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Posted: Thursday, August 7, 2008 12:00 am

EXHIBITS

Crossing Art Gallery, 136-20 38th Ave., Flushing, presents “Marlene Tseng Yu: Forces of Nature” exhibit will run now through Aug. 30. Opening reception will be held on Friday, Aug. 8 from 6-8 p.m. Tseng Yu’s paintings fuse traditional Chinese painting techniques with fields of color resulting in harmonious abstractions. The exhibit will be curated by Luchia Meihua Lee. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. or by appointment. Admission is free. For information, call (212) 359-4333.

Members of the Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts who are visual artists will show their work in the Members’ Art Exhibition, at Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., from now through Aug. 31. Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Sundays from noon-5 p.m. and suggested admission is $5.

Central Queens Library, 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica, presents a new exhibit, Voices in Cloth, now through Sept. 14 in the gallery. The exhibition of story quilts and other “soft sculptures” by artist Faith Ringgold, Linda Freeman and Grace Matthews. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. For information, call (718) 990-8665.

Arctic Hysteria, new art from Finland, will be on exhibit now through Sept. 15 at P.S. 1, 22-25 Jackson Ave., Long Island City. Open noon-6 p.m. Thursday-Monday, closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Admission is a suggested donation of $5; $2 for students and senior citizens; free for MoMA members.

AUDITIONS

Saint Mel’s Choral Society will hold auditions for choristers with experience and sight reading skill. Rehearsals are every Wednesday from 7:30-9:30 p.m. For an audition appointment, call (718) 393-7580 or (718) 886-0201.

THEATRE

St. Gregory’s Theatre Group presents “Seussical the Musical,” a show for the whole family Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 7, 8, and 9 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 9 and Sunday, Aug. 10 at 2 p.m. at Gregorian Hall, Cross Island Parkway and 87th Avenue, Bellerose. Cost is $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $7 for kids. Brunch is available on Aug. 3 and 10 for $33 for adults, $30 for seniors and $22 for kids. For tickets, call (718) 989-2451 or e-mail tickets@sgtg.org or visit www.sgtg.org.

The Jubilee Cluster Players will perform the musical “Fiddler On the Roof” on the following dates and places: United Methodist Church of Glendale, 66-14 Central Ave., on Friday, Aug. 8 at 8 p.m.; and Trinity Reformed Church, 66-30 60th Place, Ridgewood, on Saturday, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 10 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children.

Black Spectrum Theatre presents its summer play for children, parents, day camps and day care centers featuring “Honk! Jr,” the musical based on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic play, “The Ugly Duckling.” Showtime’s are Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 13 and 14 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. There is one evening performance on Friday, Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. at Roy Wilkins Park at 177th Street and Baisley Boulevard, Jamaica. Tickets are $8. For tickets, call (718) 723-1800, ext. 14.

Broadway Blockbusters Productions presents “Fame the Musical” on Aug. 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. and Aug. 17 at 2 p.m.; special VIP performances Aug. 21, 22 and 23 at 8 p.m. at Hugh P. Kirwan Performing Arts Center, 68-02 Metropolitan Ave., Middle Village. For tickets, call (516) 334-1536 or visit the Web site at www.thejosephinefoundation.org. Tickets are $20.

FILM

Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City, in collaboration with Museum of the Moving Image and Partnerships for Parks, present Outdoor Cinema 2008, Wednesdays, now through Aug. 27. On Aug. 13, “8 1/2,” an autobiographical fantasy of the filmmaker as a circus ringmaster. Pre-screening performance by Le Nozze di Carlo, a five-piece band performing a mix of Italian classic pop, folk and original music, will begin at 7 p.m. Films begin at sunset. Free.

MUSIC

CityParks Concerts presented by Verizon, will feature The Chi-Lites on Thursday, Aug. 7 and Main Ingredient featuring Cub Gooding Sr. on Aug. 14 at 7 p.m. at Springfield Park, 184th Street and 147th Avenue.

Black Spectrum Theatre Co. at Roy Wilkins Park will host a Chutney Food and Music Festival on Sunday, Aug. 10 at 177th Street and Baisely Boulevard. Sponsored by Irie Jam.

The Queens Symphony Orchestra will hold a free concert “Stars of Tomorrow” on Sunday, Aug. 10 at 5 p.m. at the Forest Park Bandshell in Woodhaven. Featured guest soloists singing Broadway hits, include City Councilwoman Melinda Katz.

