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Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 4:10 pm, Fri Jan 25, 2013.

Exhibits

There will be a free evening of art, wine and cocktails at Court Square Wine and Spirits, 24-20 Jackson Ave., Long Island City, on Thursday, Jan. 31. Spirits will be hosting an art opening of three NYC-based artists that night. For more information call Maegan Kovatch at (718) 707-9911 or email maegan@courtsquarewine.com.

GEAR, located at 61-08 Myrtle Ave. near Fresh Pond Road in Glendale, will be hosting an emerging artists show and reception on Friday, Feb. 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. and on Saturday, Feb. 9 from 1 to 6 p.m. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. Email pattig213@aol.com for more information.

Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, celebrates its 75th anniversary and its Art Center celebrates its 25th anniversary with a gallery exhibit entitled “25/75: The Silver and Diamond Jubilees/ Then and Now,” on display from Feb. 7-March 22. This exhibition assembles recent work by 25 artists, one from each season since the Art Center’s 1988 inauguration and selected by its three curators.

Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St. in Flushing, hosts a new art exhibition “Repetition in Design,” a series of oil paintings by Queens artist Gennadyi Gurman, from through April 15. For more information call (718) 886-3800.

Nancy Dwyer, Painting and Sculpture, 1982-2012 will be on view through April 7 at the Fisher Landau Center for Art, 38-27 30 St., Long Island City. Hours are Thursday-Monday, noon -5 p.m. Call (718) 937-0727 for more information or visit flcart.org.

Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs, 11-03 45 Ave., Long Island City, announces “Donut Muffin,” an exhibition that explores dialogues in New York-based contemporary painting and sculpture, on view through March 10. Gallery hours are Thursday through Monday, 11 a.m. to 6 pm. and by appointment. Contact David Dorsky at (718) 937-6317 or visit dosrsky.org.

AUDITIONS

The Queens College Choral Society seeks new members for its Spring 2013 concert season, which will feature the performance of J.S. Bach’s B Minor Mass on Saturday, May 18. Auditions for new members will take place from 6-7:15 p.m. in the Music Building Room 246, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., on Wednesdays: Jan. 30 and Feb. 6. Rehearsals will be held on Wednesdays from 7:30-9:45 p.m. in room 270. Auditions consist of basic singing skills. No preparation is necessary. For further information visit qcchoralsociety.org. To schedule an audition contact James John, Music Director, at (718) 997-3818 or jmsjhn@aol.com

FSF Community Theater Group presents open auditions for “Let’s Hear It for Queens,” an original musical about the history and people of the borough of Queens, on Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Free Synagogue of Flushing, 41-60 Kissena Blvd. Performances are on May 4, 5, 11 and 12. Seeking actors, dancers, singers and vocal impressionists. Email lordflibbit@aol.com for further information.

Theatre

The Secret Theatre, 44-07 23 St., Long Island City, will show “Urinetown: The Musical” on Thursday - Saturday, now through Jan. 26 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18. Call (718) 392-0722.

Emmy-nominated actor Rob Schneider brings his zany comedy to the Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56 Ave., Bayside, on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 for all seats. You must be 21 or older to attend.

Dance

Thalia Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside, premieres “Afro Tango” on Friday, Jan. 25. The show runs through March 17 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. Tickets are $35; students and seniors $32; Fridays only $30. For information and tickets call (718) 729-3880 or visit thaliatheatre.org.

Film

Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria, will present a “Best of 2012” program of films selected by chief curator David Schwartz and assistant film curator Rachael Rakes, through Feb. 22. The cost is $12. Times vary. Visit movingimage.us or call (718) 777-6888 for hours and more information.

Paul Williams, legendary songwriter, singer, actor and subject of the documentary “Paul Williams: Still Alive” will be honored with a weekend retrospective at Museum of Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria, from Jan. 25-27. Prices and times vary. Visit movingimage.us or call (718) 777-6800.

Music

A “Salute to Israel” concert will be held on Sunday, Feb., 10 at 7 p.m. at LeFrak Concert Hall at Queens College on Reeves Avenue and 150th Street. For tickets call (718) 776-3500. Tickets cost between $50 and $75.

Afro-Amerindian Journey presented in partnership with Terraza 7 Cafe will be on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 6 p.m. at Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. Cost is $25/$15 members and students with ID.

Lecture

Agnes Veto will give a lecture on the Hungarian Jewish community on Monday, Jan. 28 at 1:30 p.m. at the Central Queens Y, 67-09 108 St. in Forest Hills. A voluntary donation of $6 for admission is suggested. More information is available at (718) 268-5011 ext. 151 or pkurtz@cqy.org.

