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What to do in Queens this weekend and beyond


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Queensborough Performing Arts Center / Photo courtesy of Etienne Frossard

Kick off the holiday season with a tree lighting, hear stories from a showbiz veteran, take in a movie at a local library and do more at these events in Queens.

Saturday, Nov. 22

The Queens Botanical Garden is hosting a floral arranging workshop. Experts in floral decorations will teach participants how they can create unique floral decorations for the holidays. The fee is $20 and includes materials. Pre-registration is required. Call 718-886-3800 or email rforlenza@queensbotanical.org for more information. 1 to 2:30 p.m. 43-50 Main St.

Experts and industry leaders from the fields of art, politics, real estate and food will come together for a panel discussion on how the neighborhoods of Astoria and Long Island City will change in the next few years. Adrienne Onofri, a Queens resident and journalist, will moderate the discussion. The talk will be followed by a book signing of Onofri’s new book, “Walking Queens.” Free. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway. 1 p.m.

It is the closing performance of “In The Bones” by the Astoria Performing Arts Center. The play explores themes such as grief and family by telling the story of a soldier who returns home from Afghanistan and takes his own life. Tickets: $18/$12 for seniors and students. Visit www.apacny.org for more information and to buy tickets. 2 p.m. Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 30-44 Crescent St.

The Queens Museum is hosting a talk with artist Eozen Agopian at Immigrant Movement International from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 22. Agopian primarily works with textiles, but she blends techniques from other arts such as drawing and painting in her work. After the talk, Agopian, who is based in Athens, Greece, will conduct a short workshop in which she will reveal a few of her techniques. 108-59 Roosevelt Ave.

Center Green at The Shops at Atlas Park is hosting a tree lighting ceremony from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be live music, entertainment, face painting, giveaways and more. Children can also have their photos taken with Santa Claus from noon to 8 p.m. 8000 Cooper Ave.

Children will love this opportunity to stargaze with Urban Park Rangers at Fort Totten Visitor’s Center in Fort Totten Park. Starting at 6 p.m., the guides will discuss the myths and facts surrounding the universe. It is an ideal night for stargazing as it is a new moon night. Since there will be no moonlight, distant galaxies and star clusters are more easily visible, if the weather permits. Call ahead at 718-352-1769. Free. Cross Island Parkway, between Totten Avenue and 15th Road.

The Museum of the Moving Image is screening the Portuguese-language film “My Mother is a Character” as part of its ongoing series “O Brazil: Contemporary Brazilian Cinema.” It tells the story of a high-strung mother (played by comedian Paulo Gustavo) who, one day, just up and leaves her home, forcing her adult children to take care of themselves. The slapstick comedy will be screened with English subtitles. The screening will be followed by a reception featuring Brazilian music. Tickets: $12/ $9 senior citizens and students/free for museum members. Order tickets online at www.movingimage.us. 7 p.m. 36-01 35th Ave.

Sunday, Nov. 23

Children can have fun mixing spices to make dough in this workshop at the New York Hall of Science. It is recommended that children be 18 months or older to enjoy the workshop, which will be held in the museum’s Maker Space from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registration is recommended. Participation costs $8 per family, plus NYSCI admission / $5 per member family. 47-01 111th St.

Enjoy the beauty of fall colors by embarking on a light hike in Kissena. The Urban Park Rangers of Kissena Park are organizing this hike and they’ll introduce hikers to the various types of trees found in the area. This is a light hike, which means it will be conducted at a leisurely pace mostly on paved paths. However, participants are advised to wear comfortable footwear and bring water and a snack. The hike is free and will begin at 1 p.m. Call 718-352-1769 for more information. Rose Avenue and Oak Avenue in Kissena Park.

The 37th Annual Empire State ‘Golden Arm’ Tournament of Champions, an arm wrestling competition, will be held from 1 p.m. at Cheap Shots Sports Bar. The competition is open to the public and participants can be residents of any part of the world. Organizers expect more than 100 men and women to participate in the competition, which has 25 amateur and pro weight class categories for men and four for women. Entry fees are $25 for amateurs, $30 for pros and $10 for women. Spectator tickets cost $5 each. For more information, visit www.nycarms.com. 149-05 Union Turnpike.

Renee Taylor, legendary television, Broadway and Hollywood star, will discuss her six-decade-long career at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center on Sunday, Nov. 23, at 3 p.m. at the event My Life on a Diet. Taylor will also reveal dieting tips that Joan Crawford and Marilyn Monroe gave her, and relate anecdotes about other stars she knew and worked with. Her talk will include rare videos and slideshows. Tickets: $35 222-05 56th Ave.

The Museum of the Moving Image commemorated the 25th anniversary of Poland’s first free parliamentary elections with a series of Polish feature and short films. The series ends with a screening of “Shivers” (1981) at 2 p.m. The movie, directed by Wojciech Marczewski, is set in the 1950s, during Stalin’s rule. It tells the story of a teenage boy who is forced to attend a boy scout camp after his father is arrested. At the camp, he is introduced to concepts such as worker strikes, which will gain momentum in the following years. Tickets are included with paid museum admission on a first-come, first-served basis. 36-01 35th Ave.

Monday, Nov. 24

Veteran musician-singer Mitch Kahn takes participants through some of the best pieces in the American Popular Songbook. The selections include works by Cole Porter, Henry Mancini, Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen. Kahn’s concert will take place between 3:30 and 4:45 p.m. at the Queens Library’s Richmond Hill branch. Registration is not required. 118-14 Hillside Ave.

The MuSE Sounds of Arts Festival 2014, which began on Nov. 19, closes today with the inaugural concert of Lucidity Chamberistas. Conductor Eugene Takahashi will guide the musicians through Corigliano’s “Voyage,” Vivaldi’s “Winter,” Piazzolla’s “Spring” and Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for the Strings.” 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at http://musesoaf2014.brownpapertickets.com. General admission tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door; seniors and students with ID $12. The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd St. between 44th Road and 44th Avenue.

Tuesday, Nov. 25

The Queens Library at Douglaston/Little Neck is screening the late Philip Seymour Hoffman’s last film, “A Most Wanted Man.” Hoffman stars as Gunther Bachmann, a German intelligence agent, who has to find out whether a potential refugee is an innocent victim or a terrorist. 249-01 Northern Blvd.

Artist Pamela Isaac teaches how to turn cowrie shells into bracelets and earrings from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Preregistration is required and materials will be provided at the Queens Library’s Poppenhusen branch. Register online at queenslibrary.org or call 718-359-1102 for more information. 121-23 14th Ave.

Wednesday, Nov. 26

The Queens Museum will screen John Singleton’s film “Boyz n the Hood” as part of its ongoing series called “Senior Film Series with Mark Ethan Toporek.” The series explores the challenges of how individual identities get shaped in a communal environment. This film tells the story of three friends growing up in a crime-ridden neighborhood in Los Angeles. It stars Laurence Fishburne, Angela Bassett and Cuba Gooding Jr. The screening will take place in the second-floor theater from 2 to 5 p.m. It is free with museum admission and open to the general public. New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Advanced English language learners can improve their skills in conversation, vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar at the Auburndale location of the Queens Library. Preregistration is required and can be done in person or by calling 718-352-2027. The workshop will be conducted from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at 25-55 Francis Lewis Blvd.

The Queens Library at Woodside is hosting a workshop on Hatha Yoga. Instructor Sandhya Kaurwar will take participants through exercises that will increase strength and enhance flexibility, as well as improve breathing and relieve stress. The hour-long workshop begins at 5:30 p.m. 54-22 Skillman Ave.

It’s Wednesday, so it’s time for Movie Night at the Central Library. From 6 to 8 p.m., there will be a free screening of “22 Jump Street.” The R-rated comedy movie tells the story of two undercover cops who pretend to be college students in order to find a drug supplier. It stars Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum in lead roles. Registration is not required. 89-11 Merrick Blvd.

Thursday, Nov. 27

The Queens Museum is hosting an exhibition, “Unwavering Truth: Archive of our Own,” which discusses the emotional and physical toll that Neurofibromatosis Type 2 (NF2) has on people suffering from it and their families. The artwork in the exhibit is by artists diagnosed with NF2 or those otherwise related to NF2. The exhibit also includes MRI and CT scans, poetry, paintings and a sculpture. It also includes a video in which artist Kristina Diaz, who was diagnosed with NF2 at the age of 8, talks about her experience of living with the disorder. The museum is open from noon to 6 p.m. New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

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What to do in Queens this weekend and beyond


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Photo courtesy of New York Hall of Science

Walking underneath the world’s largest gingerbread village, catching a folk band in Flushing and learning about beekeeping are just a few of the many things you can do in the borough this weekend and beyond.

