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Posted: Thursday, June 14, 2012 10:30 am


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.

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.

A children’s art exhibition will run through June 30 at the National Art League, 44-21 Douglaston Pkwy., Douglaston. Exhibition hours: Monday through Thursday and Saturday 1-4 p.m.

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 through 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.


The HCJ Teen Drama Group (for teens ages 13-19) is holding auditions for “Annie Get Your Gun” on Tuesday, June 19 and Wednesday, June 20 at 7 p.m. at Holy Child Jesus School, 111-02 86 Ave., Richmond Hill. Performances will take place Aug. 9 through Aug. 12. Singers, dancers, actors, set designers and stage crew are needed. Call (718) 847-1860 or email hcjteendrama@gmail.com with any questions.

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.

The AARP Queens Chorus performs at Queens nursing homes and rehab/senior centers. If interested in joining call (718) 523-1330 for audition dates.


“La Callas & Medea,” a new play by one of the most celebrated contemporary playwrights from Spain, Jaime Salom, will be presented through June 24 at Thalia Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside. Performances in English: Fridays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 3 p.m. Performances in Spanish: Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. Tickets are $25/students and seniors $22. For tickets call (718) 729-3880. or thaliatheatre.org.


BodyArtDance, Leslie Scott director, presents a “roving dance tour” of the Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, on Saturday, June 16 at 6 p.m. The tour will allow the audience to view both dance and the Garden in a new way through a site-specific work created especially for QBG. Free with Garden admission.


The Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills, will hold an Adult Fellowship Movie Night on Saturday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m. The movie being shown is “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie” (1969). Maggie Smith’s memorable Oscar-winning performance as a teacher in 1930’s Scotland with remarkable, but dangerous, power over her impressionable young students.


In honor of Father’s Day, Katherine Meloan, organ, and Tom Sexton, trumpet, will perform music by Bach, Alain, Tchaikovsky, Widor, Albinoni and Mouret on Saturday, June 16 at 8 p.m. at St. Josaphat’s Church, 210 Street and 35 Avenue, Bayside. Free with contribution. For more information visit stjosaphatbayside.org or call (718) 229-1663.

Latin American Cultural Center of Queens invites you to Birds in the Garden, a free concert by Quintet of the Americas, with guest artist Thiago de Mello, organic percussion, with music from Colombia, Ecuador and Brazil on Sunday, June 17 from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at the Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing.

Flea Markets

The 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, June 16, rain date Saturday, June 23.

A flea market will be held on Saturday, June 16 at the Ridgewood Older Adult Center, 59-14 70 Ave. from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

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.


Award-winning National Public Radio news correspondent David Folkenflik will speak on the future of journalism on Monday, June 18 at 1:30 p.m. at the Central Queens YM & YWHA in Forest Hills, 67-09 108 St. Cost is $6.


NAMI Queens/Nassau will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 20 in the Sloman Auditorium of Zucker Hillside Hospital, 266th Street and 76th Avenue, Glen Oaks. Dr. Robert Lancer, NYS licensed psychologist, will discuss “The Challenge of OCD: Getting Your Life Back in Control.” A support group for families meets at 6 p.m.

AARP Chapter 2889 meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month at noon at the Elks Lodge, 82-20 Queens Blvd., in Elmhurst. New members are welcome. Music by Tony Grant on June 20.

The Best Female Friends Club will meet for dinner on Wednesday, June 20 at 6 pm. at the Atlantic DIner, 111-16 Atlantic Ave., Richmond Hill. Open to women of all ages. Reservations are highly recommended and separate checks will be given. Call (718) 849-6673 for reservations only.


An astronomy class with Mark Freilich will be held on Saturday, June 19 at 7:30 p.m. at Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston. Cost is $10 members, $12 nonmembers, $7 children (ages 7-12). Preregister by calling (718) 229-4000.

A defensive driving course for insurance and point reduction will be given at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church, 34-24 203 St., Bayside, on Saturday, June 23 from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. For information and registration call (631) 360-9720. The cost is $45.

The 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 Wednesday of the month. For information, visit flushingcameraclub.org.

The Parks department is sponsoring free Zumba classes through June 27 at 5:30 p.m. at the Little Bay Park roller hockey rink, 212 Street and Bell Boulevard, Cross Island Parkway Service Road intersection in Bayside.

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.

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.


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.


Join a historic tour through College Point and Whitestone on a vintage trolley on Sunday, June 24 at 12:45 p.m. at the Poppenhusen Institute, 114-04 14 Rd. Departure time is 1 p.m. Tickets are $10, $8 seniors, members and students. Pre-registration is required. Call (718) 358-0067 or poppenhusen@juno.com.

A walking tour of Sunnyside and Jackson Heights, led by Jack Eichenbaum, will be held on Wednesday, June 20 from 6-8 p.m. Meets under the Sunnyside arch, south side of the elevated 46 St./Bliss station. No reservations necessary. Fee is $15.

Social Activities

Our Lady of Hope, 61-27 71 St. , Middle Village, is hosting a singles 35+ coffee and desserts from Buon Cafe on Friday, June 15 from 7-9 p.m. with tickets $10 at the rectory before June 10 or call Joanna (718) 490-2980.

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 summer solstice celebration will be held on Sunday, June 17, beginning at 11 a.m. at the Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing. Come for a day of music, story, nature and family fun. Join QBG staffer and avian enthusiast Shari Romar for a bird and nature walk at 11 a.m. Meet at the Visitor and Administration Center lobby, followed by story-telling by Bobby Gonzalez at 1 p.m. Stay for the Quintet of the Americas performing at 2:30 p.m. in the Visitor and Administration Building Auditorium. Seating is limited, or enjoy the music on the Terrace. Free with Garden admission.

Join the American Littoral Society for a special three- hour narrated tour of Jamaica Bay aboard the Golden Sunshine out of Sheepshead Bay, on Sunday, June 24 at 2:30 p.m. Tour is led by noted naturalists Mickey Cohen and Don Riepe. Meet at Pier 4, Emmons Avenue and Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn. Cost is $45 which includes a narrated tour of backwater marshes, wine and cheese, fruit, drink and snacks. For children 16 years and under, cost is $20. To purchase tickets by check send to: American Littoral Society, 28 West 9th Road, Broad Channel, NY 11693.

St. Gregory the Great presents its 33rd Gregorian Summer Festival at 87th Avenue and Cross Island Parkway, Bellerose, from June 14-June 24. Hours of operation are 7-11 p.m. nightly.

Friends of Fort Totten Parks presents its 8th annual family fun day on Saturday, June 16 from noon-3 p.m. in Fort Totten Park, Cross Island Parkway between Totten Avenue and 15th Road. There will be arts and crafts, face painting, games, rides, children’s storytelling, police and fire education, discounted pet microchipping and historic tours.

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.


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

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.

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

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.

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.

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


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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