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What to do in Queens this weekend and beyond

Photo by Genevieve Hanson

Check out an exhibit examining the impact of film in our lives, enjoy an evening of comedy all for a good cause, have fun getting rid of your old pumpkins and do more at these events around Queens.

Saturday, Nov. 7

The Queens Library in Jamaica will host a talk with David Ebershoff, award-winning writer and author of “The Danish Girl,” which was recently adapted into a film starring Eddie Redmayne. His novels have been translated into 20 different languages his latest novel is titled “The 19th Wife.” Saturday, Nov. 7, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Free. 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica. Visit eventbrite.com for more information.

The new “Walkers: Hollywood Afterlives in Art and Artifact” exhibit at Museum of the Moving Image examines the way the last century of film has impacted our personal lives, imaginations and memories. Curated by Robert M. Rubin, the display features 120 individual works in a variety of mediums by 40 different artists. An accompanying film series will also take place. Opens Saturday, Nov. 7, and runs until Sunday, April 10. Tickets are $12 for adults, $9 for seniors and students with I.D., and $6 for children aged 3 to 12. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria. To learn more visit movingimage.us or call 718-777-6888.

Watch the Gingerbread Players of St. Luke’s Church present Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer’s Night Dream.” One of Shakespeare’s most famous comedies, “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” tells the story of city dwellers who find themselves spending a night in the country, where magic and adventure ensues. 7:30 p.m. Suggested donation is $12. St. Luke’s Church, 85 Greenway South, Forest Hills. Visit gingerbreadplayers.org for more information on additional showings.

There will be a “Comedy for a Cause” dinner event at Ben’s Best Deli. Enjoy an evening of comedy from Ventriloquist Bob Baker, Rich Walker and Carie Karavas and a full course meal. All proceeds will be donated to Autism Speaks. 7 to 9:30 p.m. $40 advance ticket price, $45 at the door. 96-40 Queens Blvd., Rego Park.

The Richmond Hill Historical Society will host a 50s Sock Hop with special guest Bishop Octavio Cisneros. Enjoy a buffet dinner, drinks and dancing, and enter a raffle for prizes. 50s attire is suggested. Tickets are $50 per person. 7 p.m. HCJ Monsignor Murray Hall, 111-02 86 Ave., Richmond Hill. For more information call 718-704-9317.

Learn about interesting critters and crawlers at the Queens County Farm Museum’s Wildlife Weekend. Watch a birds of prey show and a frogs, bugs and animals show. Children will enjoy hayrides, pony rides and animal feeding. $9 admission, free with farm membership. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Floral Park.

Spend your Saturday morning at the Socrates Sculpture Park Greenmarket, a favorite destination for neighboring communities. Enjoy free cooking demonstrations and weekly featured seasonal items from the market with a great view of the sculpture exhibits. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring your food scraps to compost collection 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd.

Take on the art of back strap weaving in this Saturdays in the Loft Family Art Workshop. Learn basic weaving on a back strap loom from textile designer Addison Walz. Experiment with color and a variety of fibers to transform yarn into a band of woven fabric on a loom of ancient origins. These bands can be sewn into jewelry, cuffs, headbands or pouches. Ages 6 to 11. Children should be accompanied by an adult. $10 per child. 10 a.m. to noon. Registration recommended at sculpture-center.org. 44-19 Purves St., Long Island City.

Join the NYC Compost Project for their 2015 Pumpkin Smash. Bring your pumpkins and food scraps and watch them turn it into compost for city parks and green spaces. Enjoy refreshments, raffles and more. Free. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 43rd Street and Skillman Avenue.

Sunday, Nov. 8

Bring your child to the New York Hall of Science to learn about aerodynamics at the “Little Makers” series. Build your very own glider plane and learn about the science behind flight. Dress for messy creativity. For children aged 18 months and up. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $8 per family plus NYSCI admission. 47-01 111th St., Corona. Visit nysci.org for more information.

The Rego Park Jewish Center will feature a “Sunday Fun Day” event. Stop by this family-friendly afternoon and enjoy Jewish music from Komar Music and comedy from Harris Bloom. Light refreshments will be served. Seating is limited. 2:30 to 5 p.m. $20. 97-30 Queens Blvd., Rego Park.

Explore the Dyker Heights’ wealth of unique buildings as well as McKinley and Dyker Heights Parks, in this neighborhood considered a New York City suburb before the coming of the subway. Greater Astoria Historical Society members $15, public $20. The group will meet at noon at Fourth Avenue and 77th Street outside the R train station. For more information call 718-278-0700.

Theatre by the Bay at Bay Terrace Garden Jewish Center presents the musical comedy “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.” The show, based on the plays of Plautus will run on Saturdays, November 7, 14, 21 at 8 p.m. and on Sundays, November 8, 15, 22 at 3 p.m. $22 adults. $20 seniors (62 and over) and children (12 and under). 13-00 209 Street, Bayside. For more information or to make reservations visit theatrebythebayny.com

Monday, Nov. 9

The Queens Kickshaw restaurant will participate in NYC Cider Week, a holiday designed to highlight New York State orchards and breweries. Indulge in a four-course meal specially paired with local craft ciders. Arrive between 5:45 and 11:45 p.m. $65 per person. 40-17 Broadway, Astoria.

Stop by the New York Hall of Science to view a science-inspired exhibition about biodiversity and extinction. View the artworks of 23 artists who were selected from around the world for this year’s 17th International Art-Science Juried Exhibition. The art will be on display until Feb. 28.

Come learn about the Native American traditions of honoring animals at this “Talking with Wolves” workshop. Learn how to create a buffalo tooth necklace using real buffalo teeth and traditional glass beads. Children will learn Native American storytelling techniques and create their own pictograph. Preregistration is required at 718-845-3127. 4 to 5 p.m. at Queens Library, 92-24 Rockaway Blvd., Ozone Park.

Learn about the culture of mushrooms and how to grow edible mushrooms right in your own home. One lucky participant will win a DIY mushroom-growing kit to take home. 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Queens Library 43-06 Greenpoint Ave., Long Island City.

Hear author Willie Cooper discuss his books “The Forgotten Legacy” and “The Forgotten 14.” Listen to the story of the gallant 36th Infantry United States Colored Troop who fought for the Union to defeat slavery. Free. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Queens Library 95-06 Astoria Blvd., East Elmhurst.

Tuesday, Nov. 10

Dance Project of Whitestone will begin to host a new “Mommy and Me” program. Children 6 months and older and moms can interact and have fun in a safe environment. Participate in story time, music exercises and open play. This first introductory class is free. 9:30 to 11 a.m. 150-47 Willets Point Blvd., Whitestone. Call 718-353-2450 for more information.

Wednesday, Nov. 11

There will be a ceremony to commemorate Veterans Day at Memorial Field held by the Vietnam Veterans Association Post 32, Whitestone V.F.W post 4787, the American Legion Post 131, and the Jewish War Veterans Post 415. All members of the community are invited to attend. The ceremony will be followed by a small buffet at the V.F.W post located at 19-12 149 St., Whitestone. Memorial Field is located at 149th Street and 15th Drive in Whitestone.

Join Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley and local veterans as they host a street co-naming ceremony to honor Frank Kowalinski, the first Maspeth solider of Polish descent to be killed in World War I. To RSVP, contact Katherine Mooney at the council member’s district office, 718-366-3900. The event starts at 11 a.m. at 61-57 Maspeth Avenue in Maspeth.

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