivers age 50 and older. The class will be held at the Queens Library at Auburndale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please call the library at 718-352-2027 for preregistration information. The Auburndale branch is located at 25-55 Francis Lewis Blvd.

THURSDAY, JAN. 15

Resobox Gallery in Long Island City will be exhibiting 4,000 amigurumi contributed by over 140 artists from 32 different countries. The concept, amigurumi, is a culture that began in Japan, but is now cherished by crocheters and knitters all over the world. Admission is free and the event is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The gallery is located at 41-26 27th St. For more information please contact 718-784-3680.

It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. One-on-one mock interviews at Queens Central Library will teach you how to prepare for your interview. The interview will take place at the Job Readiness table from noon to 1 p.m. To preregister, please visit www.jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class code is JR180. The library is located at 89-11 Merrick Blvd.

Open up the world of nature to your little ones. Children will pet animals, enjoy free play with environmental toys, go on mini-nature walks and have a snack. Seven participants only. The event is from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. There are eleven classes and the fee is $154 for Alley Pond Environmental Center members and $198 for non-members. The classes are from January to March. APEC is located at 22806 Northern Blvd.

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What to do in Queens this weekend and beyond


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Take a look back at the World’s Fair, learn how to build a chair out of cardboard, participate in a jazz jam and do more at these events in Queens.

SATURDAY, JAN. 3

What happens when people come together at the epicenter of American media culture? Polit-Sheer-Form-Office (PSFO), a China-based art group, decided to find out by bringing together more than 150 people to scrub the plaza at Times Square in November. A video documenting the results will be screened at the main galleries of the Queens Museum from noon to 1 p.m. At other times of the day, the video will play on a smaller monitor next to the screening of its sister video, which documents the results of a similar experiment conducted in Guangzhou, China. New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Call 718-592-9700 for more details.

The Museum of the Moving Image is screening “Manakamana,” followed by a discussion with one of its two directors, Pacho Velez. The film is a documentary about how pilgrims and tourists visit a temple in Nepal by traveling on a cable car through a jungle. It leaves you wondering about the people and what their ‘manakamana’ or ‘heart’s desire’ is. Velez will discuss the movie with film critic Eric Hynes. 3 p.m. Tickets are included with paid museum admission on a first-come, first-served basis. 36-01 35th Ave. Call 718-777-6888 for more information.

With one week left to go for the GingerBread Lane House Giveaway, now is the time to take one last look at the edible masterpiece installed at the New York Hall of Science. All the houses were specially designed and baked for this GingerBread Lane by chef Jon Lovitch over the past year. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free with NYSCI admission; ticket prices vary. 47-01 111th St. Call 718-699-0005 for additional information.

SUNDAY, JAN. 4

It’s time for the annual Quadrantids meteor shower, and what better way to watch it than with Urban Park Rangers at Cunningham Park? The rangers will teach visitors about the solar system, and explain the science and myths related to the universe. Telescopes may be available. Free. 6 p.m. Union Turnpike and 197th Street. The group will meet in the park’s parking lot. For more information, call 718-352-1769.

Venus Williams is not just a tennis star; she is also an athlete fighting to ensure that female tennis players win the same amount of prize money as male tennis players do. “Venus Vs.” (2013) is a documentary that discusses this fight and should not be missed by anyone interested in gender equality and sports. Two short films, “The Door” and “Say Yes” will be screened before “Venus Vs.” at the Museum of the Moving Image. 5:30 p.m. Tickets are included with paid museum admission on a first-come, first-served basis. 36-01 35th Ave. Call 718-777-6888 for more information.

With Queens being named the best tourist destination in the U.S. recently, Sunday, Jan. 4, is the perfect time to revisit the borough’s two moments of glory – the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs. An exhibition commemorating these two events is currently ongoing at Kingsland Homestead and displays memorabilia from personal collections of the World’s Fairs’ attendees. 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. 143-35 37th Ave. $3 to $5. Call 718-939-0647 or email kmooney@queenshistoricalsociety.org for more details.

This is a must-watch film, if for no other reason than the fact that “Boyhood” was filmed over 12 years so the actors age with their characters. Ever seen that before? Director Richard Linklater broke new ground when he decided to film his movie in this way and it was no surprise when he won the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival. Boyhood is the coming-of-age story of a young boy Mason (Ellar Coltrane), who lives with his older sister Samantha (Lorelei Linklater) and their mother Olivia (Patricia Arquette). The film also stars Ethan Hawke as Mason’s father. Sunday, Jan. 4, 6 p.m. Tickets are included with paid admission to the Museum of the Moving Image on a first-come, first-served basis. 36-01 35th Ave. Call 718-777-6888 for more information.

If you’ve ever wished that you can have a ringside view of how Christmas is celebrated in Rome, well, here’s your chance. The QL International Resource Center is presenting a photo lecture on how beautiful Rome becomes from December to early January’s Epiphany. The lecture will bring to you visuals of ceremonies at the Vatican and of the new Pope. Free. Preregistration not required. 2 p.m. 41-17 Main St.

MONDAY, JAN. 5

Start your new year right with a visit to Socrates Sculpture Park. The park’s ongoing Emerging Artist Fellowship Exhibition is an interesting set of art work by visual artists about engaging with the larger narrative of public space. The exhibition features 15 artists and focuses on the state of sculpture today. Open from 10 a.m. to sunset. Free admission. 32-01 Vernon Blvd.

You don’t need wood to build your own chair. This workshop will teach you how to design and structure a chair out of cardboard in such a way that it will actually hold your weight easily. Free. 3:30 p.m. Registration not required. 89-11 Merrick Blvd. Call 718-990-0700 for more details.

Forget the samba and the rumba, it’s time to dance the soca! Davin McLeod will teach you how to step to this “soul of Calypso” dance at this free workshop. Preregistration is required for each session, but prior dance experience is not required. 5:30 p.m. 191-05 Linden Blvd.

TUESDAY, JAN. 6

Center for Independence of the Disabled is hosting an information session at 2 p.m. at the Queens Library in Sunnyside. The session is aimed at making attendees aware of the ways in which people with disabilities can be fully integrated into society with equal opportunities and independence. Free. Registration not required. 43-06 Greenpoint Ave. The sessions will be conducted in other locations throughout the month.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then what is the value of a short video? Harness the power of visual storytelling with this workshop on making video segments. The workshop will focus on writing, producing, directing and performing in short videos. Free. 6 p.m. 2002 Cornaga Ave.

After the feasting and fun, it is now time to get fit again. What better way than doing the Zumba? Dance to Latin, international and pop music in this Zumba class in Woodhaven. Free. 6 p.m. Preregistration is not required but space is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. 85-41 Forest Pkwy.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 7

The holidays are behind you and you are done with the gifting. Now it’s time to treat yourself with a little something. Why not some jewelry made with cowrie shells? Pamela Isaac will teach you how to make bracelets and earrings from cowrie shells in this hands-on workshop. Materials will be provided. The workshop is free, but you have to register via www.queenslibrary.org or by calling 718-776-6800 as space is limited. 4 p.m. 94-11 217 St.

If you are interested in launching an arts business startup, then don’t miss this information session about New York Foundation on the Arts’ program called Arts Business Incubator. Being a part of the program will mean the foundation will support your startup with expert training and business planning assistance for three years. This information session will give more details about the program and offer tips about the application process. Free. Queens Council on the Arts at 37-11 35th Ave. (Entrance on 37th St.) 6 to 7:30 p.m. Preregistration at http://queenscouncilarts.org is required.

The musicians of the Queens Jazz OverGround are hosting their monthly jazz clinic at Flushing Town Hall from 6 p.m. This month’s clinic will focus on Charles Mingus’ music. As usual, the clinic will be followed by a jazz jam. The clinic is free to attendees who are high school students or older. The jam, starting at 7 p.m., is open to all but tickets are $10 if you wish to watch/free for performers, members and students. 137-35 Northern Blvd.

THURSDAY, JAN. 8

There are less than two weeks left to go before the exhibition What’s Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones closes at the Museum of the Moving Image. The exhibition showcases the work of this legendary artist who was behind some of the most enduring cartoon characters of all time, such as Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny and Wile E. Coyote. His animated films and original sketches are on display at the exhibition. Museum hours are 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 36-01 35th Ave. Call 718-777-6888 for more information.

There is a free screening of the classic movie “Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House” (1948) at the Central Library in Jamaica. The film tells the story of Jim Blandings (Cary Grant) who purchases a dilapidated house in the country and tries to fix it with the help of his wife Muriel (Myrna Loy) and their two daughters while trying to save his job at an advertising agency. 2 p.m. 89-11 Merrick Blvd.

Let there be music! Take a trip down musical memory lane with accomplished vocalist Tom Smith. He will perform a retrospective of some of the best musical icons of 20th-century New York, including Louis Armstrong and Sophie Tucker. Free. Preregistration not required. 2:30 p.m. 31-32 Union St.