SATURDAY, NOV. 15

Marvel at homemade gingerbread houses that are drafted, designed, baked, planned, built and decorated by chef Jon Lovitch over the course of an entire year. GingerBread Lane is made from only “real” edible ingredients: gingerbread, royal icing and candy. This New York Hall of Science exhibit is free with NYSCI admission and is open at 9:30 a.m. The Hall of Science is located at 47-01 111th Street.

Do you quilt, sew or just love fabric and textiles? Join other sewing enthusiasts for an afternoon of creating and socializing. “Open Sew at the Castle” is co-sponsored by Queens Sewing Social. Admission is $8 for Bayside Historical Society members and $10 for non-members. The event will be from 1 to 4 p.m. at 208 Totten Ave, Bayside.

Come to the History Roundtable: the Civil War-Sherman’s March to the Sea at 1 p.m. at the Greater Astoria Historical Society at 35-20 Broadway, Long Island City. Admission is $5 but is free to GAHS, Greenpoint Monitor Museum and Civil War Roundtable members.

Unwavering Truth: Archive of Our Own seeks to present an honest look at people with Neurofibromatosis Type 2 (NF2). The exhibit presents work of arts by artists with NF2 or artwork related to NF2. NF2 is a genetic nervous system disorder that causes tumors to grow around nerves and throughout the body. Opening reception is from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Queens Museum, located at the New York City Building in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Tin Throat Ensemble, a band of folk and improvisational traditions, is playing at Flushing Town Hall. Guitarist and composer Alejandro Florez lead the band together. Saxophonist Dan Blake, world-class drummer Satoshi Takeishi, virtuoso sound artist Andrew Drury and award-winning tuba player Ben Stapp are members. The event starts at 2 p.m. at 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing.

Meet at the main Highland Park entrance across from Vermont Place Parking Lot at 1 p.m. for a moderate nature exploration hike. Moderate hikes are longer and faster-paced on rugged terrain. For all hiking programs it is recommended to wear comfortable shoes or boots, and pack water and a light snack. The hiking will commence at 5 p.m.

Put your mini-golf skills to the test at Rocket Park Mini Golf today, open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Players will explore key science concepts such as propulsion, gravity, escape velocity, launch window, gravitational assist, and more. $6 for adults, $5 for children and seniors. The miniature golf course is located at the New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Flushing.

SUNDAY, NOV. 16

Kunqu Society artists Dezhang Wu, Min Cheng, and outstanding Peking Opera artists Jingtao Zhang, Yingchun Li and Julia Wang, will perform with students of the Kunqu Workshop and well-known musicians. Together they will present two Kunqu plays “An Interrupted Dream,” “A Banquet for Two,” and one Peking Opera “The Broken Bridge.” The event will be held in the lower level auditorium in the Queens Library at Flushing at 41-17 Main St. The performance will start at 2 p.m.

Immerse yourself in the creation of art installations in the last day of the “Boxes: Lost in Circulation” exhibition, in which visitors are invited to play with artworks (following a set of rules) and engage with artists in their works. In the process, the gallery itself will turn into a giant box, full of surprises. The exhibit is open at noon, and admission is free. It is located in Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing. For more information, call 718-463-7700 or visit www.flushingtownhall.org.

The LeHavre’s artists are having their 16th annual arts and crafts show. Many new paintings, photos, creative jewelry and quilts and more will be on display. The show is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is located at 168-68 9th Ave. The event is next to the tennis courts and street parking is available. Admission is free. There will be raffles, refreshments and a special performance. Please call 718-767-2277 for additional information.

MONDAY, NOV. 17

Hop onto a school bus trip at 9 a.m. to the Brooklyn Amazing Savings & Shoprite with other senior citizens. The meeting point is at the Howard Beach Senior Center at 155-55 Crossbay Blvd. Contact 718-738-8100 for more information.

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 to recreational boaters and personal watercraft operators. The class will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The fee is $65 (learning materials included) and pre-registration is required for entry and parking on the Fort Totten base. Register online at www.uscgaux1201.org/unit_classes.html.

TUESDAY, NOV. 18

“Self-Defense for Girls” is a two-session program for girls ages 12-18 presented by the Hit like a Girl Project, founded by Master Barry Cuda Yedwabrick to teach teen girls skills about self-defense, anti-bullying and personal empowerment. All girls must have a release form completed by a parent to participate. The program starts at 4 p.m. and is held at the Queens Library at Jackson Heights at 35-51 81 St. Call 718-899-2500 for more information.

The Howard Beach Senior Center will be holding three events: from 9:30 to 10 a.m., senior citizens are invited to a calypso cardio exercise; an acting workshop with Lois will be held from 10 to 11 a.m.; and a party and dance will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. The senior center is located at 155-55 Crossbay Blvd.

In a labor-law seminar presented by Farrell Fritz and the Queens Chamber of Commerce, Fritz offers employers valuable guidance on a wide range of employment issues. Businesses dealing with human resource-related issues must have a capable partner by their side to successfully manage the employment. The event is from 2 to 4 p.m. and will take place at the Bulova Corporate Center at 75-20 Astoria Blvd.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 19

Luke George questions and explores the unspoken agreements and traditions between the performer and audience in “Not About Face,” a duet for the choreographer with Hilary Clark. The dance is contemporary and experimental and the show starts at 8 p.m. Visit chocolatefactorytheater.org for show dates. The theater is located at 5-49 49th Ave.

Come one, come all to the Friendship Center at 92-33 170th St., Jamaica, for morning line dancing, shopping, blood pressure checks and arts and crafts. Stay into the afternoon and enjoy Wii games and charades. Contact 718-657-6500 ext. 1512 for more information. The center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

THURSDAY, NOV. 20

Through examining novels, poetry, short stories, relevant documents and first-person accounts, “WWI Book Discussion” will give participants a diverse perspective and deep understanding of an event that was seminal in shaping both the 20th century and even the world of today. The discussion starts at 6 p.m. and at the Greater Astoria Historical Society at 35-20 Broadway, Long Island City.

Watch a bee-guiling presentation by beekeeper and honey connoisseur Ruth Harrigan. Learn all about the bee-utiful honeybee and beekeeping, and sample several local honeys. Indulge in some exquisite honey-centric edibles. Reservations are required. Call 718-352-1548 to reserve a seat. Admission is $10 for BHS members and $15 for non-members. The Bayside Historical Society is located at 208 Totten Ave., Bayside.

Begin your Thanksgiving festivities at the Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS) of Northern Queens fundraiser event, when they will celebrate their 20th anniversary and have a Thanksgiving celebration. The event will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. at Betty’s Catering, 94-33 Corona Ave., Elmhurst. For more information, call 718-457-1017.

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What to do in Queens this weekend and beyond


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World Wildlife conservation

Help the hungry, catch some cool film festivals and learn all about wolves in the borough with everything this weekend.

‘EMPTY BOWLS’ FUNDRAISER FOR HUNGER

The third annual fundraiser for hunger, the Kew Gardens Empty Bowls Event, will be held on Sunday, Nov. 9 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the New Homestead Home, 82-45 Grenfell St., Kew Gardens. There will be live music, a silent auction, and more. All proceeds will be donated to The River Fund, a local food pantry, and Poverty Frontline Center. $15 donation per bowl. Reserve a seat or donate at emptybowls.river.fund.

KOREAN WORLD MUSIC AT FLUSHING TOWN HALL

Korean World music group Juri’sKuns, led byJuri Kim, who plays theHaegeum (Korean traditional string instrument), comprises acoustic guitar, bass guitar, percussion and Janggu (Korean drum). Their music presents a precise musical language that stands on the border between tradition and modernity. Admission is free, but you must RSVP by calling 718-463-7700 or going on www.flushingtownhall.org. The event starts at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 7. 137-35 Northern Blvd.

FRIDAY, NOV. 7

Learn the basics about networking at a workshop class from 10 a.m. to noon. The class aims to show networking skills that are useful in today’s job market that will help you to exchange information with others about job opportunities, interesting organizations, or up-and-coming industries. To register, visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-0778.Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Blvd.

Join community members for an 11:30 a.m. fitness course that is designed to improve the body’s movement by increasing blood flow to joints, muscles and internal organs and thereby increasing oxygen to the cells. Bring a yoga mat, towel and water bottle and wear comfortable, stretchable attire. For more information, call 718-225-8414.249-01 Northern Blvd., Little Neck.

A video premiere of MOVE WITH US, a public art project, highlights the collective cultural movements in Queens by current immigrant residents! There will be food, music, wine and more. Admission is free and open to the public. Space is limited and RSVP by calling 347-505-3010. 6 to 9 p.m. Queens Council on the Arts, 37-11 35th Ave.

