Calendar of Events
Dec. 16, 1 p.m., Kew Gardens Community Center Holiday Party, 80-02 Kew Gardens Rd., Suite 202; 718-268-5960.
To Dec. 16, Bank of America 2005 Holiday Toy Drive; to locate a branch go to www.bankofamerica.com.
To Dec. 16, Community Board 2 Holiday Toy Drive; 43-22 50th St., 2nd Floor, Woodside, Mon.to Fri, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Dec. 17, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Commerce Bank, Free Santa Photos, 31-04 Ditmars Blvd., Astoria; 718-267-5100 and 79-55 Metropolitan Ave., Middle Village; 718-894-6218.
Dec. 17, 2 p.m., LaGuardia Community College, The Nutcracker, Mainstage Theatre, 47th Avenue/Van Dam Street, Long Island City; 718-482-5151.
Dec. 17, 18, 1, 3, 5 p.m., King Manor Museum free tours and stories with Santa, King Park, Jamaica Avenue/150th Street, Jamaica; 718-206-0545.
Dec. 18, Queensborough Community College, Oratorio Society Annual Holiday Concert, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside; 718-631-6327.
Dec. 18, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Central Queens YM & YWHA 13th Annual Holiday Craft Fair & Chanufest, 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills; 718-268-5011, ext. 301.
Dec. 18, 2:30 p.m., Opera New York, Christmas in Italy; Merkin Concert Hall, Kaufman Center, 129 W. 67th St., Manhattan; 212-501-3330 or www.kaufman-center.org.
Dec. 18, 4 p.m., Children’s Orchestra Society Winter Concert Holiday Extravaganza; Ralph and Ricky Lauren Center, Lexington School for the Deaf, 30th Avenue, Jackson Heights; 516-869-9696.
Dec. 18, 5 p.m., Bayside Hills Civic Association Menorah and Christmas Tree Lighting, Bell Boulevard and 51st Avenue; 7 p.m., Chanukkah Party; Oakland Jewish Center, 61-35 220th St.
Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m., Astoria Symphony’s Holiday Jubilee, kids only free; St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 43-19 30th Ave., Astoria; 718-204-9034.
To Dec. 20, Alley Pond Environmental Center Holiday Shopping Days at the APEC Gift Shop, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston; 718-229-4000.
Dec. 26, 27, Queens County Farm Museum Holiday Open House, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Floral Park; 718-347-FARM.
Dec. 29, 3 to 5 p.m., New Year Concert & Art Exhibit with Andranik and Arshak Hayotsyans; North Fork Bank, 40-20 Queens Blvd., Sunnyside; 718-392-9470.
Dec. 14, 7 p.m., Board 5; Greater Ridgewood Youth Council Meeting Hall, 62-10 Myrtle Ave., Glendale; 718-366-1834.
Dec. 14, Jan. 11, 2006, Feb. 8, Mar. 8, Apr. 5, May 10, Jun. 14, Sep. 13, Oct. 18, Nov. 8, Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m., Board 8; Hillcrest Jewish Center, 183-02 Union Tpke., Flushing, call to confirm location; 718-264-7895.
Dec. 20, Jan. 9, 2006 7 p.m., Board 1; Astoria World Manor, 25-22 Astoria Blvd.; 718-786-3335.
Jan. 5, 2006, 7 p.m., Board 2; Sunnyside Senior Center, 43-31 39th St., 2nd Floor; 718-533-8773.
Jan. 9, 7 p.m., sharp, Board 7; Union Plaza Care Center, 33-23 Union St., Flushing; 718-359-2800.
Jan. 12, 9:30 a.m., Board 1; Kaufman Astoria Studio Cafe, 34-12 36th St., Astoria; 718-786-3335.
Jan. 24, 2006, 8 p.m., 107th Police Precinct, 71-01 Parsons Blvd., Community Room, Flushing.
Jan. 31, 2006, 8 p.m., sharp, 108th Police Precinct; Sunnyside Senior Center, 43-31 39th St., 2nd Floor
Community District Education Council
Dec. 20, 8 p.m., District 26; M.S. 74, 61-15 Oceania St., Room 128, Bayside; 718-631-6927.
Dec. 19, 6 p.m., SHHH at Lex., Lexington Center For The Deaf, 30th Avenue, Jackson Heights; 718-350-3183.
Dec. 19, 8 p.m., Queens Mineral Society; Queens College, Room D235 New Science Building, Flushing; 718-544-5059 or 718-347-6839.
Jan. 30, 2006, Feb. 13, Mar. 20, Apr. 10, May 15, Jun. 19, Jul. 10, Sep. 18, Oct. 16, Nov. 13, Dec. 11; 5:30 p.m., BOROUGH BOARD: Jan. 31, Feb. 14th, 9:00 a.m. (location TBA), Mar. 21, Apr. 11, May 16, Jun. 20, Jul. 11, Sep. 19, Oct. 17, Nov. 14, Dec. 12, 9:30 a.m. BOROUGH CABINET, Queens Borough Hall, Borough President’s Conference Room, 2nd Floor,120-55 Queens Blvd., dates are subject to confirmation; 718-286-2640.
Jan. 24, Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation.
Arts & Entertainment
Flushing Town Hall
Dec. 16, Broadway Cafe: To Life!; Dec. 27, The Hudson Vagabond Puppets, Ferdinand the Bull, Peter and the Wolf (Dec. 28), Jemina Puddleduck and the Fierce Bad Rabbit (Dec. 29), Northern Boulevard, Flushing; 718-463-7700.
Long Island Children’s Museum
Dec. 21, 22, Greetings of the Season; Dec. 23, Celebrate Light, Celebration Chain, Kid’s First “The Backyardigans”; Dec. 26, Oh Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel, Little Stars; Dec. 27, Crazy about Cookies, Written in Light; Dec. 28, Celebrate Kwanzaa, Legendary Printmaking, AmeriKazoo Family Band; Dec. 29, 30, A Bonzer of a Day; Dec. 30, “Seasons of Fun” Films; Dec. 31, Countdown to 12 Films, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City; 516-224-5800.
Museum of the Moving Image
Dec. 14, Blockheads; Dec. 17, La Vida Nocturna, Blotto, Politiquerieas; Dec. 18, Shorts Program: Early Talkies; Unaccustomed As We Are, They Go Boom!, One Good Turn, Helpmates; Dec. 24, Babes in Toyland; Dec. 26, Me and My Pal, Them Thar Hills, Tit for Tat; Dec. 26-30, Way Out West; Dec. 26-Jan. 2, 2006, GUMBY! 50th Anniversary, 35th Avenue, Astoria; 718-784-0077.
To Mar. 5, 2006, The Imagery of Chess Revisited, 9-01 33rd Rd., Long Island City; 646-486-7050.
P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center
To March, 2006, Fall 2005 Exhibitions, Jon Kessler, Ari Marcopoulos, Day Labor, Adrian Paci, The Painted World, Peter Hujar, Stephen Shore:American Surfaces; 22-25 Jackson Ave., Long Island City; 718-784-2084.
Queensborough Community College
Dec. 14, Collegium Musicum, QCC Jazz Ensemble; to Dec. 31, An American Odyssey; African Art and the Khabouris Codex Exhibits: 1945-1980; Mar. 17, 2006, Stefan Arteni Exhibit; ongoing, Wednesdays/Thursdays, The Anthropology Museum of the People of New York & Armenia Cultural Education Resource Center Gallery, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside; 718-631-6327.
Queens Theatre In The Park
Jan. 7, 8, 2006, The Acting Company presents William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”; Jan. 14, 15, Alexander Dumas’ The Three Musketeers; Queens Theatre in the Park, Flushing Meadows–Corona Park; 718-760-0064, or online at www.queenstheatre.org.
Dec. 14-18, The Queens Players present “Cinderella: An English Pantomime”, The Creek Theatre, 10-93 Jackson Ave., Long Island City, admission, reservations and advance tickets 347-724-4056
Dec. 15, Kew Gardens Community Center Films, Notre Musique; Dec. 22, Nutcracker Ballet, 80-02 Kew Gardens Rd., Suite 202; 718-268-5960.
To Dec. 18, Greek Cultural Center presents “The Abduction of the Gorgeous…Hen”; 27-18 Hoyt Ave. South, Astoria; 718-726-7329.
