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Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2014 10:30 am

EXHIBITS

“Otogizoshi-Bokusai,” by Shoko Kazama. Ink on paper calligraphy, telling stories of 13th-century Japan that have been passed down verbally among children. Showing thru Thurs., Aug. 7. Mon-Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 12-5 p.m. Resobox Gallery, 41-26 27 St., Long Island City.

Wayfinding: 100 NYC Public Sculptures by Bundith Phunsombatlert, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, located on the lawn between the Unisphere and the Queens Museum, on view thru November.

THEATER

Shakespeare in the Garden, by Hip to Hip Theatre Co. “Gentlemen of Verona”: Wed., Aug. 13, 7 p.m. Free. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38 Ave., Flushing. Free. Information: hiptohip.org, (718) 729-8567.

Queens Secret Improv Club, Queens’ only all-improv comedy theater, 44-02 23 St., Long Island City. Indie teams: Wed. & Thurs. 7, 8 & 9 p.m., $5. House teams: Fri., 7:30, 8:30 & 9:30 p.m., $7 for the whole night. Info: secrettheatre.com.

MUSIC

The Central Astoria Local Development Coalition’s 2014 Waterfront Concert Series, every Thurs., 7:30 p.m., free. July 31: Motor City Revue; Aug. 7: Michael Patrick’s Ring of Fire Band; Aug. 14: The Regulars. Great Lawn in Astoria Park, Shore Boulevard between Hell Gate Bridge and Astoria pool. Info: centralastoria.org.

14th annual Bix Beiderbecke Sunnyside Memorial Concert, Bix Beiderbecke Sunnyside Memorial Committee & Sunnyside Shines BID, Queens Blvd. & 46th St., under the Sunnyside Arch, Sat., Aug. 2, 2-7 p.m. 1920s costume contest. Free.

Music in the Garden: The Ebony Hillbillies, NYC’s only African-American string band, Sat., Aug. 16, 6:15-7:45 p.m., Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing. Free with Garden admission. Contact: (718) 886-3800, ext. 330, dhector@queensbotanical.org.

“Decades of Dance” featuring Havana Brown, Kat DeLuna and more, Sat., Aug. 9, and “Legends of Ol’ Skool Concert II,” featuring Christopher Williams, Horace Brown and more, Sat., Aug. 23, 9 p.m., Resorts World Casino, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., Jamaica. Tickets start at $25.

Brian Clayton and the Green River Band live performance, Sun., Aug. 10, 2 p.m., free. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.

FILM

Classic Monster Film Fridays, Rufus King Park, Jamaica Ave. at 153 St., Jamaica. “Alien”: 8:04 p.m. Aug. 8; “The Thing” (1982): 7:55 p.m. Aug. 15. Free. Info: greg.mays@abetterjamaica.org, (718) 657-2605.

Family Movie Thursdays, St. Albans Park, Merrick Blvd. at Sayres Ave., beginning at dusk. “Back to the Future”: July 31; “Star Trek”: Aug. 7. Free. Info: greg.mays@abetterjamaica.org, (718) 657-2605.

AUDITIONS

“Night Watch,” Theatre Time Productions is holding immediate auditions for five five male roles and three female roles (the role of “Elaine” has already been cast) between the ages of 30-60 for October production. No monologues req’d, all actors would read from the script. Rehearsals are in Whitestone and Bayside, performances at The Colonial Church of Bayside. By appointment only: (347) 358-8102.

CLASSES

Defensive driving courses, Sat., Aug. 2, Emanuel Church, 93-12 91 Ave., Woodhaven, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., $35 pp. Reservations Req’d. Contact: (718) 849-1153 and leave a message. Sat., Aug. 9, VFH Hall, 209 Crossbay Blvd., Howard Beach, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $45 pp. Register: Keith (917) 599-6674, progressive-training-ltd.com.

Co-ed mixed level line dance for adults, open to all levels, Cambria Heights Community Church, 116-02 220 St., Aug. 2, 16, Sept., 6, 20, 9:30-10:55 a.m. $10 per session. Bring water & towel. Info: (646) 229-0242, bof115@yahoo.com.

Free English classes for Spanish speakers every Saturday, South Asian Center, 72-26 Roosevelt Ave., Jackson Heights. All levels available, must call (646) 727-7821 to register.

Spanish for beginners and face & hand reading according to Zohar, Bayside Jewish Center, 203-05 32 Ave., Free. Info: (347) 771-9132.

Italian for Beginners, every Tues., 7-9 p.m., 10-week course. $60 pp. Dance with Instruction, every Mon. and Fri., 7:15-8:15 p.m. $10. Italian Charities of America, 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst, Contact: (718) 478-3100.

