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Posted: Thursday, December 19, 2013 10:30 am

holidays

Oratorio Society of Queens, Annual Holiday Concert, Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56 Ave., Bayside, Sunday, Dec. 22, 4 p.m. Traditional Christmas favorites and Chanukah songs. $30, $25 for seniors and students. Contact: (718) 279-3006 or queensoratorio.org.

Queens County Farm Holiday Open House, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Floral Park, Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 26-28, 12-4 p.m. Enjoy family tours of decorated farmhouse, craft activity for kids and mulled cider. Free. Contact: queensfarm.org.

Art House Astoria Community Carolers, Astoria First Presbyterian Church, 23-35 Broadway, caroling walks on Thursday, Dec. 19 & Saturday, Dec. 21 in the Ditmars area along Broadway/Steinway.

Greater Ridgewood Historical Society, Onderdonk House, 1820 Flushing Avenue, Ridgewood, Saturdays 1-4 p.m. Candlelight tours for the holidays, mulled cider, tuning the instruments for a special musical treat, Sunday, January 5, 6- 8 p.m. Contact: (718) 456-1776, www.onderdonkhouse.org.

Hawaii in December, New Year’s Eve Dinner, Danny's Szechuan Garden, 156-40B Cross Bay Blvd., Howard Beach, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Choice of Hibachi table or Chinese dining, soup to dessert, two cocktails, champagne toast, party favors. $69.95 per person. Call: (718) 738-6500 for reservations.

EXHIBITS

Art of Ink in America, “Gesture and Beyond,” Godwin Ternbach Museum at Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, thru Dec. 30, Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. An East/West exhibition of contemporary calligraphy.

Museum of the Moving Image, Indie Essentials: 25 Must-Play Video Games, 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria. Exhibition of 25 playable, independently produced games, through March 2. Wednesdays-Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fridays, 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturdays-Sundays, 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. $12 adults, $9 seniors over 65 and students with ID, $6 children 3-12, under 3 free.

theater

The Secret Theatre, “Oliver! The Musical!,” Thursdays-Sundays thru Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 22, 3:30 p.m. $25, $15 children. 44-02 23 St., Long Island City, Contact: secrettheatre.org.

Queens Secret Improv Club offers comedy every Wednesday-Saturday, approx. 7:30 p.m. $7, for the best improv in Queens. 44-02 23 St., Long Island City, Contact: secrettheatre.org.

Music

Afrikan Poetry Theatre, Jazz Education Concert, The Center for Culture, featuring Podor Jazzical dos Sons do Brasil and Brazilian vocal sensation Debora Watts, guest poet Haitian sensation Monique. 176-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, Saturday, Dec. 21, 8 p.m. Delicious cuisine available. Advance tickets $15, 17 at door. Contact: (718) 523-3312, ext. 10, afrikapoetrytheatre.org.

FILM

Afrikan Poetry Theatre, ”Running Dry,” The Center for Culture, 176-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, Documentary about water issues in Kenya; discussion to follow. Friday, Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m. Free. Contact: (718) 523-3312, ext. 10, afrikapoetrytheatre.org.

Auditions

Beari Productions, “Children of Eden,” All Saints Church, 214-35 40 Ave., Bayside, Thursday, Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m.; auditions for children, Saturday, Dec. 21, 1 p.m. Need males and females, singers and dancers, children ages 6-15. Call (718) 736-1263.

Forest Hills Symphony Orchestra, Forest Hills Jewish Center, 106-06 Queens Blvd. Rehearsals/auditions, Wednesdays, 7:30-10 p.m. Contact: Franklin Verbsky, (718) 374-1627, fhso.org.

Classes

English as a Second Language Course, Latin American Cultural Center of Queens, 120-55 Queens Blvd., Room 333, Kew Gardens, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-8 p.m., thru Dec. 19. Free. Register: (718) 261-7664, laccq@aol.com.

