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Posted: Thursday, July 23, 2009 12:00 am

EXHIBITS

AES Gallery, 44-02 23rd St., Long Island City, presents “The Variety of Summer” now through July 23, an exhibition of sculpture exploring a number of dynamic themes. The exhibit will feature the gallery’s permanent collection and work from David Baskin, Ann Marie McDonnell, Anatoly Mikhailov, Judith Peck, Sachika Iwata and Alex Sax. Also, Renzo Ortega’s “Almost Ten Years of Hits” exhibition will be shown July 24-26 on the ground floor. A reception will be held Saturday, July 25 from 7-10 p.m. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. or by appointment.

Socrates Sculpture Park’s current exhibit is “State Fair,” now through Aug. 2, outdoors at Vernon Boulevard at Broadway, Long Island City. Open during daylight hours.

The Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Road, Long Island City, presents a special exhibition and educational program, “From Plaster to Stone” now through Aug. 30. Gallery hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and students with a valid ID and children under 12 are free. On the first Friday of every month, museum admission is pay what you wish. For information, call (646) 486-7050.

Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning presents the exhibit “Past/Presents Tense — Tiempos Del Subjuntivo,” featuring works by artist Juana Valdes, from now through Sept. 5. at 161-04 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica. For information, call (718) 658-7400.

Flushing Town Hall’s annual Members’ Art Exhibition “In Celebration” will be held now though Sept. 13. Much of the art is for sale and a portion of the proceeds benefits Flushing Council’s Visual Arts programs. There is a suggested donation of $5. Gallery hours on Saturdays and Sundays are from noon-5 p.m.

Crossing Art, 136-17 39th Ave., ground floor, Flushing, presents “09 Oh Cow!” now through Sept. 18. The exhibition is a five-panel juried show with international artists from Canada, Europe and Taiwan. Also, artwork from Andy Warhol.

THEATRE

Boomerang Theatre Company presents “The Comedy of Errors” at Fort Totten Park (Gazebo Area) in Bayside on Saturday, July 25 at 4 p.m. Free.

MOVIES

Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City, presents free outdoor cinema 2009. On Wednesday, July 29, “Lou Reed’s Berlin,” from United States. Pre-screening performances begin at 7 p.m. Film begins ar sunset.

MUSIC

The Northern Woodside Coalition is presenting concerts in Strippoli Square, 31st Avenue and 54th Street, Woodside, on Thursdays, July 23 and 30 at 7 p.m. Limited bench seating is available but people are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets.

Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., presents 2009 Sunday Garden Concert Series. Tribal Legacy — Calypso Soca Caribbean party will be held on July 26, at 2 p.m. Owen Romero and his group will be featured. Dance lessons are held prior to the concert at 1:15 p.m. Free. Limited seating available, bring a lawn chair. Rain location will be the Flushing Town Hall Gallery. For information, call (718) 463-7700, ext. 222 or visit flushingtownhall.org.

Rock ’n’ Roll with Billy C. and Kitty on Friday, July 24 at 6 p.m. at Forest Park, Woodhaven Boulevard in Woodhaven.

The Fourth annual Southern Queens Gospel Fest at Baisley Pond Park, Rockaway Boulevard between Sutphin and Baisley Boulevard, will be held on Saturday, July 25 from 3-8 p.m. Free. Join Parks and WLIB 1190 for a festival of soulful sounds, arts and crafts, canoeing and fun for the whole family. Bring your folding chairs.

Queens Symphony Orchestra presents Breezy Big Band Summer featuring the Barbara Merjan Trio and members of QSO on Sunday, July 26 at 5 p.m. at Forest Park Bandshell, Woodhaven and Wednesday, July 29 at 7 p.m. at St. John’s University Great Lawn, Jamaica. Free. In case of inclement weather, the July 26 performance will be moved to the Hugh P. Kirwan Performing Arts Center at Christ the King High School, Middle Village and a tented area at St. John’s University will be used for the July 29 performance. For information, call the QSO office at (718) 326-4455, e-mail qso@queenssymphony.org or visit the website at queenssymphony.org.

The 4 Pops, an evening of ’50s favorites will be held on Wednesday, July 29 at 7:30 p.m. at Forest Park, Woodhaven Boulevard, Woodhaven.

