SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK
CHINESE NEW YEAR TEMPLE BAZAAR
Flushing Town Hall’s second annual Chinese New Year Temple Bazaar returns! For centuries, people in China have celebrated the Lunar New Year in temple fairs. (see below)
YOU DESERVE IT!
A stand up comedy show just for you. You work hard. Like, really hard. To show our appreciation, we have assembled some of our favorite comics to make you laugh as hard as you work. It’s the least we can do. The event takes place from 9:30 to 11 p.m. at the Q.E.D. Admission is $5.
CRYSTAL WATERS AT RESORTS WORLD
Dance recording artist Crystal Waters, famous for her dance hits “Gypsy Woman” and “1005 Pure Love” takes the stage at Resorts World Casino New York City. Free 11:30 p.m. 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., South Ozone Park.
CHINESE NEW YEAR TEMPLE BAZAAR
Flushing Town Hall’s second annual Chinese New Year Temple Bazaar returns! For centuries, people in China have celebrated the Lunar New Year in temple fairs.
Bring your family to enjoy performances, martial arts, crafts and food to celebrate the Year of the Monkey. Due to last year’s sold-out crowd, this year’s Bazaar is offered in two sessions. Your ticket admits you to the timed session of your choice at either 11 a.m. or 2 p.m.
Tickets are $5, $3 for children of free for members. Flushing Town Hall is located at 137-35 Northern Blvd.
LUNAR NEW YEAR AT THE QUEENS ZOO
The WCS’s Queens Zoo is celebrating the Year of the Monkey with special activities to ring in the Lunar New Year. Activities include: Lunar New Year Zodiac Scavenger Hunt – Visitors will use a scavenger hunt map to search for answers about zoo animals that might also be represented in the lunar zodiac. (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Crafts – Visitors will make a special craft to take home in celebration of the new year. (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Calligraphy –Visitors will have a chance to try out their calligraphy skills. (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.) Chinese Theatre Works Performances – The Chinese Theatre Works will perform a special Year of the Monkey puppet show for visitors of all ages. (1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.) Tea and Fortune Cookies – Visitors will warm up inside the zoo’s Wild Room and enjoy a snack of tea and fortune cookies. (11 p.m. to 4 p.m.)
Sea Lion Feedings – The zoo’s daily sea lion feedings will take place at 11:15 a.m., 2 and 4 p.m. All event times are subject to change. For a complete schedule, visit queenszoo.com.
OPEN RUN: RUN FOR LIFE – ASTORIA PARK
Open Run is a new community-based initiative that launched in St. Mary’s Park in the Bronx on National Running Day, June 3, 2015. Through this initiative, New York Road Runners is empowering local volunteers to bring free weekly runs to local neighborhood parks all over NYC. All runs are directed by volunteers and are free to all participants. The finish line is open until the last person is done. The courses vary based on park, but they are between 2.5 to 3 miles. Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the run and to leave their valuables at home – bag check is not provided. No need to do anything before the run, just show up. Open to all ages, experience levels, walkers, strollers, dogs: All are welcome! This program is in coordination with NYC Parks’ Community Parks Initiative. The event takes place from 9 to 10 a.m.
STAR SEARCHERS – “EXPLORING THE NIGHT SKY”
Seasoned professor/astronomer Mark Freilich will lead each of these interactive astronomy programs. Each program features an indoor question and answer session on basis astronomy, fun and games followed by exciting outdoor viewing using a professional telescope. If Participants are welcome to bring their own telescopes and binoculars. If you are a Taurus you will observe that constellation tonight and the Hyades, a deep space star cluster of many stars grouped together. Children ages nine and up are welcome to register as long as they are accompanied by a participating adult. This program will take place at APEC at 228-06 Northern Blvd. in Douglaston from 7 to 9 p.m. and is $15 per person. Pre-registration is required. Pre-register by visiting alleypond.com.
CALLIGRAPHY ON CHINESE SILK FAN
Welcome the Year of the Monkey with a calligraphy workshop led by Asian arts specialist Dr. Hsing-Lih Chou. Learn basic calligraphy to write your New Year’s wishes. Participants will begin by writing on paper and then write their messages of good fortune on Chinese silk fans. Every time you wave your fan, you’ll be spreading your positive messages into the New Year. Tickets are $10 or $8 for children and Flushing Town Hall members. Materials are included. Event takes place at Flushing Town Hall 137-35 Northern Blvd at 1:30 p.m.
MEMORIES OF MIGRATION
Bring an image from your earliest home and an image of your most recent home. In this workshop, you will use these images to illustrate the story of your journey from one home to the other, whether that journey took you across Queens, or across the world. We will share our stories and learn techniques for getting great interviews with family members and others who have wisdom and experiences we want to preserve. The workshop will include a guided tour of the Zhang Hongtu exhibit, with a discussion of how the artist’s own journey from China to the United States is captured in his art. This event will take place at the Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. To register, please contact Nung-Hsin Hu at (718) 596-9700 x133, or email@example.com.
FERTILE GROUND NEW WORKS SHOWCASE
Fertile Ground is a new works showcase for emerging and established artists now in its 10th season, producing the work of over 50 choreographers each year. This non-curated performance event features five or six choreographers each evening and includes a post-performance discussion with wine and cheese, moderated by Green Space’s Artistic Director, Valerie Green.
ANIMAL CARE TRAINEE
Would you like to help us care for APEC’s animals? This program teaches children about the interesting job of an animal caretaker. Children will have hands-on experience in feeding, brushing, cleaning and learning all about the needs of APEC’s animals. Snacks and animal care trainee certificate and booklet included! Limited to eight participants. This program for ages 8 to12 will take place at APEC at 228-06 Northern Blvd. in Douglaston on from 10 a.m. to noon and is $23 per child. Pre-registration is required. Please pre-register by visiting alleypond.com.
DROP-IN FAMILY WORKSHOP
The Queens Museum invites children 5-12 and their adult companions to explore different works on view each week through a variety of fun hands-on art making activities. Children with special needs welcome, adaptations available. No fee or advance registration required. Just show up and stay for as long as you like. This week we will be practicing book binding. Location: Studio A (second floor) and/or various locations throughout the museum, please check at the admissions desk. The Queens Museum is located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
WOODHAVEN CULTURAL & HISTORICAL SOCIETY – THE QUEENS MEMORY PROJECT
A project sponsored by the Queens Library to build a dynamic collection of Queens memories through words and pictures — we’ll see some of the results at this meeting! Have Any Old Woodhaven Pics? If you bring old pictures, QMP will digitize them for you. Free. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Emanuel United Church of Christ – 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard.