Wheelchair tennis, Fort Totten tour, family concert…AND MORE


By Queens Courier Staff |

WONDERFUL WEEKEND EVENTS

From Thursday, June 4 to Sunday, June 7, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. the United States Tennis Association’s 9th Annual Jana Hunsaker Memorial Wheelchair Tennis Tournament will be ongoing at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. First prize is $10,000. Free audience admission. Kids’ clinic; Wheelchair Tennis Instructor Certification. For more information, call 718-592-9488.

On Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7 at 1 p.m. join the Urban Park Rangers for a guided tour of historic Fort Totten. Learn about the history of Willets Point and explore the nineteenth century fortress designed by Robert E. Lee. Meet at the Visitor Center, Ordnance and Lee Roads in Fort Totten Park. Call 718-352-1769 for more information.

Saturdays and Sundays noon to 5 p.m. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard hosts a Student Art Exhibition in partnership with J.H.S. 231 the Magnetech 2000 School. These students recently completed a visual arts residency with the Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts. Suggested donation $5; call the box office at 718-463-7700 Ext. 222 or visit www.FlushingTownHall.org for more information.

Saturdays and Sundays noon to 6 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Museum of the Moving Image, at 35th Avenue and 37th Street in Astoria, free exhibitions (suggested donation $5) include Behind the Screen, the main exhibition which reveals the inner workings and secrets of filmmaking, and shows in Tut’s Fever Movie Palace. Call 718-777-6820 or visit their web site, www.movingimage.us for more information.

FRIDAY

On Friday, June 5 at 7 p.m., Langston Hughes Library will present Family Day Concert with Alyson Williams. The library is located at 100-01 Northern Boulevard. For more information, call 718-651-1100.

SATURDAY

On Saturday, June 6, at 9 a.m. an instructor leads Hatha yoga exercises in the Little Bay Park roller hockey rink, 212th Street/Bell Boulevard/Cross Island Parkway service road intersection. Please bring your own mats and/or towels. Classes are free, however, you are asked to sign a waiver, so get there a little early. Sponsored by Hot Yoga Paradise and Queens County Savings Bank. Call 718-352-4793 for more information.

On Saturday, June 6, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Children and families are invited to Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Boulevard at Broadway for the 2nd annual Long Island City Bike Parade. Bike decorating workshops, free bike helmet fittings and giveaways with the Department of Transportation-Traffic Safety Division, riding safety tips and bike repairs. The parade begins at 2 p.m. with a special performance by the Sunnyside Drum Corp, cyclists from Circus Amok, and City Reliquary’s Civic Riders Bicycle Club. Call 718-956-1819 or email info@socratessculpturepark.org.

On Saturday June 6, from 9:30 to 10:30 a. m. and from 11 a.m. to noon, rain or shine, free Kripalu Yoga taught by Monique Schubert. Suitable for all experience levels; participants should bring a mat or towel. At Socrates Sculpture Park, Broadway at Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City. Call 718-956-1819 or visit www.socratessculpturepark.org for more information.

On Saturday, June 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. there’s a Summer Supply Giveaway for registered GreenThumb community gardens only, while supplies last, at GreenThumb Compound, Queens Plaza South at 10th Street in Long Island City. Call 212-788-8070 for more information.

On Saturday, June 6, at noon, meet the rangers at Cunningham Park and paint the White Trail with the Rangers in honor of National Trails Day. Equipment provided. Meet in parking lot at Union Turnpike and 197th Street. Call 718-846-2731 for more information.

On Saturday June 6, from noon to 1:30 p.m., rain or shine, free Capoeira in the Park, taught by Professor Abar. Classes are designed for all experience levels. Participants should wear comfortable clothing. At Socrates Sculpture Park, Broadway at Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City. Call 718-956-1819 or visit www.socratessculpturepark.org for more information.

On Saturday, June 6, from 1 to 4 p.m. celebrate World Environment Day, a United Nations flagship environment event, at the Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Boulevard in Douglaston. There will be environmental displays and speakers on solar, wind, and renewable energy; guided walks to Alley Pond’s Urban Forest and Little Neck Bay; live animals; action activities; music; and refreshments. Call 718-229-4000 for more information.

On Saturday, June 6 at 2 p.m., Laurelton Library at 134-26 225th Street will present The Ken Simon Quartet. The Ken Simon Quartet illustrates the history of jazz, its roots and influences in modern music with a wide selection of great jazz music, from the innovative masters Monk to Ellington, the Latin jazz of Bryant’s Cubano Chant, Miles, the Adderlys and more. For more information, call 718-528-2822.

On Saturday, June 6 at 2 p.m., Ozone Park Library, 92-24 Rockaway Boulevard will present Horacio Laguna. Guitarist/composer/vocalist Horacio Laguna performs songs by The Beatles, Elvis, Willie Nelson, Satchmo, Barry Manilow, Sinatra, mixed with selections by Latin composers and classic tangos. For more information, call 718-845-3127.

