What to do this weekend in Queens

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com |

Photo courtesy of Flushing Town Hall
Photo courtesy of Flushing Town Hall

On Sunday, December 1, come and light the menorah at Flushing Town Hall, and celebrate Hanukkah with award-wining storyteller Robin Bady, as she shares her favorite stories and songs.

Saturday, November 30

NYC Urban Park Rangers is organizing a vigorous hike through Alley Pond Park’s forested trails. Comfortable shoes or boots, a bottle of water and a light snack is recommended for all participants to bring. Meet up will take place at 11 a.m. at the Alley Pond Park Adventure Center, between the Grand Central Parkway and Winchester Boulevard. This event is free. For more information, call 718-846-2713.

Sunday, December 1

Join Brooklyn All-Star Center Brook Lopez for a morning of basketball instruction and fun at the “2013 Citi Brook Lopez Basketball Pro Camp.” This event begins at 9 a.m. at Queens College’s Fitzgerald Gymnasium, located at 65-30 Kissena Boulevard in Flushing. For more information, call 718-997-4710.

Urban Park Rangers is hosting “Nature Photography: Winter Landscapes” at Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk. This photography program is for digital cameras and you must provide your own camera. DSLR cameras are preferred, though all cameras are welcome. Participants are asked to meet up at Beach 67 Street and the Boardwalk at 11 a.m. This event is free. For more information, call 718-846-2731.

Come and light the menorah at Flushing Town Hall. Celebrate Hanukkah with award-wining storyteller Robin Bady, as she shares her favorite stories and songs. Bady will be accompanied by violinist Deni Bonet. It will be a day of miracles, menorahs, dreidels and dancing! There are two opportunities to join the festivities at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for members and children. Flushing Town Hall is located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard, at the corner of Linden Place, in Flushing. For more information, call 718-463-7700.

The New York Hall of Science presents, “Make it! Block Printing.” Make small, block printed pillows, holiday cards and envelopes. Participants are also welcome to bring their own t-shirts and fabric to print on. This event is recommended for age 5 and up. Tickets are $ 5 per parent/child pair ($3 for members), plus admissions to the museum. Register on the day of the event at the NYSCI admissions area. This drop-in workshop takes place at 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, email rbingham@nysci.org. The New York Hall of Science is located at 47-01 111th Street in Corona.

Through January 24 

On Saturdays and Sundays or Wednesday through Friday take the opportunity to watch “Jungle Girl” in Tut’s Fever Movie Palace. “Jungle Girl” is a classic movie serial starring Frances Gifford and Tom Neal. This 15 episode serial is filled with stunts, lion-wrestling, battles with quicksand and villainy! It was one of the earliest films to star a female protagonist. Screenings are 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays and 2 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays at the Museum of Moving Image at 36-01 35th Avenue, Astoria. For more information call 718-777-6888.

Through January 25

Art in the Garden: Deconstructed Flowers at the Queens Botanical Garden Visitor and Administration Building. Gallery Photographer H. David Stein’s intricate photographs give flowers a particularly layered, multi-dimensional presence, See flowers angles you thought impossible! The Queens Botanical Garden is located at 43-50 Main Street Flushing. For more information call 718-463-0263.

Through March 31

Legacy: Photographs Emily Fisher Landau’s Gift to the Whitney Museum of American Art at the Fisher Landau Center for Arts. The collection includes 419 works, namely installations, sculptures, drawings, photographs, etc. by numerous key figures in contemporary American Art. FREE. Exhibition hours are Thursday through Monday, noon to 5 p.m. The Fisher Landau Center for Arts is located at 38-27 30th Street Long Island City. For more information call 718-937-0727.


Bring your friends, bring a scarf and gloves and remember to lace up tight! Ice skating season has begun at World Ice Arena at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park! Admission is $5 for all ages on weekdays and $8 on weekends and holidays. To rent skates be sure to bring socks and an additional $5. Monday through Friday the rink is open from 9 a.m. until 5:15 p.m. On weekends it is open: 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Friday nights; noon. until 4:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. until 9:50 p.m. Saturdays and noon  until 4:45 on Sundays. Information is subject to change, to inquire about any changes call 718-760-9001. World Ice Arena is located at Avery Avenue and 131st Street Flushing.