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Posted: Thursday, September 1, 2011 12:00 pm

EXHIBITS

Crossing Art Gallery, 136-17 39th Ave., ground floor, Flushing, presents Going Green Exhibition now through Sept. 11. For information contact Jennifer Junkermier at jennifer@crossingart.com, (212) 359-4333 or visit crossingart.com. Free.

Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., presents Within the Emperor’s Garden — The Ten Thousand Springs Pavilion exhibit, now through Sept. 30. Suggested donation is $5, free for members. Gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday noon-5 p.m.

The Maria Rose International Doll Museum, 187-11 Linden Blvd., St. Albans, exhibits are open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 12:30-4:30 p.m. Cost is $5 for adults, $2.50 for children.

AUDITIONS

The Community Singers of Queens will resume rehearsals on Monday, Sept. 5 at 8 p.m. at the Messiah Lutheran Church, 42-15 165 St., Flushing. Voices at all levels are welcome to join. For information, call (718) 658-1021.

Senior Theatre Acting Repertory holds acting rehearsals on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. at Hollis Public Library, 202-05 Hillside Ave. and on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. at Queens Village Library, 94-11 217th St. For information, call the director’s assistant at (718) 776-0529.

The Oratorio Society of Queens, is preparing for the annual Holiday Concert on Sunday, Dec. 18. First rehearsal for the fall season is on Monday, Sept. 12. Audition-listenings will be held on Mondays, Sept. 12, 19 and 26 only, reservations are required. OSQ rehearses every Monday from 7:45-10 p.m. in Temple Beth Sholom in the FSG room at 172nd Street and Northern Boulevard in Flushing. For information call (718) 279-3006.

FILM

St. Joseph Catholic Church, 43-19 30 Ave., Astoria will hold weekly movie nights on “True Grit” and Sept. 2 “Invictus” in the school yard. Bring chairs. Come at 7 p.m. for a free barbecue dinner. Movies follow at sundown.

The Greek Cultural Center, 26-80 30 St., Astoria, invites the public to its annual free Summer Film Festival which opens now through Sept. 4. This year they celebrate Greek actor/director Thanasis Veggos and Greek American actor/director/writer and two-time Academy Award winner, Elia Kazan. All films are in Greek, and will be shown every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 6 p.m.

MUSIC

Friends of Maple Grove will present a jazz concert on Friday, Sept. 2 at 8 p.m. at Celebration Hall at the Center at Maple Grove, 127-15 Kew Gardens Road, Kew Gardens. Wine and cheese reception at 7:30 p.m. Reservations required. Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors and Friends of Maple Grove members. Payment online through Paypal at friendsofmaplegrove.org.

FLEA MARKETS

Faith Mission’s summer flea market will be held every Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. now through Oct. 1 at 114-40 Van Wyck Expressway, South Ozone Park.

LECTURES

Guest lecturer Charles Fine will present a video tour of the Lower East Side at the annual breakfast of the Bayside Jewish Center Sisterhood, 203-05 32 Ave. on Sunday, Sept. 18 at 10 a.m. Cost is $10. Payment is due Monday, Sept. 12.

OUTDOORS

Alley Pond Park’s Adventure Center is available for use on Friday, Sept. 2 through Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The center is a challenge or ropes course, featuring both low- and high-ropes course activities that promote team building and problem-solving skills. Ages 8 and up. Registration begins a half hour prior to each session, no open toe shoes. Space is limited and programs fill up fast. First-come, first-served. Valid photo ID required for adults. For individuals and families only. Call 311 for directions.

Freshwater fishing on Saturday, Sept. 3 at 10 a.m. Meet at Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston. It’s free but pre-register by calling (718) 229-4000. It’s catch-and-release fishing in Alley Pond Park.

FOR KIDS

The Flushing YMCA Flyers will be holding tryouts for its swim teams on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 8 a.m.; Monday, Sept. 12 at 5 p.m.; or Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 5 p.m. The tryouts are open to girls and boys ages 5-18. No competitive experience is necessary. The Flyers are one of the top rated teams in the metropolitan area. The YMCA is located at 138-46 Northern Blvd., Flushing. Call (718) 961-6880, ext. 131 for more information.

