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Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2012 10:30 am

AUDITIONS

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.

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.

Theatre

Parkside Players presents Ken Ludwig’s comedy Moon Over Buffalo at 103-15 Union Turnpike, Forest Hills on Friday, Nov. 30 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $14/$12 for seniors. For reservations call (718) 353-7388.

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.

Dance

The Thalia Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside, presents Colombia de fiesta with Mestizo Dance Company and Harold Gutierrez and his Band through Dec. 9 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. Tickets are $30, students and seniors are $27. Friday tickets are $25. Call (718) 729-3880.

Music

St. Josaphat’s R.C. Church, 210 Street and 35th Avenue, Bayside, presents James Kennerley, organist, playing music by Bach, Mozart and others on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 5:30 p.m. Free.

The Astoria Big Band Concert will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 3 p.m. at the Steinway Reformed Church, 41st Street and Ditmars Boulevard, Astoria. It is free.

The second annual St. Cecilia winter festival for the benefit of the Kathy Boller Music Fund will be held at Grace Church, 14-15 Clintonville St., Whitestone on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. Featured will be St. Luke’s folk group and Christmas choral music. The cost is: adults $15, $10 for children under 16, children under 3 are free.

Bishop Paul Sanchez, Rev. Msgr. Joseph Funaro and the Sacred Music Society of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs at 110-06 Queens Blvd., Forest Hills, present their annual Christmas concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9. Tickets cost $25. Children under 12 are free. Call (718) 268-6251 for more information.

The Queens College Choral Society and Orchestra presents Gustav Mahler’s “Symphony No. 2 (“Resurrection”) on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. in Colden Auditorium on the Queens College campus at 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, with guest conductor Maurice Peress. Tickets are $20 and $18. Call (718) 997-5597 for more information.

Flea Markets

St. Josaphat’s R.C. Church of Bayside will hold a Christmas craft sale plus ethnic Polish bake sale on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Parish Hall, 35th Avenue and 210th Street, Bayside. Call Steve at (718) 224-3052 for more information.

A Christmas fair at American Martyrs Church, Union Turnpike and Bell Boulevard in Bayside, will take place on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 pm. and Sunday, Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free with ample parking.

Our Lady of Mercy Church, 70-01 Kessel Street, Forest Hills, will hold a holiday shoppe on Friday, Nov. 30 from noon to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 1 from noon to 6 p.m. Admission is free.

Holiday Pop: Artisan Market in Long Island City will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 12 from 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 15 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 43-01 21 St., Suite 306B (3rd floor). Eight selected vendors will be offering handmade gifts and imports.

St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church at Parsons Boulevard and Union Turnpike, Jamaica, will hold a flea market on Sundays, Dec. 9 and 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with over 80 vendors.

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

Holy Martyrs Armenian Church, 209-15 Horace Harding Expy., Bayside, holds a Chinese auction on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. $10 admission includes tickets and refreshments. No children under 12. For every nonperishable item you being, you will receive a ticket for a special drawing. Food will be given to the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

St. Raphael’s Christmas Boutique will be held at 35-20 Greenpoint Ave., Long Island City, on Saturday, Dec. 1 and Sunday, Dec. 2 in the rectory basement following all Masses.

Our Lady of Hope Church at Eliot Avenue and 71st Street in Middle Village will hold a flea market on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Meetings

Jointhe Knitting Circle at Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, on Mondays, Dec. 3 and17from 6 to 7 p.m.This is a meeting for adults who know how to knit and not a class. Call (718) 229-4000 Ext. 214.

AARP Chapter 2889 meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month at noon at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 69-60 Grand Ave., Maspeth. New members are welcome. On Dec. 5 there will be entertainment with Rock and Randy. Call (718) 672-9890 for more information.

VFW post 4784, located at 19-12 149 St., Whitestone, will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. All those who served in the military overseas are invited to attend.

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.

Bring your little one who is between the ages of 18 & 36 months and join Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, for Furry Friends on Sunday, Dec. 2 from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m.This program will include games, songs, a snack, a craft, live animals and a nature walk (weather permitting). Limited to 8 parent/child pairs. Call 718-229-4000 to reserve a pre-paid spot today. Cost is $16.

Join 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.

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.

CLASSEs

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

An AARP defensive driving class will be held on Friday, Nov. 30 at 10 a.m. at Laurelton Library, 134-26 225 St. Call (718) 479-8914 for more information.

CLASSEs

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.

