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Posted: Thursday, August 25, 2011 12:00 pm

EXHIBITS

Crossing Art Gallery, 136-17 39th Ave., ground floor, Flushing, presents Going Green Exhibition now through Sept. 11. For information contact Jennifer Junkermier at jennifer@crossingart.com, (212) 359-4333 or visit crossingart.com. Free.

Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., presents Within the Emperor’s Garden — The Ten Thousand Springs Pavilion exhibit, now through Sept. 30. Suggested donation is $5, free for members. Gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday noon-5 p.m.

The Maria Rose International Doll Museum, 187-11 Linden Blvd., St. Albans, exhibits are open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 12:30-4:30 p.m. Cost is $5 for adults, $2.50 for children.

AUDITIONS

Senior Theatre Acting Repertory holds acting rehearsals on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. at Hollis Public Library, 202-05 Hillside Ave. and on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. at Queens Village Library, 94-11 217th St. For information, call the director’s assistant at (718) 776-0529.

The Oratorio Society of Queens, is preparing for the annual Holiday Concert on Sunday, Dec. 18. First rehearsal for the fall season is on Monday, Sept. 12. Audition-listenings will be held on Mondays, Sept. 12, 19 and 26 only, reservations are required. OSQ rehearses every Monday from 7:45-10 p.m. in Temple Beth Sholom in the FSG room at 172nd Street and Northern Boulevard in Flushing. For information call (718) 279-3006.

FILM

Movies under the bridge at Little Bay Park on Tuesdays, Aug. 30 at 8 p.m. Enjoy free family movies overlooking Long Island Sound. Bring low chairs or blanket. (Movies TBD)

The Onderdonk House will host a bike-in movie on Friday, Aug. 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the Vander Ende Onderdonk House, 1820 Flushing Ave., Ridgewood. Suggested donation is $7, kids are free. Bring a blanket. For information visit 2-w-heels.org or onderdonkhouse.org.

St. Joseph Catholic Church, 43-19 30 Ave., Astoria will hold weekly movie nights on “True Grit” and Sept. 2 “Invictus” in the school yard. Bring chairs. Come at 7 p.m. for a free barbecue dinner. Movies follow at sundown.

The Greek Cultural Center, 26-80 30 St., Astoria, invites the public to its annual free Summer Film Festival which opens now through Sept. 4. This year they celebrate Greek actor/director Thanasis Veggos and Greek American actor/director/writer and two-time Academy Award winner, Elia Kazan. All films are in Greek, and will be shown every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 6 p.m.

MUSIC

Chinese music, dance and opera will be presented in partnership with the Flushing Development Center at the Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing on Saturday, Aug. 27 at 6:45 p.m. It will feature performances on traditional Chinese instruments by Wendy Li (on the yanquin) and Cindy Chen (on the gu zheng); dance by artists from the NY Chinese Cultural Center including Clapping Dance, Double Sword Dance, Miao Dance, Handkerchief Dance; Monkey King Chinese opera excerpts, an interactive lesson for the children in the Double Fan Dance, and the Monkey King character offering face painting for children.

Free Rockabilly Show under the Sunnyside Arch at Queens Boulevard and 46th Street, will be held on Saturday, Aug. 27 from 3:30-5 p.m., with the New Houn’dogs featuring Mr. Guitar Lowell Marin. Also, special guest performer Miss Maureen Russell.

Friends of Maple Grove will present a jazz concert on Friday, Sept. 2 at 8 p.m. at Celebration Hall at the Center at Maple Grove, 127-15 Kew Gardens Road, Kew Gardens. Wine and cheese reception at 7:30 p.m. Reservations required. Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors and Friends of Maple Grove members. Payment online through Paypal at friendsofmaplegrove.org.

FLEA MARKETS

Flea market on Saturday, Aug. 27 from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. to Incarnation School Auditorium and Grounds, Francis Lewis Boulevard between 89th and 90th avenues in Queens Village.

Faith Mission’s summer flea market will be held every Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. now through Oct. 1 at 114-40 Van Wyck Expressway, South Ozone Park.

OUTDOORS

Explore the 19th century fortress at Fort Totten that helped protect New York City’s harbor from possible naval attack and learn about the history of Willet’s Point on Sunday, Aug. 28 at 10 a.m. Meet at Fort Totten Visitor Center, Building 502 in Bayside.

