What to do this weekend in Queens

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com |

Photo courtesy Alley Pond Environmental Center
Photo courtesy Alley Pond Environmental Center

What is a polliwog anyway? Children learn the answer to this question and many more while observing and handling real frogs on Saturday, June 21 at Alley Pond Environmental Center.

Saturday, June 21

Come hear “Music from North and South America performed by Quintet of the Americas” at St. Josaphat’s Church at 35th Avenue and 210th Street at 5 p.m. Free admission. For more info visit www.stjosaphatbayside.org or call 718-229-1663.

Visit more than 20 bars for craft beer, cocktail specials, games, live music, dancing and giveaways at the Astoria Tour-de-Bar at 31-19 Newtown Ave. from noon to 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 each and there will be a fee of $1.74. The event benefits the Childhood Cancer Society.

Party from 4 to 10 p.m. with internationally known, Queens-based artists, plus a BBQ throw down from local restaurants and a film screening under the stars at the Queens Council on the Arts Block Party. Tickets are $35 each and the event is located at Kaufman Astoria Lot, 36th Street and 36th Avenue.

Welcome the summer with special sound performances by various artists, a Summer Solstice ritual, a picnic, and a wonderful Manhattan skyline. Free admission. The event is located at Socrates Sculpture Park at 32-01 Vernon Blvd.

Attend “La Dolce Vita,” the Douglaston and Little Neck Historical Society (DLNHS) Gala from 7:30 p.m. to midnight at the Hollywood Avenue home of Peter and Arlene Angelilli in Douglaston to celebrate the Silver Anniversary of and to benefit the DLNHS. Attendance is limited and tax-deductible reservations can be made at www.dlnhs.org.

The Members of the Angelo Graci Republican Club of Queens are happy to announce that it will hold a luncheon at noon to celebrate the Club’s 30th anniversary of its beginning in 1984. Republican Candidate for Governor Rob Astorino will be the honored guest. The luncheon will be held in the Parish Center of Christ Lutheran Church on the corner of 101st Avenue and 86th Street in Ozone Park. The donation of $35 is not tax deductible. For more information please contact Dolores Williams at 718-835-7175.

Find out how to live a healthy life with diabetes by attending the EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care event on diabetes management and how you could gain control of your diabetes – and have more energy to devote to feeling healthy, content and nourished. Learn how to manage symptoms, better understand your condition, reduce stress, boost confidence, and problem-solve and better manage everyday tasks. This free event is from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and is located at 206-20 Linden Blvd. in Cambria Heights. To RSVP call 646-476-1294.

Come to the “Spring Workout” at EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.! It doesn’t take a genius to realize the consequences of inactivity and loads of unhealthy foods, so why not use your family as support in becoming a more fit and active unit! This free workshop will include information on the importance of staying healthy as a family though health and nutrition and a family exercise class. We will have giveaways and light refreshments. To RSVP call 646-476-1294.

Celebrate the immigrant LGBTQ voices of Queens at 7 p.m. LGBTQ musicians, dancers and performing artists based in Queens selected through an open call will be performing at this partnership concert. The event is supported in part by NYC Council member Daniel Dromm. Tickets are $15/$10 for Flushing Town Hall members and students.

Would you like to help us care for Alley Pond Environment Center (APEC)’s animals? The program, “Animal Care Trainee,” teaches children about the interesting job of an animal caretaker. Children will have hands-on experience in feeding, brushing, cleaning and learning all about the needs of APEC’s animals. Snacks and animal care trainee certificate included. This program, located at 228-06 Northern Blvd. from 10 a.m. to noon, is limited to eight participants and is for ages 8 to 12. Tickets are $21 per child. Pre-registration required. Call 718-229-4000.

Join NYC Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer in his 4th Annual LGBT Pride Brunch at the Riverview Restaurant in Long Island City to celebrate Pride Month. This event is free and all are invited. Please RSVP to anasner@council.nyc.gov or 718-383-9566 ext. 1. The restaurant is located at 2-01 50th Ave.

Make Music NY is a free, live music celebration on the longest day of the year (Saturday, June 21), with more than 1,200 concerts on streets, sidewalks, and parks across NYC. Some Queens venues include Astoria, Jackson Heights, Jamaica, Long Island City and Sunnyside. Free admission and the event is held the entire day. Go on makemusicny.org for more information.

What is a polliwog anyway? Children learn the answer to this question and many more while observing and handling real frogs on Saturday, June 21. Participants discover how frogs eat and move, and study their fascinating life cycle. The program, “Fantastic Frogs and Polliwogs,” includes games, a craft, a snack and a hike in search of frog eggs and tadpoles. Limited to 12 participants ages 5 and 6, and they must be toilet trained. The event is held at Alley Pond Environmental Center at 228-06 Northern Blvd. from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and is $21 per child. Pre-registration required. Call 718-229-4000.

Sunday, June 22

The Queens Botanical Garden invites the public to a fun-filled day and celebration at their Summer Solstice and Festival de las Flores (Festival of the Flowers) from noon to 5 p.m. Come and enjoy a variety of activities for all ages, including displays of Silletas, a floral tapestry and botanical sculptures, a petting zoo, arts and crafts, old-fashioned games, live music, face painting, food and craft vendors, and bilingual story time. For more information about the festival email Darcy Hector at dhector@queensbotanical.org or call 718-886-3800 ext. 330.

Enjoy a free outdoor concert co-sponsored by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation and the Bayside Historical Society located on the sledding hill at Crocheron Park from 6 to 8 p.m. The concert will feature Something In Between, who will play hits from the ‘60s through today. Attendees are welcome to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnics.

Come learn about deciduous forests at the Alley Pond Environmental Center from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. What makes this ecosystem so special? Discoverers will meet animals that make their home in our forests and explore the forests within our park. Limited to eight participants and a snack is included. This program, “Young Discoverers Club – Forest Findings,” is for ages 8 to 12 and is $24 per child. The Center is located at 228-06 Northern Blvd.


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 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.