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Five things to do in Queens this weekend! Oct. 12-14

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Posted: Friday, October 12, 2018 1:34 pm

It’s been autumn for three weeks now, and it’s finally starting to feel like it. But if you can dig your jacket out of the closet, there’s plenty to see and do in Queens this weekend as always, and here’s our weekly list of just five possibilities.

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If you want to see some remnants of history firsthand, consider joining in the walking tour of historic Jamaica set for Saturday. Folks’ll be visiting King Manor, the Grace Episcopal Church cemetery and more, led by manor caretaker Roy Fox. The tour will run from 12 to 1:30 p.m., with everyone meeting at King Manor, the historic home at 150-03 Jamaica Ave. Participation is free. Info: (718) 206-0545, kingmanor.org.

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To go even further back in history, and to learn much geology, you could attend the “Archipelago New York” book talk that starts an hour after the walking tour ends. Writer, photographer and sailor Thomas Halazinsky will give a literary tour of more than 70 islands in New York, which he went by on his sailboat as he followed the course taken by Adriaen Block in 1614. Block was the first European to sail and map the area. The talk will go from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Queens Historical Society headquarters, the Kingsland Homestead, at 143-35 37 Ave. in Flushing. The cost is $5; or $3 for seniors and students. Info: (718) 939-0647, queenshistoricalsociety.org.

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If it’s October, it’s time for the Queens Botanical Garden’s Harvest Fest & Pumpkin Patch, with live music, petting zoo, games, trivia, gardening activities and crafts, beer and wine garden, pumpkins and plenty more. It all happens 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at QBG, located at 43-50 Main St. in Flushing. The cost is $12; or $10 for kids; and it’s free for those under 4 (food, beverages and some activities cost extra). Info: (718) 886-3800, queensbotanical.org

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Veteran singer, actress, director and educator Marilyn Maye, who among other accomplishments appeared 76 times on “The Tonight Show,” will be performing tunes from the American Songbook Sunday. Entitled Marilyn Maye: A Piece A Cake!, the show is set for 3 p.m. at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center, located at 222-05 56 Ave. in Bayside. Tickets run from $35 to $48. Info: (718) 631-6311, visitqpac.org.

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A Columbus Day Dance, with music by The Generation Gap and light refreshments, will be held Sunday to celebrate Italian-American heritage. Sponsored by state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr., the event will run from 7 to 9 p.m. at Our Lady of Grace Parish Hall, at 100-05 159 Ave. in Howard Beach. It’s free and all are welcome, not just folks in the senator's district. Info: (718) 738-1111.

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Remember you can always find many more things to do here and here.

— compiled by Peter C. Mastrosimone

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