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What to do in Queens this weekend and beyond


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of World Ice Arena

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

Saturday, Dec. 20

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, Dec. 21

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, Dec. 22

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

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

Tuesday, Dec. 23

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

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

Wednesday, Dec. 24

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

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What to do in Queens this weekend and beyond


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of MoMA PS1

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

SATURDAY, DEC. 13

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

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

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

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

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

SUNDAY, DEC. 14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MONDAY, DEC. 15

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

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

TUESDAY, DEC. 16

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

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

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

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 17

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

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

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

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

THURSDAY, DEC. 18

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

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

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What to do in Queens this weekend and beyond


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Experience a part of Queens history, stroll through a Christmas fair, attend a tree lighting and find more ways to celebrate the holiday season with these events throughout the borough.

Saturday, Dec. 6

The All Saints’ Church is hosting a Christmas Fair. Attendees can expect to shop from vendors with new merchandise, take photos with Santa Claus and participate in a raffle. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 214-35 40th Ave.

St. Josaphat’s R.C. Church of Bayside will hold a Christmas Craft Sale plus Polish Meat and Bake Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Parish Hall. 35th Avenue and 210th Street. Call Steve at 718-224-3052 for more information.

The Museum of the Moving Image is hosting a Moving Image Studio workshop where children 7 years and older can make projects such as flipbooks and computer animations and video games, and handle movie equipment such as projectors and film strips. Children between the ages of 7 and 12 need to be accompanied by an adult, while children above the age of 12 can attend the workshop on their own. The workshop, between noon and 5 p.m., is free with museum admission. 36-01 35th Ave. Call 718-777-6888 for more information.

Forest Park officials are organizing a Holiday Happening that promises to be loads of fun for children. The event will host craft activities, games and music. Organizers are promising a prominent personality will attend the event, but it’s a surprise! The event will take place between noon and 3 p.m. at George Seuffert Bandshell in Forest Park. Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive. For more details, email debby.kuha@parks.nyc.gov or call 718-235-4100.

The Queens Museum is hosting a series of events to mark the 25th annual Day With(out) Art. There will be screenings of films about the HIV/AIDS epidemic, an open mic, a workshop on the basics of vogueing, and a community dialogue around an object. Voces Latinas will offer HIV testing. All events are free and open to the public. For complete schedule and more details, visit queensmuseum.org or call 718-592-9700. Noon to 5:30 p.m. New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Children aged 6 years and older can learn to make holiday lanterns at the New York Hall of Science. They will learn how to construct a paper circuit for an LED light and use various materials to build the lantern itself. Preregistration required for this recurring event. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. 47-01 111th St.

Sunday, Dec. 7

St. Josaphat’s R.C. Church of Bayside will hold a Christmas Craft Sale plus Polish Meat and Bake Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Parish Hall. 35th Avenue and 210th Street. Call Steve at 718-224-3052 for more information.

Temple Tikvah of New Hyde Park is hosting its annual Holiday Fair. Visitors can expect a range of items for children and adults at reasonable prices, handcrafted jewelry, toys, books and gift items. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 3315 Hillside Ave. Call 516-746-1120 for more details.

Light up on the longest night of the year. The Queens Botanical Garden is organizing a tree lighting event with activities for the entire family. There will be live musical performances, arts and crafts tables, a Holiday Marketplace with special sales and a Santa Claus ready to pose for photos. The event is free and will take place between 1 and 5 p.m. The tree will be lit at 4:45 p.m. Call 718-886-3800 for more information. 43-50 Main St.

Teaching Artist Paul Lambermont will lead a workshop at the Queens Museum that will focus on the exhibition Anonymous: Contemporary Tibetan Art. The exhibition includes drawings, paintings and other artwork. Participants will take a close look at this art work and the symbols embedded in them, and then create their own paintings and collages. The event will take place at the Rubin Gallery (tour) and the Main Atrium (art making) from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. It’s free and RSVP is not required. New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

The Vienna Boys Choir will bring the spirit of the Christmas season alive when they perform their holiday concert at the Kupferberg Center for the Arts. The concert will include classical music, traditional Christmas carols, songs from around the world and popular music. Tickets $20 – $30. 3 to 4:30 p.m. Colden Auditorium. 65-30 Kissena Blvd.

Monday, Dec. 8

“Jack and the Beanstalk” is a tale for children of all ages, and the Queens Library is making Jack even more endearing to children. The Auburndale location is hosting a funny but action-packed show that will feature handcrafted shadow puppets to tell Jack’s adventures. Registration not required. 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. 25-55 Francis Lewis Blvd.

Teenagers are introduced to the fast-paced beats of African music at this workshop at Queens Library for Teens in Far Rockaway. The workshop will explore the connections between music from Africa, hip-hop and Latin music. 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. 2002 Cornaga Ave.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Adult participants in Cristina Cipriani’s workshop will learn to paint on glass and make their own colorful trinkets. Space is limited so preregistration is required. The workshop runs from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Call 718-429-4700 for more information. 54-22 Skillman Ave.

