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Posted: Thursday, December 26, 2013 10:30 am

holidays

Queens County Farm Holiday Open House, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Floral Park, Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 26-28, 12-4 p.m. Enjoy family tours of decorated farmhouse, craft activity for kids and mulled cider. Free. Contact: queensfarm.org.

Kwanzaa celebration, Afrikan Poetry Theatre, The Center for Culture, two-day special event. 176-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, Sunday-Monday, Dec. 29-30, 2-8 p.m. African dance, music, poetry, free fruit for children, lighting ceremony. Free. Contact: (718) 523-3312, ext. 10 or 11, afrikapoetrytheatre.org.

Greater Ridgewood Historical Society, Onderdonk House, 1820 Flushing Avenue, Ridgewood, Saturdays 1-4 p.m. Candlelight tours for the holidays, mulled cider, tuning the instruments for a special musical treat, Sunday, January 5, 6- 8 p.m. Contact: (718) 456-1776, www.onderdonkhouse.org.

Hawaii in December, New Year’s Eve Dinner, Danny's Szechuan Garden, 156-40B Cross Bay Blvd., Howard Beach, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Choice of Hibachi table or Chinese dining, soup to dessert, two cocktails, champagne toast, party favors. $69.95 per person. Call: (718) 738-6500 for reservations.

EXHIBITS

Art of Ink in America, “Gesture and Beyond,” Godwin Ternbach Museum at Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, thru Dec. 30, Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. An East/West exhibition of contemporary calligraphy.

Museum of the Moving Image, Indie Essentials: 25 Must-Play Video Games, 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria. Exhibition of 25 playable, independently produced games, through March 2. Wednesdays-Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fridays, 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturdays-Sundays, 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. $12 adults, $9 seniors over 65 and students with ID, $6 children 3-12, under 3 free.

theater

Queens Secret Improv Club offers comedy every Wednesday-Saturday, approx. 7:30 p.m. $7, for the best improv in Queens. 44-02 23 St., Long Island City, Contact: secrettheatre.org.

Auditions

Forest Hills Symphony Orchestra, Forest Hills Jewish Center, 106-06 Queens Blvd. Rehearsals/auditions, Wednesdays, 7:30-10 p.m. Contact: Franklin Verbsky, (718) 374-1627, fhso.org.

Classes

Yoga classes, Central Queens YM & YWHA, 67-09 108 St., Forest Hills, registration ongoing for winter series (14 classes), Mondays begins Jan 6. (intermediate/open), 10:20-11:20 a.m.; Wednesdays begins Jan. 8 (beginners/seniors), 10:10-11:10 a.m.; Fridays, begins Jan. 10 (intermediate/advanced), 11:30 a.m.-12:40 p.m. $168 CQY members, $210 general public; seniors, $66 CQY members, $119 general public. Register: (718) 268-5011, cgy.org.

Defensive Driving Course, Forest Hills Jewish Center, 106-08 Queens Blvd., sponsored by the National Safety Council. Sunday, Jan. 26, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Register: (718) 263-7000.

English as a Second Language Course, Latin American Cultural Center of Queens, 120-55 Queens Blvd., Room 333, Kew Gardens, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-8 p.m., thru Dec. 19. Free. Register: (718) 261-7664, laccq@aol.com.

Ballroom Dance Classes, Year ‘Round Social Dance Program, Monday & Friday evenings, Italian Charities of America, 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst. Call 718) 478-3100.

English as a Second Language Adult Classes, Immanuel Church, 68-10 31 Ave., Woodside, Saturdays, 10 a.m. Licensed NYC teacher. Free. Contact: (718) 335-1623, rnadar@ImmanuelChurchNY.org.

Watercolor classes, National Art League, 44-21 Douglaston Pkwy. & Northern Blvd., 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Wednesdays, $25/session. Instruction from award-winning artist. Call (718) 969-1128.

