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Posted: Thursday, September 6, 2012 10:30 am

EXHIBITS

The Queens Botanical Garden presents the Jamaica Estates Association Art Show “The Artist Within: The Urge to Create” 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.

During NYC’s fall fashion week, the Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38 Ave., Flushing, is exhibiting a selection of formal gowns by Hee Myung Han from Sept. 8 to Sept. 16. The exhibition brings Han’s elegant classic designs into the intimate setting of the museum’s period rooms. Elegance in Style is on view Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday from 1-4 p.m. The public is invited to meet Han at a reception for the exhibition on Sept. 8 from 2-4 p.m. In addition, a musical performance is scheduled the following Saturday evening. Elegance, Music & Bubbly is a cocktail hour performance with Paul Gabriel Winston on the piano in the parlor on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 6-8 p.m. Delight in the tunes of Cole Porter and other memorable masters of the American songbook. Admission is $12 and $10 for members.

Reopening after extensive renovations, the Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College will mark the event by exhibiting the work of Swiss abstract artist H.A. Sigg from Sept. 10 to Oct. 26. This retrospective of nearly 40 paintings and numerous collages celebrates the career of a remarkable octogenerian artist. An opening reception with a gallery talk by Amy Winter will take place on Thursday, Sept. 13 from 6-8 p.m. The public is invited to the event but must call to request an invitation. Call (718) 997-4747. Museum hours are Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Flushing Town Hall: Celebrating 150 Years, an exhibition at Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, will run from Sunday, Sept. 9 to Sunday, Oct. 7. Gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday from noon-5 p.m. Suggested admission is $5/members free.

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.

The Community Singers of Queens choral singers’ rehearsals for a December concert start on Monday, Sept. 10 at 8 p.m. at Lutheran Church of the Messiah, 42-15 165 St., Flushing. New members are welcomed. Tenors and basses most welcomed. Call (718) 658-1021 for further information.

Auditions for the Oratorio Society of Queens are Mondays, Sept. 10 and 17 at 7 p.m. Reservations are required. Visit the website queensoratorio.org or audition and membership information or call (718) 279-3006. Rehearsals are held Monday nights at 7:45 begining Sept. 10 in the FSG Hall at Temple Beth Solom, 172nd Street and Northern Boulevard, Flushing.

The Queens College Choral Society is seeking new members for its 2012-13 concert season. Auditions for new members will take place on the following Wednesdays in Room 246 of the Music Building at Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing: Sept. 12 from 6-7:15 p.m. Rehearsals are held from 7:30-9:45 p.m. on Wednesdays at Queens College. A new member welcome party will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 19. Auditions consist of basic singing skills; no preparation is necessary.

Music

New York Opera Forum presents a concert featuring Act III, Pt. 1 of Richard Wagner’s comic masterpiece Die Meistersinger with Bartok’s dark fairy tale Bluebeard’s Castle at St. Luke’s Church, 85 Greenway South, Forest Hills, on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 3 p.m. The suggested donation is $12, $10 for seniors, students and groups of six or more. For reservations and more information, call (718) 268-7772 or visit the church’s website at stlukesforesthills.org.

Bang on a Can and the Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33 Road, Long Island City, present guitarist/composer Gyan Riley, who will perform in the museum’s sculpture garden for the final installment of Music in the Garden for 2012 on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 3 p.m. Riley will perform original compositions and will be joined on some songs by April Centrone (percussion) and Timba Harris (violin/viola). Free with museum admission; $10 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and students with valid ID, free for children under 12 and New York City public high-school students with valid ID.

Flea Markets

St. Raphael’s Church, 35-20 Greenpoint Ave., Long Island City, hosts an outdoor flea market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9.

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. It is located at the intersection of Parsons Boulevard and Union Turnpike in Jamaica.

Lectures

A demonstration by Nicholai Khan on spicing up your artwork with an urban contemporary look will be held on Friday, Sept. 7 at 8 p.m. at the National Art League, 44-21 Douglaston Parkway, Douglaston.

Health

No-cost breast cancer screenings are being offered in Queens through the American-Italian Cancer Foundation’s mobile clinic. Locations include: Friday, Sept. 7 at the Merrick Park Baptist Church, 120-02 Marsden St., Jamaica; Wednesday, Sept. 26 at the Maspeth Federal Savings Bank parking lot (upper level), 56-18 69 St., Maspeth; and Thursday, Sept. 27 at the Office of Council Member Peter Vallone Jr., 22-45 31 St., Astoria. Call (877) 628-9090 to schedule an appointment.

A blood drive will be held on Sunday, Sept. 9 from 2-8 p.m. at Bait-Uz-Zafir mosque in Hollis at 188-15 McLaughlin Ave.

Meetings

A meeting of Horizons, a club for those 55 and over, will take place on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 12:30 p.m. at the Reform Temple of Forest Hills, 71-11 112 St. Tom Newby will speak on the topic “Rossini and The Barber of Seville.” Attendees are invited to bring lunch. A charge of $3 will include coffee and cake.