The Rouben Mamoulian Film Festival starts at 7 p.m. and will continue through Saturday and Sunday. The opening night and reception will feature “Love Me Tonight,” the 1932 musical film, music by Rodgers and Hart, and more. For tickets and more information, email anthroarmen@aol.com or call 718-428-5650. The Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave. There will be snacks such as cake, coffee and tea, plus a raffle at the Supermarket Sweeps event at Sacred Heart School. The event will begin at 7 p.m., and tickets are $10 per person. For more information and ticket purchase, contact planners Miriam or Marcia at 347-248-6227 or 718-749-6075 respectively. 216-01 38th Ave.

SATURDAY, NOV. 8

The largest fundraiser of the year, the 2014 Golden Harvest Bazaar, is at The Church in the Gardens in Forest Hills from 10am to 4pm. 50 Ascan Ave. Alley Pond Environmental Center Cries Wolf! welcomes back the world conservation center and their ambassador wolf, Atka, for an up-close encounter. Atka and WCC staff will be at APEC to educate visitors about the real truth about these marvelous predators – wolves, their misunderstood lives and the importance of their wild kin. Children must be at least 7-years-old to attend, and a paying adult must accompany them. Space is limited, so you must RSVP by calling 718-229-4000. Tickets are $10 for APEC members and $12 for non-members. The event starts at 11 a.m. 228-06 Northern Blvd., Flushing.

Queens residents Eli Koenig, of Bayside, as Lt. Joseph Cable, and Pamela Merrill, of Laurelton, as Bloody Mary, will be featured in Theatre by the Bay’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific.” Catch a show today at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $22 for adults and $20 for seniors (62 and older) and children (12 and under). For more information or to make reservations, visit www.TheatreByTheBayNY.com or call 718-428-6363. Bay Terrace Garden Jewish Center, 1300 209th St., Bayside.

Join the Central Library for a College and Career Fair where many colleges, universities and trade schools will be represented. There will be a panel discussion, information on financial aid and raffles and giveaways. The fair will begin at 10 a.m. Call 718-990-0778 for more information. 89-11 Merrick Blvd.

“Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” directed by Frank Capra, is a 1939 American political comedy-drama film, starring James Stewart and Jean Arthur, about one man’s effect on American politics. “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, winning for Best Original Story. Watch the movie at 1 p.m. at the Greater Astoria Historical Society at 35-20 Broadway. Admission is free.

New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. From falcons and salamanders, to deer and seals, wildlife-viewing opportunities exist year-round in all of our parks. Wildlife viewing is a perfect activity for any age. Rangers will guide you to the best nocturnal wildlife viewing spots in NYC. 6 p.m. Contact 718-352-1769 for more information. Alley Pond Park Adventure Center, Alley Pond Park at 228-06 Northern Blvd.

SUNDAY, NOV. 9

Flautist Dotti Anita Taylor will be performing with Lois Tepfer on piano. Dotti is a multifaceted artist working in both jazz and classical music, published in several media. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is $12 for members and $10 for students. 2 p.m. Call 718-359-6227 for more information. 149-19 38th Ave.

Bright colors, transparency and light: this is what glass painting is all about. Spend some playful time together making a colorful suncatcher. 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. Admission is $25 and reservations are required. Participants of all ages are welcome to attend. Call 718-352-1548 for more information. Noon to 2 p.m. 208 Totten Ave.

MONDAY, NOV. 10

Join other parents and caregivers of preschoolers in a free, multi-session program that equips guests with skills that will improve their kids’ performance and enjoyment of school, even before kindergarten. There are seven weekly sessions, in which staff will show adults how to use games, hands-on activities and stories to help build language and social skills that are crucial to success in school. Children will also receive giveaways, including games and books, at each session. Preregistration with the children’s librarian is required. The program will start at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call 718-821-4770. 20-12 Madison St., Ridgewood.

Relieve some stress this evening with instructor Virginia Dominguez who will teach a mix of dance fitness, low-impact strength training and stretching exercises. Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis. 6 p.m. For more information call 718-634-1876. 116-15 Rockaway Beach Blvd., Seaside.

TUESDAY, NOV. 11

Come to Brooklyn Nets Wheelchair Basketball Open Gym today from 8 to 9:30 p.m. This sport 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 sport chairs for use at the recreation center. This event is for adults and seniors. NYC Parks Membership is required. Contact 718-353-7853 or david.deas@parks.nyc.gov for more information. 131-40 Fowler Ave.

The romantic comedy, Words and Pictures starring Olive Owen, Juliette Binoche and Bruce Davison will be playing at the Kew Gardens Community Center at 1 p.m. 80-02 Kew Gardens Road Suite 202.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 12

Learn basic Internet skills, such as tools for searching the web for reliable sources and how to effectively navigate a website, in Internet for Beginners, a one-session workshop that will be taking place at 9:30 a.m. Basic mouse and keyboarding skills are necessary. To register, call 718-990-0769 or visit the Cyber Center Desk. Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Blvd.

Make your resume and cover letter the best they can be in the Resumes and Cover Letters workshops, where participants will learn how to get started in building their resumes, what to include and what not to include, tips for making your cover letter stronger and more. For further information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. 41-17 Main St., Flushing.

Watch a movie screening of “Million Dollar Arm,” rated PG, at 2 p.m. The film, released in 2014, is based on the true story of a sports agent trying to save his career by teaching cricket players from India to play professional baseball. For more information call 718-658-1680. 85-12 Main St., Briarwood.

Children will have the opportunity to read aloud to Jami the therapy dog, who has been certified as a therapy pet partner, in this event that is meant to improve literacy skills. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information call 718-225-3550. 57-04 Marathon Parkway.

THURSDAY, NOV. 13

Join community friends at the pre-Thanksgiving flea market fundraiser to purchase books and other resources for the library. The event will take place at noon. For more information, call 718-424-2619. 95-06 Astoria Blvd. Visit the Central Library at 10 a.m. for an opportunity to meet with a financial coach that will assist you in developing the skills needed to manage money and gain financial stability, including accessing, reviewing and understanding your credit report. To make an appointment, call 718-990-8625. Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Blvd.

Join other local residents for a zumba class that will use dance moves to help keep you fit. The class will take place at 5 p.m. and pre-registration is required. Wear comfortable clothing and flat shoes. For more information, call 718-634-4784. 312 Beach 54 St., Averne.

What to do this weekend in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Peter Aaron/Esto. Courtesy of Museum of Moving Image

Attend a screening at the Museum of the Moving Image, celebrate National Chemistry Day at the New York Hall of Science, come to Fort Totten Park for a run and do more at these events in Queens this weekend.

Saturday, Oct. 25

Join the fundraiser for the Oratorio Society of Queens at “OSQ Bowling Fun Night.” There will be games, prizes and music. Bring your friends for the event which starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person and call for them at 718-279-3006. The ticket includes a cold cut hero and side salads, dessert, coffee, tea and three games of bowling and shoe rental. Reservations must be made ahead of time. San-Dee Lanes is located at 342 Hempstead Ave.

Seneca Avenue between Myrtle and Catalpa Aves will be closed to traffic so pedestrians can sample treats from Ridgewood Eats, Rudy’s Bakery, Nepalese Indian Restaurant and others. The “Seneca Stroll” is from noon to 5 p.m.

Holy Family Church will present a Defensive Driving Course sponsored by the National Safety Council from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. today. Participants will receive a mandatory insurance premium reduction and their violation point total will be reduced. For more information or to register call 631-360-9720. Admission is $45 and the church is located at 175-20 74th Ave.

Acclaimed actress of Indian cinema and human rights advocate Nandita Das will appear in person at Museum of the Moving Image for a screening of Between the Lines (2014, 79 mins), a cinematic adaptation of the 2012 play. A Q&A with Das, who directed the original play, moderated by author Suketu Mehta, will follow the 7 p.m. screening. The evening will conclude with a reception featuring music by DJ Rekha. The museum is located at 36-01 35 Ave.

Queens Pride House will host “Beyond Diversity” from 5 to 7 p.m. Local writers, photographers and artists will present their work about the value of diversity in Jackson Heights. The event is free and open to the public and is made possible in part by a grant from the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.76-11 37th Ave #206.

Sunday, Oct. 26

In celebration of National Chemistry Day, the New York Hall of Science is hosting an event on chemistry principles with the help of demonstrations by local college students and volunteers from local industries. The event is free with a NYSCI admission and is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 47-01 111th Street.

Kiwanis Club of Lefferts Liberty is having a breakfast/brunch at the Sizzler located at 100-27 Metropolitan Ave. This is an all you can eat buffet. Admission is $20 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Come to the Long Island City School of Ballet’s Halloween Costume Party, featuring performances by students of LICSB. The party will be from 1 to 4 p.m. and there will be crafts, games and activities. Enter a raffle to win a free semester (value of one class). Suggested donation is $15 and activity tickets are $1 each. Proceeds benefit LICSB Scholarship Fund and community programs.

Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church presents “Wings of Song: Chamber Music with Blanca Ugelli and Friends” at 3 p.m. at 85 Greenway South. Suggested donation is $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. The group will be performing works by Gluck, Mozart, Reinecke, Horovitz, Schumann and Fauré. The audience is invited to a wine and cheese reception with the artists following the performance. For reservations or further information, please call 718-268-7772 or visit www.gingerbreadplayers.org.

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 personal watercraft operators. The class will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The fee is $65 (learning materials included) and pre-registration is required for entry and parking at the Fort Totten base. For additional information, contact Ralph Traub at 347-336-5866 or contact the Flotilla at 347-669-4460 (Google voice). Register online at www.uscgaux1201.org/unit_classes.html.

It’s the 13th Annual Totten Trot and Fun Run 5K Foot Race. Check in starts at 7:30 a.m. and the race will start at 9 a.m. Entry fees are $35 and there are varied age divisions. Goodie bags with complimentary gifts from sponsors and local merchants will be distributed. Cash prizes for overall winners male and female will be given. To register online, link to NYCRuns through www.baysidehistorical.org. The Park is located at 208 Totten Ave.

Bella Italia Mia is hosting their 17th Annual Celebration from noon to 5 p.m. at Christ the King High School at 68-02 Metropolitan Ave. Admission is $35 for members, $45 for non members, $10 for ages 11 to 18 and free for those under 11years of age. Make checks payable to Bella Italia Mia, Inc. and mail them to Diego Lodico at 62-86 72 St., Maspeth, N.Y. 11378. Frank’s Deli will be catering and there will be meatballs, sausage and peppers, fried calamari, cake, coffee, wine and more.

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. The market recently launched 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

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Protect your personal information, get into the Halloween spirit, pick up some fresh produce and do more at these events around Queens this weekend.

Saturday, Oct. 18

Join the Friends of Brookville Park as they paint, plant bulbs and clean the park for “It’s My Park Day” in the Brookville Park Field House. Admission is free. For more information please call 516-776-6341 or contact kangela21@yahoo.com. The event is from 9 a.m. to noon.

“Red Wednesday” is a theater production aimed to rescue and redefine our civilization’s legacy. It is written and directed by Sanaz Ghajarrahimi and built for Collapse Theater Company. There will be a show today at 8 p.m. and tomorrow, Oct. 19, at 2:30 p.m. at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center at 31-10 Thomson Ave., room E-241.

Celebrate the fall harvest at King Manor with a historic cooking demonstration, apple cider pressing, butter churning and autumn-themed crafts at 150-03 Jamaica Ave. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.kingmanor.org or call 718-206-0545. The event is from noon to 4 p.m.

Join Rockaway to celebrate Halloween with family and friends by taking part in painting pumpkins, face painting and festive food at Beach 59th Street. The “4th Annual Hip Hop Halloween Celebration” is from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Visit http://www.rwalliance.org/rwa/events or call 718-327-5919 for more information.

Zion Episcopal Church is hosting a fall yard sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 243-01 Northern Blvd. by Douglaston Parkway. Please use the Church Street bank entrance. Admission is free.

Walk in the Purple 5k Dash to End Domestic Violence today. Families and friends are encouraged to come together and there will be free adult and children’s activities and refreshments following the run. All proceeds from runners’ fundraising will go toward domestic violence prevention and intervention programs. There will be face painting and animal balloons, and participants receive a prize. Don’t forget to come accessorized in purple. Purple represents Domestic Violence Awareness and the event starts at 9 a.m. at Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Come to GrowNYC Greenmarket every week on Saturday between now and Nov. 22 for farm-fresh fruits and vegetables and family friendly activities at Socrates Sculpture Park. Admission is free. Contact 718-956-1819 or info@socratessculpurepark.org for more information. The market will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Join Martin Luther School for their Harvest Festival and Fall Open House from noon to 4 p.m. at 60-02 Maspeth Ave. Admission is free and there will be bounce houses, crafts, basketball clinics, games, face painting, science demos, tours and information on their middle and high school programs. Call 718-894-4000 or email info@martinluthernyc.org for more information.

To commemorate the 150th Anniversary of Sherman’s March to the Sea, the Greater Astoria Historical Society will screen “Gone with the Wind.” The event is held at 35-20 Broadway and for more information please call 718-278-0700, email info@astorialic.org or go on http://astorialic.org. The movie will start at 12:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Sunday, Oct. 19

Join the NYPD’s Crime Prevention Section to shred your documents containing personal and sensitive information. This is a free service and you can also register your electronic devices with the NYPD’s Operation ID Program. Hard drive destruction is also available. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bay Terrace Shopping Center at 212-45 26th Ave. next to Panera Bread.

St. Anastasia Parish will kick off a yearlong 100 Years of Faith Celebration leading up to its 100th anniversary. The inaugural event will begin at noon with the centennial year Celebration Mass. This mass, to be celebrated by Bishop Raymond Chappetto, will honor longtime residents of the parish. Other members of St. Anastasia’s clergy, both past and present, will join Bishop Chappetto, who once served as a Deacon at St. Anastasia. The church is located at 45-14 245th St.

Meet at Strauss Square at the East Broadway subway station at noon today to visit the history and see the distinctive architecture of what was once NYC’s largest Jewish enclave. Admission is $15 for Greater Astoria Historical Society members and $20 to the public. For more information please call 718-278-0700 or email info@astorialic.org.

Calligrapher Majed Seif will introduce you to the different styles of Arabic calligraphy and its rules in “Introduction to Arabic Calligraphy” at Flushing Town Hall. Participants can have their names rendered in calligraphic script and then decorate their paper with Arabesque designs. Admission is $10/$8 for Town Hall members and children. Materials are included. Flushing Town Hall is located at 137-35 Northern Blvd. and the event will commence at 1 p.m.

Sign up to walk for “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer,” a 3-mile event that is a celebration of breast cancer survivorship as well as a movement to make this disease the last of this century. This is a non-competitive event starting at College Point Boulevard and 58th Street at Flushing Meadows Corona Park at 8 a.m. Go on www.makingstrides.acsevents.org for more information, to donate or to sign up for the event.

Join Bayside Historical Society instructor Janet Epstein, who will teach you how to create unique handcrafted pop-up birthday cards using cutout paper and folds. This workshop is suitable for all, with or without experience. All materials will be provided. Admission is $15 for the general public and $10 for members. The event is from noon to 2 p.m. The society is located at 208 Totten Ave.

Kiwanis Club of Lefferts Library is hosting a bus trip to the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City for $45 and $35 giveback. Refreshments will be served on the bus. Call 718-641-5066 for more information.

The popular Queens Theatre Family Series returns today with Fly Guy & Other Stories, a musical revue based on the children’s book series by Tedd Arnold, which follows Fly Guy, his pet buzz, and other favorite characters on exciting adventures. Performances are at 1 and 3 p.m. at 14 United Nations Ave. South. Tickets are $14 for the general public and $12.60 for members. Tickets can be purchased at queenstheatre.org or by calling 718-760-0064.

Are you ready for some wheelchair football? Adults 18 and up are welcome to come out and play pickup wheelchair football every Sunday at Bulova Park in Queens. For more information please call 718-353-7853 or email David.Deas@parks.nyc.gov. Admission is free. The park is located at 25th Avenue between 76th and 77th streets.

Join the Queens Botanical Garden for a fun-filled afternoon for the whole family in the fourth annual “Harvest Fest & Pumpkin Patch!” There will be music, nature and garden walks, composting demos, food, crafts and beer. The garden is located at 43-50 Main St. and admission is free with garden admission. Tickets are $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and $2 for students with ID and children 3 to 12 years old. There will be additional fees for some activities. The event is from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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. The market recently launched 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

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Food festivals, Latin music for kids, local beer and tips for finding spiritual balance before the Equinox are just some of the great events on offer in Queens this weekend. Enjoy!

Saturday, Sept. 20

The third annual Viva La Comida festival is slated to showcase the city’s most exciting food from vendors who either live in or run eateries in Queens. Add salsa dancing, live music, a master magician, art installations and plenty of fun for the kids, and the festival of food is a must-do on Saturday.

Jackson Heights: Roosevelt Avenue & 82nd Street. 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free.

The arrival of the fall equinox next week makes it a perfect time to find some spiritual balance. Starting at 11:45 a.m., the Genesis Tree of Life Yoga and Wellness Center has a two-hour kundalini yoga workshop. It will include group meditation, asanas, movement and breath work.

Forest Hills: 102-02/06 Metropolitan Ave. (lower level). Fee $21. Pre-registration is preferred at www.genesistreeoflife.com.

Legendary ’60s singer Darlene Love brings her four decades of work to Queens with a concert at at Queensborough Community College. Love is best known for No. 1 hit “He’s A Rebel” and her work with Phil Spector.

Bayside: 222-05 56th Ave. Starts at 8 p.m. Tickets $55 and $45.