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Experience the holidays at the Louis Armstrong House Museum by going on their annual holiday tour on Sunday, Dec. 28.

Spend the week after Christmas enjoying a musical tour, a holiday workshop or one of the many New Year’s Eve events going on in the borough.

Friday, Dec. 26

The Queens Farm Museum invites children and adults to their Adriance Farmhouse for the annual Holiday Open House. The Farmhouse has been specially decorated for this occasion. There are craft activities designed for children while all visitors will be served freshly mulled cider. The event is free and there is no gate admission either. The open house spreads over three days, ending on Sunday. 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy. Call 718-347-3276 for more information.

Guitarist Matt Dickey and his band 3 of Queens (3Q) will perform live at The Queens Kickshaw in Astoria. Come support this new jazz/groove band that is based in our own borough. The night will feature covers of songs by Wes Montgomery, Grant Green and Lonnie Smith, among others, as well as the band’s original pieces. 9 to 11:30 p.m. 40-17 Broadway.

Saturday, Dec. 27

Celebrate Kwanzaa all day with the Afrikan Poetry Theatre at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning. The event, Kwanzaa 2014, will feature a memorial tribute to Baba John Watusi Branch. There will be a candle lighting ceremony and free Zawadi and fruit will be distributed. Food from Africa and the Caribbean Islands will also be available. 1 to 8 p.m. Admission: $5 adults/ $1 children. For more information, call 718-523-3312. 153-10 Jamaica Ave.

Queens is known for its diversity and now, four performing arts academies are showcasing that through their adaptation of “The Nutcracker.” The Urzua Queens Center of Performing Arts, Mestizo Arts Center, Cali Salsa and EC Squared Studio are staging an adaptation of “The Nutcracker” in which ballet only plays a small part. The rest of the production will include salsa, belly dance, hip hop, jazz and even hula hoops. It’s a show for the entire family. Tickets cost $20. For more information, call 347-507-1603. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. South. 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Don’t. Miss. This. Singer/ songwriter D.B. Rielly and his band will perform live at McLoughlin’s in Astoria. The music is expected to go across genres and include Blues and Al-Country. It promises to be a night to remember. Free. 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. 31-06 Broadway.

The New York Hall of Science is hosting a series of workshops and demos called ReMake the Holidays, in which children work with various materials to make holiday-themed decorations. In today’s workshop, children can learn to reuse plastic bags to make jump ropes. They’ll also learn to make holiday cards and plastic bottle lanterns. Noon to 4 p.m. Free with NYSCI admission. Call 718-699-0005 for more details. 47-01 111th St.

Sunday, Dec. 28

It’s the last day of the annual Holiday Open House at the Queens Farm museum. Children and adults are welcome to enjoy the Adriance Farmhouse, which has been specially decorated for this occasion. There are craft activities designed for children while all visitors will be served freshly mulled cider. The event is free and there is no gate admission either. The open house spreads over three days, ending on Sunday. 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy. Call 718-347-3276 for more information.

Winter and snow mean hot cocoa! Children can learn to experiment with cocoa and various spices at the Little Makers: Hot Cocoa To Go workshop. The two-hour workshop is meant for children aged 18 months and older, and advance registration is recommended. 10:30 a.m. $8 per family, plus NYSCI admission/ $5 per family for members of the New York Hall of Science. Visit nysci.org or call 718-699-0005 for more details. 47-01 111th St.

Experience the holidays at the Louis Armstrong House Museum by going on their annual holiday tour. The special tour will feature rare audio recordings of Louis rendering classic favorites such as “’Twas the Night Before Christmas (A Visit from St. Nicholas).” Admission to the museum includes candy canes. Admission: $10 adults/$7 seniors (65 and older), students and children/ free for children under 4 and members. 34-56 107th St. Call 718-478-8274 for more information.

The New York Hall of Science is hosting a series of workshops and demos called ReMake the Holidays, in which children work with various materials to make holiday-themed decorations. In today’s workshop, children can learn to reuse paper to make pop-up puppets and paper lanterns. They’ll also learn to include light and sound into their paper sculptures. Button-making and recycle-gami (along the lines of origami) will also be taught. Noon to 4 p.m. Free with NYSCI admission. Call 718-699-0005 for more details. 47-01 111th St.

‘Tis the season of lights. What better time to learn how to make those really cute Tiffany candle lights? Children aged 5 to 12 and their adult companions can learn to make Tiffany candle lights at the Queens Museum’s Drop-in Family Workshop. Participants will make candle holders and use tissue collages inspired by the museum’s Tiffany Collections to cover the outside. The workshop encourages children with special needs to participate. Free. Advance registration not required. 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. New York City building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Call the museum at 718-592-9700 for more information.

Monday, Dec. 29

The New York Hall of Science is hosting a series of workshops and demos called ReMake the Holidays, in which children work with various materials to make holiday-themed decorations. In today’s workshop, children can learn to reuse scrap fabric to make outfits for dolls. They’ll also learn to embroider fabric and to sew bow ties. Preregistration is required and can be done on nysci.org. It runs from noon to 4 p.m., but session times and prices vary. The Print Fabric with NYSCI Explainers workshop requires participants to bring their own fabric. Visit nysci.org or call 718-699-0005 for more details. 47-01 111th St.

Tuesday, Dec. 30

It is the last day to experience the holidays at the Louis Armstrong House Museum. The museum’s annual holiday tours come to an end today. The tour will feature rare audio recordings of Louis rendering classic favorites such as “’Twas the Night before Christmas (A Visit from St. Nicholas)” and “Zat You Santa Claus.” The best part? Visitors can hear these never-before-revealed segments in the very den where Armstrong recorded them. And the fact that admission to the museum includes candy canes doesn’t hurt! Admission: $10 adults/$7 seniors (65 and older), students and children/free for children under 4 and members. 34-56 107th St. Call 718-478-8274 for more information.

What’s the holidays without pomanders? Learn to make your own at this Cocoa and Pomanders Get Together at the Voelker Orth Museum. Decorate fruits with the best spices and ribbons, which you can take home to show off to your family! Be rewarded for your handwork with a cup of hot cocoa at the end of the workshop. Suggested donation: $5. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 718-359-6227 for more details. 149-19 38th Ave.

The New York Hall of Science is hosting a series of workshops and demos called ReMake the Holidays, in which children work with various materials to make holiday-themed decorations. In today’s workshop, children can learn to reuse wire and glass to make corks, dolls and lanterns out of soda cans. Participants attending the Glass Bottle Vase Etching Workshop will have to preregister and bring their own glass bottle. $3 ($2 for members) plus NYSCI admission. Noon to 4 p.m. but session times for the etching workshop vary. Call 718-699-0005 or visit nysci.org for more details. 47-01 111th St.

Wednesday, Dec. 31

Ring out the old, ring in the new with a five-course meal specially prepared for the occasion at The Queens Kickshaw. Chef Kenji will incorporate seasonal ingredients in the meal, which can be paired with beer or cider. There are three seatings, with the first one starting between 5:45 and 6:15 p.m., the second from 7:45 to 8:15 p.m. and the third from 9:45 to 10:15 p.m. Reservations required. Cost for first seating is $55, for second is $60 and for third is $65 (inclusive of a cover charge for the music and a midnight sparkling cider toast). Additional fee applies. Music starts at 10 p.m. Call 718-777-0913 or visit thequeenskickshaw.com for more information. 40-17 Broadway.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Terrace on The Park, where there will be delicious food and music by Bravo Sounds. The ball drop at Times Square will be telecast live. The party includes cocktail hour and an unlimited premium bar open all evening. Tickets cost $125, but they have to be prepurchased as they won’t be sold at the door. For tickets or more information, call 718-592-5000. The event is open only to those who are at least 21 years old. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. 52-11 111th St.

The Afrikan Poetry Theatre and the World Afrikan Diaspora Union have teamed up to organize Harare 2015 – A Celebration of Kuumba and Imani. The event features a libation/ancestral recognition and a Kwanzaa lighting ceremony. There will also be drumming and dancing. Free. 9 p.m. 176-03 Jamaica Ave.

Villa Enrico @ The Z Hotel is hosting a New Year’s Eve buffet from 9 p.m. to midnight. Attendees can enjoy a live DJ performance, festive party favors, a premium open bar and a champagne toast at midnight. Valet parking is free. Tickets: $173.58 per person and available via Eventbrite. 1101 43rd Ave.

The Resorts World Casino is organizing a Countdown to 2015 at its Bar 360. There will be music by 12X followed by DJ Fame Cohen. $25. 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Visit www.rwnewyork.com to buy tickets. 110-00 Rockaway Blvd.

