2000-01-05 / Community Calendar


of Events

*Friday, Jan. 7th,

9:15 a.m.,

ribbon cutting ceremony at PS 149, School of Business and Technology, 93-11 34th Ave.; Jackson Heights; tel. 898-3630.

*Saturday, Jan 8th,

Outdoor Singles offers a hike to either Leatherman’s Cave in Cross River upstate, or to Perkin’s Tower on Bear Mountain, also upstate; enjoy a day of fun, nature and exercise, with singles from the metropolitan area; information and reservations tel. 353-5506.

*2 p.m., United Nations Association of the United States of America hosts a forum on workers rights in the global economy at the Queens Borough Public Library’s Forest Hills branch, 108-19 71st Ave.; tel.268-7934.

*7 p.m., the Greater Ridgewood Historical Society will celebrate the new year with a candlelight night at the historical Onderdonk House, Ridgewood.Costumed hosts will be on hand to guide visitors throughout the house, including the current exhibit "Winter Wonderland". Event at the house, corner of Flushing and Onderdonk Avenues; admission $3; tel. 456-1776.

*Sunday, Jan. 9th,

Outdoor Singles offers a hike at Jenny Jump State Park in New Jersey; information and reservations tel. 353-5506.

*1 p.m., Sunday family drop-in art workshops continue at the Queens Museum of Art with "Accordion Books", where visitors write their own myth in this beautiful book, decorate the cover with images from your favorite stories; event at the museum, New York City Building, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park; tickets $3; tel. 592-9700.

*Monday, Jan 10th,

7 p.m.,

meeting of Community Board 7 at the Union Plaza Nursing Home, 33-23 Union St., Flushing; tel. 359-2800.

*7:30 p.m., Mellow Mondays continue into the new millennium with poets Shirley Cuffee and Frieda Melnick reading selections from their works; event at Caffe Greco, 79-08 37th Ave., Jackson Heights; tel. 458-3600.

*7:30 p.m., meeting of the Middle Village Property Owners and Residents Association at St. Margaret’s Parish Hall, 79th Street and Juniper Valley Road; tel. 894-4114.

*Tuesday, Jan. 11th,

7 p.m.,

meeting of Queens Gays and Lesbians United for forum on "Orientation on the Road Comes to Queens"; event at Queens Borough Hall, 120-55 Queens Blvd., Kew Gardens; tel. 205-6605.

*7:45 p.m., meeting of Community Board 9 at Queens Borough Hall, 120-55 Queens Blvd, Kew Gardens; tel. 286-2686.

*8 p.m., meeting of the Forest Hills Community and Civic Association at the American Legion Continental Post, 107-15 Metropolitan Ave.; tel. 263-7636.

*8:30 p.m., meeting of School Board 30 at P.S. 70, 30-45 42nd St., Long Island City; tel. 777-4680.

*Wednesday, Jan 12th,

6:30 p.m.,

meeting of the Rudy Hepatitis C support group to hear guest speaker and hepatologist Dr. Anil Sharma; event at the Sunnyside Community Service Center, 43-31 39th St.; tel. 937-1421.

*7:30 p.m., meeting of Community Board 5 at the Monsignor Sherman Knights of Columbus Hall, 79-03 Myrtle Ave., Glendale; tel. 366-1834.

*7:30 p.m., meeting of School Board 25 at the district headquarters, 30-48 Linden Place, Flushing; tel. 281-7625.

*8:15 p.m., meeting of the North Queens Homeowners Civic Association to hear guest speaker Congressman Joseph Crowley; meet at the Lexington Center for the Deaf, 30th Avenue and 75th Street, Jackson Heights; tel. 429-3737.

*Thursday, Jan. 13th,

9:30 a.m., meeting of the Community Board 1 district cabinet at Kaufman Astoria Studios, 36th Street and 35th Avenue; tel. 786-3335.

