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Five things to do in Queens this weekend! Dec. 8-10

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Posted: Friday, December 8, 2017 10:52 am

It’s the holiday season, and folks are busy, busy, busy, but if you’ve got the time, Queens has the events! Here are just five possible diversions from the hustle and bustle, with plenty more listed here and here as always.

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Queens Theatre says its stage version of “A Christmas Carol” is back by popular demand, and it’s true — half the shows are sold out already. But as of this writing, there were still tickets available to the 7:30 p.m. show Saturday night. Performed by the Titan Theatre Co., the show is a musical adaptation of Dickens’ classic holiday tale of greed and redemption. There are performances through Friday, Dec. 22, at varying dates and times, but even if you’re not intending to go this Saturday, act soon. Tickets, at $18 each, are going fast. You’ll find the theater at 14 United Nations Ave. South in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Info: (718) 760-0064, queenstheatre.org.

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Every month there are two dance shows at Green Space in Long Island City, one performed twice and the other just once. This is the weekend for those. The first is Take Root, which this month will feature an adaptation of Thornton Wilder’s “Pullman Car Hiawatha” and a work called “Head-Space,” about the stigmas surrounding mental illness. It’ll be performed today, Friday, and Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 cash at the door; $22 by credit card. Then on Sunday at 7 p.m., it’s Fertile Ground, featuring multiple dance troupes and a post-performance discussion with wine, moderated by Valerie Green. Tickets for that are $13 in advance or $13 in cash at the door; $15 by credit card. The Green Space studio is located at 37-24 24 St. in Long Island City. Info: (718) 956-3037, greenspacestudio.org.

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So it’s going to snow some on Saturday, but that won’t stop folks taking the Winter Bird Walk around the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Center. In fact, according to Jamaica Bay Guardian Don Riepe, who runs the event, a few flakes would only add to the atmosphere. If you’d like to learn more about our feathered friends and seek them out, get to the refuge center by 10 a.m. and enjoy the three-hour event, which starts with a slide program before everyone heads out looking for owls, raptors, finches and waterfowl. The center is located at 175-10 Cross Bay Blvd. in Broad Channel and the bird walk is free. Info: (718) 318-4340, nps.gov/gate/planyourvisit

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Back to the Queens Theatre for this next one, a one-man comedy show called “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m Home for the Holidays,” with Steve Solomon, creator of “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy!” Solomon will be telling more tales of those he contends drove him into treatment. He’ll perform Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m., Tickets run from $20 to $35. Info: (718) 760-0064, queenstheatre.org.

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Another big annual holiday event in Queens is this weekend’s Sacred Music Society Christmas Concert. In it the society joins with the Oratorio Society of Queens to perform highlights from Handel’s “Messiah” and other beloved holiday songs, led by Maestro David Close. The performance is set for 4 p.m. Sunday at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, located at 110-06 Queens Blvd. in Forest Hills. Tickets are $30; or $10 for kids under 13 with an adult. Info: (718) 268-6251, facebook.com/sacredmusicsociety.olqm.  

— compiled by Peter C. Mastrosimone

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