Friday, Oct. 8th,
7 p.m., meeting of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, Long Island City Post 2348 at headquarters, 32-35 41st St., tel. RA8-6220.
*7 p.m., the Maspeth Lions Club will host its inaugural Festa D’Talia dinner at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, 57-15 61st St.; tickets $7 per person, tel. 898-8500.
*closing deadline Oct. 8th, Astoria Civic Association will host 19th annual bicycle race for boys and girls ages three to 11 on Sunday, Oct. 17th, 8 p.m., event at Astoria Park, applications available at Chase Bank, 22-45 31st St., tel. 545-5353.
Saturday, Oct. 9th,
Friends of the Spanish Operetta will host a grand dinner dance celebrating Spanish heritage at the Marbella restaurant, 220-33 Northern Blvd., Bayside, tel. (516) 746-7299.
*9 a.m., a free stress management workshop, emphasizing the use of systematic relaxation, will be offered at the New York Hospital Queens Mental Health Center, 174-11 Horace Harding Expwy., Fresh Meadows, tel. 670-1410.
*10 a.m., the Roosevelt Island Tree Board sponsors a fall tree walk with many different kinds of trees to be identified; meet in front of P.S. 217 on the island, tel. (212) 758-6064.
*10 a.m., meeting of the Libertarian Party of Queens County for a discussion of getting to and from the airports; "Railroading the Will of the People"; event at Bohemian Hall, 29-19 24th Ave., Astoria, tel. 670-3270.
*10 a.m., St. John’s Queens Hospital annual health fair to be held at the Family Health Center, 95-25 Queens Blvd., Rego Park, tel. 286-1007.
*noon, inaugural Native American Heritage Day with procession beginning at Macy’s 34th Street in Manhattan and ending at the Veterans Memorial Circle; tel (212) 666-9478.
*noon, annual Queens Columbus Day parade to be held in Astoria, assembling at 11 a.m., at Kaufman Studios, 34-1 36th St., tel. 204-2444.
*9 p.m., country and western dance featuring the group Nick James & Amarillo; event at the Glendale Memorial Building, 72nd Street and Myrtle Avenue, admission $10 per person, tel. 763-4328.
Sunday, Oct. 10th,
9:30 a.m., meeting of the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America, Loitz Post 250 to hear keynote speaker Assemblymember Michael Cohen discuss benefits available to aging veterans and senior citizens; event at the Rego Park Jewish Center, 97-30 Queens Blvd., tel. AX7-7711.
*10 a.m., a bucket drive to solicit donations for the Bay Community Volunteer Ambulance Corps., event at the intersection of 212th Street and Bell Boulevard, Bayside, tel. 352-2080.
*noon, annual Francis M. McCabe Memorial 5K Run to be held at Victory Field, Forest Park, run begins at top of the hill and ends there, applications for participation in the race are available by calling Mrs. Audrey McCabe at 268-8025.
*1 p.m., Come Out Against Violence Day festival will be held in Jackson Heights on 37th Road between 77th and 75th Streets, tel. 205-6605.
*7:30 p.m., Mr. and Mrs. Club of Forest Hills Jewish Center hosts gala opening of the new season featuring international singing stars; event at the center, 106-06 Queens Blvd., cost for guests at social is $12 per person, tel. 575-8909.
*7:30 p.m., Italian Charities of America host an evening of Italian popular music through the century, with ancient and modern instruments, event at the group’s hall, 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst, donation $5, tel. 478-3100.
Monday, Oct. 11th,
7:30 p.m., meeting of the Property Owners/Residents Association of Middle Village at St. Margaret’s Parish hall, 79th Street and Juniper Valley Road, tel. 894-4114.
Tuesday, Oct. 12th,
8 a.m., the College of Aeronautics will host Open Hangar Days now through Thursday, providing an opportunity to learn about degrees available in the aeronautical fields; event at the college located adjacent to LaGuardia Airport, tel. 429-6600.
*noon, meeting of the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce at Dazie’s restaurant, 39-41 Queens Blvd., tel. 784-5426.
*5:30 p.m., meeting of the Queens Borough Board for presentation on predatory lending practices and pending legislation; meet at Queens Borough Hall, 120-55 Queens Blvd., Kew Gardens, tel. 286-3000.
*7 p.m., Brandeis Association will host an installation of officers and directors at Hillcrest Jewish Center, Union Turnpike and 183rd Street, Jamaica Estates, tel. 380-4145.
*7:30 p.m., meeting of the Astoria, Ditmars Homeowners and Tenants Civic Associations to hear keynote speaker Howard Safir, commissioner of the New York City Police Department; event at the St. Francis of Assisi Church basement, 21-17 45th St., Astoria, tel. 267-8444.