CLASSES

Learn two languages at the Bayside Jewish Center, 203-05 32 Ave. Rabbi Moses Kirsh will teach conversation Hebrew, 2:30-3:30 p.m. and Torah stories in Yiddish from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. It’s free.

The Sisterhood of Bay Terrace Jewish Center, 13-00 209 St., Bayside, will have zumba fitness classes on Wednesdays from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Classes will begin on Sept. 7. Rates are $8 for members and $10 for nonmembers. Classes will take place every Wednesday until Dec. 21.

The Center for the Women of New York in Kew Gardens offers various classes in family day care — health and safety course, medical office assistant’s course, horticulture and home health aide class. For costs and information, call (718) 793-0672.

A one-hour auto clinic for women is held the third Saturday of every month at 3:30 p.m. at Great Bear Auto Repair Shop, 164-16 Sanford Ave., Flushing. Call to reserve at (718) 762-6212.

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

Yoga classes are now being held at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, 76-11 37 Ave., Room 204, Jackson Heights. All levels are welcomed. Classes are held Saturdays, from 10-11 a.m. and Sundays, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Classes held during the week include, meditation, ayurvedic, yoga philosophy and Sanskrit language instruction. Minimum donation is $5. For information, call Rashid at (646) 912-1885 or Shree at (646) 417-2252.

Hillcrest Jewish Center, 183-02 Union Turnpike, Flushing, offers Israeli folk dancing on Mondays from 7:15-9:45 p.m. Cost is $10 for nonmembers, $9 for members.

SOCIAL ACTIVITIES

The Singles Center of the Samuel Field Y, 58-20 Little Neck Parkway, Little Neck, presents Wednesday Nite Rap for singles 45+ on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $9.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Center for the Women of New York will hold its annual walk to raise funds on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Fort Totten in Bayside. Event is rain or shine. Register at centerwny@yahoo.com. Suggested donation is $15.

The Ridgewood Youth Farm Market will be held at Ridgewood Memorial Triangle between Cypress and Myrtle avenues every Saturday now through Oct. 29 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for local produce, flowers and plants from local farms sold by local teens.

HEALTH

Humanity Service Incorp., a nonprofit that helps the needy, has a free clinic of mental and medical health services from 6-8 p.m. every Friday. There is also a food pantry that is open during this time. These services are located at 92-17 101 Ave., Ozone Park. For more information, call (718) 845-1901.

Join the Walkers for Wellness Club at New Hope Lutheran Church of Jamaica. Under the guidance of a walking leader, you will walk two to three times each week at a comfortable pace. The club is open to walkers of all ages and abilities. The walking schedule is Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 8 a.m. Weather permitting, meet at the church, located at 167-24 118 Ave.

MEETINGS

AARP Chapter 2889 will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 12:30 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 82-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst. Parking available. New members are welcome.

Queens Snowflake Softball League plays September through November. To join, attend a meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 8 p.m. at Maspeth Town Hall, 53-37 72 St. For information call Art Griffin at (718) 639-9218.

A meeting of Horizons, a club for those 55 and over, will take place on Thursday, Sept. 8 at 12:30 p.m. at the Reform Temple of Forest Hills, 71-11 112 St. Tom Newby, will compare “Fiddler on the Roof” with “The Rothchilds,” two Broadway shows which had music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick. Attendees are invited to bring lunch. A charge of $3 will include coffee and cake.

Join Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston’s very own knitting circle. Knitters, crocheters, or crafters of any kind welcomed. This is a meeting for adults who know how to knit, not a class. Call Liz at (718) 229-4000, ext. 200 or e-mail emcglinchey@alleypond.com to inquire about meeting times. They will meet a few times a month, and there will be a fee of $3 for members, $5 for nonmember per meeting.

