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Diverse sounds will fill the Queens air in the upcoming days, as music lovers will be able to enjoy everything from Argentine Tango to Irish flute to South Asian drumming to various forms of jazz.

But opportunities for beach movies, history lessons and tie-dying are also on tap, and as to be expected this time of year, most of the fun will take place outdoors.

Here’s the rundown on upcoming borough events:

Thursday, Aug. 9 (weather date Thursday, Aug. 16), sundown, Rockaway Civic’s Beach Flix. Bring a towel and enjoy sand, salt air and the movie Up, an animated tale of a man who dreams of exploring the globe. At age 78, he launches his house into the sky with thousands of balloons, only to discover Russell, an overly optimistic eight-year-old stowaway. Beach 106th Street, Rockaway Beach. Free. (www.rockawaybeachflix.com).

Friday, Aug. 10, 8 p.m., Dandy Wellington and his Band. Inspired by Jazz’s Big Band Era, Wellington mixes sounds from the 1930s and 1940s with “well dressed” music. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., 1-718-463-7700, admission charged. (www.flushingtownhall.org).

Saturday, Aug. 11, noon, Handson History: A Barn Full of Animals. Learn about the animals that lived in the King Manor during previous centuries. Bring a stuffed animal and make special craft for him/her. King Manor, in King Park, near Jamaica Avenue between 150th and 153rd streets, Jamaica, 1-718-206-0545, Free. (kingmanor.org).

Saturday, Aug. 11, 10:30 a.m., Tie-Dye T-Shirts. Bring a white t-shirt and use brightly colored dyes to create wearable works of art. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, 1-718-229- 4000, Free. (www.alleypond.com)

Sunday, Aug. 12, 3 p.m., Music in the Garden. Eclectic steel pan player Andy Akiho will perform his own music, ranging from solo violin to digital playback with violin, marimba, bass and percussion accompaniment. The Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd St., Long Island City, 1-718-204-7088, Free. (www.noguchi.org)

Sunday, Aug. 12, 2 p.m., Tango Argentina. World renowned dancer Mayte Vicens will celebrate the elegance, passion and sophistication of the Argentine Tango. Free lesson at 1 p.m.. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, 1-718-463- 7700, Free. (www.flushingtownhall.org)

Sunday, Aug. 12, 5 p.m., Boodoosingh Tassa Drummers. Live South Asian drumming. Summer Sundays at the Park, 78th Street between 34th Avenue and Northern Boulevard, Jackson Heights.

Tuesday, Aug. 14, 7 p.m., Irish Flute Music with Christel Rice. Rice mixes traditional and unique fife styles. Live at the Gantries, Long Island City Waterfront, Free. (liveatthegantries.com)

Thursday, Aug. 16, 7 p.m., Latin Jazz. Mexican-born pianist, composer, educator and winner of the Latin Jazz USA Outstanding Achievement Award for 2003, Arturo O’Farrill, will perform at the Armstrong House’s annual outdoor block party sponsored by Jazzmobile. Louis Armstrong House Museum, 34-56 107th St., Corona, 1-718-478- 8274, Free. (louisarmstronghouse.com)

Thursday Aug. 16, 7:30 p.m., 2012 Latino Cultural Fest: Tango Y Vida II. In a seductive performance, these international artists embody the heat, the energy, and the controlled abandon that is the Argentine Tango with a live orchestra. Queens Theatre’s Mainstage, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, admission charged. (www.queenstheatre.org)

The “It’s In Queens” column is produced by the Queens Tourism Council with the hope that readers will enjoy the borough’s wonderful attractions.

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