On Saturday, October 10 and Sunday October 11 at 1 p.m. help celebrate Catapult Month at the NY Hall of Science, in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, at 47-01 111th Street in Corona. Learn about the history and science of these “engines” and then watch Hall of Science staffers hurl things like water jugs across the field with their large outdoor catapult. All events are free except the Catapult Family Workshop; call 718-699-0005 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
WONDERFUL WEEKEND EVENTS
On Friday, October 9, through Sunday, October 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pick Your Own Pumpkin at the Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway in Floral Park. It’s a fun farm treat for the whole family; price of pumpkins is based on their size; call 718-347-3276 or visit www.queensfarm.org.
On Saturday, October 10 and Sunday October 11, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th Street in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, kids 6-and-over can golf a 9-hole round around the rockets at Rocket Park Mini Golf and discover the secrets of spaceflight; may be cancelled due to weather. Admission is $6 adults, $5 children; call 718-699-0005 for more information.
On Friday, October 9, 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, October 9 at 6:30 p.m., Flushing Library will present Autumn Piano Concert with young student pianists. Come enjoy an afternoon of classical and contemporary music by talented young musicians. The library is located at 41-17 Main Street. For more information, call 718-661-1200.
On Saturday, October 10, at 9 a.m. Yoga in Crocheron Park is sponsored by Vitality Yoga (www.vitalityyoga.net) and the Northeast Queens Park Administrator; led by an experienced instructor; on the lawn behind the parking lot on 215th Place; bring your own mats and/or towels; free; you must sign a waiver form; come early.
On Saturday October 10, 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 email@example.com.
On Saturday October 10, 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; also an Apple Festival, Pumpkin Picking and more; all 718-347-3276 or visit www.queensfarm.org.
On Saturday, October 10 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 Sister’s. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org; visit www.jamaicacenter.org.
On Saturday, October 10 from 1 to 3 p.m., Open House New York: Fort Totten lets you explore the 19th Century fortress designed by Robert E. Lee that guarded New York harbor and learn about the history of Willets Point. Meet at the entrance to the Fort, 212th Street north of the Cross Island Parkway; call 718-352-1769.
On Saturday, October 10 at 2 p.m., Flushing Library will present Giuseppe Taormina who will perform a program of great music, filled with deeply emotional songs and arias of Italian heritage. The library is located at 41-17 Main Street. For more information, call 718-661-1200.
On Saturday, October 10, at 2 p.m., Live Science Theatre Presents: Schoolhouse Rock Live! Junior who brings to life your favorite science and math songs from the hit TV show, like “Interplanet Janet,” “Do the Circulation,” and many more; performed by Kidz Theatre at the New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th Street, Corona, in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park; call718-699-0005, email email@example.com or visit www.nyscience.org.
On Saturday, October 10, at 2 p.m. at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center Mainstage Theater, 31-10 Thomson Avenue in Long Island City debuts the 2009 New York premiere season with Andrew J. Nemr and CPD PLUS; the New York-based tap dance company (Cats Paying Dues) debuts “Echoes in Time.” $15 in advance; $20 at the door; $10 student/senior; call the box office at 718-482-5151 or visit www.lagcc.cuny.edu/lpac.
On Saturday, October 10 at 3:30 p.m., Jackson Heights Library will present Percussia: Cutting Edge Queens. Three world premieres and one New York premiere are performed by this contemporary chamber music ensemble that showcases six talented musicians from Queens and Manhattan. The library is located at 35-51 81st Street. For more information, call 718-899-2500.
On Sunday, October 11, at 9 a.m. do the Warbler Watch in Forest Park. Join the Rangers for a front row look at the fall bird migration; meet at the Visitor Center, Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive; call 718-846-2731.
On Sunday, October 11, 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; call 718-699-0005.
On Sunday, October 11, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dan’s Defensive Driving Course comes to the Hollis Court Social Room, 212-06 69th Avenue. Save on your insurance and get point reduction; visit www.DansDefensiveDriving.com.
On Sunday, October 11 at 1 p.m. take a Bike Tour of Fort Totten. Mix history with fitness; bring your own bike and helmet. Meet at the entrance to the Fort, 212th Street north of the Cross Island Parkway; call 718-352-1769.
On Sunday, October 11, 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.
On Monday, October 12 at 3 p.m. Joshua Nelson and the Kosher Gospel Choir performs at Queensborough Performing Arts Center at Queensborough Community College, 222-05 56th Avenue in Bayside. All seats are $35; online at www.visitqpac.org or call the box office, 718-631-6311.
On Monday, October 12 from 5 to 8 p.m. the New York Hospital Queens Blood Mobile will be conducting a Blood Drive at the Duane Reade at 81-01 Broadway in Woodside. Call the Blood Donor Center at 718-670-7987.
On Tuesday, October 13, and Thursday October 15 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.
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.
Tuesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m., a Woman’s Group meets 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.
On Wednesday, October 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. the MillionTreesNYC Tree Stewardship Workshop comes to the Library at Community United Methodist Church, 81-10 35th Avenue in Jackson Heights. Learn, and get free tools. To register, call Queens Botanical Garden at 718-539-5296 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Wednesday, October 7 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 email@example.com or visit www.queenscommunityhouse.org.
On Wednesday, October 7 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, October 7 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.
On Thursday, October 15 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Thursday, October 15, 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 15, 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.