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What to do in Queens this weekend and beyond


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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The local libraries in Queens are offering events throughout the summer, including film screenings, skill-building classes and kid-centric activities.

Saturday, July 25

Edwin Vasquez and James Grover perform jazzy and spicy-but-romantic boleros and popular standards in English and Spanish at the Broadway library. There are performed by composers such as Rafael Hernandez, Consuelo Velazquez, Roberto Cantoral, Johnny Mercer and Ruth Etting. Registration is not required. 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Broadway library, 40-20 Broadway, Long Island City. For more information, contact 718-721-2462.

The “Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival” will have Susanne Lofaso and Vincent Roccaro taking you on a musical journey from the early days of rock ‘n’ roll through the era of classic rock at the Bayside library. There will be songs by Elvis, the Beatles and Van Morrison. 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. 214-20 Northern Blvd., Bayside. For more information, contact 718-229-1834.

The Fresh Meadows library will be showing the film “Mortdecai.” This 2015 film is about a roguish art dealer who searches for a stolen painting that could hold the code to a lost Nazi bank account that’s rife with riches. The film stars Johnny Depp, Ewan McGregor, Gwyneth Paltrow and Paul Bettany. This film is rated R. 2:30 to 4:15 p.m. Fresh Meadows library, 193-20 Horace Harding Expy., Fresh Meadows. For more information, contact 718-454-7272.

Sunday, July 26

This Sunday’s movie is the film “Black Sea.” The movie is about a rogue submarine captain who accepts a lucrative offer to seek out a missing treasure in the Black Sea, despite the sneaking suspicion that he may be double crossed in his adventure. The film stars Jude Law and Scoot McNairy, and is directed by Kevin Macdonald. 2 to 4 p.m. Central library, 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica. For more information, contact 718-990-0700.

Monday, July 27

The Flushing Cancer Action Council Meeting is for anyone interested in discussing the health of your community. If you would like to be a part of the conversation to plan health-related programs and interventions, it’s definitely worth stopping by. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Flushing library, 41-17 Main St., Flushing. For more information, contact 718-661-1200.

Learn about the many ways you can use your Google account. Basic computer skills and an existing Google account are required. Pre-register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org, or call 718-990-8625 for additional information. The class code is CC240. 10 a.m. to noon. Central library, 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica. For more information, contact 718-990-0700.

New York Cares is an adult program that will be offering an orientation meeting to recruit volunteers. Registration is not required. 3 to 4 p.m. Forest Hills library, 108-19 71st Ave., Forest Hills. For more information, contact 718-268-7934.

There will be a teen hygiene class for boys to learn about good hygiene and how it relates to good health. This workshop will teach you all about health, and is for teen guys only! Registration is not required. 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Queens Library for Teens, 2002 Cornaga Ave., Far Rockaway. For more information, contact 718-471-2573.

Superhero Nutrition will teach children why good food choices help them grow and be strong. For children ages 5 and up. Registration is not required. 4 to 5 p.m. Cambria Heights library, 218-13 Linden Blvd., Cambria Heights. For more information, contact 718-528-3535.

Tuesday, July 28

The annual Summer Reading Jeopardy match is back at the Flushing library! Teens will have the opportunity to answer a variety of fun trivia questions and win prizes. Registration is not required. 4 to 5 p.m. 41-17 Main St., Flushing. For more information, contact 718-661-1200.

There will be a class offered on job search strategies for the mature adult. This class will define what a mature worker is, explain the obstacles they may face, and suggest how and where to search for jobs. Pre-register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org, or call 718-990-8625 for additional information. The class code is JR100. 10 a.m. to noon. Central library, 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica. For more information, contact 718-990-0700.

Come join to create a tie-dyed T-shirt! Please bring your own plain, white T-shirt. Registration is not required, and this event is for children. 3 to 4 p.m. Richmond Hill library, 118-14 Hillside Ave., Richmond Hill. For more information, contact 718-849-7150.

There will be a teen hygiene class for girls to learn about good hygiene and how it relates to good health. This workshop will teach you all about health, and is for teen girls only! Registration is not required. 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Queens Library for Teens, 2002 Cornaga Ave., Far Rockaway. For more information, contact 718-471-2573.

Wednesday, July 29

Children ages 4 through 12 will be able to participate in summer arts and crafts at the Bay Terrace library. The crafts will be related to the summer reading theme. Parents and adult caregivers are welcome to attend. Registration is not required. 3 to 4 p.m. 18-36 Bell Blvd., Bayside. For more information, contact 718-423-7004.

Adults will learn the basics of computer use at Computers for Beginners at the Windsor Park library. Pre-registration and a valid Queens Library card are required. 10:30 a.m. to noon. 79-50 Bell Blvd., Bayside. For more information, contact 718-468-8300.

A film screening of “The Forger” will be taking place at the Douglaston/Little Neck library. The movie is about a thief, his father and his son who are planning the heist of their lives when they attempt to forge a Monet painting and steal the original in his film starring John Travolta, Christopher Plummer and Tye Sheridan. This film was released in 2014, and is rated R. 3 to 4:30 p.m. 249-01 Northern Blvd., Little Neck. For more information, contact 718-225-8414.

Thursday, July 30

Summer movies will be shown throughout the summer at the Glen Oaks library. All features are rated PG-13, unless otherwise indicated. The film shown this week will be “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” which was released in 2014. 2 to 4:30 p.m. 256-04 Union Tpke., Glen Oaks. For more information, contact 718-831-8636.

Family Game Day at the Bay Terrace library is for everyone ages 4 and up to work on puzzles together or play various board games. You can work on jigsaw puzzles or play checkers and chess. There will also be board games like Life, Candyland and Monopoly. 3 to 4 p.m. 18-36 Bell Blvd., Bayside. For more information, contact 718-423-7004.

