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Posted: Thursday, May 24, 2012 10:30 am

EXHIBITS

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.

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 May 29-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.

AUDITIONS

FSF Community Theatre Group, 41-60 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, is holding auditions for the musical “Ragtime” on Tuesdays, May 29 and June 5 with callbacks on Wednesday, June 6, all from 7:30-10 p.m. Performances: Nov. 2012. For information call: (516) 521-5500.

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

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.

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Parkside Players presents “Done to Death,” a mystery-comedy, at Grace Lutheran Church, 103-15 Union Tpke., on Fridays, May 25 and June 1 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, May 26 and June 2 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, May 27 at 2 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.

Music

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.

The Latin American Cultural Center of Queens will present a free Mother’s Day concert on Sunday, May 27 at 2:30-5 p.m. at El Paraiso Tropical, 102-11 42 Ave., Corona. IT will feature classical guitarist Francisco Roldan and soprano Camille Ortiz-Lafont, interpreting zarzuela and music from the Americas. To RSVP call (718) 261-7664 or email laccq@aol.com.

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

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 rummage sale will be held on Saturday, May 26 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Josaphat’s R.C. Church, Bayside, in the Parish Hall on 35th Avenue and 210th Street. Free Parking.

Lectures

New York Hospital Queens will host a free lecture on preventing safety hazards for children on Saturday, May 26 from noon-1 p.m. at New York Hospital Queens, Theresa Lang Children’s Ambulatory Center, 56-45 Main St., Flushing. Dr. Jose Villarin, associate chairman of Pediatrics and director of Theresa Lang Children’s Ambulatory Center, will present the free lecture. To register call (718) 670-1808.

Health

SNAP of Eastern Queens will hold a health expo on Wednesday, May 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 80-45 Winchester Blvd., Bldg. #4, Queens Village. Call (718) 454-2100. Continental breakfast sponsored by councilman Mark Weprin.

MEETINGs

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 the first and third Thursdays of every month at the Briarwood Library, 85-12 Main St. Upcoming meeting dates are May 30, June 14 and June 28. For more information contact Club President Letitea Archer at (718) 525-6830.

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.

CLASSEs

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 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 May 30-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.

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.

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 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.

CLASSEs

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.

Tours

The Fort Totten Tunnel Tour, led by the Urban Park Rangers, will be held on Saturday, May 26 at 1 p.m. Meet at Fort Totten Visitor Center, Totten Road, Bayside. Follow signs to Visitor Center.

A free walking tour of downtown Jamaica is set for Saturday, May 26 at 10 a.m. Jeff Gottlieb, president of the Central Queens Historical Association, and Donna Clopton, 103rd Precinct Community Council president, will lead the way. The walk will take one and a half hours and end at York College. The group will meet at Presentation Church, 88-19 Parsons Blvd.

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.

SUPPORT GROUPS

Drug problem? Call Narcotics Anonymous Helpline at (718) 962-6244 or visit westernqueensna.com. Meetings are held seven days a week.

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.

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.

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.

Co-dependents Anonymous (women only) meets every Friday at 10 a.m. at Resurrection Ascension Pastoral Center, 85-18 61st Road, Rego Park.

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.

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.

Schizophrenics Anonymous meets on Sundays at 10 a.m. at L.I. Consultation Center, 97-29 64th Road, Rego Park.

SENIOR ACTIVITIES

The SNAP of Eastern Queens Senior Center is offering an exercise class for seniors. The group 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 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 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.

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.

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.

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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