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Dinosaurs, State Fair, live jazz, healthy eating tour…AND MORE

On Saturday, June 27 and Sunday June 28, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th Street in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, golf a round around the rockets at Rocket Park Mini Golf. Visitors ages 6 and older can pilot their ball through this nine-hole outdoor mini golf course and discover the secrets of spaceflight. Admission; $6 adults, $5 children; call 718-699-0005 for more information.

WONDERFUL WEEKEND EVENTS

On Saturday, June 27, and Sunday, June 28 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th Street in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, discover the link between dinosaurs and modern birds at the new bilingual English/Spanish exhibition, Charlie and Kiwi’s Evolutionary Adventure. Visitors ages 6 and older learn by unraveling puzzles, games, computer interactives, and observing live birds. Free with museum admission; call 718-699-0005 for more information.

On Saturday, June 27 from 11 a.m. and Sunday, June 28 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (rain or shine) as part of the State Fair exhibition at Socrates Sculpture Park, Broadway at Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City, Makers Market is an open air marketplace under large tents; skillfully crafted products, including textiles, ceramics, glass ware, jewelry, furniture, and many unique, handmade items and small run productions. Call 718-956-1819 or visit www.socratessculpturepark.org for more information.

FRIDAY

On Friday, June 26 at 2 p.m., Pomonok Library will present Jazz Goes to Broadway. The Tranchinas perform great Broadway tunes that were recreated through Jazz. Songs by the Gershwins from shows like Girl Crazy with standards such as “Embraceable You,” Fats Waller’s “Ain’t Misbehavin,” Rogers and Hammerstein’s Showboat with “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man” and many more. The library is located at 158-21 Jewel Avenue. For more information, call 718-591-4343.

On Friday, June 26 at 2:30 p.m., Seaside Library will present Take the A Train. The Paul Joseph Trio presents a musical tribute to Duke Ellington with instrumental jazz renditions of classics like “Satin Doll,” “Take the A Train,” and more. The library is located at 116-15 Rockaway Beach Boulevard. For more information, call 718-634-1876.

On Friday, June 26 from 6 to 7 p.m. Macrobiotic Health Expert Gabriele Kushi will present her guide to menopause at Queens Health Emporium, located at 159-01 Horace Harding Expressway in Flushing. The book, Embracing Menopause Naturally, offers stories and stunning images of women from different cultural backgrounds. For more information, call 718-358-6500 or visit www.queenshealthemporium.com.

On Friday, June 26 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. a 30+ Singles Healthy Eating Value Tour is a unique chance to meet and mingle while getting your shopping done at Whole Foods Market of Jericho, 429 North Broadway. Hosted by “Professor JM Love” the $10 cover charge includes a “goodie bag” with two $10 coupons to be used on two in-store purchases of $50 or more. Limited to 100 participants; call 516-932-1733 or email Chris.Ivers@wholefoods.com to reserve.

SATURDAY

On Saturday, June 27, at 9 a.m. an instructor leads Hatha yoga exercises in the Little Bay Park roller hockey rink, 212th Street/Bell Boulevard/Cross Island Parkway service road intersection. Please bring your own mats and/or towels. Classes are free, however, you are asked to sign a waiver, so get there a little early. Sponsored by Hot Yoga Paradise and Queens County Savings Bank. Call 718-352-4793 for more information.

On Saturday, June 27, at 11 a.m. Learn about Shore Ecology. Meet the Urban Park Rangers at the entrance to Fort Totten Park, north of intersection of 212th Street and the Cross Island Parkway, and search for coastal critters down by the bay shore. For more information, call 718-352-1769.

On Saturday June 27, from noon to 3 p.m. come to Branch Ranch with Free Style Arts Association; build sculptures by tying, weaving, and gluing branches together including smaller sculptures to take home at Socrates Sculpture Park, Broadway at Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City. Participants work with a new artist each week, exploring diverse and innovative art mediums. Call 718-956-1819 or visit www.socratessculpturepark.org for more information.

On Saturday, June 27 at 2 p.m., Peninsula Library will present Blues, the Roots of Jazz. The Tranchinas bring the music of legendary jazz musicians Miles Davis, Wes Montgomery and singers Nat King Cole and Ray Charles center stage. The library is located at 92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard. For more information, call 718-634-1110.

On Saturday, June 27 at 2 p.m., Flushing Library will present Xoregos Performing Company. Xoregos Performing Company transforms innovative and entertaining dramatic and poetic works into dazzling dance theater pieces. Colorfully costumed, these choreographed plays augment the spoken word, sure to delight and stimulate audiences of all ages. The library is located at 41-17 Main Street. For more information, call 718-661-1200.

On Saturday, June 27 at 2 p.m., North Forest Park Library will present Gershwin Jazz with the Paul Joseph Quartet. Composer/pianist Paul Josephs and his quartet perform instrumental jazz renditions of Gershwin classics. Enjoy I Got Rhythm, Summertime, Embraceable You and many others. The library is located at 98-27 Metropolitan Avenue. For more information, call 718-261-5512.

