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SNAP health expo is May 28, fun is every day

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Posted: Thursday, May 22, 2014 10:30 am

SNAP of Eastern Queens will hold a health expo from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 28, and all are invited. The event will feature health screenings, raffles, giveaways and a free continental breakfast. More than 20 healthcare practitioners will be there.

But healthcare is hardly the only focus at SNAP, or Services Now for Adult Persons. There’s fun to be had too. SNAP recently launched a new monthly program called Dynamic Decades. Starting with the Roaring ’20s on April 29, Dynamic Decades is held on the last Tuesday of each month, with a focus on a given era across multiple disciplines — music, dance, fashion, history and visual arts — and an eye toward the social and cultural impact they had at the time.

Performers at the first event included William McNally, a pianist specializing in 1920s ragtime from the Queens College/Aaron Copeland School of Music; Russell Targove, a vibrant performer who specializes in music across multiple decades; and SNAP’s own magician-in-residence, Gary Dreifus, who not only teaches “Magic for Mature Adults” to SNAP seniors, but put on an amazing magic act in the spirit of 1920s Coney Island, which included animal traps and a straight-jacket escape!

There was a spirit of playfulness and joy as center Director Jennifer Bailey and SNAP member Flo Long dressed as flapper girls, above, and danced as though Prohibition was about to end and they knew it.

SNAP’s next Dynamic Decades events will be the 1930s on Tuesday, May 27 and the 1940s on Tuesday, June 24. The center plans to include even more diverse presenters from Parsons School of Design and the Queens Museum of Art. Beyond that, SNAP also has new monthly Afro-Caribbean drumming/percussion workshops and Dream Journeys with world music workshops, as well as a host of other cultural and educational activities and health and wellness programs.

SNAP is located at 80-45 Winchester Blvd., Building 4, in Queens Village. For more information about what kinds of activities and programs the center has to offer people aged 60-plus, call Bailey, the director, at (718) 454-2100.

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