Expose the kids to Columbian history and culture with an interactive musical presentation by Folklore Urbano at the Sunnyside library.  The musical group, led by Pablo Mayor, combines traditional Columbian music with modern jazz and storytelling.

Sunnyside: 43-06 Greenpoint Avenue. Starts at 3 p.m. Free.

Over at the Flushing branch, The Villalobos Brothers are offering up their take on Latin music. The trio blend the rhythms and melodies indigenous to their native Veracruz with the notes of jazz and classical music.

Flushing: 41-17 Main St. Starts at 4 p.m. Free

Saturday, Sept 20 and Sunday, Sept. 21

The popular Long Island City flea market LIC Flea & Food has been making headlines with its new outdoor beer garden that gives marketgoers a moment to relax with a local brew in front of the Manhattan skyline. Food, drinks, collectibles, antiques, arts and crafts, fashion and more are all on sale at the market. The LIC Flea Beer Garden has outdoor seating set up along the basin in the back and only serves artisanal beer made by Queens breweries, along with wine.

Long Island City: 5th Street and 46th Avenue. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m all weekend. Find it at the outdoor lot by the waterfront.

Encourage mom to use the weekend to do something positive for her health. The American Italian Cancer Foundation’s Mobile Care Clinic is offering no-cost digital mammograms to women who are New York City residents and have not had a breast scan in the past 12 months. You must be  40 and older with health insurance or 50 and older without health insurance.

Jamaica: 122-05 Smith St. 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Appointments are necessary via phone 877-628-9090. No co-pays required.

The Queens Botanical Garden is hosting an historical exhibition that explains the impact that the 1939 and 1964 New York World’s Fairs left on the garden. The exhibit includes some hidden treasures from the garden’s archives, including photographs from that era.  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.

Flushing:  43-50 Main St.  8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through Nov. 1. Entry for both is included in the garden admission: $4 Adult; $3 Seniors; $2 Students with ID and children over 3.

Sunday, Sept. 21

The final performance of the LIC sunset concert series features singer Mieka Pauley – whose stunning voice has drawn comparisons to Ani DiFranco, Neko Case and Emmylou Harris – along with the pop band Wishes and Thieves. The concert was originally slated for Aug. 31 but had to be rescheduled due to rain.

Long Island City:  Gantry Plaza State Park. 4-09 47th Rd. Starts at 5 p.m. Free.

Learn to pickle and can with the best of them with a workshop at Flushing Town Hall on the basics of canning and lacto-fermentation in foods such as sauerkraut and kimchi. The hands-on demonstration will also explain the health benefits of this food preservation process.

Flushing: 137-35 Northern Blvd. Starts at 1 p.m. Tickets cost $10, $8 for members, $5 for children.

Bella Italia Mia Inc. screens “Bringing Home Sardinia,” a video about the beautiful island off the coast of Italy. The screening will be followed by Fernando Caruso singing popular Italian-American folk tunes.

Middle Village: Christ the King High School, 68-02 Metropolitan Ave. Doors open at noon. Members $5, non-members $7. Call 718-426-1240 for more information.

The Genesis Tree of Life Yoga and Wellness Center is hosting Susan Cutter’s guided meditation healing group. Participants will meet for 90 minutes and be guided by Cutter, a Reiki master, in breath work, imagery and therapeutic touch to feel relaxed and soothe anxiety.

Forest Hills: 102-02/06 Metropolitan Ave. (lower level). Starts at 2 p.m. $5 donation for first-time attendees; $10 thereafter. Pre-registration is preferred. Call 347-809-4381 or email akapainter@mindspring.com

What to do this weekend in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Mayo Arts

Saturday, Sept. 13

Walk, dance and bike along the boardwalk at the Rockaway Bike Parade. This year’s theme is the West Indian Carnival, so bring a colorful costume and steel pan drum. The parade departs from Firehouse 59 to Beach 17 at 11 a.m. Advanced registration is required.

Join Genesis Tree of Life for a monthly spiritual evening of lively discussion, singing, meditation, sharing of vegan food and socializing at the end of the evening. The event is from 8 to 10:30 p.m. and the fee to enter is a donation of $5 to $10 and a vegan drink or food for the group to share. RSVP on www.meetup.com or call 718-544-5997.  Also, call them if you do not know what to bring. The Yoga and Wellness Center is located on the lower level of 102-02/06 Metropolitan Ave.

Autumn leaves mean it’s time for fall fun. Young gardeners in weekend sessions plant cool-season vegetables, explore Queens Botanical Garden’s Herb and Bee Gardens, and cook with just-harvested produce. Ages 5 through 12 are invited to participate. The event is from 2 to 4 p.m. Visit www.queensbotanical.org/programs/childrensgarden for more information and to register.

The Richmond Hill Block Association’s 41st Annual Park Fair will be held today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., rain or shine. There will be food, rides, games, music, raffles and vendors at Forest Park located at Myrtle Avenue and Park Lane South. For more information and applications please call 718-849-3759 or email RHBA@att.net.

Attend Oktoberfest at Poppenhusen Institute from noon to 6 p.m. There will be German singers and dancers from 1 to 4 p.m. and tournaments, games and a beer stein holding contest. Face painting and caricatures will be featured and refreshments will be sold. German-American food, beer, wine, soft beverages, apple strudel and black forest cake will be served. Admission is $15 and free for kids 5 and under. Oktoberfest is held at 114-04 14th Rd. Contact poppenhusen@juno.com or 718-358-0067 for more information.

A New York Council for the Humanities Community Conversations for Kids Workshop is coming to the Queens Historical Society from 1 to 2 p.m. Karyn Balan will be guiding the children and their family members through Jeanette Winter’s book, “September Roses,” and will be followed by a discussion and activity. This event is free for children and their adult companions. The society is located at 143-35 37th Ave. For more information call 718-939-0647, ext. 17.

Come join the fun at Socrates Sculpture Park with Circus Amok from 1 to 6 p.m. Admission is free and is open to audiences of all ages. Circus Amok blends traditional circus skills – tight rope walking, juggling, acrobatics, stilt walking and clowning – with experimental dance, puppetry and more. The park is located at 32-01 Vernon Blvd.

The Queens Botanical Garden’s lawn care expert will take you through the basics of how to care for your lawn in the fall. The session will show you how to see to it that your lawn stays healthy without using artificial fertilizers and pesticides. The three-hour-long workshop begins at 10 a.m. and costs $5. Email compost@queensbotanical.org or call 718-539-5296 to register for the workshop. The garden is located at 43-50 Main St.

State Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr. will host a mobile van outside of his Middle Village office at 66-85 73rd Pl. from 10 a.m. to noon, where representatives from the Integrated Medical Foundation will provide no-cost prostate cancer screenings. The screening is open to men ages 40 and older who have not been previously treated for prostate cancer, regardless of whether or not they have insurance. Patients should bring photo ID, a stamped, self-addressed envelope and their physician’s name and address. Appointments are recommended, walk-ins welcome. Call 718-738-1111 for more information or to make an appointment.

Explore the natural forests amid the concrete jungle from 10 a.m. to noon at Forest Park. The Natural Areas Conservancy is organizing walks through the trails of Forest Park as part of its Explore NYC’s Natural Side series. The two-hour walk is free. Please be prepared with walking shoes and water. The park is located at Park Lane South and Myrtle Avenue.

Sunday, Sept. 14

Prevent identity theft! Come join the NYPD’s Crime Prevention Section to shred your documents containing your personal/sensitive information. This is a free service. You can also register your electronic devices with the NYPD’s Operation ID Program. The event will be held at Waldbaum’s Supermarket’s parking lot at 156-01 Cross Bay Blvd. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

From apiary tours to beekeeping lessons to honey tastings to a cooking class to a kiddie costume-making session to the Be-A-Bee Parade, there’s something for everyone at NY Honey Week. The event runs from 11 a.m. to sunset and is free. The location is at Rockaway Beach 97, 97th and Ocean.

The 34th Annual Antique Motorcycle Show will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Queens County Farm Museum at 73-50 Little Neck Parkway. The event will showcase motorcycles of various makes and models that have been out of production for 10 years or longer. There will also be music, hayrides, farmhouse tours and food. Admission costs $5 per person and or free with farm membership.

Mets game attendees at the 8th Annual Stitch N’ Pitch will enjoy discounted seats in the Left Field Landing and an opportunity to stitch 7-by-9-inch squares to benefit Warm Up America. Admission is $30 and the event is located at Citi Field at 123-01 Roosevelt Ave.

Tony and Olivier Award winner Patti LuPone in her new concert “Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda…played that part” performs songs from musicals that she could have played, should have played, did play and will play. Musicals include “Hair,” “Bye Bye Birdie,” “Funny Girl,” “West Side Story,” “Peter Pan” and her Tony Award-winning performances in “Evita” and “Gypsy.” Orchestra seats are $65 and rear orchestra/mezzanine seats are $55. The concert is located at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center at 222-05 56th Ave.