If a countdown party is not enough fun for you, head to the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel. Its New Year’s Eve party includes a fashion show. The party, which starts at 9 p.m., will run till 2 a.m. There will be a live band, musical performances, a raffle and a champagne toast at midnight. It’s a family-friendly event with special tickets for those younger than 21 years and an open bar serving non-alcoholic drinks. Tickets: $95 general admission/$65 junior admission (under 21 years). Additional fees apply. You can book tickets online at Eventbrite.com or at www.chinesemodels.us/camodels or by calling Sheraton at 718-670-7490, 718-670-7404 or CA Model at 347-559-7799. 135-20 39th Ave.

The Pop Bar in Astoria is hosting an Endless Champagne New Year’s Eve party from 9 p.m. There will be music, drink specials, food, party favors and, of course, champagne. Partygoers can also watch the Times Square ball drop live on the projector. DJ Teetunez will start taking requests from 10 p.m. Ticket prices vary depending on what’s included, but range from $25 online ($30 at door) to $100 online($110 at door). Ring 12-21 Astoria Blvd. Call 718-204-8313 for more information.

Thursday, Jan. 1

Have some fun with bunnies, hares, ducks and dogs. The Museum of the Moving Image is showing a series of cartoons directed by Chuck Jones to accompany What’s Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones, the exhibition dedicated to the artist. Starting at 1 p.m., the cartoons being screened include Hair-Raising Hare, For Scent-imental Reasons, Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2th Century and Broom-Stick Bunny, among others. Total run time of the series is 56 mins. Free with museum admission ($12 adults 18 and above/$9 senior citizens 65 and above/$9 students with valid ID/$6 children between the ages of 3 and 12 years/free for museum members and children under 3) on a first-come, first-served basis. 36-01 35th Ave. Call 718-777-6888 for more information.

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What to do in Queens this weekend and beyond


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of World Ice Arena

Get into the holiday spirit with a skating show, festive musical performance and more at these events in Queens this week.

Saturday, Dec. 20

The Alley Pond Environmental Center is hosting an Adventure Hour to give toddlers (18 to 36 months) and their parents/caregivers a chance to learn about nature through interactions with live animals and trail walks. The workshop will also include outdoor plays, art projects and music. Space is limited to eight parent/child teams so preregistration is mandatory. Visit www.alley pond.com to register. 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. $16. 228-06 Northern Blvd.

Celebrate the holidays differently this year with a skating show. World Ice Arena and Knickerbocker Figure Skating Club present “The Winter Wonderland Showcase” in Flushing. It’s a show for the entire family. The club’s skaters will present a skating performance, and their Theater on Ice team will also give a special performance. Free. 6:30 to 8 p.m. World Ice Arena, 131st Street and Avery Avenue. Visit http://www.knickerbockerfsc.com/upcoming-events.html for more details.

The Woodhaven Business Improvement District will take pictures of you and your friends with Santa Claus and his friends – Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – at Forest Parkway Plaza Area (weather permitting). The WBID staff will also hand out free quarters for people parking their cars on Jamaica Avenue for the first 15 minutes of parking. 1 to 4 p.m. Free.

Winter is here and it’s time to prepare ourselves for the emergencies this season brings. Urban Park Rangers of NYC Parks are ready to help you do just that at the Alley Pond Park Adventure Center in Alley Pond Park. The rangers will lead fun, family-friendly programs that will teach participants cool tricks to survive the season, while at the same time learning more about the natural environment. Free. 1 p.m. Winchester Boulevard under the Grand Central Parkway. Call 718-352-1769 for more information.

Queens Theatre is coming together with Titan to stage a new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” The story follows Ebenezer Scrooge as he is visited by spirits of his past, present and future on Christmas. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Buy tickets at queenstheatre.org/2014-15-special-events. For more information, call the box office at 718-760-0064. 14 United Nations Avenue South, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Aaron Short Band will perform classic and popular Christmas songs at The Shops at Skyview Center. The band consists of Aaron Short (vocals/guitar), Brad Connolley (vocals/bass), Rossen Nedelchev (drums) and Mark Phillips (saxophone). 2 to 4 p.m. 40-24 College Point Blvd. Free. Call 718-460-2000 for more details.

This is your chance to celebrate the diversity of the borough. The 6th Annual Jackson Heights Winter Holiday Sing-A-Long will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. and will include winter and holiday songs from all faiths, languages and cultures. Participants will sing in several languages, including the American Sign Language with students and faculty from the Lexington School. The group will meet on the corner of 31st Avenue and 75th Street, in front of Cassidy’s Ale House. Attendees are requested to dress warmly and bring a flashlight/candle, and they are encouraged to bring cameras. All children under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Free.

Vernon Boulevard will be lit up to celebrate Chanukah. Enjoy Chanukah treats as you watch a 10-foot-tall Menorah being lit up. 7 p.m. Vernon Mall, Vernon Boulevard and 50th Avenue. Call Chabad LIC at 718-609-0066 for more information.

The Resorts World Casino is hosting popular Caribbean musical stars in a show titled “Legends and Icons.” Those slated to perform include Rupee, Mighty Sparrow, Calypso Rose, Terry G., D’ Hitman, Nouman Khalid, Geeta Bisram and the Angels Caribbean Band. Doors open 8 p.m. Tickets: $35/ $80 VIP/ $150 VVIP. Open to those 18 years and over with ID. You can buy tickets by calling 718-659-6162, 917-545-4330 or 516-302-8898. 110-00 Rockaway Blvd.

Sunday, Dec. 21

The Alley Pond Environmental Center is having a science fair for 7- and 8-year-olds during which children can collectively create a science fair project and learn about the scientific process from hypothesis to conclusion. Preregistration is mandatory as space is limited to eight children. Visit www.alleypond.com to register. $24. 1:30 to 3 p.m. 228-06 Northern Blvd.

This Winter Solstice, learn to make shadow puppets at the Queens Museum as part of the museum’s weekly Drop-In Family Workshop series. The workshop is open to children between the ages of 5 and 12, and their adult companions. Families will learn paper cutting techniques to make the puppets and how to animate them. The workshop is open to children with special needs and the staff is eager and willing to make the necessary adaptations. The workshop is free and there is no need to preregister. The event runs from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Call 718-592-9700 for more information.

The Oratorio Society of Queens is playing their Annual Holiday Concert at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center. The orchestra, a chorus of more than 125 members and soloists, conducted by David Close, will perform excerpts from Handel’s “Messiah,” Christmas carols and Chanukah favorites. Featured soloists are Geraldine McMillian, soprano, John Easterlin, tenor, Vaughn Fritts, bass-baritone, guest artist Cantor Jerry Korobow and with OSQ’s orchestra, the Orchestral Arts Ensemble of Queens. Audience members are invited to join in a sing-a-long with the chorus as they render “O Come, All Ye Faithful.” 4 p.m. 222-05 56th Ave. Tickets cost $35 general admission/ $30 for seniors aged 62 and up, and for students with ID/$10 for children 12 and under accompanied by an adult. For additional information, call the Oratorio Society of Queens at 718.279.3006 or visit www.queensoratorio.org.

Sing and be merry. Queens College musicians, alumnus Alex Schirling, Erick Urgiles and Classical Singers Career Development Club are coming together for a Holiday Concert Jam at the Flushing Town Hall. Their performance promises to be filled with holiday spirit and classical music. 2 p.m. Tickets cost $5/free for members and students. Buy them at flushingtownhall.org. 137-35 Northern Blvd.

The LIC Community Chanukah Party, Chanukah On Fire, will take place between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The party will feature a dynamic fire show by Keith Leaf, Chanukah doughnuts, latkes and a grand menorah lighting ceremony with local elected officials. Tickets cost $10 each for adults and children or $40 per family. Chabad LIC, 10-25 48th Ave. Call Chabad LIC at 718-609-0066 for more information.

The Astoria Center of Israel is hosting a Chanukah Party from 3 to 5 p.m. There will dreidel games, latkes and applesauce, food, music, dancing and even a sing-a-long! The best part? Bring your own menorah and participate in the communal candle lighting. 27-35 Crescent St. Call 718-278-2680 or visit astoriacenter.org for more information. Free.

The Bayside Historical Society is hosting a walk-in workshop at the Castle at Fort Totten Park for the holidays. Families can attend the workshop and create decorations that celebrate winter. Hot cocoa and cookies will be on sale. And of course, Santa Claus will make an appearance to take gift requests. Admission is free, but photos with Santa will cost $2. Noon to 4 p.m. 208 Totten Ave. Call 718-352-1548 for more details.

Monday, Dec. 22

Watch 2013’s smash hit, “Gravity,” at a free screening. Directed by Alfonso Cuaron, the movie tells the story of two astronauts (played by Sandra Bullock and George Clooney) who get lost in space. Gravity won seven Oscars at the 86th Academy Awards. Rated PG-13. 1:30 to 3:15 p.m. Queens Library at Windsor Park, 79-50 Bell Blvd.