Maspeth Federal Savings will hold its summer concert series at the main office parking field, 69th Street and Grand Avenue, Maspeth, rain or shine, at a tent covered seating area. Italian night, with Emil Stucchio and the Classics, will perform on Wednesday, July 29 at 7:30 p.m. Free admission. Seating is limited, bring folding chairs. For information, call (718) 335-1300.

Free live music on Thursday, July 30 from 6-8 p.m. at Manor Oktoberfest outside Regal Theater in the Shops at Atlas Park, 80-28 Cooper Ave., Glendale. Free give-aways. For information, call (718) 326-2201.

NYC Department of Parks and Recreation and Juniper Park Civic Association presents a concert featuring Irish Night with New York Showband featuring Tommy Flynn, on Thursday, July 30 at 7 p.m. at Juniper Valley Park, 80th Street and Juniper Boulevard North, Middle Village.

Free live entertainment at Casa Positano Italian Restaurant, 107-02 Queens Blvd., Forest Hills. Enjoy an evening with family and friends from 10 p.m.-closing — Tuesday, karaoke; Wednesday, open mic night by Jimmy V.; Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, keyboard music, dancing and Italian food drive; and Friday, wild Latin and disco night.

FLEA MARKETS

The Rego Park Jewish Center, 97-30 Queens Blvd., is having a book sale on Sunday, July 26 from 1-4 p.m., featuring all types of used books — best sellers, classics, romance and mystery novels, non-fiction.

St. Nicholas of Tolentine holds its outdoor flea market on Saturdays and Sundays through November from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the intersection of Union Turnpike and Parsons Boulevard on the Flushing/Jamaica border.

TOURS

With the Urban Park Rangers you’ll explore the 19th century Fort Totten fortress that helped protect New York City’s harbor from possible naval attack and learn more about the history of Willet’s Point on Sunday, July 26 at 1 p.m. Meet at the entrance to the fort, north of the intersection of 212th Street and Cross Island Parkway in Bayside.

The Voelker Orth Museum, Bird Sanctuary and Victorian Garden, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing, offers drop-in guided tours of the museum every Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 p.m. Tours will also be available on Wednesday afternoons. The Voelker Orth Museum was the homestead of three generations of a German immigrant family who settled in Flushing at the end of the 19th century. For information, call (718) 359-6227 or visit the website at vomuseum.org.

CLASSES

Maria Rose Doll Museum and Cultural Center, 187-11 Linden Blvd., St. Albans, will offer quilting instructions by Dorothy Jordan, master sewer on July 23 and 30 and will conclude on Aug. 6 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Registration fee is $45. For information, call (917) 817-8653.

A defensive driving course for insurance and point reduction will be given at the Corpus Christi Church of Woodside, 31-30 61st St., Woodside, on Saturday, Aug. 1 from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. For information and registration call (718) 278-8114. Cost is $45.

A Boating safety course will be taught by qualified U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary instructors from Flotilla 12-01 at Fort Totten, Bayside on Sundays, Aug. 2 and 30. This one-day class will cover various aspects of safe boating for power boats, sail boats and personal watercraft. It will take place from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and the fees are $100 for adults and $50 for children. Pre-registration is a must. For information, call (718) 352-3764 or e-mail 12-01@verizon.net.

Watercolor classes being offered at the Douglaston Art League, 44-21 Douglaston Parkway, on Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cost is $20 per class.

Italian Charities of America, 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst will hold a dance with instruction, every Monday and Friday, 7:15-8 p.m. A dance social will be held from 8-11 p.m. Music by Sal Escott. Admission is $10.

SPECIAL EVENTS

The 31st annual Thunderbird American Indian Mid-Summer Pow-Wow will be held at the Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 24, 25 and 26. Hours are: Friday, gates open at 6 p.m., performance time is from 7-10 p.m.; Saturday, gates open at 10 a.m., performance times are 1-5 p.m. and 7-10 p.m.; and Sunday, gates open at 10 a.m., performance time is 1-5 p.m. Admission is $9 for adults (all weekend pass $15) and $4 for children 12 and under (all weekend pass $5). Free parking.

An interfaith panel on same sex marriage will take place at the Reform Temple of Forest Hills, 71-11 112th St., on Friday, July 24 following the Shabbat service which will be conducted jointly with the Free Synagogue of Flushing at 7:30 p.m. Participating on the panel will be the Rev. Noel Vanek of the Church-in-the-Gardens, Rabbi Michael Weisser of the Free Synagogue of Flushing and Rabbi Mayer Perelmuter of the Reform Temple of Forest Hills.