Dec. 19, Italian Charities of America, Saturday Dances, fee, 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst; 718-478-3100.
Dec. 21, Woodhaven Library Book Group 1776, 85-41 Forest Pkwy.; 718-849-4980.
Dec. 31 Killing Kompany Murder Mystery Dinner Show “Murder By Midnight”, White House,Whitestone; 718-746-1111 or 888-SHOOT-EM.
To Jan. 28, 2006, Chocolate Factory “Carnal Fluorescence” paintings, pen and ink work, stories, 5-49 49th Ave., Long Island City; 718-482-7069.
To Feb. 26, Louis Armstrong House & Archives Jack Bradley Collection “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love…” exhibit and tour, 34-56 107th St., Corona; 718-478-8274.
To Mar. 5, Socrates Sculpture Park, EAF05: 2005 Emerging Artists Fellowship Exhibition, Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City; 718-956-1819.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Dances
Dec. 14, 7:45 p.m., Maspeth Republican Club Annual Christmas Party and Installation of Officers; Kowalinski Post, 61-57 Maspeth Ave.
Dec. 15, Kew Gardens Hills Civic Association Legislative Reception and Dessert Gala; Jewish Center of Kew Gardens Hills, 71-25 Main St., Flushing.
Dec. 22, Forest Hills Community House/Senior Center Christmas–Hanukkah Luncheon and Celebration, 108-25 62nd Dr.; 718-699-1010.
Fleas, Fairs, Fundraisers
Dec. 18, Filipino American Human Services, Inc. “Light A Parol Program” 2005 Fundraiser; Queens Museum of Art, Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, Flushing; 222.fahsi.org/parol.html.
Jan. 21, 2006, Italian Charities of America Flea Market, refreshments will be served, 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst; 718-478-3100.
Dec. 13, Sri Chinmoy Centre Meditation Classes, 172-09 84th Ave., Jamaica; 718-380-5259, ext. 113.
•Wednesday morning, Ridgewood Older Adult Center & Services free yoga classes, after Dec. 7 nominal fee, 59-14 70th Ave., Ridgewood; 718-456-2000.
Greater Astoria Historical Society
Ongoing, “Astoria’s Greatest Generation: World War II + 60 Years”; Quinn’s Gallery, 4th Floor, 35-20 Broadway, Astoria; 718-278-0700.
Queens Historical Society
Dec. 18, Flushing 1880-1935; Jan. 8, 2006, The Story of Corona; Feb. 9, Brother & Me; Feb. 26, Friends of Freedom: The Anti-Slavery Struggle in Queens and Long Island; to Sept. 3, 40th Anniversary celebration of the designation of Kingsland Homestead as first landmark in Queens; ongoing, Kingsland: From Homestead to House Museum; Family Life at Kingsland; Persistence: A Celebration of Landmarks in Queens–Past, Present, Future; Slide Lecture, 143-35 37th Ave., Flushing; 718-939-0647, ext. 17.
Museum of Jewish Heritage
To Mar. 12, 2006, Bukharan Odyssey: Photographs by Zion Ozeri, general museum admission, 36 Battery Pl., Battery Park City, Lower Manhattan, (646) 437-4200.
Items of Community Interest
Dec. 14, Queensborough Community College “On-the-Spot Admission Open House”, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside; 718-631-6327.
Dec. 14, Ridgewood Older Adult Center & Services Laurel & Hardy Festival; Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria; 718-546-2000.
Dec. 17, Bella Italia Mia “Italy Off The Beaten Track In Abruzzo”; Christ the King H.S., 68-02 Metropolitan Ave., Middle Village; 718-426-1240.
•Tuesdays, Sunnyside Drum Corps, Inc. now accepting new members, 6 to 7 p.m.; All Saints’ Church, 43-12 46th St, Sunnyside; 718-SUN-4141.
•Wednesdays, New York Police Department, 104th Police Precinct, Law Enforcement Exploring Program; Post 2104, 62-04 Catalpa Ave., Ridgewood; 718-285-2454.
•Saturdays, Toastmasters Club, every other Saturday; Elmhurst Hospital Center, Conference Room A-1-15, 79-01 Broadway; 718-276-2972.
