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It’s In Queens! (Jan. 7 to Jan. 13)

Regardless of the temperature, a great ice cream event is approaching. Plus, it’s time to get a free piece of the Guinness World Record-breaking GingerBread Lane. Other options include Mulchfest, a living library art project, great movies, music, animals, and a trip back to the fashion of the 1980s. Here’s the rundown.

Jan. 7, Opening for HS2AS Exhibition: Chapter 2, 6 pm. Queens Council for the Arts hosts a development program for borough high school students. The alums’ art will be on display in a group show until June after this opening party. Edison Price Lighting Gallery, 41-50 22nd St., LIC, www.queenscouncilarts.org.

Jan. 8, Free First Friday, 10 am to 5 pm. On the first Friday of every month, the museum offers visitors free admission and tours in English and Japanese. Explore the works of an internationally renowned, Japanese-American artist. Free. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC, www.noguchi.org.

Jan. 8, Ice Cream Social, 8 pm to midnight. The Queen of Astoria presents a jerky tasting and make-your-own-sundae bar while DJ J Fuse provides the music and Aloria Cakes hosts a dessert pop-up. $10. Rockaway Brewing Company, 46-01 5th St., LIC, www.licicecreamsocial.eventbrite.com.

Jan. 8, Francofonia, 7 pm. Screened on opening night of the fifth annual First Look festival, Francofonia is a documentary/essay on art, culture, and history by the great Russian director Alexander Sokurov in French, Russian, and German with English subtitles. To show beforehand, the 12-minute short Capital Cuba is a syncopated visual study of the Cuban seascape in Old Havana and the town of Casa Blanca. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Jan. 9, The Reanimation Library, noon to 5:30 pm. The Reanimation Library is an art project and a functioning research library with an emphasis on visual information. Titles include Airborne Camera: The World From the Air and Outer Space; New Buildings With Fallout Protection; and Sounds of Western North Atlantic Fishes: A Reference File of Biological Underwater Sounds. Browse, open, read, scan, or photocopy the books. Artist and librarian Andrew Beccone will be on hand to introduce the collection and answer questions. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.queensmuseum.org.

Jan. 9 & 10, Mulchfest, 10 am to 2 pm. Drop off unwanted Christmas trees at 14 designated borough parks. More information here: www.nycgovparks.org/highlights/festivals/mulchfest.

Jan. 9, One Block Challenge, 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm. Learn how to use woodworking tools to build things out of a three-inch block of wood. $3 per adult-child pair, plus admission. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona, www.nysci.org.

Jan. 9, Best of Nonfiction Film 2015, through Jan. 12. A series of movies selected by experts. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Jan. 9 to Feb. 13, The Queens Young Academy, noon to 1:15 pm. During this six-week, Saturday-only program, students learn about the lives and accomplishments of Queens-native innovators in science, technology, engineering, and math. The program is combined with the opportunity to build robots. $199. Queens Historical Society, Weeping Beech Park, 143-35 37th Ave., Flushing, www.queenshistoricalsociety.org.

Jan. 9, João Bénard da Costa: Others Will Love the Things I Have Loved, 1:30 pm; Johnny Guitar, 4 pm; I Am the People, 7 pm. Screened as part of the fifth annual First Look festival, Bénard da Costa is a lyrical portrait of a beloved director of the Portuguese Film Museum, preceded by L’Oiseau de la nuit, a 19-minute short about Fernando (aka Deborah Krystal), who has been performing in drag every night for 30 years in a Lisbon nightclub. Johnny Guitar is an operatic western with Joan Crawford as a gun-toting saloon owner. I Am the People is about poor villagers in Egypt who monitor their country’s political unrest on TV and in daily newspapers. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Jan. 10, GingerBread Lane House Giveaway, 11 am to 2 pm. Take a piece of GingerBread Lane home. First-come, first-served basis until every piece is gone. Bring a box or bag. Free with admission. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona, www.nysci.org.

Jan. 10, Con Brio Ensemble Twilight Concert, 4:30 pm. Critically acclaimed violinist Alexander Meshibovsky, oboist Alan Hollander, and pianist Diana Mittler-Battipaglia perform works by Bach, Beethoven, Debussy, and others. $12/$10 for students and senior citizens. The Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills, more info at 718-459-1277.

Jan. 10, Electronic Waste Recycling Event, 10 am to 4 pm. Dispose of unwanted gadgets at this annual e-waste event. A children’s craft activity takes place from 1 pm to 3 pm. Free. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, www.queensbotanical.org.

Jan. 10, Animal Tales: Hibernation Station, 1:30 pm. Children (ages 5-6) find out where animals go during winter. Class includes time with animals, a craft, and a nature walk, weather permitting. $21. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, www.alleypond.com.

Jan. 10, New Films with Director Ken Jacobs in Person, 1:30 pm; Of the North and Pieces and Love All to Hell with Dominic Gagnon in person, 4 pm. New York’s avant-garde pioneer Jacobs shows his shorts as part of the fifth annual First Look festival. Of the North is a mashup of clips from amateur videos posted on YouTube. Pieces and Love All to Hell is a collection of self-made videos from an all-female cast of right-wing conspiracy theorists who are as hard to pigeonhole as they are to believe. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Jan. 10, Long Island City Tour, 2:30 pm. This three-hour, small-group walking tour goes through LIC’s thriving arts and culinary scene. Meet interesting local artists, makers, and entrepreneurs, and enjoy additional stops for light bites and local microbrews with a grand finale at a rooftop lounge with cityscape views and a glass of prosecco. $65, advance booking required.

Jan. 10, The Look of Silence, 7 pm. Screened as part of the Curators’ Choice Best in 2015 series, The Look tells the tale of an optometrist during the 1965 Indonesian genocide. Director Joshua Oppenheimer will be in attendance. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Jan. 11, Two Guys from Astoria, 7 pm. Joe Cicchelli Jr. and Steven Fella give a lecture on what was hot on 44th Street in the 1980s. Participants can share what it was like being a teenager in Astoria back in the day. Greater Astoria Historical Society, Quinn Building, 35-20 Broadway, Fourth Floor, LIC, www.astorialic.org.

Jan. 13, Arts-Centered Town Hall, 6:30 pm. Queens Council on the Arts hosts a discussion about how creative types can work collaboratively with local developers, businesses, and politicians to enhance and empower the neighborhood. Free. Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, 153-10 Jamaica Ave., www.queenscouncilarts.org.

The “It’s In Queens” column is produced by the Queens Tourism Council with the hope that readers will enjoy the borough’s wonderful attractions. More info at www.itsinqueens.com.

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