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What to do in Queens this weekend and beyond

Reservoir Dogs

Attend a screening of Quentin Tarantino’s “Reservoir Dogs,” learn how to properly prepare a cover letter, take part in an Afrikan dance workshop, attend a yoga class, and do more at these events around Queens!

Saturday, Feb. 6

Is running your passion? Head over to Astoria Park at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6, and run like the wind! The New York Road Runners initiative has come together to organize weekly runs throughout parks all over the city. This run is between 2.5- 3 miles and invites runners of all ages to come and enjoy the course prepared for them. The finish line remains open until everyone has completed the run, allowing runners to go at whatever pace is most comfortable for them. Bring your cousins, friends, aunts, uncles and pets to enjoy this nature-filled run on Saturday morning. The race will be held on the Astoria Park track, located on 19st Street between Astoria Park South and Ditmars Boulevard.

Take a stroll down to the Queens Museum for a look at their new exhibit, The Reanimation Library. The Reanimation Library is an “independent presence library” meant to bring the viewer’s senses to life and cause them to think retrospectively. All of the books in the collection were found in places such as thrift shops, flea markets and donation piles. They were all published in the 20th century and were chosen for their vibrant images in order to inspire viewers, highlight the importance of printed books and revitalize the allure of being in a library. This animation studio is brought to you by the creative mind of Andrew Beccone. He is a world-renowned artist who has exhibited his work in Philadelphia, London, Mexico City and Beirut. This exhibit is running for its last three Saturdays, Feb. 6, 20 and 27 from noon to 5:30 p.m. The general admission that includes this exhibit is $8 for adults, $4 for seniors, and free for children under 18, as well as college students and employees of the NYC Department of Education carrying a valid ID. The Queens Museum is located in the New York City Building in Flushing Meadows, Corona Park.

Flushing Town Hall’s mission involves bringing art, the power of expression and education to the community. This well-respected establishment will be hosting “RHAW,” a group of talented street dancers who will begin with a dance workshop, followed by a full-on performance and a symposium. Audience members will be able to learn some of the moves in the workshop, see them in action during the performance and then share their thoughts and experiences with the dance crew during the symposium. This performance will highlight what it truly means to be a performer as the dancers demonstrate various hip-hop styles derived from African American, Afro-Cuban, Afro-Brazilian and Puerto Rican cultures from the 1960s until the present. You will not want to miss this epic display of talent! 137-35 Northern Blvd. For ticket information, please visit their website, www.flushingtownhall.org.

What’s better than the screening of a film? A screening followed by an open discussion, that’s what. The Museum of the Moving Image is proud to present a socially conscious event titled “The Color of Comedy.” In conjunction with the Black Filmmaker Foundation (BFF), this event is meant to explore the relationship between race and media. The film that will be screened is titled “A Time for Laughter: A Look at Negro Humor in America,” featuring a 1967 Harry Belafonte TV special. Following the film will be the open discussion where comedians from all walks of life will speak regarding the film as well as present their own comedic work. The film will be shown from 1 to 2:30 p.m., and the discussion will take place from 3 to 5:30 p.m. The Museum of the Moving Image is located on 36-01 35th Ave. in Astoria.

Sunday, Feb. 7

Ever have trouble getting your child to sit still during a movie? Hurry in to Cinemart Cinemas to have your child laugh and play to their heart’s content. This “Sensory Friendly Family Movie Day” allows children to be themselves while becoming accustomed to a movie setting. To make sure the children are comfortable, the lights are kept on, the movie volume is low, parents are permitted to bring snacks for their children, and free popcorn and a drink are provided. The general admission is $6 but children under the age of 3 are allowed in for free. This is a limited-time offer as the final showing is from 2 to 4 p.m. Cinemart Cinemas is located on 106-03 Metropolitan Ave. in Forest Hills.

If your children love animals and the outdoors, then look no further. The Alley Pond Environmental Center will begin its day with a program called “Vet Tech 101” (10 a.m. to noon) in which children ages 10 to 13 will learn all about the process of keeping animals in good health just like a professional veterinarian would. Another activity is called “Tasty Treats for Animals” (10:30 a.m. to noon) in which children ages 6 to 8 will learn about the daily diet fed to the center’s animals as well as make a meal to feed the very same animals, live and in person. Lastly is the “Snowpeople” activity (1:30 to 3:30 p.m.) where children ages 3 to 4 will build their own snow characters (fake snow will be provided indoors), participate in arts and crafts as well as go on a nature walk. Space is limited, so be sure to register as soon as possible. For more information on how to register, please visit www.alleypond.com.

