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Activities

The Flushing YMCA, 138-46 Northern Blvd., offers free computer classes, recreational swimming, game room time, and other activities for children ages 8-18 every Saturday from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 718-961-6880.

Animals

Free Doggie Boot Camp presented by The Academy of Canine Education is offered from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays in Crocheron Park. 718-454-5800.

Bingo

Bingo is held every Monday at 7:15 p.m. at the Garden Jewish Center of Flushing, 24-40 Parsons Blvd., Flushing. 718-445-1317.

Bellerose Jewish Center, 254-04 Union Turnpike in Floral Park offers Triple Bingo every Monday at 7:30 p.m.

Blood Drives

A joint blood drive is planned by the Hillcrest Jewish Center and the Conservative Synagogue of Jamaica Estates for Sun., Jan. 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hillcrest Jewish Center at Union Turnpike and 183rd St., Fresh Meadows. Members of both synagogue will be eligible for needed blood. 718-380-4145.

Bridge

ACBL Duplicate Bridge plus brunch is held every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Reform Temple of Forest Hills, 71-11 112th St. Forest Hills. Singles welcome. 718-261-2900.

Pride of Judea Mental Health Center, 243-02 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, offers duplicate bridge every Monday from noon to 4 p.m. 718-423-6200.

Classes

The Saturdays at Hillcrest courses start every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. where students can take enrichment or skill building classes such as Sequential Math I and II, tutoring in needed subjects, Basic Writing Skills, English Regents Preparation, Review for Earth Science, Physics, and Biology, Global History RCT Prep., U.S. History RCT Prep and Health Careers Prep. At 10:15 some of the above courses are repeated and additional courses such as Physical Fitness and Playwriting are offered. At 9 a.m. courses for parents and staff members are provided in Art Workshop, Dancercise, Communicating with your Child, and Introduction to Computers. Mr. Stephen M. Duch is Principal of Hillcrest H.S.

St. Clare's Church, Rosedale will sponsor “Safety Defensive Driving Class on Sat., Jan. 20 from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. Benefit: 10% auto insurance 3 years and auto violation point reduction. Fee: $31, course material and lunch snack. 718-341-0452.

The Flushing Jewish Community Council is sponsoring English for Speakers of Other Languages classes at the Bethany Lutheran Church, 48-08 91 Place in Elmhurst and other locations in Flushing. Classes in Elmhurst are Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (beginning) and 10:30 p.m. to 12 p.m. (intermediate). Morning, afternoon and evening classes range from beginning to advanced in Flushing. Classes are free (with a nominal book charge). 718-463-0434.

The Jewish Center of Kew Gardens Hills, 71-25 Main St., presents Ongoing Classes on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. with Rabbi Joshua Karlip. The the topic Delving into Davening, The Meanings and Origins of Prayer.” 718-263-6500.

The Howard Beach Senior Center, 156-56 84th St. offers a class in Origami for seniors, taught by Sam Batt on Wednesdays from 1:15 p.m. to 3 p.m. 718-738-8100.

Kids in grades 3, 4, 5 and 6 can get homework assistance, do arts and crafts, play sports, or work on their computer skills at the free after-school program at the Forest Hills Community House Beacon Program, 68-17 Austin St. Sessions are on Mondays through Thursdays from 3:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Improve your understanding and use of English in your daily life. Queens Women's Center offers Conversational English at Queens Women's Center, 401 Murray Ave., Fort Totten, Bayside on Friday from 10 a.m. to noon. Donation: $35. Registration fee: $5. 718-793-0672.

Design 101-A Basic Sewing Experience is offered at Queen's Women's Center 401 Murray Ave., Fort Totten, Bayside. Donation: $35. Registration: $5. 718-793-0672.

It's time to finish your education in caring and comfortable environment. Queens Women's Center offers GED High School Equivalency classes at Queens Women's Center, 401 Murray Ave., Fort Totten, Bayside on Wednesdays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Small donation. 718-793-0672.

Demetrios Creek Orthodox Cathedral of Astoria offers classes for public school students, grades 1-7, on weekday afternoons and Saturdays. Seventh grade students prepare for the Greek Regents exam. Free bus transportation from neighborhood public schools is available. Registration is being held at the St. Demetrios church office. Classes are held at St. Demetrios School for all grades Mondays and Wednesdays, and at St. Catherine's Church, 22-30 33rd St., Astoria, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday classes are held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 718-728-1754

Karate classes for men, women and children are offered on Wednesdays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Afrikan Poetry Theatre, 176-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica. Donation: $5.. 718-523-3312.

