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Hispanic Parade, MillionTrees Giveaway, Bocce BBQ…AND MORE

On Sunday, September 27 at noon the Hispanic Parade of Queens steps off from 69th Street and 37th Avenue in Jackson Heights and proceeds east to 90th Street, in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, from September 15 to October 15. Parade Queen Irina Gonzáles (center); runner-up Angela Jaramillo (left) and “Princess” Migdalia Quesada will grace the parade with their presence.

WONDERFUL WEEKEND EVENTS

FRIDAY

On Friday, September 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. a Farmers’ Market opens in the parking lot of The Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main Street in Flushing. Enter the parking lot on Crommeling Street, between Blossom and Dahlia Avenues (between College Point Boulevard and Main Street); call 718-886-3800, Ext. 230 or visit www.queensbotanical.org.

On Friday, September 25, from 9 a.m. to noon free monthly foot screenings for adult diabetics will take place at Calvary Hospital’s Center for Curative and Palliative Wound Care located at 1740 Eastchester Road in the Bronx. For directions, go to www.calvaryhospital.org.

On Friday, September 25, at 9 a.m. join the group for Tai Chi in Crocheron Park, on the lawn behind the parking lot on 215th Place; learn new techniques led by an experienced instructor, sponsored by Vitality Yoga, www.vitalityyoga.net.

On Friday, September 25 at 10:30 a.m., Howard Beach Library will present TLC – Literacy/Reading. Play and learn with your child in a free, five-session workshop that includes toys, games, puzzles and other items selected to enhance a toddler’s educational and physical development. For children ages 18-36 months accompanied by a caregiver. The library is located at 92-06 156th Avenue. For more information, call 718-641-7086.

RESCHEDULED: On Friday, September 25, from 3 to 6 p.m. the Back to School Festival in Little Bay Park (north of the Cross Island Parkway between 212th Street and Utopia Parkway) has fun activities, games, rides, arts & crafts, face painting, giveaways and more. Limited parking in the lot off 212th Street near the entrance to Fort Totten; call 718-352-4793.

SATURDAY

On Saturday, September 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 1p.m. there’s a MillionTreesNYC Tree Giveaway at P.S. 140, the Edward Kennedy Ellington School, 166-01 116th Avenue in Jamaica. Eastern Redbud, Sweet Gum, Magnolia, Callery Pear, Oak and Linden trees, 1” to 1.5” Caliper will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis; home and property owners are limited two trees each. Call 718-657-4760, Ext. 123 or 347-563-4514; email froggiesista_123@yahoo.com or bbaptiste@schools.nyc.gov.

On Saturday, September 26 at 10 a.m. come to Flushing Meadows Corona Park – Mauro Playground, Park Drive East and 73rd Terrace, for Mission of the Monarch to learn about the magnificent migration of this butterfly, all the way to Mexico; call 718-846-2731.

On Saturday, September 26 at 10 a.m., Queens Village Library will launch its weekly Saturday ESOL Classes. The library is located at 94-11 217 Street. For more information, call 718-776-6800.

On Saturday September 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hunters Point Community Development Corporation has an Eco-friendly marketplace open to local artists, crafts people, farmers, designers and performers. Hunters Point Hidden Treasures is at Vernon Boulevard and 48th Ave in Long Island City, next to the Greenmarket. Vendor set-up at 9 a.m.; space available, $25.00 per week, $80.00 for four weeks in advance; call 718-786-9245 or email artforqueens@gmail.com.

On Saturday, September 26, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the National Estuaries Day Festival Celebrating Little Neck Bay is at the Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Boulevard in Douglaston; trail hikes; live music; educational booths and exhibits; boat and canoe rides; games and lots of fun stuff for kids; free; call 718-229-4000.

On Saturday September 26, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., enjoy Bocce Ball & Barbeque in the school yard of the Nativity BVM Church, 101-41 91st Street in Ozone Park. All are welcome. Call 718-843-1046 or 646-226-4518 for details.

On Saturday September 26, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway in Floral Park opens the Amazing Maize Maze sponsored by Con Edison; adults $8; children ages 4 to11, $5; ages 3-and-under free. Group (10 or more) and package rates available; call 718-347-3276 or visit www.queensfarm.org.

On Saturday, September 26 at 11 a.m., Central Library will present Job Information Center Orientation. Join us for an interactive orientation to learn about our services, including: workshops and assistance with your job searching; books, newspapers, pathfinders, bookmarks & brochures; resume/cover letter reviews; Queens Workforce information. The library is located at 89-11 Merrick Boulevard. For more information, call 718-990-0700.

On Saturday, September 26 from noon to 2 p.m. take a free walking tour of Jamaica, led by PhD geographer and guide Jack Eichenbaum; includes access to former Loew’s Valencia Theater, private tour, refreshments, and jazz recital at the newly restored Chapel of the Sisters. Meet on King Manor Museum’s front porch, in Rufus King Park, Jamaica Avenue between 150th and 153rd Streets. You must R.S.V.P. Call 718-526-2422 (718-JAMAICA) or email info@jamaicacenter.org. Details at www.jamaicacenter.org.

