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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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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