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Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2012 10:30 am

EXHIBITS

The Queens Botanical Garden presents the Jamaica Estates Association Art Show “The Artist Within: The Urge to Create” on view through Sept. 30, Tuesday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Gallery of the Visitor Center and Administration Building, 43-50 Main St., Flushing.

AUDITIONS

The AARP Queens Chorus performs at Queens nursing homes and rehab/senior centers. If interested in joining call (718) 523-1330 for audition dates.

The Queens College Choral Society is seeking new members for its 2012-13 concert season. Auditions for new members will take place on the following Wednesdays in Room 246 of the Music Building at Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing: Aug. 29, Sept. 5 and Sept. 12 from 6-7:15 p.m. Rehearsals are held from 7:30-9:45 p.m. on Wednesdays at Queens College and will begin on Aug. 29. A new member welcome party will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 19. Auditions consist of basic singing skills; no preparation is necessary.

Theatre

A Queens performance for Theater for the New City’s 2012 Street Theater tour, “99% Reduced Fat, or, You Can Bank On Us,” an operetta for the street, will be offered free on Sunday, Aug. 26 at 2 p.m. at Travers Park, 34th Avenue between 77th and 78th streets, Jackson Heights.

Music

“A Score of Pop Tunes” will be performed by George Masone (vocals and guitar), Stephen Josephs (flute and keys), Rob Davies (electric bass) and Michael Vaccerella (drums) on Sunday, Aug. 26 at 6 p.m. on the Oak Allee at Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing. Free with garden admission.

Queens Jewish Community Council presents Jewish Music Under the Stars on Wednesday, Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. featuring Michoel Pruzansky, music for the entire family, at Cunnigham Park on Union Turnpike and 196th Street in Fresh Meadows.

The Latin American Cultural Center of Queens will host its 2012 summer party on Sunday, Aug. 26 from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at El Paraiso Tropical, located at 102-11 42 Ave., Corona, featuring live Latin American music. This event is free. Space is limited. To RSVP call (718) 261-7664 or email laccq@aol.com.

Flea Markets

St. Nicholas of Tolentine Parish continues to run its outdoor flea market every Saturday and Sunday through Nov. 25 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It is located at the intersection of Parsons Boulevard and Union Turnpike in Jamaica.

Lectures

A demonstration by Nicholai Khan on spicing up your artwork with an urban contemporary look will be held on Friday, Sept. 7 at 8 p.m. at the National Art League, 44-21 Douglaston Parkway, Douglaston.

Meetings

Southeast Queens Camera Club meets at Roy Wilkins Park, 177-01 Baisley Blvd., Jamaica, Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. with Introduction to Digital Photography on Aug. 28. Bring camera and manual.

Free public speaking/effective communication meetings are held on the first, third and fourth Saturdays of the month at 10 a.m. Learn to be comfortable speaking before an audience. Meetings are held at the Elmhurst Hospital Center, Conference room A-1-15, 79-01 Broadway. Contact club vice president membership at (646) 748-8290.

CLASSEs

The Sisterhood of Bay Terrace Jewish Center, 13-00 209 St., Bayside, presents Zumba Fitness classes on Wednesday evenings from 7:30-8:30 p.m. starting on Sept. 5. Rates are $10 for members and $12 for nonmembers. For more information call Janet Wolf at (718) 631-5468.

A defensive driving course for insurance and point reduction will be given at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church, 34-24 203 St. in Bayside on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For information and registration call (631) 360-9720. The cost is $45.

The Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38 Ave., Flushing, is offering a jewelry-making workshop on Friday, Aug. 24 from 1-2:30 p.m. Instructor Lynn Hanousek will cover basic jewelry-making techniques for working with memory wire and beads. Participants will be able to create something to wear for fall wear or for their gift collection. Workshop fee is $4 and $3 for members. All supplies are provided.

Suran Song offers a free yoga class every Wednesday from 8-9 a.m. at JH Laundromat, 85-15 37 Ave., Jackson Heights.

