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Posted: Thursday, April 19, 2012 12:00 pm

EXHIBITS

An exhibit titled “Interwoven Worlds: Exploring Domestic and Nomadic Life in Turkey,” organized by Queens College’s Godwin-Ternbach Museum, will be on view at Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. through April 30. Exhibit hours are Wednesday to Friday, noon to 5 p.m.

In honor of its major exhibition Civic Action: A Vision for Long Island City, the Noguchi Museum at 9-01 33 Rd., Long Island City, offers free admission for all visitors until the exhibition closes on April 22. For a schedule, call (718) 204-7088.

Ralph Weiss Photographs are on view through April 22 at the Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38 Ave., Flushing. Gallery hours: Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

Continuing through April 24 the second of a two-part exhibition on the evolution of art will be on view at the Queens College Art Center, Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library, Level Six, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing. Gallery hours are: Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free and open to the public.

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.

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.

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.

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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. Three Saturday performances: April 21, April 28 and 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.

OneHeart Productions, a nonprofit theater company, presents a single evening’s performance of “Birmingham Reunion,” a full-length play dealing with the present-day impact of slavery on race relations on Friday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, Little Theater, 31-10 Thomson Ave., Long Island City. Tickets are $20 at door, $15 in advance. Call the box office at (718) 482-5151.

The Gingerbread Players will cap their 2011-12 season with a six-performance run of “Annie,” the classic musical at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 85 Greenway South, Forest Hills on Saturday, April 21, at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, April 22, at 2:30 p.m.; Friday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 28, at 2:30 p.m.; and Sunday, April 29, at 2:30 p.m. For reservations, call (718) 268-7772, or visit gingerbreadplayers.org.

Music

Presbyterian Church of St. Albans, 190-04 119 Ave., presents New Vision’s second annual Tribute to the Gospel Legends Concert on Saturday, April 28 at 4 p.m. Tickets are $20; children under 12-$10. For tickets contact M. Greene (347) 351-8036 or S. Henningham (718) 749-4084.

Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, will hold a fundraiser John Flynn Earth Day Concert on Saturday, April 21 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25.

Internationally renowned critic, author and lecturer Rex Reed hosts a tribute to Ira Gershwin at Queensborough Community College’s Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56 Ave., in Bayside on Sunday, April 22 at 3 p.m. The all-star cast performs 27 numbers. For more information about this event, call the QPAC Box Office at (718) 631-6311; tickets are available online at visitqpac.org, $35 all seats.

Grammy-award winner and folk music legend Janis Ian will be at the Queens Theatre in the Park for two special concert performances on Saturday, April 21 at 2 and 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale on the Queens Theatre website for $44 and $60. The theater is located in Flushing Meadows Park.

The Sacred Music Chorale of Richmond Hill presents a spring concert on Sunday, April 22 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 86-20 114 St. at 3 p.m. The program is Faure’s “Requiem” and Ralph Vaughn William’s “Five Mystical Songs” with professional soloists and chamber orchestra. Reception follows in church’s Bowers Hall. Admission $15 — seniors and students $12. Tickets available at the door or in advance.

Flea Market

Italian Charities of America, 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst, will hold a flea market on Saturday, April 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Bellerose Jewish Center will hold its spring rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 254-04 Union Turnpike in Floral Park on Tuesday, April 24.

Lecture

A free lecture by Alfred Ronzoni on New York and the Legacy of the War of 1812 will be held on Monday, April 23 at 6:30 p.m. at York College, Academic Core Building Room 3D01. It’s sponsored by King Manor Museum.

LaGuardia Community College will host a lecture on the biology and bioethical issues surrounding the case of Henrietta Lacks, a poor Southern tobacco farmer in the 1940s whose cells — taken without her knowledge — become one of the most important tools in medicine. The lecture is free and will be held on Monday, April 23 in the Mainstage Theater at 31-20 Thomson Ave., Long Island City at 1 p.m.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Les Payne will give a lecture on the invaluable role that serious journalism plays in a healthy democracy at LaGuardia Community College on Wednesday, April 25 at 3 p.m. in the Little Theater at 31-10 Thomson Ave., Long Island City.