On Saturday June 6, from 2 to 3 p.m. take a Ride with Samara Kupferberg. Design your own carnival ride or make an amazing abstraction using pipe cleaners, wire, and a variety of fabulous yarns and ribbons, at Socrates Sculpture Park, Broadway at Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City. Participants work with a new artist each week, exploring diverse and innovative art mediums Call 718-956-1819 or visit www.socratessculpturepark.org for more information.

On Saturday June 6, from 2 to 4 p.m. at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, 31-10 Thomson Avenue in Long Island City, presents “Bridging the Arts: a Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Queensboro Bridge, with two dance companies, Grahm II from Manhattan and Mad About Dance from Queens. Free admission; reserve by email to RSVP-LPAC@lagcc.cuny.edu. For information on other cultural events, go to www.laguardiaperformingarts.com.

On Saturday, June 6, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Dana Krohn, Medicare Rights Center Part D Appeals Associate will give a free seminar on recent changes in the law and how they affect New York’s EPIC program, the “doughnut hole” and other concerns at Flushing House dining hall, 38-20 Bowne Street in Flushing. Call Robert Salant, director of community affairs at 347-532-3025 or 718-762-3198 to R.S.V.P. or email rsalant@uam.org, or visit their web site at www.flushinghouse.com.

On Saturday, June 6 at 2:30 p.m., Forest Hills Library, 108-19 71st Avenue, will present Eduard Kozlov. Russian tenor Eduard Kozlov performs a recital of old Russian Romances and Yiddish songs. For more information, call 718-268-7934.

On Saturday, June 6 at 3 p.m., Jackson Heights Library at 35-51 81st Street will present Cantamerica. Mario Rodriguez & Friends present a program of music and songs from Cuba, Puerto Rico and Latin America. For more information, call 718-899-2500.

On Saturday, June 6, at 4 p.m. Multiformity – dance performance with a mix of Polish, Balkan, Spanish, Japanese and African influences is part of Queens Art Express at Green Space, 37-24 24th Street #301, in Long Island City. Take the #7 train to Queensboro Plaza. Visit www.greenspacestudio.org or www.dancetropny.org for more information.

On Saturday, June 6, at 4 p.m. Mexican Folklore: Debut of an all-female Mariachi band is one part of Queens Art Express at Thalia Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Avenue in Sunnyside. With Yloy Ybarra’s Ballet Fiesta Mexicana. For more information, visit www.queenscouncilarts.com/artexpress.

SUNDAY

On Sunday, June 7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. come to the Flushing/Electchester Street Fair, featuring music, rides, carnival games, contests and raffles; petting zoo, pony rides and child ID program for the kids; funnel cakes, Italian sausages and lots more food including a bake sale. The fair starts at 161st Street and Harry Van Ardsdale Jr. Boulevard. New for 2009, “Custom Car Show!” Questions? Call Peggy at 728-591-2000, Ext.1454.

On Sunday June 7, from 10 to 11 a.m., rain or shine, free Pilates in the Park, taught by Courtnie Vitali. Participants will leave feeling empowered and stress free. At Socrates Sculpture Park, Broadway at Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City. Call 718-956-1819 or visit www.socratessculpturepark.org for more information.

On Sunday June 7, from 11 a.m. to noon, rain or shine, free Tai Chi in the Park, led by members of the Taoist Tai Chi Society Classes are designed for all experience levels. Participants should wear comfortable clothing. At Socrates Sculpture Park, Broadway at Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City. Call 718-956-1819 or visit www.socratessculpturepark.org for more information.

On Sunday June 7 (rain date June 14) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. enjoy the simple pleasures of a small town fair at Kew Gardens Improvement Association’s 4th annual Kew Gardens Spring Community Day. Sign up at 9:30 a.m. at TD Bank on Metropolitan Avenue and 118th Street for the Pooch Parade. Cat Photo Contest (submit photos to kewgardensblog@gmail.com); visit the NY Animal Care and Control Van to adopt a pet; from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the Fire Department’s “big red fire truck” and Mobile Fire Safety House is there for kids. Musicians, dancers, Spring Art Show, arts clinics, face painting, portraits sketched, participatory Drumming Celebration and more. Call 917-881-3358 for more information.

On Sunday June 7 from 1 to 5 p.m., Queens Art Express is also at Queens Museum of Art, in the New York City Building in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. At 1 and 3 p.m. join Damon Rich for a special tour of his exhibition Red Lines. At 2 and 4 p.m. there are curator-led tours of other exhibitions. Visit www.queensmuseum.org for more information.