This summer, members of St. Josaphat Parish’s Women’s Craft Club are offering free instruction in knitting, crochet, needlepoint and holiday crafts for youth. This opportunity is open to children ages seven and up (and their parents/guardians), and all materials will be supplied. The Craft Club meets every Tuesday in August from 1 to 3 p.m. in St. Josaphat’s Parish Hall, next to the church on 35 Avenue off 210 Street in Bayside.

Free English classes will be given every Saturday through Sept. 8 from 10-11 a.m. at New People’s Church of NY, 46-04 162 St., Flushing. To reserve your seat, register online at newpeopleschurch.com /english.php.

The Queens Community House, Pomonok Center, 67-09 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, is offering Zumba with Nando Zee on Thursday nights at 6 p.m. for $10 per person. Participants must wear sneakers and be at least 16 years old. For information call Amy at (718) 591-6060.

Italian Charities of America, 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst, teaches ballroom dancing every Monday and Friday night from 7:15 to 8 p.m. followed by a social dance. Cost is $10.

The Flushing Camera Club meets at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Flushing Hospital, enter at 45th Avenue and Burling Street on the first, third and fifth Wednesdays of the month. For information, visit flushingcameraclub.org.

The Jackson Heights Art Club offers art classes in all mediums, adults, children, days, evenings. Classes are held at St. Mark’s Church, 82nd Street and 34th Avenue. Costs are: adults, $75 for four sessions; children seven years and up, $50 for four sessions. Membership available. For information, call Geraldine at (718) 446-4709.

Mindfulness Meditation one-hour class with Rabbi Michael Weisser at Free Synagogue of Flushing, 41-60 Kissena Blvd., on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. Free. For more information, call (718) 961-0030 or email info@freesynagogue.org.

The YWCA of Queens, 42-07 Parsons Blvd., Flushing, has expanded its GED preparation program to include free adult classes. Tracks vary in length from 10 to 20 weeks depending upon entrance test results. Contact the YW and sign up for the next placement examination. Call Stacy McKelvey at (718) 353-4553 for more information or to reserve your placement exam seat.

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.

Ongoing drawing class every Wednesday 1-4 p.m. at the National Art League, 44-21 Douglaston Pkwy, Douglaston. Instructor, Marc Jasloff. Call (516) 223-7659. Fee: $25 per class.

Reunion

Bayside High School class of 1962; 50th year reunion on Sunday, October 7 to be held at the Courtyard Marriot at Laguardia, from 2-6 p.m. For information contact EileenTorraca@yahoo.com

Social Activities

The Wednesday Night Singles Group of the SFY Adult Center, 58-20 Little Neck Parkway, Little Neck, invites you to social evenings with special guest speakers on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month from 7-9 p.m. Fee: $7 Adult Center members, $9 nonmembers.

Special Events

A farmers market will be held every Friday until fall from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dalia Avenue off Main Street, near the Queens Botanical Garden.

The FDNY Bravest Boxing Team will host its first boxing event ever held in a NYC casino on Friday, Sept. 14. They will take on the always tough New England Law Enforcement Team for charities at the new Resorts World Casino in Ozone Park. There are 12 bouts with doors opening at 7 p.m. and the first bout scheduled for 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 for general admission and $50 for VIP ringside. Tickets are on sale now at fdnyboxing.eventbrite.com

On Sunday, Aug. 26, the 31st Street Festival, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Astoria, will be held, on 31st Street between Ditmars Boulevard and 21st Avenue, from noon to 6 p.m. Food vendors, craft vendors, games rides, North Shore Animal League mobile pet adoption and general vendors. Fun for the whole family. Call (718) 444-6028 for more information.

SUPPORT GROUPS

Co-Dependents Anonymous (women only) meetings are held every Friday from 10 to 11:45 a.m. at Resurrection Ascension Pastoral Center, Fr. Freely Hall, 85-18 61 Rd., Rego Park.

The Center for the Women of New York is now accepting registration for a new session of its Women’s Support Group. The group meets at Queensborough Hall, 120-55 Queens Blvd., Room 325, Kew Gardens, every Thursday from 6-7:30 p.m. To participate no prior group experience is needed and there is no fee. For information and an interview appointment, call the Center for the Women of New York at (718) 793-0672.

A bereavement group will meet this summer at the Bayside Senior Center, 221-15 Horace Harding Expwy. Pre-registration is a must. Call (718) 225-1144.