Summer Superhero Films will be taking place at the Bellerose library. Feel free to bring your own popcorn. All films are rated PG, unless otherwise indicated. The film shown this week will be “The Incredibles,” which was released in 2004. 2 to 4 p.m. 250-06 Hillside Ave., Bellerose. For more information, contact 718-831-8644.

Summer reading crafts will have you enjoying a fun variety of craft programs. This will be taking place for teens every Thursday afternoon this summer. Registration is not required. 3 to 4 p.m. Flushing library, 41-17 Main St., Flushing. For more information, contact 718-661-1200.

Story Book Time is for school-age children and their caregivers or guardians to listen to some stories. The children are invited to read one to us as well! 4 to 5 p.m. Howard Beach library, 92-06 156th Ave., Howard Beach. For more information, contact 718-641-7086.

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What to do in Queens this weekend and beyond


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Stargaze on a warm summer night, learn to make a healthier meal, discuss hip-hop history and do more at these events around the borough.

Saturday, July 18

The Louis Armstrong House Museum will be having hot jazz and cool garden summer concerts. Jon-Erik Kellso & Friends will be performing. Red beans ‘n’ rice and sweet tea will be included. 2 p.m. $18. 34-56 107th St., Corona. For more information, visit louisarmstronghouse.org.

“Watercolors Underwater” is a creative expression science and art fusion program for children ages 7 to 11. Guided by the inspiration of one of their traveling aquatic invertebrates, participants will explore their creative side using watercolors. Each program begins with an overview of the techniques, followed by a meet-and-greet with the animals in order to create an artistic piece. Pre-registration is required. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. $26. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston. For more information, visit alleypond.com.

The Chess Club at the Flushing library is for children and teens ages 8 and up. They will learn the basics of chess or improve their game. Registration is not required. 2 to 4 p.m. 41-17 Main St., Flushing. For more information, contact 718-661-1200.

“Star Searchers: Exploring the July Night Sky” will be led by professor/astronomer Mark Freilich. Each program features an indoor question-and-answer session on basic astronomy. There will be fun and games followed by exciting outdoor viewing using a professional telescope. Participants are welcome to bring their own telescopes and binoculars. The program is for adults and children ages 9 and up. Please pre-register. From 8 to 10 p.m. $15. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston. For more information, visit alleypond.com.

Sunday, July 19

Vet Tech 101 will teach you to learn the specialized skills required to keep our animals healthy. From eye examinations to checking teeth, gums and ears, junior vet techs will learn all about some of the most common pet animals in peak condition. Limited to six participants. The program is for ages 10 to 13, and pre-registration is required. 10 a.m. to noon. $23. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston. For more information, visit alleypond.com.

“APEC Adventure Hour: Water Fun” will offer toddlers and their caregivers an opportunity to socialize and learn about nature in a relaxed environment. Water-related activities include live animals, art projects, outdoor play, trail walks and music. Limited to 8 parent and child pairs. No non-participating siblings except for infants in infant seats. This program is for ages 18 to 36 months and pre-registration is required. 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. $16. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston. For more information, visit alleypond.com.

The debut of the New York City Poem Arts Center will present Chinese poetry of the golden age of the Tang Dynasty through song, dance and recitation. Registration is not required. This will be held in the auditorium of the Flushing library, lower level. 2 to 3:30 p.m. 41-17 Main St., Flushing. For more information, contact 718-661-1200.

Monday, July 20

The Defensive Driving Workshop course is open to anyone with a driver’s license. The fee is $20 for AARP members, with a membership card required and $25 for non-members, which can be paid for by check or money order. Pre-registration is required. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 134-26 225th St., Laurelton. For more information, contact 718-479-8914.

Infants age 30 months and under will enjoy Mother Goose Time at the Fresh Meadows library. It’s a half-hour of nursery rhymes, songs, finger plays and simple picture books. 10 to 10:30 a.m. 193-20 Horace Harding Expy., Fresh Meadows. For more information, contact 718-454-7272.

Baby and Me is an interactive program for infants ages 7 to 18 months and their guardians or caregivers. Registration is not required. 11 a.m. to noon. Bayside library, 214-20 Northern Blvd., Bayside. For more information, contact 718-229-1834.

The Summer Intergenerational Game Time: Chess and Domino Club will teach you to learn how to play chess and dominoes from experienced players. Players of all skill levels are welcomed, which includes beginners. Families with younger ones, ages 6 and up, are welcome to join. There will be additional kid-friendly games available. Registration is not required. Noon to 3 p.m. Glen Oaks branch of the Queens Library, 256-04 Union Tpke., Glen Oaks. For more information, contact 718-831-8636.

The Healthy Gourmet Series at the LIC branch of the Queens Library will help to explore, cook and taste some vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free meals. This will be done with recipes outside of what you might be used to. This is for an adult audience and registration is not required. 6 to 7 p.m. 37-44 21st St., Long Island City. For more information, contact 718-752-3700.

Tuesday, July 21

The Teens Spelling Bee: Senior Division wants you to prove how good at spelling you really are. The spelling competition is for teens entering ninth to 12th grade. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place. 3 to 4 p.m. Bay Terrace library, 18-36 Bell Blvd., Bayside. For more information, contact 718-423-7004.

Girl Scout Day is for children ages 5 and up to learn about Girl Scouts. They are invited to participate in some fun Girl Scout activities. Pre-registration by phone or in person is required. Windsor Park library, 79-50 Bell Blvd., Bayside. For more information, contact 718-468-8300.

The Douglaston/Little Neck branch of the Queens Library will be screening summer family films throughout each month in the summer. The July family film will be the original animated “101 Dalmatians.” The 1961 film is based on the classic children’s book by Dodie Smith. Space is limited; first come, first seated. 4 to 5:30 p.m. 249-01 Northern Blvd., Little Neck. For more information, visit queenslibrary.org.

