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Posted: Thursday, August 9, 2012 10:30 am | Updated: 11:03 am, Thu Aug 9, 2012.


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.


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 Time Productions announces auditions for its fall production of “Macbeth Did It,” a comedy by John Patrick. They are looking to cast 12 men and 9 women ages 18-70. All roles open. Auditions will take place on Monday, Aug. 13 and Wednesday, Aug. 15 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. They will be held at the Colonial Church of Bayside, 54-02 217 St., Bayside. If you have a headshot, bring it. If you have any questions you can call the director Tom Williams at (516) 459-5585. The performances will take place the last two weekends of October.


The Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38 Ave., Flushing, will hold a free outdoor Shakespeare performance produced by Hip-to-Hip Theater on Thursday, Aug. 16 at 7:30 p.m. featuring “Hamlet” and “Comedy of Errors.”

Theatre by the Bay, the community theater group of Bay Terrace Jewish Center, 13-00 209 St., Bayside, will present a full-day festival of readings of original plays on Sunday, Aug. 19 starting at 1 p.m. General seating with admission to any or all of the plays in the festival is $10 payable by cash or check only. For more information call (718) 428-6363, Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

St. Gregory’s Theatre Group presents “Big: the musical” on Aug. 9, 10 and 11 at 8 p.m. and Aug. 12 at 2 p.m. at Gregorian Hall, 244-44 87 Ave., Bellerose. Tickets reserved in advance: $18 adults, $15 seniors, $7 children under 12 years. Tickets without reservations: $2 surcharge added. To reserve tickets call (718) 989-2451.


Movies Under the Stars at Cunningham Park, 196th Street and Union Turnpike in Fresh Meadows at 8 p.m. Films include: Aug. 9, “The Help,” Aug 16, “Captain America,” Aug. 23, “Happy Feet 2” and Aug. 27, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” Bring your own chairs and blankets.


Dandy Wellington and His Band will perform on Friday, Aug. 10 at 8 p.m. at Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. Tickets are $25/$20 members; Package price: $80/$70 members (table seating for two, wine and canapes). Pre-show swing dance lessons at 7 p.m. with instructor Adam Lee.

Bang on a Can and The Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33 Road, Long Island City, present composer/performer extraordinaire Andy Akiho, who will perform in the museum’s sculpture garden for the August installment of Music in the Garden on Sunday, Aug. 12 at 3 p.m. Akiho will play steel pans, and will be joined by a quartet comprising Domenic Salerni (violin), Ian Rosenbaum (marimba and percussion), Sam Adams (bass), and Kenneth Salters (drums). It’s free with museum admission: $10 adults; $5 seniors citizens and students with valid ID; free for children under 12 and New York City public high school students with valid ID.

Summer heats up with Tuesday free outdoor concerts at 7 p.m. at Gantry Plaza State Park, 4-09 47 Road, Long Island City. On Tuesday, Aug. 14 hear Christel Rice and Irish flute music.

Queens Jewish Community Council presents Jewish Music Under the Stars on Wednesday, Aug. 15 with Folkspiene Yiddish fest at 7 p.m. at Cunningham Park, Union Turnpike and 196th Street in Fresh Meadows.

Flea Markets

St. Nicholas of Tolentine Parish continues to run its outdoor flea market every Saturday and Sunday through Nov. 25 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but will be closed on Sunday, Aug. 19. It is located at the intersection of Parsons Boulevard and Union Turnpike in Jamaica.

A flea market will be held at Italian Charities of America, 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst, on Saturday, Aug. 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Southeast Queens Camera Club meets at Roy Wilkins Park, 177-01 Baisley Blvd., Jamaica, Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. with Introduction to Digital Photography on Aug. 14, Aug. 21 and Aug. 28. Bring camera and manual.

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.

For Kids

Learn about the different animals that used to live at King Park. Bring your favorite stuffed animal and enjoy making a special craft for your animal on Saturday, Aug. 11 from noon to 3 p.m. at King Manor, 150-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica. The event is free.