On Saturday, September 26 at noon, Broadway Library will present Eid Festival. The daylong festival will include a slide show presentation of Afghanistan’s women and children, Afghan music, song, dance, food sampling and a Henna hand-painting workshop. Materials are limited. First-come, first-served basis. Queens Library is not responsible for any allergic reactions or illnesses because of patron participation. The library is located at 40-20 Broadway. For more information, call 718-721-2462.

On Saturday September 26, from noon to 3 p.m. try Saturday Sculpture Workshops: Rock Pets with Heather Hart. Painted pebbles are dated as far back as the 8th century AD and were used as magical charms and wishing rocks. Make your own good luck charms and make a wish or give someone else good luck at Socrates Sculpture Park, Broadway at Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City. Call 718-956-1819 or visit www.socratessculpturepark.org.

On Saturday, September 26 at 12:30 p.m., Ridgewood Library will present Fun Day. Join the Friends of the Ridgewood Library for their Semi-Annual Fun Day event. There will be games, treats, arts and crafts, and fun for all. The library is located at 20-12 Madison Street. For more information, call 718-821-4770.

On Saturday, September 26 at 1p.m., Explore Historic Fort Totten, the 19th Century fortress that guarded New York harbor. Learn about the history of Willets Point and explore the 19 century fortress designed by Robert E. Lee. Meet at the entrance to the Fort, 212th Street north of the Cross Island Parkway; call 718-352-1769.

On Saturday, September 26 at 2 p.m., Ozone Park Library will present Cantamerica. Mario Rodriguez & Friends present a program of music and songs from Cuba, Puerto Rico and Latin America. The library is located at 92-24 Rockaway Boulevard. For more information, call 718-845-3127.

On Saturday, September 26 at 2:30 p.m., Jackson Heights Library will present Metropolitan Museum of Art: Great American Art. Explore and discuss the changing taste as well as love of country found in American design, paintings, sculpture and decorative art currently housed in the American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The library is located at 35-51 81st Street. For more information, call 718-899-2500.

On Saturday, September 26 at 2:30 p.m., Forest Hills Library will present Okinawan Dance – Performance and Dance Workshop for Adults. Four styles of Okinawan dance will be demonstrated followed by a participatory workshop where participants learn basic Okinawan dance forms, hand gestures, using the fan and how to wear an Okinawan-style kimono. The library is located at 108-19 71st Avenue. For more information, call 718-268-7934.

On Saturday, September 26 at 3 p.m., McGoldrick Library will present Middle School Choice. The NYC Department of Education has expanded school choice to middle schools in Queens Districts 25 & 28. Learn more about your or your child’s options at this interactive program. The library is located at 155-06 Roosevelt Avenue. For more information, call 718-461-1616.

On Saturday, September 26 at 3 p.m., Howard Beach Library will present Stress Free Living: A Workshop for Adults. Gain basic insight and methods on how to change the thoughts that keep us trapped in negative behaviors. Participants will learn to identify different levels of stress and how to create a relaxed mind and body through meditation. The library is located at 92-06 156th Avenue. For more information, call 718-641-7086.

SUNDAY

On Sunday, September 27 from 10 a.m. to noon take the Fort Totten Park Trolley Tour; Explore the park as it makes several stops on the way; meet at Fort Totten Visitor Center, Ordnance and Lee Roads in Bayside; call 718-352-1769.

On Sunday, September 27, from 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Junta Hispana Festival is a Pan-Latino celebration with music, dance, and food and fun for the entire family, in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, between Theatre in the Park and the Museum.

On Sunday, September 27 at 11 a.m. try Saltwater Fishing in Flushing Bay; for Ages 8+; equipment provided, first-come, first-served; fishing regulations must be followed.

Meet at World’s Fair Marina, Pier 1 (north of Citi Field, between 126th Street and Grand Central Parkway); call 718-846-2731

On Sunday, September 27, from 1 to 5 p.m. go Kayaking in Hallets Cove sponsored by the Long Island City Boathouse (LICB). Meet at Socrates Sculpture Park, Broadway at Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City. An adult must accompany participants under 18; launch from the beach just north of the park; Launch from the beach just north of the park; Visit www.licboathouse.org or call 718-228-9214.

MONDAY

On Monday, September 28 at 4:30 p.m., Woodhaven Library will present Movie Making. For ages 7 to15. Learn how a movie is made! We will transform a picture book into a movie that will be posted on YouTube! All participants must have a signed permission slip. The library is located at 85-41 Forest Parkway. For more information, call 718-849-1010.

