Focus On Queens

The Sunnyside Gardens Preservation Alliance and the Sunnyside Reformed Church will present a special performance in conjunction with a National Register plaque dedication on Sept. 21.
At 4:30 p.m., a plaque will be dedicated at dancer Elizabeth Polk’s former home, located at 39-48 46th St., Sunnyside. At 7 p.m., Polk’s grandniece, Libby Skala, will perform, “A Time to Dance,” a one-woman play telling Polk’s story, at Sunnyside Reformed Church.

Upcoming programs from the Central Queens YM & YWHA include:
Flamenco style dancing, for children ages 7-12, 2-3 p.m. starting Sept. 22. Cost is $150 for members, $198 for non-members.
Breakdancing, for children ages 7-12. Two classes include Tuesdays 6-7 p.m. beginning Sept. 17, 13 sessions, $182 for members and $234 for non-members; Sundays noon to 1 p.m. 11 sessions beginning Sept. 22, $154 for members and $198 for non-members. A $15 insurance fee will be added to all prices.
The Central Queens Y is located at 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills. For information, call Dale Stark at (718) 268-5011, Ext. 501, email or visit

New York Families for Autistic Children will host a flea market from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 14-15 at 164-14 Cross Bay Blvd., Howard Beach. New and used items will be available, food and beverage will be sold.
Donations are being accepted and vendors are sought. For information, call Sara at (347) 566-3122, Ext. 305.

The Ozone Park Civic Association will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 17 at 97-14 135th Drive. The speaker will be certified financial planner Eric Tom, who will discuss retirement planning and decisions.
Andres Carrion of Rego Park has enrolled at SUNY Institute of Technology in Utica as freshmen for the fall 2013 semester.

Local students have been named as semifinalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. They include:
Ozone Park: Shahrouk Reza, John Adams High School.

City Parks Foundation will begin its CityParks Seniors Fitness fall 2013 schedule the week of Sept. 23 with free tennis lessons and yoga instruction in four parks in the Borough. All activities will take place twice a week at each park through Nov. 1.
The fall schedule includes:
Astoria Park: Tennis, 10 a.m. to noon Mondays and Wednesdays.
Cunningham Park: Tennis, 9 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; Yoga 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Flushing Meadows Corona Park: Tennis, 9 to 11 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.
Roy Wilkins Park: Tennis, 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; Yoga, 9 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.
For information, call (718) 760-6999.

The Flushing Meadows Corona Park Conservancy and Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras will sponsor a special event to celebrate service dogs who help children with special needs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Playground for all Children in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. For information, see the conservancy’s Facebook page.

Upcoming programs for preschool children, sponsored by the Samuel Field Y, include:
Monday Magic: Learn & Play, 3-4 p.m. Mondays starting Oct. 2 at the Bay Terrace Center, 212-00 23rd Ave., Bayside.
Gym and Creative Exploration, 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays starting Sept. 30 at the Little Neck site, 58-20 Little Neck Pkwy., Little Neck.
The Little Neck site will also host a Columbus Day Party, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 14.
Programs cost $5 per family. Snacks will be served.
For information or to RSVP, call Amanda at (718) 225-6750, Ext. 262, or email

Theatre Time Productions will present “A Murder is Announced,” a play by Agatha Christie, at the Colonial Church of Bayside, 54-02 217th St., Bayside. Performance schedule will include shows at 8 p.m. Sept. 20, 21, 27 and 28 and 3 p.m. on Sept. 22 and 29.
General admission tickets cost $16, $14 for students and seniors. Group rates are available. An opening night dessert after-party will be held on Sept. 20. For information, tickets or reservations for the after-party, call (347) 358-8102 or visit
Community Board 8 will meet 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Hillcrest Jewish Center, 183-02 Union Tpke.

The Charles H. Revson Foundation recently announced that two Queens Library branches were named as two of the 10 finalists for the inaugural NYC Neighborhood Library Awards, which celebrate the role of local libraries in serving the diverse communities in the City.
The Corona branch and the Queens Village branch of the Queens Library were included on the list.
Winners will be announced on Sept. 17.

Air Force Airman Yangchen Lhamo 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.
Lhamo is a 2008 graduate of Benjamin Cardozo High School.

Local students have enrolled at SUNY Institute of Technology in Utica as freshmen for the fall 2013 semester. They include:
Bayside: Shawn Felix.
Fresh Meadows: Yiru Ni.
Oakland Gardens: Jessica Merkl.
Queens Village: Christian Silva, Deandre Walters.

Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, will host its annual Harvest Moon Festival from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 15. Cost is $10 for members, $12 for non-members; family rates are available as well.
For information or to register, call (718) 229-4000.

Flushing House will sponsor a bereavement symposium titled “Perspectives in Bereavement / Charting One’s Path to Recovery,” from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 25 at Flushing House, 38-20 Bowne St., Flushing. The forum will feature experts addressing state-of-the-art knowledge, advancements and therapies dealing with grief, bereavement and recovery.
To RSVP or to learn about sponsorship opportunities, call Robert Salant at Flushing House, (347) 532-3025 or email

Local students have been named as semifinalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. They include:
Briarwood: Samantha Sattler, Archbishop Molloy High School.
Flushing: Ophira Blumner, Amy Hao, Abbey Li, Xuelin Liang, Karen Liu, Nicole Tan, Jasmine Wu, Morgan Wu, Townsend Harris High School; Samuel Retter, Mesivta Yesodei Yeshuron.

The Roberta Wells Conservatory will kick off its fall/winter season the week of Sept. 16 will free sample classes at the Antioch Baptist Church of Corona, 103-02 Northern Blvd., Corona. Free children’s classes in dance, theater and cheerleading will be offered.
For information and a schedule, call (347) 837-0712 or visit