SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK
HIKE THE VANDERBILT MOTOR PARKWAY
This moderate level hike, led by NYC Urban Park rangers is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.(see below)
CROOKED ROAD ON TOUR
Crooked Road celebrates Southwest Virginia’s rich heritage with three award-winning artists showcasing soulful old time string band sounds, percussive flatfoot dance, and the plaintive strains of mountain ballads. With Whitetop Mountain Band (old time stringband), Julie Shepherd-Powell (clawhammer banjo/flatfoot dancer), and Sandy Shortridge (Appalachian singer/songwriter).Time: Flatfooting Workshop at 7 p.m., Performance at 8 p.m. Price: $16/$10 Members & Students. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
ONE DAY PLAZA AT WYCKOFF AVENUE IN RIDGEWOOD
The event, sponsored by the DOT, will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will feature different types of programming for the whole family. The exact location will be at the intersection of Wyckoff, Myrtle and Gates Avenues. That event will be closed off for the day and DOT staff will be on hand to take comments about the event.
Join us for a kids’ carnival in the apple orchard at the Queens County Farm Museum! Enjoy the spring weather at the farm with assorted carnival rides and children’s entertainment. Midway games, hayrides, pony rides, and a seasonal petting zoo will also be available for an additional fee. Food vendors will be at the farm all day. The carnival will take place on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. It will run the same hours the following weekend as well. Admission is $12 for all ages and includes carnival rides & children’s entertainment. Free for Farm Members. Queens County Farm Museum is located at 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park.
BAKE AND BOOK SALE
At the Church of the Resurrection at 85-09 118th St. in Richmond Hill on Saturday and Sunday, April 9 & 10. Sat 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There will be used clothing, books, household items, one-of-a-kind items, home baked goods, snacks, lunch and more. For more info call (718) 847-2649.
BIRDING: SPRING MIGRATION
Alley Pond Park’s rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle. To enhance your experience we encourage you to bring binoculars and field guides, or ask a Ranger to borrow a pair. This event takes place from 9 to 10:30 a.m., starting at the Alley Pond Park Adventure Center.
BIRD WALK WITH NEW YORK CITY AUDUBON AT QUEENS BOTANICAL GARDEN
9 to 10 a.m. Spot and identify creatures of flight and learn how QBG provides important resources for birds.
JAMAICA BAY TREE PLANTING
9 to 10 a.m. Volunteer with the Stewardship Team to plant tree in the forest in Jamaica Bay! Free! Meet at Point Breeze Place and Baywater Court.
HIKE THE VANDERBILT MOTOR PARKWAY
This moderate level hike, led by NYC Urban Park rangers is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., starting at 73rd Avenue and Hollis Hills Terrace. Hiking is the ultimate way to enjoy the outdoors and a fun way to reduce stress. Regardless of the intensity level, it is a great way to burn calories and stay fit. Our Urban Park Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City parks. On our nature hikes, you can take an hour to unplug from the world and immerse yourself in the wonders of nature. Moderate hikes are longer, faster-paced hikes on rugged terrain. For all hiking programs, we recommend wearing comfortable shoes or boots, and packing water and a light snack. This is a free event.
STORYTIME & CRAFT AT QUEENS BOTANICAL GARDEN
Bring your little nature lovers to QBG for a relaxing afternoon featuring nature-inspired stories, followed by a botanically themed craft activity. Generously sponsored by the World Flower Children’s Foundation. The event runs from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Queens Botanical Garden at 43-50 Main Street, Flushing. Free with Admission.
ART DECO ARCHITECTURE IN QUEENS
Charles Hovanic from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation offers a lecture and leads a Q&A on the history of Art Deco architecture in the borough. Free. 2:30 p.m. Queens Historical Society, Kingsland Homestead, 143-35 37th Ave., Flushing, queenshistoricalsociety.org.
HAMILTON BOOK RELEASE/TRIVIA NIGHT
The brand new book “Hamilton: The Revolution,” co-written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter, highlights the hit musical’s development through interviews, pages from the creators notebook, and emails. Miranda also includes more than 200 footnotes and photographs. On this night, TriviaNYC, the city’s longest running trivia company, tests participants’ knowledge of this musical. To reserve a seat, pre-order a book for $40 online or at the bookstore. Seating is limited. 7 p.m. Astoria Bookshop, 31-29 31st St., Astoria, astoriabookshop.com.
FLUSHING BLOOD DRIVE
Flushing Letter Carriers – Branch 294 will be sponsored a blood drive at the Banquet Hall, 35-79 160th St. from 3:30 to 8 p.m. The drive is in memory of veteran and Branch 294 brother Mike Brucino. To be eligible, please bring ID with signature and photo, be at least 110 lbs, eat well and drink fluids, no tattoos for the past 12 months and be between ages 16 and 75. Those under 16 need parental permission and over 75 need a doctor’s note. For more information, call Tony at (718) 264-8494.
AND THE BEAT GOES ON: FILM SERIES
In conjunction with the Queens Museum’s exhibition about the Ramones, this 9-week film series highlights the evolution of musical performers. This week we will view “A Late Quartet” (2012), directed by Yaron Zilberman, 105 min. Christopher Walken, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener and Mark Ivanir play members of a world-renowned string quartet whose simmering tensions threaten to tear the group apart. This film series takes place in the second-floor theater and is free with Museum admission and open to the general public (with a special invitation to seniors). The event takes place from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Queens Museum at Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
COMMUNITY INPUT MEETING
Astoria Health Playground at Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens 7 p.m. Join us at this community meeting, where we will discuss your ideas and wishes for Astoria Health Playground in Long Island City.
THE MURPHY BEDS IN CONCERT
Jefferson Hamer & Eamon O’Leary present traditional and original Irish folk songs with close harmonies and deft instrumental arrangements on bouzouki, guitar, and mandolin. 7:30 p.m. $22 in advance/$25 at the door. New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave., LIC, newyorkirishcenter.org.