Wednesday, July 22

The Summer Reading Teen Anime Club will be having anime fun for teens on Wednesday afternoons this summer. Registration is not required. 2 to 4 p.m. Flushing library, 41-17 Main St., Flushing. For more information, contact 718-661-1200.

Adults are invited to the film screening of “Chappie” at the Woodside library. The 2015 film is about a robot in the near future whose reprogramming creates havoc. This film is rated R, and registration is not required. 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. 54-22 Skillman Ave., Woodside. For more information, contact 718-429-4700.

Pounds Fitness allows you to channel your inner performer and rock your body with this modern-day fusion of movement and music. Teens will have the opportunity to drum along to music being weighted by drumsticks with this fun-filled workout. 4 to 5 p.m. 312 Beach 54th St., Arverne. For more information, visit queenslibrary.org.

ShapeUp NYC: Cardio Challenge for Adults, combines low-impact aerobics and boot camp into one body workout. The instructor Bona Bhatia Khullar will lead you through routines to tone the body and burn calories. 4 to 5 p.m. Richmond Hill branch of the Queens Library, 118-14 Hillside Ave., Richmond Hill. For more information, contact 718-849-7150.

Thursday, July 23

Science Thursdays at the Bayside library allow tweens to take part in fun science experiments and activities. Pre-registration is required, and space is limited. 3 to 4 p.m. 214-20 Northern Blvd., Bayside. For more information, contact 718-229-1834.

There will be a discussion about hip-hop history at the Queens Library for teens. Learn how hip-hop started in a way like no other with a special guest author. The first 15 teens will receive a graphic novel on the history of hip-hop as we celebrate life in America. 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. 2002 Cornaga Ave., Far Rockaway. For more information, visit queenslibrary.org.

Whether you’re experienced or a beginner, join the meditation club and share breathing exercises with other adults. There will be meditation techniques that may help to reduce stress. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Glen Oaks library, 256-04 Union Tpke., Glen Oaks. For more information, contact 718-831-8636.

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Learn how to drive a boat, take a ghost tour of Astoria, catch Michael Bolton in Jamaica and do more at these events around the borough.

Saturday, June 27

The New York State Safe Boating Class will be teaching an introductory course to meet the boating education needs of boaters and operators. The class will be taught by U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Instructors from Flotilla 12-01. Preregistration is required for entry and parking. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The cost is $65, which includes learning materials. Flotilla 12-01, 611 Little Bay Rd., Bayside. For more information, contact 347-336-5866.

Rockstock and Barrels will be having its ninth annual surf contest. The contest includes vendors, skating and live music. Noon to 6 p.m. Beach 90th St. Skate Park, Rockaway. For more information, visit rockstocknyc.com.

The Haunting Histories and Legends of Astoria is a two-hour stroll visiting some lesser-known historical sites. Sites including the Victorian mansions of Old Astoria Village, revealing unsettling tales of the neighborhood’s ghostly past. Astoria’s past is filled with tragic Hollywood film stars, voodoo, murders and hidden treasure. 3 to 8 p.m. The cost is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For more information, visit boroughsofthedead.com.

There will be a family fun day with enjoyable family events. This includes public kayaking, storytime, Cido the Clown, Zumba, live music and food. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. MacNeil Park, Poppenhusen Avenue between 115th Street and College Place, College Point. For more information, visit coastalpreservation.org.

The Fresh Concert Series will be having classic soul music. The music will be featuring The Manhattans, The Dramatics, Blue Magic and Black Ivory. 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. $30. Resorts World Casino NYC, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., Jamaica. For more information, visit rwnewyork.com.

The Queens World Film Festival returns for engaging films beneath the stars. The festival will feature international animated and narrative films. Bringing a chair and blanket would be preferable to watch films from around the world. 8 p.m. Free. 78th Street and 34th Avenue, Jackson Heights. For more information, visit jhgreen.org.

The documentary “Blackfish” was praised for raising awareness about the cruelty of keeping killer whales in captivity. There will be a film screening and the star of the film, John Hargrove, will be there for his book, “Beneath the Surface: Killer Whales, Seaworld, and the Truth Beyond Blackfish.” Books will be made available for sale and signing. 2:30 to 5 p.m. Free. 108-19 71st Ave. For more information, contact 718-268-7934.

Sunday, June 28

For a Sunday at the movies, the film “The Gevatron” is a lively musical film about an Israeli Kibbutz Folk Chorale. The film demonstrates them working in the fields during the day and creating music in the evening. 2:30 pm. $5 per person, which includes coffee and cake following the film. Rego Park Jewish Center, 97-30 Queens Blvd., Rego Park. For more information, visit rpjc.org.

Long Island City is having a three-hour tour in which participants will meet local artists, makers, and entrepreneurs. Enjoy light bites and microbrews with a grand finale at a rooftop lounge with cityscape views. Advance booking is required. 2:30 p.m. The cost is $65. Long Island City. For more information, visit bqetours.com.

There will be a cabaret brunch with the first public performance by Joy Through Music, a new teen group. The group is dedicated to creating shows based on the American Songbook and Broadway show tunes. 11 a.m. The cost is $10, which includes bagels and beverages. Proceeds go to the Bay Terrace Garden Jewish Center. Bay Terrace Garden Jewish Center, 13-00 209th St., Bayside. For more information, visit joythroughmusic.org.

The Hunters Point Tour is all about exploring. Explore everything from the newly expanded Gantry State Park, to relics from the 19th century in the neighborhood that was formerly known as “Dominie’s Hook.” Noon. $20. Meet on Vernon Boulevard and 50th Avenue, Long Island City. For more information, visit astorialic.org.

Celebrate International Mud Day by getting your hands dirty. Meet earthworms and various other decomposers by exploring a compost bin. 1 p.m. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing. For more information, visit queensbotanical.org.

