What to do in Queens this weekend and beyond

Learn the science behind fall, emerge yourself in Taiwanese culture,  go pumpkin picking and do more at these events around Queens.


The leaves are changing colors and the air is brisk. Nature is telling us fall is here. Learn the science behind why these changes occur and be introduced to the diverse trees in New York City’s urban forests. With nearly 30,000 acres of public parkland, _New York City is the perfect place for fall leaf-peeping. Bring your camera along for this Fall Foliage Walk of the Great Trees of Kissena Park. Free. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Kissena Park at Rose Avenue and Oak Avenue. For more information call 718-352-1769.


Emerge yourself in Taiwanese culture at the Hello Taiwan concert showcase and bazaar. Enjoy authentic Taiwanese dishes while you listen to some Taiwanese musical groups. Hear from a local band making major waves in the music scene. All proceeds will go to Taiwan’s “Sunshine Social Welfare Foundation.” Free admission to the bazaar. Concert $10. 5 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 11, at the Taiwan Center, 137-44 Northern Blvd. in Flushing. Purchase your tickets that will be available for pick up on the day of the event at hellotaiwan.weebly.com.

Come view Uranus at its closest approach to Earth while listening to Urban Park Rangers discuss its science, history and folklore. View the blue-green planet fully illuminated by the sun from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Alley Pond Park Adventure Center on Little Neck Bay. For more information call 718-352-1769.

Grab your pumpkins early this fall season at the Onderdonk House Harvest Festival. Join them for a day of live music, entertainment, games, crafts, apple cider making and candle making. The first 500 children get their pumpkins free. Noon to 4 p.m. Adults $4, children free. Onderdonk House on Flushing Avenue in Flushing.

Follow along with visual and literary artist Kameelah Jana as she leads children through her exhibit followed by a ‘zine making workshop inspired by her work. Learn the art of making these handmade books that can be photocopied and shared. The event is free from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Ages 5 to 12. Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows, Corona Park.


A Better Jamaica invites young adults to a free website building class. Learn software coding and how to work with HTML, CSS and JavaScript as an introduction to the six-week series of Digital Literacy and Building Websites workshops. Classes will meet Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through Nov. 20. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free. SUNY Queens Educational Opportunity Center, 158-29 Archer Ave. For more information, call 646-598-4625.


Quiet your “mind chatter” and relax your body after a long week with a guided meditation session. Sit and listen to the spoken imagery of Helen Schwizer in this teleconference event. 2 to 3:30 p.m. First-time callers should call 718-464-0084 for access numbers.

Watch the story of two sets of twins separated by the stormy seas in this five-borough theater tour by the Mobile Shakespeare Unit. Enjoy the classic comedy “Twelfth Night” as the twins embark on their hilarious journey to reunite. Free. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Roy Wilkins Recreation Center, 177th Street and Baisley Boulevard, Jamaica.


The Northeast Queens Chapter invites you to their Fall Gala fundraising event for the benefit of Friends of Karen. The organization provides vital, practical and comprehensive support to families living in the New York tri-state area who are caring for a child with a life-threatening illness at no cost to them. Join them for a night of cocktails, dinner and dancing for a good cause. Tickets are $85 per guest online, $100 at the door. 6 to 10 p.m. at Leonard’s Palazzo, 555 Northern Blvd. in Great Neck. Visit their website www.northeastqueens.lirealtor.com to register.


Learn how to make savory traditional Turkish dishes during an interactive evening with instructor and demonstrator Ms. Sila Asa. Sample dishes and take home recipes after learning how to prepare delicious Turkish food. Early registration is suggested as spots are limited to 20 adult participants, $20. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Alley Pond Environmental Center 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston. Pre-register at www.alleypond.com.

Utilize the power of hip-hop music and culture to introduce your youth to the wonders of science. In this Science Genius Workshop, students will select their favorite scientific subject, review and discuss it, then create a song or poem to a popular hip-hop beat. Free. 4 to 5 p.m. Queens Library. 15821 Jewel Ave. in Pomonok. For more information call 718-261-6654.

All creative writers are welcomed to join renowned authors Yvonne M. Conde, Jorge Luis Seco and Héctor Santiago as they speak about writing, creating a story and publishing. Learn from tricks of the trade if you aspire to author and self-publish. Admission is free. 6 to 7p.m. Queens Library, 35-51 81st St. in Jackson Heights. For more information call 718-899-2500.

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