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Posted: Thursday, July 26, 2012 10:30 am


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.


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 Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38 Ave., Flushing, will hold a free outdoor Shakespeare performance produced by Hip-to-Hip Theater on Thursday, Aug. 16 at 7:30 p.m. featuring “Hamlet” and “Comedy of Errors.”

St. Gregory’s Theatre Group presents “Big: the musical” on Aug. 3, 4, 8, 9, 10 and 11 at 8 p.m. and Aug. 5 and 12 at 2 p.m. at Gregorian Hall, 244-44 87 Ave., Bellerose. Tickets reserved in advance: $18 adults, $15 seniors, $7 children under 12 years. Tickets without reservations: $2 surcharge added. To reserve tickets call (718) 989-2451.

Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” will be presented at the Secret Theatre, 44-02 23 St., Long Island City on Aug. 2-4, 9-12, and 16-18 at 8 p.m. and a matinee on Aug. 18 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18 at the door, price includes one free drink, or call (718) 392-0722.


Movies under the Stars at Cunningham Park, 196th Street and Union Turnpike in Fresh Meadows at 8 p.m. Films include: Aug. 2, “Three Musketeers,” Aug. 9, “The Help,” Aug 16, “Captain America,” Aug. 23, “Happy Feet 2” and Aug. 27, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” Bring your own chairs and blankets.

Queens Pride House, 76-11 37 Ave., Jackson Heights, will host a special screening on Friday, July 27 at 7 p.m. of “Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin,” a documentary about the gay African-American man who organized the 1963 national march on Washington, DC for civil rights at which the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his iconic ‘I have a dream’ speech. Walter Naegle, Rustin’s life partner, will attend for a Q & A session following the screening.


St. John’s University has announced its 14th annual free summer concert featuring the Queens Symphony Orchestra performing the opera “La Traviata” on Wednesday, Aug. 1 at 7 p.m. on the Jamaica campus, 80-00 Utopia Parkway.

“Power of the Trinity” a concert about Haile Selassie of Ethiopia will be presented on Friday, July 27 at 8 p.m. at Springfield Park, Springfield Boulevard to 183 Street between 145 Road and 149 Avenue, Springfield Gardens.

Summer heats up with Tuesday free outdoor concerts at 7 p.m. at Gantry Plaza State Park, 4-09 47 Road, Long Island City. On July 31, Blue Pipa Trio will perform. The group combines Chinese folk music, regional opera and Taoist music with American jazz standards and bluegrass.


The New Covenant Church of Christ, 206-14 100 Ave., Queens Village, will hold a health fair on Saturday, July 28 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Flea Markets

A giant indoor rummage sale will be held at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Jamaica Avenue and 88th Street, Woodhaven, on Saturday, July 28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, July 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Bellerose Jewish Center, 254-04 Union Turnpike, will hold its summer rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 2.

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., but will be closed on Sunday, Aug. 19. It is located at the intersection of Parsons Boulevard and Union Turnpike in Jamaica.


Southeast Queens Camera Club meets at Roy Wilkins Park, 177-01 Baisley Blvd., Jamaica, Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. with Introduction to Digital Photography on Aug. 14, Aug. 21 and Aug. 28. Bring camera and manual.

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.

For Kids

SummerStage Kids Queens family day featuring: Randolph Mathews/LuckyBob: magic juggling comedy/Little Club Heads on Sunday, July 29 at 4 p.m. at Springfield Park, Springfield Boulevard to 183 Street between 145 Road and 149 Avenue, Springfield Gardens.

The JC Players, located at the Community United Methodist Church of Middle Village, 75-27 Metropolitan Ave., presents a children’s musical theater production entitled “Fairytale Festival” on Sunday, July 29 at 2 p.m. A fairytale kids carnival will follow the performance. Tickets are $5 in advance and $6 at the door. Call (718) 894-8654 for further information.


This summer, members of St. Josaphat Parish’s Women’s Craft Club are offering free instruction in knitting, crochet, needlepoint and holiday crafts for youth. This opportunity is open to children ages seven and up (and their parents/guardians), and all materials will be supplied. The Craft Club meets every Tuesday in July and August from 1 to 3 p.m. in St. Josaphat’s Parish Hall, next to the church on 35 Avenue off 210 Street in Bayside.

