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Posted: Thursday, August 2, 2012 10:30 am | Updated: 10:26 am, Thu Aug 9, 2012.

EXHIBITS

The Queens Botanical Garden presents the Jamaica Estates Association Art Show ìThe Artist Within: The Urge to Createî 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.

Theatre

The Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38 Ave., Flushing, will hold a free outdoor Shakespeare performance produced by Hip-to-Hip Theater on Thursday, Aug. 16 at 7:30 p.m. featuring ìHamletî and ìComedy of Errors.î

Join Queens seniors at the Young Israel of Forest Hills Senior League as they perform an original play which they created together during the two-week theater intensive, Our Playís the Thing, at Young Israel of Forest Hills, 68-07 Burns St., Forest Hills on Thursday, Aug. 9 at 1 p.m. It is free of charge and no reservations are necessary.

The First String Players repertory company will present a performance of the comedy ìBeau Jestî Aug. 3-5 at Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church, Forest Hills, 70-01 Kessel St. Times are 7 p.m. on Aug. 3 and 4 and 3 p.m. on Aug. 5. Tickets are $10.

St. Gregoryís Theatre Group presents ìBig: the musicalî on Aug. 3, 4, 8, 9, 10 and 11 at 8 p.m. and Aug. 5 and 12 at 2 p.m. at Gregorian Hall, 244-44 87 Ave., Bellerose. Tickets reserved in advance: $18 adults, $15 seniors, $7 children under 12 years. Tickets without reservations: $2 surcharge added. To reserve tickets call (718) 989-2451.

Shakespeareís ìTwelfth Nightî will be presented at the Secret Theatre, 44-02 23 St., Long Island City on Aug. 2-4, 9-12, and 16-18 at 8 p.m. and a matinee on Aug. 18 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18 at the door, price includes one free drink, or call (718) 392-0722.

Film

Movies under the Stars at Cunningham Park, 196th Street and Union Turnpike in Fresh Meadows at 8 p.m. Films include: Aug. 2, ìThree Musketeers,î Aug. 9, ìThe Help,î Aug 16, ìCaptain America,î Aug. 23, ìHappy Feet 2î and Aug. 27, ìClose Encounters of the Third Kind.î Bring your own chairs and blankets.

Music

Real Diamond: Tribute to Neil Diamond on Wednesday, Aug. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at Maspeth Federal Savings main office parking field, 69th Street and Grand Avenue, Maspeth. There will be a limited number of chairs available for each concert and room for others, so bring your own folding chair.

Summer heats up with Tuesday free outdoor concerts at Gantry Plaza State Park, 4-09 47 Road, Long Island City. On Tuesday, Aug. 7 at 7 p.m. the York College Big Band will perform.

Dandy Wellington and His Band will perform on Friday, Aug. 10 at 8 p.m. at Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. Tickets are $25/$20 members; Package price: $80/$70 members (table seating for two, wine and canapes). Pre-show swing dance lessons at 7 p.m. with instructor Adam Lee.

A free, live music concert with top Beatles cover band, Yesterday and Today, will be held on Saturday, Aug. 4 at 7 p.m. at Tudor Park in Ozone Park.

York College Blue Notes will swing into Louis Armstrongís garden for their annual big band concert on Saturday, Aug. 4 at 2 p.m. at the Louis Armstrong House Museum, 34-56 107 St., Corona. Concert is free with museum admission.

Health

Flushing Letter Carriers Branch 294 will hold a blood drive on Wednesday, Aug. 8 from 3:30 to 8 p.m. at K of C Joyce Kilmer Hall, 35-79 160 St., Flushing. For questions or to schedule an appointment, call Tony Paolillo at (718) 264-8494.

Community Healthcare Network will hold health fairs on Tuesday, Aug. 7 at Rufus King Park, Jamaica Avenue and 153rd Street from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Thursday, Aug. 9 at Queens Health Center, 97-04 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 11 at Long Island City Health Center, 36-11 21 St., Long Island City, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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., but will be closed on Sunday, Aug. 19. It is located at the intersection of Parsons Boulevard and Union Turnpike in Jamaica.

Merrick Marsden Neighborsí Association will hold a flea market on Saturday, Aug. 4 from 9 a.m.-5p.m., rain date Saturday, Aug. 11, at 117-02 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica.

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. 14, Aug. 21 and 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.

For Kids

Puppets in the Park presents ìBessieís Big Shotî on Thursday, Aug. 9 at 10:30 a.m. at Alley Pond Park, 76th Avenue off Springfield Boulevard. Bring a blanket or low chair.

City Parks Foundationís ìFamily Adventure Raceî is an exciting new parent-child race that combines basic exercises and sports skills, to provide a healthy, one-hour dose of fun for the whole family. The race takes place in Flushing Meadows Park on Saturday, Aug. 11: 8:30 a.m., race start time for ages 8-10 and 10 a.m., race start time for ages 11-13 at the Fountain of the Planets. Registration is limited and on a first-come basis. Go to cityparksfoundation.org/sports/kids-fitness/get-up-and-go-family-adventure-race. $10 entry fee per team. Team must include one parent or guardian and up to two children.

CLASSEs

This summer, members of St. Josaphat Parishís Womenís 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. Josaphatís Parish Hall, next to the church on 35 Avenue off 210 Street in Bayside.

A defensive driving course for insurance and point reduction will be given at St. Melís Church, 26-15 154 St., Flushing, on Saturday, Aug. 11 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For information and registration call (631) 360-9720. The cost is $45.

Free English classes will be given every Saturday from Aug. 4 to Sept. 8 from 10-11 a.m. at New Peopleís Church of NY, 46-04 162 St., Flushing. To reserve your seat, register online at newpeopleschurch.com/english.php.

The Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38 Ave., Flushing, is offering a family-friendly series of hands-on workshops on Wednesdays, through Aug. 15. Workshops have a $4 fee ($3 for members). On Aug. 1: Summer Garden Discovery and Planting; Aug. 8: Art and Storybooks; and Aug. 15: Honey Bees and Honey Harvest Program.

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. Markís 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.

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.

CLASSEs

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.

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.

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 Golden Dragon Acrobats are performing at Queens Theatre in Flushing Meadows Park through Aug. 4. Tickets are on sale now by phone at (718) 760-0064, online at queenstheatre.org and in person at the Queens Theatre Box Office. Performances are at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Individual tickets are $32, with a family 4-pack priced at $100 for 4 tickets.

SUPPORT GROUPS

The Center for the Women of New York is now accepting registration for a new session of its Womenís 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.

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

Nar-Anon is a self-help support group or anyone affected by a loved oneís 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 Womenís 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

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.

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