City Parks Foundation’s “Family Adventure Race” is an exciting new parent-child race that combines basic exercises and sports skills, to provide a healthy, one-hour dose of fun for the whole family. The race takes place in Flushing Meadows Park on Saturday, Aug. 11: 8:30 a.m., race start time for ages 8-10 and 10 a.m., race start time for ages 11-13 at the Fountain of the Planets. Registration is limited and on a first-come basis. Go to cityparksfoundation.org/sports/kids-fitness/get-up-and-go-family-adventure-race. $10 entry fee per team. Team must include one parent or guardian and up to two children.

Storytelling will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 15 at 10:30 a.m. at Alley Pond Park, 76th Avenue off Springfield Boulevard. Enjoy live storytelling of children’s books along with a craft project. For children 10 years and younger. Bring chairs or a blanket.


This summer, members of St. Josaphat Parish’s Women’s Craft Club are offering free instruction in knitting, crochet, needlepoint and holiday crafts for youth. This opportunity is open to children ages seven and up (and their parents/guardians), and all materials will be supplied. The Craft Club meets every Tuesday in August from 1 to 3 p.m. in St. Josaphat’s Parish Hall, next to the church on 35 Avenue off 210 Street in Bayside.

The New York State Safe Boating class will be taught by qualified U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary instructors at the Thai Rock Restaurant, 375 Beach 92 St. in Rockaway Beach on Saturday, Aug. 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The fee is $65, learning materials and lunch included. For more information, call Mike Kaff at (917) 952-7014 or email 12-01@verizon.net. To register online go to Flotilla 12-01’s website at uscgaux1201.org.

Astronomer Mark Freilich will offer an astronomy class on Saturday, Aug. 18 from 8-10 p.m. at Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, for ages 7 and over. Cost is $10 members, $12 non members, $7 for children ages 7-12. Pre-register by calling (718) 229-4000.

A defensive driving course for insurance and point reduction will be given at St. Mel’s Church, 26-15 154 St., Flushing, on Saturday, Aug. 11 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For information and registration call (631) 360-9720. The cost is $45.

Free English classes will be given every Saturday through Sept. 8 from 10-11 a.m. at New People’s Church of NY, 46-04 162 St., Flushing. To reserve your seat, register online at newpeopleschurch.com/english.php.

The Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38 Ave., Flushing, is offering a family-friendly series of hands-on workshops on Wednesdays, through Aug. 15. Workshops have a $4 fee ($3 for members). On 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 in all mediums, adults, children, days, evenings. Classes are held at St. Mark’s Church, 82nd Street and 34th Avenue. Costs are: adults, $75 for four sessions; children seven years and up, $50 for four sessions. Membership available. For information, call Geraldine at (718) 446-4709.

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.


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.

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.


Bayside High School class of 1962; 50th year reunion on Sunday, October 7 to be held at the Courtyard Marriot at Laguardia, from 2-6 p.m. For information contact EileenTorraca@yahoo.com

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

A farmers 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.

On Sunday, Aug. 26, the 31st Street Festivial, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Astoria, will be held, on 31st Street between Ditmars Boulevard and 21st Avenue, from noon to 6 p.m. Food vendors, craft vendors, games rides, North Shore Animal League mobile pet adoption and general vendors. Fun for the whole family. Call (718) 444-6028 for more information.

The Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38 Ave., Flushing, invites the public to learn about honey harvesting and to sample some honey on Wednesday, Aug. 15 from 2-3:30 p.m. The afternoon will be filled with fun facts, discovery activities, stories and crafts for children and adults. Admission is $4 ($3 for members), children 5 or younger free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Groups are advised to call ahead to be accommodated, (718) 359-6227..

Flushing-Fresh Meadows Jewish Center, 193-10 Peck Ave., Fresh Meadows, will offer “Give My Regards to Broadway: Jews who shaped American music, theatre and motion pictures,” a multi-media presentation by Moshe Sherman, associate dean and professor at the Graduate School of Jewish Studies, Touro College, on Sunday, Aug. 12. Join them for breakfast at 9:45 a.m. Donation is $5. Presentation by Sherman at 10:30 a.m., no charge.


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.

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.

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.

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