Watercolor classes, National Art League, 44-21 Douglaston Pkwy., Douglaston, Wed., 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. All techniques, beginner to advanced with demonstration. Call: (718) 969-1128.

DJ classes, Mainline, 218-12 Hillside Ave., Queens Village, 1st & 2nd week of every month. Once a week, four sessions, classes in beat mixing and MC techniques. Call: (718) 479-4848.

KIDS/TEENS

HSBC Children’s Garden Summer Session, Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Offering hands-on discovery for children ages 5-12, Summer I: Mon. & Wed. Aug. 4-20, or Summer II: Tue. & Thurs., Aug. 5-21: $360 QBG members/$400 nonmembers. Info/register: (718) 886-3800, queensbotanical.org/programs/childrensgarden/sessions.

Hands-on-History: Play Time!, King Manor Museum, 150-30 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, Sat., Aug. 9, 12-3 p.m. Free. Learn games kids played in the 19th century! Get some exercise & cool off with quiet indoor games. Contact: (718) 206-0545, kingmanor.org.

LP FAM’s youth basketball program, Queens Transition Center, 142-10 Linden Blvd., South Ozone Park, every Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Boys/girls, ages 8-16. Contact: Mike Glasgow (917) 442-0479.

Boy Scout Troop 17 100th Anniversary Celebration, serving the youth of Elmhurst for 100 years, an afternoon of fun outdoor activities, exhibits & historical displays of the troop and Scouting, Sat., Aug. 9, 1-4 p.m., Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing. Free with Garden admission. Contact: (718) 886-3800, ext. 330, dhector@queensbotanical.org.

Smokey Bear’s Birthday Bash! Join Department of Environmental Conservation in celebrating Smokey’s 70th birthday at Alley Pond Park, 76 Avenue entrance between Springfield Blvd. & 226th St., Sat., Aug. 9, 12-3 p.m. Free.

Tumbling with Autism Program, Team Up with Play4Autism at Triumph Gymnastics Center, 79-41 Cooper Ave., Glendale, Sun., 1:30-3:30 p.m. Child’s first Sunday free; after: $20 for 1 hour, $30 for 2 hours per child, $40 for 2 hours/2 children. Child must be a registered member of Play4Autism (play4autism.org). Info: Greg Vasicek, Play4Autism, (646) 836-4535.

SPECIAL EVENTS

“An Evening of Poetry, Drumming and Jamaican Folk Music,” Thurs., Aug. 7, 6 p.m. Audience gets to participate in folk songs and percussion techniques; participants should bring drums or percussion instruments. Free. Queens Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica.

37th Annual Queensboro Arm Wrestling Championships sponsored by the New York Arm Wrestling Association, Sat., Aug. 9, 1 p.m., Cheap Shots Sports Bar, 149-05 Union Turnpike, Kew Gardens Hills, $5. Entrance fee: $25 for amateur males, $30 for pros and $10 for women. Info: nycarms.com.

COMMUNITY

Queens Pride House Book Fest 2014, Tues., Aug. 5, 7-9 p.m., the organization’s first multi-author, book-related event. 76-11 37 Ave., Jackson Heights. Info: queenspridehouse.org.

Blood drive, in memory of APEC educator Eric Zirkel, give a pint, get a pint of ice cream (first 40 donors), Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, Wed., Aug. 20, 2-8 p.m., free babysitting, app’t req’d. Contact: (718) 229-4000, ext. 214, alleypond.com.

More Space and New Arrangements in Western Queens walking tour, Sun., Aug. 3, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Sunnyside Gardens and the Jackson Heights historic districts anchor the route, which also includes Phipps Gardens, Matthews Flats, Metropolitan Life apartments, and early truck-oriented industrial buildings. Sponsored by MAS. Register: mas.org/tours/.

Team Trivia Night, live host, fast & fun pop culture trivia, Monahans & Fitzgeralds, 214-17 41 Ave., Bayside, every Thurs., 8 p.m. Info: gameongameshow.com.

Free lung cancer screenings, Forest Hills Hospital, Weds., 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 102-01 66 Road. Scan takes about five minutes and uses low-dose radiation. App’t req’d. Info: (855) 375-5864.

Farmer’s Market Fridays, Queens Botanical Garden, Dahlia Ave., off Main St., Flushing, thru Nov. 21, every week, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Info: (718) 886-3800, queensbotanical.org.

Greenmarkets — Socrates Sculpture Park:Vernon Blvd. & Broadway, Long Island City, every Sat., through Nov. 22, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. Info: grownyc.org/socratesgreenmarket. Astoria: 14 St., between 31st Ave. & 31st Road, every Wed., July 9-Nov. 26, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Info: grownyc.org/astoriagreenmarket.