All Saints’ Church, 43-12 46th St., Sunnyside is having a citizenship fair on Saturday, July 25 at 10 a.m. to help you apply for U.S. citizenship. For information and what documentation is needed, call (718) 784-8031, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Dancing under the stars will be held every Wednesday now through July 29 at 7 p.m. at Little Bay Park roller hockey rink in Bayside. Free ballroom dance lessons (first 45 minutes), dancing.

Grace Episcopal Church, 14-15 Clintonville St., Whitestone, now has a food pantry open every Friday from 10-11 a.m. Call (718) 767-6305. All are welcome.

Jamaica Farmers Market will be held on Fridays and Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. rain or shine from now through Nov. 14 at 160th Street off Jamaica Avenue.

NY Hall of Science Farmers Market will be held on Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. rain or shine now through Nov. 15 at 111th Street and 48th Avenue in Corona.

SOCIAL ACTIVITIES

Italian Charities of America, 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst, will hold Saturday dances on July 25 from 8 p.m.-midnight. Cost is $8 for members, $10 for nonmembers. Music by Jean and Joe.

FOR KIDS

City Park Kids presents Carnival of the World will be held at Queensbridge Park, 41st Avenue and Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City on Thursday, July 23 at 10 a.m. and on Monday, July 27 at 10:30 a.m. at Rochdale Park, near playground, New York Boulevard and 134th Avenue, Jamaica. Presented free by one of America’s leading puppet troupes — Dan Butterworth Marionettes.

The Central Astoria Local Development Coalition presents: 2009 Summer Fun Children’s Series featuring performances by Dance Around the World on Tuesday, July 28 at Athens Square Park, 30th Avenue and 30th Street; and on Wednesday, July 29 at Dutch Kills Playground, 36th Avenue and Crescent Street. Both performances will be held at 10:30 a.m.

“Street Magic Live” will be performed on Tuesday, July 28 at 10:30 a.m. at the Great Lawn of Rufus King Park, located on Jamaica Avenue between 150th and 153rd streets in Jamaica. No trap doors, no mirrors, no curtains to hid anything. Just the sky, the air and you.

Dance Entropy will perform in buckets of water on Tuesday, July 28 at 7 p.m. at Dry Harbor Playground, Myrtle Avenue and 80th Street, Glendale.

“Read Like a Rock Star!” at Fort Totten Park, Bayside on Tuesday, July 28 at 10:30 a.m. Blending the energy of rock with the sensibility of folk, Thaddeus Rex’s concert are fun for children of all ages. Bring a chair or blanket.

“Erik’s Reptile Edventures,” a live animal and reptile education show will be shown on Wednesday, July 29 at 11:30 a.m. at Poppenhusen Institute, 114-04 14th Road, College Point. For information, call (718) 358-0067.

City Parks Kids welcomes back Ms. Lizz’s school for manners and other useful tips for doing great things on Thursday, July 30 at 10 a.m. at Queensbridge Park, 41st Avenue and Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City.

Free tennis lessons for children 5-16 now through Aug. 17 at the following Queens parks: Flushing Meadows , Cunningham, Forest, Brookville, Alley Pond Tennis Center, Astoria, Kissena, Baisley, Flushing Memorial and Juniper Valley. For information, call (718) 760-6999.

LECTURES

Queens Historical Society presents a talk on “The Early Polo Grounds” with author Chris Epting on Sunday, July 26 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at Kingsland Homestead, headquarters of the QHS, 143-35 37th Ave., Flushing. Cost is $2 for students and seniors; $3 for adults; and free for children under 10.

HEALTH

Clergy United for Community Empowerment offers an infant mortality reduction initiative program, free, including parent skills building, crib care, breast feeding education, health education, nutritional information/education, referral for HIV testing (bloodless method), workshops, and women support groups, at 89-31 161st St., 10th floor, Jamaica. For information, call (718) 297-0720.

MEETINGS

The Best Female Friends Club will meet on Wednesday, July 29 at 6 p.m. at the Shalimar Diner, 63-68 63rd Drive in Rego Park. All women of any age are welcome. For more information or to reserve, call Pat at (516) 835-1433.

You Gotta Believe, an adoption agency, offers free classes for the public to learn more about adopting an older child every Sunday at 4 p.m. at Little Flower Children’s Services, 89-12 162nd St. For information, call (718) 372-3003. The next classes will be held on July 26 and Aug. 2.

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