*7:30 p.m., meeting of the Queens Toastmasters Club at Queens Borough Hall, 120-55 Queens Blvd., Kew Gardens, tel. 359-3561.
*7:45 p.m., meeting of Community Board 9 at QUICS, 133-19 Atlantic Ave., Richmond Hill, tel. 286-2686.
*8 p.m., meeting of the Forest Hills Community Civic Association at the American Legion Post, 107-15 Metropolitan Ave., Forest Hills, tel. 263-7636.
*8:30 p.m., meeting of School Board 30 at I.S. 10, 31st Avenue and 45th Street, Long Island City, tel. 777-4680.
Wednesday, Oct. 13th,
9:30 a.m., meeting of the Queens Borough Cabinet at Queens Borough Hall, 120-55 Queens Blvd., Kew Gardens, tel. 286-2640.
*noon, meeting of the Queens Chamber of Commerce at Antun’s catering facility, 96-43 Springfield Blvd., Queens Village, tel. 898-8500.
*7 p.m., Wild Wednesdays continues with Manuel Williams Plus Open Mike for Poets and Musicians at New World Coffee, 107-24 Continental Ave., Forest Hills, minimum $3, tel. 424-6494.
*7 p.m., E.L. Doctorow, National Book Award winning novelist, Arthur Miller, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and Joyce Carol Oates, National Book Award winning novelist, will participate in "A Roundtable Discussion on the Art of Writing" at the Queens College evening readings in Lefrak Concert Hall in the Music Building, Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, admission $12, tel. 997-4646.
*7 p.m., public informational meeting on the reconstruction of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway at the Lexington School for the Deaf, 75th Street and 30th Avenue, Jackson Heights, tel. 482-4843. Meeting repeated next day, same time at White Castle District headquarters, 69-01 34th Ave., Woodside.
*7:30 p.m., meeting of Community Board 5 at the Monsignor Sherman Knights of Columbus Hall, 79-02 Myrtle Ave., Glendale, tel. 366-1834.
*7:30 p.m., meeting of the Maspeth Republican Club at Polish American Veterans of the United States, Kowalinski Post, 61-59 Maspeth Ave., tel. 326-7365.
*8:15 p.m., meeting of the North Queens Homeowners Association to hear keynote speaker Sara Lamanna from New York Visiting Nurses, meet at the Lexington Center for the Deaf, 30th Avenue and 75th Street, Jackson Heights, tel. 899-8800.
Thursday, Oct. 14th,
Local Arts Collaborative and Exchange will host exhibition of its artists at the Citibank Building in Court Square now through Dec. 14th; tel. 458-3600.
*6:30 p.m., a panel discussion on Divided Loyalties: Are You Asian or Are You American? will be held at the Asia Society, 725 Park Ave. at 70th Street, Manhattan, admission $10 general public, $7 Asia Society members and students; tel. (212) 517-ASIA.
*9:30 a.m., meeting of the Community Board 1 district cabinet at Kaufman Astoria Studios cafeteria, 36th Street and 35th Avenue, tel. 786-3335.
*1 p.m., meeting of the American Association of Retired Persons, Richmond Hill chapter, for a presentation on managing finances; meet at the Church of the Resurrection, 85-09 118th St., Kew Gardens, tel. 969-8813.
*6:30 p.m., meeting of the Queens County Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals at Donovan’s of Bayside restaurant, cost of $20 includes dinner, tel. 767-2600.
*7 p.m., the New Century Democratic Association to host its annual dinner at the Douglaston Manor, Commonwealth Boulevard and Marathon Parkway, Douglaston, tickets $45 per person, tel. 762-3774.
*7:30 p.m., meeting of the United Forties Civic Association at St. Teresa’s Parish Center, 50-20 45th St., tel. 392-1510.
*7:45 p.m., meeting of the Dutch Kills Civic Association at St. Patrick’s School. 38-37, 28th St., Long Island City, tel. 729-0373.
*7:45 p.m., meeting of the Juniper Park Civic Association at Our Lady of Hope School, Eliot Avenue and 71st Street, Middle Village, tel. 651-5865.
*8 p.m., meeting of the Eleanor Roosevelt Regular Democratic Club to hear platforms by judicial candidates for New York City Civil Court and New York State Supreme Court; meet at Temple Sholom, 263-10 Union Turnpike, Floral Park, tel. 343-8660.
Shrine Of St. Nicholas
To Host Greek Festival
The Greek Orthodox Shrine Church of St. Nicholas, 196-10 Northern Blvd., Flushing, will hold their annual Greek Festival Friday, Oct. 8th through Sunday, Oct. 10th. This year marks the 28th anniversary of the festival, which has become an annual tradition for the church since 1971, when St. Nicholas was the first community to sponsor an ethnic festival in the New York metropolitan area.