30+ Singles Social, Rego Park Jewish Center, 97-30 Queens Blvd., Sun., Aug. 10, 2-6 p.m. $10. Contact: (718) 897-6255.

Wednesday Night Singles Group, SFY Adult Center, 58-20 Little Neck Pkwy., Little Neck, second and fourth Wed. of each month, 7-9 p.m. Fee: $7 Adult Center members, $9 nonmembers.

Wine tasting at Magnanini Winery, Bella Italia Mia, Sun., Aug. 17, 9 a.m., upstate bus trip, $80 ($40 deposit req’d.), inclides six course meal. Contact: Diego Lodico for meeting location: (718) 426-1240.

Queens Sickle Cell Advocacy Network 5K Run & Walk, Tues., Sept. 9, 8 a.m., $25. Walk starts at 160th St. between Liberty and Archer aves. Info.: qscan.org/qscan-annual-walk-a-thon.

FLEA MARKETS

St. Raphael’s Church, 35-20 Greenpoint Ave., Long Island City, outdoors, Aug. 3, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Info: (718) 729-8957.

St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church, 150-75 Goethals Ave., Jamaica, outdoors every Sat. & Sun. until Nov., 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Richmond Hill, 117-09 Hillside Ave., every Sun., 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Largest flea market in Queens.

St. Benedict the Moor Church, Merrick Blvd. at 110th Ave., Jamaica, every Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Vendors welcome. Contact: (718) 332-0026.

MEETINGS

North Shore Chapter of Hearing Loss Association of America, LIJ Hearing & Speech Center, 270-05 76 Ave., New Hyde Park, every third Wed. of month, 6:30 p.m.

AARP meetings: Open to the general public. Chapter 1405, Flushing, Bowne Street Community Church, 143-11 Roosevelt Ave., 1st and 3rd Mon. each month, 1 p.m. Chapter 2889, Maspeth, American Legion Hall, 66-28 Grand Ave., meets 1st and 3rd Wed. each month, 12 p.m. Contact: (718) 672-9890.

SENIOR ACTIVITIES

Defensive driving course by AARP, Mon., July 28, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Laurelton Library, 134-26 225 St. Designed for seniors but open to all. $20 for AARP members; $25 for nonmembers, by check or money order only, made out to AARP. Preregistration required: (718) 479-8914.

Senior Theater Acting Repertory group, Queens Village Library, 94-11 217 St. Fridays, 11 a.m. Older adults invited to join STAR and perform theater at the library. Info: queenslibrary.org, (718) 776-0800.

Have a loved one with memory loss? Selfhelp Community Services Inc., 208-11 26 Ave., Bayside. Stimulating program – One, two, three or four days a week; half-days are also available. Call Ellen Sarokin or Cathy O’Sullivan: (718) 631-1886.

Selfhelp Innovative Senior Center (Benjamin Rosenthal-Prince Street Senior Center), 45-25 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, Email & the Internet, computer class for seniors 60+. Call: John (718) 559-4329.

Pomonok Senior Center, 67-09 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, free SNAP screenings for all seniors 60+. Eligibility check and application help. Info: (718) 591-3377, Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

SUPPORT GROUPS

Bereavement groups for loss of a spouse, facilitated by a licensed social worker. Central Queens YM & YWHA, 67-09 108 St., Forest Hills. Call: Lisa Elhanyi, (718) 268-5011, ext. 621.

Overeaters Anonymous, for help with weight loss and/or other issues. Long Island Consultation Center, 97-29 64 Road, Rego Park, Sun., 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Call: (718) 937-0163. Rego Park Library, Thurs. at 11:15 a.m., 91-41 63 Drive. Holy Child Jesus Outreach Center, 112-06 86 Ave., Richmond Hill, Tues., 7:30-9 p.m. Call: (718) 564-7027.

Caregiver support groups, Queens Community House, 108-25 62 Drive, Forest Hills. & Kew Gardens Community Center, 80-02 Kew Gardens Road. Do you provide help to a family member, friend or neighbor? Could you use some help yourself? Free support services. Contact: Anne Attanas, LMSW, (718) 268-5960, ext. 226.

Women’s Support Group, Center for the Women of New York, Queens Borough Hall, 120-55 Queens Blvd., Kew Gardens, Room 325. Thurs. (weekly) 6:30-8 p.m. Registration required. Free. Contact: CWNY (718) 793-0672, centerwny@yahoo.com.

Job placement assistance, ANIBIC, 61-35 220 St., Bayside, a nonprofit organization serving children and young disabled adults in the community with job & apartment placement.

Narcotics Anonymous Drug problem? Call Helpline at (718) 962-6244 or visit westernqueensna.com. Meeting 7 days a week.

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