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Bourbon Street class … Bayside Hills … World Environment Day

QC biz forum breakfast

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli will be the keynote speaker at a free business forum breakfast at Queens College (QC) on Friday, June 4, at 8 a.m. in the fourth floor ballroom of QC’s Student Union. DiNapoli will discuss the outlook of the state budget and New York’s business climate.

At this event, QC President Dr. James Muyskens will present the college’s annual Business Forum Scholarship to Anita Sonawane, an economics major and émigré from India who plans to become a development economist after graduate school.

The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and registration is required. Call 718-997-5210 or email business.forum@qc.cuny.edu. Complimentary parking is available. For directions, go to www.qc.cuny.edu/welcome/directions.

Bayside Hills remembers

The Bayside Hills Civic Association will hold its annual Memorial Day remembrance on Saturday, May 29 at 9:30 a.m. on the Bell Boulevard Mall at 51st Avenue. The public is invited to pay homage to the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces who have died in service to the nation.

RMH Walk-a-thon a success

With over 150 enthusiastic participants in attendance, The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island (RMH-LI) 2010 Walk-A-Thon on May 15 was a huge success, according to organizers.

The one-mile walk around New Hyde Park, led by Ronald McDonald, capped a day of fun, including beverages, hot dogs and delicious ice cream donated by Herrell’s Ice Cream of Huntington.

Members of the Francis Lewis JROTC Patriot Battalion volunteered their time and assisted with face painting, food distribution and clean-up. New York Liberty and New York Rangers teams donated raffle prizes and local wrestling star Brimstone was on hand to take photos and sign autographs for fans.

“It is such an enjoyable event and it is growing every year,” said RMH-LI Executive Director Joanne Reda. “We would like to thank all those who donated, participated and volunteered. We hope to see you again next year.”

For more information about RMH-LI, log on to www.rmhlongisland.org.

111th Precinct awards night

On Tuesday, June 1, the 111th Precinct Community Council meeting will be an Awards Night at the Ramada Hotel, located at 220th Street and Northern Boulevard in Bayside.

The Council will honor outstanding Police and Auxiliary Police Officers, NYPD civilian employees and other worthy persons. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. and light refreshments will be served.

World Environment Day

Saturday, June 5 is World Environment Day and the Alley Pond Environmental Center (APEC) in Douglaston has a full schedule of events for this year’s theme, “The International Year of Biodiversity,” thanks to financial support by Alma Bank of Bayside.

Nature lovers can take “Marsh Wildflower Walk” at 11 a.m., bring their Pre-K to Grade 2 child on the “Wild Woods Ramble for Young Folks” at 11:30 a.m. There’s a bike ride along Little Neck Bay to Fort Totten at 11:30 (call to register) and an Oakland Lake hike at 2 p.m.

Guided nature walks, bee demonstrations, a performance of Ryan Irish Dancers (11:30-11:45 a.m.) punctuate the day. Those who really want to get in the weeds can participate in an invasive species removal project with the Wild Metro volunteers.

APEC is located at 228-06 Northern Boulevard, just east of the Cross Island Parkway. To register or get information, call 718-229-4000.

Scholar needs help

Jada Gyening, a 15-year-old junior at Bayside High School, has been selected to attend the prestigious Junior Statesman Summer School at Princeton University in New Jersey. Her family can pay half and she needs help for the $4,500 in expenses.

The outstanding scholar is also a cheerleader co-captain, vice-president of the Film Club and active in the school newspaper, multi-cultural festival and other groups.

The 70th annual session of the school runs from July 11 to August 1. Students take college-level courses in International Relations and Speech during the day. They also participate in nightly student debates in a Congressional Workshop.

You help sponsor the Queens Village resident by sending a check to: The Junior Statesman Summer School, 1600 K Street NW, Suite 803, Washington, DC 20006. Include a note that Jada Gyening is the intended beneficiary.

Business opportunity

The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to operate “Mobile Food Units” in city parks, including Alley Pond and Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.

The available franchises include a food truck operation in the Alley Pond Park 76th Avenue parking lot (just east of Springfield Boulevard) and a food cart location at David Dinkins Circle, east of the National Tennis Center, at the foot of the Long Island Rail Road ramp.

Proposals must be in the hands of the Parks Department by 3 p.m. on Tuesday, June 15. The terms and conditions are included in the RFP, CWP-2010-A, available at www.nycgovparks.org. Click “Work With Parks,” then “Concessions Opportunities.” A no-cost log-in is required.

The project manager for this concession is Joel Metlen. Direct all RFP inquiries to him at joel.metlen@parks.nyc.gov or 212-360-1397.

Art gallery tag sale

National Art League, located at 44-21 Douglaston Parkway in Douglaston is hosting an 80th Anniversary Tag Sale on Sunday, June 6 from noon to 4 p.m. open to members and general public.

All kinds of artist supplies will be offered for sale at low prices (frames, paper, paint, brushes, books, easels and other art related items).

Bourbon Street grilling class

Backyard chefs take note. Chef Joseph Cannella is holding an “All About Grilling” cooking class at Bourbon Street, located at 40-12 Bell Boulevard in Bayside.

Cannella will begin dispensing tips on Thursday, June 10 at 7 p.m. The fee of $39.95 per person includes tap beer, wine and soda, tax and gratuity. Reservations are required; call 718-224-2200.

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