On Saturday, June 27 at 2:30 p.m., Auburndale Library will present The Fabulous Doo-Wop of The Tribunes. The Tribunes have a long history of a cappella vocal harmonizing on songs of the ’50s, performing solid gold oldies and sharing the stage with virtually all of today’s oldies artists/groups. The library is located at 25-55 Francis Lewis Boulevard. For more information, call 718-352-2027.

On Saturday, June 27 at 3 p.m., Jackson Heights Library will present Samita Sinha. Vocalist and sound artist Samita Sinha performs VOICES, which brings North Indian classical music in conversation with original compositions and African-American and Latin improvisational musical traditions to create a uniquely contemporary sound. The library is located at 35-51 81st Street. For more information, call 718-899-2500.

SUNDAY

On Sunday June 28, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. there’s an Arts and Crafts Extravaganza and Fundraising Flea Market to support NORC. Bring children of all ages to the parking lot alongside Big Six Shopping Center 61-10 Queens Boulevard in Woodside with Arts & Crafts for kids, stick-on tattoos and fun stickers, healthy treats and cold drinks; good values including genuine fine Italian leather belts. Free piece of candy with every crafts purchase; Rain location in the community room at 59-15 47th Avenue. Call 718-565-6569 for information.

On Sunday, June 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th Street in Flushing Meadows Corona Park is hosting the 3rd Annual Science Farmers’ Market open-air exhibit with produce from local farmers, science handouts and live demonstrations on the benefits of a balanced diet and the importance of supporting community farms. Free; for more information call 718-699-0005.

On Sunday, June 28, at 11 a.m. Bike the Greenway from Flushing Meadows Corona Park (meet at Mauro Playground, Park Drive East and 73rd Terrace) along this cyclist route. Tour ends at Fort Totten, 212th Street at the Cross Island Parkway. Bring your own bike and helmet. For more information, call 718-846-2731.

On Sunday, June 28 at 2 p.m., Flushing Library will present Melody of Summer Concert with the New York Vocal Artists Research Center. The New York Vocal Artists Research Center consists of a group of well-trained professional vocal artists, pianists and composers. Musical selections will include classic Chinese songs, Broadway tunes and famous arias from various Italian operas. In Auditorium, Lower Level. The library is located at 41-17 Main Street. For more information, call 718-661-1200.

On Sunday, June 28 at 2 p.m., Kew Gardens Hills Library will present The Howard Leshaw Klezmer Ensemble. The Howard Leshaw Klezmer Ensemble performs Hebrew, Klezmer and Israeli music – songs you are sure to remember. The library is located at 72-33 Vleigh Place. For more information, call 718-261-6654.

On Sunday, June 28, at 4 p.m. Summer Sundays in the Park presents Audra Rox and the Astoria Jazz Band. High-energy rock for kids, and all that jazz, at Travers Park athletic field, 34th Avenue between 77th and 78th Streets in Jackson Heights. Also at 4 p.m. Swedish Cottage Marionettes Perform Sleeping Beauty. Bring blanket or cushion for seating.

On Sunday June 28 at 5 p.m. the non-profit Queens Festival Band performs Gershwin, Holst, Sousa, Porter, Rodgers, Cohan, Lloyd Webber and others at the Seuffert Bandshell in Forest Park, Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive South. Rain location: Monsignor Mulz Auditorium, 88th Street and Jamaica Avenue. Contributions welcome; for more information call 631 271-0676 or visit www.festivalband.org.

On Sunday, June 28 from 1 to 5 p.m. go Kayaking in Hallets Cove. Meet at Socrates Sculpture Park, Broadway at Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City. Kayak and canoe from the beach just north of the park. An adult must accompany participants under 18. Visit www.licboathouse.org or call 718-228-9214 for cancellation due to inclement weather.

On Sunday, June 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. Bayside Historical Society Annual Lawn Concert: the Something Special Big Band directed by Phil Costa, on the Great Lawn in Fort Totten Park overlooking beautiful Long Island Sound (enter from 212th Street at Bell Boulevard/Cross Island Parkway.) Call 718-352-4793 for more information.

PERFORMANCES

On Monday, June 29, at 7:30 p.m. Central Astoria’s Waterfront Concert Series: Independence Celebration: free music with Joe Battaglia and the New York Big Band, followed by Grucci fireworks display at Astoria Park Lawn, Shore Boulevard between Hell Gate Bridge and the Pool. Call 718-728-7820 for more information

On Tuesday, June 30, at 7 p.m. Live at the Gantries: Earthdriver the “funk collective” in a free concert at Gantry Plaza State Park, 474 48th Avenue in Long Island City. For more information call 718-786-6385.

On Wednesday, July 1 at 7:30 p.m. The Trammps turn the Seuffert Bandshell in Forest Park into a disco-inferno at Forest Park Drive and Woodhaven Boulevard in Kew Gardens.

