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Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) on Dec. 22 called on House Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) to hold a vote on her bill to establish the first national Asian Pacific American museum.

In justifying the need for the museum, she wrote in a letter: “The story of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) is interwoven within the history of America, but frequently our history is forgotten or ignored in the greater narrative of American history.”

The Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce and the Queens Council on the Arts are sponsoring a free Celebrate Winter Latin jazz concert featuring the Chembo Corniel Quintet at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11.

The group is led by Grammy-nominated percussionist Wilson “Chembo” Corniel.

The Consulate of Barbados hosted its annual Independence Thanksgiving Service at St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church in Hollis on Nov. 28.

The momentous occasion was extra special this year because it served as both a celebration of Barbados’ 55th anniversary as an independent former colony of the United Kingdom and the first time it had officially removed Queen Elizabeth, the British monarch, as head of state of the island nation, according to the church’s rector the Rev. Ryan A. Boyce, who hails from the country along with some of his parishioners.