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.
The Queens College Choral Society is seeking new members for its 2012-13 concert season. Auditions for new members will take place on the following Wednesdays in Room 246 of the Music Building at Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing: Aug. 22 from 6-8:30 p.m. and Aug. 29, Sept. 5 and Sept. 12 from 6-7:15 p.m. Rehearsals are held from 7:30-9:45 p.m. on Wednesdays at Queens College and will begin on Aug. 29. A new member welcome party will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 19. Auditions consist of basic singing skills; no preparation is necessary.
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, Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
A Queens performance for Theater for the New City’s 2012 Street Theater tour, “99% Reduced Fat, or, You Can Bank On Us,” an operetta for the street, will be offered free on Sunday, Aug. 26 at 2 p.m. at Travers Park, 34th Avenue between 77th and 78th streets, Jackson Heights.
Louis Armstrong House Museum, 34-56 107 St., Corona, announces a jazz program with Lucky Dogs on Saturday, Aug. 18. Held in the Armstrong Garden at 2 p.m. the concert features a traditional jazz band that plays and promotes the music of Louis Armstrong. Tickets are $15 and include historic house tour.
Queens Jewish Community Council presents Jewish Music Under the Stars on Wednesday, Aug. 22 with a Bukharian Festival at 7 p.m. at Cunningham Park, Union Turnpike and 196th Street in Fresh Meadows.
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.
Join Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, for its seventh blood drive on Wednesday, Aug. 22 from 2-8 p.m. Call (718) 229-4000 ext. 200 and speak to Liz to schedule an appointment. Free babysitting available to those parents who need it.
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. 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.
The Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38 Ave., Flushing, is offering a jewelry-making workshop on Friday, Aug. 24 from 1-2:30 p.m. Instructor Lynn Hanousek will cover basic jewelry-making techniques for working with memory wire and beads. Participants will be able to create something to wear for fall wear or for their gift collection. Workshop fee is $4 and $3 for members. All supplies are provided.
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 email@example.com. 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.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.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
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.
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.
Meet craftspeople as they demonstrate crafts from the 1800s on Friday, Aug. 17 and Saturday, Aug. 18, both noon to 4 p.m. at the King Manor, 150-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica.
On Sunday, Aug. 26, the 31st Street Festival, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.