The Mexico Day 5-Miler is a two-loop race that will be taking place. Registration is at 8 a.m, and the race begins at 9 a.m. The cost is $25, or $30 on race day. The race is entirely on Forest Park Drive, starting and ending at Woodhaven Boulevard in Forest Park. For more information, visit nycruns.com.

There will be a “Groovin’ in the Park” event with various performers. Some performers scheduled are Michael Bolton, Billy Ocean, Lieutenant Stitchie and Judy Mowatt. Noon. The cost is $59.95 to $149.99. Roy Wilkins Park, Merrick and Baisley boulevards, Jamaica. For more information, visit groovininthepark.com.

The Summer Health Fair will be offering fun prizes and health education. The fair will have live music, arts and crafts, and face painting. For health education, it will include health counseling,

home remedies and spiritual health. Noon to 5 pm. Rosemary’s Playground, 752 Fairview Ave., Ridgewood. For more information, contact 540-429-4204.

Monday, June 29

Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia. Dementia is a general term for memory loss and intellectual impairments that interfere with everyday life. Learn about the symptoms and treatments for Alzheimer’s disease presented by the Alzheimer’s Association. 6 p.m. Free. Flushing, 41-17 Main St. For more information, contact 718-661-1200.

The book discussion of “Seabiscuit” will be held by Author Laura Hillenbrand. The story is about a horse that made history in 1938 with both crooked legs and a bad tail. 6:30 pm. Free Steinway, 21- 45 31st St. For more information, call 718-728-1965.

The “Persuasive Images: Architecture of the 1939-40 & 1964-65 NY World’s Fairs,” exhibit will have more than 100 photographs, selected from an array of local, national and international archives. It will be depicting rarely seen images of the buildings and pavilions of these World’s Fairs. The event will run through July 27. Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., 405 Klapper Hall, Flushing. For more information, visit gtmuseum.com.

Tuesday, June 30

There will be a book discussion group meeting held to discuss two nonfiction novels. The novels include “The Italian Americans: a History” and “97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement.” 2:30 p.m. Free. Middle Village, 72-31 Metropolitan Ave. For more information, contact 718-326-1390.

Wednesday, July 1

The 17th annual, eight-week Outdoor Cinema Festival will be presented by The Film Forum, Rooftop Films and Socrates Sculpture Park. The first movie, “Don’t Look Back,” is a documentary about Bob Dylan’s 1965 British tour. Some activities include open-air cinema, music, dance and food held in the waterfront park. All films are presented in their original language with English subtitles. Every film is projected onto a wide screen. Dusk. Free. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City. For more information, visit socratessculpturepark.org.

Bayside is having a Historical Society Independence Celebration Concert. The concert will be featuring the 18-piece Bill Costa and the Something Special Big Band. 6 p.m. Free. Fort Totten Parade Grounds, Bayside. For more information, visit baysidehistorical.org.

Darlene Graham entertains children of all ages with a morning of music. The music will include a mix of energetic folk and remixes of familiar children’s songs. Everyone can sing along and dance to the music. 10:30 a.m. Free. Crocheron Park’s Buz O’Rourke Playground, Bayside. For more information, visit nycparks.com.

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What to do in Queens this weekend and beyond


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Photo courtesy of Socrates Sculpture Park

Welcome the start of summer, go on a free outdoor adventure, enjoy a concert in the park and do more at these events around the borough.

Saturday, June 20

Join yoga instructor Helen Kilgallen from Elaine’s Dance School in this beginner Hatha Yoga class. Bring a mat, large towel or blanket. 8 to 9 a.m. Rockaway Beach. Beach 108th St. Call 718-318-4000 for more details.

Join Flushing Meadows Corona Park at the second annual festival celebrating the life and legacy of one of America’s musical icons. Louis Armstrong’s Wonderful World is a day of music, food and fun on Saturday, June 20. See performances by Lauryn Hill, Rebirth Brass Band, Shannon Powell’s Traditional All-Star Band, Antibalas, Ozomatli and the Rebirth Brass Band on the main stage. Tickets are limited. Noon to 8 p.m. 111th St. For more information, visit armstrongswonderfulworld.com.

Help Natural Areas Conservancy and NYC Parks restore a vital and dynamic urban resource—the salt marshes of Alley Creek. Volunteers will help plant native grasses to help restore the salt marsh. Expert restoration specialists will highlight the unique features of this ecosystem and discuss ongoing efforts for its care. Please come dressed in work boots or sturdy shoes, long pants, and clothing that can get dirty. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 228-06 Northern Blvd. For more information, visit alleypond.com.

Come celebrate the summer solstice at the Summer Solstice Festival at King Manor Museum. Make ice cream the old-fashioned way, make sun-inspired crafts and play historic games. Noon to 4 p.m. 150-03 Jamaica Ave. For more information, visit kingmanor.org.

Queens Historical Society’s very own Karyn Balan will be guiding children and their family members through Jeanette Winter’s book, “Wangari’s Trees of Peace,” followed by a discussion and activity. 1 to 2 p.m. Free. Kingsland Homestead. 143-35 37th Ave. For more information, visit queenshistoricalsociety.org.

We camp to create lasting memories, connect with the natural world, and bond with our families. Camping affords us the opportunity to unplug from the diversions of everyday life and to laugh and play with our families. Alley Pond Park is inviting a few lucky families to camp in a location that will be disclosed to lottery winners. Tents are provided. 6 to 7 p.m. To enter your family in the lottery, visit nyc.gov/parks/rangers/register.

Join the Queens Historical Society as they celebrate the opening of their newest exhibition, Leading the Way: Six Outstanding Women of Queens. 2 to 4:30 p.m. Free. 143-37th Flushing Ave. For more information, queenshistoricalsociety.org.

