Your Queens Weekend: Oct. 8-10

By TimesLedger Staff

If your disco shoes have been sitting in moth balls for a while, this weekend might just be the time to bring them out of cold storage. On Saturday at 5 pm, Forest Hills Stadium (1 Tennis Place, Forest Hills Gardens) is hosting Freak Out Let’s Dance, a music fest with the goal of getting everybody on their feet. Bette Midler will be sharing the stage with CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers; Earth, Wind & Fire will perform some of their chart-topping hits; and a cast of characters including Alex Newell, DJ Cassidy, Village People, DJ Nicky and Siano of Studio 54 will be on hand to keep the party atmosphere going. Prices vary. For more information, go to foldfestival.com.

At the Unisphere in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, wildlife of another sort will be celebrated on Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at the 19th annual Raptor Fest. NYC Parks Department Urban Park Rangers will interact with at least a dozen falcons, hawks, owls, and ravens in a special viewing area, and the nature nonprofit Skyhunters in Flight will put on live demonstrations. The Parks Department sponsors this free event as a way of informing city residents about local avian life and help people understand how and where to find it. For more informaton, call (718) 352-1769 or go to www.nycgovparks.org/parks/flushing-meadows-corona-park/events/2016/10/08/raptor-fest

And since this weekend extends to Monday for many New Yorkers, including school children, the Museum of the Moving Image has something special up its sleeve for Monday afternoon. At 1 p.m., the museum will presentThe Muppets’ Heroic Sci-Fi/Fantasy Spectacular,” a special compilation of great Muppet moments revolving around the worlds of science fiction, fantasy, action heroes and horror movies. Combining a broad selection of guest stars and familiar characters, the Muppets put their own silly spin on genre classics. The program will be introduced by Craig Shemin, President of The Jim Henson Legacy. For more information call (718) 777-6688 or go to www.movingimage.us.

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