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Summer is here — or at least it will be on Friday, the summer solstice — and folks will be celebrating at Socrates Sculpture Park on the East River with an array of activities ranging from astronomy to craft-making to story sharing. See Special Events.

EXHIBITS
 

“Summer Exhibition,” with works by more than 50 artists in various media from painting to sculpture, photography and more. Thu., June 20 (opening reception 5-8 p.m.)-Fri., July 27, The Factory LIC, 30-30 47 Ave., Long Island City. Free. Info: (718) 392-0722, licartsopen.com.

“Escape: Celebrating the Great Outdoors,” with paintings created en plein air that represent the artists’ intimate communion with the landscape; with a portion of proceeds going to The Nature Conservancy. Thu., June 27 (opening reception 6-9 p.m.)-Thu., Sept. 5, Eleventh Street Arts, 46-06 11 St., Long Island City. Free. Info: (718) 392-5164, eleventhstreetarts.com.

“Soft Territories,” with woven fabric works by four artists exploring themes of movement, migration and locality and creating spaces of softness, warmth and shelter. Through Sun., June 23, Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Ave., Maspeth. Free. Info: (718) 489-6285, knockdown.center.

“Nancy Spero: Paper Mirror,” with works by the feminist artist spanning more than 50 years, in multiple media; and “Zheng Guogu: Visionary Transformation,” with 12 works that refashion the traditional Buddhist meditation paintings called thangkas. Both through Sun., June 23, MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave., Long Island City. $10; $5 students, seniors; kids under 17 free. Info: (718) 784-2084, momaps1.org.

“Timberline,” with works by Nicholas Arbatsky that appear to float above the printed surface, just out of range of the viewer’s focus. Through Sat., June 29, Topaz Arts, 55-03 39 Ave., Woodside. Free. Info: (718) 505-0440, topazarts.org.

“World Involution,” with works by Colombia native Rocard Cardenas Mo that evoke the countryside while grappling with encroaching urbanism. Wed., June 26 (opening reception 6-8 p.m.)-Sun., July 7, Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. $5 sug., free students, teens. Info/RSVP: (718) 463-7700, flushingtownhall.org. Ricardo Cardenas Mo

“Hope is the Thing with Feathers: Art of the Natural World,” with works in multiple media from around the world, from the days of ancient Egypt to modern times. Through Thu., July 11, Godwin-Ternbach Museum, at Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing. Free. Info: (718) 997-4747, gtmuseum.org.

“Flowering Trees of Victorian Richmond Hill,” with paintings of homes and gardens done en plein air by Irene Buszko. Through Sun., June 30, 1-4 p.m. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38 Ave., Flushing. Suggested donation $2. Info: (718) 359-6227, vomuseum.org.

“Changing and Unchanging Things: Noguchi and Hasegawa in Postwar Japan,” with more than 80 works by the artists and friends Isamu Noguchi and Saburo Hasegawa who sought to make modern art through “true development” of Japanese traditions. Through Sun., July 14, The Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33 Road, Long Island City. $10; $5 seniors, students; NYC HS students, kids under 12 free. Info: (718) 204-7088, noguchi.org.

“Urban Dance,” with photographs that capture the global dynamics and transforming experience of cities worldwide. Through Sun., July 21, The Plaxall Gallery, 5-25 46 Ave., Long Island City. Free. Info: (347) 848-0030, licartists.org.

MUSIC
 

Queens Jazz Orchestra, with legendary Jazz Master Jimmy Heath’s 17-piece band performing, on the theme “It Ain’t Over Yet.” Fri., June 21, 8 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. $42; $20 students; free teens. Info: (718) 463-7700, flushingtownhall.org.

Carol Sudhalter’s Astoria Big Band, with the director on baritone sax and flute, a guest vocalist and more. Sat., June 22, 7 p.m., Sunnyside Reformed Church, 48-03 Skillman Ave. Free will donation. Info: (718) 426-5997, sudhalter.com.

DANCE
 

The Jamaica Dance Festival, with several troupes performing. Sat., June 22, 7 p.m., Rufus King Park, Jamaica Ave. between 150 and 153 Sts., Jamaica. Free. Info: (718) 657-2605, abetterjamaica.org.