Community

Rego Park Jewish Center, 97-30 Queens Blvd. Singles Social & Dance, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2-6 p.m. Ages 45+, proper attire please. $10. Call Bernice (718) 897-6255. Afternoon Bingo, every Tuesday, January-February, early game, 2 p.m., doors open at 1:30 p.m., everyone 18 & over. Call (718) 459-1000.

Briarwood Action Network, canned food & diaper collection, 3rd annual drive for the Briarwood Family Residence. Collection box locations: HSBC Bank, 137-61 Queens Blvd.; Key Food, 138-37 Queens Blvd., until Thursday, Jan. 2. Contact: briarwoodactionnetwork.com.

For Kids

Wildlife Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo, Flushing, registration for 2013-2014 winter education programs, including teen zoo internship and meeting zoo keepers. Register: (718) 271-7361, queenszoo.com/programs, qzeducation@wcs.org.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Auction, The Church on the Hill, 167-07 35 Ave., Flushing, Saturday, Jan. 11, view at 9:30 a.m., auction at 10 a.m. Free admission, door prizes, lunch, refreshments available. Contact: (718) 358-3671, churchonthehill.org.

Queens Botanical Garden, annual electronic waste event, “After the Holidays“ event in the QBG parking garden, 42-80 Crommelin St.., Flushing, Sunday, Jan. 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Rain or shine.

Shorewalker Walks: Bridgebagging the LIRR, Hunter Point to Woodside, Saturday, Jan. 11; Queens Waterfront, Sunday, Jan. 12; Hellgate Ferry Road (Astoria) to Newtown (Elmhurst), Saturday, Feb. 1; Three Lakes, Three Parks, Sunday, Apr. 13. Contact: Christine at (212) 787-1136, chryost@hotmail.com.

Blue Suede Birthday - The Elvis Bash, Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, Saturday, Jan. 25, 8 p.m. Master performers Scot Bruce & Mike Albert deliver a superb Elvis experience. $40. Box Office: (718) 631-6311.

Flea Markets

Richmond Hill Flea Market, 117-09 Lefferts Blvd., off Jamaica Ave., every Sunday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Largest flea market in Queens, something for everyone.

Meetings

Kiwanis Club of Bayside, Bourbon Street Restaurant, 40-12 Bell Blvd., meets 1st Wednesday of every month, 1 p.m. Contact: joecorace@aol.com.

The American Legion Continental Post, 107-15 Metropolitan Ave, Forest Hills. All veterans invited, enjoy comraderie and support, every first Friday of the month, 7 p.m. Call Tom Long, (718) 704-4197.

The Flushing AARP Chapter No. 1405, Bowne Street Community Church, 143-11 Roosevelt Ave., meets Mondays 1 p.m.

AARP Chapter 2889, American Legion Hall, 66-28 Grand Ave., Maspeth, meets 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month, noon. Call (718) 672-9890.

SENIOR ACTIVITIEs

Computer class for seniors, Selfhelp Innovative Senior Center (Benjamin Rosenthal Prince Street Senior Center), 45-25 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, 8 weeks, basics/email/internet began Monday, Dec. 2, 11 a.m. Call John to register (718) 559-4329.

The Ridgewood Older Adult Center, 59-14 70 Ave., Regular weekly hour-long classes: jewelry making, Mondays at 10:30 a.m.; Richard Simmons exercise, Mondays and Thursdays at 10:30; Eldercise, Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; massage therapy, Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.; manicures, Thursdays at 12:30 p.m.; yoga, Fridays at 10:30 a.m. Movies every Monday, Tuesday and Friday at 1:15 p.m. MetroCard van, 4th Thursday of month. Monthly bus trips to Yonkers. Call Karen (718) 456-2000.

The CCNS Bayside Senior Center, 221-15 Horrace Harding Expy., Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Kosher/nonkosher lunch, 11:30 a.m. $2. Bingo 3 times a week. Adults 60+. Contact (718) 225-1144.