The Flushing AARP Chapter No. 1405 holds its meeting at the Bowne Street Community Church, 143-11 Roosevelt Ave., on Mondays at 1 p.m. The next meetings will be held on Sept. 10 and Sept. 24. New members welcome.

Howard Beach Metal Detecting/Treasure Hunters Club will be meeting at the VFW Hall, 102-17 160 Ave., Howard Beach, on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. Anyone interested in joining the club contact Keith at (917) 599-6674 or email Keithprez12@aol.com.

The Queens Council on Developmental Disabilities will meet on Monday, Sept. 10 at 9:30 a.m. at Bernard Fineson DDSO, 80-45 Winchester Blvd., Administrative Building 80. It’s between Union Turnpike and Hillside Avenue, Glen Oaks. For information call (718) 297-3344, Ms. Austin.

For Kids

A Back to School Festival will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8 from noon-3 p.m. at Little Bay Park in Bayside. An afternoon of fun activities including games, rides, craft projects and free giveaways.

CLASSEs

The Sisterhood of Bay Terrace Jewish Center, 13-00 209 St., Bayside, presents Zumba Fitness classes on Wednesday evenings from 7:30-8:30 p.m. starting on Sept. 5. Rates are $10 for members and $12 for nonmembers. For more information call Janet Wolf at (718) 631-5468.

A free CPR course at Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, on Monday, Sept. 17 at 9:30 a.m. will be conducted by the Fire Department. Call (718) 229-4000 to pre-register.

A points/insurance reduction defensive driving course will be held in VFW Hall, 102-17 160 Ave., Howard Beach, on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost per person is $35. Call Keith at (917) 599-6674 or visit progressive-training-ltd.com to register.

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, $75 for four sessions; children seven years and up, $50 for four sessions. Membership available. For information, call Geraldine at (718) 446-4709.

Ongoing watercolor class every Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the National Art League, 44-21 Douglaston Pkwy, Douglaston. Instructor is Diane Leiberman. Fee is $25 per class. Call (718) 969-1128.

A defensive driving course for insurance and point reduction will be given at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church, 34-24 203 St. in Bayside on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For information and registration call (631) 360-9720. The cost is $45.

Suran Song offers a free yoga class every Wednesday from 8-9 a.m. at JH Laundromat, 85-15 37 Ave., Jackson Heights.

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.

CLASSEs

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.

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.

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 31st Annual Antique Motorcycle Show will be held at the Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park, on Sunday, Sept. 9 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $5 per person. If you want to enter your bike in the show, arrive for registration between 10 and 11 a.m. There is no additional fee to register. The show will include various makes and models of motorcycles that have been out of production for 10 years or more. Music, farmhouse tours, hayrides, petting zoo and food will provide fun for the entire family. Free Parking is available.

Learn about sailing on Meadow Lake in Flushing Meadows Park on Saturday, Sept. 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn about the youth and adult programs offered by The American Small Craft Association. Meet at the boathouse, which is located at 30 Meadow Lake Road, between the Grand Central Parkway and the Van Wyck Expressway, just south of the LIE. For information call (646) 957-0085.

The Pomonok Community Farmers Market will be held every Thursday until Nov. 15 from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on Kissena Boulevard between 65th Avenue and Melborne Avenue, across the cross from Queens College. Accepted: Cash, EBT, FMNP, Health Bucks.

A Jamaica Bay sunset cruise, sponsored by the American Littoral Society’s Broad Channel branch, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8 from 4-7 p.m. Enjoy a three-hour cruise aboard the 100-foot, two-decked Golden Sunshine. Departure: 4 p.m. sharp from Pier 4 in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn (at Emmons and Bedford avenues). Arrive one half-hour early for boarding. Cost: $45 adults; $20 children (includes narrated tour, wine, cheese, fruit, drinks and snacks). For information call (718) 318-9344.

The FDNY Bravest Boxing Team will host its first boxing event ever held in a NYC casino on Friday, Sept. 14. They will take on the always tough New England Law Enforcement Team for charities at the new Resorts World Casino in Ozone Park. There are 12 bouts with doors opening at 7 p.m. and the first bout scheduled for 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 for general admission and $50 for VIP ringside. Tickets are on sale now at fdnyboxing.eventbrite.com

SUPPORT GROUPS

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.

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

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

Problem with cocaine or other mind-altering substances? For local Cocaine Anonymous meetings call: 1-(212) COCAINE.

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.

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

SENIOR ACTIVITIES

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.

The Selfhelp Benjamin Rosenthal-Prince Street Senior Center, 45-25 Kissena Blvd., Flushing has an eight-week computer basics class using Windows 7 starting on Sept. 24. For information about the class call John at (718) 559-4329.

The Selfhelf Benjamin Rosenthal-Prince Street Senior Center, 45-25 Kissena Blvd., Flushing has an eight-week class in Email/Internet using IE9 starting Sept. 25. For information about the class call John at (718) 559-4329.

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.

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