Queens College will hold an all-day conference called “Quintessential Queens: Celebrating America’s Fourth Largest City,” in a celebration and study of the Borough’s diversity, vitality and heritage. The all-day conference will feature discussions on Queens’ culture, natural landscape, history, neighborhoods and future. The conference costs $20 to attend and it includes lunch. For more information, call (718) 997-3603, email email@example.com or visit www.qc.cuny.edu/QuintessentialQueens/Pages/default.aspx.
Cuban artist, pianist and composer Manuel Valera will bring his New Cuban Express to Flushing Town Hall at 7:30 p.m. The free, first-come, first-served jazz performance will feature Yosvany Terry on sax, Ton Guarna on guitar, John Benitez on bass, Ludwig Afonso on drums and Mauricio Herrera on percussion.
Singer Audra McDonald will start the season of Queens College’s Kupferberg Presents with a concert in Colden Auditorium. The Tony Award-winning Broadway legend will perform her favorite show-tunes as well as songs from her new album, “Go Back Home.” The show will run from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Ticket prices range from $30 to $89. For more information, visit kupferbergcenter.org.
CONTINENTAL AVE. SRUCE-UP
Join the Forest Hills Green Team as they clean up the tree pits on Continental and 71st avenues in Forest Hills on Saturday, Oct. 5. Volunteers will weed, dig, plant and mulch around trees. There is no experience necessary and it is open to all ages. Tools and work gloves will be provided. The event will run from 10 a.m. until noon. Volunteers will be meeting at the HSBC Bank on 71st Avenue. For information, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
FALL FUN DAY
Friends of the Ridgewood Library will host a fall fun day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring a flea market with more than 25 vendors, free face painting, a free cartoonist and more. The event will take place outside the Ridgewood Library.
Help clean up and beautify your local street trees with Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, Partnership for Parks, BIG!Compost, the Sunnyside/Woodside Boys and Girls Club, TreesNY, the Girls Scouts and New York Cares. Volunteers are needed and you are invited. Volunteers will add soil and mulch to tree pits, remove weeds and plant daffodil bulbs. These efforts will go a long way to beautify Queens Boulevard and Greenpoint Avenue, and ensure that our street trees stay healthy. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Nick Gulotta at email@example.com. The clean-up starts at 10 a.m. under the Sunnyside Arch at 46-02 Queens Blvd.
The Emanuel United Church of Christ in Woodhaven will host its annual blessing of the pets at 11 a.m. There will also be a pumpkin patch after the ceremony. The church is located at 93-12 91st Ave. in Woodhaven. To contact the church for more information, please call them at (718) 849-1153.
A MOVING SOUND
Flushing Town Hall will present Taiwan-based world music group, A Moving Sound, at 7:30 p.m. The band combines traditional Chinese instruments and melodic themes with modern compositions and musical experimentation. Tickets cost $15 for members, $10 for students and $20 for general admission.
ALL-STAR COUNTRY TRIBUTE
The Queensborough Performing Arts Center will hold an “All-Star Country” tribute concert at 8 p.m. Costing $35, this show will feature look-alikes of Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Reba McEntire and Garth Brooks, playing hits from the musicians’ respective catalogs. For tickets and info, visit www.visitqpac.org or call (718) 631-6311.
The Bayside Historical Society will hold its first annual Oktoberfest from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Celebrate at Fort Totten Castle with beer, bratwurst, pretzels and other traditional German foods and beverages. Attendees will be entertained by free music and games all day long. Admission to the festival is free, but reservations are suggested. Bayside Historical Society members will receive a free commemorative stein. For more information, call (718) 352-1548.
FALL FESTIVAL CAR SHOW
The East Coast Car Association will host their annual car festival show at the Forest Park Bandshell in Woodhaven. Come by and look at antique and specialty vehicles. There will also be trophies and door prizes handed out at the event. There is also an optional $20 donation you can give at the show. All donations will go to St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children. The show will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call Bob at (917) 385-2322 or call Lou at (917) 682-5362.
If you want to learn more about Long Island City, take the tour, sponsored by Community Board 2 and Long Island City Partnership. During the tour, you will walk from Queens Plaza to the East River waterfront. It will be an opportunity to learn about the rezoning and demographic change in the community. You will also see a lively arts community and restaurant scene that has developed. The tour starts at 4 p.m. at the fare booth on the lowest level of the Queensboro Plaza station. The fee is $15. For more information, visit www.geognyc.com/?page_id=7.
The Queens Library and the Mystery Writers of America will present “How I Became a Mystery Writer” at the Queens Central Library. Terrie Farley Moron, Laura Jon Rowland, Nancy Bilyeau and Joel Gomez-Dossi will all attend the event and discuss how they got into the genre of mystery writing. The event will take place at the Queens Central Library at 89-11 Merrick Blvd. in Jamaica. Admission is free. It will begin at 6:30 a.m. and run until 8 p.m. For more information, call the library at (718) 990-0700.
National Book Award-winning author Norman Rush will be interviewed by Leonard Lopate as part of Queens College’s Evening Readings series. Taking place in LeFrak Concert Hall at 7 p.m., Rush will be reading from his work, which includes the forthcoming book “Subtle Bodies.” Tickets can be purchased for $20 at the box office the evening of the event.
SMALL BUSINESS SEMINAR
If you want to learn how the Small Business Administration can help your business, then you must attend the seminar starting at noon. Man-Li Kuo Lin, an economic development specialist from New York District Office of U.S. Small Business Administration, will present ways in which SBA can assist small business owners. The seminar will take place at 41-26 27th St., Long Island City. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Manfirstname.lastname@example.org.
MARRIAGE EQUALITY ON THE CUTTING EDGE
Looking to learn what’s ahead in the fight for LGBT marriage equality in the aftermath of the recent Supreme Court decisions. The evening will consist of speakers, including Mariko Hirose of the New York Civil Liberties Union, Elizabeth “Ez” Cukor of the New York Legal Assistance Group, and Moderated by CUNY Law Professor Richard Storrow. The seminar will take place the CUNY School of Law, located 2 Court Square in Long Island City starting at 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.cuny.edu/index.html.