Yiddishfest 2008 Summer Concert Series will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 12 at 7 p.m. at Cunningham Park, Horace Harding Expressway and Grand Central Parkway. The concert will feature Yiddish song and Klezmer music by Golem, Phyllis Berk, Avram Pengas and Noga Group and Magda Fishman. Free.

Assemblyman Mark Weprin and Friends of Cunningham Park present a Motown concert in Cunningham Park in Fresh Meadows, on Wednesday, Aug. 13 at 7 p.m. (there will be no rain date). Bring your beach chair. Enjoy the music of Bobby Curtis singing Motown’s greatest hits.

The Flushing Community Development Center Korean American Strategic Research Center will hold a concert featuring the New Jersey Philharmonic Orchestra, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of Korea on Friday, Aug. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at KoreaVillage Open Center, 150-24 Northern Blvd., Flushing. Tickets are $50.

Flushing Town Hall will offer free summer garden concerts ”Music Under the Stars” now through Aug. 22 at 8 p.m. Dance lessons are offered prior to each concert at 7:15 p.m. “Goin to A Go-Go”: From Hullabalou to Shindig featuring James Jones on Friday, Aug. 8 at 8 p.m. Limited seating is available and lawn chairs are suggested. The rain location is the Flushing Town Hall Theater. For information, call (718) 463-7700, ext. 222.

The Louis Armstrong House Museum will launch Hot Jazz/Cool Garden, a series of free outdoor summer jazz concerts on Sunday, Aug. 24. Each concert will showcase a new band of young rising musical stars playing traditional jazz.

Free live entertainment every Friday and Saturday from 8-11 p.m. at Miguelina’s, 63-20 Woodhaven Blvd., Rego Park. Call (718) 326-2992.

SOCIAL ACTIVITIES

Italian Charities of America, 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst, will hold Saturday dances, Aug. 9 and 23 at 8 p.m. Cost is $8 for members, $10 for nonmembers. Music by Jean and Joe.

The Singles Center of the Samuel Field Y, 58-20 Little Neck Parkway, Little Neck, presents Wednesday Nite Rap, for ages 40+ on Aug. 13 at 7:30 p.m. Topic is the Communication Gap Between The Sexes. Cost is $7.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, is holding a penny social fund raiser on Sunday, Aug. 10 at 2 p.m. Cost is $10. Pre-register by calling (718) 229-4000.

Sisterhood of Clearview Jewish Center, 16-50 Utopia Parkway, Whitestone, will hold a luncheon card and game party on Wednesday, Aug. 20 at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $25. For reservations, call (718) 352-6670.

FLEA MARKET

A flea market will be held on Saturday, Aug. 9 (raindate, Saturday, Aug. 16) from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at Sections 2 and 3, rear of 97-30 57th Ave. and 97-15 Horace Harding Expressway, Lefrak City, Corona.

REUNIONS

On the evening of Saturday, Oct. 4 there will be a reunion honoring the classes of ’68, ’73 and ’78 at St. John’s Prep in Astoria (formerly Mater Christi). If you are interested in attending, call the Alumni Office at (718) 721-7200, ext. 686 or e-mail mcalumni@stjohnsprepschool.org.

OUTDOORS

Join the Urban Park Rangers as they journey through the scenic paths of the 635-acre Alley Pond Park in search of the largest tulip tree on Long Island on Sunday, Aug. 10 at 1 p.m. Meet at Alley Pond Park Adventure Center (enter at Winchester Boulevard, under the Grand Central Parkway). Wear comfortable walking shoes. Free. For more information, call 311 or visit www.nyc.gov/parks/rangers.

CLASSES

An astronomy program with Mark Freilich will be held on Saturday, Aug. 9 at 8 p.m. at Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston. Cost is $10 per adult member, $12 per adult nonmember, and $7 for children ages 7-12 (includes handout information packet). Pre-register by calling (718) 229-4000.

A free job training program for women offers a 15-week job training course at Queens College in Flushing. You must attend an open house to register. The open houses will be held at 11 a.m. on Aug. 12, 19 and 26 at the college’s Music Building, 65-30 Kissena Blvd.

Watercolor classes, traditional and contemporary at the National Art League, 44-21 Douglaston Parkway, Douglaston, on Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cost is $20. For information, call (718) 969-1128.