Listen to Polish Christmas carols in Ridgewood. Piotr Rudzinski, a performer from Poland, will sing Polish Christmas carols at the Queens Library. Registration not required. 6 p.m. Free. 20-12 Madison St.

Tuesday, Dec. 23

“Guardians of the Galaxy,” the biggest hit film of 2014, will be screened for free at the Queens Library at Woodside. Registration not required, but the superhero film was rated PG-13. Free. 2:30 p.m. 54-22 Skillman Ave.

Teenagers can now learn to write hip-hop and R&B songs at this program called Music the “Write” Way. Experts will guide participants as they focus on structure and word play. Free. Registration not required. Queens Library for Teens, 2002 Cornaga Ave.

Wednesday, Dec. 24

On Christmas Eve, children can learn something new. The Best Out Of School Time (BOOST) program’s craft hour will take place from 4 p.m. at the Rochdale Village location of the Queens Library. Children in grades one to six will create craft items suitable for the holidays. Free. 169-09 137 Ave.

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What to do in Queens this weekend and beyond


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of MoMA PS1

Step back in time at a local museum, get festive at Citi Field, make your own art for the holidays and do more at these events in Queens.

SATURDAY, DEC. 13

Putt your way through a nine-hole miniature golf course at Rocket Park Mini Golf. In this unique golf course, the New York Hall of Science teaches guests the science of spaceflight. It is open on the weekend from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission prices are $6 for adults, $5 for children and seniors, plus general NYSCI admission. The NYSCI is located on 47-01 111th St., Flushing. For more information visit nysci.org/rocket-park-mini-golf or call 718-699-0005.

King Manor decks its halls for the winter! Join for a special holiday tour of the museum and learn how the King family celebrates the season. Create your own traditional winter and holiday decorations. Admission is free and the event, “Hands-on History: Deck the Halls,” is from noon to 3 p.m. The museum is located at 150-03 Jamaica Ave. For more information, visit www.kingmanor.org/events or call 718-206-0545.

Join the Kupferberg Center for the Arts for “Handel’s Messiah,” their 74th Annual Winter Concert by the Queens College Choral Society. The center is located at 65-30 Kissena Blvd and admission is $20 but $5 for those with a Queens College ID. The concert commences at 7:30 p.m. Visit http://kupferbergcenter.org/events/handels-messaih/#.VIIDETHF_pB to purchase tickets online.

The New York Mets and Metropolitan Hospitality will host the first Winter Fest at Citi Field. There will be family fun activities including winter arts and crafts, mascot appearances, a meet and greet with Santa, cookie decorating, fan photo opportunities and holiday caroling. Festive food and beverages will be sold, including a specialty eggnog and winter beer. Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for children. Free parking is available in Lot G for ticket-holders. Citi Field is located at 123-01 Roosevelt Ave. For more information please call 718-507-8499. The event is from one to 5 p.m.

Big CrodEnt and SixCentz are hosting a toy drive to benefit the pediatrics department at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center on Dec. 13 from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. on Dec. 14. The event will feature live performances by Amy Tori, Stacey Parris, Lillian Grey, Julio Mena and Ty Bless, among others. Actor Richard Castellano, of “Analyze This” fame, will be present. Attendees are requested to either bring a toy or donate $10. Mi Candela, 31-31 Steinway St.

SUNDAY, DEC. 14

Queens College alumnus, Alex Schirling, teams up with Erick Urgiles and Classical Singers Career Development Club in a performance full of holiday spirit. The event, “Classical Singers Holiday Concert Jam,” will begin at 2 p.m. Admission is $5 or free for members and students. The concert is held at Flushing Town Hall at 137-35 Northern Blvd.

“Fertile Ground,” the uncurated series return with Cedan Dance Company, Chandler Dance, danceETHOS Performance Company, In Noon Dance, Monteleone Dance Collective and N^2 Dance. The performance is held at the Green Space Studio Theater at 37-24 24th St., between 37th and 38th avenues. For more information please visit greenspacestudio.org or call 718-956-3037. Performance begins at 7 p.m. and ticket price is $10 for the general audience.

The Francesco Vezzoli: Teatro Romano exhibit shows a restored series of Roman busts that were initially created in the first and second centuries. For the exhibit, Francesco Vezzoli collaborated with a team of archaeologists, conservatory and polychrome specialists to paint, and bring back to life, five ancient Roman busts in the way in which they would originally have been decorated. The exhibit is open from noon to 6 p.m., and located in MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave., Long Island City. There is a suggested donation of $10, and $5 for students and seniors.

Come create winter-themed pendants that can be attached to key chains or necklaces with Queens Botanical Garden at Skyview Center. Admission is free and the event, “Queens Botanical Garden Holiday – Winter Pendants,” is from 2 to 4 p.m. The center is located at 40-24 College Point Blvd. Please visit www.shopskyviewcenter.com/events or call 718-460-2000 for more information about the event.

Celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa with an art-making workshop and storytelling. Storyteller Robin Bady will share her favorite stories of miracles, menorahs and dreidels with Timothy Bellavia. Create beautiful Christmas wreaths using up-cycled fabrics and ribbons that will be donated to local senior centers in Queens. Admission is free, but you must RSVP by visiting www.flushingtownhall.org or calling 718-463-7700. Flushing Town Hall is located at 137-35 Northern Blvd., and the event will commence at 1 p.m.

The Sacred Music Society of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs present their Annual Christmas Concert. The Sacred Music Society joins with the Oratorio Society of Queens to perform this concert under artistic direction of Maestro David Close. Admission is $25 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. The concert begins at 4 p.m. and is located at 110-06 Queens Blvd. For more information please call 718-268-6251 or visit http://ourladyqueenofmartyrs.org/annual-christmas-concert.

The Queens World Film Festival is screening the documentary Little House that Could at The Stonewall Inn in Manhattan. The film tells the story of Patricia Field, an Emmy Award-winning stylist of Sex and the City fame, who has spent several years working with gay teenagers, transsexuals, drag queens and others Mwho are forced into being outliers by a society that doesn’t understand them. The screening is free and begins at 8 p.m. at 53 Christopher St.

MONDAY, DEC. 15

In The Little Things Could Be Dearer, four artists attempt to heighten awareness of the significance of physical and emotional relations. Guests are invited to embrace emotions that go beyond the new age of digital communication, in an exhibit that complicates the affective space of sensations, thoughts and feelings that cluster together to produce emotion in the first place. The exhibit is located in MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave., Long Island City. For more information, visit momaps1.org/exhibitions.

Do you know how to market your business in this digital age? If not, or if you’re interested, come to “How to Market Your Business on Social Media and Search Engines” at the NYC Business Solutions Queens Center at 168-25 Jamaica Ave. Registration is free and the event is from 3 to 5 p.m.

TUESDAY, DEC. 16

Children ages 1 to 6 can learn about technology as they slide and seesaw, romp in sand pits, climb a giant spider web, wind their way around big trees, play with fog machines, etc. in the New York Hall of Science’s Science Playground. The museum is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, and is located on 47-01 111th St. For more information, visit nysci.org.

Earn your OSHA 10 card for the bargain price of only $125 at the “OSHA 10 Construction Safety Class” held at the NYST Queens Training Center at 29-85 Northern Blvd. You cannot work on a major construction site in New York City without the OSHA card. The class is from 4 to 9:30 p.m. Expert OSHA Outreach Trainer David Rogers has more than three decades of construction and safety industry experience and expertise. Ask about discount pricing for U.S. military veterans. Visit eventbrite.com to register.

“Brooklyn Nets Wheelchair Basketball Open Gym,” is similar to regular basketball but is played in a wheelchair. Participants must be physically disabled and able to play in a sports wheelchair. There are available sportschairs for use at the recreation center. The event is for adults and seniors and is located at the Al Oerter Recreation Center at 131-40 Fowler Ave. You must be a member of NYC Parks to participate. For more information contact david.deas@parks.nyc.gov or 718-353-7853. The sport is from 8 to 9:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 17

Tap into your natural ability to enjoy and create original poetry in “The Poet in You,” a teleconferenced discussion group. First-time callers must call Mail a Book at 718-464-0084 for access numbers. The event is located at the Queens Village Library and is from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The library is located at 94-11 217 St.

Come to the “Holiday Networking Event” presented by The Young Adults of the Chian Federation “Neolia” today from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The Young Adults of the Chian Federation “Neolia” promotes Greek culture and heritage. Meet new people or exchange business cards. You must RSVP and admission is paid at the door. The event is held at Cávo at 42-18 31st Ave.

The Museum of Moving Image is continuing their Behind the Screen core exhibit this week, where you can insert your voice into part of the Wizard of Oz, make a short animated film and email it to yourself, view artifacts from films, and more! The exhibit immerses guests into the many dimensions of film, television and the moving image as whole. The museum is located in Astoria, 36-01 35th Ave., and is open today from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular admission price is $12, $9 for seniors and students, $6 for children (3-12). For more information visit movingimage.us or call 718-777-6888.

