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.