Ballroom Dance Classes, Year ‘Round Social Dance Program, Monday & Friday evenings, Italian Charities of America, 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst. Call 718) 478-3100.

English as a Second Language Adult Classes, Immanuel Church, 68-10 31 Ave., Woodside, Saturdays, 10 a.m. Licensed NYC teacher. Free. Contact: (718) 335-1623, rnadar@ImmanuelChurchNY.org.

Watercolor classes, National Art League, 44-21 Douglaston Pkwy. & Northern Blvd., 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Wednesdays, $25/session. Instruction from award-winning artist. Call (718) 969-1128.

Community

Kiwanis Queens West Division, visit to Ronald McDonald House to help feed and give holiday presents to sick children and their families, 405 E. 73 St., Manhattan, Saturday, Dec. 21, 5:30 p.m. Contact: Glendale Kiwanis, president Gerry Gonzalez, (917) 615-4886, gonzalkaezg@yahoo.com to donate cash/gifts or help this worthy cause.

Rego Park Jewish Center, 97-30 Queens Blvd. Parashat & Haftarat Club, Saturday, Dec. 21, 12:30 p.m. Discuss Parashat Shemot with Rabbi Samuel Waldenbaum, Rabbi Romiel Daniel, Charles Lehat. Free. Call (718) 459-1000. Singles Social & Dance, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2-6 p.m. Ages 45+, proper attire please. $10. Call Bernice (718) 897-6255.

Briarwood Action Network, canned food & diaper collection, 3rd annual drive for the Briarwood Family Residence. Collection box locations: HSBC Bank, 137-61 Queens Blvd.; Key Food, 138-37 Queens Blvd., until Thursday, Jan. 2. Contact: briarwoodactionnetwork.com.

For Kids

Wildlife Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo, Flushing, registration for 2013-2014 winter education programs, including teen zoo internship and meeting zoo keepers. Register: (718) 271-7361, queenszoo.com/programs, qzeducation@wcs.org.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Blue Suede Birthday - The Elvis Bash, Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, Saturday, Jan. 25, 8 p.m. Master performers Scot Bruce & Mike Albert deliver a superb Elvis experience. $40. Box Office: (718) 631-6311.

Flea Markets

Indoor Flea Market, St. Nicholas of Tolentine Parish, Parsons Boulevard & Union Turnpike, Jamaica, Sunday, Dec. 22, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Call (718) 591-1815.

Richmond Hill Flea Market, 117-09 Lefferts Blvd., off Jamaica Ave., every Sunday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Largest flea market in Queens, something for everyone.

Meetings

Kiwanis Club of Bayside, Bourbon Street Restaurant, 40-12 Bell Blvd., meets 1st Wednesday of every month, 1 p.m. Contact: joecorace@aol.com.

The American Legion Continental Post, 107-15 Metropolitan Ave, Forest Hills. All veterans invited, enjoy comraderie and support, every first Friday of the month, 7 p.m. Call Tom Long, (718) 704-4197.

The Flushing AARP Chapter No. 1405, Bowne Street Community Church, 143-11 Roosevelt Ave., meets Mondays 1 p.m.

AARP Chapter 2889, American Legion Hall, 66-28 Grand Ave., Maspeth, meets 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month, noon. Call (718) 672-9890.

SENIOR ACTIVITIEs

Bagel Brunch and Book Discussion Group, SNAP of Eastern Queens Innovative Senior Center (Creedmoor Community Campus), 80-45 Winchester Blvd., Building 4, Tuesday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m. Discussion of ”Defending Jacob“ by William Landay. Call Marian (718) 454-2100.

Computer class for seniors, Selfhelp Innovative Senior Center (Benjamin Rosenthal Prince Street Senior Center), 45-25 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, 8 weeks, basics/email/internet began Monday, Dec. 2, 11 a.m. Call John to register (718) 559-4329.