Go to a workshop presented by NYC Parent Academy to learn how to be an effective parent. The workshop is held at P.S. 102 Bayview at 55-24 Van Horn St. and will be from 10 a.m. to noon. Admission is free, but you must RSVP at eventbrite.com/e/how-to-be-an-effectve-parent-workshop-tickets-14130614047?aff=es2&rank=197

THURSDAY, DEC. 18

Children ages 3 to 5 and their caregivers listen to stories, sing songs and enjoy fingerplays at the Queens Village Library at 94-11 217 St. The event is from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and registration is not required.

MoMA PS1 and Bob and Roberta Smith invite you to throw your art away in their exhibit – Art Amnesty. Essentially, Bob and Roberta Smith are issuing a call to artists, offering an opportunity for artists to dispose of artwork at MoMA PS1. Those who wish to exhibit their work one final time before it is destroyed may bring their art to the 2nd Floor Main Galleries, where museum staff will install it for public view. The museum is open from noon to 6 p.m. and located on 22-25 Jackson Ave., Long Island City. There is a suggested donation of $10 and $5 for seniors and students. For more information, visit momaps1.org/exhibitions.

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What to do in Queens this weekend and beyond


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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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 debby.kuha@parks.nyc.gov 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 david.deas@parks.nyc.gov. 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 vjeko.matic@parks.nyc.gov.

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 compost@queensbotanical.org. 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 jaconet@aol.com 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 info@queenshistoricalsociety.org.

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.

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What to do in Queens this weekend and beyond


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Queens Library

Spend the rest of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and beyond shopping local, appreciating the art of opera, finding the perfect Christmas tree and more at these events in Queens.

Saturday, Nov. 29

The Queens Historical Society is hosting New York Council for the Humanities Community Conversations for Kids Workshop. This workshop will deal with issues related to immigration as appropriate for children. Karyn Balan will guide the children and the adults accompanying them through Eve Bunting’s book “One Green Apple.” The book tells the story of Farah, a Muslim girl who feels isolated in her new school in the U.S. till she and her classmates go on a field trip to an apple orchard. The hour-long event begins at 1 p.m. and is free. Kingsland Homestead, 143-35 37th Ave. For more information, call 718-939-0647 or email moony@queenshistoricalsociety.org.

Sunnyside Shines BID is hosting an hour-long event to kick off Small Business Saturday, the annual event held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving to encourage shoppers to patronize local businesses instead of big box retailers for the holidays. During this kick-off event, businesses and BID members will have free giveaways (while supplies last) and distribute copies of the Shop Local Holiday Gift Guide, which lists 22 local businesses. Sunnyside Social Club performs. Free. 12 p.m. Bliss Plaza, 46th Street and Queens Boulevard.

Children between the ages of 4 and 8 are welcome to join the Junior SMART Club program. This program focuses on science, math, art, reading and technology. Children will work in groups and play games to enhance their understanding of these fields. This program will take place at the Queens Library in Long Island City from 2 to 3 p.m. It is a recurring program and you can visit www.queenslibrary.org to find additional dates. Registration is not required. 37-44 21st St.

The Queens Library in Flushing is hosting a discussion on Peking and Kun Opera from 2 to 4:30 p.m. as part of its 8th Annual Winter Cultural Exchange Festival Lecture Series. The discussion will see two speakers: Jianguo Zhang, president of the China National Peking Opera Company, Troupe III and performer at the Xi School of Peking Opera; and Ling Yang, a Peking and Kun Opera performer in New York. Registration is not required. The discussion will take place in Chinese. 41-17 Main St.

The two-day Irish Chocktaw Thanksgiving festival begins today, and the Queens Museum is screening a series of films honoring the two communities. All screenings are free and open to all, no reservations required. The schedule is as follows: 12:30 p.m.: “Chocktaw Code Talkers” tells the story of Choctaw members of the American Expeditionary Forces who used their native language during World War I and set a precedent for code talking. 3 p.m.: “Return to the Sea” follows the trials of a Irish-speaking community on the island of Inish Bofin. 4:30 p.m.: “A Pearl of Great Price” is a documentary by Irish American Scott Winters about the time he and his three friends went to Haiti after the earthquake to help out. Queens Museum, New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Sunday, Nov. 30

The Museum of the Moving Image is screening “Mr. Turner,” a movie directed by British director Mike Leigh and starring Timothy Spall. Leigh will be present at the screening to discuss the film at a live event. “Mr. Turner” tells the story of the eccentric British artist J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851) who is now considered to be one of the great British watercolor landscape painters. The event begins at 3 p.m. Tickets: $25/ $15 members at the Film Lover, Dual, and Family levels/free for Silver Screen members and above. Book tickets at movingimage.us.

Children can have fun while learning physics at this Little Makers workshop at the New York Hall of Science. The workshop will help participating children build a toy train out of recycled materials. It is open for children who are 18 months or older, but registration is recommended. Admission costs $8 per family, plus NYSCI admission/ $5 per member family. Book at nysci.org. Event runs from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 47-01 111th St.

The two-day Irish Chocktaw Thanksgiving festival ends today. The Queens Museum is screening a series of films honoring the two communities. All screenings are free and open to all, no reservations required. The schedule is as follows: 12:30 p.m.: “Chocktaw Code Talkers” tells the story of Choctaw members of the American Expeditionary Forces who used their Native language during World War I and set a precedent for code talking. 3:30 p.m.: “The Native” follows Paddy, a middle-aged Irish American and Duffy, a taxi driver as they drive around Belfast. 4 p.m.: “A Place at the Table” deals with food insecurity and follows three families who are struggling to put food on the table. Queens Museum, New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Monday, Dec. 1

It’s tree time! Christmas trees go on sale starting today at the Queens County Farm Museum. Also on sale will be evergreen wreaths, poinsettias, amaryllis and paperwhites – all of various sizes. The sale is on till Dec. 24. All proceeds benefit the Farm Museum, which is owned by the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 718-347-3276 for more information. 73-50 Little Neck Parkway.

If you are hoping to get jewelry as gifts this holiday season, you may want a place to keep them. Learn to make your own jewelry box at this crafts workshop for adults. Instructor Phyllis Ger will demonstrate how you can use materials you might have otherwise trashed to make beautiful boxes in various shapes at the Queens Library’s Glendale location. Materials will be provided. Preregistration is required as space is limited to 15 members. Register online at www.queenslibrary.org or by calling 718-821-4980. 1 to 2:30 p.m. 78-60 73rd Place.

Tuesday, Dec. 2

The holidays are around the corner and it’s time to light up our streets. Sunnyside Shines, Sunnyside Drum Corps and community members are coming together for the 2014 holiday lighting ceremony. Join them from 6:30 p.m. at Greenpoint Avenue between 45th St. and 46th St.

Get fit with moves from Latin dances. Instructor Miriam Acevedo will demonstrate merengue, salsa, cha cha, cumbia and reggaeton moves which, when combined into a workout, will help you feel more energetic. Space is limited, so preregistration is required for each session. You can do so by calling the Queens Library’s Richmond Hill branch at 718-849-7150 or by visiting www.queenslibrary.org. The hour-long session begins at 5:30 p.m. 118-14 Hillside Ave.

Wednesday, Dec. 3

The Monthly Jazz Clinic takes place at the Flushing Town Hall from 5 p.m. It is open to high school students and up. The clinic is conducted by the Queens Jazz OverGround. Members of the band will demonstrate jazz arrangements. Drum set, keyboard, bass amp and music stands will be provided. The clinic is followed by the Monthly Jazz Jam at 7 p.m. If you play jazz, you can jam with the band, and if you don’t play, you can just watch and listen. Tickets: $10 for general admission to the Jam/free for performers. The clinic admission is free.

The Queens Museum is screening the classic film “Trail of the Lonesome Pine” (1936), directed by Henry Hathaway and starring Henry Fonda. The screening is part of the museum’s Senior Film Series with Mark Ethan Toporek, which explores how communities influence the shaping of individual identities. “Trail of the Lonesome Pine” tells the story of two families whose enmity for each other is heightened when the railroad arrives at their village. The screening is held at the second floor theater and is free with museum admission. Open to the general public. Queens Museum, New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Artists from Materials For The Arts, a unit of the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, are organizing a workshop for adults that will demonstrate how to make sculptures and other gifts from reusable materials such as wire, plastic, paper scraps and more. The MFTA will donate the materials, and participants can take their artwork home. No prior experience is necessary. The workshop is free and will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. RSVP by registering for the event at Eventbrite or by emailing delicia.davis@parks.nyc.gov. For more information, call 718-349-0444. Arrow Field House, 35-30 35th St.