“Tango + Tango,” a celebration of the passion and elegance of both new and traditional tango. Fri.-Sat., June 21-22, 8 p.m.; Sun., June 23, 4 p.m. Thalia Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside. $45; $48 at door; $42 students, seniors; $45 at door; $40 all Fri. only. Info: (718) 729-3880, thaliatheatre.org.

COMEDY
 

Dave Hill: History Fluffer, with the comedian, writer and musician giving “first-person” accounts of different historical periods and getting called out on his tall tales by Jim Biederman and Jodi Lennon. Wed., June 26, 7:30 p.m. (also Wed., July 24 and 31), QED, 27-16 23 Ave., Astoria. $10. Info: (347) 451-3873, qedastoria.com.

FILM
 

“Apollo 11: First Steps Edition,” an exclusive version for science centers and museums of the 2019 documentary about the mission that landed men on the moon for the first time 50 years ago, with never-before-seen footage. Daily through Tue., Jan. 21, 2020, 3 p.m., New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111 St., Corona. $6; $5 kids, students, seniors, plus admission: $16; $13 seniors, kids, students with ID. Info: (718) 699-0005, nysci.org.

Boulevard Film Festival IV, with blocks of short films of all kinds, from documentaries to comedies and more. Thu.-Sun., June 27-30, various times, Thalia Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside. $10 per block; closing party free. Info: (718) 729-3880, thaliatheatre.org.

LECTURES / TALKS
 

Author Talk: 80th Anniversary of the Whitestone Bridge, with “Images of America: Whitestone” author Jason Antos on the history of the span to the Bronx and gateway to the 1939-40 World’s Fair. Thu., June 20, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Bayside Historical Society, the Castle, 208 Totten Ave., Fort Totten. $5. Info: (718) 352-1548, baysidehistorical.org.

KIDS / FAMILIES
 

Queens International Children’s Festival, the fourth annual, with musical performances, science challenges, dance and more. Sat.-Sun., June 22-23, 12-4 p.m.(certain events at certain times), Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Ave. Free. Info: (718) 658-7400, jcal.org, jamaicapac.org.

Kickin’ it for Autism, with kids 5-12 on the autism spectrum playing soccer and participating in a social event, with water and snacks provided. Sat., June 22, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Our Lady of Hope Field, 61-27 71 St., Middle Village. Free. Info: tinyurl.com/kickinitforautism.

TOURS / HIKES
 

The Jim Henson Exhibition Guided Tour, with a museum educator leading a dynamic experience exploring the puppeteer and filmmaker’s work on “Sesame Street,” “The Muppet Show,” “Fraggle Rock” and more. Each Sat. through June 29, 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria. $20; $16 seniors, students; $14 kids 3-17; includes museum admission. Info: (718) 777-6888, movingimage.us.

Diamondback Terrapin Walk, a search for the turtles and talk about their annual journey and efforts to help their offspring make it to the water. Thu.-Sat., June 20-22, 3-4 p.m., Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Center, 175-10 Cross Bay Blvd., Broad Channel. Free. Info: (718) 318-4340, nps.gov/gate/planyourvisit. Photo by Ryan Hagerty / Wikipedia

SPECIAL EVENTS
 

Summer Solstice Celebration, with face-painting, tarot readings, astronomy, crafts, dancing and more. Fri., June 21, 6-10 p.m., Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City. Free. Info: (718) 956-1819, socratessculpturepark.org.

Thalia Al Aire Libre/Free Outdoors Festival, with various music and dance performances highlighting Spanish and Latino culture. Each Sun. in June, 1-2 p.m., Noonan Playground/Thomson Hill Park, Greenpoint Ave. between 42 and 43 Sts., Sunnyside. Free. Info: (718) 729-3880, thaliatheatre.org.

Trip to Resorts Casino, in Atlantic City, NJ, sponsored by the Sisterhood of Forest Park Jewish Center. Mon., July 1 (and each first Mon. of the month except Labor Day), departing Lindenwood Shopping Center, 84 St. and 153 Ave., 9 a.m.; also Woodhaven Blvd. at Forest Park Drive, 9:15 a.m. $50 with $25 giveback. Info: Sharon, (917) 292-8732; Phyllis, (917) 601-2234.

