What to do this weekend in Queens

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com |

Saturday, August 2

A national safety council defensive driving class will take place in Emanuel Church located on Woodhaven Boulevard and 91st Avenue from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations are required. Please call the church at 718-849-1153 and leave your name and telephone number. Admission is $35. Breakfast and snacks will be supplied but please bring your own lunch.

3D’s Aftercare Inc. will be celebrating their first anniversary with a back-to-school giveaway from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 153-40 Rockaway Blvd. Backpacks filled with school supplies will be given to the first 100 children, accompanied by an adult, on a first-come-first-served basis. Come out and join in on some family fun. There will be face painting, cotton candy, popcorn, food/drinks, afterschool registration, raffles and giveaways.

Enjoy the free outdoor “14th Annual Bix Beiderbecke Sunnyside Memorial Concert” from 2 to 7 p.m. Presenting Dixieland and swing-era jazz, the concert is located under the Sunnyside arch at 46th Street and Queens Boulevard. Performers include The Sunnyside Drum Corp., Pendulum Swings, Sunnyside Social Club, Big Apple Lindy-Hoppers and The Sunnyside Wolverines featuring Linda Ipanema and Carol Sudhalter. There is a special 1920s costume contest with prizes. For more information please contact Paul Maringelli at 646-416-4059.

Listen to “Sinkane + Takuya Kuroda” at The Lot LIC at 43-15 Crescent St. between 43rd Avenue and 44th Road. Sudan-born multi-instrumentalist Ahmed Gallab—alias Sinkane—is kicking off a new concert series with trumpeter-composer and recent Blue Note signee Takuya Kuroda. The concert starts at 4 p.m and admission is free.

The St. Mel’s RC Church of Flushing will present a Defensive Driving Course sponsored by the National Safety Council from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Participants will receive a mandatory insurance premium reduction and their violation point totals will be reduced. For more information and registration call 631-360-9730. Admission is $45. The church is located at 2614 154th St.

Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of “A Cause A Concern A Solution Network Inc.” at the “Annual Back to School Giveaway & Family Fun Day” at Baisley Pond Park. The event is free but registration is required for the school supply giveaway from 10 a.m. to noon. There will be performances by Cloza & Forever and Ms. DJ Royale & Team will engineer the sounds. Activities include face painting, balloon animal designs, cotton candy, food and refreshments, entertainment resource tables and bouncy rides. Minnie the Clown will also be there. An adult must accompany children between the ages of 4 to 12. Armbands distributed while supplies last. Interested volunteers please contact ACACAS at 917-349-1704 or the KDS Foundation at 516-642-1276. The park is located at Sutphin Boulevard and Rockaway Boulevard.

 Sunday, August 3

Bright colors, transparency and light: this is what glass painting is all about. Spend some playful time together making a colorful sun-catcher! The class will introduce you to the basics of glass painting. You will learn how to trace a design, color it with transparent, water-based paints and make a shiny and joyful decoration to hang at the window. Reservations are required. Please call 718-352-1548 to reserve a spot. Admission is $25 and the event is located at the Bayside Historical Society at 208 Totten Ave.

St. Raphael’s Church on 35-20 Greenpoint Ave. will host an outdoor flea market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ten-foot spots cost $30 and checks are made payable to St. Raphael Church. For more information, please call 718-729-8597 or email straphaelrectory@yahoo.com. In the event of rain, the flea market will be held indoors.

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 12-05 and The Douglaston Club invite you to learn about boating safety from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Take this course to teach your children proper respect for good seamanship, to secure a jet ski operator’s license, possible reduction on boat insurance and upon successful completion of the course, the required certificate will be issued to the participant. The event is open to the general public and admission is $60. Admission includes books, lunch and light refreshments. Pre-registration and payment required prior to class session. Contact Rudy Bier at 516-541-3211 or WRBier@optonline.net for more information. Make the check payable to “U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary” and mail the check to 321 North Hickory St. The Douglaston Club is located at 600 West Dr.

Benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, “One Note at a Time” proudly presents the first annual “Astoria Rocks for St. Jude Kids” on Sunday, August 3. There will be live musical performances by Deemohaus, DarkStar, SPITFIRE & Acoustic Soul Rebels. There is a minimum donation of $35 and it includes an open buffet (cash bar) courtesy of Platinum Venue Sponsor CAVO. The event is from 3 to 9 p.m. and is located at 42-18 31st Ave. For further information and ticket sales please contact 516-644-3992 or visit www.stjude.org/astoriarocksforstjude. Doors open at 3 p.m. and valet parking is available.


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.

MoMA PS1 presents “Warm Up 2014” from June 28 to September 6 every Saturday from 3 to 9 p.m. Doors open at noon and there will be outdoor music concerts by local and international experimental DJs. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 the day of. The event takes place rain or shine and at the MoMA PS1 courtyard.


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.