The Queens Library of Douglaston/Little Neck is hosting a holiday concert to mark Hanukkah and Christmas. Irene Failenbogen will perform at this hour-long concert. Light refreshments will be served. 4 p.m. 249-01 Northern Blvd.

Come participate in a wheelchair basketball open gym at the Al Oerter Recreation Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Participants – adults and seniors – must be physically challenged but able to use a sports wheelchair. Sports chairs will be available at the center. NYC Parks membership is required of all participants. For more information, call 718-353-7853 or email david.deas@parks.nyc.gov. 8 to 9 p.m. 131-40 Fowler Ave.

Wednesday, Dec. 10

The Alley Creek Watershed Project is holding its third community meeting to discuss the plans to develop the watershed. The meeting will discuss how previous concerns of the community have been taken into consideration and changes incorporated in the plan. It starts at 6 p.m. at the Alley Pond Park Environmental Center. 228-06 Northern Blvd. For more information call 212-360-1446 or email vjeko.matic@parks.nyc.gov.

The Stevenson Regular Democratic Club is hosting its 48th Annual Dinner Dance. The event will honor four prominent citizens: Thomas P. DiNapoli, the New York State Comptroller; James Bua, Local Union No. 3 I.B.E.W; Irene Baker, senior vice president, government affairs, Madison Square Garden; and Sharon Banks, librarian, Pomonok branch of the Queens Borough Public Library. Tickets to the dance cost $100 per person. 6:30 p.m. Douglaston Manor, 63-20 Marathon Parkway.

Thursday, Dec. 11

The Queens Botanical Garden is hosting a workshop on the benefits of composting with a worm bin. The workshop is mainly aimed at children and teachers, as it will introduce children to concepts of biology and recycling. It will also teach how attendees can set up worm bins and maintain them. Registration is required and can be done by calling 718-539-5296 or emailing compost@queensbotanical.org. Cost: $5 per person. 6 to 8 p.m.

Recovery International is hosting free meetings for people suffering from mental issues such as anxiety, stress and depression, among others. The meetings are safe and confidential places for sufferers to get help and advice on how to cope with these issues. The meeting is open to all and will be held at the Forest Hills location of the Queens Library. 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. 108-19 71st Ave.

Sunday, Dec. 7

Tour Chinatown in Flushing and experience the transformation the area has undergone in the past four decades with official Queens historian Jack Eichenbaum. The walking tour will explain how rezoning and greater land availability has led to real estate developments. No RSVP required. Tickets $15. The group will meet at the second floor of the New World Mall, opposite the restrooms, at 11 a.m. Enter the mall on the south side of Roosevelt Avenue just uphill from the Main Street station of the 7 train. Visit http://www.geognyc.com/ or email jaconet@aol.com for more information.

Seven historic sites in the borough are participating in the 27th Annual Holiday Historic House Tour on Dec. 7. The sites are as follows: Kingsland Homestead, Voelker Orth Museum, Lewis H. Latimer House Museum, The Friends Meeting House, Flushing Town Hall, The Bowne House and The Louis Armstrong House Museum. The tour will tell participants about the historic significance of each of these sites. There will also be special activities and refreshments. The tour runs between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. but attendees are free to choose which landmarks they wish to see. Tickets are $20 presale/$25 at the door day of the event/ $10 for children under 12. Buy them at https://holidayhousetour2014.eventbrite.com. For more information, call 718-939-0647 or email info@queenshistoricalsociety.org.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

The Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center is screening “Sophie Scholl: The Final Days” (2005) at 1 p.m. It tells the story of Scholl, 21, a member of White Rose, an anti-Nazi non-violent student resistance group in the 1940s, who was executed for treason in 1943. The German film won the Silver Bear awards for Best Director and Best Actress at the Berlinale in 2005. 222-05 56th Ave.

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What to do in Queens this weekend and beyond


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Queens Library

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

Saturday, Nov. 29

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, Nov. 30

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

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

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

Monday, Dec. 1

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

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

Tuesday, Dec. 2

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

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

Wednesday, Dec. 3

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

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

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

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

Thursday, Dec. 4

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

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

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What to do this weekend in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of the Queensborough Performing Arts Center

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

Saturday, Oct. 11

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, Oct. 12

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

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

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

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

What to do this weekend in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Charmainezoe via Flickr

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

Saturday, Oct. 4

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, Oct. 5

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

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

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

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

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

What to do this weekend in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Lamont Dottin Foundation

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

Saturday, Sept. 27

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Sunday, Sept. 28

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

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

Saturdays and Sundays

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

Through Nov. 1

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

What to do this weekend in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Saturday, August 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Sunday, August 3

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

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

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

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

Saturdays 

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

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

Sundays

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

Through August 31 

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

What to do this weekend in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Saturday, July 26

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, July 27

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

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

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

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

Saturdays 

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

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

Sundays

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

Through August 31 

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

What to do this weekend in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Saturday, July 19  

Listen to Dr. Zsa’s Powdered Zydeco Band at the Queens Library at Cambria Heights at 1p.m. Dr. Zsa’s Powdered Zydeco Band’s repertoire includes Cajun folk, zydeco, New Orleans funk, swamp pop, and the band’s own unique take on pop covers and adaptations of Appalachian folk music. It’s Mardi Gras all the time when Dr. Zsa plays. The audience learns the zydeco and Cajun moves during a quick dance lesson at the start. For more information about the band, visit doctorzsa.com. The event is suggested for ages 7 and up. The library is located at 218-13 Linden Blvd.