The Center for Culture, The African Poetry Theatre, 176-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, presents: World African Diaspora Union Health Fair. Learn how to get rid of cancer, diabetes and hypertension through screening of food and to examine solutions for overcoming illnesses naturally on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 2-6 p.m. Free admission. Call (718) 523-3312 for more information.

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.

Special Events

United Forties Civic Association hosts its annual holiday get-together/outreach program on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. at St. Teresa’s auditorium, 44th Street and 50th Avenue, Woodside. Parking is available off 44th Street. Bring a toy for a local needy child ages 3-12, unwrapped.

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.

Rego Park Jewish Center, 97-30 Queens Blvd., hosts the National Yiddish Theatre-Folksbiene Troupe, which will perform the “Heyse Latkes” with English translations on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2:30 p.m. After the performance enjoy hot latkes. Tickets in advance are $10; at the performance, $12.

Sterling National Bank presents a Meet the Lenders Networking Event in Long Island City on Thursday, Dec. 6 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Sterling National Bank Long Island City Branch, 30-30 47 Ave. This is a free event.

On Sunday, Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. the Sacred Music Chorale of Richmond Hill presents its Winter Concert at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 86-20 114 St., featuring Haydn’s St. Nicholas Mass and favorite holiday music. Admission is $15, seniors and students/ advance $12, children free. Reception follows. Visit richmondhillny.com/arts/smc for more information.

The Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, 4th Floor, is hosting a book sale on Saturday, Dec. 8 form 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hundreds of books are available, including history, children’s, fiction, sports, health, cookbooks, biographies and many other special books. Call (718) 278-0700 or visit astorialic.org for more information.

The Myrtle Avenue Business Improvement District is sponsoring Pictures with Santa at 71st Avenue Triangle, 1 block off Forest Avenue, on Sunday, Dec. 2 from noon to 2 p.m. and at Venditti Square at Myrtle and St. Nicholas avenues, on Sunday, Dec. 9 from noon-2 p.m., all in Ridgewood. Bring your own camera. Call (718)366-3806 for more information.

On Sunday, Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. the Northern Woodside Coalition will present a Manton Christmas tree lighting with hosts John and Rita Manton at 33-30 58 St., Woodside. A reception at Christ Lutheran Church, 33-57 58 St., will follow. Performances will include the Goliard Carolers and Manny Perez & Friends. Call the Northern Woodside Coalition at (718) 205-1030 for more information.

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.

Join Hands-on History: Decorate the Manor on Saturday, Dec. 15 from 12 noon to 3 p.m. at King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave. Learn about and make historic winter decorations for your home. For more information call (718) 206-0545.

There will be a free Chanukah party sponsored by the Ben Kuyler Outreach Group on Thursday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. lead by Wendy Moscow at the Israel Center of Conservative Judaism, 167-11 73 Ave., Flushing. Call Polly Kuyler at (718) 454-4818 or Paul Engel at (516) 547-4318 for more information. Chanukah refreshments will be served.

A soul moving concertto benefit the Howard Beach Judea Center Hurricane Sandy relief effort withtraditional, Yiddish, Latino, show tunes, old and modern songs featuring Rabbi Cantor George Hirschfeldand company will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. at theHoward Beach Judea Center, 162-05 90th St. Tickets are $20. Dairy buffet served.RSVP at(718) 835-2298

SENIOR ACTIVITIES

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. Enjoy entertainer Flo Michaels on Friday, Nov. 30, 4-7 p.m., with dinner and a raffle, for $8 admission, $10 at the door. Showtime with Lamar Peters will be shown on Monday, Dec. 3. On Tuesday, Dec. 4 a trip will be held to Rockefeller Center to see the famous Christmas Tree. 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.

Ridgewood Older Adult Center arts and craft class holds a holiday sale, Monday, Dec. 3-Friday, Dec. 7 at the Ridgewood Savings Bank, 71-02 Forest Ave.

The Selfhelp Benjamin Rosenthal-Prince Street Senior Center, 45-25 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, as an eight week computer basics class using Windows 7 starting on Monday, Dec. 3. Call (718) 559-4329.

The Middle Village Adult Center will hold a beginner’s computer course on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon and an Excel and PowerPoint course on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. These classes will begin on Nov. 26 and run through Jan. 9, 2013. Each class consists of ten 2-hour sessions. The center also holds classes in Zumba on Tuesdays from 9-10 a.m. and Zumba and Pilates on Thursdays from 10-11 a.m. Call Richard or Lorri at (718) 894-3441 for more information.

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