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Posted: Thursday, July 12, 2012 10:30 am

EXHIBITS

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.

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.

Theatre

A free performance of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” will be given on Sunday, July 15 at 4 p.m. at Forest Park Bandshell, Forest Park Drive, off Woodhaven Boulevard, Woodhaven.

Music

Summer heats up with Tuesday free outdoor concerts at Gantry Plaza State Park, 4-09 47 Rd., Long Island City. Performing on July 17 at 7 p.m. are the Ebony Hillbillies who draw upon the traditions of the blues, jazz, bluegrass, country, rock and its offshoot, rockabilly.

The Friends of Maple Grove Cemetery announce that on Saturday, July 21 at 8 p.m. jazz artist Barbara Rosene performs her 1920s/1930s vocal stylings of “New Orleans and Jazzy Things” at Celebration Hall at the Center at Maple Grove, 127-15 Kew Gardens Rd., Kew Gardens. Free parking on premises or street parking is also available. A pre-concert wine and cheese reception is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Reservations required; seating is limited. Tickets are $25, $20 for seniors and $15 for members. Checks are payable to Friends of Maple Grove Cemetery (include name and number of tickets). Online payment (PayPal) via: friendsofmaplegrove.org.

Spend an evening filled with the music of Radio Jarocho, a five-member ensemble from Vera Cruz, Mexico on Saturday, July 14 at 6 p.m. at Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing. Free with Garden admission: $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, $2 for children.

Free Sunday concert series “Planet Music” — Global Vibrations, dance lessons prior to each concert at 1 p.m. at Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. Concerts begin at 2 p.m. in the FTH Theater. On July 15 hear Grupo Chonta by Diego Obregon with the sounds of the Pacific coast of Colombia.

Multi-platinum rock band Daughtry will perform at Citi Field on Friday, July 20 following the Mets-Dodgers 7:10 p.m. game. Tickets starts at $28, and include admission to the game and post-game concert, and are available at Mets.com/daughtry and (718) 507-TIXX.

Meetings

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Queens/Nassau will meet on Wednesday, July 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sloman Auditorium of Zucker Hillside Hospital, 266th Street and 76th Avenue, Glen Oaks. Deborah Perlick, associate professor of psychiatry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine will present “Coping Demystified: How to best care for a lived one and yourself.” A support group for families meets at 6 p.m.

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.

Flea Markets

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.

A flea market will be held on Saturday, July 14 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 86-02 108 St., Richmond Hill.

Italian Charities of America, 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst, will hold a flea market on Saturday, July 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For Kids

“Cinderella” will be performed by Plaza Theatricals on Friday, July 20 at 10:30 a.m. at Alley Pond Park, 76th Avenue off Springfield Boulevard. Bring a low chair or blanket.

SummerStage Kids presents Andes Manta performing on Monday, July 16 at Rochdale Park at New York Boulevard and 134th Avenue at 10:30 a.m.

Daniel Carlton will perform at SummerStage Kids on Tuesday, July 17 at Rufus King Park on the lawn in front of Jamaica Avenue at 151st Street at 10:30 a.m.

CLASSEs

The Latin American Cultural Center of Queens announces the beginning of its ESL and U.S. Citizenship courses. These free 15-week programs are designed to assist students gain and improve their English and job-seeking skills, as well as prepare them to pass the U.S. Citizenship test. Registration will take place on Thursday, July 12 from 5 to 6:30 p.m., and Saturday, July 14 from 1 to 2 p.m. Courses will begin on Tuesday, July 17 at Arrow Park and Community Center, at 35-30 35 St. in Astoria. For more information contact LACCQ at (718) 261-7664.

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.

The Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38 Ave., Flushing, is offering a family-friendly series of hands-on workshops on Wednesday, July 18 to Aug. 15. Workshops have a $4 fee ($3 for members). On July 18: Terrarium Workshop; Aug. 1: Summer Garden Discovery and Planting; Aug. 8: Art and Storybooks; and Aug. 15: Honey Bees and Honey Harvest Program.

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 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 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.

A farmer’s 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.

Kiwanis Club of Glendale and Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Center presents a day at Cyclone stadium on Sunday, July 22 at 5 p.m. featuring the Brooklyn Cyclones vs. Staten Island Yankees. Donation is $20 per person. Contact Hank at (718) 386-7302 or Joe at (516) 622-6758 or (718) 386-3766 for tickets.

Special Events

Free events at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Ave. through July 14 from 2-8 p.m. Offering free medical screenings, US citizenship information, English as a Second Language class information, music lessons, vacation Bible school, tutoring for students, live music and more.

SUPPORT GROUPS

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.

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.

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.

SENIOR ACTIVITIES

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.

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 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.

A leisure group meets every Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Hillcrest Jewish Center, 183-02 Union Turnpike, Flushing, for area seniors.

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 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.

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

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.

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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