You Gotta Believe, a community based older child adoption agency is looking for families who would be willing to provide love and nurturing to a child in the foster care system. To learn more, join the agency every Sunday at 4 p.m. at Little Flower Children’s Services, 89-12 162 St., Jamaica.

SUPPORT GROUPS

Parents Bereavement Support Group meets on Thursday, Sept. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Adalberts Parish, 52-40 84 St., Elmhurst.

The Center for the Women of New York announces that it is now accepting registration for a new session of their Women’s Support Group. It meets at Queensborough Hall, 120-55 Queens Blvd., Room 325, Kew Gardens every Thursday from 6-7:30 p.m. For information and an interview appointment, call (718) 793-0672.

Drug problem? Call Narcotics Anonymous Helpline at (718) 962-6244 or visit westernqueensna.com. Meetings are held seven days a week.

SMART Recovery, a free self-help group dedicated to assisting individuals in overcoming all types of addictive behavior problems, meets on Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Long Island Consultation Center, 97-29 64th Road, Rego Park.

SENIOR ACTIVITIES

A leisure group meets every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Hillcrest Jewish Center, 183-02 Union Turnpike, Flushing for area seniors.

An Alzheimer’s Adult Day program is held on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 157-16 65 Ave., Flushing. Door to door transportation included. Call (718) 358-3541.

The Rockaway Boulevard Senior Center, 123-10 143 St., South Ozone Park, offers service programs Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Breakfast is at 9 a.m. with a suggested donation of 75 cents; lunch is at noon with a suggested donation of $1.50. Exercise programs include: yoga, tai chi stretch, three dance groups (African, interpretive and line), chair exercise, choral group, crochet/knit (Mondays and Tuesdays), ceramic, art and camera class, quilting/sewing, Wii games, arts and crafts, conversational Spanish, book talk club, movie afternoons, computer classes, trips, birthday parties and more. For more information, call (718) 657-6752.

The Middle Village Adult Center, 69-10 75th St., offers beginner and intermediate level computer classes and workshops in Word 2007 and Excel 2007. Call Dina at (718) 894-3441 or visit the center.

The Howard Beach Senior Center invites seniors aged 60 and older to become members. The center offers exercise, yoga and tai chi classes, billiards, creative writing, crafts, weekly dances with a DJ, painting and sketching classes, bingo, ballroom and line dancing, Wii bowling and computer classes. The center also takes many trips, including a monthly excursion to Atlantic City. It is located at 156-45 84th St., use the 85th St. entrance, open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Lunch is served at noon. For more information, call (718) 738-8100, or visit their new website at howardbeachseniorcenter.org.

VOLUNTEERS

Maggie’s Little Theater at St. Margaret Parish, 66-05 79 Pl., Middle Village, is seeking a creative team of volunteers for its musical revue and variety show, “The Claus Family Christmas Spectacular,” reminiscent of Christmas TV specials of the ’50s and ’60s. Auditions begin mid-September. Rehearsals run mid-September-early December during the evenings and weekends. Performance dates are Dec. 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11. If you would like to be involved in the off-stage aspects of production, such as director, musical director, choreographer, stage crew, painters, costumers, seamstress/tailors, send an e-mail to maggieslittletheater@gmail.com or call (917) 579-5389 for information and to set up an appointment.

New York Cares Day, the city’s largest volunteer day for public schools, will take place on Saturday, Oct. 15. New York Cares is looking for 7,000 volunteers to revitalize more than 100 public schools across the five boroughs. Volunteers will paint murals and classrooms, reorganize libraries and store rooms, fix up gardens and playgrounds and more, to give NYC students and teachers brighter, cleaner places to learn. New Yorkers can register to volunteer at newyorkcaresday.org from now until Oct. 14. There is a $20 registration fee per volunteer, and the event is open to volunteers ages 12 and up (volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian).

Bridge instructor needed for refresher course and guided supervised play. Contact Wendy or Rochelle at SNAP Bell Park Senior Center in Queens Village at (718) 740-3905.

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