What to do this weekend in Queens

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com |

Saturday, September 7

Salvage the last days of summer at the Back to School Festival at Alley Pond Park. From noon to 3 p.m. elude the stress of school with an afternoon of craft projects, rides, giveaways and games. This is a free event. For more information, call 718-352-4793

The Queens Botanical Garden will host the New York City Compost Project in Queens: Fall Lawn Care. This hands-on demonstration will be coordinated by lawn care expert extraordinaire Patty Kleinberg and will teach homeowners how to maintain lawn care in an eco-friendly manner. The last hour of the workshop will include an applied demonstration by Kleinberg. Costs is $5 per person and registration is required. For more information, call 718-539-5296

Through  September 9

The New York Hall of Science hosts the Arthur Ashe Learning Center Inspirational Tour, where all who participate will explore the legendary life of tennis pioneer Arthur Ashe. Ashe was the first African-American tennis player to be selected to the United States Davis Cup Team and the only African-American player to win the men’s singles title at Wimbledon, the US Open and the Australian Open. The exhibit utilizes touchscreen augmented reality, motion paintings and interactive challenges to examine the subjects that Ashe was passionate about. General admission to the New York Hall of Science during the showing of this exhibit is free thanks to the generosity of the Arthur Ashe Learning Center. For more information, call 718-699-5227

Saturdays and Sundays through September

Socrates Sculpture Park presents Parting, an innovative installation in Long Island City, which combines green initiatives, artistry, and architecture. The design incorporates elevated thresholds and slopes, nets, chain links, and hybrid framing structures to create a state-of-the-art design. Appropriately located in one of the city’s fastest growing neighborhoods, which is also home to an expanding art scene, Parting encompasses elements of modernism and curiosity.  Parting is located on 43-29 Crescent Street, in a converted asphalt parking lot adjacent to M. Wells Steakhouse. The lot will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through to 2014. Parting is the first art design project located in the lot and the first project of Socrates Sculpture Park outside of its park in northern Long Island City. The development is supported by Rockrose Development Corporation and engineered by native New York architects Jerome W. Haferd and K. Brandt Knapp. For further information, visit www.socratessculpturepark.org.

The New York Hall of Science’s 3D theater is showing “The Last Reef,” an underwater journey that explores the unrivaled biodiversity of coral reefs. “The Last Reef” draws parallels between coral reefs, underwater centers vital to marine life, and cities, which bustle with human exchange. While this 3-dimensional feature is an entertaining experience, it also communicates the disturbing reality that coral reefs, which have been perhaps the most enduring and essential life forms in Earth’s history, are being threatened with extinction as a result of human pollution. Screening times are Monday through Friday 11:30 a.m. and 2:15 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Recommended for ages 6 and older. For more information, visit www.nysci.org.

Through September

The Museum of Moving Image will screen “Single Stream” by Powel Wojtasik, Toby Lee, and Ernst Karel. Focused on the themes of excess, waste, and the consequences of a high-consuming culture, “Single Stream” offers a reflection of American society by exploring a recovery facility in Charlestown, Massachusetts, which sorts out refuse that is processed daily for recycling. The audience discovers the systems upon which the plant is run and captures the intricate processes contrived to treat the immense amount of waste Americans produce on a daily basis. For more information, visit www.movingimage.us.

Saturdays and Sundays through October 27

From 10 a.m.-6 p.m., every weekend through October 27, Long Island City is home to the newest flea and food market in New York, LIC Flea & Food. Enjoy some great eats, find a hidden treasure in the market, discover new artists and great local vendors all while taking in breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline. Just blocks from the 7, E, M and G trains as well as the East River Ferry and parking across the street. Bring your friends and family to kick off the start of a perfect weekend. For more information, visit, www.licflea.com.