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Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012 10:30 am


Socrates Sculpture Park at 32-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City, is looking for artists and architects with a deadline of Jan. 7. Visit socratessculpturepark.org, click on the exhibition tab and search for artist opportunities for more information and to print out an application.

The AARP Queens Chorus performs at Queens nursing homes and rehab/senior centers. If interested in joining call (718) 523-1330 for audition dates.

Slow Pitch Softball of Queens is now enrolling for the 2013 summer season. Visit spsofqueens.com or email spsofqueens@gmail.com for more information. Limited space is available.


St. Nicholas of Tolentine Parish will hold an Indoor Flea Market on Sunday, Dec. 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 150-75 Goethels Ave., Jamaica. Free admission and parking. Breakfast and lunch are available. For more information call (718) 591-1815.

LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, 31-10 Center Blvd., performs The Nutcracker on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Contact laguardiaperformingarts.org or (718) 482-7206.

Dutch Kills Civic Association will hold its annual Christmas party on Thursday, Dec. 13 at the Growing Up Green School, 39-37 28 St., at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, but a small donation would be appreciated.

Come to the holiday luncheon on Friday, Dec. 14 at CCNS Bayside Senior Center, 221-15 Horace Harding Expwy. Lunch served at 11:30 a.m. There will be ice cream, raffles and music for dancing. Reserve now. Donation is $4. Call (718) 225-1144.

Friends of Maple Grove Cemetery host carols ‘n’ cookies ‘n’ cocoa ‘n’ cheer, a holiday community gathering with music and treats, on Friday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Center at Maple Grove, 127-15 Kew Gardens Road. Admission and parking is free.

NYC Puppet Theatre presents a holiday musical, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” on Friday, Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. at Springfield Gardens High School auditorium, 143-10 Springfield Blvd., featuring holiday puppets and holiday themes for youngsters. Cost is $8 per person.

The Community Singers of Queens will hold a winter concert at Church on the Hill, 167-07 35 Ave., Flushing, on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. For more information call (718) 658-1021.

There will be a children’s Christmas party on Saturday, Dec. 15 at All Saints Episcopal Church, 43-12 46 St. in Sunnyside, for children ages 3-9. Two sessions — 2-3:30 p.m. and 4-5:30 p.m. Space is limited. No charge and free refreshments. Call (718) 784-8031.

The Sunnyside Community Services, 43-31 39 St., will host a holiday bake sale to benefit its afterschool program on Saturday, Dec. 15 from 5 to 8 p.m. Tasters tickets are $20 for adults and free for children under 13. There will be an iPad raffle and silent auction. Email info@acsny.org.

Decorate the Manor on Saturday, Dec. 15 from 12 noon to 3 p.m. at King Manor museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave. Call (718) 206-0545.

Visit the Bohemian Hall Christmas market, 29-19 24 Ave. in Astoria, on Saturday, Dec. 15 and Sunday, Dec. 16 from 12 to 6 p.m. Email events@bohemianhall.com.

The B-Sharp LI Branch of the National Association of Negro Musicians invites everyone to the Messiah Sing-In on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 4 p.m. at Amity Baptist Church, 164-12 108 Ave. in Jamaica. Admission is $10.

The Oratorio Society of Queens will sing excerpts from Handel’s “Messiah” and other Christmas and Chanukah favorites at a holiday concert celebrating the group’s 85th anniversary on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 4 p.m. at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56 Ave., Bayside. Tickets are $30, $25 for seniors, $10 for children under 12. Call (718) 279-3006, or visit Facebook.

On Sunday, Dec. 16 at 12:30 p.m. at the Rego Park Jewish Center, 97-30 Queens Blvd., Cynthia Zaliksy, executive director of the Queens Jewish Community Council, will speak about “The Chanukah Lights Illuminating a Woman’s Perspective,” chaired by Noreen Daniel. A deli luncheon and dessert will be served. The cost is $10 per person. Must reserve in advance. Call (718) 459-1000.

The Center for Culture the Afrikan Poetry Theatre in Conjunction with National Council of Negro Women Queens County Section presents its annual gala Kwanzaa celebration Ujamaa on Saturday, Dec. 29 at 1 to 8 p.m. at Springfield Gardens High School, 143-10 Springfield Blvd. Free admission. For more information call (718) 523-3312.

