Volunteer Open House, Voelker Orth Museum, Wed., 1/15 (see below)
DAVID HAZELTINE TRIO
Flushing Town Hall will present a performance by pianist David Hazeltine at 8 p.m. Known as a “musician’s musician,” Hazeltine will display his distinctive style on the keys, accompanied by bassist Peter Washington and drummer Louis Hayes. The concert costs $15 for the general audience and $10 for students and members. Flushing Town Hall is located at 137-35 Northern Blvd. For more information, call (718) 463-7700.
A FULLISH DECK
Join the Queen’s Secret Improv Club as it curates a roster of house-formed and veteran indie improv teams from all over the subway map. The show consists of six improv comedy sets featuring two shows every hour between 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 for the whole night, one show or all six! The Secret Theatre is located at 44-02 23rd St, LIC. For more information, visit www.web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/9861448.
DATE NIGHT TERRARIUM
Soft music, wine and nibbles will be served while you and your date create a one of a kind living world. The class will supply one large terrarium, soil, plants, sand, moss, crystals/pebbles/rocks, instructions, care cards and a gift box. You will supply your imagination. The class will take place at Luludi Living Frames, located at 23-07 24th Ave., Astoria, from 6:30 p.m. till 7:30 p.m. The class is $80 per couple and it is limited to eight people. To make a reservation, visit www.luludi.net or call 1-888-9luludi.
Bring your holiday tree to Astoria Park to be recycled into mulch that will nourish plantings across the City!
Join the Dept. of Parks & Recreation, the Dept. of Sanitation, and GreeNYC to recycle your Christmas trees into wood chips. These wood chips are used to nourish trees and plants on streets and gardens citywide. Or, take home your very own bag of mulch to use in your backyard or to make a winter bed for a street tree. More than 26,000 trees were recycled last year. The mulching will take place from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. Please remember to remove all lights and ornaments before bringing the tree to a MulchFest site.
CHINESE SHADOW PLAYS
This Chinese shadow play at Flushing Library is the story of a wise old rabbit telling her granddaughter about some of the adventures of her eventful life, including her hair-raising encounters with Tiger, the reigning King of the Jungle. The event will run from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. The library is located at 41-17 Main St.
HOLOCENTER VAULT GALLERY
The Vault Gallery and Archive at the Clock Tower in Long Island City offers visitors a chance to view holographic artworks. Currently on display is a selection of works from the exhibition, Interference: Coexistence. The Holocenter is located at 29-27 41st Ave., LIC. The gallery is open from 2 p.m. till 6 p.m. For more information, visit www. Holocenter.org/vault-gallery
PATRICIA SPEARS JONES
Patricia Spears Jones will appear at the Queens Museum as part of its Poets in the Galleries series. Taking place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., the event will start in the museum café and then head to the galleries as Jones selects pieces to highlight, reads works along the way and strikes up a discussion with attendees. Jones’ most recent book is called “Painkiller.” For more information, call (718) 592-9700.
Trio Cavatina will perform at Flushing Town Hall at 3 p.m. as part of the Five Boroughs Music Festival. Pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute, violinist Harumi Rhodes and cellist Priscilla Lee will play pieces by Beethoven and Brahms, as well as a New York City premiere by Douglas Boyce. The concert costs $25 for the general audience, $20 for Queens residents and members and $15 for students. Flushing Town Hall is located at 137-35 Northern Blvd. For more information, call (718) 463-7700.
CONTEMPORARY ART EXHIBITION
The Bayside Historical Society will celebrate the arts with its annual contemporary art exhibition. The opening reception takes place at 2 p.m. and costs $8 for general admission. The event is free for Bayside Historical Society members. It is supported in part by public funds from the City Dept. of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. The society is located at 208 Totten Avenue, Bayside. For more information, call (718) 352-1548.
The Central Queens Y will host a think positive workshop, aiming at giving adults 10 tips to overcome negative thoughts and reduce their stress. The event is free and open to the public. It will begin at 1:30 p.m. The Central Queens Y is located at 67-09 108th Street in Forest Hills.
Readings from the Afghan Women’s Writing Project will be featured at the Richmond Hill Library. Masha Hamilton, founder of the project, will read a number of poems and literature featured on the project’s website, awwproject.org. A few of the authors from Afghanistan will read to the audience as well. A question and answer session will follow the readings. The event will start at 6:30 p.m. The library is located at 118-14 Hillside Ave. in Richmond Hill.
NEW YEAR’S CONCERT
The Forest Hills Library will host a concert called “Celebrate New Year 2014 with a Concert of Music from Around the World.” The show will include songs in Russian, Italian, German, Spanish, Hebrew, Chinese and English. Soprano Liora Michelle and friends will be accompanied by Inna Leytush on piano. The concert runs from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
VOLUNTEER OPEN HOUSE
The Voelker Orth Museum will hold an open house for attendees to learn about volunteer opportunities while enjoying a cup of tea. Volunteers play an important role at the Museum, helping in the garden, getting word out about programs, participating in educational programs, working on research and offering a welcome at festivals and concerts. The open house runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call (718) 359-6227 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Queens Botanical Garden will present a teacher workshop on the benefits of composting with a worm bin in a classroom. Running from 6 to 8 p.m., attendees will learn about earthworms, how to set up a worm bin and how to maintain the system effectively. Registration is required. Email email@example.com or call (718) 539-5296. Queens Botanical Garden is located at 43-50 Main St., Flushing.
A Meatloaf tribute band, called All Revved Up, will play Resorts World Casino beginning at 8 p.m. The band will perform classics such as “‘I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That),” “Bat Out of Hell,” and “I’m Gonna Love Her For Both of Us.” The casino is located at 110-00 Rockaway Blvd. in South Ozone Park.