SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK
The Music Man Jr. at SMGH – The students of St. Mary Gate of Heaven Catholic Academy will perform Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man Jr.(see below)
This group has created a new sound using the thunderous rhythms of the ancestral Taiko drums and the magical sounds of the bamboo flutes. It draws from Japan’s rich tradition of music and performance to create a highly visual performance. 6 p.m. Free. Lost Battalion Hall Recreation Center, 93-29 Queens Blvd., Rego Park, nyc.gov/parks.
The Music Man Jr. at SMGH
The students of St. Mary Gate of Heaven Catholic Academy will perform Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man Jr.,” a part of the Broadway Junior Collection. Produced by Frank Gulluscio, directed by Vinny Napolitano and Choreographed by Kelly Bojos, starring Christina Flores.
Show starts at 7:30 p.m. in the school gym, 101-20 105th St., between 101st and 103rd avenues in Ozone Park. Adults $8, Seniors and students $5.
Also Saturday 5/21 at 7:30 p.m.
It’s My Park at Queensbridge Park
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. This It’s My Park season, volunteer with Green Shores NYC to beautify Queensbridge Park for the summer season. Meet at 41st Avenue entrance.
Flea Market and E-Waste Recycling Event
Lawn of St. George’s Episcopal Church. Bring the family and electronics and join us for shopping, food, face painting, kids games. Free E-Waste Recycling (sponsored by the Lower East Side Ecology Center) Bring your working & non-working electronics: computers, monitors, printers, scanners, DVD Players, etc. 14-20 27th Ave., Astoria.
Central Astoria LDC International Cultural Festival
Central Astoria Local Development Coalition presents its 2nd International Cultural Festival. Music and dance from around the world. The event will be on Shore Blvd between Ditmars and Astoria Park South from 1:30 to 6 p.m.
Star Searchers – “Exploring the May Night Sky”
The May skies offer outstanding views of galaxies in the Virgo cluster, Jupiter, and the best double star in the northern hemisphere Seasoned professor/astronomer Mark Freilich will lead this interactive astronomy program, which features an indoor question and answer session, fun and games followed by exciting outdoor viewing using a professional telescope. Participants are welcome to bring their own telescopes and binoculars. Hand out information packet is include. Limited to 20 participants. Although this is an adult workshop, children ages nine and up are welcome to register as long as they are accompanied by a participating adult. The program will take place at APEC at 228-06 Northern Blvd. in Douglaston from 8 to 10 p.m. and is $15 per person.
Celestial Being (Canada)
Celeste is having a hard time at school; she can’t seem to make any friends in her class, so she decides she must be from outer space. With her hand-made spaceship, and a new boy in school, her adventures take a new turn.
From the award-winning Green Thumb Theatre, Celestial Being explores the world of a young girl with a big imagination and her struggle making social connections. As we see the world through her eyes, and the tremendous color and joy that her inner world presents, we realize that seeing things differently can be a wonderful gift. Just prior to the performance, this two-part workshop will take the participants on a journey through the solar system with learning games about the planets and beyond!
After the future astronauts have completed their trip through space, they will come back to Earth for an interactive, fun and engaging activity that will teach them the basics of autism awareness and anti-bullying. Interactive Arts Workshop at 1 p.m.; Performance at 2:15 p.m. Workshop costs $7/$4 Children/FREE for members with tickets to 2:15 p.m. show; Performance costs $13/$10 Members/$8 Children/$6 Member Children.
Spring Sheep Shearing
Ever seen a sheep get a haircut? Join us on the farm for this annual spring celebration with sheep shearing demonstrations throughout the afternoon! Live stock coordinator John Agostinho will be shearing our flock of four Cotswold ewes and two Romney wethers using a traditional blade shearing technique. Fiber artist will be on hand to exhibit how wool is spun into yarn. Learn about our community compose programs and adopt a vermicomposting worm at the Con Edison ecology booth. There will be special farm tours, hayrides, kids crafts, colonial cooking demos, live music and delicious local food on the farm all day. The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park. Free parking. Admission is $5 per person. For more information call museum events at (719) 347-FARM or email email@example.com.
Imam Shamsi Ali from the Jamaica Muslim Center shares the basic teachings and practices of Islam with special emphasis on how this religion differs from – and is similar to – Judaism. 1:30 p.m. $8 suggested donation. Central Queens Y, 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills, cqy.org.
New York State Safe Boating Class
A safe boating class will be taught by a qualified U.S. Coast Guard auxiliary instructor from Flotilla 12-01 at Fort Totten in Bayside. This one day, eight hour boating safety course is designed to be an introductory course to meet the boating education needs of recreational boasters and PWC operators. The class will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. The fee is $65 (learning materials included). The address is 611 Little Bay Road, and the class will take place on the 2nd Floor. Pre-registration is required for entry and parking on the Fort Totten base. The next class will be held on Sunday June 26th, at the same time and location. For additional information, contact Ralph Traub at (347) 336-5866.
Sunday Brunch Bazaar at the Ridgewood Market!
An artisan market in Ridgewood. There will be gifts, food, and alcohol, brunch! Of course, there is free entry! There will be over 40 independent and local artisan vendors with new artisans at every market event. They will sell local, artisan, and vintage gifts! There is also canned goods, food, and pastries. Gottscheer Hall will also be serving beer, and specialty cocktails for this occasion. There will be live music, entertainment, and games. The market events are always kid friendly and date friendly. Also their DJ was born and raised in the diverse borough of Queens. The event will be at 657 Fairview Ave. from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
‘Corona: The Early Years’ Book Talk
2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Learn about Corona’s neighborhood development in the mid-1800s, the history of the National Race Course, and the impact of the Tiffany Glass Company. At Kingsland Homestead, 143-35 37th Ave., Flushing
Oratorio Society of Queens Spring Concert
The group performs Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem, Cesar Franck’s 150th Psalm, the finale of Camille Saint-Saens’ Organ Symphony, and diverse selections of America’s choral musical heritage. 4 p.m. $35/$30 for seniors and students/$10 for children 12 and under. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, queensoratorio.org.