Kaplan Test Prep and the Teen Space at Central Library will administer a practice Specialized High School Aptitude Test so students can get a taste of what the actual exam will entail at the Central Library at Jamaica from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration through Kaplan is required. Go to Kaptest.com/SHSATPractice, click on the “register” link, enter your home ZIP code, find the test offered at Central Library and register from there.

Between noon and 7 p.m., come raise a glass and celebrate the 50th and 75th anniversaries of the New York World’s Fairs at the Queens Botanical Garden’s (QBG) inaugural Botanical Brew Fest, where there will be a large selection of international and local craft beers available for tasting. Enjoy a selection of 50+ craft beer from 20 local and international breweries as well as food, garden tours and music. QBG’s Brew Fest will be held over two sessions; the first one from noon to 3 p.m. and the other from 4 to 7 p.m. Tickets are required for admission and are $45 if purchased before July 18 and $50 at the door. Only those aged 21 and over are permitted to attend. Tickets are available on Eventbrite here.

The Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter, offers a monthly support group in Mandarin Chinese for people caring for a person with Alzheimer’s or any of the other dementias. The support group is a secure and safe place to share your experiences. The event is located at the Flushing Library at 41-17 Main St. from 3 to 5 p.m.

Starting July 19, Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan’s office will hold Saturday office hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to help residents apply for the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) Program. On July 1, 2014, the household income for the SCRIE Program will rise from $29,000 to $50,000. To qualify for the program you must be at least 62 years old, rent an apartment that is rent controlled, rent stabilized or hotel stabilized, have a combined household income that is $50,000 or less and rent an apartment that costs more than one-third of your household income. Contact Diane Ballek in the Sunnyside District office at 718-784-3194 to make an appointment. The office is located at 41-02 Queens Blvd., Suite 2B.

Teen rock duo VESSIO will be performing at Queens Theatre in the Park from 7 to 10 p.m.  in support of their upcoming self-titled debut album. This has been a long journey for siblings Misia and Dante Vessio. Dante, 15, has held his dual role as front man and guitarist for the powerhouse band and since he was 9. Misia, 18, the drumming force behind VESSIO, has been featured on the show “You Play Like a Girl,” hosted by rocker Samantha Maloney. VESSIO recently competed on “Next Great Family Band,” finishing second at the end of the season. The brother and sister duo promises to put on a performance that won’t disappoint as they bring their dynamic energy and power to a killer set and introduce VESSIO to the world.

Watch a live stream of the Mets as they play against the Padres, eat a specially prepared dinner, sleep at Citi Field Stadium under the stars and eat a buffet breakfast the next morning! The “Citi Field Sleepover” starts at 4 p.m. and is $200. Go on newyork.mets.mlb.com or call 718-507-6387 for more information. The stadium is located at 123-01 Roosevelt Ave.

At 2 p.m., listen to Bria Skonberg Quartet, a powerhouse combination of emerging talent in the New York jazz scene. Bria has created a style rooted in hot jazz, world percussion, soul and modern effects for her album “Into Your Own.” She brings with her bassist Sean Cronin, a free-spirited musical mastermind. Come hear them at the Louis Armstrong House Museum at 24-57 107th St.

Listen to Robert Hood, Objekt, Rrose, Vatican Shadow (live), Container (live) and Young Male at MoMA PS1 at 22-25 Jackson Ave. The techno concert starts at 3 p.m. and is $20 ($18 in advance). Contact 718-784-2084 or momaps1.org for more information. You can take the G train to 21st Street or the 7 train to Hunters Point Ave.

Sunday, July 20

Attend an evening of cultural spirituality with music, dance and pooja at the Mahalakshmi Temple at 121-14 101st Ave. The event is called the “Bhakti Sangama – An Interfaith Collective” and starts at 3 p.m.

Visual artist members of Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts show their work in “Annual Members Exhibition: A Perfect Celebration – Artists Commemorate Flushing Council’s 35th Anniversary” from noon to 5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday from July 13 to August 17. Suggested admission is $4 and members and students are free. The event is located at Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.

SummerStage Kids presented by Disney presents Queens Family Day, a day dedicated to introducing children to the Louis Armstrong songbook and the world of jazz music with performances from two critically acclaimed organizations including dance performances from celebrated tap dancer and choreographer Rashida Bumbray. Families will also have the opportunity to participate in interactive music and dance workshops, face painting and more! The event is from 4 to 7 p.m. and is located at the Queensbridge Park at 21st Street.

