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Posted: Thursday, May 3, 2012 11:00 am | Updated: 11:21 am, Thu May 3, 2012.

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.

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. Saturday performance: May 5 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 20 at 7 p.m. Tickets $10 at door or online at secrettheatre.com, or call box office at (718) 392-0722.

The Andrean Players present “The Music Man” on Friday, May 4 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, May 5 at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, May 6 at 2 p.m. at St. Andrew Avellino Church Andrean Hall, entrance on the corner of Northern Boulevard and 157 Street, Flushing. Tickets are: Adults $18, seniors and children $15. Call Sally at (917) 753-8410.

APAC Performing Arts Center presents the musical “The Secret Garden,” May 3-19 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.

“Poets in the Playhouse” will be performed free on Friday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Little Theater at Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., King Hall, Room 115 in Flushing. It’s sponsored by the Poetry Society of America.

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

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Queens, 147-54 Ash Ave., Flushing, presents the first episode, “The Difference Between Us,” of a three-part series, “Race - The Power of an Illusion,” on Saturday, May 5 at 7 p.m. Watch the film then explore these questions: If race is a biological myth, where did the idea come from? Suggested donation of $5.

Music

The Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College in Flushing will present a double bill of two Bruce Saylor operas: “My Kinsman, Major Molineux” and “The Image Maker “on Friday, May 4 through Sunday, May 6 at the Goldstein Theatre, located at the intersection of Kissena Boulevard and the Horace Harding Expressway (L.I.E.) on the Queens College campus. Show times are Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 6 at 2:30 P.M. Tickets are $22/$20 (QCID, Seniors). Call (718) 793-8080.

Beautiful and memorable American songs featuring Cantor Guy Bonne and special musical guests will be featured on Saturday, May 12 at 8 p.m. at Temple Tikvah, 33-15 Hillside Ave., New Hyde Park. Tickets are $20 or special VIP package, $50. RSVP to themnus2@optonline.net or mail checks to Doris Silberman, 92 Nottingham Rd., New Hyde Park, NY, 11040.

Musica Reginae Productions presents the Lexington Piano Trio with Eveline Kuhn on Saturday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m. at The Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills. Tickets are $20 adults, $15 seniors, $10 students, kids under 12 are free when accompanied by an adult. For tickets, call (718) 894-2178 or order online at musicareginae.org.

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.

Bay Terrace Country Club will hold its spring flea market on Saturday, May 5 (rain date — Sunday, May 6) from noon to 4 p.m. at 217-14 24 Ave., Bayside. Free admission and parking, DJ, animal balloons, refreshments and more.

Jamaica Hospital Medical Center will sponsor the Kew Gardens Spring flea market from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the LIRR North Parking Lot, 82-60 Austin St., on Saturday, May 5.

Jewelry sale, new and used, on Saturday, May 5 from 2-6 p.m. and Sunday, May 6 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the school cafeteria, Holy Child Jesus Church, 111-11 86 Ave., Richmond Hill.

Lectures

The Central Queens YM & YWHA, 67-09 108 St., Forest Hills, will host a discussion on “The Death Penalty and the Constitution” on Monday, May 7 at 1:30 p.m., with James Coll, a detective in the New York City Police Department. Cost is $6.

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.

AARP Chapter 2889 meets on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at noon at the Elks Lodge, 82-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst. New members are welcome. Topic: May 16, music by John Larosa.

In honor of Mother’s Day, “I Remember Mama,” a Broadway play which was later adapted for a movie, a TV series, and eventually a musical, will be the subject of Tom Newby’s next lecture at a meeting of Horizons, a club for those 55 and over on Thursday, May 10 at 12:30 p.m. at the Reform Temple of Forest Hills, 71-11 112 St. Attendees are invited to bring lunch. A charge of $3 will include coffee and cake.

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.

You Gotta Believe, a community-based older child adoption agency, is looking for families who would be willing to provide love and nurturing to a child in the foster care system. Join the agency on Sundays at 4 p.m. at Little Flower Children’s Services, 89-12 162 St., Jamaica. The next session will be on April 15. (No meeting on April 8).