Comedians from the Howard Stern Show, Caroline’s Comedy Club, Comedy Central and the Wendy Williams TV show will host this free Funny Father’s Day Comedy Show. Hosted by Hector Luis, Planet Comedy and the Komedy Krue (Victor Torres, Billy Kammerer and Ronald Prendimano). 8 p.m. Neirs Tavern. 87-48 78th St. For more information, visit neirstavern.com.

Sunday, June 21

The Alley Pond Park Adventure Course offers free outdoor adventure that fosters trust, communication and team building at Alley Pond Park. The program is a two-hour adventure, which includes both low and high elements.  The Adventure Course is open for individuals and for small groups of friends and family. Space is limited. Open to ages 8 and up. 9:30 a.m. to noon. Runs through Sunday, Nov. 1. Please visit www.nycgovparks.org/programs/rangers/registration to enter your name into the lottery.

Enjoy Father’s Day by listening to the sounds of your favorite Motown classics at the Magic of Motown concert in Forest Park. 5 to 6 p.m. Free. 88th Lane and Forest Park Drive. For more information, visit nycgovparks.org.

Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy “Yesterday and Today – a Beatles Tribute” at Rockaway Beach. 6 to 7 p.m. Free. Beach 94th St. off Shorefront Pkwy.

All work and no play makes Jack a monstrous dad in Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephen King’s tale of “The Shining,” in which a caretaker is driven mad in a cavernous hotel during an isolated Colorado winter. A visionary child is pitted against a murderous father, as the primal Freudian drama is played out in a haunted hotel. 6:30 p.m. $12 general admission, $9 senior citizens and students. 36-01 35th Ave. For more information, visit movingimage.us.

Bring your friends and family to Socrates’ Solstice festival to welcome the summer and celebrate the longest day of the year. Be creative in Solstice art-making workshops presented in partnership with Free Style Arts Association, Materials for the Arts, and The Noguchi Museum; get your face painted by Agostino Arts; participate in a special Solstice ritual performed by Urban Shaman Mama Donna; have a picnic; and enjoy the view as the sun sets over the Manhattan skyline! The festivities culminate with a performance by the Queens Symphony, led by Maestro David Katz. 5 to 9 p.m. Free. 32-01 Vernon Blvd. For more information, visit socratessculpturepark.org.

Monday, June 22

Taikoza, a music and performance group has created a new sound using the thunderous rhythms of the ancestral Taiko drums and the magical sounds of the bamboo flutes. Roughly translated, Taiko means big drums—and that’s exactly what Taikoza brings: big drums, powerful rhythms and electrifying, room-thumping energy. This exciting group draws from Japan’s rich tradition of music and performance to create a highly visual performance. 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Lost Battalion Hall Recreation Center. 93-29 Queens Blvd. Free. For more information, visit nycgovparks.org.

New York Philharmonic marks the 50th anniversary of the Concerts in the Parks, the iconic series of free outdoor performances that have been enjoyed by more than 14 million concertgoers since 1965. Alan Gilbert returns in an all-American program featuring Bernstein’s “West Side Story Concert Suite” No. 1, performed by soprano Julia Bullock and a tenor to be announced. Plus: works by Barber, Gershwin, Copland, Anderson, Rodgers and Sousa. After the musical fireworks, stay for actual fireworks. 8 to 9 p.m. Free. Cunningham Park. 193rd Street. For more information, visit nycgovparks.org.

Tuesday, June 23

Brier Rabbit is a classic American folktale about a trickster rabbit, a sly fox, a lovable bear and a wise turtle. Children will love this production by the City Parks Foundation. 9:45 to 11:45 a.m. Free. Rockaway Beach. Beach 17th Street and Seagirt Boulevard. For more information, visit nycgovparks.org.

Wednesday, June 24

This Zumba exercise workout in Little Bay Park blends Latin and African dance movement. 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. Free. Cross Island Parkway between Utopia Parkway and Totten Avenue. For more information, visit nycgovparks.org.

Six comedians answer your anonymous relationship and dating questions with the wisdom and ridiculous insight only a comedian has. It’s an “anything can happen” stand-up comedy experience. We weave our own dating experiences, stories and jokes with random and unexpected questions. Stand-up comedy with a twist. 8 p.m. Free. The Creek and The Cave. 10-93 Jackson Ave. For more information, visit creeklic.com.

Find out what’s “growing on” at Queens Farm when you shop at the on-site Farmstand. They grow over 75 varieties of vegetables, so come by and see what’s in season each week. You’ll receive tips on how to make easy, nutritious meals for you and your family. Runs through October. Noon to 5 p.m. 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy. For more information, visit queensfarm.org.

Thursday, June 25

Visiting the Astoria Park Festival is a great time to kick off your summer plans. It is a four-day summer favorite that’s packed with family fun, which will include rides, games, food and entertainment. 4 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, June 25. 4 to 11 p.m. on Friday, June 26. Noon to midnight on Saturday, June 27. Noon to 11:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 28. Free. 19th Street and Hoyt Avenue. For more information, visit centralastoria.org.

Enjoy the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wise cracking donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue in “Shrek the Musical.” 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Forest Park. Park Lane South and Myrtle Avenue. For more information, visit nycgovparks.com.

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What to do in Queens this weekend and beyond


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Queens Museum

Cool down at a local museum, adopt a furry friend, take a step back in time and do more at these events around the borough.

Saturday, June 13

Come shop for some fabulous items at over 30 vendors selling albums, books, clothing, collectibles, household items, jewelry, pottery and much more at the Kew Gardens Flea Market. All of the vendor fees will benefit the Jamaica Hospital Medical Center Pediatric Department. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. LIRR North Parking Lot. 82-60 Austin St.