Computer class by a professional teacher is offered at Selfhelp Clearview Senior Center 208-11 26th Ave., Bayside. 718 224-7888 and at Selfhelp Maspeth Senior Center 66-35 58th Ave., Maspeth. 718-429-3636.

A wood class: “Learn to Use Machinery Tools” and “Learn to Make Assorted Gifts and Toys” is offered Tuesday afternoons at Selfhelp Clearview Senior Center, 208-11 26th Ave., Bayside. 718-224-7888.

Italian classes are offered at the Kew Gardens Community Center 80-02 Queens Blvd. 718-268-5960.

Computer class for beginners is offered on Saturday mornings at The Queens Women's Center Legal Clinic, 401 Murray Ave., Fort Totten, Bayside. Small groups, with skilled instructor. 718-793-0672.

Painting space instruction is offered every Monday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Queens Women's Center Legal Clinic, 401 Murray Ave., Fort Totten, Bayside. Arts materials donation: $50. Registration fee: $5. 718-793-0672.

Spanish and French classes for ages 60 and over are offered every Friday at 10:30 a.m. at Community Education Resource Center, 51-60 Marathon Parkway, Little Neck. 718-423-8179.

The Flushing YMCA, 138-46 Northern Blvd., offers pre-natal exercise classes. 718-961-6880.

The Queens Women's Center at Fort Totten, Bayside offers painting space and instruction every Monday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Donation: $50. Registration: $5. 718-793-0672.

The Kew Gardens Community Center, 80-02 Kew Gardens Road presents craft instructor Mildred Hasin on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 719-268-2690.

The Kew Gardens Community Center, 80-02 Kew Gardens Road, offers chess instructions with chess pro Mia Immerman every Friday from l p.m. to 4 p.m. for all levels. 719-268-2690.

Community Education Resource Center, 51-60 Marathon Pkwy., Little Neck offers art class led by Otto Nedo every Friday at 10 a.m. The center also offers bridge lessons for beginners on Mondays from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuition: $40. 718-423-8179.

Clinics

Christine Roland, director of housing/community organizing at the Forest Hills Community House holds housing clinics for tenants living in rent regulated apartments on the first Wednesday of every month. First Wednesdays for Tenants at the Rego Park Senior Center, 93-29 Queens Blvd. from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 718-592-5757.

Clubs

Ezra Jack Keats Fan Club will meet at Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Bayside on Sat., Jan. 27 and Feb. 3, 10 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Admission: $10, $8. 718-229-4000. 718-229-4000.

FEGS Beacon 231 Advantage Afterschool Program, Magnetech 231, 145-00 Springfield Blvd., Springfield Gardens, offers homework/tutor assistance, participate in competitive sports, traditional/ non-traditional, attend workshops and service learning-community outreach projects free at the FEGS Beacon 231 Advantage Program, Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. 718-528-1743.

The Queens Women's Center, 120-55 Queens Blvd., Room 158, Kew Gardens, offers the Job Club every other Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Development/update of resumes interview skills and job search techniques. Free. 718-793-0672.

The Friendship Club meets every first and third Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Senior Adult Department of the Central Queens YM & YWHA, 67-09 108th St., in Forest Hills. Admission: $2. 718-268-5011.

The Humanist Center of Cultures of Jackson Heights is organizing a free weekly Multicultural Conversation Club on Sundays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Queens Public Library, 35-51 81st St. at 37th Ave., in Jackson Heights. 718-937-8185.

Community Education Resource Center, 51-60 Marathon Parkway, Little Neck, offers a couple's club that meets every Thursday. 718-423-8179.

Discussion Groups

A short story discussion group with Debbie takes place every Tuesday from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Selfhelp Clearview Senior Center, 208-11 26 Ave., Bayside. A different story is discussed every week. All are welcome. 718-961-4550.

Community Education Resource Center,51-60 Marathon Parkway, Little Neck, offers a discussion group that meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. and a current events group that meets every Wednesday at 10 a.m. 718-423-8179.

Events

Temple Israel of Jamaica, 188-15 McLaughlin Ave., Holliswood will hold a Sisterhood Card Party on Tues., Jan. 23 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a buffet lunch at 12:30. Admission: $7.50 per person. 718-468-6517.