“Music at Mary’s Nativity” presents “The Magic of the Baroque!” Spend a magical afternoon listening to heavenly masterpieces by some of the greatest composers ever including Handel, Bach and others. The acclaimed Revelations Quintet featuring soprano Candace Lynn Matthews will bring their musical mastery to the exquisite setting of Mary’s Nativity Church at 4 p.m. The acclaimed Revelations Quintet is rapidly emerging as one of the most exciting ensembles in the classical music world. This inspiring young ensemble, founded by their visionary music director and harpsichordist/organist John Wolfe, regularly performs the masterworks of the Baroque repertoire. Tickets event are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. For more information call 718-359-5996 or go on www.johnwolfemusic.com. The church is located at 46-02 Parsons Blvd.

Saturdays 

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

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

Sundays

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

Through August 31 

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

What to do this weekend in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Saturday, June 7

The Friends of the Ridgewood Library will be hosting “Fun Day at the Ridgewood Library” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be free face painting for children, a visit by Bobo the Hobo, Ridgewood’s most Famous Clown, hot dogs, cupcakes, brownies, soda and water for sale, musical entertainment, a flea market with nearly 30 tables of new and gently used items and more. The Ridgewood Library is located on Madison Street between Fairview and Forest avenues. There will be no rain date.

Come to the Lawrence Cemetery at the corner of 216th Street and 42nd Avenue at noon to join the Long Island Seekers Club as they guide participants through a live investigation explaining the tools and techniques used to discover paranormal activity. The event will be rescheduled if it rains. The cost is $8 for Bayside Historical Society members and $10 for non-BHS members.

Free food will be distributed to those who are in need at the grand opening of the Greater Springfield Community Church’s Food Pantry Ministry from 9 to 10 a.m., while supplies last. The Food Pantry will be serving the community every first Saturday of the month between 9 and 10 a.m. The Church is located at 177-06 129th Ave., Jamaica and can be reached at 718-527-0100.

St. Josaphat’s Roman Catholic Church will host a rummage sale plus ethnic Polish bake sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The bake sale is located at the Parish Hall, 35th Avenue and 210th Street, Bayside, and there is plenty of free parking. For more information call Steve at 718-224-3052.

A Defensive Driving Course for insurance and point reductions will be given at Our Lady of Fatima Church in Jackson Heights, 25-02 80th St., from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information and registration call 631-360-9720. The cost is $45.

Mount Sinai Queens and the United Community Civic Association will host their Annual Community Health Fair. The fair will feature free health screenings, refreshments and giveaways. The event will have fun activities for kids to participate in such as face painting, balloons, a bouncy castle, clowns and free treats. Admission to the fair is free, and the fair is located at the Most Precious Blood Church at 32-23 36th St. in Astoria.

Our Lady’s Catholic Academy at 109-55 128th St., South Ozone Park, will host the second annual Culture Fest. The festival will feature multicultural music and dances from various cultures, fun games, amusement park rides, food vendors, raffles and much more. Free admission. CultureFest is from noon to 8:00 p.m.

For adults that need a daily dose of laughter, the Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps presents “Laughter is the Best Medicine,” a comedy show fundraising event. The event will also have a live auction by Marc Zakarin.

All the proceeds benefit the Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps. General admission is $20. Tickets are available in person at Royal Collectables located on 96-01 Metropolitan Ave., Forest Hills, or online at www.comedytogoinc.com. The event will be held at 8 p.m. at the Grace Lutheran Church at 103-15 Union Turnpike, Forest Hills. For more information call 718-793-2055.

Sunday, June 8

Take a trip back in time and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1964 World’s Fair at Flushing Meadows Corona Park by riding vintage subway cars like the “Redbirds” and “Bluebirds” to popular summer destinations like Mets-Willets Point. The event, “Nostalgia Ride: Peace Through Understanding,” will begin at 11 a.m. and go until 4 p.m. Admission prices are as follows for non-members: $50 for adults and $25 for children ages 2 to 17. Tickets for New York Transit Museum members are $35 each for adults and $20 for children. You can purchase tickets on 51281.blackbaudhosting.com/51281/Peace-Through-Understanding-Queens-Worlds-Fair-Site-and-Park. Contact Eli Rumpf at 718-694-4915 for more information.

Surprise the little ones with a visit to the Alley Pond Environmental Center’s Adventure Hour. The event will feature live baby animals, a nature walk, games, songs, crafts and more. The program is for children who are 18 to 36 months. General admission is $16 per child. The event will be held at the Alley Pond Environmental Center located at 228-06 Northern Blvd. in Douglaston from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. Seating is limited and pre-registration is required. For more information please call 718-229-4000 or visit www.alleypond.com.

Forest Hills Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 50th anniversary by playing the works of Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Schubert, Ivanovici, Waldteufel and Vivaldi. The event will be located in 106-06 Queens Blvd. at the Forest Hills Jewish Center and will begin at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for seniors. Visit www.fhso.org for more information.

