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.