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Posted: Thursday, May 17, 2012 10:30 am

EXHIBITS

Joseph LoGuirato’s sketched collection of historic structures around the city will run through June 30 at the Poppenhusen Institute, 114-04 14 Rd., College Point. Call for hours: (718) 358-0067.

In conjunction with Queens College’s Year of Turkey, the Queens College Art Center is presenting a group show in which 27 contemporary artists look at the evil eye May 29-June 29. Gallery hours are Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fridays, 9 a.m.-4:40 p.m. Closed weekends and holidays. Free and open to the public at Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library, college entrance at 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing.

Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria, will present “Street Digital,” an exhibition of JODI’s recent works in installation, software and video, now through May 20. Museum admission: $12 for adults; $9 for persons over 65 and for students with ID; $6 for children ages 3-18. Open Tuesday-Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Closed Monday.

Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, will exhibit the photography of documentary photographer Audrey Gottlieb now through May 19. “Vignettes from the Queens Project” is a photo collection that celebrates the diversity of the Queens community.

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.

Auditions for “Big the Musical” for kids and male leads: Saturday, May 19, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at 244-87 Ave., Bellerose, Gregorian Hall on the site of St. Gregory the Great School. Production takes place Aug. 3-4 and 8-12. Call (718) 989-2451 or email info@sgtg.org with any questions.

The Forest Hills Symphony Orchestra has openings in oboe, bassoon, violin, viola, cello and bass sections. Auditions will be held during the regular rehearsals of the orchestra on Wednesday from 7:30-10 p.m. at the Forest Hills Jewish Center, 106-06 Queens Blvd. Interested players should contact the conductor, Franklin Verbsky at (718) 374-1627 or (516) 785-2532.

theatre

Face Off Unlimited presents “Improvius Maximus” at The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23 St., Long Island City. Some of the best improv teams from all corners of the land gather to compete. Last performance: Sunday, May 20 at 7 p.m. Tickets $10 at door or online at secrettheatre.com, or call box office at (718) 392-0722.

Parkside Players presents “Done to Death,” a mystery-comedy, at Grace Lutheran Church, 103-15 Union Tpke., on Fridays, May 25 and June 1 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, May 19, 26 and June 2 at 8 p.m.; Sundays, May 20 and 27 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $14/$12 for seniors. For information call (718) 353-7388.

“La Callas & Medea,” a new play by one of the most celebrated contemporary playwrights from Spain, Jaime Salom, will be presented six weeks only, from May 18 to June 24 at Thalia Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside. Performances in English: Fridays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 3 p.m. Performances in Spanish: Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. Tickets are $25/students and seniors $22. For tickets call (718) 729-3880. or thaliatheatre.org.

APAC Performing Arts Center presents the musical “The Secret Garden,” through Saturday, May 19 on Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m. at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 30-44 Crescent St., Astoria. Tickets are $18, $12 seniors/students. Visit apacny.org or call (866) 811-4111.

Jack Cole invented jazz and musical theatre dance as we know it. See “Heat Wave: The Jack Cole Project,” a musical tribute running now through May 20 at Queens Theatre in the Park in Flushing Meadows Park. Tickets: $42 weekdays, $49 weekends. Performance schedule: Wednesdays-Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m., with matinees on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m.

Film

Thursday Night at the Movies in Idlewild Park Preserve, an environmental film/discussion series at the Eastern Queens Aliance’s Idlewild Park Science Learning Center Trailer, 149-20 Springfield Lane, Springfield Gardens, on May 24 at 7:30 p.m. Featured will be “PlanEat” on excessive dependence on foods of animal origin.

Music

Oratorio Society of Queens presents its annual spring concert on Sunday, May 20 at 4 p.m. at Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56 Ave., Bayside. Tickets: $25; $20 seniors (62+) and students with ID; children 12 and under, accompanied by an adult, free. To order tickets call (718) 279-3006 or order online at queensoratorio.org.

The Queens College Choral Society and Choir — a chorus of 200 voices — will perform Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem at its spring concert on Saturday, May 19 at Colden Center on the Flushing Campus, 65-30 Kissena Blvd. Tickets are $18-$20. Call (718) 793-8080.

