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Posted: Thursday, August 18, 2011 12:00 pm | Updated: 12:56 pm, Thu Aug 18, 2011.

EXHIBITS

“My Lovely Ladies: The Dried Floral Art of Natalie Carbone,” will be on view now through Aug. 21 at the Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38 Ave., Flushing. Gallery hours are Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

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

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.

THEATRE

Hip to Hip Theatre Company, celebrating its fifth season of Shakespeare in the park in Queens, will be offering “Much Ado About Nothing” on Aug. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Flushing Meadows Park, Ederele Terrace. This 90-minute production is free. Bring blankets or low chairs.

Queens Theatre in the Park presents the comedy “A Jew Grows in Brooklyn” now through Aug. 21 in Flushing Meadows Park. Tickets are $49.50-$39.50, QTP subscribers are $41 and are available at the box office, by phone (718) 760-0064 or online at queenstheatre.org.

FILM

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.

St. Joseph Catholic Church, 43-19 30 Ave., Astoria will hold weekly movie nights on Fridays through Sept. 2. On Aug. 19 “Of Gods and Men,” Aug. 26 “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.

Free movie in Cunningham Park at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18 “Grown Ups.” The movies will take place near the bocce courts. Enter the park through the parking lot on Union Turnpike at 196th Place. Bring your own chairs.

Movies under the bridge at Little Bay Park on Tuesdays, Aug. 23 and 30 at 8 p.m. Enjoy free family movies overlooking Long Island Sound. Bring low chairs or blanket. (Movies TBD)

MUSIC

The Louis Armstrong House Museum, 34-56 107 St., Corona, will host the monthly hot jazz/cool garden outdoor concert series with Baby Soda Jazz Band on Saturday, Aug. 20 at 2 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for seniors over 65, students and children. All ticket prices include a guided tour of the museum that can be taken before or after the concert.

Polish Night with Jimmy Sturr and his orchestra with Carol Golis and the Polonaise Dancers will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Maspeth Federal Savings Bank at the main office parking lot on 69th Street and Grand Avenue in Maspeth.

Forest Hills Chamber presents free jazz concerts featuring MioSotia, Latin jazz, on Thursday, Aug. 18 and Bruce Wayne and the Soul Messengers, jazz, soul and r&b, on Thursday, Aug. 25. Both shows will be held from 7-9:30 p.m. at 70th Road between Queens Boulevard and Austin Street. Admission is free. Seating will be available.

FLEA MARKETS

St. Raphael’s Church outdoor flea market will be held on Sunday, Aug. 21 at 35-20 Greenpoint Ave., Long Island City from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For information, call (718) 729-8957.

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.

FOR KIDS

Oklahoma City Thunder team member and Hollis native Royal Ivey will hold his fourth annual free Royal Skills Clinic at Hollis Playground, Hollis Avenue between 204th Street and the corner of Run DMC and JMJ Way from Aug. 25-27 from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday.

CLASSES

Line Dancing will be taught on Saturday, Aug. 20 from 9:15-10:30 a.m. at Idlewild Cricket Field, 223rd Street and 148th Avenue, Springfield Gardens. Learn some fun line dances such as the electric and cha cha slides with instructor Barbara Fraser. No prior experience necessary.

Southeast Queens Camera Club presents “Introduction to Digital Photography,” free photography classes on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. at Roy Wilkins Park, Administration Building, second floor, Baisley Boulevard and Merrick Road, Jamaica now through Aug. 23. Call (718) 723-6849 or (516) 328-3776.

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.

SPECIAL EVENTS

You can see historic craft demonstrations for free at King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica on Friday, Aug. 19 from 1-5 p.m. Come see quilting, tinsmithing and broommaking demonstrations and on Saturday, Aug. 20 from 1-5 p.m. see decoy carving, banbox making, spinning/felting and blacksmithing demonstrations. This event is rain or shine.

The St. Sylvester Council No. 6194 of the Knights of Columbus will host a food drive from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20 at 101-18 101 Ave., in Ozone Park. Goods collected at the drive will go to St. Sylvester’s Church food pantry. Canned and boxed goods and non-perishable food will be accepted.

Free carnival on Saturday, Aug. 20 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Colonial Church of Bayside, 216th Street and Luke Place. Face painting, games, crafts, snacks and more.

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, flower and plants from local farms sold by local teens.

SOCIAL ACTIVITIES

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

The Singles Center of the Samuel Field Y, 58-20 Little Neck Parkway, Little Neck, presents Wednesday Nite Rap for singles 45+ on Aug. 10 at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $9.

Lecture

Chaya CDC, 37-43 77 St., second floor, Jackson Heights, is a free HUD approved nonprofit that offers a basics of homeownership and bi-monthly foreclosure prevention workshops. They give information and resources to homeowners who are trying to decide on the right home, the truth about homeownership, understanding equity and resources for down payment assistance, those interested in loan modification, refinancing, or other housing options. The basics of homeownership orientation will be held Saturday, Aug. 20 at 2:30 p.m. at Elmhurst Library, 86-01 Broadway. The foreclosure prevention workshop begins on Wednesday, Aug. 24 at 5 p.m.

HEALTH

A blood drive will be held at the Bay Terrace Shopping Center in Bayside on Thursday, Aug. 25 from 4-8:30 p.m. Donors receive free Mets tickets.

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

The Brooklyn-Queens Chapter of the National Organization for Women invites you to a free open meeting on Monday, Aug. 22 at Queens Borough Hall, 120-55 Queens Blvd., Kew Gardens, Room 213 from 6-9 p.m. The topics are ending wage discrimination through Pay Equity and the ERA. No registration required.

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

Cross Community Baptist Church is holding private marriage counseling sessions by a certified counselor for only $15 per session for the month of August. It’s on a first come first serve basis. To make an appointment call (212) 518-7202.

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

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., is now offering a new six-week “Enter 21st Century Advanced Computer Course” which trains seniors in five different computer programs, preparing them to enter the modern force or to just enhance their computer skills. Beginner computer skills necessary. 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

The Central Queens YM & YWHA, 67-09 108 St., Forest Hills, will hold a volunteer fair on Thursday, Aug. 25 from 1-3 p.m. To register or for more information, contact the adult department at (718) 268-5011, ext. 160 or email olderadults@centralqueensy.org.

The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo, 53-51 111 St. in Flushing Meadows Park, is accepting applications for volunteers. Program participants will have the opportunity to teach visitors of all ages about animals through guided tours, assisting with special programs and events, speaking at narrated feedings and leading arts and crafts activities. Deadline for applications is Wednesday, Aug. 31. Candidates must be at least 18 years of age and available for a multi-week training program. For more information visit queenszoo.com or call (718) 271-1500.

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.

Hospice Care Network, one of the largest hospice organizations in New York State that serves more than 400 patients and their families daily in Nassau, Suffolk and Queens counties, is looking for volunteer licensed massage therapists. Contact Eva Pendleton, director of Complementary Therapy for Hospice Care Network at ependleton@hospicecarenetwork.org.

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