Shadow Play on Groundhog Day will be presented at Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Bayside on Sun., Jan. 28, Sun., Feb. 4 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Ages 3 – 4 1/2. Admission: $10, $8. 718-229-4000.

Walking In The Winter Splendor will be presented at Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Bayside on Sat., Jan. 27 from 12 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Admission: Free. 718-229-4000. 718-229-4000.

The Queens Women's Center, 401 Murray Ave., Fort Totten, Bayside. presents an Afternoon Tea with Arts on Sun., Jan. 21 at 2 p.m. 718-793-0672.

Kew Gardens Community Center, 80-02 Kew Gardens Rd., Kew Gardens, Suite 202 presents Humor and Politics on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 718-268-5960.

For the Birds, Bird Feeder Creations will be presented at Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Bayside on Sun., Jan. 28, Sun., Feb. 4 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Ages 3 – 4 1/2. Admission: $10, $8. 718-229-4000.

Exchanges

The Queens Chamber of Commerce will hold its next Business Card Exchange on Sat., Jan. 20, 21 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at The Long Island City YMCA, 32-23 Queens Boulevard in Long Island City.

Exercise

The Flushing YMCA, 138-46 Northern Blvd., offers Pre-Natal Exercise, a class taught by a certified prenatal exercise instructor, which gives a fun pre-natal workout appropriate for all stages of pregnancy. 718-961-6880.

The Flushing YMCA, 138-46 Northern Blvd., offers Weight Training for Beginners taught by Jim Henry, a fitness counselor. The weekly class teaches how to use free weight exercise equipment – learn proper technique, form and various types of exercises using free weights. 718-961-6880.

Community Education Resource Center, 51-60 Marathon Parkway, Little Neck, offers shape-up exercise class led by Sylvia Doner every Tuesday and Thursday at 8:45 a.m. 718-423-8179.

The Cross Island YMCA, 238-10 Hillside Ave., Bellerose, offers Strength Training for Women on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m. Fee: $50, $40. 718 479-0505.

The Cross Island YMCA, 238-10 Hillside Ave. in Bellerose, offers a Saturday Afternoon Special for adults and teens interested in kick boxing, Tai Chi and self-defense. The clinic, with Mel Oliver, a Black Belt and certified martial arts instructor is on Saturdays from 2:30 to 3:30 pm. Space is limited. 718-479-0505.

Kew Gardens Community Center, 80-02 Kew Gardens Rd., Kew Gardens, Suite 202 offers Stay-Well Exercise on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. 718-268-5960.

Forums

The Center For Culture, The Afrikan Poetry Theatre, Inc. 176-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica presents a Health Forum Topic: Isotonic OPC – 3 – A Super Antioxidant on Mon., Jan. 29 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Come out to find out more and how you can obtain the products. – Free admission!

Games

Fun and Games are offered at Kew Gardens Community Center, 80-02 Kew Gardens Road, Kew Gardens. Join the moviegoers on Tuesdays at 11:15 a.m. A new movie every week, some old ones, some new ones. opera aficionados meet every Tuesday at 1:15 p.m. Open Games meet every Monday and Wednesday at 1 p.m. 718-268-5960.

Health

Adult day health care services are now offered at the new Hillside Manor Comprehensive Care Center at 188-11 Hillside Ave., Jamaica. 718-264-6700.

The Cross Island YMCA offers an Integrated Weight Management course on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. 718-479-0505.

Lectures

The Howard Beach Senior Center, 156-45 84th St., presents Robert Maschi, a physical therapist from the Hospital for Special Surgery will speak on “Osteoporosis and Exercise” on Tues., Jan. 16 at 10:30 p.m. 718-738-8100.

The “Many Sides of King David” the Warrior will be presented on Sat., Jan. 20, 27 and Feb. 3 and 10 at 9:30 p.m. at the Temple Beth Sholom, 171-39 Northern Boulevard. Flushing. 718-463-4143.

A Sisterhood Breakfast/Bible Lecture will be held on Sat., Feb. 3 at 9:30 a.m. at at Temple Beth Sholom, 171-39 Northern Blvd., Flushing. 718-463-4143.

Lessons

The Jamaica YMCA will offer free lessons in swimming, basketball, soccer and karate during the spring 2001 recess for youth. Spaces are limited, so register early! 718-739-6600.