Go to the Q.E.D. – A Place to Show & Tell for a night of poetry creation and reading. The Poetry Open Mic & Show – The Risk of Discovery Reading Series begins at 8 p.m. with a workshop led by Micah Zevin. Those who attend will be given prompts from which they can create their own poems. After the workshop, they can either read the poem they just wrote or any of their other earlier pieces for 3 minutes at the open mic. Participation is free. 27-16 23rd Ave.

Thursday, Dec. 4

Disaster can strike any time and it’s best to be prepared. The American Red Cross will show you how at a session in the Queens Library in South Hollis from 11:30 am to 1 p.m. Representatives from the association will guide participants through the preparations and responses that are vital to tackle man-made and natural disasters. They will also take participants through the recovery process. Registration is not required. 204-01 Hollis Avenue.

The Queens Library in Long Island City has a special gift for its patrons in this holiday season. The library’s in-house photographer will take your photograph with your family in front of a green screen, add a unique background and email it to you for free. All you have to do is sign a photo release. This friends and family portrait session is a recurring event. Check www.queenslibrary.org for additional dates and times. Registration is not required. 3 to 4 p.m. 37-44 21st St.

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What to do this weekend in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of the Queensborough Performing Arts Center

Listen to the sounds of Motown, celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, attend a bake sale and do more at these events around the borough this weekend.

Saturday, Oct. 11

Attend the “Summer Movie Double Feature: an Evening of Laughs and Action” at the Immaculate Conception Lower Church from 3 to 7:30 p.m. “The Lego Movie” will be shown at 3 p.m. followed by “Thor: The Dark World” at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free and there will be snacks and beverages for sale. Raffles and prizes are for the whole family. The church is located at 21-47 29th St. For more information,  click here.

St. Josaphat’s R.C. Church will hold a rummage sale plus ethnic Polish bake sale today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is plenty of free parking. The sale will be held at the Parish Hall at 35th Avenue and 210th Street. Call Steve at 718-224-3052 for more information.

The Queens Pride Lions Club celebrates National Coming Out Day on Saturday, Oct. 11, with this “Coming Out Day Expo,” which features various local organizations offering support and services for the queer community. The Pride House is located at 76-11 37th Ave. Please call 718-429-5309 for more information. The expo starts at 3 p.m.

Don’t miss the Grammy-nominated, platinum album-selling artist Eddie Money perform hits like “Take Me Home Tonight” and more at the Resorts World Casino. Tickets are $25 to $75. The event starts at 9 p.m. The casino is located at 110-00 Rockaway Blvd.

The “Fall Festival and Touch & Truck” event at the Cross Island YMCA gives kids a chance to encounter working trucks and vehicles they see in everyday life up close and personal. Visitors can climb inside, touch and explore the vehicles. The festival also offers families a day of fun, food and entertainment with activities such as pumpkin picking, a rock wall, a bounce house, face painting and more. Pre-sale tickets are $10 and $5 for each additional child. Day-of tickets are $15 and $5 for each child. Adults over 18 and children under 6 months are free. The festival is located at 238-10 Hillside Ave. Visit www.ymcanyc.org/crossisland/pages/tat#ticket to purchase tickets. The event is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Church of the Resurrection will be having its “Autumn Treasure, Bake & Book Sale” from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. today and from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. tomorrow, on Sunday. There will be used clothing, household items, one-of-a-kind items and much more to be sold. Homemade baked goods, snacks and lunch will be available. For more information please call 718-847-2649. The church is located at 85-09 118th St.

Sunday, Oct. 12

The “Rockspot Bike Tour” is an interactive tour that allows participants to explore select sites of environmental and historical significance along the Rockaway Peninsula. The tour will depart from Jacob Riis Bathhouse and travel through Gateway National Park to explore the west end of the Rockaway Peninsula. Admission is free. Visit www.rwalliance.org/rwa/events or call 718-327-5919 for more information. The tour is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

St. Josaphat’s R.C. Church will hold a rummage sale plus ethnic Polish bake sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is plenty of free parking. The sale will be located at the Parish Hall at 35th Avenue and 210 Street. Call Steve at 718-224-3052 for more information.

“The 5 Kings of Motown,” the popular Vegas show that plays tribute to the famous Motown sound, will be performing at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center at 3 p.m. Nat Evans, who toured extensively with David Ruffin, Eddie Kendricks and Dennis Edwards, stars in this tribute. Orchestra seats are $42 each while rear orchestra and mezzanine tickets are $35 each. The center is located at 222-05 56th Ave. The box office number is 718-631-6311.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with the music, dance and food of Peru, Argentina and Puerto Rico at the Queens Library’s Jackson Heights Branch. Participants are welcome to sample the food prepared on a first-come, first-served basis. The library is located at 35-51 81 St. For more information please call 718-899-2500. The event starts at 4 p.m.

What to do this weekend in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Charmainezoe via Flickr

Tour a historic theatre, expand your musical tastes, celebrate the Harvest Moon and do more at these events around the borough this weekend.

Saturday, Oct. 4

Come out to the Flushing Town Hall at 137-35 Northern Blvd. today to hear M.A.K.U. Sound System, an immigrant band whose music has hints of Colombian folklore, psychedelic rock, and jazz and Caribbean grooves. Bringing your dancing shoes is suggested! Admission is $15, $12 for Town Hall Members and $10 for students. Call 718-463-7700 or visit www.flushingtownhall.org to purchase tickets and for more information. The dance party concert starts at 8 p.m.

A bus trip to Mount Airy Lodge and Casino, sponsored by the American Legion Continental Post 1424, will depart at 9 a.m. today from 107-15 Metropolitan Ave. and will return at approximately 7:30 p.m. at Heros & Salads back at the Continental Post. The trip costs $45 per person, with $25 in slot play and a $10 food coupon. For more information please call Tom Long at 718-704-4197.

The Church of the Resurrection will be having their annual “Blessing of the Pets” at 11 a.m. today. There will be a blessing and thankfulness of God’s creatures in honor of St. Francis of Assisi. All pets are welcome and there will be snacks and refreshments after the service for all the pets and their escorts. For more information please call 718-847-2649. The church is located at 85-09 118th St.

Tour the historic and opulent Loew’s Valencia Theatre at 11:30 a.m. in Jamaica. The Loew’s Valencia opened in 1929 and was the first of the Loew’s movie house “Wonder Theatres.” The theatre is designed in Spanish Colonial and pre-Columbian styles. Admission is $30 for Friends of the Historic Districts Council and $40 for the general public. Space is limited. Go on www.hdc.org/featured/secret-lives-tour-loews-valencia-theatre or call 212-614-9107 to purchase tickets. Meeting place and further details will be emailed to those registered.

The Ayazamana Cultural Center is seeking male and female dancers ages 13 and up to be part of a premier Ecuadorian dance group. The dance group performs in theaters, universities, schools, parades, festivals and other venues. Artistic director Jose Rivera began his career in Quito, Ecuador, and has over 25 years of experience. No prior experience is necessary but you must be willing to learn. The casting call is from 5 to 7 p.m. at 80-20 Roosevelt Ave. For more information and to sign up call 646-229-5867.

Sunday, Oct. 5

St. Josaphat’s R.C. Church of Bayside will hold a flea market plus Polish meat and bake sale today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Parish Hall at 35th Avenue and 210th Street. There will be plenty of free parking and vendors are wanted. Call Steve at 718-224-3052 for more information.

Listen to 10-year-old composer and pianist Huang Tiange as he performs three Mozart sonatas and his Xinjiang Suite at Flushing Town Hall today at 3 p.m. The reception will follow the concert. Tickets are $15/$12 for Town Hall members and $10 for students. The Town Hall is located at 137-35 Northern Blvd.

SculptureCenter is celebrating the opening of its newly renovated and expanded facility and the inaugural exhibition “Puddle, Pothole, Portal.” The event is from noon to 5 p.m. and the opening reception is located at Sculpture Street (Purves Street) at the intersection of Jackson and 43rd avenues.

Celebrate the Harvest Moon with a drum circle in Flushing Town Hall’s beautiful garden with master drummers from Brazil. Begin with workshops led by Afro-Brazilian master drummer Popo, then jam with the entire group under the Harvest Moon. All are welcome from beginners to professionals. Space is limited to 20 participants. Tickets are $25 or $20 for Town Hall members. The show starts at 7 p.m. and drums will be provided. Call 718-463-7700 x222 to reserve your drum.

The St. Raphael’s Church on 35-20 Greenpoint Ave. will host an outdoor flea market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ten-foot spots cost $30. For more information, please call 718-729-8957 or email straphaelrectory@yahoo.com. Checks are made payable to St. Raphael Church.

What to do this weekend in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Lamont Dottin Foundation

Walk for a cause, attend a fall festival, enjoy the arts and more at these events around the borough this weekend.