Parks & Recreation
Alley Pond Environmental Center
Dec. 15, 22, 29, Watercolor Workshops; Dec. 17, Polar Bear & Penguin Art, An Evening With the Stars; Dec. 18, Crazy Crayons, Nature Frames; Dec. 20, ECO Explorer’s Club; Dec. 27, (weather permitting) APEC Cries Wolf; Dec. 28, Winter Wildlife: A Winter Recess Program; ongoing: birthday parties for 2 to 3 and 4 to 12 year old children, most programs are fee-based, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston; 718-229-4000.
New York Hall of Science
Dec. 17, 18, 24, 28, 29, 31, Jan. 1, 2006, Auditorium Videos, Scholastic’s “The Magic School Bus: Goes To Seed, National Geographic: Really Wild Animals–Totally Tropical Rainforest; Dec. 27, Rainforest Butterflies, Winter Foraging; Dec. 29, After-Dinner Gardening; Dec. 30, Indoor Composting with Worms, Our Endangered Earth; weekends, Drop-In Family Workshops, Plant-A-Seed, Seed Collages, Flushing Meadows–Corona Park.
Queens Botanical Garden
Dec. 15, Terrariums, 43-50 Main St., Flushing; 718-886-3800.
Oct. 14, 2006, All Saints Commercial District H.S. Class of 1961 45th Year Reunion; Koenig’s Restaurant, 86 S. Tyson Ave., Floral Park, RSVP by Oct. 28, 2005, Mary Ann Luzinski, 201 E. 66th St., #14D, NY 10021 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
School News & Events
Dec. 15, Teens for Racial and Ethnic Awakening (TREA), ages 14 to 20, photo ID required for entrance; Renaissance Charter School, 35-59 81st St., Jackson Heights; e-mail email@example.com.
Dec. 16, Grover Cleveland H.S. Blood Drive, call 718-381-9600, ext. 236 for an appointment.
Dec. 23 deadline, Councilmember Melinda Katz Essay Contest “New York Is Special To Me Because…”, grades one to three and four to six, 104-01 Metropolitan Ave., Forest Hills; 718-544-8800.
Jan. 16, 2006, 112th Police Precinct Community Council Eighth Annual Anti-Drug Essay Contest, submit entries to 112th Precinct, 68-40 Austin St., Forest Hills.
Central Queens YM & YWHA
Dec. 15, senior day trip to the Museum of Television and Radio in Manhattan, fee; ongoing, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, belly, Israeli, line, jazz dancing; Monday to Thursday, Kids’ Korner After School Center, grades K to 6; Tuesday, Tai Chi Chuan exercise classes, matinee and lunch for senior adults; Fridays “Sew” for Israel; Family Workshops; Sundays, Fencing, fees charged for all programs, 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills. Call for fees, 718-268-5011.
Cross Island Y
Ongoing, art programs for youth, teens and adults; ballroom dancing, dance for ages 3 to 11; computer learning opportunities; instructional wrestling, soccer, baseball; martial arts; Smart Start; team registration for leagues, training for Special Olympics, 238-10 Hillside Ave., Bellerose. For information, call 718-479-0505.
•Forest Hills Community House & Senior Center,
108-25 62nd Dr.; 718-699-1010; Kew Gardens Community & Senior Center, 80-02 Kew Gardens Rd., Suite 202; 718-268-5960; Rego Park Senior Center, 93-29 Queens Blvd.; 718-896-8511. All the centers host many interesting and diverse courses and activities, some have free lunch, call the center nearest you for information.
•Sunnyside Community Services for Adults, call Nancy Lee Hendley at 718-786-9273; Citizenship/ESL Classes, call Sonia at 718-784-6173, ext. 112 or Richard at ext. 111; Home Care Project, Inc., call the Case Management Department at 718-786-6160, ext. 341, 345, 362; Immigration Information and Legal Assistance Referral Services, call Myrna Soto at 718-784-6173, ext. 115; Home Care Projects/Home Health Aide Job Opportunities, call Blanca Castillo at 718-784-6160, ext. 334; Western Queens Caregivers Network, call Fern Parker; 718-392-6945.