Learn ballroom dancing with instructor Carol Kaminski on Wed., Jan. 31 at 6:30 p.m. at the Forest Hills Branch, 108-19 71st Ave., Forest Hills. Come alone or bring a partner. 718- 268-7934

Meetings

Young Judea Ofarim Youth Group will meet on Thurs., Feb. 1 at 6:30 p.m. at Temple Beth Sholom, 171-39 Northern Blvd., Flushing. 718-463-4143.

The Catholic Widows and Widowers of Queens/Care of St. Kevin's Church will meet at St. Kevin's School Cafeteria, 45-50 195 St., Flushing on Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. 718-591-3492.

The Queens Humanistic Society For Humanistic Judaism will meet on Sat., Jan. 27 at 2 p.m. at Parsom's JHS, 158-40 76th Rd., Flushing. A book review of Respecting the Wicked Child. 718-380-5362.

The Jamaica East/West and Rockaway Adoslescent Service Consortium wil meet on Jan. 25 at noon at Big Sister Educational Action and Service Center, 117-08 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica. 718-723-1119.

Young Judea Bogrim Youth Group will meet on Tues., Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. at Temple Beth Sholom, 171-39 Northern Blvd., Flushing. 718-463-4143.

Civil liberties lawyer Norman Siegel, who is exploring a run for New York City Public Advocate, will be the special guest speaker at the monthly meeting of Democratic Club of Flushing on Sun., Jan. 21 at 2:30 p.m. in the Caryle Co-op Recreation Room, 138-10 Franklin Ave., Flushing will be served. 718-460-9248.

The Administrative Committee of the Board of Trustees of the Queens Borough Public Library will meet in open session at 5:30 p.m. on Thurs., Feb. 1, 2001 in the Formal Conference Room at the Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica. 718-990-0700.

The Aviva Chapter #828 of Jewish Women International is holding its next general membership meeting on Tues., Jan. 23 at 1:30 p.m. The Meeting is being held at the North Hills Library, 57-04 Marathon Parkway, Little Neck. 718-279-0447.

The Jewish Center of Kew Gardens, 71-25 Main Street, invites Jewish teenagers to meet new friends and to eat pizza as they form their own USY chapter every Sunday evening at 7 p.m. beginning Jan. 28 718-263-6500.

American Lung Association Of Queens will meet on Fri., Jan. 19 at 2 p.m. at the Forest Hills Branch Public Library, 108-19 71st Ave., Forest Hills. 718-268-7934 .

The next meeting of The Queens Society will take place on Mon., Jan, 20 at 8 p.m. in Room D235 in the New Science Building on the Queens College campus. 718-544-5059.

The Board of Trustees of the Queens Borough Public Library meets Thurs., Jan. 18 at the Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica. General session will begin at 5:45 p.m. in the Formal Conference Room. Proceedings are open to the public. Prior to the general session, various committees will meet. 718-990-0705.

The Queens Toastmasters meets at 7:30 p.m. at Queensboro Hall, 120-55 Queens Blvd., on Mon., Jan. 22 and Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. 212-687-4159, Ext. 17.

The Queens Borough President's African American Heritage Month Planning Committee In Cooperation with the Langston Hughes Community Library an Cultural Center Queens Borough Public Library, presents “Civil and Human Rights in the 21st Century,” an African American Heritage Month panel discussion on Wed., Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. Free admission. 718-651-1100.

The Flushing Rotary Club meets every Thursday at 12:15 p.m. at Friends and Co., 154-17 Roosevelt Ave., Flushing. The Flushing Rotary Club is an international service organization serving all of Northeast Queens. 718-353-1220.

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays meets the third Sunday of every month at The Reform Temple of Forest Hills 71-11 112th St. This group is for anyone who is the parent, family member or friend of lesbians, bisexuals, gays or transgender people. 718-271-6663.

The Astroclub meets at the New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Flushing Meadows Corona Park on the second Tuesday of every month from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Reach for the stars! Explore the great frontier of space by using state-of-the-art telescopes, binoculars and other astronomy equipment. 718-699-0005, ext. 349. Fee: $4, $3. 718-699-0005.

AARP Chapter #1762, 45-09 118 St., Kew Gardens, meets on the third Thursday of the month at 1 p.m. at the Church of the Resurrection, 85-09 110 St., Kew Gardens. 718-969-8813.

The Flushing Camera Club meets the first and third Wednesdays of the month in the Flushing Hospital's Administration Bldg., 45th Ave., and Burling St. Free and open to the public. 718-44I-6210.