Saturday, Sept. 27

Celebrate the 20-year anniversary of the Queens Cancer Walk, benefiting SHAREing & CAREing, an organization dedicated in serving the needs of cancer survivors including women and men of all ages throughout New York City. On-site walk registration begins at noon and the walk kick-off ceremony is at 1 p.m. The recommended adult donation is $15 and children under 12 are FREE. For more information and support, contact www.shareingandcareing.catseyedevelopment.com or 718-777-5766.

Nearly one million people are reported missing a year. Come attend the Missing Persons Walk-of-Hope from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The rally point is at Rufus King Park at 89th Avenue. The walk will end at Blanche Memorial Church at 109-74 Sutphin Blvd. Walk to commemorate children and adults who have gone missing and those who have been found. Walk to give hope nationwide. Walk to break the silence. Go on www.lamontdottinfoundation.org/cause or contact Arnita Fowler at 844-533-4673 for more information.

Celebrate Bayside Day’s 100th anniversary with a vintage auto parade, beer and wine garden and games. The event is at the Bayside Historical Society at 208 Totten Ave. The celebration is from 1 to 5 p.m. Bring your own bike to decorate and enter the velocipede parade! The event will be held rain or shine. Parking is available within Fort Totten on designated streets.

Enjoy the beautiful Onderdonk House and gardens with your friends. The event, “Picnic Days,” includes grills and picnic tables, plus tours of the historic grounds. Admission is $5 for adults and free for kids 12 and under. The event is first-come, first-served because five grills are available. The location is at 1820 Flushing Ave. and groups are limited to eight to ten individuals. You supply the charcoal and all food and supplies. You can bring additional chairs, tables, blankets, portable grills, umbrellas and pop-up shelters. Do not break alcohol.

Queens Theatre is pleased to present the Tony-nominated play “Say Goodnight Gracie,” starring Alan Safier as George Burns, written by Rupert Holmes and directed by Michael White. The theatre is located at 14 United Nations Avenue South and the event is on Saturday, Sept. 27, and Sunday, Sept. 28.  The event runs from 2 to 8 p.m. today and 3 p.m. on Sunday. Join Holmes, Safier and Moderator WABC’s Sandy Kenyon for a talkback after the 3 p.m. performance on Sunday. Tickets are from $25 to $42 and are available at www.queenstheatre.org. For more information, please call the box office at 718-760-0064 or email boxoffice@queenstheatre.org.

Ready to dance? Attend “Legends of Hip-Hop Vol. II–featuring Fatman Scoop, Coolio, Rob Base, Chubb Rock, Chingy and more” at the Resorts World Casino. The dance concert starts at 9 p.m. and there is limited seating available. You have to be 21 and older to attend and there will be no refunds or exchanges. Performers are subject to change and an ID is required for alcohol purchase. Everyone must enter through a security scanner and no video is allowed. Outside food or drinks and smoking are prohibited. The casino is at 110-00 Rockaway Blvd. Admission is $125 for VIP tickets and $30 for advanced tickets.

Join a panel discussion on “Climate Wars: Propaganda, Debate, and the Propaganda of Debate.” Panelists include Stuart Ewen, Michael Mann and James Hoggan. The discussion is from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. The panelists will discuss the different strategies that mislead the public about climate change, including denialism, advertising and public relations. The discussion is held at the Queens Museum at the New York City Building at Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Oktoberfest is an old tradition, welcoming guests and sharing in the season’s bounty. This year starts a new tradition at the Voelker-Orth Museum: German American homestyle cuisine will be served alongside a sampling of Korean-American dishes. David Block will be performing toe-tapping tunes. Admission is $30 and $25 for museum members. In the event of rain, the program moves indoors. The museum is at 149-19 38th Ave., and the event is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Visit www.vomuseum.org for more information.

Hear Larry Chance and The Earls, Lenny Cocco and The Chimes, The Chiffons and The Jarmels in “See You in September Oldies Concert” today at 7:30 p.m. at the Queensborough Community College. Tickets are $45 and $50 each, and the college is located at 222-05 56th Ave. For tickets and information, please call 718-423-8394. Tickets are final sale and there are no refunds or exchanges. Performers are subject to change without notice.

 Sunday, Sept. 28

Come attend the Shop Forest Hills Fall Festival at Austin Street from 69th Road to 72nd Road. The festival is from noon to 6 p.m. The event draws upwards of 60,000 people who come to Forest Hills to enjoy shopping, arts and crafts, children’s theater, cultural performances and dancing. There will be various local businesses selling merchandise and promotional materials. Go on www.foresthillschamber.org for more information.

“Open Studio for Young Adults with Autism” is for individuals between the ages of 17 and 25. Participants work with educators who will mentor them, build on their skills and interests and will encourage the exploration of new modalities and media for expression. Registration is required and based on availability. Register with Mitra Dejkameh through mitra@queensmuseum.org or leave a message at 718-592-9700 ext. 136. The event is from noon to 12:45 p.m. and the museum is at the New York City Building at Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Saturdays and Sundays

The popular Long Island City flea market LIC Flea & Food  is opened on weekends at the outdoor lot by the waterfront at the corner of 5th Street and 46th Avenue from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Items for sale at the market include food and drinks, collectibles, antiques, arts and crafts, fashion and more. This Saturday, the market will debut the LIC Flea Beer Garden with outdoor seating set up along the basin in the back of the market with views of the Manhattan skyline. Only artisanal beer made by Queens breweries will be served, along with wine.

Through Nov. 1

The Queens Botanical Garden is hosting an exhibit about its past and explains the impact that the 1939 and 1964 New York World’s Fairs left on the garden. The exhibit includes material from the garden’s archives and includes photographs from that era. It is open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Visitor and Administration Building Gallery at 43-50 Main St. through Nov. 1. A multimedia exhibit about the World’s Fairs, which focuses on the Port Authority’s role in bringing trade to the city, is on view at the auditorium lobby. Entry for both is included in the garden admission.

What to do this weekend in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Saturday, August 2

A national safety council defensive driving class will take place in Emanuel Church located on Woodhaven Boulevard and 91st Avenue from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations are required. Please call the church at 718-849-1153 and leave your name and telephone number. Admission is $35. Breakfast and snacks will be supplied but please bring your own lunch.

3D’s Aftercare Inc. will be celebrating their first anniversary with a back-to-school giveaway from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 153-40 Rockaway Blvd. Backpacks filled with school supplies will be given to the first 100 children, accompanied by an adult, on a first-come-first-served basis. Come out and join in on some family fun. There will be face painting, cotton candy, popcorn, food/drinks, afterschool registration, raffles and giveaways.

Enjoy the free outdoor “14th Annual Bix Beiderbecke Sunnyside Memorial Concert” from 2 to 7 p.m. Presenting Dixieland and swing-era jazz, the concert is located under the Sunnyside arch at 46th Street and Queens Boulevard. Performers include The Sunnyside Drum Corp., Pendulum Swings, Sunnyside Social Club, Big Apple Lindy-Hoppers and The Sunnyside Wolverines featuring Linda Ipanema and Carol Sudhalter. There is a special 1920s costume contest with prizes. For more information please contact Paul Maringelli at 646-416-4059.

Listen to “Sinkane + Takuya Kuroda” at The Lot LIC at 43-15 Crescent St. between 43rd Avenue and 44th Road. Sudan-born multi-instrumentalist Ahmed Gallab—alias Sinkane—is kicking off a new concert series with trumpeter-composer and recent Blue Note signee Takuya Kuroda. The concert starts at 4 p.m and admission is free.

The St. Mel’s RC Church of Flushing will present a Defensive Driving Course sponsored by the National Safety Council from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Participants will receive a mandatory insurance premium reduction and their violation point totals will be reduced. For more information and registration call 631-360-9730. Admission is $45. The church is located at 2614 154th St.

Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of “A Cause A Concern A Solution Network Inc.” at the “Annual Back to School Giveaway & Family Fun Day” at Baisley Pond Park. The event is free but registration is required for the school supply giveaway from 10 a.m. to noon. There will be performances by Cloza & Forever and Ms. DJ Royale & Team will engineer the sounds. Activities include face painting, balloon animal designs, cotton candy, food and refreshments, entertainment resource tables and bouncy rides. Minnie the Clown will also be there. An adult must accompany children between the ages of 4 to 12. Armbands distributed while supplies last. Interested volunteers please contact ACACAS at 917-349-1704 or the KDS Foundation at 516-642-1276. The park is located at Sutphin Boulevard and Rockaway Boulevard.

 Sunday, August 3

Bright colors, transparency and light: this is what glass painting is all about. Spend some playful time together making a colorful sun-catcher! The class will introduce you to the basics of glass painting. You will learn how to trace a design, color it with transparent, water-based paints and make a shiny and joyful decoration to hang at the window. Reservations are required. Please call 718-352-1548 to reserve a spot. Admission is $25 and the event is located at the Bayside Historical Society at 208 Totten Ave.

