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Five things to do in Queens this weekend! Aug. 30-Sept. 1

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Posted: Friday, August 30, 2019 2:21 pm | Updated: 2:33 pm, Fri Aug 30, 2019.

It’s Labor Day weekend, and we hope that in between sending your best wishes to the people of Florida as a potentially deadly hurricane heads there way, you have a good time celebrating the holiday. The weather here is supposed to be good. If you’re looking for something to do, here’s our weekly list of five possibilities, with, as always, many more posted here and here.

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“Whoop Dee Doo” is a live variety show with outlandish characters and local youth and community groups such as Queens Music Academy and Woodside Dance Troupe. Organized by groups dedicated to making the world a better place from the ground up, the event celebrates unconditional love and diversity. It’s set for Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at Windmuller Park, around 39th Road and 52nd Street in Woodside. It’s free to attend. Info: paradenyc.org,

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“It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World,” the epic 1963 slapstick comedy about the hunt for a buried treasure of cash, with an ensemble cast of stars too long to list, is being screened this weekend and next. See it this Saturday (or next) at 5 p.m.; or this Sunday (or next) at 2 p.m at the Museum of the Moving Image, located at 36-01 35 Ave. in Astoria. Tickets are $15; or $11 for seniors and students; and $9 for kids 3 to 17. The price includes museum admission. Info: (718) 777-6888, movingimage.us

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“Seinfeld” fans may remember when one Cosmo Kramer took to swimming in the East River — to less than favorable results. That might not be the best choice, but paddling out there in a kayak or canoe could be great! So consider joining in the One-Way Paddle from Anable Basin to Hallets Cove that will be held Sunday, with adults of all skill levels taking a moderately easy 90-minute trip up the river in a group led by the LIC Community Boathouse. The fun starts at 10:15 a.m. and runs until 1 p.m., starting at LICCB, which sits at 46-01 Fifth St., Long Island City. It’s free to join in, though donations are also accepted. Info: (631) LIC-BOAT (542-2628), licboathouse.org

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If you’d rather walk along a waterway without going out upon it, the National Parks Service has a walking doubleheader you might join in. First is an Osprey Watch Guided Walk, a guided stroll for all ages along the West Pond Trail with talk about the seaside raptors. It runs from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday. A little later comes September Flowers: A Wildflower Exploration, a walk and talk examining newly blooming flora, with hand lenses encouraged but not required. That stroll runs from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Both start at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Center, located at 175-10 Cross Bay Blvd. in Broad Channel. Of course you can do either or both Free. Info: (718) 318-4340, nps.gov/gate/planyourvisit.

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It’s the last weekend that you can see the beautiful paintings hanging up at Eleventh Street Arts in Long Island City. The exhibit is called “Escape: Celebrating the Great Outdoors,” and it features paintings created en plein air that represent the artists’ intimate communion with the landscape. A portion of the proceeds from sales goes to The Nature Conservancy. The exhibit is open through Thursday, but you can only go on Saturday and Sunday unless you make an appointment. The address of Eleventh Street Arts is 46-06 … well, you already know which street. These gorgeous paintings are free to see. Info: (718) 392-5164, eleventhstreetarts.com.

— compiled by Peter C. Mastrosimone

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