CLASSES / WORKSHOPS
 

Life drawing, with a live nude model, free drinks, music, no judgments, no skeptical eyes. Each Thu., 6:30 p.m., The Plaxall Gallery, 5-25 46 Ave., Long Island City. $10. Info: (347) 848-0030, licartists.org.

Writing From the Heart: a workshop in creative writing, for those who want to start or improve their writing in a supportive atmosphere, with author and longtime Queens College instructor Maxine Fisher; and participants attending any or all classes. Sat., June 22 and 29, 12 p.m., Maspeth Library, 69-70 Grand Ave. Free. Info: (718) 639-5228, queenslibrary.org.

MARKETS
 

Italian Charities of America flea market, with goods of all kinds and refreshments and food also for saleand vendor tables available for $25. Sat., June 22, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst. Info: (718) 478-3100.

St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church Flea Market, outdoors, with 160 vendors. Every Sat.-Sun. until Nov., 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Union Tpke. and Parsons Blvd.-150 St., Jamaica. Info: (718) 969-3226.

Richmond Hill, 117-09 Hillside Ave., every Sun., 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Largest flea market in Queens. Info: (347) 709-7661, richmondhillfleamarket.com.

SOCIAL EVENTS
 

Israeli folk dancing, with instruction for beginners, in a fun, welcoming atmosphere. Each Mon., 7:30 p.m. (beginners’ instruction); 8:30-10 p.m. (intermediate dances), Hillcrest Jewish Center, 183-02 Union Tpke., Fresh Meadows. $10. Info: (718) 380-4145, hillcrestjc.org.

Saturday night dance and pasta night, with hot buffet dinner, a live DJ playing classics, oldies, top 40 Italian and Latin music, food, raffle and more. Sat., June 29, 8 p.m.-12 a.m., Italian Charities of America, 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst. $15. Info: (718) 478-3100. Pexels.com

Yoga and tai chi, with participants enjoying classes in sun or shade. Yoga: each Sat., 9:30-10:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-12 p.m.; each Sun., 10-11 a.m.; tai chi: each Sun., 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; both through Sept. 15, Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City. Free. Info: (718) 956-1819, socratessculpturepark.org.

SENIOR ACTIVITIES
 

Howard Beach Senior Center, with exercise classes every weekday except Thu., varying times; dances with a DJ and hot lunch every Tue., 12-3 p.m.; art classes every Thu., 9:30-11:30 a.m., 12:30-2:30 p.m.; intro to sign language every Fri., 10-11:30 a.m.; karaoke every Wed., 1-3 p.m.; monthly book club; and more, 155-55 Crossbay Blvd. Info: (718) 738-8100.

Knitting and crocheting class, to learn a new skill or share an idea for a craft project, by Jamaica Senior Program for Older Adults. Each Thu., 10:30-11:30 a.m., T. Jackson Adult Center, 92-47 165 St. Info: (718) 657-6500, jspoa.org.

Queens AARP Chorus, which sings at nursing homes and AARP events, seeks retired people to join. Rehearsals each Fri., 11 a.m., Clearview Selfhelp Center, 208-11 26 Ave., Bayside. Info: joroosume@verizon.net.

Gold Senior Center, cultural, educational and recreational programs; socialization, interaction and meeting new friends, weekly yoga class, hot, kosher nutritious meals, stimulating programs, games, trips, current events, speakers, entertainment, singalongs and “Zumba for Seniors.” $3 suggested contribution. Every Wed., 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Hillcrest Jewish Center, 183-02 Union Tpke., Flushing, nfo: (718) 380-4145.

SNAP: Services Now for Adult Persons, a full-service neighborhood center with exercise classes, line dancing, table pool, hot lunch daily, sewing, jewelry, quilting classes and more. 133-33 Brookville Blvd., suite LL5, Rosedale. Info: (718) 525-8899, snapqueens.org.

support groups

PTSD for veterans and service members: Reach out to a anonymous support group in your area. Info: 1 (800) 273-8255.

Co-Dependents Anonymous (women only) meetings every Fri., 10-11:45 a.m., Resurrection Ascension Pastoral Center, Father Freely Hall, 85-18 61 Road, Rego Park.

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