Focus On Queens, Jan. 2

Air Force Airman 1st Class  Jose Pena

Air Force Airman 1st Class
Jose Pena

Air Force Airman 1st Class Jose Pena graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.
Pena is the son of Fabiola Cabrera of Astoria and is a 2010 graduate of Long Island City High School.

The Queens Library branch at Lefrak City in Corona will close for one week at the end of business on Jan. 3 while it is upgraded to RFID-powered self-service check-in and check-out.

The Latin American Cultural Center of Queens, guitarist David Galvez and violinist Romulo Benavides host a re-enactment of the Three Kings, who followed a star to a Bethlehem manger to see the newborn Jesus at 2 p.m. Jan. 4. Free. Arrow Community Center, 35-30 35th St., Astoria. For information, call (718) 261-7664.

The Greater Ridgewood Historical Society will sponsor a candlelight tour of the Onderdonk House from 6-8 p.m. on Jan. 5. The evening will include music and refreshments by candlelight.
The Onderdonk House is located at 1820 Flushing Ave., Flushing. For information, call (718) 456-1776 or visit www.onderdonk.org.

The Queens Zoo has announced registration for its winter/spring 2014 Little Hatchlings program. The winter session will run Wednesdays, January through March. The Spring series will run Wednesdays from March 26 to June 4.
Cost is $250 members, $270 for non-members. For information, call (718) 271-1500 or visit www.queenszoo.com.

Queens Botanical Garden will hold an electronic waste recycling event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 12 at the parking entrance on Crommelin Street. The event will be held in conjunction with the Lower East Side Ecology Center and sponsored by Tek Serve.
For information on accepted materials, visit www.lesecologycenter.org.

Army Reserve Pvt. Thomas Yoo has graduated from One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Leonard Wood, Waynesville, Mo., which included basic military training and advanced individual training (AIT).
During basic military training, the trainee received instruction in drill and ceremony, weapons qualification, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army doctrine, history, principles and traditions.
During AIT, the soldier completed the military police specialist course to acquire skills to provide combat area support, conduct battlefield circulation control, area security, prisoner of war operations, civilian internee operations, and law and order operations.
Yoo is the son of Jimmy and Sharon Yoo of Little Neck and is a 2011 graduate of Queens High School for the Sciences at York College in Jamaica.

Trio Cavatina will perform at Flushing Town Hall at 3 p.m. Jan. 12 as part of the Five Boroughs Music Festival’s 2013-14 season. Tickets cost $20 for Queens residents and Flushing Town Hall members, $25 general admission and $15 for students. For information, visit www.5bmf.org.

The Center for the Women of New York Book Club will meet at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15 at the Barnes & Noble in the Bay Terrace Shopping Center. The group will discuss Cheryl Strayed’s book, “Wild.”

The Noguchi Museum screens a documentary on the Shanghai Animation Studio, which was effectively halted by the Cultural Revolution in 1965, from 5-8 p.m. Jan. 3. Admission is free on the first Friday of the month as part of “First Fridays,” a program that includes a guided discussion on a single work of art on view. NM, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC, www.noguchi.org.

The Queens Zoo has announced registration for its winter/spring 2014 Little Hatchlings program. The winter session will run Wednesdays, January through March. The Spring series will run Wednesdays from March 26 to June 4.
Cost is $250 members, $270 for non-members. For information, call (718) 271-1500 or visit www.queenszoo.com.

Local students took part in innovative projects as part of Project: Pomfret at the Pomfret School in Connecticut.
Darren-Singh-Estrada of Woodhaven and Dorian Weekes of Rego Park were on a student-faculty team whose project was titled “Manifesto! What Do You Stand For?”

The National Safety Council will sponsor at defensive driving course from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Forest Hills Jewish Center, 108-06 Queens Blvd., Forest Hills. For information or registration call (718) 263-7000.

The New Knitting Circle at the Rego Park Jewish Center meets at 2 p.m. on Jan. 9 and Jan. 23, led by Reina Goodman. There is no charge and refreshments will be served. Bring knitting equipment if you have it.
The Rego Park Jewish Center is located at 97-30 Queens Blvd., Rego Park. For information, call (718) 459-1000.