The Sixth Annual Kew Gardens Kids in the Park free event is being held from 11:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the Kew Gardens Cinema Park. This event will feature arts and crafts where children can create their own masterpieces to take home, face painting, story time and much more. The Kew Gardens Cinema Park is located at between Austin Street and Lefferts Boulevard in Kew Gardens. In case of rain, the event will take place on Saturday, June 21.

Saturdays 

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

Sundays

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

Through June 15

The San-Francisco-based artist Jim Campbell, best known for his evocative low resolution works, is the subject of a major solo exhibition at the Museum of the Moving Image, spanning his 30-year career and featuring over 20 installations. The works range from early experimental film, interactive works, and low-resolution videos to large-scale sculptural installations. An innovator in the use of technology, Campbell integrates and manipulates computers and custom electronics into visually arresting artworks. The Museum of the Moving Image is located at 35-01 35th Avenue, Astoria. For more information, call 718-777-6888.

Through August 31 

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

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Saturday, May 31

Book lovers will enjoy a free Book Extravaganza hosted by the Greater Astoria Historical Society. A large selection of new and used books of various genres will be on display, as well as DVDs and T-shirts. The event will last from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 35-20 Broadway in Long Island City.

A Defensive Driving Course for insurance benefits and point reductions will be given at the American Martyrs Church of Bayside, 79-43 Bell Blvd. in Bayside from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For information and registration call 631-360-9720. The cost is $45.

In an effort to help find homes for hundreds of loving pets, the Queens no-kill adoption center, Bobbi & the Strays, in partnership with Maddie’s® Pet Adoption Days, will participate in the biggest free adoption event in the country. Bobbi & the Strays Queens Adoption Center located at Atlas Mall 80-36 Cooper Ave., Glendale, is a 100 percent no-kill animal rescue organization. The event will last from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. To learn more call 718-326-6070 or visit www.bobbiandthestrays.org.

Sneaker lovers should venture to the Sole Insanity Sneaker Event to buy, sell and trade sneakers. DJ Bobby Trends from Hot 97 will be blasting jams throughout the day, and over 150 vendors are expected to barter. Admission will be $25, and $100 to set up a table for trading. The event will occur from noon to 6 p.m.

Broadway aficionados should come out to Trinity Lutheran Church as the Astoria Symphonic Choir performs a melody of classics from Broadway plays such as “My Fair Lady,” “Guys and Dolls,” “The Sound of Music,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Damn Yankees,” “Anything Goes” and “West Side Story.” Tickets can be purchased in advance for $15-20 or $20-25 at the door. The church is located at 31-18 37th St., and the event begins at 8 p.m.

Those who enjoy Turkish food will enjoy the Second Annual Turkish Food Fair and Contest. The Turkish Cultural Center of Queens will bring a variety of Turkish food, drink and hospitality. First prize will be awarded $250 and second place $150. Admission is $25; $10 for children 7 to 15. The event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Sunnyside Community Services Center, located at 43-31 39th St. in Sunnyside.

The American Bolero Dance Company presents “Gabriela Granados: Retroperspectiva,” a spectacular showcase of Spanish culture. It details the flamenco dance, Spanish classics and zarzuelas. General admission is $28, $20 for seniors and $12 for members/students. The event will be held at 8 p.m. at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, located at 35-12 35th Ave. in Astoria.

Sunday, June 1 

The critically acclaimed Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, in partnership with Flushing Town Hall, presents a staged reading of “A DREAM OF RED PAVILIONS,” a world premiere adapted by Jeremy Tiang from the classic Chinese novel by Cao Xueqin, co-directed by Tisa Chang and Lu Yu. The cost is $10, and $5 for members and students. The event will take place at 4 p.m. at the Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Blvd. in Flushing. For more information, visit www.flushingtownhall.org or call 718-463-7700 x222.

St. Raphael’s Church will host an outdoor flea market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can reserve a ten-foot space to sell personal goods for $30. The church is located at 35-20 Greenpoint Ave. in Long Island City. For more information call 718-729-8957.

At 3 p.m., the Caribbean American Repertory Theatre honors South Africa with an award-winning play depicting the inhumanity of the apartheid system, “Sizwe Bansi is Dead.” The play costs $20 and takes place at the L. Charles Gray Theater, located at the Presbyterian Church of St. Albans, 190-04 119th Ave., St. Albans. For more information, call 718-454-4234.

The Queens Theater’s rendition of “Peter Pan” explores the journey of children in turn-of-the-century London who use their imaginations to reenact the story of Peter Pan. The cost of the play is $14, or purchase a Family Series Flex Pass for $100 (10 tickets to use however you want). The curtains will open at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., and the theater is located at 14 United Nations Ave. S. in Flushing Meadows.

Celebrate Polish culture, art and food at Poland’s International Children’s Day. The event will feature more than 30 vendors and stalls, live music and entertainment, folk dance and song performances, face-painting, crafts, rides and a petting zoo. The event is free and will take place from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the beach on 116th St. in Rockaway Beach.