The Latin American Cultural Center of Queens hosts a holiday party and toy drive on Sunday, Dec. 16 from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at El Paraiso Tropical, 102-11 42 Ave., Corona. The event is free but space is limited. RSVP early at (718) 261-7664 or laccq@aol.com.

On Sunday, Dec. 16 visitors to the Queens Botanical garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, are invited to enjoy a Winter Solstice celebration. Admission is Free.

A joint Christmas concert “For Unto Us a Child Is Given” will be presented on Friday, Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. by the Harmonius Chorus and The Choir of the First Presbyterian Church of Newtown at The First Presbyterian Church of Newtown on the corner of Queens Boulevard and 54th Avenue. The concert is free but donations are welcomed and will go primarily towards restoration of this historic church’s original 1895 Gothic doors. Refreshments will be served afterwards.


Emmy-nominated actor Rob Schneider brings his zany comedy to the Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56 Ave., Bayside, on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 for all seats. You must be 21 or older to attend.


A winter concert will be held at Church on the Hill, 167-07 35 Ave., Bayside on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 8 p.m. sponsored by the Community Singers of Queens. Tickets are $10. Email csofg@aol.com.

“Rebuild the Rock,” a three-day music festival to benefit neighborhoods hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, will be held at 87-48 78 St., Woodhaven. On Friday, Dec. 14 at 8:30 p.m. there will be a Rock and Blues night. On Saturday, Dec. 15 at 8 p.m. there will be an anything goes night and on Sunday, Dec.16 at 6 p.m. there will be an Acoustic, Rock and Soul night. There is a suggested donation of $20 at the door for each night.

St. George’s Church, 14-20 27 Ave., Astoria, presents a piano, organ and carillon concert by Maxim Anikushin on Sunday, Dec. 30 at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Proceeds will benefit the church’s building fund. Visit historic-stgeorge-astoria.org.

Flea Markets

Flushing House, 38-20 Bowne St., Flushing, will hold a flea market on Saturday, Dec. 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

St. Josaphat’s R.C. Church of Bayside will hold a flea market plus ethnic Polish bake sale on Sunday, Dec. 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Parish Hall, 35th Avenue and 210th Street.


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.

A leisure group meets every Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Hillcrest Jewish Center, Prince Room, 183-02 Union Turnpike, Flushing. Cost is $6 for lunch. The program includes yoga instruction, discussion groups, card games, bingo, birthday celebrations, guest speakers and holiday celebrations. For info., call Dr. Roz Gold at (718) 229-7511.

A schizophrenics anonymous self-help support group will be held on Sundays from 10 to 11 a.m. at L.I. Consultation Center, 97-29 64 Rd., Rego Park. Call (718) 896-3400 for more information. The group is free.

for kids

Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, invites Young Chefs between the ages of 7 and 12 to design, build and decorate a graham cracker gingerbread house on Saturday, Dec. 15 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The cost is $24 per child. Space is limited to 8 participants. Call (718) 229-4000 to pre-register.

Join the animal care club on Thursday, Dec. 27 at 10 a.m. to noon at Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, for children ages 8-12. Fee is $21 per child. Pre-register by calling (718) 229-4000.

Come to Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, for a safari on Saturday, Dec. 15 from 1-2 p.m. Ages 6-11 are welcome and the fee is $9 per child. Pre-register by calling (718) 229-4000.

All children between the ages of 5 and 6 are welcome to join Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, for a day of “Dino”mite Dinosaurs on Saturday, Dec. 15 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Youngsters will learn how these prehistoric creatures lived then go on an “archeological dig” including a craft, a snack and nonprehistoric animals. Limited to 12 participants. Cost is $21 per child. Call (718) 229-4000 to pre-register.


Every Wednesday from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. join Rabbi Waidenbaum at the Rego Park Jewish Center, 97-30 Queens Blvd., to learn and discuss the weekly Torah portion. There is no charge and all are welcome. Call (718) 459-1000 for more information.

Learn about a Victorian craft tradition and create your own keepsake box at the Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38 Ave., Flushing, on Friday, Dec. 28 at 2 p.m. All materials included in the registration fee of $4 and $3 for members. Call (718) 359-6227 to reserve a place.