Celebrate Flag Day with live music and entertainment at the Family Strawberry Festival, with classic cars from the East Coast Car Association, refreshments including strawberry shortcake, children’s crafts, a pie-eating contest, face-painting and old-fashioned games. Also get a tour of the Onderdonk House. $5 children. Noon to 4 p.m. Onderdonk House. 1820 Flushing Ave. For more information, visit onderdonkhouse.org.

“New York The Way It Was: Queens” uses vintage film footage, photos and personal memories from people including actor Carroll O’Connor, real estate magnate Donald Trump, sports writer George Vecsey, Queens Borough President Claire Shulman, former New York Governor Mario Cuomo and Henry Steinway of the Steinway Piano family to tell the story of the borough that achieved the American Dream but never forgot who it was. 1 p.m. Free. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway. For more information, visit astorialic.org.

“A Night at the Movies” is a part of a Southern Queens Salon Series Concert. The Queens Symphony Orchestra will be performing. The goal is to reach hundreds of area residents with informative and inspiring concerts that these patrons may not otherwise have the opportunity to attend as well as instill a love of classical and orchestral music within members of the community, both young and old. Free. 7 p.m. BCAC Fields, 125 Cross Bay Blvd. For more information, visit queenssymphony.org.

Celebrate the launch of Newtown Literary sixth issue at the Newtown Literary Issue #6 Launch Reading, which includes 25 poets and writers from Queens that the magazine has never published before. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Queens Council on the Arts. 37-11 35th Ave. For more information, visit queenscouncilarts.org.

The eighth annual pet adoption fair hosted by Richmond Hill Block Association and the One Stop Richmond Hill Community Center will take place at the Buddy Monument at Forest Park. The ASPCA will also be on site to provide discounted and free spaying/neutering. Noon to 4 p.m. Park Lane South and Myrtle Avenue. Call 718-849-6206 for more information.

Shred by Crom is an outdoor beach boot camp program that builds total body strength, endurance, balance and core stability for people of all ages and fitness levels. This training is friendly, dynamic, motivating and fun. 8 to 8:45 a.m. Beach 94th Street off of Shorefront Parkway. Call 718-945-1700 for more details.

Historic New York: The Fort Totten Tunnel Tour will transport you back in time to the 19th century. Learn the stories of Fort Totten and its role in defending New York City. This walk takes you through the cavernous Endicott Batteries and Main Magazine areas of Fort Totten. Come see an unfamiliar part of Fort Totten, forgotten and mysterious. 1 to 2 p.m. Totten Road and Cross Island Parkway. Space is limited. Registration is required. To register, please visit nyc.gov/parks/rangers/register.

Tour vegetable gardens and learn techniques about urban gardening and farming at the Queens Botanical Garden’s gardening workshop for families. Participants will take home a seasonal planting. 1 to 3 p.m. $5 per person. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St. Please pre-register by visiting queensbotanical.org.

Come to Rufus King Park Family Day for a fun-filled day of crafts, games, inflatables, face-painting, light refreshments and more. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. 89th Avenue. For more information, visit nycgovparks.org.

Sunday, June 14

Woodhaven is home to the oldest tavern in New York City, which Kevin Walsh of Forgotten NY will visit along with a look at the remnants of enamelware factories and historic carousels. Meet at the northeast corner of Woodhaven and Rockaway boulevards. 1 p.m. $20, Greater Astoria Historical Society members $15. For more information, visit astorialic.org.

The Bang on a Can Music Series, now in its fifth year at the Noguchi Museum, returns this summer with a series of monthly performances held in the museum’s indoor galleries. One half new music ensemble, one half avant-pop band, TIGUE delivers rhythmic hooks and patterned drones through process and improvisation, uniting homegrown ethos and conservatory precision. 3 to 4 p.m. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd. at Vernon Boulevard. $5. For more information, visit noguchi.org.

Start your day with an early morning bird watching walk led by Jean Loscalzo of the Queens County Bird Club.  Binoculars recommended. 8 to 10:30 a.m. Free. Vermont Place. For more information, visit nycgovparks.org.

The highly acclaimed Quintet of the Americas will return with a program themed The Melting Pot, featuring the premiere of “Variable Winds” by Flushing composer Daniel Ott, as well as works by other Queens composers. 2:30 to 4 p.m. Queens Botanical Gardens, 43-50 Main St. For more information, visit queensbotanical.org.

The innovative multidisciplinary magazine Esopus, founded and edited by Tod Lippy, explores themes through a wide range of creative disciplines. To celebrate the publication, the Museum of the Moving Image and Esopus present a rare 16mm screening of “Hospital,” preceded by a live Skype introduction by director Fred Wiseman at 5 p.m.  $15, $9 for museum members. Museum of Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave. For more information, visit movingimage.us.

The Queens Museum and Cool Culture are excited to present the annual Catch the Cool Family Festival. We invite all families to come to the museum for a day of art workshops, musical performances, story time, tours, games, outdoor activities and much more. Free. Noon to 4 p.m. Queens Museum, New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park. For more information, visit queensmuseum.org.

Monday, June 15

Ted Alexandro hosts a lineup of comedians and interesting people then conducts a brief Q&A with them in between acts. This month features Ophira Eisenberg (NPR’s “Ask Me Another”), Myka Fox (Distractify), Dan Soder (“Conan”) and more. 8 to 9:30 p.m. $5. Q.E.D., 27-16 23rd Ave. For more information, visit qedastoria.com.

Tuesday, June 16

From Here to Haiti Ltd. (FHTH) is an all-volunteer nonprofit 501(c)(3) public charity based in New York. FHTH was formed in the aftermath of the earthquake of 2010 to respond to the need for repair of non-governmental places of public assembly such as clinics, schools, churches, and the like and focuses its efforts in the provinces where small villages are in most need of help. Through a slide presentation, the audience will accompany FHTH through a recent project from start to finish, demonstrating the efficaciousness with which it works with the community to accomplish the task. In addition, three young volunteers will recount their experience of helping a community a world away. Question and answer period will follow. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park. For more information, visit queensmuseum.org.