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

Photo Zaq Landsberg

Saturday, Sept. 6

Bocce enthusiasts and beginners are welcome to come and play the game at the NYC Parks Queens Bocce Tournament at Juniper Valley Park. You can join in the fun as an individual or part of a group. Winning teams will go on to compete at a citywide championship, scheduled for Sept. 20 at the same location. This event begins at 8 a.m. and is open only to adults. Pre-registration is required via qnsbocce.eventbrite.com. For any assistance, call 718-393-7370 or email queens.recreation@parks.nyc.gov.

It’s time to stretch on the waterfront at Socrates Sculpture Park. Free waterfront yoga classes will begin at 9:30 a.m. and at 11 a.m. and last one hour. The classes are open to participants of all experience levels. Those attending the class should wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat or a towel.

The Queens Botanical Garden is hosting Mid-Autumn Treat and Tea, an afternoon about tea-making, storytelling and children’s crafts from 1 to 4 p.m. at 43-50 Main St. Entry is free with garden admission, but moon cakes will be available on sale and participants who attend the teabag-making workshop will be charged an additional fee.

Children’s music and fun, popular music will ring in the air as Jesse and her guitar welcome you to jam along with her at the Carousel in Forest Park. The event is free but there is a fee to ride the carousel. The event will take place at 2 p.m.

The Queens Library’s fourth annual Discovery Day Street Fair will be on at the Children’s Library Discovery Center at 89-11 Merrick Blvd. Children of all ages can explore the wonders of science through fun activities. The event starts at 11 a.m.

The Chinese Autumn Festival will be celebrated at the auditorium on the lower level of the 41-17 Main St. location of the Queens Library. Attendees will come in touch with the multiple facets of ancient Chinese culture as musicians and performers will play guquin, flute, ciao and pipa, sing Kunqu opera and perform a tea ceremony. Several prominent artists are expected to take the stage at the celebration, which begins at 1:30 p.m.

Visit the Art Center Workshops for their annual Open House and experience a variety of fun, hands-on activities, while indulging in popcorn and cotton candy. The event will take place at 161-04 Jamaica Ave. from noon to 4 p.m. The center offers more than 40 workshops on activities such as dance, cartooning and ceramics for participants of all ages. Registration is open for the fall semester beginning September 13.

Sunday, Sept. 7

It’s Family Day at the Queens Zoo. The zoo is organizing a tour for participants to get close to rainforest animals. The three-hour-long tour will start at 1 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at queenszoo.com at the cost of $25 for members and $35 for non-members. The price covers one adult and one child.

The Queens Sickle Cell Advocacy Network Inc.’s Annual Sickle Cell 5K Run/Walk-A-Thon, which raises funds to spread awareness about Sickle Cell Disease, will begin at 10 a.m. at 160th Street between Liberty and Archer avenues and end at Roy Wilkins Park. You can register online at eventbrite.com with a $20 fee or on the day of the race, from 8 a.m., for $25. Patrice Hamilton, Miss New York 2014, is the Grand Marshal. Sickle Cell Disease is a life-threatening disease that affects 90,000 to 100,000 Americans every year. Call 718-712-0873 for more details.

Play4Autism and Triumph Gymnastics are joining hands to create a safe and fun play environment for autistic children. The weekly program will run every Sunday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at 79-41 Cooper Ave. Registration with Play4Autism is mandatory and can be completed by calling 646-836-4535 or visiting www.play4autism.org.

The Poppenhusen Institute’s annual 9/11 Memorial Service and Concert will begin at 1 p.m. at the institute’s garden at 114-04 14th Rd. The event features tarumi violinists and singers.

Enjoy the sun and the shopping at the outdoor flea market, organized by St. Raphael’s Church, on 35-20 Greenpoint Ave. The market will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Upscale art and furniture are being put up for sale at 10-17 Jackson Ave. All furniture was used for model homes as display and are all new. The sale begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m.

The Queens Library’s Sunday Concerts @ Central will host singer/songwriters Wahid Azad and Nazreen Azad as they bring Bengali art to 89-11 Merrick Blvd. Dressed in traditional Bangladeshi costumes, the duo will sing patriotic, folk and modern songs, and dance to music from Bangladeshi movies. The event starts at 3 p.m.

The Emerging Artist Fellowship Exhibition opens at Socrates Sculpture Park. Fifteen artists will display their new works that explore the state of sculpture today. The artists were selected out of nearly 300 candidates by a highly competitive process. These artists were then given access to the park’s facilities and generous financial, technical and curatorial support. The exhibition will be open from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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.

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

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Saturday, Aug. 30

Enjoy music from the Caribbean on the first day of the two-day Labor Day Caribbean Concert. Machel Montano will perform from 9 p.m. onwards at the Resorts World Casino, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd. Tickets begin at $40.

The American-Italian Cancer Foundation’s mobile clinic offering free breast cancer screening services will be at RDRC, 1920 Mott Ave., from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. No co-pays are required and deductibles are waived. You are eligible to be screened if you are a woman aged 40 or older with health insurance, a woman aged 50 or older without health insurance, a current New York City resident or someone who has not had a mammogram in the past 12 months. Call 1-877-628-9090 to schedule an appointment.

Feel the breeze ruffle your hair as you exercise yoga on the beach. Instructor Helen Kilgallen from Elaine’s Dance School will coach participants through the beginner hatha yoga class. Participants should bring their own yoga mat, large towel or a blanket. Class begins at 8 a.m. at Beach 108th St.

Magician Omar Olusion is hosting Omar’s Summer Blast-Off at the Carousel in Forest Park. The party will feature live DJ music, games and dance contests. While the party is free, attendees will have to pay separately to ride the carousel. The 4-hour-long fiesta begins at 2 p.m.

The Museum of the Moving Image is screening “Brokeback Mountain” (2005) as part of its See It Big!: Hollywood Melodrama series. The movie stars Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal and won its director Ang Lee an Academy Award. Screening begins at 6 p.m. at 36-01 35 Ave., and tickets are included with the museum admission tickets on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sunday, Aug. 31

It’s the concluding day of the Labor Day Caribbean Concert. Kerwin DuBois will bring you music from the islands at the concert starting at 9 p.m. at the Resorts World Casino, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd. Tickets begin at $40.

The Wild Minds: What Animals Really Think exhibition, which began in May, is closing at the New York Hall of Science, located at 47-01 111th St. The exhibition is a must-see for children as they will learn about the similarities between human and animal cognition through videos, games and displays. Entry is free with a New York Hall of Science admission.

The Museum of the Moving Image’s continuous screening of films made for the two World’s Fairs of 1939 and 1964, comes to an end today. While some films are shown in their entirely, only excerpts of others are screened. All the screenings take place in the Video Screening Amphitheater at 36-01 35 Ave.

The New York Mets will once again give its fans a glimpse into Taiwanese culture. The 10th annual Taiwan Heritage Night, presented by the Taiwan Tourism Bureau, will take place at Citi Field when the Mets host the Philadelphia Phillies. Taiwanese aboriginal dancer Techno Santaizi (Dancing Prince) and Taiwanese singers will perform at the Mets Plaza. Taiwanese tennis player Yen-Hsun (Rendy) Lu, who has consistently ranked in the top 100 for six years, will throw the first pitch. The Taiwanese mascot Oh Bear will interact with Mr. Met during the game. The first 750 fans to buy tickets through a special online offer at Mets.com/Taiwan will receive a limited edition of Taiwanese cheering sticks. Purchase tickets by calling 718-507-TIXX or by visiting the Jackie Robinson Rotunda ticket windows.

Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 1

Children will enjoy Zabo’s Circus Show, a one-clown show featuring Zabo juggling, riding a unicycle and balancing various props. The show will be performed twice, at 2 p.m. and at 4 p.m., at the Carousel in Forest Park. Both are free, but riding the carousel will cost extra.

Rockaway!, a public arts festival celebrating the reopening of Fort Tilden, comes to an end at the Rockaway Beach Surf Club, 302 Beach 87th St. The Surf Club acted as a relief center after Hurricane Sandy and now hosts a group exhibition celebrating the efforts of the community in rebuilding their homes. The festival is free and open to the public from noon to 6 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.

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.

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

Photo Courtesy-DogSchoolNY

DOGGIE BOOT CAMP
Want to train your dog? Attend the free Doggie Boot Camp at Crocheron Park. Anthony Jerone, the founder of the NYC Transit Authority’s Canine Patrol Program and a former Vietnam K-9 Corps Specialist will be conducting this class every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., weather permitting. They demonstrate techniques on how to break a dog of chewing, biting, barking and other excessive behavior. The workshop accepts dogs of all ages, temperaments and breeds and is fun for the whole family. Registration is required. Visit www.DogSchoolNY.com to reserve a spot. Contact Anthony at 718-454-5800 for more information.