Two masterpieces of the opera buffa repertoire will be presented in concert by New York Opera Forum on Sunday, May 20 at 3 p.m. at St. Luke’s Church, 85 Greenway South, Forest HIlls. They are “Der Schauspieldirektor (the Impresario),” Mozart’s zany take on backstage life at the opera house, and Donizetti’s hilarious commedia dell’arte inspired “Don Pasquale.” A complimentary wine-and-cheese reception with the artists will follow the event. The suggested donation is $12 ($10 for students and seniors). For reservations or further information call (718) 268-7772 or visit gingerbreadplayers.org.

The Community Singers of Queens presents a Choral Concert: “The Romance of Spring” at the Church on the Hill, 167-07 35 Ave., Flushing at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 19. Tickets at the door are $10.

Flea Markets

The Richmond Hill flea market held at the old RKO theatre, 117-09 Hillside Ave., is open every Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit Richmondhillfleamarket.com or call (347) 709-7661 for more information and directions.

Incarnation Church, 89-43 Francis Lewis Blvd., Queens Village, is sponsoring a parish flea market on Saturday, May 19, rain or shine, from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Lectures

A book and author lecture at the Rego Park Jewish Center, 97-30 Queens Blvd., featuring Sara Y. Aharon discussing her book, “From Kabul to Queens” will be held on Sunday, May 20 at 2:30 p.m. This is a story highlighting the Jews of Afghanistan and their move to the United States. The cost is $8 per person.

MEETINGs

Queens Best Toastmakers Club meets the first, third and fifth Saturdays of the month from 10 a.m. to noon at the Elmhurst Hospital Center, Conference Room, 79-01 Broadway.

The Long Island Fretted Ensemble, a group of musicians who play mandolins and guitars, will perform at a meeting of Horizons, a club for those 55 and over, on Thursday, May 24 at 12:30 p.m. at the Reform Temple of Forest Hills, 71-11 112 St. The ensemble performs a varied program including classical music, folk tunes, ethnic songs and show tunes. Attendees are invited to bring lunch. A charge of $3 will include coffee and cake.

Sisterhood of the Bayside Jewish Center, 203-05 32 Ave., presents a musical program by Steve Gilman, an acoustic guitar player, accompanied by a bass guitar player, playing and singing many of the top 40 pop classics on Monday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m.

The next meeting of The Center for the Women of New York’s bi-monthly Job Club will be held on Wednesday, May 23 at 6:30 p.m. at Queensborough Hall, 102-55 Queens Blvd., Kew Gardens, Room 213. Guest Speaker will be Anna Tringle of Ameriprise Financial, who will give advice on the financial aspects of a job loss and reduced income.

Toastmasters Club — Advance for Excellence meets the first and third Thursdays of every month at the Briarwood Library, 85-12 Main St. Upcoming meeting dates are May 17, May 30, June 14 and June 28. For more information contact Club President Letitea Archer at (718) 525-6830.

Ozone Park AARP Chapter 4163 meets the last Tuesday of the month at noon at Christ Lutheran Community Center, 85-15 101 Ave., Ozone Park. New members are welcome.

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

A Pets and Pals Party will be held on Sunday, May 20 from noon-3 p.m. at Alley Pond Park, 76 Avenue off Springfield Boulevard. Join the Parks Department for a free day of family and pet fun. Featuring games, rides, craft projects, pet adoption, microchip clinic, animal demonstrations and more.

For Kids

A children’s photography workshop will be held on Sunday, May 20 at 2 p.m. at the Bayside Historical Society, 208 Totten Ave., Fort Totten. Bring your own camera or they will supply a digital disposable camera. Admission: $10; BHS members, $5.

For Kids

Flushing Meadows Soap Box Derby has begun registering participants for this year’s Soap Box derby event. Registration can be obtained online at aasbd.org or GNB Auto Repair, 85-05 Astoria Blvd., Jackson Heights on Fridays between 6 and 8 p.m. Applicants must be between the ages of 8 and 17 years. A copy of a birth certificate must accompany the application or another document affirming proof of age. Kits may be obtained from the All-American or through sponsorship from the Flushing Meadow Organization.

