Alligators in the Sewer
Learn more about this urban legend and others with Manhattan borough historian Michael Miscione. Expect to hear about the East Harlem storm sewer in 1935. $5, 7 p.m., Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, LIC, http://bit.ly/2keqsER.
Valentine’s Day Pop Up
This pop-up store sells Queens-made products such as jewelry, chocolate, pottery, cards, flowers and hot sauce. Operation hours: Feb. 10, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Feb. 11, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Feb. 12, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Feb. 13, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.; and Feb. 14, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Made In Queens, at 27-24 Queens Plaza South, LIC, http://bit.ly/2lhP9Bk.
How We Create and How We Cope
Poet and curator Audrey Dimola hosts a panel discussion about mental illness and the creative experience. Local artists present stories, poetry, visual art and more. $5., 6:30 p.m., Queens Council on the Arts, 37-11 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2kFEK4W.
This Salsa music super star presents a danceable Valentine’s Day party. $54.46, 8 p.m, Resorts World Casino New York City, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., South Jamaica, http://bit.ly/2kkstlp.
Fred Kuwornu screens and discusses “BlaxploItalian: 100 Years of Blackness in Italian Cinema,” his documentary about African-American and African actors in Italian cinema. $15, 5:30 p.m., Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2kG8bUJ.
Dominican Desserts and Drinks
Chef Carolina Mourelle facilitates hot chocolate with Dominican rum shot (optional) paired with Jalao (coconut and honey truffles) and complemented by a classic Tres Leches. $24, 7 p.m., Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, www.alleypond.com.
Pre-Valentine’s Day Party
Long Island City’s Paper Factory Hotel is hosting a Valentine’s Day party complete with a feast, snake charmers, dancing, tarot card readings, interactive installations, cocktails, several DJs and live acts. Tickets range from $20 to $125. 10 p.m., Paper Factory, 37-06 36th Ave., Long Island City, http://bit.ly/2ku0ZqO.
This local ensemble performs modern, eclectic chamber music, including two world premieres by Queens composers — “Immigrant Dream” by Carlo Nicolau and “International Express” by Quentin Chiappetta. Suggested admission is $8, but $4 for seniors and free for children, 2 p.m., Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2lhDAKo.
New York Black Arts presents a one-time special presentation of the Broadway smash hit musical. $15, 4 p.m., Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Ave., http://bit.ly/2jVrULx.
Gavroche Jazz Band
Featuring Valentine Biollay’s expressive voice, this group presents a romantic evening of French jazz that includes premieres of classical art arrangements from Bizet, Debussy, Ravel and Satie. $20, but $10 for students and free for those under age 13 if accompanied by a paying adult, 7:30 p.m., The Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills, http://bit.ly/2kKSUkV.
Working at the intersection of sculpture, drawing and dance, Lauren Bakst & Yuri Masnyj present “Temporary Walls,” a new installation and performance piece made specifically for the venue’s basement, 3 p.m., SculptureCenter, 44-19 Purves St., LIC, http://bit.ly/2jVip3Y.
Live Music and Candlelight Tours
Explore the oldest Dutch farmhouse in New York City with live entertainment by Eden Lane and mulled cider. $5, 5 to 8 p.m., Onderdonk House, 1820 Flushing Ave., Ridgewood, http://bit.ly/1bjQBaP.
NYRR Open Run
Open Run is a community-based, volunteer-led running initiative that offers free weekly runs and walks to neighborhood parks across the five boroughs. Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the run. Free, 9 a.m., Track at Astoria Park, 19th Street between Astoria Park S. and Ditmars Boulevard, https://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2017/02/11/nyrr-open-run-astoria-park.
Living with Urban Coyotes
This program, hosted by the Urban Park Rangers, will teach attendees about the basics of coyote biology and the best tips for coexisting with the animals in New York’s urban environment. Free, 1 p.m., Forest Park Visitor Center, Forest Park, Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive.
Artists, Activists and Scientists Build Coalitions to Resist Climate Change
As part of an ongoing exhibition, people gather around a peace table to discuss current events and topics. This final convening brings the perspectives of eco-artists, activists and experts on climate change to address environmental justice. 2 to 5 p.m., Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2lhrl0m.
Treasures in the Attic
Curator Kelsey Brow discusses objects in the museum’s collection that aren’t on display to the public. Sip drinks from the 1800s and view such objects as an 18th century mug. End the day by sampling a beverage that Founding Father Rufus King might have imbibed. Free, 3:30 p.m., King Manor Museum, 153rd Street and Jamaica Avenue, http://bit.ly/2kf0mlt.
South Africa Safari, from Capetown to Kruger to Wakkerstroom
In conjunction with the Queens County Bird Club, Donna Schulman shares the habitats and animals she encountered in South Africa. The event includes photographs and videos. 8 p.m., Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, http://bit.ly/2lgYyJr.
“A Year with Frog and Toad”
This whimsical musical follows two great friend— the cheerful, popular Frog and the curmudgeonly Toad. $8, 10:30 a.m., Colden Auditorium, Queens College 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2jVjGrI.
Winter Tree ID
Participants will learn how to identify common trees found in New York City. The Urban Park Rangers will point out distinguishable characters for identifying the trees in the winter. Free, 11 a.m., Kissena Park, Rose and Oak avenues, www.nycgovparks.org/events/2017/02/12/winter-tree-id-light.
Five Borough Songbook, Volume II
The Five Boroughs Music Festival presents the Queens premiere of this new collection of songs and stories by 20 composers. A discussion with several of the creators is at 2 p.m. $25, 3 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2kLsqQb.