On Sunday, June 7 at 2 p.m., Kew Gardens Hills Library, 72-33 Vleigh Place, will present ACSM Woodwind Quartet. Clarinet, bassoon, flute, and oboe combine into an innovative sound. A light, refreshing journey through woodwind classical jams. For more information, call 718-261-6654.

On Sunday, June 7 at 2 p.m., Flushing Library will present The Valentinos. The Valentinos began a cappella vocalizing in the late 1950s. Today, they perform classic doo-wop, maintaining a phenomenal style and harmonic force that has thrilled audiences around the world. The library is located at 41-17 Main Street. For more information, call 718-661-1200.

On Sunday, June 7, from 3 to 5 p.m. Bowne Park Civic Association and the Broadway-Flushing Homeowners Association invite you to a free Doo Wop Concert featuring The Four Pops at Bowne Park, 32nd Avenue and 157th Street in Flushing, sponsored by Senator Frank Padavan. Bring your own chairs, blankets, etc.

On Sunday, June 7, at 4 p.m. the free Summer Sundays in the Park presents Javier Arau New Jazz Quartet and Nation Beat at Travers Park athletic field, 34th Avenue between 77th and 78th Streets in Jackson Heights. Northeastern Brazilian rhythms meet US roots. Presented by Jackson Heights Beautification Group and Friends of Travers Park; the Queens Community House; and the Department of Parks and Recreation.

PERFORMANCES

On Monday, June 8 at 6 p.m., Hollis Library at 202-05 Hillside Avenue will present The Ken Simon Quartet, with a wide selection of great jazz music, from the innovative masters Monk to Ellington, the Latin jazz of Bryant’s Cubano Chant, Miles, the Adderlys and more. For more information, call 718-465-7355.

ODDS AND ENDS

On Thursday, June 4 at 6 p.m., Central Library will present Morshed Alam. Meet Morshed Alam, who has been involved in civic life as the founder of the New American Democratic Club, the executive director of the Bangladesh American Friendship Association, a school board member, a candidate for NYS Senate and in numerous other ways. Mr. Alam will discuss his recent book Grass Roots Politics and the ways for civic involvement for immigrant communities. The library is located at 89-11 Merrick Boulevard. For more information, call 718-990-0700.

On Thursday, June 4 at 6:30 p.m., Queens Village Library 94-11 217th Street will present Elder Law, Estate Planning, Trusts and Asset Protection. Noted elder law and estate planning attorneys will present strategies and consult with you on aspects of elder law, power of attorney, estate and disability planning and long-term care. You will learn how to gain income and avoid estate taxes while providing for heirs and charitable interests. You will also gain insight into preserving wealth and increasing lifetime income. For more information, call 718-776-6800.

On Thursday, June 4 at 7:30 p.m., the Jewish National Fund and North Shore Towers present one of Israel’s leading military figures, Colonel Sharon Davidovich, who will discuss Iran’s nuclear threat and President Obama’s recent trip to Israel, as well as their serious water shortage and Jewish National Fund’s response. Call 516-678-6805, Ext. 110 for more information.

On Monday, June 8 at 5:30 p.m., Queens Village Library 94-11 217th Street will present Pathway to U.S. Citizenship: Becoming a U.S. Citizen and Building Your Civic Knowledge. Topic to be discussed will be: What documents do you need to present? An Introduction to American government & politics. For more information, call 718-776-6800.

On Monday, June 8 at 5:30 p.m., Forest Hills Library, 108-19 71st Avenue, will present Recovery, Inc. Join this self-help group assisting individuals with anxiety issues. For more information, call 718-268-7934.

On Monday, June 8 at 6 p.m., Baisley Park Library will present Cancer Action Council Meeting. All are invited to the Cancer Action Council meeting. The library is located at 117-11 Sutphin Boulevard. For more information, call 718-529-1590.

On Monday, June 8 at 6 p.m., Corona Library at 38-23 104th Street will present Financial Seminar. Understanding and managing your balance sheet, income statement and cash flow statements. For more information, call 718-426-2844.

On Thursday, June 11 from 8 to 10 a.m. the Professional Speaker’s Bureau presents a Mega-Networking Event and Breakfast, open to all businesspersons and professionals, at the Long Island Conservatory, 1125 Willis Avenue in Albertson. The address will be “How to Get The Most Out of LinkedIn and Grow Your Business Exponentially.” Tickets are $30 pre-paid or $35 at the door. Call 516-817-0222, 516-484-2844 (leave message) or visit www.speakersnetworking.com to register.

Tuesdays at 6 p.m. (except in July and August,) The Bayview Bridge Club, a not-for-profit organization of bridge players, meets at Church of the Resurrection, 100-17 32nd Avenue in East Elmhurst. For more information, call club president Ted Harvin at 516-209-7864.

Tuesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m., a Woman’s Group will meet in Forest Hills to talk, and in the process improve their relationships. Members will give and receive support and practice direct communication. The group will be led by a licensed clinical social worker. Call Heidi Elias at 718-371-8916 for more information.

Tuesdays, starting at 7:30 p.m., The Free Synagogue of Flushing, 41-60 Kissena Boulevard (between Sanford Avenue and Main Street) in Flushing, is offering a Mindfulness Meditation class, Led by Rabbi Michael Weisser. Open to all; appropriate for beginners or experienced in meditation. Free for members; $10 for non-members. Free on-site parking available. Call 718-961-0030 or visit www.freesynagogue.org for more information.

On Wednesday June 10, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., The National Art League of Douglaston, 44-21 Douglaston Parkway, hosts Watercolor Classes with Diane Lieberman, instructor. Traditional and contemporary techniques taught; beginners welcome. Full demonstration, individual instruction and critique at each session. Fee: $20 per class. For more information, call 718-969-1128.

On Wednesday, June 10 from 8 to 9:30 p.m. the Samuel Field Y at 58-20 Little Neck Parkway has “High Beginner” Line Dancing Classes with instructor Lynn Martino Open dancing between and after classes; free refreshments, snacks and holiday parties. Entry fee $8 per person; call 347-693-8300 for information. Ten week beginners program (from 6:30 to 8 p.m.) starts soon.

On Thursday, June 4 and 11 from 6 to 7:30 p.m., The Center for the Women of New York announces that it is now accepting registration for a new session of their free Women’s Support Group. The group meets in Room 325 at Queensborough Hall, 120-55 Queens Boulevard in Kew Gardens. For information or an interview appointment, call 718-793-0672.

On Thursday, June 4 and 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. the Samuel Field Y at 58-20 Little Neck Parkway has Intermediate Line Dancing Classes with instructor Lynn Martino. Open dancing between and after classes. Free refreshments, snacks and holiday parties. Entry fee $8 per person; call 347-693-8300 for information

On Saturday, June 6 at 1 p.m., Bayside Library, 214-20 Northern Boulevard, will present Media and Performance in Art with Lucia Jeeson Lee in Korean. Learn the basics of video-editing, performance and collaborative work from artist Jaye Rhee. In this workshop, you will learn how to record a performance of your own and edit it in a digital environment. The resulting videos will later be exhibited through the Queens Museum of Art’s New New Yorkers Program. For more information, call 718-229-1834.

On Saturday, June 6 at 2:30 p.m., Jackson Heights Library, 35-51 81st Street, will present The Interview Process for Mature Adults. The Library’s Special Services Interview Process Workshop for Mature Adults covers: what to bring to the interview; grooming techniques/proper wardrobe; personal presentation. For more information, call 718-899-2500.

On Saturday, June 6 at 3 p.m., Elmhurst Library at 86-01 Broadway will present Pathway to U.S. Citizenship: Becoming a U.S. Citizen and Building Your Civic Knowledge. Part 1: Introduction to American history. For more information, call 718-271-1020.

Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon, the Kew Gardens Community Center, a program of the Queens Community House, located at 80-02 Kew Gardens Road, hosts MindFit, a Brain Power Fitness Program, in their computer center. This special computer-generated program is being made available as a brain fitness program. For more information, call director Bari Goltzman at 718 268-5960, Ext. 223, email bgoltzman@queenscommunityhouse.org or visit their web site at www.queenscommunityhouse.org.

Saint Michael’s Cemetery at 7202 Astoria Boulevard in East Elmhurst is offering pre-need plans for purchase of memorial property, with payment from three to five years and as little as 10 percent down. Monthly billing available. Call 718-278-3240 to inquire.

SAVE THE DATE

On Saturday, June 13 from 2 to 5 p.m. Saint Joan of Arc Roman Catholic parish, 35-27 82nd Street in Jackson Heights will hold their 7th Annual “Summer Fiesta” in the schoolyard. Enjoy appetizing ethnic food and a variety of wines, desserts and other refreshments; raffles and prizes; music and entertainment, and more. In case of rain, the fiesta will move into Monsignor Boylan Auditorium. Call 718-639-9020 for information.

On Friday, June 26 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Whole Foods Market of Jericho, 429 North Broadway, will host a unique event for singles over 30. Hosted by “Professor JM Love,” a singles consultant and columnist from Long Island Pulse Magazine, participants will have the opportunity to meet and mingle while shopping alongside other like-minded singles. A $10 “cover charge” includes a complimentary “goodie bag” containing two $10 coupons to be used on two in-store purchases of $50 or more. Space is limited to the first 100 respondents. To reserve your place, call Chris Ivers, Marketing Team Leader, at 516-932-1733 or email Chris.ivers@wholefoods.com.