The Ridgewood Older Adult Center, 59-14 70 Ave., Holiday event: Cookies & Hot Chocolate under the tree, Seminar on society of health care - senior rights, Friday Dec. 20, 10:30 a.m.; haircuts, Monday, Dec. 23, 10:30 a.m. Regular weekly hour-long classes: jewelry making, Mondays at 10:30 a.m.; Richard Simmons exercise, Mondays and Thursdays at 10:30; Eldercise, Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; massage therapy, Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.; manicures, Thursdays at 12:30 p.m.; yoga, Fridays at 10:30 a.m. Movies every Monday, Tuesday and Friday at 1:15 p.m. MetroCard van, 4th Thursday of month. Monthly bus trips to Yonkers. Call Karen (718) 456-2000.

The CCNS Bayside Senior Center, 221-15 Horrace Harding Expy., Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Kosher/nonkosher lunch, 11:30 a.m. $2. Bingo 3 times a week. Adults 60+. Contact (718) 225-1144.

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

Middle Village Adult Center, 69-10 75 St., offers: computer training classes, all levels, beginners to advanced, including: 21st Century Technology, teaching use of iPods, smartphones, e-readers, tablet computers, and other latest gadgets; and Microsoft Excel (separate class); fitness classes in Zumba, aerobics, line dancing, chair and mat yoga, tai chi, lower-body toning, sit and be fit; recreational activities (daily bingo, singing, watercolor painting, bus trips, daily meals and more). Call Hindy at (718) 894-3441 or visit the Center.

Selfhelp Clearview Senior Center, 208-11 26 Ave., Bayside, activities include: Qi Gong, Mondays at 10:45 a.m.; Dance Aerobics, Mondays at 10 a.m. & Tuesdays at 9 a.m.; Wii time, Mondays and Wednesdays at 12:45 p.m.; Music with Dee, Mondays at 1 p.m.; beginner’s drawing, Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m.; aerobics, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m.; drawing and painting, Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.; yoga, Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.; bingo, Wednesdays at 12:45 p.m.; tai chi, Wednesdays at 2 p.m.; dance fitness Fridays at 10:45 a.m.; health education class, Tuesdays at 10 a.m.; fire prevention exercises, Wednesdays at 11 a.m.; mahjong/canasta, Wednesdays at 12:45 p.m.; stay well exercises, Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.; Music, Dance & Fitness, Thursdays at 1:30 p.m., Scrabble, Thursdays at 12:45 p.m.; Sculpture, Fridays at 1 p.m; current events, card playing and more. Call (718) 224-7888.

SUPPORT GROUPS

Pomonok Senior Center, 67-09 Kissena Blvd., Peer Support Group every Wednesday at 1 p.m. For more information call (718) 591-3377, Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Jamaica Service Program for Older Adults, 92-47 165 St., details its safety program about rent, Medicaid and food stamps. Call for an appointment at (718) 657-6500. Free.

Gam-Anon is a 12-step program for families of someone with a gambling problem. Call hot line (212) 606-8177.

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, ceramics, camera class, computer classes, trips, birthday parties and more. Call (718) 657-6752.

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

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

Al-anon meets every Sunday at noon at Resurrection Ascension Pastoral Center basement, 85-18 61 Road, Rego Park.

Caregiver support groups at Queens Community House, Kew Gardens Community Center, 80-02 Kew Gardens Road. Free. Call (718) 226-5960, ext. 226.

Overeaters Anonymous, try a NEW way OUT of FAT with Thursdays at 11 a.m. at Rego Park Library, 91-41 63 Dr.

The Lupus Alliance of Long Island and Queens meets once a month on Tuesdays, 7:30-9 p.m., Flushing. Register/information: (516) 802-3142. A fee of $10 per person for members and $15 for nonmembers includes a light breakfast, handouts and lunch. Call (516) 826-2058.

Emotions Anonymous, an emotional support group, will be held on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. at Victoria Congregational Church, 148th St. and 87th Avenue, Briarwood. Call (718) 938-8869 or (917) 312-7150.

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.

Welcome to the discussion.