Meetings

A schizophrenics anonymous self-help support group will be held on Sundays from 10 to 11 a.m. at L.I. Consultation Center, 97-29 64 Rd., Rego Park. Call (718) 896-3400 for more information. The group is free.

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.

CLASSES

Central Queens YM & YWHA, 67-09 108 St., Forest Hills, hosts Commitment to Fitness New Year Celebration for adults on Sunday, Jan. 27 from noon - 3 p.m. Cost is $5 per person in advance and $8 at the door. Free babysitting for children 3-11 years old. Reservations required. Call (718) 268-5011 ext. 500 or email dberman@cqy.org for more information or visit the website at cqy.org/nyfc.

Qualified instructors from Flotilla 12-01 of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will be teaching the About Boating Safety class at Fort Totten in Bayside on Sundays, Jan. 27 and Feb. 17 at 8:30 a.m. This class is for recreational boaters and includes the proper use of safety equipment, maintenance, rules of navigation and the legal requirements for operating boats and personal watercraft. Certification is required for boating in NJ waters and operating a PWC in the Tri-State waters. The fee is $65; learning materials included. Pre-registration is a must for driving a motor vehicle on the base at Fort Totten. For more information call Mike Kaff at (917) 952-7014 or Ralph Traub at (347) 336-5866 or email 12-01@verizon.net. To register online and for more information visit uscgaux1201.org.

Learn Talmud with Rabbi Manes Kogan at Hillcrest Jewish Center, 183-02 Union Turnpike, on Wednesdays from 10-11:30 a.m. Tractate Ta’anit will be studied from the Babylonian Talmud. The new cycle has just begun. If you have any questions contact Rabbi Kogan at (718) 380-4145 or rabbikogan@hillcrestjc.org.

The Central Queens Y at 67-09 108 St., Forest Hills, is offering yoga for the active senior adult. Registration is now ongoing for the winter series of 11 classes. Cost is $52 senior CQY members/ $94 senior general public/ $132 under 65 CQY members/ $163 under 65 general public. For more information call Robin Budnetz at (718) 268-5011 ext. 504 or email rbudnetz@cqy.org.

There will be a drum workshop on Monday, Jan. 28 at 4 pm. at the Douglaston/Little Neck Library, 249-01 Northern Blvd. Call the library (718) 225-8414 for more information.

Queens Library Enrich Your Life presents magic tricks workshops for teens on Wednesdays: Jan. 30 at 4:30 p.m. at Bellerose Library, 250-06 Hillside Ave., (718) 831-8644; and Feb. 6 at 3:30 p.m. at Briarwood Library, 85-12 Main St., (718) 658-1680. Admission is free. Call your library for more information or visit queenslibrary.org.

The Latin American Cultural Center of Queens is offering free art classes for children ages 8 to 16 on Tuesday and Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon at NYC Parks & Recreation-ARROW Community Center, 35-30 35 St., Astoria. For more information call (718) 261-7664 or email laccq@aol.com

Adult education classes will be held at the Rego Park Jewish Center, 97-30 Queens Blvd. Rabbi Waidenbaum will be teaching several adult education classes. No charge. Call for more information, (718) 459-1000.

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.

Every Wednesday from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. join Rabbi Waidenbaum at the Rego Park Jewish Center, 97-30 Queens Blvd., to learn and discuss the weekly Torah portion. On Mondays the Rabbi will teach a class, “Jewish Choices — Jewish Voices,” from 5 to 6:15 p.m. There is no charge for any class and all are welcome. Call (718) 459-1000 for more information.

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.

Special Events

A book launch event for “The Man in 3B,” a novel by Carl Weber, will be held at Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica, on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 6 p.m.

Boy Scout troop 96 presents its annual pancake breakfast on Sunday, Jan. 27 from 8-11 a.m. and noon - 1:30 p.m. at The Community House, 15 Borage Place, Forest Hills. Cost is $8 and children under 5 eat free.

A festive Tu B’Shevat Shabbat Seder will take place at the Reform Temple of Forest Hills, 71-11 112 St., on Friday, Jan. 25 at 7:30 p.m. Registration is required for this event. To register call the Temple at (718) 261-2900 or email mail@rtfh.org.

Cafe Marlene hosts open mic night on Sunday Nights at Cafe Marlene, 41-11 49 St., Sunnyside, from 6-9 p.m. Call (718) 205-7330 for more information.