SATURDAY, AUG.23
Come join us for an afternoon of crafts, games, inflatables, music, fitness activities and more at the Baisley Park Extension in Baisley Pond Park. School supplies and health and safety information will be given out to all students on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission is free and the event is organized by the Queens Recreation. Call 718-393-7370 for more information.

Shop for a cause today at the Queens Historical Society Fundraiser hosted by Macy’s. Macy’s Shop for a Cause Event has been happening since 2006, and this year it is giving Queens residents a chance to give back to the community. When you purchase a $5 shopping pass, you will get exclusive savings in every Macy’s store, including the Roosevelt Avenue store in Flushing, and the Queens Historical Society will get 100 percent of the proceeds. The event will take place all day at any Macy’s store. To purchase tickets, stop by in person from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday or mail checks payable to Queens Historical Society to 143-35 37th Ave.

The American Italian Cancer Foundation’s (AICF) mobile, No-Cost Breast Cancer Screening Program will be providing mammograms and clinical breast exams to uninsured and medically underserved New York women. Specifically, current New York City women residents who are 40 and older with health insurance, 50 and older without health insurance, or those who have not had a mammogram in the past 12 months are eligible. Medical services will be hosted by Friendly Church from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in 115-03 Sutphin Blvd. For further information, call 877-628-9090.

Children can participate in fun workshops, watch the pros practice, and enjoy a free concert and more at “Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day.” The event is located at the United States Tennis Association at the Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The event is held all day.

SUNDAY, AUG. 24
Known for exciting and exhilarating performances, The Afri-Garifuna Jazz Ensemble infuses the indigenous rhythms and music from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines with African, Latin and jazz rhythms, creating a high-energy music and dance spectacular. A dance lesson begins at 1 p.m. followed by the concert at 2 p.m. The event is free and is located at the Flushing Town Hall at 137-35 Northern Blvd.

Come and enjoy the music, food and culture of Ireland to give you an experience similar to walking through a World’s Fair pavilion. Tickets are $15 each and must be purchased in advance. The event is from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. and is located at the Queens Historical Society Kingsland Homestead at 143-35 37th Ave. For more information please call 718-939-0647. Purchase tickets at http://www.queenshistoricalsociety.org/public-programs.html.

Come to a walk through historic Whitestone with historian Jason D. Antos from 2 to 5 p.m. today. The tour will follow the path of the old Whitestone line of the North Side branch of the Long Island Rail Road and also explore historic Beechhurst and old Whitestone Village. Dress appropriately for a warm afternoon and bring water. The tour will meet in the Waldbaum’s shopping center parking lot by the Tropicana entrance. Admission is $5 for Bayside Historical Society Members and $10 for non-members. If it rains, the tour will be moved to Sunday, Sept. 7, at the same time and meeting place. For more information, email jasonantos@aol.com.

Animals are smarter than you think. Through videos, games and displays, visitors to the New York Hall of Science for the “Wild Minds – What Animals Really Think” exhibit will discover the similarities between human and animal cognition. The event is recommended for ages 6 to 14 and is free with a NYSCI admission. The Hall of Science is located at 47-01 111th St. For more information please call 718-699-0005 or visit http://nysci.org/wild-minds-what-animals-really-think. The exhibit runs to Sunday, Aug. 31.

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, Aug. 16

Participate in a family game day in Woodhaven, where children of all ages and their families are invited to enjoy Queens Library’s many board games. The event starts at 4:30 p.m. and takes place at 85-41 Forest Parkway.

State Sen. Joseph Addabbo will host his sixth Veterans Barbeque in which veterans and their families can gather and indulge in hamburgers, hot dogs, salads and other barbeque staples cooked up by a local volunteer, all while enjoying live music. The barbeque will take place from noon to 2 p.m. on the corner of 102nd St. and 160th Ave. For more information, contact Ms. Pat McCabe in Addabbo’s Howard Beach office, 710-738-1111.

Queens Library presents the film screening of “On My Own,” a documentary focused on the stigma of single motherhood, followed by a discussion. The screening will take place at 2 p.m. at Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Blvd. For more information, call 718-990-0778.

Sunday, Aug. 17

Queens Botanical Garden will have a craft table at The Shops at Skyview Center, where they will be making a flower and leaf press to preserve flowers and leaves before summer ends. The crafts will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. at 40-24 College Point Blvd., 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.

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

Photo courtesy of Rialto Pictures Studio Canal

Friday, Aug. 8 through Sunday, Aug. 10

A showcase for international films on unique people and places far outside urban areas will be shown at the “Rural Route Film Festival” at the Museum of the Moving Image at 36-01 35th Avenue. Live world/folk music and food from guest chefs will also be there. Admissions for the event are $10 for the public, free for museum members and $27 for all programs taking place. To guarantee access to individual screenings, festival pass holders may reserve tickets in advance by calling 718-777-6800 or emailing rsvp@movingimage.us. Program times vary. Click here to see all times.

Saturday, Aug. 9 

Join Boy Scout Troop 17 in celebrating their 100th anniversary of continuously serving the youths of the community since 1914 with fun outdoor activities, exhibits and historical displays of the troop and scouting. The event is from 1 to 4 p.m. and admission is free with an admission at the Queens Botanical Garden. The Garden is located at 43-50 Main St.

“Smokey Bear’s 70th Birthday Bash!” is a celebration of the great outdoors with live animal demos, guided hikes, a forest ranger obstacle course and a scavenger hunt with prizes at the Alley Pond Park at 76th Avenue and Springfield Blvd. Admission is free. The event is from noon to 3 p.m.

Over 170 teams and 2,000 participants from around the world will compete in the 22nd Annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, at the Meadows Lake at Flushing Meadows Corona Park today and tomorrow. The festival is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This multicultural event includes sports drama, music, dance, colors and a food court. Admission is free and the event will be held rain or shine.

You think you have what it takes to win the 37th Queensboro Arm Wrestling Championship? Come to the Cheap Shots Sports Bar at 149-05 Union Turnpike to find out. The championship starts at 1 p.m. and admission is $5.

Come to the green screen fantasy party at the Steinway Astoria Mini Mall today for a photo shoot. Bring $10 and your dream as they take you on a green screen photo fantasy. For more information please call 718-679-3024 or 917-639-8111. The photo shoot is located at 28-41 Steinway St., Suite 7.

The Forest Hills Stadium, where the Beatles and the Rolling Stones once played, is revamped. It will host the Modest Mouse/Brand New Concert. The concert starts at 6:30 p.m. but doors will open at 5 p.m. Admission is from $49.50 to $59.50 and the stadium is located at 1 Tennis Pl. The event will occur rain or shine. There is a four-ticket limit per household. Get your tickets today at www.foresthillsstadium.com.

Do you quilt, sew, or just love fabric and textiles? Or maybe you would like to learn more about it? Join other sewing enthusiasts for an afternoon of creating and socializing. The event is co-sponsored by Queens Sewing Social and admission is $8 for Bayside Historical Society members and $10 for non-members. The society is located at 208 Totten Ave. and the event is from 1 to 4 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 10

Attend the full moon drumming workshop, an outdoor drum circle with master drummers at Flushing Town Hall at 137-35 Northern Blvd. Begin with workshops on Indian tablas and other percussive instruments, and then jam with the entire group. Admission is $25 and the event starts at 7 p.m.

Last Sunday’s flea market at St. Raphael’s Church was cancelled due to weather forecast. It will be held today. The church is located at 35-20 Greenpoint Ave. and the flea market is 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.

Enjoy the music, food and culture of Poland in an experience similar to being in a 1964 World’s Fair pavilion at “A Taste of Poland.” The tasting is located at the Queens Historical Society at 143-35 37th Ave. Admission is $15 a ticket and the event is from 2:30 to 4:30 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.

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

Photo courtesy Flushing Town Hall Facebook

Saturday, July 12

Do you quilt, sew or just love fabric and textiles? Or would you like to learn? Join other sewing enthusiasts in an afternoon of creating and socializing in “Open Sew at the Castle.” The event is co-sponsored by Queens Sewing Social. Admission is $8 for Bayside Historical Society (BHS) members and $10 for non-BHS members. The event is located at Fort Totten Park, 208 Totten Avenue and is from 1 to 4 p.m.

The Church of the Resurrection will be having a mini summer treasure and book sale from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 12, and from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 13. There will be house wares, books, DVDs, VHS tapes, small appliances, toys, household items, one-of-a-kind items and much more for sale. Beverages are available and the Church is located at 85-09 118 Street. For more information call 718-847-2649.