The Museum of the Moving Image is honoring Kenji Mizoguchi (1898–1956), who produced 85 films that spanned the silent and sound eras in Japan, by showing three of her movies.“The Crucified Lovers” (2 p.m.) is about an apprentice scrollmaker who attempts to help his master’s wife out of a delicate financial situation, and as a result the two end up on the lam together. “Victory of Women” (4:30 p.m.) depicts a female lawyer who takes up the case of a recently widowed woman who killed her baby rather than raise it amid poverty and plundering. “My Love Burns” (7 p.m.) illustrates the feminist adage that “the personal is political.” Trailing a friend who has been sold into slavery, Eiko relocates to Tokyo, where she works with the progressive party and falls in love with its leader. She suffers untold brutality for the cause, but when the progressives come into power, the issue of women’s rights has been forgotten. The Museum is located at 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria. Cost is free upon admission to the museum.

Saturdays 

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

Sundays

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

Through May 25

Noguchi’s Early Drawings bears out his confidence. Each of the drawings on view reveals a very different facet of his quest to form a unique artistic identity in the years following his apprenticeship with Brancusi.  The selection of drawings on view covers exercises from the life drawing classes he took at Academie Collarosi and L’Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris in 1927, as well as his distillations of signature strains of Modernism he encountered in Paris and New York.  The Noguchi Muesum is located at 9-01 33rd Road at Vernon Boulevard.  For more information call 718-204-7088.

Through June 15

The San-Francisco-based artist Jim Campbell, best known for his evocative low resolution works, is the subject of a major solo exhibition at the Museum of the Moving Image, spanning his 30-year career and featuring over 20 installations. The works range from early experimental film, interactive works, and low-resolution videos to large-scale sculptural installations. An innovator in the use of technology, Campbell integrates and manipulates computers and custom electronics into visually arresting artworks. The Museum of the Moving Image is located at 35-01 35th Avenue, Astoria. For more information, call 718-777-6888.

Through August 31 

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

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What to do this weekend in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Saturday, May 24

An evening of South American voices featuring smooth Latin jazz and a first look at Afro-Peruvian music will be held 7 p.m. at the New York Hall of Science (47-01 111th St., Corona). The cost of the event is $15.

In Flushing, there will be two ensembles performing Latin jazz, with a dance floor for those looking to bust a move. The event will begin at 7 p.m.FlushingTown Hall, located at137-35 Northern Blvd.The cost is $15, or $10 for members and students.

For children ages 5 and 6 interested in insects and caterpillars, the Alley Pond Environmental Center is hosting an event called “Crazy For Caterpillars.” Youngsters will search the trail for munched leaves, creeping caterpillars and hanging chrysalises. Children will also have the chance to take home their very own caterpillar and watch it turn into a beautiful butterfly. Since there are only 12 spots for the event, pre-registration is required, and can be done by calling 718-229-4000. The cost is $24 per child. The event will last from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., and the address of the Center is 228-06 Northern Blvd. in Douglaston.

The Alley Pond Environmental Center will also host a program for children ages 6 to 11 called “Safari.” The program will include a wildlife walk outside, and will take place rain or shine, so dress accordingly and wear comfortable shoes. Participants are strongly encouraged to use bug spray as well. Pre-registration is required since only eight slots are open, so call 718-229-4000 to reserve a space. The cost is $12 per child. The event will last from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., and will take place at 228-06 Northern Blvd. in Douglaston.

Hear some traditional and groundbreaking jazz as Carol Sudhalter and the Astoria Big Band perform from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Sunnyside Reformed Church, located at 48-03 Skillman Ave.in Sunnyside. Admission is free.

Sunday, May 25

The Latin American Cultural Center of Queens and the Sunday to Remember program will collaborate to present their Mother’s Day Concert with “An Afternoon of Tangos.” The Quintet of America will perform its newly rehearsed dance, “Tango for a Cold Wintry Day,” by Lev Zhurbin. The woodwind quintet will also perform works by tango masters Astor Piazzolla, Paquito D’Rivera, Matos Rodríguez, Mariano Mores and Sebastian Piana. Space is expected to be limited, so call 718-261-7664 or email LACCQ@aol.com to reserve a spot. The event will begin at 2:30 p.m. at El Paraiso, 102-11 42nd Ave., Corona. The groups would greatly appreciate a $5 donation at the door.

Councilman Eric Ulrich and America Works of New York will sponsor a Veterans’ Job Fair for all veterans of the United States military. Veterans will have the opportunity to interview with employers on the spot and should bring their résumés. The job fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Russo’s on the Bay, located at 162-45 Cross Bay Blvd. in Howard Beach.

Saturday, May 24 – Monday, 26

Train enthusiasts should head over to the Queens Botanical Gardens this weekend for a World’s Fair Train Show. Among plenty of displays, a fully working “G” scale model train will be meandering throughout the Garden. While the event will last the entire three-day weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., there will be face-painting, games, train rides, vendors, and a musical performance by John Yao and his 17-piece band only on Saturday, May 24. The Garden is located at 45-50 Main Street in Flushing.