Bayside Historical Society will host its annual art show through Jan. 27. Come to “The Castle” at 208 Totten Ave, Fort Totten in Bayside. Admission is $8 per person, free to BHS members.

Italian Charities of America, 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst, hosts a dance on Saturday night, Jan. 26 at 8 p.m. Call (718) 478-3100 for information.

The Samuel Field Y has two weekday programs for preschool children ages 3-5 with developmental disabilities and their families. On Mondays from 3 to 4:30 p.m. there is Monday Magic: Learn and Play at the Bay Terrace Center: 212-00 23 Ave., Bayside. On Wednesdays from 3-4:30 there is Gym and Creative Exploration at the Little Neck Site, 58-20 Little Neck Pkwy. Contact Amanda at (718) 225-6750 ext. 262 or email asmith@sfy.org for more information.

SENIOR ACTIVITIES

The Ridgewood Older Adult Center, 59-14 70 Ave., Ridgewood, welcomes seniors age 60 and older, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A food pantry is available Tuesdays-Thursdays from 1-3 p.m. Other activities include daily hot lunch, mini-trips, daily exercise classes, monthly birthday parties and theme parties. The MetroCard van is at the Center on the fourth Thursday of every month. There will be a bus trip to Yonkers on Monday, Feb. 11. The next AARP defensive driving class is on Monday, Feb. 11. Movies are held every Monday or Tuesday at 1:15 p.m. Art classes are held every Monday at 12:30 p.m. A winter wonderland party will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 29 with music and dancing with Bud Gramer. Call Karen at (718) 456-2000 for more information.

The Brooks Senior Center, 143-22 109 Ave., Jamaica, welcomes all seniors age 60+. Come and enjoy a healthy lunch from noon to 1 p.m., activities such as Wii sports, bowling, bingo, lap top classes, exercise, ceramics, cards and board games, blood pressure checks, trips, monthly nutrition presentations and monthly birthday celebrations and theme parties. Suggested contribution is $1.25. For more information call (718) 291-3935.

Selfhelp Innovative Senior Center (Benjamin Rosenthal-Prince Street Senior Center), 45-25 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, has a special Saturday program, open every other Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for all seniors, especially South Asians, starting Jan. 12, offering basic computer classes, basic English, health education, Indian movies, Indian yoga, games, Kinect bowling, tai chi, Yuan Ji dancing, breathing yoga, Ping-Pong, karaoke, field trips, case assistance and have a vegetarian Indian-style lunch. Call (718) 886-5777 for further information.

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, ceramics, camera class, computer classes, trips, birthday parties and more. For more information, call (718) 657-6752.

The Selfhelp Clearview Senior Center, 208-11 26 Ave., Bayside, hosts “In the News,” Mondays at 10 a.m.; Qi Gong, Mondays at 10:45 a.m.; duplicate bridge/mahjong/canasta, Mondays at 12:30; Wii time, Mondays and Thursdays at 12:45; dance aerobics, Tuesdays at 9 a.m.; aerobics, 11 a.m. Tuesdays; ballroom dancing, Tuesdays at 12:45 p.m.; yoga, Wednesdays at 9 a.m.; drawing and painting, Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.; jewlery making, Wednesdays at 1 p.m.; bingo, Wednesdays at 12:45 p.m.; stay well exercises, Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.; reminiscing group, Thursdays at 11 a.m.; dance fitness, Fridays at 10:45 a.m. and trivia with Arthur, Fridays at 11 a.m. There will be a class on current events at 12:45 on Friday, Jan. 25 and a class on Hystory with Hy at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31. Also available are shopping trips, computer classes, nutritious lunch and more. Call (718) 224-7888 for further information.

A leisure group meets every Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Hillcrest Jewish Center, Prince Room, 183-02 Union Turnpike, Flushing. Cost is $6 for lunch. The program includes yoga instruction, discussion groups, card games, bingo, birthday celebrations, guest speakers and holiday celebrations. For info., call Dr. Roz Gold at (718) 229-7511.

The Pomonok Senior Center, 67-09 Kissena Blvd., is offering free Chinese language classes every Thursday at 1 p.m.; its very first Dear Abby Group every Thursday at 11 a.m.; free ESL classes for Chinese speakers, every Tuesday and Thursday from 9-10:30 a.m.; and the Knitting and Crochet club every Thursday at 1 p.m. for beginners and experts. For more information, please contact the Pomonok Senior Center at (718) 591-3377, Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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