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Posted: Thursday, May 31, 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 June 1-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 June 4 to 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.


FSF Community Theatre Group, 41-60 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, is holding auditions for the musical “Ragtime” on Tuesday, June 5 with callbacks on Wednesday, June 6, all from 7:30-10 p.m. Performances: Nov. 2012. For information call: (516) 521-5500.

Open audition for two male roles for a production of “Blithe Spirit” by the Chapel Players of the First Reformed Church of College Point. Three performances in November. Rehearsals Sunday afternoons and Monday evenings from June through October. Auditions will be held on Thursday, May 31 from 7-9 p.m. at the First Reformed Church, 118-17 14 Ave., College Point.

The New Theatre Players of St. Helen’s will hold auditions for its fall production of the comedy “Over the River and Through the Woods” at St. Helen’s school gym at 157-10 83 St. in Howard Beach on Wednesday, June 6 and Tuesday, June 12 at 7 p.m. The play will run in October. Rehearsals begin on Tuesday, Aug. 14 and will continue on every Tuesday and Wednesday from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. until curtain time. The cast consists of six characters: two grandfathers, two grandmothers, a young man in his 30s and a young woman in late 20s or early 30s. Bring a resume and picture if available. For questions or further information, phone Louis at (347) 235-0972.

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.

Interested performers are invited to audition for Theatre by the Bay’s production of “Hello, Dolly!” to be held on Tuesday, June 5 at 7:30 p.m. and Thursday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Bay Terrace Jewish Center, 13-00 209 St., Bayside.

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


Parkside Players presents “Done to Death,” a mystery-comedy, at Grace Lutheran Church, 103-15 Union Tpke., on Friday, June 1 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, June 2 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $14/$12 for seniors. For information call (718) 353-7388.

“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.


Salvatore LaRussa Dance Theatre, 66-85 73 Place, Middle Village, presents free Sunday Arts Performances which will showcase six emerging NYC choreographers. All events are free and open to the public. Scheduled performances: June 3 at 5 p.m., Alexis Convento and Artists and LaneCoArts; and June 10 at 5 p.m., Synthesis Aesthetic Project and Twins and Artists.

Thalia Spanish Theatre presents two free concerts of Spanish and Latin American music and dance in Thomson Hill Park/Noonan Playground — on June 3: Ballet Fiesta Mexicana and June 10: Mestizo Dance Company, both at 1 p.m. at Greenpoint Avenue between 42nd and 43rd streets in Sunnyside. For more information contact Thalia Spanish Theatre at (718) 729-3880 or thaliatheatre.org.


Special free screening on Friday, June 1 at 7 p.m. of “The Calling,” a documentary by David Ranghelli at Immaculate Conception Church, Ditmars Boulevard and 29th Street in Astoria. Awarded by 16 film festivals including Best Documentary and Cinematic Achievement, this documentary provides a glimpse into the personal nature of belief and the bonds of family, as it delves into the fundamental questions that provide meaning to our lives.


Join the Astoria Symphony Orchestra and Astoria Symphonic Choir on Sunday, June 3 at 5 p.m. for a performance of Mozart’s Requiem at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 43-19 30th Ave., Astoria. Tickets are $20/$15. Call the Astoria Music Society at (917) 300-8695 for more information.

The Gingerbread Players at St. Luke’s Church, 85 Greenway South, Forest Hills, present a chamber recital of music for solo piano and trumpet/piano duo on Sunday, June 3 at 3 p.m. Forest Hills native Ivy Zohra Adrian, at the piano, is joined by trumpeter Daren Wilkes in a program that includes works by Beethoven, Chopin and Satie. Tickets are $12/$10 for students and seniors. For reservations call (718) 268-7772.

Celebration 2012 will feature Irene Failenbogen, Spanish Ladino singer; Modi, nationally recognized comedian and Cantor Moti Fuchs in a concert on Sunday, June 3 at 7:15 p.m. at the Hillcrest Jewish Center, 183-02 Union Turnpike, Flushing. Tickets are $25-$100. For tickets call (718) 380-4145.