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

Wednesday, June 17

The Internet Disagrees is an indie improv troupe that formed in November of 2013. Come out and enjoy improv comedy, unnecessary battles and tacos at The Creek and The Cave. 8 p.m. Free. 10-93 Jackson Ave. For more information, visit creeklic.com.

20 & Out chronicles the 20-year career of retired NYPD Detective Mark DeMayo, from his misspent youth growing up in Astoria, Queens, to meeting the girl of his dreams, to being sworn in along with 3,000 recruits at the stroke of midnight on June 30, 1992. Mark did his 20 and got out. He lived to tell his remarkable story. 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. $10. Q.E.D. 27-16 23rd Ave. For more information, visit qedastoria.com.

Thursday, June 18

Original stories and folktales are presented in an inspiring fusion of visual and performing arts, illustrated on the faces of audience volunteers as they are told, with designs informed by traditional mask arts. Christopher Agostino’s Storyfaces are enjoyed by children as well as adults. 5:15 to 6 p.m. Buddy Monument in Forest Park, Park Lane South and Myrtle Avenue. For more information, visit nycgovparks.org.

Enjoy the dynamic sounds of the world’s most exciting interactive drum band, Hip Pickles. 6 to 7 p.m. Free. Buddy Monument in Forest Park, Park Lane South and Myrtle Avenue. For more information, visit nycgovparks.org.

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What to do in Queens this weekend and beyond


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Socrates Sculpture Park

Take a bike ride along the water, try some yoga on the beach, enjoy free dance lessons under the stars and do more at these events around the borough.

Saturday, June 6

The annual Community Health Fair at Kaufman Astoria Studios will provide free health screenings, free refreshments, clowns, face painting, a bouncy castle and free giveaways. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 34-12 36th St.

The Alley Pond Environmental Center will celebrate National Trails Day with a Walk the Watershed event, where people will participate in a challenging all-day walk from Union Turnpike to Fort Totten. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please pre-register at alleypond.com/trails.

Come celebrate the longest day of the year with the Summer Solstice Festival. Make ice cream the old-fashioned way. Create sun-inspired art and crafts. Read stories about summertime fun. Play historic games and blow giant bubbles in King Manor’s big backyard. Noon to 4 p.m. Free. 150-03 Jamaica Ave. For more information, visit kingmanor.org.

Enjoy a few Beatles songs and re-live the Beatles in 1965. Go back to their Shea Stadium Concert. Enjoy a few Beatles songs by Greater Astoria Historical Society trustee DeeAnne Gorman. 1 p.m. The movie “Help!” will be shown at 3 p.m. $5, GAHS members free. 35-20 Broadway. For more information, visit astorialic.org.

To help kick off Queens Pride week, Flushing Town Hall presents a program featuring established and up-and-coming performing artists who identify as LGBTQ and brings the event to the heart of the LGBTQ community in Jackson Heights. Artists will be selected via an open call to performing artists of all disciplines, including music, dance, spoken word/poetry, theater and performance art. 5 p.m. Free. 37th Road at 74th Street. For more information, visit flushingtownhall.org.

When was the last time you did yoga on a beach? What about on a beach in NYC?
Join OutdoorFest 2015 for some sun salutations in the sand at Rockaway Beach. Afterwards go for a swim or surf. Free. 11 a.m. to noon. Boardwalk and Beach 67th Street. For more information, visit nycgovparks.org.

Come to Smokey Oval Playground for a fun-filled day of crafts, games, inflatables, face painting, light refreshments and more. Noon to 4 p.m. 95th Avenue and 125th Street. For more information, visit nycgovparks.org.

Join Socrates Sculpture Park’s annual Long Island City Bike Parade along the waterfront. In preparation for the parade, children and their families are invited to repair their bikes with Recycle-A-Bicycle; get free helmets and fittings with the Department of Transportation; and decorate their bikes at artist-led workshops. Also bring your gently used children’s bicycle to donate or swap. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. For more information, visit nycgovarks.org.

Do you eat your fruits and vegetables? Join Queens Botanical Garden’s education staff for a tour of the garden as we explore plant parts, identify their functions, and discover which of these parts we eat. This event includes a seed planting to take home. 1 to 3 p.m. $5 per person. 43-50 Main St. For more information, visit nycgovparks.org.

Sunday, June 7

The Bayside Historical Society Annual Lawn Concert will feature a free outdoor concert from Desert Highway, a band playing the music of the Eagles, Don Henley, Joe Walsh and American Classic Rock. Attendees are welcome to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnics. 6 to 8 p.m. Crocheron Park, Cross Island Parkway and 35th Avenue.

The Forest Hills Symphony Orchestra will play works from Beethoven, Schubert, Holst and Dinicu at the Forest Hills Jewish Center. 2 p.m. $3 students and seniors, $5 general admission. 106-06 Queens Blvd. For more information, visit fhso.org.

Enjoy a fun-filled children’s day event at the Rockaway’s International Children’s Day. There will be live music, entertainment, folk dance, song performances, face painting, crafts for kids, beach games, junior rides, carnival attractions, a petting zoo, international foods, vendors and special guest appearances. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Beach 116th St. For more information, visit discoverbeach116.com.

Celebrate the 75th and 50th anniversaries of the NYC World’s Fair with a full day of free activities for all. There will be historical tours of sites that are still in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, and displaying exhibits of memorabilia. Kid-friendly events include 50-cent rides on the historic carousel, puppet shows and face painting. Enjoy cultural music and dance performances throughout the day. Different foods from around the world will be available, including Belgian waffles, which were introduced to the U.S. at the 1964 World’s Fair. 1 to 6 p.m. 111-01 Corona Ave. For more information, visit nycgovparks.org.