AARP Richmond Hill Chapter #1762 is looking for new members. The chapter meets on the second Thursday of each month at the Church of the Resurrection, 85-09 118 St., Kew Gardens at 1 p.m. 718-969-8813.

Whitestone VWF Community Post 4787 meets at 8 p.m. on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 19-12 149 St., in Whitestone. The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 4787 meets on the fourth Monday of the month also at 8 p.m. 718-746-0540.

The Floral Park Community Council meets on every third Wednesday of the month at North Fork Bank, 257th Street and Hillside Avenue from 8 to 9 p.m.

The Community Church of Little Neck, 46-16 Little Neck Parkway, W.A.T.C.H (Women At The Chapel Hall) meet the second Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. All community women are invited to join these Christian women for a fun and spiritual experience. 718-229-2534.

The Queensboro Hill VFW Post #3427, 136-06 Horace Harding Expressway, meets every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. New members are encouraged to attend. 718-359-1987.

Queens Gays and Lesbians United Inc. holds its monthly meetings at the Community United Methodist Church, Room 2, 81-10 35th Ave., in Jackson Heights and are open to all. 718-205-6605.

Northeast Widow/Widowers Society meets on third Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Community Church of Little Neck, 46-16 Little Neck Parkway. 718-464-4085.

National Stuttering Association, Queens chapter, will hold meetings on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 8:15 p.m. 718-464-4085.

Whitestone Community Post 4787 meets at 8 p.m. on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 19-12 149th St. in Whitestone. The Ladies of Post 4787 meet on the fourth Monday of the month, also at 8 p.m. 718-746-0540.

Community Education Resource Center, 51-60 Marathon Parkway, Little Neck, offers a couples club that meets every Thursday at 10 a.m. 718-423-8179.

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays meets the third Sunday of every month at The Reform Temple of Forest Hills 71-11 112th Street Forest Hills. 718-271-6663.

A free karate program is taught Mondays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. for children 8 to 11 years old and Fridays from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. for ages 12-16 at Poppenhusen Institute, 114-04 14th Rd., College Point. 718-358-0067.

Programs

The Greater Astoria Historical Society will begin a new program Saturday Afternoon At The Movies. The feature presentation will be the documentary 'NewYork' by Ric Burns. This 10 hour series will show on Sat., Jan. 20, 27, Feb. 3, 10 and 17. The presentation will start at 1 p.m. and end at 3 p.m. Popcorn will be served. Join us at Quinn's Gallery, 35-20 Broadway, Long Island City. 718-278-0700.

If you have taken the NYS Orientation Program for Family Daycare Providers and filed your application, you can complete your 30 hours early childhood training at the Queens Women's Center, 401 Murray Ave., Fort Totten, Bayside. 718-793-0672.

The Cross Island YMCA, 238-10 Hillside Ave., Bellerose offers Sports Bugs, a program for three to five year olds. The program focuses on familiarizing the children with a variety of sports and fitness activities like soccer, tee-ball, basketball and floor hockey. Children will develop motor skills, hand-to-eye coordination and sports skills and knowledge. Spelts Bugs is held on Saturdays at 3:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Fee: 50, $40. 718 479-0505.

Open to mature women. Discuss and create a journal of your life experiences and personal “herstory” at Queens Women's Center, 401 Murray Ave., Fort Totten, Bayside. An 8-week special workshop on Mondays at 7 p.m. Donation requested. 718-793-0672.

The Cross Island YMCA, 238-10 Hillside Ave., Bellerose offers a new program for Older Active Adults. The 10-week program , now in progress, allows adults 55 and over to enjoy full use of the Y's facility between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. 718-479-0505.

The Kew Gardens Community Center, 80-02 Kew Gardens Road, offers diversified programs. The center is open Mondays to Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 718-269-0285.

Temple Gates, 38-20 Parsons Blvd., Flushing. offers a weekly Sunday Morning Jewish Studies program for Children with special needs. The program will be designed for high functioning children with learning disabilities; feature small classes with individualized attention; and be taught by teachers trained and experienced in the field of special education. 718-358-7536.

The Cross Island YMCA is located at 238-10 Hillside Ave., Bellerose offers Early Childhood programs for children to begin their educational and recreational experience. The Y's Early Childhood Center for ages 2 through 4operates on a school year session, September through June. 718 479-0505.