FOR KIDS

Oklahoma City Thunder team member and Hollis native Royal Ivey will hold his fourth annual free Royal Skills Clinic at Hollis Playground, Hollis Avenue between 204th Street and the corner of Run DMC and JMJ Way from Aug. 25-27 from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday.

“Bessie’s Big Shot,” a show for children on Wednesday, Aug. 31 at 11 a.m. at Grover Cleveland Park in Ridgewood. Bring a chair or blanket.

CLASSES

The Sisterhood of Bay Terrace Jewish Center, 13-00 209 St., Bayside, will have zumba fitness classes on Wednesdays from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Classes will begin on Sept. 7. Rates are $8 for members and $10 for nonmembers. Classes will take place every Wednesday until Dec. 21.

The Center for the Women of New York in Kew Gardens offers various classes in family day care — health and safety course, medical office assistant’s course, horticulture and home health aide class. For costs and information, call (718) 793-0672.

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.

Dance with instructions at Italian Charities of America, 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst, every Monday and Friday, 7:15-8 p.m. From 8-11 p.m. will be a dance social. Music by Sal Escott. Admission is $10.

Yoga classes are now being held at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, 76-11 37 Ave., Room 204, Jackson Heights. All levels are welcomed. Classes are held Saturdays, from 10-11 a.m. and Sundays, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Classes held during the week include, meditation, ayurvedic, yoga philosophy and Sanskrit language instruction. Minimum donation is $5. For information, call Rashid at (646) 912-1885 or Shree at (646) 417-2252.

Hillcrest Jewish Center, 183-02 Union Turnpike, Flushing, offers Israeli folk dancing on Mondays from 7:15-9:45 p.m. Cost is $10 for nonmembers, $9 for members.

SPECIAL EVENTS

The Arms of Love Community Outreach of South Jamaica will present its second annual Wellness/Back to School Community Event on Saturday, Aug. 27 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Merrick Park Baptist Church, 120-02 Marsden St., Jamaica. There will be health outreach services and vendors and free backpacks for students.

The Ridgewood Youth Farm Market will be held at Ridgewood Memorial Triangle between Cypress and Myrtle avenues every Saturday now through Oct. 29 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for local produce, flowers and plants from local farms sold by local teens.

HEALTH

A blood drive will be held at the Bay Terrace Shopping Center in Bayside on Thursday, Aug. 25 from 4-8:30 p.m. Donors receive free Mets tickets.

A health fair and resource day will be held on Saturday, Aug. 27 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church, 114-44 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica.

Humanity Service Incorp., a nonprofit that helps the needy, has a free clinic of mental and medical health services from 6-8 p.m. every Friday. There is also a food pantry that is open during this time. These services are located at 92-17 101 Ave., Ozone Park. For more information, call (718) 845-1901.

Join the Walkers for Wellness Club at New Hope Lutheran Church of Jamaica. Under the guidance of a walking leader, you will walk two to three times each week at a comfortable pace. The club is open to walkers of all ages and abilities. The walking schedule is Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 8 a.m. Weather permitting, meet at the church, located at 167-24 118 Ave.

MEETINGS

Join Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston’s very own knitting circle. Knitters, crocheters, or crafters of any kind welcomed. This is a meeting for adults who know how to knit, not a class. Call Liz at (718) 229-4000, ext. 200 or e-mail emcglinchey@alleypond.com to inquire about meeting times. They will meet a few times a month, and there will be a fee of $3 for members, $5 for nonmember per meeting.

You Gotta Believe, a community based older child adoption agency is looking for families who would be willing to provide love and nurturing to a child in the foster care system. To learn more, join the agency every Sunday at 4 p.m. at Little Flower Children’s Services, 89-12 162 St., Jamaica.

SUPPORT GROUPS

Cross Community Baptist Church is holding private marriage counseling sessions by a certified counselor for only $15 per session for the month of August. It’s on a first come first serve basis. To make an appointment call (212) 518-7202.

The Center for the Women of New York announces that it is now accepting registration for a new session of their Women’s Support Group. It meets at Queensborough Hall, 120-55 Queens Blvd., Room 325, Kew Gardens every Thursday from 6-7:30 p.m. For information and an interview appointment, call (718) 793-0672.