CLASSEs

The Parks department is sponsoring free Zumba classes on Wednesdays now through May 23 at 6 p.m. and May 30-June 27 at 5:30 p.m. at the Little Bay Park roller hockey rink, 212 Street and Bell Boulevard, Cross Island Parkway Service Road intersection in Bayside.

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.

The Jackson Heights Art Club offers art classes, all mediums. Daytime and evening adult classes are offered Monday-Friday; daytime children’s classes are offered during the weekend. Classes are held at St. Mark’s Church, 82nd Street and 34th Avenue. Cost: $75 for adults, for four sessions, $75 for children for eight sessions. Membership available. For information, call Geraldine at (718) 446-4709.

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.’

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 Wednesday of the month. For information, visit flushingcameraclub.org.

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.

The Greek Cultural Center, 26-80 30 St., Astoria, offers classes in Greek folk dance for adults and teens every Saturday from 10:30 a.m.-noon. The fee is $20 monthly or $150 for the whole year. Bouzouki lessons are also available every Saturday from 12:30-2 p.m. Registration is open to beginners as well as advanced players of all ages. Students are recommended to bring their own instruments to class. The fee is $40 to enroll and $60 monthly. For more information, call (718) 726-7329.

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

Tours

A free walking tour of downtown Jamaica is set for Saturday, May 26 at 10 a.m. Jeff Gottlieb, president of the Central Queens Historical Association, and Donna Clopton, 103rd Precinct Community Council president, will lead the way. The walk will take one and a half hours and end at York College. The group will meet at Presentation Church, 88-19 Parsons Blvd.

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

The Annual Scott Joplin Memorial Concert and BBQ at St. Michael’s Cemetery, 72-02 Astoria Blvd., East Elmhurst, will take place Saturday, May 19 at 2 p.m. It will feature a tribute to Scott Joplin with Dan Levinson & His Canary Cottage Dance Orchestra. For further information contact Ed Horn, director, at (718) 278-3240.

A performance-focused evening of comedy, featuring some of the nation’s most talented professional improv actors working in the business today, will be featured on Saturday, May 19 from 5-11 p.m. at the Secret Theatre, 44-02 23 Ave., Long Island City. Tickets: $15. Tickets available online at laughstub.com or at the box office.

Friends of Maple Grove Cemetery present “‘Spellbound’ — Masters of Magic” on Saturday, May 19 at 2 p.m. in Celebration Hall at the Center at Maple Grove, 127-15 Kew Gardens Rd., Kew Gardens, featuring Magician Peter Samelson and Sleight of Hand Wizard Dennis Kyriakos. Reservations required. Tickets are $10 per family, $5 for members. Call (718) 544-3600.

Municipal Credit Union is sponsoring a shred fest on Sunday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at: Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Parking lot, 111 Street between 54 and 56 Avenues; Juniper Valley Park, 71 Street and 62 Drive, near Brennan Field; and Roy Wilkins Park, Parking Lot, Park entrance on 177 Street and Baisley Boulevard.

The Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33 Rd., Long Island City, holds Community Day 2012, with free admission and special activities for visitors of all ages on Sunday, May 20 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Programs, including talks, art making and films, will all focus on ecology-related topics.

The Glendale-Maspeth United Methodist Church, 66-14 Central Ave., Glendale, will hold a chinese auction fundraiser on Saturday, May 19 at 6 p.m. Admission is $5.

The Queens Alliance Baseball League and the Queens Kiwanis Baseball League have combined to provide recreational baseball, as well as tournaments in the RBI, Pony, Federation and Greater N.Y. Sandlot. Any teams or players looking to play baseball in a local competitive league can call (718) 366-7717 or (718) 821-4487 for more information.

SUPPORT GROUPS

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

SENIOR ACTIVITIES

The SNAP of Eastern Queens Senior Center is offering an exercise class for seniors. The group 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 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.

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

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.

 

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 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.

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.

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.

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

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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