ODDS AND ENDS

On Monday, June 29 at 2 p.m., Arverne Library will present Arverne Cancer Action Council. For Rockaway residents. Cancer support group and community activism. All are welcome. Hosted by HealthLink. The library is located at 312 Beach 54th Street. For more information, call 718-634-4784.

On Monday, June 29 at 5:30 p.m., Forest Hills Library will present Recovery, Inc. Join this self-help group assisting individuals with anxiety issues. The library is located at 108-19 71st Avenue. For more information, call 718-268-7934.

On Monday, June 29 at 6 p.m., Central Library will present Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders: What Every Parent Should Know. Topics include Characteristics of ASD; red flags for Autism Spectrum Disorder. The library is located at 89-11 Merrick Boulevard. For more information, call 718-990-0700.

On Monday, June 29 at 6 p.m., Forest Hills Library will present Visual Impairment: What You Need to Know. A discussion workshop on the common types and causes of vision loss. The library is located at 108-19 71 Avenue. For more information, call 718-268-7934.

On Monday, June 29, at 6 p.m. free Dancing Under the Stars, a summer series at Wallenberg Square in Forest Park, Metropolitan Avenue and Park Lane South in Kew Gardens. Instructors provide basic lessons in a variety of ballroom styles including swing, cha-cha, and rumba for the first 45 minutes each week.

On Tuesday, June 30 at 2 p.m., Hillcrest Library will present What You Need to Know About Hearing Loss. Come to this hearing loss workshop, where you will learn facts about hearing loss, how to protect your hearing, and community resources. The library is located at 187-05 Union Turnpike. For more information, call 718-454-2786.

On Tuesday, June 30, at 7 p.m. Puppets in the Park Presents Sleeping Beauty from the CityParks Puppet Mobile. Please bring a chair or blanket to Mary Whelan Playground in Forest Park, Park Lane South at 79th Street in Woodhaven. Free hip-hop lessons for kids at 6 p.m. for more information call 718-235-4100.

On Wednesday, July 1 at 10 a.m., Forest Hills Library will present ESOL-Intermediate Level. English as A Second Language ESOL class on an intermediate level. Registration is required.

The library is located at 108-19 71st Avenue. For more information, call 718-268-7934.

On Wednesday, July 1, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Dancing Under the Stars – bring your dancing shoes to Little Bay Park Roller Hockey Rink (Park near the entrance to Fort Totten – intersection of 212th Street, Bell Boulevard and the Cross Island Parkway service road.) Instructors provide basic lessons in a variety of ballroom styles including swing, cha-cha, and rumba for the first 45 minutes each week. Call 718-352-4793 for more information.

On Wednesday July 1, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., The National Art League of Douglaston, 44-21 Douglaston Parkway, hosts Watercolor Classes with Diane Lieberman, instructor. Beginners welcome, demonstration, instruction and critique at each session. Fee: $20 per class. For more information, call 718-969-1128.

On Thursday, July 2, a free support group for people suffering from anxiety and depression meets at Zucker Hillside Hospital, 75-59 263rd Street in Glen Oaks, in the Conference Room of the Kaufman Building. Please call group leader, Lori Kalman, at 718-746-3092 before coming. Visit their web site at www.namiqn.org for more information.

On Thursday, July 2, at 6 p.m. free Dancing Under the Stars, a summer series at Dry Harbor Playground in Forest Park, 80th Street and Myrtle Avenue in Glendale. Instructors provide basic lessons in a variety of ballroom styles including swing, cha-cha, and rumba for the first 45 minutes each week

On Thursday, June 25 at 6:30 p.m., North Forest Park Library will present Elder Law, Estate Planning, Trusts and Asset Protection. Noted elder law and estate planning attorneys will present strategies and consult with you on aspects of elder law, power of attorney, estate and disability planning and long-term care. You will learn how to gain income and avoid estate taxes while providing for heirs and charitable interests. You will also gain insight into preserving wealth and increasing lifetime income. The library is located at 98-27 Metropolitan Avenue. For more information, call 718-261-5512.

On Thursday, June 25 and July 2 from 6 to 7:30 p.m., The Center for the Women of New York announces that it is now accepting registration for a new session of their free Women’s Support Group. The group meets in Room 325 at Queensborough Hall, 120-55 Queens Boulevard in Kew Gardens. For information or an interview appointment, call 718-793-0672.

On Thursday, June 25 and July 2 from 7 to 9 p.m. the Samuel Field Y at 58-20 Little Neck Parkway has Intermediate Line Dancing Classes with instructor Lynn Martino. Open dancing between and after classes. Free refreshments, snacks and holiday parties. Entry fee $8 per person; call 347-693-8300 for information

Saint Michael’s Cemetery at 7202 Astoria Boulevard in East Elmhurst is offering pre-need plans for purchase of memorial property, with payment from three to five years and as little as 10 percent down. Monthly billing available. Call 718-278-3240 to inquire.

Tuesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m., a Woman’s Group will meet in Forest Hills to talk, and in the process improve their relationships. Members will give and receive support and practice direct communication. The group will be led by a licensed clinical social worker. Call Heidi Elias at 718-371-8916 for more information.

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