Contribute to the future of Flushing Meadows, take an introductory sign language class, listen to the sounds of a local band and do more at these events in Queens.
SATURDAY, FEB. 28
Step into Fort Totten and step back in time to the 19th century. Urban Park Rangers are organizing a walking tour of the tunnels of Fort Totten. The tour will also include facts about the history of the fort and how it played an important part in the city’s defense. Participants will get to visit the Endicott Batteries and Main Magazine areas of the fort. The group will meet at the visitor’s center at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28. Free. Visit www.nycgovparks.org for rules about car parking or call 718-352-1769 for more information. Cross Island Parkway between Totten Avenue and 15th Road. Enter the park at 212th Street and Cross Island Parkway.
EastRiver Ensemble is holding a workshop on Chinese music and dance at Flushing Town Hall. The musicians will take participants through the history of instruments such as the erhu (fiddle), yangqin (dulcimer), pipa (lute) and percussion, integral parts of Chinese music. The workshop begins at 1 p.m. It will followed by a performance by the ensemble in which they’ll showcase folk dance, acrobatic stunts and folk music from Dongbei and Hebei regions of north China. 2:15 p.m. Tickets for the workshop: $7/$4 children/free for members with tickets to the performance. Tickets for the performance: $13/$10 members/$8 children/$6 member children. Visit www.flushingtownhall.org to book tickets or call the box office at 718-463-7700 ext. 222. 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Children can learn to make propeller-powered cars using a simple rubber band at this workshop at the New York Hall of Science. The workshop will also teach children how small changes in their design can make the difference in the car being built for speed, distance or style. For ages 7 and older. Preregistration is required as space is limited to 12 participants per session. Go to nysci.org to book. There are two sessions: 1:30 to 3 p.m. and 3:30 to 5 p.m. Fee: $5 per adult/child pair, plus NYSCI admission/$3 per adult/child pair for members. Call 718-699-0005 for more information. 47-01 111th St.
If you are one of those fascinated by the mayor’s sign language interpreter, then this is the event for you. The Central Library in Jamaica is hosting an introductory workshop to the American Sign Language. You’ll learn fingerspelling, numbers, conversation starters and etiquette. Space is limited. 2 to 3 p.m. Call 718-990-0700 for more information. 89-11 Merrick Blvd.
SUNDAY, MARCH 1
Children can learn to make propeller-powered cars using a simple rubber band at this workshop at the New York Hall of Science. The workshop will also teach children how small changes in their design can make the difference in the car being built for speed, distance or style. For ages 7 and older. Preregistration is required as space is limited to 12 participants per session. Go to nysci.org to book. There are two sessions: 1:30 to 3 p.m. and 3:30 to 5 p.m. Fee: $5 per adult/child pair, plus NYSCI admission/ $3 per adult/child pair for members. Call 718-699-0005 for more information. 47-01 111th St.
Quintet of the Americas will perform Latin American music at the Queens Library in Flushing. The woodwind quintet will be joined by Corona Youth Orchestra students and together, they will play a new work by Harold Gutierrez, the award-winning composer. Gutierrez will also premiere his multi-media work that includes his piano-wind sextet and Latin American dances such as the tango. The performance will take place in the auditorium on the lower level of the library. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Registration not required. 41-17 Main St. Call 718-661-1200 for more information.
A group of community advisors working toward improving Flushing Meadows Corona Park is hosting a forum on the subject at the Queens Museum from 3 to 5 p.m. The World’s Park Community Forum, co-hosted with the Design Trust for Public Space and the NYC Parks Department, includes presentations and activities for everyone to interact with and contribute their ideas for improving access and connectivity to the park. Simultaneous Spanish and Mandarin interpretation will be available. The event is free but you can RSVP on Eventbrite via the link at www.queensmuseum.org/events/worlds-park-community-forum. New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Call 718-592-9700 for more details.
MONDAY, MARCH 2
The Museum of Interesting Things, a traveling exhibition of antiques and inventions, is coming to the Greater Astoria Historical Society. The exhibition explores the industrial revolution with exhibits such as the Thomas Edison cylinder phonograph, the steam engine and windup toys. Many of the displays are interactive and children will find them interesting. 7 p.m. Quinn Building, 35-20 Broadway, 4th Floor. Call 718-278-0700 for more details.