On Monday, September 28 at 6 p.m., South Hollis Library will present Art by African-American Artists. This slide-illustrated art survey led by a Metropolitan Museum of Art lecturer celebrates the notable achievements of African-American artists dating from before the Civil War, on through the Harlem Renaissance, to Faith Ringgold today. The library is located at 204-01 Hollis Avenue. For more information, call 718-465-6779.

On Monday, September 28 at 6 p.m., Broadway Library will present The 7 Basic Steps to Getting Organized. Forest Huguenin, professional organizer, shares tips on how to declutter your home or business and become more organized. This seminar provides tips on how to get started, deciding what to toss, keeping an orderly space and more. The library is located at 40-20 Broadway. For more information, call 718-721-2462.

TUESDAY

On Tuesday, September 29, and Thursday October 1 at 9 a.m. take a Fitness Walk Along the Water along scenic Joe Michael’s Mile and participate in other fitness activities along the way, sponsored by The Fitness Consultant. Meet at the entrance to Fort Totten Park, 212th Street north of the Cross Island Parkway; call 718-352-4793.

On Tuesday, September 29 at 1:30 p.m., Bay Terrace Library will present Metropolitan Museum of Art: Great American Art. Explore and discuss the changing taste as well as love of country found in American design, paintings, sculpture and decorative art currently housed in the American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The library is located at 18-36 Bell Boulevard. For more information, call 718-423-7004.

On Tuesday, September 29 at 2:30 p.m., Forest Hills Library will present New York Cares a program to inform and place prospective volunteers. The library is located at 108-19 71st Avenue. For more information, call 718-268-7934.

On Tuesday, September 29 at 3 p.m., Central Library will present Introduction to Fundraising Planning. Speaker Susan Shiroma, senior librarian, from the Foundation Center in New York will show you how to analyze your non-profit organization’s situation and develop a fundraising plan that will include a variety of revenue sources. Pre-register online:https://foundationcenter.org/newyork/training/fundplanjamaica.html You may also call 718-990-0761 or 212-620-4230. The library is located at 89-11 Merrick Boulevard. For more information, call 718-990-0700.

On Tuesday, September 29 at 4 p.m., Arverne Library will present I Wanna Be The Artist. At this weekly program, we will look at the work of a famous artist and then try his or her style out ourselves. Art class for children 6 to 12. The library is located at 312 Beach 54th Street. For more information, call 718-634-4784.

Tuesdays at 6 p.m. (except in July and August), The Bayview Bridge Club, a not-for-profit organization of bridge players, meets at Church of the Resurrection, 100-17 32nd Avenue in East Elmhurst. For more information, call club president Ted Harvin at 516-209-7864.

On Tuesday, September 29 at 6 p.m., Jackson Heights Library will present Do You Take Care of a Person with a Memory Problem? Alzheimer’s Support Group for family members/caregivers of those suffering with Alzheimer’s to share experiences and find out about local resources in Queens. The library is located at 35-51 81st Street. For more information, call 718-899-2500.

Tuesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m., a Women’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.

Tuesdays, at 7:30 p.m., The Free Synagogue of Flushing, 41-60 Kissena Boulevard (between Sanford Avenue and Main Street) in Flushing, is offering a Mindfulness Meditation class, Led by Rabbi Michael Weisser. Open to all; appropriate for beginners or experienced in meditation. Free for members; $10 for non-members. Free on-site parking available. Call 718-961-0030 or visit www.freesynagogue.org.

WEDNESDAY

On Wednesday, September 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Greenhope Services for Women, Inc. sponsors its 12th Annual Community Resource, Education and Career Fair at the Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Harlem State Office Building, 163 W125th Street, 2nd Floor Art Gallery in Manhattan. This FREE event is open to both men and women in all five boroughs; call 212-369-5100, Ext. 34 or Ext. 48.

On Wednesday, September 30 from 11 a.m. to noon, Kew Gardens Community Center, a program of the Queens Community House, located at 80-02 Kew Gardens Road, hosts a history class for enthusiasts led by Al Collins. Call director Bari Goltzman at 718 268-5960, Ext. 223, email bgoltzman@queenscommunityhouse.org or visit www.queenscommunityhouse.org.

On Wednesday, September 30 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 Wednesday, September 30 from 8 to 9:30 p.m. the Samuel Field Y at 58-20 Little Neck Parkway has “High Beginner” 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. Ten-week beginners’ program (from 6:30 to 8 p.m.) starts soon.

THURSDAY

On Thursday, October 1 at 11 a.m. Queens Community House Kew Gardens, 80-02 Kew Gardens Road, Suite 202, has Meditation with Instructor Ronnie. Call 718 268-5960 or email jkeibel@queenscommunityhouse.org.

On Thursday, October 1, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Queens Hospital Center, 82-68 164th Street in Jamaica, has a Farmers’ Market on the south side sidewalk of the Ambulatory Care Pavilion. Produce grown locally on Long Island; WIC and Senior FMNP checks are accepted.

On Thursday, October 1, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., The Center for the Women of New York’s Women’s Support 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.

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.

 

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