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Five things to do in Queens this weekend! Aug. 14-17

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Posted: Friday, August 14, 2015 5:59 pm

It’s summertime in Queens, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the living is easy. Here are five things you might do this weekend to make it feel a little easier!

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For one thing, don’t let the summer pass you by without hitting Rockaway Beach. Head down to sit in the sand and look out over the Atlantic Ocean anywhere from Beach 9th Street in Far Rockaway to Beach 149th Street in Neponsit. 

“From surfers to swimmers to the Ramones, everyone wants to ‘hitch a ride to Rockaway Beach,’ the city Parks Department boasts on its website. “Rockaway Beach is a year-round resource for residents all along the Rockaway peninsula, and it comes alive each summer from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend with millions of visitors.

“Beach goers can enjoy the sand and water, the variety of concessions, and the city's only legal surfing beach, located between 67-69 Street and 87-92 Street. Rockaway Beach is also home to a variety of playgrounds and other outdoor activities.”

Lifeguards are on duty from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For up-to-date information or further details about the beach, call (718) 318-4000. And of course you’ll want to find a legal way to get down there — no hitchhiking!

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If you’re into yoga, the Eastern Queens Alliance is giving free classes from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. every Saturday through the end of the month at the Idlewild cricket field, located at 223rd Street and 148th Avenue in Springfield Gardens. You should arrive 15 minutes before the start time. For more information, visit easternqueensalliance.org or call (347) 824-2301.

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The Queensboro Symphony Orchestra will perform its summer chamber music concert at 7 p.m. Sunday at St. Ann’s Church, located at 58-02 146 St. in Flushing. The show is free, and you’ll get to hear the orchestra’s renditions of Vivaldi’s Bassoon Concerto, Handel’s Passacaglia and more. For more information, call (718) 359-5996 or visit facebook.com/queensborosymphonyorchestra

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If you feel like hitting a flea market, there’s one at St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church, at the corner of Union Turnpike, Parsons Boulevard and 150th Street in Jamaica, on both Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 3, from 9 a.m to 3 p.m.

Another in Jamaica is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. That one’s at St. Benedict the Moor Church, at Merrick Boulevard and 110th Avenue in Jamaica. More information can be had at (718) 332-0026.

Lastly, the one in Richmond Hill bills itself as the largest in Queens. It’s open every Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 117-09 Hillside Ave.

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Are you into cats? Do you wonder what the popularity of online cat videos is all about? Then you just might want to claw your way over to the Museum of the Moving Image, where a new exhibit called “How Cats Took Over the Internet” is making the proverbial fur fly. To see it, make a feline, err, beeline, over to 36-01 35 Ave. in Astoria. The cost ranges from $6 to $12.

For more information, call (718) 777-6888 or visit movingimage.us. And see our feature story on the exhibit in the qboro section here at qchron.com or in any of our print editions for Aug. 13. Meow!

— compiled by Peter C. Mastrosimone

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