QNS Weekender: Six things to do in Queens this weekend

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As we prepare to celebrate the new year, there are still plenty of things to do this weekend in Queens before the year wraps up. From social events to fun classes, there is a lot to look forward to this weekend.

Friday, Dec. 29


Youth Art Festival


NYC Parks will shine a spotlight on and celebrate the artistic creations of their afterschool youth program participants. There will be several fun activities available, including button making, 3D models, glitter tattoos, alebrije postcards, watercolor paintings and stop motion animation. (Al Oerter Recreation Center, 131-40 Fowler Ave., Flushing. 12-3 p.m. Admission: Free)


Public Speaking and Debate Workshop


Lumos Debate will be holding a workshop for public speaking and debating. Kids between the ages of 8 and 14 will learn valuable skills in these areas. Email info@lumosdebate.com or call 781-474-3359 with any questions. (Queensborough Community College, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Admission: $40 (Free for students who use Code “NYC” at registration).


Saturday, Dec. 30


NYRR Open Run at Baisley Pond Park


The New York Road Runners will be hosting a community-led 5K at Baisley Pond Park for walkers and runners of all ages, abilities and experience levels. (Baisley Pond Park, Baisley Boulevard, Jamaica. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Admission: Free)


Beginner Salsa and Bachata Classes


Learn how to perform the Latin dance styles known as Salsa and Bachala. (Nieves Latin Dance Studio: Astoria, 33-19 Crescent St., Astoria. 4 p.m. for Salsa and 5 p.m. for Bachata. Admission: $75-$120 per membership)


Sunday, Dec. 31


Noon Year’s Eve


Come to Queens Movement Studios and celebrate the new year with a balloon drop, dancing, games, arts and crafts and more. (Queens Movement Studios, 61-19 Fresh Pond Rd., Middle Village. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Admission: $40)


Trivia Time at Totten


Those with an interest in the outdoors are encouraged to take part in this five-round trivia game. Questions relate to a variety of topics, including history, science, nature and local pop culture. The winning team after all five rounds will earn a special prize. (Fort Totten Park Visitors Center, Fort Totten Park, Totten Avenue and 15th Road, Fort Totten. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Admission: Free)