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Your Queens Weekend: Aug. 12-14

By TimesLedger Staff

With the temperatures soaring again this weekend, a tribute to the ultimate hothouse flower seems rather appropriate.

Through Sunday, the Queens Botanical Garden will be putting on “Taiwan: A World of Orchids,” a three-day celebration of the exotic blossom. In addition to being able to look at the flowers on display, visitors will also be treated to live music throughout the weekend. Orchids will be available for sale at the garden’s gift shop. The garden, at 43-50 Main St. in Flushing, is open from 8 am to 6 pm. Museum admission is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors (62+) and students with ID, $2 for children (4-12). For more information, go to www.queensbotanical.org/programs/orchids

If you’re one of those people who think it’s never too hot for a parade, you should head to 268th Street in Bellerose Saturday for the neighborhood’s India Day Parade. Organized by the Bellerose Indian Merchants Association Inc., the parade will include marchers from the Indian Officers’ Society, an organization of Indian police officers, along with their families and members of the community.

And as long as they’re manufacturing beer, hot dogs and soda, it’s never too warm for some Met-watching. While they may have dropped three straight to the Arizona Diamondbacks this week, the New York Mets are hoping to turn things around against the San Diego Padres, who sit just one game above the Diamondbacks in the NL West cellar. Plus, Saturday night promises to be a special event at Citi Field. The first-ever Pride Night at the stadium will kick off on Saturday, Aug. 13, at 7:10 p.m. The evening will feature a concert headlined by Styx after the game. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales for the game will benefit the LGBT Network, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and its Safe Schools Initiative to stop bullying in Long Island and Queens. To get tickets, go to m.mlb.com/mets/tickets/info/lgbt-night.

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