Parashat Club at Rego Park Jewish Center will meet at 12:30 p.m. after Shabbat services to discuss Parashat Pinchas with Rabbi Samuel Waidenbaum, Rabbi Romiel Daniel and Charles Lehat. Light bites will be served, the event is free, and all are welcome. The Center is located at 97-30 Queens Blvd., between 64th and 65th roads.

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

Holy Family Church, located in 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 total will be reduced. For information and registration call 631-360-9720. Admission is $45.

Sunday, July 13

Come attend dance lessons at Flushing Town Hall’s garden as part of their free summer concert series on Sunday, July 13. Lessons start at 1 p.m. and concerts begin at 2 p.m. This Sunday’s dance lesson will center on Soul Party, old-school R&B. Soul Party weaves through the old-school rhythm and blues music that set the tone in America during the turbulent changes of the 1960s, featuring popular songs of Junior Walker & The All Stars, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Bill Withers and Johnnie Taylor. Rain location and the Young Dancemakers program will be in our theatre. Event is free. The Hall is located at 137-45 Northern Blvd.

Rego Park Jewish Center will be having a singles social and dance for singles 45+ from 2 to 6 p.m. There will be refreshments and music by DJ Andrew Forman. For more information please call 718-459-1000 or email office@rpjc.org. The dance is $10 per person and the Center is located at 97-30 Queens Blvd., between 64th and 65th roads.

St. Raphael’s Church will be hosting a Sunday outdoor flea market (it will be held indoors if it rains) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A 10-foot spot costs $30. For more information please call 718-729-8957 or email straphaelrectory@yahoo.com. Checks are made payable to St. Raphael Church. The Church is located on 35-20 Greenpoint Ave. at the LIE.

Join the Queens Historical Society for “A Taste of Germany.” As part of the Society’s World’s Fair programming for their newest exhibition, “Remembering Yesterday: Queens & Its World’s Fairs,” they are hosting four tasting events: Germany, Italy, Poland and Ireland. 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. To purchase tickets online in advance for “A Taste of Germany,”click here. Tickets are $15 each and include admission to Kingsland, food and beverage. To mail the Society a check, please call them first to make sure there are tickets still available. The last day to buy tickets in advance is the Wednesday before each event. Tickets will be sold the day of the event for $20 if available. There are no refunds and if you have any further questions please call 718-939-0647 ext. 17. The event is located at 143-35 37th Ave.

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.

MORE EVENTS

What to do this weekend in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Friday, July 4 and Saturday, July 5

There will be nonstop excitement and entertainment with Zabo the Clown on July 4 and Champu the Magician on July 5 at “Magic and Circus Show” at Forest Park Drive off Woodhaven Boulevard. The event on July 4 starts at 2 p.m. and the event on July 5 starts at 4 p.m. The event is free and there is a carousel at Forest Park. Tickets for the carousel are $3 for one ticket, $5 for two tickets and $23 for 10 tickets. Groups of 10 or more are $2.25 per rider.

Through Sunday, July 6

Our Valued Commodity’s second annual carnival, the Independence Weekend Carnival Explosion, will feature rides, games, food, live entertainment and a fireworks show. The fireworks show will take place on July 5 at 9 p.m. Admission is free and the carnival is located at the Padavan-Preller Field at 236-02 Hillside Ave. The carnival will run from July 3 to 6 and is from 5 p.m. to midnight.

Resorts World Casino will be holding a July Fourth fireworks viewing event at Bar360 and on their sixth floor parking lot at 74-110 Rockaway Blvd. beginning at 7 p.m. The sixth floor parking lot is the perfect viewing spot for the Independence Day fireworks.

Saturday, July 5

Summer on the Green: Two concerts, children’s entertainment and fireworks kick off a season of events at The Shops at Atlas Park. Bring the whole family and enjoy the fresh air and the fun! Admission is free and the shops are located at 80-00 Cooper Ave. The event is from 5 to 9 p.m.

Paint, cut and imagine at “Corona Loves Art” every first Saturday of the month through September. The event is free and there will be art-making workshops for interested individuals. This season, the Corona Plaza program will explore the artistry of marionettes, collage and sculpture. The location is at Corona Plaza, 103rd Street and Roosevelt Ave.

Our Valued Commodity’s Independence Weekend Carnival Explosion fireworks: See Friday, July 4.

Sunday, July 6

Friends and neighbors are invited for free admission and a variety of programs, including an open studio, a public tour, and a special conversation focusing on a single work of art at the Noguchi Museum for Community Day at 4-01 33rd Rd. The event is from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m and the open studio will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Friends of Community Board 1 Street Fair is from noon to 6 p.m. For more information call 718-728-7820 or visit www.centralastoria.org. The street fair is located at 30th Avenue between 29th and Steinway streets.

Join hundreds of bikers for a fun-filled, family-friendly, 20-mile bike tour to highlight various Queens neighborhoods like Flushing, Murray Hill, Beechurst and Whitestone at the seventh annual Tour de Queens. Admission is $20 for non-members and $15 for Transportation Alternatives members. The tour starts at Flushing Meadows Corona Park at 9:30 a.m. To register visit, click here.

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

Photo courtesy Loren Wohl

Saturday, June 28

Explore the borough’s richest collection of high Victorian homes and much more in a three-hour tour beginning at noon. The meet-up location is at Triangle Pharmacy at Jamaica Ave. and Lefferts Blvd., two blocks west of the 121st Street station on the J train. Admission is $15 for Greater Astoria Historical Society members and $20 to the public.

The 8th annual Rockstock and Barrels Festival will take place rain or shine at Beach 90’s boardwalk. The event starts at 10 a.m. and lasts all day. The nearest subway to the boardwalk is the A and S. the nearest bus is to take the Q22 or Q52 to Beach 92 or the Q53 to Beach 96. Playing on the main stage will be Matthew Kiss, The Wordy Burns, The King’s Heartbeat, Symptom, Ethoscope, Kilzone, Shipwrecks and more!

Come to the “Forest Park Rock Fest II” at the Forest Park Bandshell from 1 to 5 p.m. There will be featured performances from Small Craft Warning, VooDoo Daddy, Missing Maddox and The Boom Section. Admission is free. The Bandshell is just off Woodhaven Blvd.

The American Jewish World Service and The Reform Temple of Forest Hills present a free film screening and discussion featuring the award-winning film “Call Me Kuchu” and presentation by Ken* (a pseudonym for safety). Ken is a founding member and currently the coordinator of an LGBT organization American Jewish World Service works with in Kenya. Reservations are required. Contact Meital Rosenberg at mrosenberg@ajws.org or 212-792-2919 for more information.

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.

Sunday, June 29

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Louis Armstrong’s concert at the 1964 World’s Fair. The Kupferberg Center for the Arts/Queens College Present “The Louis Armstrong International Music Festival” from 1 to 7 p.m., rain or shine at Flushing Meadows Corona Park at the Unisphere. The admission is free. There will be live music, dancing and a food truck rally. Featured performances include Albita, Jon Faddis Quartet, Junoon featuring Salman Ahmad, David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Eternity Band and more!

There is a live concert with Grammy-winning vocalist Catherine Russell and the unveiling of rare 1964 World’s Fair photos of Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Queens Museum. The exhibit is “Ambassador Satchmo at the World’s Fair – Celebrating 50 Years.” The Museum’s suggested admission is $8 for adults and children over 12, $4 for students and seniors, and children under 12 attend for free.

Explore old and new, site-specific art by local and internationally acclaimed artists, and celebrate Fort Tilden’s re-opening and the Rockaway recovery from noon to 8 p.m. At 8 p.m. the Rockaway Surf Beach Club after-party begins. There will be food trucks, children’s art activities, film screenings, camping, kayaking, pick-up baseball games and a Patti Smith concert. The location is at Fort Tilden, Gateway National Recreation Area, and the event is free.

Reggae’s hit machine Beres Hammond joins Australian soft pop duo Air Supply as headline acts in “Groovin’ in the Park” at noon. General tickets are $59.99 and VIP tickets are $149.99. VIP admission includes a separate entrance, front, center-stage seating, a cold beverage and snack, decorated lounge with monitors, and BBQ. The location is at Roy Wilkins Park, 177-01 Baisley Blvd. Buy tickets on www.groovininthepark.com/buy-tickets.

Learn everything from beer ingredients to brewing at “Beer & Home Brewing in 19th Century New York” at the King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave. The event starts at 3 p.m. The event is free but reservations are required. To RSVP contact programs@kingmanor.org or 718-206-0545 ext. 13.

What is fly-fishing and what kind of equipment and knots do you use to fly fish? Attend “Fly Fishing 101” from 10 a.m. to noon at Alley Pond Environmental Center at 228-06 Northern Blvd. to learn the secrets of fly-fishing. Please pre-register by calling 718-229-4000. The event is for adults and children ages 8 and up. Tickets are $16 for Alley Pond members, $21 for non-members and $7 for children.

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 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.

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