St. Raphael’s Church on 35-20 Greenpoint Ave. will host an outdoor flea market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ten-foot spots cost $30 and checks are made payable to St. Raphael Church. For more information, please call 718-729-8597 or email straphaelrectory@yahoo.com. In the event of rain, the flea market will be held indoors.

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 12-05 and The Douglaston Club invite you to learn about boating safety from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Take this course to teach your children proper respect for good seamanship, to secure a jet ski operator’s license, possible reduction on boat insurance and upon successful completion of the course, the required certificate will be issued to the participant. The event is open to the general public and admission is $60. Admission includes books, lunch and light refreshments. Pre-registration and payment required prior to class session. Contact Rudy Bier at 516-541-3211 or WRBier@optonline.net for more information. Make the check payable to “U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary” and mail the check to 321 North Hickory St. The Douglaston Club is located at 600 West Dr.

Benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, “One Note at a Time” proudly presents the first annual “Astoria Rocks for St. Jude Kids” on Sunday, August 3. There will be live musical performances by Deemohaus, DarkStar, SPITFIRE & Acoustic Soul Rebels. There is a minimum donation of $35 and it includes an open buffet (cash bar) courtesy of Platinum Venue Sponsor CAVO. The event is from 3 to 9 p.m. and is located at 42-18 31st Ave. For further information and ticket sales please contact 516-644-3992 or visit www.stjude.org/astoriarocksforstjude. Doors open at 3 p.m. and valet parking is available.

Saturdays 

The popular Long Island City flea market LIC Flea & Food  is opened on weekends at the outdoor lot by the waterfront at the corner of 5th Street and 46th Avenue from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Items for sale at the market include food and drinks, collectibles, antiques, arts and crafts, fashion and more.

MoMA PS1 presents “Warm Up 2014” from June 28 to September 6 every Saturday from 3 to 9 p.m. Doors open at noon and there will be outdoor music concerts by local and international experimental DJs. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 the day of. The event takes place rain or shine and at the MoMA PS1 courtyard.

Sundays

The LIC Flea and Kaufman Astoria Studios have partnered up to bring the city’s first-ever backlot market called Astoria Flea & Food at Kaufman Astoria Studios. The new market will launch Sunday, May 4, and bring the community the best in food vendors, antiques, collectibles, art, crafts, fashion and much more. The Astoria Flea will be located in the studio’s outdoor lot, the first of its kind in New York City, which opened up in December at 36th Street and 35th Avenue, and will operate from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Through August 31 

The Noguchi Museum has an exhibition on view of Noguchi’s work from archaic times to modern times.  The only thing Noguchi loved more than the promise of the future was the sense of belonging to the Earth he derived from working with million and billion year old pieces of rock. Noguchi Archaic/ Noguchi Modern explores a stylistic wormhole that seems to link the ancient past and the distant future in his work.

What to do this weekend in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Saturday, July 26

Emanuel United Church of Christ located on Woodhaven Boulevard and 91st Avenue is hosting a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please leave your name on the church phone at 718-849-1153 so they have an idea of how many attendees to expect.

Saint Thomas the Apostle Parish is hosting a giant indoor rummage sale July 26 and August 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and July 27 and August 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. New and used items plus collectibles will be sold. For more information call 718-847-1353. Donated items to the sale may be dropped off from Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. The church is located at Jamaica Avenue and 88th Street.

Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan’s office will hold Saturday office hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to help residents apply for Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE). On July 1, the household income for the SCRIE will rise from $29,000 to $50,000. To qualify on or after July 1 you must be at least 62 years old, rent an apartment that is rent controlled, rent stabilized or hotel stabilized, have a combined household income that is $50,000 or less and rent an apartment that costs more than one-third of your household income. Please contact Diane Ballek in the Sunnyside District office at 718-784-3194 to make an appointment. The office is located at 41-02 Queens Blvd.

Gear up and get moving! Bike aficionados can participate in the first annual “Loop,” a 20-mile bike ride. Kicking off at the NYFAC building, 164-14 Cross Bay Blvd. in Howard Beach, the route will take riders over three bridges in two boroughs and back to NYFAC. With safety a priority, there will be spotters and sign guides at every turn. And if you prefer, a “half Loop” 10-mile course will also be available. There is a $20 minimum sponsorship to ride and cyclists will receive a T-shirt. All riders must wear helmets and protective gear. All proceeds will benefit the NYFAC Foundation and JDRF. Register online at www.NYFAC.org/bike and preregistration guarantees a bike shirt. On-site registration begins at 8 a.m. and the ride starts promptly at 10 a.m.

Play Mahjong, Bridge, Canasta, Scrabble or your favorite game on “Shabbat Afternoons” from 5 to 8 p.m. at Congregation L’Dor V’Dor at 49-10 Little Neck Pkwy. They provide the snacks, a light meal and the Kedusha of Shabbat. There will be Mincha, Maariv and Havdalah services at 8 p.m. Please RSVP by calling 718-224-0404.

The Queens World Film Festival returns to the 78th Street Play Street in Jackson Heights for two evenings of wonderful films including shorts and features; animation and live action; international and local. Bring a chair, blanket, a picnic and a beverage or just pull up a piece of curb and enjoy films from around the world and around the corner! The event starts at dusk and for more information go on www.jhgreen.org. Today, there will be three family- friendly films about fathers and their children: “Thanks,” “The Hero Pose” and “Tu Seras Un Homme.”

Sunday, July 27

Qualified U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary instructors will teach the New York State Safe Boating Class from Flotilla 12-01 at Fort Totten. This one-day, eight-hour boat safety course is designed to be an introductory course to meet the boating education needs of recreational boaters and PWC Operators. The class will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The fee is $65, learning materials included. Preregistration is required for entry and parking on the Fort Totten base. For additional information, contact Ralph Traub at 347-336-5866, or contact the Flotilla at 347-669-4460 through Google Voice. Register online at http://www.uscgaux1201.org/unit_classes.html.

Beat the heat with some cool jazz at “Jazz at the Castle” at the Bayside Historical Society. Enjoy light refreshments while listening to our jazz trio. Pre-paid reservations required. Call 718-352-1548 to register. Admission is $20 for BHS members and $25 for non-BHS members. The Bayside Historical Society is located at 208 Totten Ave. at Fort Totten Park.

Join Queens Historical Society for a Taste of… As part of their World’s Fair programming for their newest exhibition, Remembering Yesterday: Queens & Its World’s Fairs, they’re hosting four tasting events for all your senses! Today’s is A Taste of Italy. At each tasting, you’ll get a sampling of the food, music and culture to get an experience similar to walking through a World’s Fair pavilion! Tickets are $15 each and including admission to Kingsland, food and beverage. You must reserve spots in advance. To mail us a check, please call the society at 718-939-0647 ext. 17 to make sure there are tickets still available. Tickets will be sold the day of the event for $20 if available. Please call ahead of time to inquire. There will be no refunds.

Queens Botanical Garden announces the latest in their “Music in the Garden” concert series. From 6:15 to 7:45 p.m., they are proud to host renowned violinist Alicia Svigals in a concert of klezmer music, with special guests Brian Glassman on bass and Christina Crowder on accordion. Bring a blanket and pack a picnic snack to enjoy the outdoors on the Oak Allée. This concert is open to the public at no charge. The garden is located at 43-50 Main St. For travel directions and more information visit www.queensbotanical.org or call 718-886-3800.

Saturdays 

The popular Long Island City flea market LIC Flea & Food  is opened on weekends at the outdoor lot by the waterfront at the corner of 5th Street and 46th Avenue from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Items for sale at the market include food and drinks, collectibles, antiques, arts and crafts, fashion and more.

MoMA PS1 presents “Warm Up 2014” from June 28 to September 6 every Saturday from 3 to 9 p.m. Doors open at noon and there will be outdoor music concerts by local and international experimental DJs. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 the day of. The event takes place rain or shine and at the MoMA PS1 courtyard.

Sundays

The LIC Flea and Kaufman Astoria Studios have partnered up to bring the city’s first-ever backlot market called Astoria Flea & Food at Kaufman Astoria Studios. The new market will launch Sunday, May 4, and bring the community the best in food vendors, antiques, collectibles, art, crafts, fashion and much more. The Astoria Flea will be located in the studio’s outdoor lot, the first of its kind in New York City, which opened up in December at 36th Street and 35th Avenue, and will operate from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Through August 31 

The Noguchi Museum has an exhibition on view of Noguchi’s work from archaic times to modern times.  The only thing Noguchi loved more than the promise of the future was the sense of belonging to the Earth he derived from working with million and billion year old pieces of rock. Noguchi Archaic/ Noguchi Modern explores a stylistic wormhole that seems to link the ancient past and the distant future in his work.