The Adult Education Committee of the Hillcrest Jewish Center, 183-02 Union Turnpike, Flushing, presents Professor Mark Rosenblum, director of the Center for Jewish Studies at Queens College, who will discuss “Queens College: A Model for Combatting Anti-Semitism and Anti-Israel Sentiment,” on Sunday, April 22 at 10 a.m.

Health

New York Hospital Queens is offering free oral cancer screenings on Tuesday, April 24 and Thursday, April 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the NYHQ Center for Dental and Oral Medicine, 174-11 Horace Harding Expressway in Fresh Meadows. To schedule an appointment call (718) 670-1060.

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.

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. The next meeting will be on April 24. 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

Fred Garbo Inflatable Theater Co. performs on Sunday, April 22 at 3 p.m. at Colden Auditorium in Flushing. Tickets are $12-$18. Call (718) 793-8080.

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.

Thalia Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside, announces its bilingual theatre movement and dance for children workshop, incorporating Flamenco and Mexican folkloric movement and dance. Classes are now through to June 23 from 10 a.m. to noon. The workshop concludes with a performance of a piece created and performed by the children at Thalia Spanish Theatre. The free is $150 total; there is a discount for families who enroll several children. The age group is from 5-12 years old. For information and reservations contact Soledad Lopez or Kathryn Giaimo at (718) 729-3880, or visit the website at thaliatheatre.org.

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.

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.

The American Small Craft Association (TASCA) is offering a $300, seven-week, on the water, basic sailing course at the Boathouse at Flushing Meadows Park, from Saturday, April 21 to June 11. For more information and registration call (347) 438-1863 or visit sailtasca.org.

A defensive driving course for insurance and point reduction will be given at the American Martyrs Church, 79-43 Bell Blvd. in Bayside on Saturday, April 21 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For information and registration call (631) 360-9720. The cost is $45.

A points/insurance reduction defensive driving course will be held in the VFW Hall, 102-17 160 Ave., Howard Beach on Saturday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $35. Call Keith at (917) 599-6674 or visit progressive-training-ltd.com to register.

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.

Spring youth programs at the Poppenhusen Institute, 114-04 14 Rd., College Point, include: Drama Class (for ages 8-13) on Saturdays from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. It is free; Art Class (for ages 12 and up) on Saturdays from 10-11 a.m. for beginners and from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for intermediate and advanced. Fee is $20 for supplies, adults $40; and Guitar (for ages 11-17) on Saturdays from 10-11 a.m. for beginners and from 11-noon for intermediate. Special one-time introductory price - $120 for 12 one-hour sessions. Pre-registration and payment are required. Programs run through June 30. Recital to be held in June for all youth programs. Call (718) 358-0067.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

An afternoon tea party called “April in Paris,” hosted by the Nativity B.V.M. Columbiettes will be held on Saturday, April 21 at noon at Nativity B.V.M. Church Hall, 91st Street and Rockaway Boulevard in Ozone Park. Tickets are $12 per person. Call Annette Curran at (718) 843-1046.

Madeira and Mozart: The Dryden Strings on Friday, April 27 at 6 p.m. at King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica. Cost is $25 for nonmembers. To purchase tickets call (718) 206-0545 ext. 13.

Earth Day will be celebrated at the Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, on Sunday, April 22 from 1-4 p.m. Free with garden admission.

Join the Alley Pond Environmental Center for a fund raising walk-a-thon on Sunday, April 22; 9 a.m. is registration, walk begins at 10 a.m. at 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston. Fee is $10 per walker, children under 6, free. Pre-register by calling (718) 229-4000.

Tours

The world of the #7 train tour will be held on Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. led by Queens Borough Historian Jack Eichenbaum. Tour fee is $39 and you need to pre-register by check to Jack Eichenbaum, 36-20 Bowne St. #6C, Flushing, NY 11354 (include name, phone and email address). The full day’s program and other info is available by email at jaconet@aol.com

Join Queens Borough Historian Jack Eichenbaum for a walking tour of historic Jamaica Avenue on Saturday, April 21 at 11 a.m. Meet at the entrance to the Air Train accessible by escalator from 94 Ave/Sutphin Blvd. or elevator from J,E,LIRR trains at Jamaica station. Cost is $10 members/$15 nonmembers. No reservations required.

SUPPORT GROUPS

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.

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

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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