SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK – DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL, SATURDAY 8/8 (see below)
JACQUELINE KENNEDY ONASSIS: A MULTIMEDIA PRESENTATION
Lecturer Mailyn Carminio takes you beyond the familiar narrative of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’s life. This presentation, told through over 100 photographs, many rarely seen, covers her life as a bibliophile, equestrian, wife, mother, First Lady, preservationist and family matriarch. The free lecture is from 1.15 to 2.45 p.m. at the Queens Library in Bay Terrace, 18-46 Bell Blvd.
DIRTY GIRL MUD RUN
The Dirty Girl Mud Run is a 3.1 mile obstacle course run for women, and women ONLY! If you’re an uber cross fitter looking to make your weekend more challenging, Dirty Girl Mud Run has a place for you. If this is your first time running an organized obstacle run or 5k, YOU WILL GET TO THE FINISH LINE! Over 900,000 women of all ages, shapes, sizes and athletic backgrounds have completed this obstacle course since it’s debut in 2011 in this race against breast cancer. Flushing Meadows Corona Park, starting at 9 a.m. For more information visit godirtygirl.com. Registration is $75.
ZABO CIRCUS SHOW
Other than clowning around, Zabo’s skills include juggling, unicycling, and prop balancing. His show brings non-stop excitement and entertainment. This one-clown show will make guests think they are watching a 3-ring circus! Shows at 2 and 4 p.m., Forest Park Carousel, Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive in Woodhaven.
BIOBUS AT THE NY HALL OF SCIENCE
The world’s only state-of-the-art microscope facility is housed on a solar-powered 1974 transit bus. Visitors get to zoom in on the tiniest animals to find their microscopic hearts and use a hand held microscope to magnify your own eye and watch it pulsate in response to light. Admission is free with NYSCI admission. The event takes place on the 8th and 9th from noon to 4 p.m. and the 10th through the 14th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit nysci.org or call (718)699-0005.
CHINESE THEATRE WORKS – HOLDING UP HALF THE SKY
Opera and puppet spectacle spanning 2,000 years of Chinese history presents the lives of four legendary Chinese women warriors – Hua Mulan (made famous in ancient ballads and opera, and more recently by Disney), Hongxian (Tang Dynasty), She Saihua (Song Dynasty), and Qiu Jin (early 20th century).2 p.m. Flushing Town Hall 137-35 Northern Blvd. $8.
SCHOOL SUPPLIES GIVEAWAY
State Sen. Jose Peralta will be holding his annual Back to School supplies give-away on 98th Place, right off 57th Avenue in Corona, behind St. Paul the Apostle Church from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. More than 2,100 backpacks will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last. There is a limit of one backpack per student who is present at the event.
DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL
The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York is the largest multi-cultural festival in the New York metropolitan area and the biggest festival of its kind in the U.S.
With cash & and prizes at stake for the US Dragon Boat Open Championships, the festival takes place over two days on the site of the 1964 World’s Fair, in Flushing Meadow Park. The opening day parade at noon on Saturday, Aug. 8 will be followed by the New York City Championship Races. The U.S. Dragon Boat Open Championship will be held on Sunday, August 9th with the teams vigorously competing for their share of the cash and prizes.Racing starts at 9 a.m. and events last throughout the day until approximately 5 p.m. each day, rain or shine.
Additionally, the festival will include presentations on traditional Chinese arts, martial arts demonstrations, the traditional dragon dance, musical performances, and a food court. Free admission, rain or shine. For more information visit hkdbf-ny.org.
GROWING UP ASTORIA 7TH ANNUAL REUNION PARTY
Join all of Astoria in a party you won’t forget with drink specials and giveaways all day and night. The event takes place from 4 p.m. to 3 a.m. at 31-19 Newtown Ave. The Coors Light girls will be there at 6 p.m. For more information visit katchastoria.com or call (718)777-2230.
SUNDAY 8/9 THEATER BY THE BAY
Theater By The Bay presents a One Act Play Festival featuring original plays by local playwrights at 1 p.m. at Bay Terrace Garden Jewish Center, 13-00 209th St, Bayside. Tickets $10. Complimentary Refreshments.
THE TEE-TONES – MOTOWN CONCERT
Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy Motown and doo-wop music from the 50’s, 60’s, and the 70’s at Little Bay Park, Totten avenue and Cross Island Parkway, Bayside. This free event is from 5 to 6 p.m.
QUEENS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Enjoy an evening of classic music by the Queens Symphony Orchestra at the George Seuffert Bandshell, Forest Park. Free. 6:30 p.m.
RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARC IN CUNNINGHAM PARK
In this film, archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the US government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis. The film starts at 8 p.m. The movies will be screened near the bocce courts. Enter the park through the lot on Union Turnpike at 196th Place and bring lawn chairs. Cunningham Park, Oakland Gardens.
SHAKESPEARE IN THE GARDEN: THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR
Shakespeare’s farce about courtship, jealousy and friendship, features one of the most beloved comedic characters of all time, Sir John Falstaff, banished to Windsor and running out of money, devises what he thinks is a fool-proof plan: seduces the wives of the two richest men in town. Unfortunately for him, the women immediately see through his scheme…and proceed to turn the tables on him. Meanwhile, mayhem ensues as three local suitors vie to marry the local heiress. The free event starts at 7.30 p.m. for choice seats and a children’s pre-show arrive at 7 p.m. The show will be held at the Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing. For more information visit vomuseum.org.
LIGHT ON SOUND
Join us for the opening of “Light on Sound,” This interactive poetry installation by artists Maya Pindyck and Jessica Houston brings together Flushing’s multicultural community and the legacy of Lewis Latimer, poet and inventor of the carbon filament for the incandescent light bulb. The Poetry Celebration is a one-night open mic event featuring Flushing residents who contributed to the installation, including guests and poets with hearing impairments or difficulty hearing. CART and ASL interpreters will be provided; Lewis H. Latimer House is wheelchair accessible. The event will be held at the Latimer House, 34-41 137th St., Flushing, from 6 to 9 p.m. This event is free. Registration is requested at firstname.lastname@example.org.