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 firstname.lastname@example.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.