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Five things to do in Queens this weekend! Aug. 9-11

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Posted: Friday, August 9, 2019 12:51 pm

It’s a great time for outdoor events, and we’ve got a few this week, along with a couple indoor items. Enjoy these Five things to do in Queens this weekend!

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The Queens Botanical Garden is holding its annual “Taiwan: A World of Orchids” festival, with more than 400 flowers on display, an art workshop, plant care demonstrations and more. Hours are today, Friday, and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (certain events at certain times). Find the QBG at 43-50 Main St. in Flushing. Entry to the festival is free with regular admission: $6; $4 seniors; $4 students, $2 kids over 3 (workshop $20 more). Info: (718) 886-3800, queensbotanical.org.

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Twice this week we’re going to cheat as we sometimes do, and count two events as one because they bear similarities. In this case, it’s dance.

First there’s “Ephemera,” the debut of an Afrofuturist, site-specific, dance-media piece by the Renegade Performance Group. It’ll be performed at 3 and 6 p.m. Saturday at Socrates Sculpture Park, located at 32-01 Vernon Blvd. in Long Island City. Like everything at Socrates, it’s free. Info: (718) 956-1819, socratessculpturepark.org.

The ongoing Queensboro Dance Festival, featuring troupes from the borough performing in a tour running through October, will have a show in Forest Park. Also on Saturday, it will run from 2 to 3 p.m. at the George Seuffert Sr. Bandshell on Forest Park Drive in Forest Park, and will include activities and giveaways as well as the performance. It too is free. Info: (929) 282-0620, queensborodancefestival.com.

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Those who are into the environment and have a scientific bent might join the new Alley Eco-Club — a Citizen Science Club for Adults. Participants make and record their observations about the natural world and discuss them at meetings. The next one is Sunday (they’re each second and fourth Sunday of the month) at 10 a.m. at the Alley Pond Environmental Center, located at 228-06 Northern Blvd. in Douglaston. Joining is free. Info: (718) 229-4000, alleypond.com, tom0153@hotmail.com.

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Those who are into the manmade environment and have a historical bent might join in a tour of Steinway Village in Astoria. Participants will walk through the piano-making family’s “utopian settlement,” including past the Steinway & Sons factory and the Steinway Mansion, led by Bob Singleton of the Greater Astoria Historical Society. The tour runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday, with the starting location delivered upon registration. The cost is $30. Info: (718) 278-0700, (212) 935–3960, astorialic.org, mas.org/events.  

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Here’s our other double item, featuring two concerts.

One is Songs in the Key of Peace, with jazz, folk music and more, followed by a reception, all celebrating and fundraising for the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship in honor of its 75th birthday. It’ll be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church, located at 70-35 112 St. in Forest Hills. Tickets are $15 (pay-what-you-can tickets are also available). Info: (718) 268-4036, (817) 291-3952,

presbypeacefellowship.org/concert.

Then the Queensboro Symphony Wind Quintet will present “Summer Winds,” a performance of chamber music. That show is Sunday at 7 p.m. at Mary’s Nativity Church located at 46-02 Parsons Blvd. in Flushing. The price is up to you: a free-will offering. Info: (718) 359-5996, qbsymphony@gmail.com, facebook.com/queensborosymphonyorchestra.

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Don’t forget you can always find more things to do in Queens in What’s Happening — our Community Calendar and our reader-generated Online Calendar.

— compiled by Peter C. Mastrosimone

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