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

SMART Recovery, a free self-help group dedicated to assisting individuals in overcoming all types of addictive behavior problems, meets on Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Long Island Consultation Center, 97-29 64th Road, Rego Park.

SENIOR ACTIVITIES

A leisure group meets every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Hillcrest Jewish Center, 183-02 Union Turnpike, Flushing for area seniors.

An Alzheimer’s Adult Day program is held on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 157-16 65 Ave., Flushing. Door to door transportation included. Call (718) 358-3541.

The Rockaway Boulevard Senior Center, 123-10 143 St., South Ozone Park, offers service programs Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Breakfast is at 9 a.m. with a suggested donation of 75 cents; lunch is at noon with a suggested donation of $1.50. Exercise programs include: yoga, tai chi stretch, three dance groups (African, interpretive and line), chair exercise, choral group, crochet/knit (Mondays and Tuesdays), ceramic, art and camera class, quilting/sewing, Wii games, arts and crafts, conversational Spanish, book talk club, movie afternoons, computer classes, trips, birthday parties and more. For more information, call (718) 657-6752.

The Middle Village Adult Center, 69-10 75th St., is now offering a new six-week “Enter 21st Century Advanced Computer Course” which trains seniors in five different computer programs, preparing them to enter the modern force or to just enhance their computer skills. Beginner computer skills necessary. Call Dina at (718) 894-3441 or visit the center.

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.

VOLUNTEERS

The Central Queens YM & YWHA, 67-09 108 St., Forest Hills, will hold a volunteer fair on Thursday, Aug. 25 from 1-3 p.m. To register or for more information, contact the adult department at (718) 268-5011, ext. 160 or email olderadults@centralqueensy.org.

The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo, 53-51 111 St. in Flushing Meadows Park, is accepting applications for volunteers. Program participants will have the opportunity to teach visitors of all ages about animals through guided tours, assisting with special programs and events, speaking at narrated feedings and leading arts and crafts activities. Deadline for applications is Wednesday, Aug. 31. Candidates must be at least 18 years of age and available for a multi-week training program. For more information visit queenszoo.com or call (718) 271-1500.

Maggie’s Little Theater at St. Margaret Parish, 66-05 79 Pl., Middle Village, is seeking a creative team of volunteers for its musical revue and variety show, “The Claus Family Christmas Spectacular,” reminiscent of Christmas TV specials of the ’50s and ’60s. Auditions begin mid-September. Rehearsals run mid-September-early December during the evenings and weekends. Performance dates are Dec. 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11. If you would like to be involved in the off-stage aspects of production, such as director, musical director, choreographer, stage crew, painters, costumers, seamstress/tailors, send an e-mail to maggieslittletheater@gmail.com or call (917) 579-5389 for information and to set up an appointment.

New York Cares Day, the city’s largest volunteer day for public schools, will take place on Saturday, Oct. 15. New York Cares is looking for 7,000 volunteers to revitalize more than 100 public schools across the five boroughs. Volunteers will paint murals and classrooms, reorganize libraries and store rooms, fix up gardens and playgrounds and more, to give NYC students and teachers brighter, cleaner places to learn. New Yorkers can register to volunteer at newyorkcaresday.org from now until Oct. 14. There is a $20 registration fee per volunteer, and the event is open to volunteers ages 12 and up (volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian).

Bridge instructor needed for refresher course and guided supervised play. Contact Wendy or Rochelle at SNAP Bell Park Senior Center in Queens Village at (718) 740-3905.

Hospice Care Network, one of the largest hospice organizations in New York State that serves more than 400 patients and their families daily in Nassau, Suffolk and Queens counties, is looking for volunteer licensed massage therapists. Contact Eva Pendleton, director of Complementary Therapy for Hospice Care Network at ependleton@hospicecarenetwork.org.

The Senior Theatre Acting Repertory is looking for a piano player, who is retired, to join the group. Rehearsals are held on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. at the Hollis Public Library, 202-05 Hillside Ave., and on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. at the Queens Village Public Library, 94-11 217 St., For more information, call the assistant director at (718) 776-0529.

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