Nar-Anon is a self-help support group or anyone affected by a loved one’s use/abuse of drugs. The group meets every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the basement lounge at the Church in the Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills. For information, call 1(800) 984-0066, or go to nar-anon.org.

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

Free caregiver support groups at Queens Community House, Kew Gardens Community Center, 80-02 Kew Gardens Road. Call (718) 226-5960 Ext. 226 for details.

Problem with cocaine or other mind-altering substances? For local Cocaine Anonymous meetings call: 1-(212) COCAINE.

The Queens Counseling services and LISUN of the Foundation of Religion and Mental Health announces a new mourning and bereavement group to be held on Saturdays form 1-2 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church, 14-15 Clintonville St., Whitestone. For further information call (718) 461-6393.

The Queens Counseling Services of the Foundation for Religion and Mental Health announces a free Women’s Support Group on alternate Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. at the Kissena Jewish Center, 43-43 Bowne St., Flushing. If you are experiencing anxiety, fear or stress and are searching for a venue that can provide understanding, compassion and respect, call to register at (718) 461-6393.

Co-dependents Anonymous (women only) meets every Friday at 10 a.m. at Resurrection Ascension Pastoral Center, 85-18 61st Road, Rego Park.

Schizophrenics Anonymous meets on Sundays at 10 a.m. at L.I. Consultation Center, 97-29 64th Road, Rego Park.

SENIOR ACTIVITIES

The Rockaway Boulevard Senior Center, 123-10 143 St., South Ozone Park, offers service programs Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. lunch is at noon with a suggested donation of $1.50. Exercise programs include: tai chi stretch, dance groups, choral group, ceramic, camera class, computer classes, trips, birthday parties and more. For more information, call (718) 657-6752.

A leisure group meets every Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Hillcrest Jewish Center, 183-02 Union Turnpike, Flushing, for area seniors.

An exercise class for seniors. meets Saturdays at 9 a.m. at the SNAP of Eastern Queens Senior Center, 80-45 Winchester Blvd., Bldg. 4 on the Creedmoor Community Campus, Queens Village. For more information call Kathleen at (718) 454-2100.

 

The Woodhaven Senior Center, 78-15 Jamaica Ave., announces free exercise classes at the center. Stay Well on Monday includes stress reduction; yoga on Thursday includes meditation time. The center is open five days a week from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Ridgewood Older Adult Center, 59-14 70 Ave., is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The center offers a variety of activities and exercise classes including Wii sports, billiards, bingo, computer classes and monthly bus trips. For information, call Karen at (718) 456-2000.

Activities at the Clearview Senior Center, 208-11 26th Ave., Bayside, are held Monday-Friday. For more information, call (718) 224-7888.

United Hindu Senior Center, 118-09 Sutter Ave., South Ozone Park, offers free vegetarian lunch, health promotion, nutrition education, cards and games, mammograms and blood pressure screenings. In addition, we provide transportation for many seniors via bus. For more information, call (718) 323-8900.

The Peter Cardella Senior Citizen Center, 68-52 Fresh Pond Road, Ridgewood, welcomes all seniors age 60 or above. Enjoy a daily healthy meal at noon. On Fridays there is a free lunch. They offer an array of activities such as bingo, movies, exercise, oil painting, yoga, line dancing classes, dancing to a live band, sing-a-longs, health presentations, blood pressure checks, and monthly birthday celebration and theme parties. Suggested contribution is $1.25. Meals-on-Wheels program is offered also. Call (718) 497-2908.

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

The Louis Armstrong House, the longtime home of the great musician Louis Armstrong, is a national historic landmark located on 107 St. in Corona. It is open to the public as a historic house museum and needs volunteers to assist in the Welcome Center. For information, contact Deslyn Dyer at (718) 478-8274 or on the web: satchmo.net.

The Samuel Field YWHA, 58-20 Little Neck Pkwy., Little Neck, is seeking individuals who would like to volunteer their time to teach a class in the older adult services or computer department. Applicants should have some experience either teaching or working in their field of interest, but those with a specific hobby they would like to share are welcome to apply. To volunteer, call (718) 225-6750, ext. 233.

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