Enjoy making new friends as you improve your understanding and use of English in your daily life. Queens Women's Center offers conversational English classes at QWC, 401 Murray Ave., Fort Totten, Bayside. on Friday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon. Donation $35 per month. One-time registration fee of $5 for non-members. 718-783-0672.

It's time to learn about computers! The Queens Women's Center holds basic computer classes for beginners at 401 Murray Ave., Fort Totten, Bayside. Small groups with skilled instructors. Call today and reserve your space! 718-793-0672

Queens Women's Center has new courses this Fall: QWC at 401 Murray Ave. Fort Totten, Bayside is offering Conversations with Shelley – An Experience in English Language Practice, GED Preparation and Basic Sewing. QWC at 120-55 Queens Blvd. Kew Gardens will have Sharing Our Lives. A Writing Experience for Women and Literacy Lessons. 718- 793-0672.

The Cross Island YMCA, 238-10 Hillside Ave., Bellerose offers Early Childhood programs for children to begin their educational and recreational experience. The Y's Early Childhood Center for ages 2 to 4 operates on a school-year session, September through June. 718 479-0505.

Raffles

Quality Services for the Autism Community will hold their 2000 raffle to benefit children with autism throughout New York City. Tickets: $5 each or 11 for $50. 718-7-AUTISM.

Registration

Community School District 6 offers Early Kindergarten Registration for children born in 1996. Registration for September 2001 kindergarten will be held on Mon., Jan. 22 through Fri., Jan. 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at your neighborhood school. Bring your child, Original birth certificate or passport. Two proofs of residency and Immunization Record. 718-631-6900.

Saint Claire's School will be holding Registration for New students for the 2001-2002 school year from Jan 29 through Feb. 9 from 9 .m. to 11 a.m. If you or anyone you know would like to send their children to Saint Clare's, please bring the following registration documents: Birth Certificate, Baptismal Certificate, Proof of Address, Social Security Cards, Immunization Records,Most Recent Report Cards (grades 1-7), Most Recent Standard Testing Scores, Application Fee: %75, cash or money order. 718-528-4389.

The Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway; Floral Park will offer three daily sessions of Children's Winter Workshops. Registration begins Jan. 22. Classes will meet on Tues., Wed. and Thurs., Feb. 20, 21 and 22 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Recommended for ages 6-12. Children will create wonderful folk art and winter craft projects in this delightful 3-hour workshop. Admission: $15. 718-347-3276.

Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament is now hold registration for Religious Education for Public School children. Classes are held every Wednesday from 2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. for grades 1 through 6 and from 3:45 to 5 p.m. for grades 2-6. Other classes for grades 6-7 meet on Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 718-225-6179.

Registration for an upcoming AARP “55 Alive” Defensive Driving Classes will be held at the Howard Beach Senior Center, 156-56 84th St. 718-738-8100.

Bible School Registration for Children from nursery school age to high school are eligible for registration on Sundays at 9:15 a.m. at the Community Church of Little Neck, 46-16 Little Neck Parkway. 718-229-2534.

YAI/NYL Clearview School, 16-50 Utopia Parkway, Whitestone, Early Childhood Class is now accepting applications for children, 2 1/2 to 5 years of age, who are at all levels of development. Afternoon sessions from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. 718-352-0104.

The Flushing YMCA, 136-16 Northern Blvd., is offering registration for a wide variety of programs and activities for the whole family. 718-961-6380.

Reunions

The Mary Louis Academy, Jamaica Estates, Queens, holds a reunion for class years ending in 1's and 6's. It will be held on Sat., April 7, 2001 at The Mary Louis Academy. 718- 297-2120.

The Class of 1971 of John Bowne High School in Flushing, is planning a 30th Reunion celebration during the weekend of July 20, 2001. The reunion committee is conducting a national search for 1971 graduates, so if you are one or know one, please e-mail Bowne71@koenig-adpr.com or call Stew Koenigat 315-472-0573.

Screenings

Flushing Hospital Medical Center provides free Glaucoma screenings in the hospital lobby every Monday, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 718-670-5719.

Children's speech is screened for free from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 16 through Jan. 19 at the Whitestone School for Child Development. 718-746-6555.

Seminars

Castle Senior Living at Forest Hills, 108-25 Horace Harding Expressway, Forest Hills will host a workshop on “Healthcare Insurance-Protecting your assets during illness”on Fri., Jan. 26 at 10 a.m. and will be conducted by Mr. Stewart Choen of John Hancock. 718-760-4600.