The Forest Hills Symphony Orchestra will present the final concert of its 48th season on Sunday, June 3 at 2 p.m. at the Forest Hills Jewish Center, 106-06 Queens Blvd. The concert will feature Weber/Berlioz: Invitation to the Dance; Schubert: Symphony #6 in C; Debussy: Petite Suite; Glinka: Mazurka from A Life for the Czar. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for seniors citizens and students. Tickets are available by calling (718) 374-1627.

Flea Markets

An outdoor spring fair will be held at American Martyrs Church on Saturday, June 2 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Union Turnpike and Bell Boulevard, Bayside. Rain Date: June 9.

Italian Charities of America, 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhust will sponsor a flea market on Saturday, June 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 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.


Starting Abstract, an oil painting demo by Bart DeCeglie, will be given on Friday, June 1 at 8 pm. at the National Art League, 44-21 Douglaston Pkwy., Douglaston.


The Lupus Connection, a nonprofit organization, will present “What’s Lupus?” a free forum, from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 2 at the Robert Ross Family Life Clinic, 172-17 Linden Blvd., St. Albans.


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. New members are welcome.

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.

Toastmasters Club — Advance for Excellence meets two Thursdays of every month at the Briarwood Library, 85-12 Main St. Upcoming meeting dates are June 14 and June 28. For more information call (718) 525-6830.


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 Queens Community House, Pomonok Center, 67-09 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, is offering Zumba with Nando Zee on Thursday nights (except 6/7) 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.


Natalie Carbone will teach “Art of the Hand-Tied Bouquet” on Wednesday, June 6 at the Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38 Ave., Flushing. Cost is $40. Call to reserve at (718) 359-6227.

There will be a New York State safe boating class taught by qualified U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary instructiors from Flotilla 12-01 at the College Point Yacht Club, 3-04 126 St., on Saturday, June 2. Certification is required for operating boats in NJ waters, as well as operating a PWC in the Tri-State area. The class will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The fee is $65, learning materials included. For information call Mike Kaff at (917) 952-7014, Ralph Traub at (646) 418-1239 or email 12-01@verizon.net. To register online go to Flotilla 12-01’s website at a0141201.uscgaux.info.

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 Suddenly in Command safe boating class will be taught by qualified U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary instructors from Flotilla 12-01 at the College Point Yacht Club on Saturday, June 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This four-hour class will focus on emergency procedures in the event that critical personnel become disabled while operating a recreational vessel on the water. The fee for the class is $35. For information call Mike Kaff at (917) 952-7014, Ralph Traub at (646) 418-1239 or email 12-01@verizon.net. To register online go to Flotilla 12-01’s website at a0141201.uscgaux.info.

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.

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 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.

For Kids

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.

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.

Join Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, for Community Volunteer Day on Sunday, June 3 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Led by QGB’s knowledgeable staff, volunteers will participate in a variety of activities from seeding to weeding while learning the importance of green gardening and the value of community involvement. All participants must register via email to Rforlenza@queensbotanical.org to request a volunteer application.

The Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38 Ave., Flushing, is featuring poet Maria Terrone on Sunday, June 3 at 3 p.m. Drawing on her Italian American heritage, Terrone is the author of two books of poetry. Admission is $10 and $8 for members.

The Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills, World Service Committee is sponsoring a dinner on Saturday, June 9 to raise funds for the Boing Kak School in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The Boing Kak School is run by Face-to-Face AIDS and has been very successful so far, educating over seventy young orphaned girls and boys. A summer feast, to be held in the Parish House, is planned and will include a cocktail hour with hors-d’oeuvres to begin at 5:30 p.m. in the lounge. This will be followed by a family-style dinner. Donation is $35 per person. A silent auction will also be held.

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