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 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.

A defensive driving course for insurance and point reduction will be given at St. Mel’s Church of Flushing, 26-15 154 St., on Saturday, May 12 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For information and registration call (631) 360-9720. The cost is $45.

Urte Shaedle will discuss how to grow garden-fresh herbs in containers on Wednesday, May 9 at 2 p.m. Cost is $8 and $5 for members at Volker Orth Museum, 149-19 38 Ave., Flushing.

CLASSEs

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.

Italian Charities of America at 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst, offers Italian classes˝for adults and children. Adult classes are on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7-9 p.m. Children’s classes are on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-noon. The course is for 14 weeks. Price: adult – $80, children — $75 for first child, $50 for second and third child. Call (718) 478-3100.

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.

Senior Yoga is coming to Bayside Jewish Center, 203-05 32 Ave., conducted by Flo Meyers. There will be a series of 10 weekly sessions at $5 per session. Bring your own mat or beach towel.

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.

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 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.

The Kiwanis Middle Village street festival is on Sunday, May 6 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free rides, lots of family fun, live entertainment, food and vendors, Metropolitan Avenue from 73 Place to 79 Street.

Celebrate spring at the Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway in Floral Park on Sunday, May 6 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Watch sheep shearing and spinning demos, learn about the Community Compost Project, enjoy in-depth tours led by farmers and pick up vegetable seedlings and flowers at a spring plant sale.

Toddler Olympics 2012 for children ages 2 to 6 will be held at Bayside High School, 32-24 Corporal Kennedy Street, Bayside, on Friday, May 6 from noon to 3 p.m., 11 a.m. for registration. Fee: $10 for parent and child team, $2 for spectators.

A celebration of Cinco de Mayo and Asian Pacific Heritage month will be held on Saturday, May 5 at the Poppenhusen Institute, 114-04 14 Road, College Point. Times are: 11 a.m. — Pinata or Chinese Knotting Workshops; 12:30 p.m. — Sampling of Ethnic Foods; and 1 p.m. — Aztek, Chinese and Filipino dancers.

The third annual Green for Queens Environmental Festival will be held on Sunday, May 6 at the Central Queens YM & YWHA, 67-09 108 St., Forest Hills, from 1 to 4 p.m. The fair will feature workshops and exhibits for adults and earth-friendly, hands-on activities and entertainment for children.

Dive into spring at the Astoria Park Pool Music and Arts Festival on Saturday, May 5 from 2 to 6 p.m. at 19th Street and 23rd Drive. It will include live music, including Queens rock bands Dr. Jin and Iskandar, Shakespearean sonnets and soliloquies from the Hip to Hip Theatre Company, and performances from members of the Astoria Performing Arts Center. Face painting, storytelling, inflatable rides, arts and crafts, and more for the kids. This event is free.

Metropolitan Avenue Festival sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Glendale Queens will be held on Sunday, May 6 on Metropolitan Avenue between 73 Place and 79 Street, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free rides for children, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Food vendors, craft vendors, games, rides, North Shore Animal League mobile pet adoption, FDNY Smoke House fire safety exhibition, general vendors, fun for the whole family.

Louis Armstrong House Museum, 34-56 107 St., Corona, is throwing a garden party on Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6 from noon-6 p.m. It is a free event, family friendly and will be held rain or shine. It will feature ongoing historic house tours which are free during event hours and outside in the garden guests will enjoy live jazz, sample red beans ’n rice (Louis’s favorite recipe) and swing dancing.

Maifest on Cinco de Mayo will be held in the Voelker Orth Museum’s Garden, 149-19 38 Ave., Flushing on Saturday, May 5 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. General admission $30 and $25 for members, food and drink included. In the event of rain the festivities move indoors. Purchase tickets in advance. Call (718) 359-6227.

A chinese auction will be held on Friday, May 4 at 7 p.m. at United Methodist Church, 112-14 107 Ave., Richmond Hill.

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 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.

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.

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

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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