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Five things to do in Queens this weekend! Oct. 4-6

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Posted: Friday, October 4, 2019 1:02 pm | Updated: 12:16 pm, Thu Oct 10, 2019.

It’s the first weekend in October, but while you may be gearing up for Halloween — many yards are already decorated — the holiday is weeks away. There’s plenty more to do in Queens before then, and here are just five ideas for this weekend!

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Neir’s Tavern, the oldest bar in Queens and one of the oldest in the entire city and across the nation, is celebrating its 190th birthday Saturday with a block party. Fun and activities for all ages will be on tap, indoors and out. The main event runs from 12 to 6 p.m. on 88th Avenue between 77th and 78th streets in Woodhaven, and there’ll be more fun to be had afterward inside the bar, located at 87-48 78 St. Just coming down to show your support — crusading for the community is the theme of the day — is free. Info: (718) 296-0600, neirstavern.com, bit.ly/2oxi6zc.

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A Blessing of the Pets and Giant Yard Sale, with animal companions of all kinds welcome and sale proceeds going to various charities for disaster relief, will be held simultaneously Saturday at St. Paul’s International Lutheran Church. The dual events run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the corner of Union Turnpike and 263rd Street in Floral Park. Aside from whatever you might buy, the day is free. Info: (718) 347-5990.

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“Honoring Your Vision” is a new art exhibit featuring about 30 paintings and photos by nine artists, with the theme of what is in front of us but may be overlooked, including “Then and Now” images of historical area architecture by Cheryl Cuddeback. Through Fri., Nov. 29, Red Pipe Café, 71-60 Austin St., Forest Hills. Free. Info: (718) 224-8359.  

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If you love that old Detroit iron, check out Sunday’s Fall Car Show, with all kinds of classic rides, dozens of trophies, a live DJ and more, held to benefit Toys for Tots. The event runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Forest Park off Forest Park Drive and Woodhaven Blvd. (The next shows, to benefit St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children, will be held Sunday, Oct. 13 and 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Maspeth Federal Savings parking lot, on 69th Street off Grand Avenue in Maspeth.) Checking out the cars is free, with donations welcome; and it’s $20 to show a car. Info: (917) 385-2322, (917) 682-5362, eccatoysfortots.org.

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Want to instill a love of nature in your kids and let them know there’s a real world beyond the screens everyone looks into so much? Try out Every Kid Outdoors Adventure Day, with adventure hikes, face painting, an environmentally oriented puppet show and more on Jamaica Bay this Sunday. While fun and informative for all, the event also offers the opportunity for fourth-graders to get free passes for them and their families to visit all national parks free this year. Activities run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with certain events at certain times, at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Center, located at 175-10 Cross Bay Blvd. in Broad Channel. It’s all free. Info: (718) 318-4340, nps.gov/gate/planyourvisit

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Looking for other events and activities? Find them for every day of the week in What’s Happening — our Community Calendar and our reader-generated Online Calendar.

— compiled by Peter C. Mastrosimone

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