Neighborhood Housing Services of Richmond Hill, 115-02 Jamaica Avenue, Richmond Hill office will hold a Free “Tips Every First Time Home Buyer Should Know” seminar. The seminar will walk you through every aspect of the home buying process from pre-qualification to what happens after closing. The free seminar will be held on Wed., Feb. 7 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the NHS Richmond Hill. 718-441-3063.

Attorney Ronald Fatoullah offers “How to Protect Your Assets.” Learn about Living Wills, Probate, Power of Attorney. Q&A on Thurs., Jan. 4 at 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Reform Temple Of Forest Hills. Light dinner will be served. 718-261-5300.

The Queens Chamber of Commerce, the Long Island City Business Development Corporation and the Queens County Overall Economic Development Corporation will host an Export Seminar at the Crowne Plaza LaGuardia Hotel, 104-04 Ditmars Blvd. in East Elmhurst from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Cost: $7.50. 718-898-8500.

The Women and Work Program is a 15-week job-training course offered free of charge by the Queens College Women's Studies Program. Classes meet every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Queens Women's Center, 401 Murray Ave., Fort Totten, Bayside. 718-343-2782.

Design For Living: A Sewing Experience, will be held Monday at 7 p.m. at the Queens Women's Center, 401 Murray St., Fort Totten. 718-793-0672.

The Cross Island YMCA is seeking individuals to participate in its new Health & Wellness Internship Program. Opportunities are available working with children ages 8-17 years, older adults and people new to the exercise programs. 718-479-0505.

Having money problems? Need help planning a budget? Get sensible advice about ways to handle your money. A trained financial planner at the Queens Women's Center, 120-55 Queens Blvd., Kew Gardens, can help you. By appointment only. 718-793-0672.

Seniors

Castle Senior Living at Forest Hills, 108-25 Horace Harding Expressway, Forest Hills will host a seminar on Vision and Glaucoma on Jan. 19 at 10 a.m. and will be conducted by Mr. Walter Strauss of Lighthouse International. 718-760-4600.

Support Groups

Nar-Anon Support Group for Families and Friends of Drug and Alcohol Abusers meets on Thursdays from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Veterans of Foreign Wars, 19-12 149 St., Whitestone.

The Queens Women's Center offers help for women coping with issues of separation and divorce. This support group meets by appointment only at Queensborough Hall, 120-55 Queens Blvd., Room 158, Kew Gardens on the first and third Monday of every month from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. 718-793-0672.

Flushing Hospital Medical Center hosts a free breast cancer survivor group on the second and fourth Thursday of every month from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The group meets in the East Conference room in the Medical Sciences building. 718-670-5714.

A support group for caregivers of people with Alzheimer's is held Thursdays from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Peter J. Dellamonica Center for Seniors, 23-56 Broadway, Astoria. 718-626-1500.

Queens Rape Counseling Center 71-49 Loubet St., Forest Hills, offers two weekly support groups; the first meets on Monday from 5:20 p.m. to 7 p.m. for victims of both sexual abuse and domestic violence. The second meets on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. for victims of sexual abuse. 718-263-2013.

Are you still clinging to an unavailable man who can't commit? Still obsessing about your man who got away? Attend a women's support group led by psychotherapist Rhoda Findling, author of “Don't Call that Man! A survival Guide To Letting Go.” The group will help you let go of relationships that have ended or are dysfunctional. The support group meets by appointment only at Queensborough Hall, 120-55 Queens Blvd., Room 158, Kew Gardens on Thursdays from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. 718-793-0672.

A Lyme disease patient support group has been formed in Queens to assist borough residents in coping with the tick-borne illness. A support group can be very helpful to a patient in understanding the multiple symptoms of Lyme disease. 718- 263-8490.

The Pomonok Neighborhood Center, 67-09 Kissena Blvd., Flushing serves the housing needs of neighborhoods by assisting individuals, families, building management companies and their staff with wide-ranging types of free advice and counseling and through workshops and seminars. 718-591-6060.

The Breathing Easy support group is a free support group sponsored by Flushing Hospital Medical Center as part of their ongoing efforts to offer important health care services and information to the community. The group is fee and is open to adults with chronic breathing disorders and their families. 718-670-5640.

Are you having trouble collecting child support? The Association For Children Enforcement of Support meets on the first Tuesday of each month from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Fresh Meadows Library, 193-20 Horace Harding Expressway. Fresh Meadows. 1800-738-ACES.

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