The Museum of the Moving Image comes to us with a screening of a 2015 Sundance Festival award-winning documentary, “The Wolfpack.” It tells the story of six brothers who are blissfully unaware of how the world truly works. Outside of their Lower East Side apartment, the Angulo brothers simply know life from Hollywood movies. Their lives change when one of the brothers finally sees what life is all about. The second film screening of the day will be “Reservoir Dogs,” one of the films that the Angulo brothers loved to watch. This 1992 Quentin Tarantino film revolves around six strangers who team up to commit the crime of the century. Suddenly everything goes awry when they realize one of them is an informant, but which one of them is it? Ticket prices for both films vary from general admission to discounted member prices, but all tickets allow for admission to the film as well as the museum itself. “Wolfpack” will be played at 4:30 p.m. followed by “Reservoir Dogs” at 7 p.m. 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria.

Monday, Feb. 8

Don’t miss some of the most stunning high-resolution photo displays you will ever lay eyes on. This Nikon Small World exhibit at the New York Hall of Science presents images captured not by your run-of-the-mill camera, but by light microscopes. The photos and short clips that make up this interactive exhibit were chosen from thousands of submissions sent in from contestants in 83 countries. The Nikon company has held this exhibit since 1975 and hopes to promote education in the fields of optical microscopy, digital imaging and photomicrography. This exhibit will continue until Feb. 21, 2016. The New York Hall of Science is located at 41-07 111th St. in Corona.

The Afrikan Poetry Theater is a nonprofit organization that identifies with Pan Africanism and how vital it is to African identity here in the Americas. The organization itself services its community through programs that focus on education, social development and recreation for all ages. Currently running until May 11 is a poetry workshop held for young adults ages 18-25 known as “Poetry is Paint.” Admission is free and participants are taught to write their own poetry and then transform it into an artwork. Classes for seniors and children are also being held close by at the Rochdale Community Center. The Afrikan Poetry Theater is located at 176-03 Jamaica Ave., and the Rochdale Community Center is located at 169-65 137th Ave., Jamaica. For more information on the workshops, please call 718-523-3312.

Tuesday, Feb. 9

Want to make your school a more environmentally friendly space? Teachers of grades K-12 are welcome to sign up for the “Teacher Wormshop” presented by the Queens Botanical Garden. Within this workshop, teachers are provided training in order to learn the benefits of creating compost within their classrooms. They are taught to work with wormbins, made to help worms decompose organic materials and create healthy soil while also reducing waste. These teacher trainings are held throughout the year. For those interested please contact the Queens Botanical Garden.

The Bayside Historical Society does not only concern itself with preserving historical sites within the community, but it also holds a weekly yoga class every Tuesday. It’s a beginner level class geared toward people age 50 and up. For walk-ins, class is a modest $10 per person. For those who wish to attend all four classes for a particular month, be sure to pre-register at the beginning of the month and save $10 on the $32 admission. The class is meant to help participants de-stress and feel renewed. If you wish to reserve a spot in the class, please call 718-352-1548. The Bayside Historical Society is located at 208 Fort Totten Ave.

Wednesday, Feb. 10

New York’s very own Cecily Wong will be speaking about her new book, “Diamondhead.” The novel is a tale of secrets, fate and love during the rise and fall of a dynasty lasting three generations. Her work has been compared to that of the famous Amy Tan, and “Diamondhead” itself won the Peter S. Prescott award for prose writing. Cecily is Chinese-Hawaiian, born in Oahu and raised in Oregon. She is a graduate of Barnard College and currently lives in New York City. She will be reading excerpts and speaking about her book at Manducatis Rustica, 46-35 Vernon Blvd. in Long Island City, through the Queens Library. Her appearance will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. To reserve your ticket, please visit queenslib.org/literaryevents2016.

This year for Valentine’s Day, you can do much more than just buy something for your sweetheart. Assemblyman Mike Miller and the 32nd chapter of Vietnam Vets are sponsoring a drive to give hospitalized veterans the best Valentine’s Day possible. This drive will provide packages for the patients of St. Alban’s hospital as well as the NYS Veteran’s Nursing Home. Assemblyman Miller’s office is located at 83-91 Woodhaven Blvd., Woodhaven. The office will be collecting cards, candy, toiletries and new articles of clothing. Collections will be held until Feb. 12, and the donations will be handed out to veterans on Valentine’s Day.

For kids hoping to make their very own gift for Valentine’s Day, you’re in luck! Kids of all ages are welcome to head down to the Queens Library at Steinway to make arts and crafts for whichever special someone they have in mind. There is no registration required. 4 to 5 p.m. 21-45 31st St.

It’s never too late to receive help with your cover letter. Your resume is certainly important but your cover letter is also vital when out in the job market. From 4 to 6 p.m., a workshop full of tips and tricks to form the best cover letter possible will take place in Flushing. 41-17 Main St., Flushing. To register, please visit jobmap.queenslibrary.org.

 

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