Saturdays 

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

Sundays

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

Through May 25

Noguchi’s Early Drawings bears out his confidence. Each of the drawings on view reveals a very different facet of his quest to form a unique artistic identity in the years following his apprenticeship with Brancusi.  The selection of drawings on view covers exercises from the life drawing classes he took at Academie Collarosi and L’Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris in 1927, as well as his distillations of signature strains of Modernism he encountered in Paris and New York.  The Noguchi Muesum is located at 9-01 33rd Road at Vernon Boulevard.  For more information call 718-204-7088.

Through June 15

The San-Francisco-based artist Jim Campbell, best known for his evocative low resolution works, is the subject of a major solo exhibition at the Museum of the Moving Image, spanning his 30-year career and featuring over 20 installations. The works range from early experimental film, interactive works, and low-resolution videos to large-scale sculptural installations. An innovator in the use of technology, Campbell integrates and manipulates computers and custom electronics into visually arresting artworks. The Museum of the Moving Image is located at 35-01 35th Avenue, Astoria. For more information, call 718-777-6888.

Through August 31 

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

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What to do this weekend in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Saturday, May 17

There will be a job fair for people seeking work at retailers and restaurants in the Atlas Park mall on Saturday, May 17, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., adjacent to Payless Shoes.  There will be full-time, part-time and seasonal opportunities available. Great for teens. Please bring résumés. The Shops at Atlas Park are located at 80th Street and Cooper Avenue in Glendale.

The Bayside Historical Society hosts a children’s archeology workshop from noon to 2 p.m.  Become a Dirt Detective in the new “Digging Up the Past” archeology room, a hands-on, interactive space for the curious. Reservations required: 718-352-1548. Suggested ages: fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders.  Admission: $8 (caregivers free when accompanying children).

There will be a bike-riding lesson for kids at the George U. Harvey Park Hockey Rink at 20th Avenue and the Whitestone Expressway from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The classes teach a safe, easy, effective method to learn to ride. “Balance first” teaches kids the basics: balancing, starting, stopping and steering.  Participants must bring their own bikes and helmets.  Pre-registration is required.  To register, please visit Bike New York’s webpage.

The Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement will be holding its Annual Spring Arts Festival on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.  The festival, which is free and open to the public, celebrates the artistic talents of the youth in our community and includes children’s art displays, a gallery for local artists and family-friendly entertainment including face-painting, live music and performances, homemade food dishes and local vendors. The event will be held 10-25 41st Ave., LIC.

 Sunday, May 18

The Forest Park Classic Four-Mile Road and Trail Race, presented by Forest Park Runners Club, begins at 10 a.m. at the Victory Field track at Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive. For further information go to www.forestparkrunners.org  or contact Frank Gallo at fgallo813@verizon.net or 718-296-4015.

The Rockwood Park Jewish Center announces a day trip to the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, departing at 8:30 a.m. from 84th Street and 157th Avenue.  Donation $40, give back $30. Non-stop, reserved seating. For reservations, contact Phyllis at 718-848-5791.

Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18

The New York Landmarks Conservancy is holding its fourth annual Sacred Sites Open House Weekend on May 17 and May 18. Culturally important religious institutions open their doors to the public and introduce people to remarkable art and architecture they would not normally have the opportunity to explore. The theme of this year’s open house is Sacred Sites and the Community: How Immigration and Migration Shape New York and will focus on the rich histories and extraordinary contributions of New York City’s diverse immigrant communities. Five Queens houses of worship are participating: Church of the Resurrection: 85-09 118th St., Kew Gardens, May 17, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.; First Presbyterian Church of Newtown: 54-05 Seabury St., Elmhurst, May 17, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and May 18, 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.; Grace Episcopal Church: 155-15 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, May 17, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.; St. Joan of Arc Parish: 82-00 35th Ave., Jackson Heights, May 17, 4 – 5:45 p.m. and May 18, 4:30 – 5:45 p.m.; and St. Matthias Roman Catholic Church, 58-15 Catalpa Ave., Ridgewood, May 17, 3 – 5 p.m. and May 18, 1 – 4 p.m.

Saturdays 

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

Sundays

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

Through May 18

The Cirque Du Soleil is back at Citi Field. Emerge yourself in Amaluna, a mysterious island governed by goddesses, guided by the moons cycles, and enchanted by an emotional story of love put to the test.  Tickets go from $45- $145.  Citi Field is located at 123-01 Roosevelt Avenue, Flushing.

Through May 25

Noguchi’s Early Drawings bears out his confidence. Each of the drawings on view reveals a very different facet of his quest to form a unique artistic identity in the years following his apprenticeship with Brancusi.  The selection of drawings on view covers exercises from the life drawing classes he took at Academie Collarosi and L’Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris in 1927, as well as his distillations of signature strains of Modernism he encountered in Paris and New York.  The Noguchi Muesum is located at 9-01 33rd Road at Vernon Boulevard.  For more information call 718-204-7088.