If you are a fan of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho,” then you must watch the films he made before he became a part of Hollywood. The Queens Library at Sunnyside is screening five such films over five weeks, starting today with “The Lady Vanishes” (1938). It follows a young girl on a train traveling through Europe, who is the first to realize that her fellow passenger, an elderly lady, has disappeared. 3 to 4:45 p.m. Call 718-784-3033 for more information. 43-06 Greenpoint Ave.
Scared of speaking in public? Fear not! Robin Richie is here to help. Richie, who is an independent cable television producer and on-air host, will give you the tools you need to transform into an effective and engaging public speaker. Age is no bar – the workshop is open to high school seniors, college students and professionals. Everyone will gain confidence to make their next oral presentation. 6 to 8 p.m. Central Library (Jamaica) at 89-11 Merrick Blvd. Call 718-990-0700 for more details.
TUESDAY, MARCH 3
The Civil War ended 150 years ago. Among the brave soldiers on both sides were New York’s 26th Regiment United States Colored Troops. This was the regiment that was recruited from African Americans in the state and who fought South Carolina during the Civil War. Learn more about them at the program that CHE Nautical and Enviro Edutainment has organized at the Queens Library in Langston Hughes. The program will feature actors in period costume and a model of the landscape during Civil War. 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Registration not required. Call 718-651-1100 for more information. 100-01 Northern Blvd.
Local band Single Girl Married Girl is performing at the Queens Kickshaw in Astoria. Members include Chelsey Coy (vocals), Charlie Rauh (guitar), Dan Morosi (drums) and John Gray (upright bass). The band is a pop/folk/country outfit and is working on new material that they hope will be appreciated by fans of Lucinda Williams and Sharon Von Etten. 9 to 11:30 p.m. 40-17 Broadway.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4
The Queens JazzOverGround’s monthly Jazz Clinic will take place at the Flushing Town Hall from 6 p.m. This month, the clinic will focus on Dizzy Gillespie and the birth of bebop. The workshop is open for high school students and older participants. Free. The workshop is followed by the Monthly Jazz Jam at 7 p.m. where students, jazz musicians and music educators can join the band and play together. You don’t have to play to attend. The workshop is open for listeners too. Tickets: $10/free for performers, members and students. Call 718-463-7700 for more information. 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Applications for the NYC municipal card are open, but if you are wondering how to go about applying, then this is your chance to get some assistance. The Astoria Blue Feather group and the Queens Library are hosting a workshop that will take participants through the application process. The ID card comes with many benefits, including discount coupons to cultural institutions across the city, and it can be used as a library card. Registration not required. 10 a.m. to noon. Call 718-278-2220 for more details. 14-01 Astoria Blvd.
THURSDAY, MARCH 5
An exhibition of photographer Isamu Noguchi’s images of the Jantar Mantars of Northern India is ongoing at The Noguchi Museum. The Jantar Mantars are open-air astronomical instruments that measure solar time and the paths of celestial objects. These instruments date back to 1724. Noguchi took the photos of these observatories in Delhi and Jaipur between 1949 and 1960. They offer an insight into man’s quest for knowledge that led to these scientific achievements, and the way people interact with the space in modern times. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 9-01 33rd Rd. (at Vernon Boulevard), LIC. Call 718-204-7088 for more details.
Have you applied for the NYCID card yet? The Astoria Blue Feather Group is hosting a workshop to help New Yorkers apply for the municipal ID card at the Queens Library in Astoria. The official ID card can be used as a library card and comes with numerous discount coupons to various cultural institutions and other benefits. 6 to 8 p.m. Call 718-278-2220 for more details. 14-01 Astoria Blvd.
If the recently released “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie left you yawning, then this play is right up your alley. “Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody” is playing at the Colden Auditorium of the Kupferberg Center for the Arts. As the name indicates, the comedy is a parody of the “Fifty Shades of Grey” book series. The performance has original musical numbers and hilarious surprises. Tickets: $25-$45; book them online at kupferbergcenter.org or by calling the box office at 718-793-8080. 8 to 9:30 p.m. 65-30 Kissena Blvd.