Central YM & YWHA, 67-09 108 St. in Forest Hills is now offering a ballet fitness fusion class which will combine the fundamentals of ballet barre work with traditional fitness training. This Wednesday class is designed to strengthen, tone and shape the lower body. Classes will run through Dec. 19. Free for members of the CQY; nonmembers can purchase a 10-class card at $150. One can start classes anytime.

Italian Charities of America, 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst, teaches ballroom dancing every Monday and Friday night form 7:15 to 8 p.m. followed by a social dance. Cost is $10.

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. The class is free. Call to reserve at (718) 762-6212.

Discuss Torah portion Miketz with Rabbi Samuel Waidenbaum, Rabbi Romie Daniel and Charles Lehat on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 12:30 p.m. following Shabbat services at the Parashat and Haftarat Club at the Rego Park Jewish Center, 97-30 Queens Blvd. Call (718) 459-1000 for more information.

Thrill to an evening with the stars with astronomer Mark Freilich at Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. View highlights of the night sky. Cost is $12 per person, $7 for children ages 7-12. Pre-register by calling (718) 229-4000.

A Scrabble club will be held at the East Flushing Library, 196-36 Northern Blvd. on Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m. Seating is limited; first come, first served.

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 Jackson Heights Art Club offers art classes in all mediums, adults, children, days, evenings. Classes are held at St. Mark’s Church, 82nd Street and 34th Avenue. Costs are: adults, $100 for four sessions, nonmembers, $75 for members; children seven years and up, $75 for eight sessions. Membership available. For information, call Geraldine at (718) 446-4709.

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.

Adult education classes will be held at the Rego Park Jewish Center, 97-30 Queens Blvd., Rego Park. Rabbi Waidenbaum will be teaching several adult education classes. No charge. Call for more information, (718) 459-1000.

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.

Italian Charities of America, 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst, will host a dance with instructions every Monday and Friday from 7:15-8 p.m. From 8-11 p.m. there will be a social dance. Call (718) 478-3100 for more information. Cost is $10 per person or you can buy a series card.

Special Events

The Samuel Field Y has two weekday programs for preschool children ages 3-5 with developmental disabilities and their families. On Mondays from 3 to 4:30 p.m. there is Monday Magic: Learn and Play at the Bay Terrace Center: 212-00 23 Ave., Bayside. On Wednesdays from 3-4:30 there is Gym and Creative Exploration at the Little Neck Site, 58-20 Little Neck Pkwy. Contact Amanda at (718) 225-6750 ext. 262 or email asmith@sfy.org for more information.

“Shave the ‘Stache” fundraiser for autism will be held on Friday, Dec. 28 starting at 7 p.m. at Redken Saloon Salon, 36-17 30 Ave., Astoria. For more information, or to make a donation, visit qsac.com/shave or contact (718) 7- AUTISM ext. 2035.


The Ridgewood Older Adult Center, 59-14 70 Ave., Ridgewood, welcomes seniors age 60 and older. The center is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A food pantry is available Tuesdays-Thursdays from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Other activities include daily hot lunch, mini-trips, monthly birthday parties, theme parties and daily exercise. An AARP defensive driving class well be held on Monday, Dec. 17. Movies are held every Tuesday at 1:15 p.m. Call Karen at (718) 456-2000 for more information.

The Selfhelp Clearview Senior Center, 208-11 26 Ave., Bayside, hosts “In the News,” Mondays at 10 a.m.; Music with Dee, Mondays at 1 p.m.; dance aerobics, Tuesdays at 9 a.m.; ballroom dancing, Tuesdays at 12:45 p.m.; aerobics, 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; yoga, Wednesdays at 9 a.m.; music appreciation, Dec. 18 at 12:45 p.m.; bingo, Wednesdays at 12:45, tai chi, Wednesdays at 2 p.m.; stay well exercise, Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.; dance fitness, Fridays at 10:45 a.m.; a holiday party on Thursday, Dec. 20 at noon to 3 p.m. for members only and a show: “Change Up” at 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 28. Call (718) 224-7888 for further information.

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

The Pomonok Senior Center, 67-09 Kissena Blvd., is offering free Chinese language classes every Thursday at 1 p.m.; its very first Dear Abby Group every Thursday at 11 a.m.; free ESL classes for Chinese speakers, every Tuesday and Thursday from 9-10:30 a.m.; and the Knitting and Crochet club every Thursday at 1 p.m. for beginners and experts. For more information, please contact the Pomonok Senior Center at (718) 591-3377, Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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