Roll up your sleeves and join your neighbors in volunteering to keep Queens Botanical Garden clean and green on Community Volunteer Day. This event will be led by QBG staff. Groups will participate in a variety of gardening activities. Advance registration required by Monday, June 1. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 43-50 Main St. For more information, visit queensbotanical.org.

“Historic New York: The General Slocum Disaster” walking tour will focus on the General Slocum disaster. On the morning of June 15, 1904, the steamboat General Slocum caught fire in the East River with approximately 1,300 people on board, including many children. In the course of 20 minutes an estimated 1,021 people died. It was the deadliest disaster at that time. Hear the full story about the General Slocum disaster and learn the outcomes it had for the future of boating safety. Astoria Park also allows visitors to experience a unique view of the East River. 1 to 2 p.m. Free. 19 Street and Ditmars Boulevard. For more information, visit nycgovparks.org.

Monday, June 8

Enjoy free ballroom dance lessons for people of all levels with “Dancing Under the Stars.” 6 to 7:30 p.m. Forest Park, Metropolitan Avenue and Park Lane South. For more information, visit nycgovparks.org.

Myq Kaplan presents his favorite comedians, friends, rappers, humans, robots, and/or aliens. Myq is a headlining comedian who has made multiple appearances on “Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers,” “The Tonight Show,” “Conan” and “Last Comic Standing.” 8 to 9:30 p.m. $5. QED. 27-16 23rd Ave. For more information, visit qedastoria.com.

Tuesday, June 9

Looking for a comedy show that completely rules? Every month, Grumptown brings a fresh showcase of New York’s best working comics. It’s a Tuesday night, it’s late, and it’s a blast. All hosted by genuine grumps Jake Flores, Blake Midgette and Seth Cockfield. 10 p.m. Free. Creek and the Cave, 10-93 Jackson Ave. For more information, visit creeklic.com.

Wednesday, June 10

Most comics in this city came here from somewhere else to chase a dream or run from something. Either way, we’re all New Yorkers now. But where we’re from definitely shapes our style, our attitude and our life. We’re all a little bit different, but the same because we just want to make people laugh. This monthly showcase picks comics from one particular town and lets them stretch their legs doing a longer set so we can soak up more of their hometown flavor. Hosted by Trey Galyon. 8 p.m. Free. Creek and the Cave, 10-93 Jackson Ave. For more information, visit creeklic.com.

Think you are a master of board games? Here is your chance to prove it in the ultimate smackdown of board game dominance. Badass Board Game Battle will happen every second Wednesday of the month at QED in Astoria. Up to 20 teams (two players each) will compete in quick versions of Taboo, Scattergories and Pictionary. The top teams will then compete in a sudden death version of Jenga. Winning team takes all. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. $30 gets you two tickets. QED. 27-16 23rd Ave. For more information, visit qedastoria.com.

Thursday, June 11

Come and experience close up magic with Wayne and Charlie. Superius is the world’s first rapping ventriloquist and Barbados’ Entertainment Ambassador. 5:15 to 6 p.m. Free. Forest Park, Metropolitan Avenue and Park Lane South. For more information, visit nycgovparks.org.

The Villain’s Mustache, a traditional melodrama features Tin Pan Alley show tunes and a trouble-making villain.Presented by Catskill Puppet Theater. Free. 6 to 7 p.m. Forest Park, Metropolitan Avenue and Park Lane South. For more information, visit nycgovparks.org.

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What to do in Queens this weekend and beyond


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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

Saturday, May 23

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, May 24

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, May 25

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

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

Tuesday, May 26

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

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

Wednesday, May 27

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

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

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

Thursday, May 28

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

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

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What to do in Queens this weekend and beyond


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Agnes Denes/Artist rendering

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

Saturday, May 16

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

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

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

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

Sunday, May 17

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, May 18

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

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

Tuesday, May 19

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

Wednesday, May 20

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

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

Thursday, May 21

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

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

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What to do in Queens this weekend and beyond


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Flushing Town Hall

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

Saturday, May 9

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, May 10

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, May 11

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

Tuesday, May 12

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

Wednesday, May 13

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

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

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

Thursday, May 14

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

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What to do in Queens this weekend and beyond


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Flushing Town Hall

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

SATURDAY, MAY 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SUNDAY, MAY 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MONDAY, MAY 4

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

TUESDAY, MAY 5

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

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

WEDNESDAY, MAY 6

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

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

THURSDAY, MAY 7

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

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What to do in Queens this weekend and beyond


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Flushing Town Hall

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

Saturday, April 25

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, April 26

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, April 27

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

Tuesday, April 28

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

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

Wednesday, April 29

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

Thursday, April 30

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

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

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What to do in Queens this weekend and beyond


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo: Thomas Bresson

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

SATURDAY, APRIL 18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SUNDAY, APRIL 19

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

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

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

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

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

MONDAY, APRIL 20

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

TUESDAY, APRIL 21

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

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22

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

THURSDAY, APRIL 23

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

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

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What to do in Queens this weekend and beyond


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo: Robert Munn

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

SATURDAY, APRIL 11

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

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

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

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

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

SUNDAY, APRIL 12

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MONDAY, APRIL 13

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

TUESDAY, APRIL 14

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

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15

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

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

THURSDAY, APRIL 16

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

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What to do in Queens this weekend and beyond


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of secrettheatre.com

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

SATURDAY, APRIL 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

SUNDAY, APRIL 5

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

MONDAY, APRIL 6

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

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

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

TUESDAY, APRIL 7

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

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

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8

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

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

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

THURSDAY, APRIL 9

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

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

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What to do in Queens this weekend and beyond


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo: Joanne O’Connor

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

Saturday, March 28

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

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

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

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

Sunday, March 29

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, March 30

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, March 31

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

Wednesday, April 1

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

Thursday, April 2

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

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