Live Greek music by the Trojans will set the mood of being in an Athenian cafe or on a Grecian isle. After sampling souvlaki, visitors can satisfy their sweet tooth by tasting baklava, loukoumades and other Greek pastries.
For those looking for a bargain there will be a flea market. The serious shopper will find vendors selling new merchandise. For the youngsters there will be games, popcorn and sweets.
A highlight of a visit should be a tour of the church. Erected in 1971, the church, was cited by the Queens Chamber of Commerce for its architecture. The church was designated the Shrine Church in 1972 by Archbishop Iakovos when he received at St. Nicholas the relics from the grave of St. Nicholas. These relics have been enshrined in a reliquary. The walls of the church hold six 30 feet by 12 feet panels depicting scenes from the Bible.
The festival begins on Friday Oct. 8th, starting at 6 p.m. and going to midnight; Saturday, Oct. 9th, noon to midnight; and Sunday, Oct. 10th, noon to 10 p.m. Admission is free.
St. Nicholas welcomes all to come for a taste of Greece in Flushing.
Borough Of Queens
*The ARROW Park is due to open early Spring 2000. Now is the time to plan community-based activities.
ARROW (Astoria Residents Reclaiming Our World) invites individuals and representatives from local non-profits to gather on Thursday, Oct. 14th at 7 p.m. at the Museum of the Moving Image Cafe, 36-01 35th Ave., Long Island City, to brainstorm and collect ideas for the new facilities at the park. For directions, call (718) 784-4777.
ARROW Park is a reclaimed city-owned lot which was used for illegal dumping. They worked with neighborhood residents, the partnership for Parks, Variety Boys & Girls Club and the Dutch Kills Civic Association and others to turn the lot into a community garden. With funding from Borough President Claire Shulman’s office, City Council Speaker Peter Vallone, City Councilmember Walter McCaffrey, the Hudson River Foundation and the cooperation of the New York City Parks Department, ARROW was officially designated as a city park last year. ARROW is a nonprofit, volunteer-run organization, and will be operating the park and community center when the new park is completed in January 2000.
*Queens Theatre In The Park encores Ballet Los Pampas, Saturday, Oct.9th at 3 and 8 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 10th at 3 p.m. The Argentine folkloric and tango dance troupe first performed at Queens Theatre in the Park in December 1993. As part of the KeySpan Foundation dance series, this season they perform in a series including the Paul Taylor Dance Company, MOMIX and Venezuela’s Ballet Contemporaneo de Caracas.
Tickets are $24. Discounts include: seniors $22, members $18, young audiences $15, TDF vouchers on the day of the show only, and group discounts.
Call (718) 760-0064 for general information, group rates, membership discounts and ticket orders. Queens Theatre in the Park is conveniently located in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.
*Young women ages 12 to 18 who are interested in developing their leadership skills should consider enrolling in Access for Young Women, a free program at the Forest Hills Community House that begins in October.
"The program, which meets weekly, enhances leadership skills with an emphasis on career options, community advocacy and includes training in computers, self-defense and peer counseling," FHCH director of Children and Teen Services Helena Ku said.
Orientation sessions and surveys for young women will be held at the Community House on Tuesday, Oct. 12th and Thursday, Oct. 14th from 4 to 6 p.m.
Orientation for parents will be held Wednesday, Oct. 13th from 7:30 to 9 p.m.
The Forest Hills Community House is located at 108-25 62nd Dr. For registration or program information, call Sheryl Ross at 792-5757, ext. 233.
*School District 30 and the Mount Sinai Hospital of Queens will be offering asthma education "Managing Asthma," Friday, Oct. 8th, 9:30 a.m. in the District 30 office conference room 112, 49-05 20th Ave., Astoria. For more information, call the Mount Sinai Hospital Queens Community Affairs office at 267-4256.
*"Hello Dolly!" comes to Queensborough Community College (QCC) on Saturday, Oct. 9th at 8 p.m. Tickets are $28, $25 and $22 and can be purchased through the QCC box office, by mail or phone at 631-6311.
*Oct. 7th, LaGuardia Community College is offering the basic fundamentals on how to navigate the Internet. The course is offered in two sessions: two three-hour classes on Oct. 7th and 21st, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m, and a six hour class Nov. 6th, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuition $99. For more information, call 482-5125.
*Oct 12th, LaGuardia Community College is offering the classes on the basics of investing. Classes are to be be held Tuesday evenings, 6 to 8:40 p.m. in the college’s main building. Tuition is $75.
*Oct. 13th, LaGuardia Community College is offering an array of online computer courses. Classes cost $99. For more information, call 482-5125.
The college is also offering a two-course certificate program in import/export for those interested in getting into or starting their own business. The classes will be given on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in the college’s main building. For more information, call 482-5125.