Through June 15

The San-Francisco-based artist Jim Campbell, best known for his evocative low resolution works, is the subject of a major solo exhibition at the Museum of the Moving Image, spanning his 30-year career and featuring over 20 installations. The works range from early experimental film, interactive works, and low-resolution videos to large-scale sculptural installations. An innovator in the use of technology, Campbell integrates and manipulates computers and custom electronics into visually arresting artworks. The Museum of the Moving Image is located at 35-01 35th Avenue, Astoria. For more information, call 718-777-6888.

Through August 31 

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

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Saturdays 

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

Sundays

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

Through May 18

The Cirque Du Soleil is back at Citi Field. Emerge yourself in Amaluna, a mysterious island governed by goddesses, guided by the moons cycles, and enchanted by an emotional story of love put to the test.  Tickets go from $45- $145.  Citi Field is located at 123-01 Roosevelt Avenue, Flushing.

Through May 25

Noguchi’s Early Drawings bears out his confidence. Each of the drawings on view reveals a very different facet of his quest to form a unique artistic identity in the years following his apprenticeship with Brancusi.  The selection of drawings on view covers exercises from the life drawing classes he took at Academie Collarosi and L’Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris in 1927, as well as his distillations of signature strains of Modernism he encountered in Paris and New York.  The Noguchi Muesum is located at 9-01 33rd Road at Vernon Boulevard.  For more information call 718-204-7088.

Through June 15

The San-Francisco-based artist Jim Campbell, best known for his evocative low resolution works, is the subject of a major solo exhibition at the Museum of the Moving Image, spanning his 30-year career and featuring over 20 installations. The works range from early experimental film, interactive works, and low-resolution videos to large-scale sculptural installations. An innovator in the use of technology, Campbell integrates and manipulates computers and custom electronics into visually arresting artworks. The Museum of the Moving Image is located at 35-01 35th Avenue, Astoria. For more information, call 718-777-6888.

Through August 31 

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

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What to do this weekend in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Marxfest

 Saturday, May 10

There will be bike-riding lesson for kids at the 108th Street Hockey Rink in Rockaway Beach from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The classes teach a safe, easy, effective method to learn to ride.  “Balance first” teaches kids the basics: balancing, starting, stopping and steering.  Participants must bring their own bikes and helmets.  Pre-registration is required.  To register, please visit Bike New York’s webpage.

Kissena Park Civic Association (KPCA) is organizing an art competition under Kissena Park’s canopy of trees and plants. The competition is divided into three age groups: under 12, 12 to 18, and 18 and above.  The time allocation for creating art work is an hour and half. The topic will be given on the day of the event. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. To avoid long lines, we encourage all participants to pre-register. Call KPCA at 917-488-3386 or email at hc16846@yahoo.com. A3 paper size (11×17) will be supplied by KPCA.  All other supplies and materials such as easels/boards, colors, pencils, paintbrushes, etc. and seating arrangements (blanket/chair) are participants’ responsibility.  Please use the park entrance on 164th Street and Oak Avenue. Rain Date is Saturday, May 17.

Writer/performer Trav S.D. wll give a talk at the Greater Astoria Historical Society at 1:30 p.m. called “Anarchy in Astoria: The Making of the Marx Brothers’ First Two Movies” as a part of the citywide Marx Brothers festival, Marxfest. Tickets: $10 ($5 for GAHS members). Details on the talk are on the Marxfest website.  Quinn Building, 35-20 Broadway, 4th Floor, LIC.

Sunday, May 11

Get a free tree at a MillionTreesNYC tree giveaway event hosted by GreenStar Hub and the New York Restoration Project. The giveaway will be held in Forest Hills at 108th and Jewel avenues from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Trees should be planted on residential and commercial properties where they can be well-maintained and watered.

Saturdays 

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

Sundays

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

Through May 18

The Cirque Du Soleil is back at Citi Field. Emerge yourself in Amaluna, a mysterious island governed by goddesses, guided by the moons cycles, and enchanted by an emotional story of love put to the test.  Tickets go from $45- $145.  Citi Field is located at 123-01 Roosevelt Avenue, Flushing.

Through May 25

Noguchi’s Early Drawings bears out his confidence. Each of the drawings on view reveals a very different facet of his quest to form a unique artistic identity in the years following his apprenticeship with Brancusi.  The selection of drawings on view covers exercises from the life drawing classes he took at Academie Collarosi and L’Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris in 1927, as well as his distillations of signature strains of Modernism he encountered in Paris and New York.  The Noguchi Muesum is located at 9-01 33rd Road at Vernon Boulevard.  For more information call 718-204-7088.

Through June 15

The San-Francisco-based artist Jim Campbell, best known for his evocative low resolution works, is the subject of a major solo exhibition at the Museum of the Moving Image, spanning his 30-year career and featuring over 20 installations. The works range from early experimental film, interactive works, and low-resolution videos to large-scale sculptural installations. An innovator in the use of technology, Campbell integrates and manipulates computers and custom electronics into visually arresting artworks. The Museum of the Moving Image is located at 35-01 35th Avenue, Astoria. For more information, call 718-777-6888.

Through August 31 

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

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