American Family Community Services, 37-63 76th St., Jackson Heights, is offering Spanish classes twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays for two consecutive months from 6:30-8:30 p.m., now through August. Call (718) 639-8370.

The Flushing Jewish Community Council announces the cancellation of ESOL class immediately due to the city Comptroller’s Office freezing of discretionary member items and problems associated with the Department of Youth and Community Development handling of contracts.

Italian Charities of America, 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst, will offer dance with instruction every Monday and Friday at 8 p.m. Instruction by Sal Escott.

LECTURES

P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, 22-25 Jackson Ave., Long Island City, in collaboration with the Horticultural Society of New York, presents a lecture by Michael Pollan on Friday, Aug. 8 at 7 p.m. at Public Farm One, the creation of WORK Architecture Company from this year’s MoMA/P.S. 1 Young Architects Program competition, located in the P.S. 1 courtyard. Suggested donation is $5. Rain or shine. Also, the Horticultural Society of New York Gallery will feature architectural models, live-plant sculptures, preparatory drawings, photo-documentation and ephemera from the project now through Sept. 5.

HEALTH

A blood drive will be held at the Forest Hills Jewish Center, 106-06 Queens Blvd., on Monday, Aug. 11 from 5-9 p.m.

Flushing Hospital, 45-00 Parsons Blvd., offers free glaucoma screenings every Monday from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. in the main lobby. Appointments are not necessary to receive a free glaucoma screening. For additional information about the screenings, call (718) 206-6020.

SUPPORT GROUPS

The Caregiver Support Program at Queens Community House, 80-02 Kew Gardens Road, Suite 202, Kew Gardens, offers counseling, support groups, training and education, respite services and referral services. For information, call Laurie Avery, director at (718) 592-5757, ext. 237.

SMART Recovery, a free self help group based on cognitive behavioral concepts to assist individuals in overcoming all types of addictive behavior problems, meets on Sunday, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Long Island Consultation Center, 97-29 64th Road, Rego Park.

The Center for Women of New York announced its Job Club will now meet every Friday from 10 a.m.-noon at 120-55 Queens Blvd., Kew Gardens, 3rd floor. Advance registration by phone (718) 793-0672 or e-mail centerwny@yahoo.com.

Jackson Heights Al-Anon, a self help group for anyone affected by another person’s drinking, meets every Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, corner of 82nd Street and 34th Avenue on the 1st floor of the Parish House, 82nd Street entrance. For information, call (718) 335-7379.

The Center for the Women of New York announces that it is now accepting registration for a new session of their Women’s Support Group on all issues. The group meets at Queensborough Hall, 120-55 Queens Blvd., Room 325, Kew Gardens, every Thursday from 6-7:30 p.m. For information and an interview appointment, call (718) 793-0672.

SENIOR ACTIVITIES

The Community Advisory Program for the Elderly, the counseling center of the Samuel Field Y, 58-20 Little Neck Parkway, Little Neck, has openings in four groups: You and Your Aging Parent, held on Wednesday nights; support group for those with ill spouses, held on Thursday mornings; Alzheimer’s Support Group, held on Wednesday nights; and a newly formed bereavement group, to be determined. If you are interested in joining any of the groups, call Judy at (718) 224-0566. A screening interview is required. Also, the Partner Abuse Counseling Program has a weekly evening support group for women who experience family violence and abuse. There is no fee for this service, but an intake is required before admission. For information and to schedule an appointment, call (718) 225-6750, ext. 248.

Free senior lunch program last Saturday of each month at noon at Church of the Resurrection, 85-09 118th St., Kew Gardens. For information, call (718) 847-2649.

Catholic Charities/Bayside Older Adult Services (Bayside Senior Center), 221-15 Horace Harding Expressway, Bayside, (718) 225-1144, offers a full Monday-Friday schedule from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., of nutritious kosher lunches, classes and parties for adults 60+. Activities include, computer classes, social dancing with musicians every Friday, yoga, tai chi, line dancing, chess, 3 pool tables, day trips and weekly speakers. Membership is free.

The Woodhaven Senior Center, 87-04 88th 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.-3 p.m.

The Catholic Charities/BFFY Alzheimer’s adult day care center, 157-16 65th Ave., Flushing, has openings for diagnosed Alzheimer’s/dementia participants Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Therapeutic activities and a meal are included. Caregivers support group is available every Tuesday from 10:15-11:45 a.m. For information, call (718) 358-3541.

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