*10 a.m., the MetroCard store bus is coming to help senior citizens with their MetroCards in front of Assemblymember Catherine Nolan's’ office, 45-25 47th St., Woodside; tel. (212) METROCARD.

*10:30 a.m., Queens land use hearings held at Queens Borough Hall, 120-55 Queens Blvd., Kew Gardens; tel. 286-2640.

*1 p.m. meeting of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, Chapter 1871, at the Catholic War Veterans Hall, 45-06 30th Ave., Astoria; tel. 932-0661.

*7:30 p.m., meeting of the United Forties Civic Association at St. Teresa’s parish center, 50-20 45th St.; tel. 392-1510.

*7:30 p.m., meeting of the Kew Gardens Hills Civic Association to hear guest speaker Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer; event at the Jewish Center of Kew Gardens Hills, 71-25 Main St.; tel. 263-1760.

*7:30 p.m., a new book by officers from the New York City Police Department, Cops Tales, 2000, will be discussed by former police detective Dan Mahoney at the Barnes & Noble Forest Hills book store, 70-00 Austin St.; tel. 793-1395.

Around The Borough Of Queens

*The Renaissance School is a K to 12 New Visions school, located inJackson Heights.Seats will be opening in September 2000 for one kindergarten and one sixth-grade class.A few seats may be available in other grades. Most of the school’s student body reside within the boundaries of School District 30. A small percentage of seats are open to allNew York City residents.

Families of prospective students must attend one of the open houses that are scheduled inJanuary and early February. For more information call the school at 803-0060.

The Library:

*A record shattering 16.6 million people visited the Queens BoroughPublic Library in Fiscal Year 1999—an 11 percent increase over the previous year.Circulation increased nine percent to a record 17.5 million, the highest of any library system in the United States.

There were 52 million hits to the Queens Library website, <queenslibrary.org.>

The library attributes its popularity to the variety of services and programs it provides, including collections in Spanish, Korean, Chinese,Russian and the other major immigrant languages in Queens; Internet access in all locations, programs to help children and adults improve their literacy and more than 21,000 educational, literary and cultural programs given free in library locations throughout the year.

The new Flushing Library, a state-of-the-art facility had its first million visitors in only seven months of operation.It is projected to have received two million visitors by late August. Also, the heavily used Cyber Center opened at the Central Library this winter, features 48 personal computers.

*America’s first written declaration of religious tolerance, the Flushing Remonstrance, will continue on display at the library’s International Resource Center Gallery, 41-17 MainSt., through January 30, 2000. Rarely in the public view, the document is on display in its original home, Queens, for the first time in more than three decades.The exhibit was scheduled to close Dec. 23rd, but was extended due to popular demand. Admission is free.

The Remonstrance was a written protest signed in 1657 by the people of Flushing, who were living under the rule of the Dutch. The settlers were warned by their Dutch governor, Peter Stuyvesant, not to allow Quakers into their homes or towns.The citizens of Flushing stated they would turn no one out of their homes who came to them in peace, regardless of their religion.The Remonstrance demanded tolerance for all religions and declared that the town was open for all faiths to full worship.Handed to Stuyvesant more than 340 years ago, this document is largely credited with paving the way toward religious freedom in America.

The Flushing Remonstrance is on loan from the New York State Archives.This exhibit is sponsored in part by The Joe and Emily Lowe Foundation, and was organized with the cooperation of the Bowne House Historical Society, Inc.,:the Religious Society of Friends,Flushing Meeting House, the Queens Courier and the Queens Historical Society. Call 661-1201 for more information.

*Christine Roland, director of housing/community organizing at the Forest Hills Community House, will hold monthly housing clinics for tenants living in rental apartments on the first Wednesday of every month at the Beacon Center at J.H.S. 190, 68-17 Austin St., 6 to 8 p.m. and at the Rego Park Senior Center, 93-29 Queens Blvd., Lost Battalion Hall, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Bring a copy of your lease.

For information, call 592-5757, ext. 221.

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