A points/insurance reduction defensive driving course will be held in the VFW Hall, 102-17 160 Ave., Howard Beach, on Saturday, July 28 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.

A defensive driving course for insurance and point reduction will be given at St. Mel’s Church, 26-15 154 St., Flushing, on Saturday, Aug. 11 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For information and registration call (631) 360-9720. The cost is $45.

Free English classes will be given every Saturday from Aug. 4 to Sept. 8 from 10-11 a.m. at New People’s Church of NY, 46-04 162 St., Flushing. To reserve your seat, register online at newpeopleschurch.com/english.php.

The Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38 Ave., Flushing, is offering a family-friendly series of hands-on workshops on Wednesdays, through Aug. 15. Workshops have a $4 fee ($3 for members). On Aug. 1: Summer Garden Discovery and Planting; Aug. 8: Art and Storybooks; and Aug. 15: Honey Bees and Honey Harvest Program.


he Queens Community House, Pomonok Center, 67-09 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, is offering Zumba with Nando Zee on Thursday nights at 6 p.m. for $10 per person. Participants must wear sneakers and be at least 16 years old. For information call Amy at (718) 591-6060.

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

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 Wednesdays of the month. For information, visit flushingcameraclub.org.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Join Dancing under the Stars every Wednesday through Aug. 1 at Little Bay Park roller hockey rink, Cross Island Parkway between Utopia Parkway and Totten Avenue, in Bayside from 7-8:30 p.m.

Special Events

The Middle Village Adult Center will host an Avon fundraising party from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 31. Attendees can purchase a wide variety of specialty Avon products, including hand and foot lotions, shampoos and conditioners, makeup, cologne, jewelry and more. The public is invited to attend. The center is located at 69-10 75 St., Middle Village,

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 Glendale Volunteer Ambulance Corps will be hosting a Pasta Nite and Chinese Auction Fundraiser on Saturday, July 28 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Glendale United Methodist Church at 66th Place and Central Avenue. Dinner will include pasta, soda, bottled water, dessert and tea or coffee. Cost is $15 for adults, $10 for kids under 12 and free for kids 5 years and under. Call Samantha at (347) 680-4127 for tickets, to volunteer or to make a donation.

The Golden Dragon Acrobats are performing at Queens Theatre in Flushing Meadows Park through Aug. 4. Tickets are on sale now by phone at (718) 760-0064, online at queenstheatre.org and in person at the Queens Theatre Box Office. Performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Individual tickets are $32, with a family 4-pack priced at $100 for 4 tickets.

Independence Residences, an organization that helps developmentally disabled people, will host its annual Walk-About Fundraising event and family picnic at Cunningham Park at Union Turnpike in Fresh Meadows on Saturday, July 28. The walk starts at 10 a.m. sharp. Interested walkers, volunteers and corporate sponsors are invited to call Greta at (718) 805-6796 ext. 133 for more information.

The 34th annual Thunderbird American Indian Mid-Summer Pow-Wow will be held at the Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 27, 28 and 29. Hours are as follows — Friday: Gates open at 6 p.m. Performance time is 7-10 p.m.; Saturday: Gates open at 10 a.m. Performance times are noon-5 p.m. and 7-10 p.m.; and Sunday: Gates open at 10 a.m. Performance time is noon-5 p.m. Admission: adults $10, (adult all weekend pass $15), children $5 (age 12 and under). Free Parking. For Pow-Wow information: (718) 347-3276, queensfarm.org or info@queensfarm.org.


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.

A bereavement group will meet this summer at the Bayside Senior Center, 221-15 Horace Harding Expwy. Pre-registration is a must. Call (718) 225-1144.

Co-Dependents Anonymous (women only) meetings are held every Friday from 10 to 11:45 a.m. at Resurrection Ascention Pastoral Center, Fr. Freely Hall, 85-18 61 Rd., Rego Park.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Co-dependents Anonymous (women only) meets every Friday at 10 a.m. at Resurrection Ascension Pastoral Center, 85-18 61st Road, Rego Park.

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


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.


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.

Activities at the Clearview Senior Center, 208-11 26th Ave., Bayside, are held Monday-Friday. For more information, call (718) 224-7888.

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.

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.

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