Wednesday Night Singles Group, SFY Adult Center, 58-20 Little Neck Pkwy., Little Neck, second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, 7-9 p.m. Fee: $7 Adult Center members, $9 nonmembers.

Middle Village Adult Center, 69-10 75 St., offers: computer training classes, all levels, beginners to advanced, including: 21st Century Technology, teaching use of iPods, smartphones, e-readers, tablet computers, and other latest gadgets; and Microsoft Excel (separate class); fitness classes in Zumba, aerobics, line dancing, chair and mat yoga, tai chi, lower-body toning, sit and be fit; recreational activities (daily bingo, singing, watercolor painting, bus trips, daily meals and more). Call Hindy at (718) 894-3441 or visit the Center.

Selfhelp Clearview Senior Center, 208-11 26 Ave., Bayside, activities include: Qi Gong, Mondays at 10:45 a.m.; Dance Aerobics, Mondays at 10 a.m. & Tuesdays at 9 a.m.; Wii time, Mondays and Wednesdays at 12:45 p.m.; Music with Dee, Mondays at 1 p.m.; beginner’s drawing, Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m.; aerobics, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m.; drawing and painting, Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.; yoga, Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.; bingo, Wednesdays at 12:45 p.m.; tai chi, Wednesdays at 2 p.m.; dance fitness Fridays at 10:45 a.m.; health education class, Tuesdays at 10 a.m.; fire prevention exercises, Wednesdays at 11 a.m.; mahjong/canasta, Wednesdays at 12:45 p.m.; stay well exercises, Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.; Music, Dance & Fitness, Thursdays at 1:30 p.m., Scrabble, Thursdays at 12:45 p.m.; Sculpture, Fridays at 1 p.m; current events, card playing and more. Call (718) 224-7888.

SUPPORT GROUPS

Pomonok Senior Center, 67-09 Kissena Blvd., Peer Support Group every Wednesday at 1 p.m. For more information call (718) 591-3377, Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Jamaica Service Program for Older Adults, 92-47 165 St., details its safety program about rent, Medicaid and food stamps. Call for an appointment at (718) 657-6500. Free.

Gam-Anon is a 12-step program for families of someone with a gambling problem. Call hot line (212) 606-8177.

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. Call (718) 657-6752.

Bereavement groups for loss of a spouse, facilitated by a licensed social worker. Central Queens YM & YWHA, 67-09 108 St., Forest Hills. Call Pamela Leff: (718) 268-5011, ext. 621.

The Lupus Alliance of Long Island and Queens meets once a month on Tuesdays, 7:30-9 p.m., Flushing. Register/information: (516) 802-3142. A fee of $10 per person for members and $15 for nonmembers includes a light breakfast, handouts and lunch. Call (516) 826-2058.

Al-anon meets every Sunday at noon at Resurrection Ascension Pastoral Center basement, 85-18 61 Road, Rego Park.

Caregiver support groups at Queens Community House, Kew Gardens Community Center, 80-02 Kew Gardens Road. Free. Call (718) 226-5960, ext. 226.

Overeaters Anonymous, try a NEW way OUT of FAT with Thursdays at 11 a.m. at Rego Park Library, 91-41 63 Dr.

Emotions Anonymous, an emotional support group, will be held on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. at Victoria Congregational Church, 148th St. and 87th Avenue, Briarwood. Call (718) 938-8869 or (917) 312-7150.

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

Co-Dependents Anonymous (women only) meetings are held every Friday from 10 to 11:45 a.m. at Resurrection Ascension Pastoral Center, Fr. Freely Hall, 85-18 61 Rd., Rego Park.

Cocaine Anonymous, problem with cocaine or other mind-altering substances? For local meetings, call (212) COCAINE (262-2463).

A free 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.

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. Contact Deslyn Dyer at (718) 478-8274 or visit 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.

Welcome to the discussion.