What to do this weekend in Queens

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com |

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The Amazing Maize Maze at the Queens County Farm Museum.

Saturday, September 28

Join the Queens Botanical Garden for its second part of the HSBC Children’s Garden Fall Session. Those who attend the second session will cook fresh snacks with vegetables from the garden and make fresh apple cider and plant herbs to take home for the winter. Admission is $12 for members and $15 for non-members.

St. John’s University Dribble for the Cure: On September 28 the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation will team up with the St. John’s Red Storm for the 3rd Annual Dribble for the Cure. A fun-filled day that raised money for pediatric cancer research, registrants will form “Dribble Teams” and have the opportunity to meet and dribble around the St. John’s Queens campus with the men’s and women’s basketball teams and Coaches Steve Lavin and Joe Tartamella. “Dribble Teams” that raise the most money will be eligible for prizes! For more information on registration, go to www.dribbleforthecure.com. St. John’s University is located at 8000 Utopia Parkway

The Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) invites all parents to attend a FREE Parents of Children with Special Needs Conference. Attendees will see presentations like, “The Journey of Being a Parent of a Child with Autism,” “Understanding NY Autism Insurance Reform,” Understanding Your Rights as a Parent of Child with Autism, and Functional Communication Training and Behavior Management. Attendees will receive free “Back to School” backpacks for their child. Location is Christ Tabernacle, 64-34 Myrtle Avenue Glendale. Contact: D.Plump@centerforautism.com
(RSVP by September 26 with first & last name, mailing address and telephone number)

Sunday, September 29

There is no doubt that Pat Boone is the original American Idol, and his appeal continues to be universal in scope! Singer, actor/TV host, producer, songwriter, author, motivational speaker, TV pitchman, radio personality and humanitarian, his contribution to the American culture and country’s consciousness has reached legendary status. Boone’s teen idol success led him to star in 14 major movie features with stars such as Ann Margaret, James Mason, Debbie Reynolds and Tony Curtis. In fact, he was Elvis’ main competition at that time. Boone became the youngest person to have his own weekly musical variety TV show, and in 1959 he wrote the lyric to the theme from the movie “Exodus,” about the creation of the State of Israel. See him perform live at 3 p.m. at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center at Queensborough Community College, 222-05 56th Avenue Bayside. For tickets ($45), call 718-631-6311.

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

Long Island City is home to the newest flea and food market in New York, LIC Flea & Food, every weekend, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., through October 27. 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. Located at 5-25 46th Avenue, LIC Flea is 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.

Through October 27

Celebrate fall and get lost in the three-acre Amazing Maize Maze at the Queens County Farm Museum. The adventure will begin with the “stalk talk,” a group interactive that prepares you for the challenges of finding your way through the maze, recognizing clues and solving puzzles. Maze will be open from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. but if you are feeling up to the challenge, be sure to be a part of Maze by the Moonlight on Saturdays, October 5 and 12 when the maze will be open until 9 p.m. admission is $9. For more information, call 718-347-3276.

Through November 10 

Howard Hawks (1896–1977) was the flawless Hollywood director whose distinct personal style can be seen in classics such as “Scarface,” “To Have and Have Not,” “His Girl Friday,” “Twentieth Century” and “Rio Bravo.” The film series presents a 39-film retrospective of the great American director who made films in almost every conceivable genre, while maintaining a style that was direct, energetic, and lucid. Series highlights include new, rarely seen, and/or restored archival 35mm prints of “Ball of Fire”(1942); “I Was a Male War Bride” (1949); “Scarface “(1932); “The Dawn Patrol “(1930); “Only Angels Have Wings”(1939); as well as the silent feature “Fig Leaves” (1927) and much more. All films shown are directed by Howard Hawks, unless otherwise noted and all titles will be shown on film. At the Museum of the Moving Image