The key word is “festival,” and it follows street, film, dance, independence day, music, and annual a few times this week. The other key word is “outdoors” at it goes with parks, lawns, triangles, a garden, a farm, and a shopping center.
July 19, Outdoor International Film Series: Ecuador, 7 pm. As part of the Passport Thursdays series, the movie “How Much Further (Que Tan Lejos)” screens on the lawn. This road trip tale involves two girls who have to get to Cuenca during a bus strike. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
July 19, The Devotions, 7:30 pm. The Central Astoria LDC’s 2018 Waterfront Concert Series continues with a Doo Wop group extraordinaire. Free. Astoria Park Great Lawn, Shore Boulevard between Hell Gate Bridge and Astoria Pool.
July 19, Woodside Concert Series, 7 pm. The Chuck Braman Quintet plays jazz as part of an ongoing series. Free. Sgt. Collins Park Triangle, 58th Street and Broadway, Woodside.
July 19 Sleepless in Seattle, dusk. The CinemaLIC series continues with this adaption of Nora Ephron’s romantic comedy starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. Free. Hunters Point South Park, Center Boulevard and Borden Avenue, LIC.
July 19, Chris Schlichting Period, July 21. This dance’s prolific, obsessive movement dispenses with preciousness and patterns to hammer out a Rosetta Stone to leave behind for the next, better world. Shows at 8 pm every night. $20. The Chocolate Factory Theatre, 5-49 49th Ave., LIC.
July 20, SHED by Xiao Chuan Xie, 8:30 pm. Using movement, sculpture, sound, and light, SHED is a durational performance piece. Free, but registration required. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing.
July 21, Louis Armstrong’s Wonderful World Concert, 4 pm to 8 pm. This fifth annual festival features Forest Hills-born funk-and-rap performer Action Bronson, the New Orleans eight-piece brass ensemble The Soul Rebels, and Fu-Arkist-Ra. Free with VIP tickets available for sale. Festival Lawn near the NYS Pavilion, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
July 21, St. Albans Jazz and R&B Festival, 4:30 pm. This 16th annual concert features Crown Heights Affair, Mel Holder, and Craig Crawford Players. Free. St. Albans Park, Merrick Boulevard and Sayres Avenue.
July 21, Solar Power Family Workshop, 11 am. Learn about the Industrial Revolution, Hydro Power, Solar Power, Wind Power, Electric Energy, and Satellite/GPS Systems. Suggested for junior high school students. Queens Historical Society, 143-35 37th Ave., Flushing.
July 21, Queensboro Dance Festival, 2 pm. Spaces of Fontana, Cole Collective, Tango for All, Flamenco Latino, Dancing Fish, and Masala Bhangra. Free. Juniper Valley Park, Athletic Courtyard at 80th Street, Middle Village.
July 21, Colombian Independence Day Celebration, 3 pm. The FolkCOLOMBIA School of Dance and Music offers traditional music and dance genres such as Carranga, Bambuco, and Guabina from the Andean Region and Bunde from the Pacific Coast. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
July 21, Center of Attention, 3:30 pm. Visitors are invited to engage in a conversation on Miya Ando’s “Haku-Un (White Cloud) 4.8.1 (2017),” featured in the installation Miya Ando: Clouds (on view through Aug. 19, 2018). Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd. LIC.
July 21, Chhaya’s Annual South Asian Street Festival, 12:30 pm. A showcase of South Asian cultural heritage food, dance, music, ethnic goods, and a Pani-Puri eating contest. Free. 77th Street between Roosevelt and 37th avenues, Jackson Heights.
July 22, Dr. K’s Motown Revue, 6 pm. This Motown cover band takes the stage as part of the Katz Concert Series. Free. Springfield Park, vicinity of Springfield Boulevard, 184th Street, and 146th Avenue.
July 22, Art-Making Workshop with Cecile Chong, 3 pm. As part of her “El Dorado” exhibition, Chong teaches how to make an art installation. Free. Lewis Howard Latimer House Museum, 34-41 137th St., Flushing.
July 22, Floral Design Workshop: Recycle Containers, 2 pm. Learn how to adapt containers that had a previous use to become a centerpiece. Bring a container or choose from a variety provided. Floral materials provided. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing.
July 24, Queens Symphony Orchestra, 7 pm. As part of the Katz Concert Series, the ensemble offers “An Enchanted Summer’s Evening” with classically trained tenor Christopher Macchio and QSO Music Director Martin Majkut. Expect enchanting arias and songs by Macchio, plus lush and romantic symphonies by the orchestra. Free. St. John’s University, 80-00 Utopia Pkwy., Jamaica.
July 24, FDR Drive, 7 pm. A fantastic classic rock-n-roll band grooves as part of the two-month Live at the Gantries series. Free. Gantry Plaza State Park, Center Boulevard and 48th Avenue, LIC.
July 24, The Wizard of Oz, 11 am. A live, outdoor musical adapted from the famous movie. Free. Playground for All Children, near 111th Street, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
July 24, Queensboro Dance Festival, 5 pm. Performances by Sector Dance, Sheep Meadow Dance Theatre, Q&A Productions, and Masala Bhangra. 46th Street/Bliss Street Plaza, Sunnyside.
July 25, The Young Girls of Rochefort, 7 pm. French food and art followed by the 1967 musical in which real-life sisters Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Dorléac play twins who are looking for love in a seaside town. A fair comes for a weekend, and hilarity ensues as each sibling meets a smooth-talking entertainer and the main characters weave a complicated web of romance and extremely unlikely coincidences. Free. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC.
July 25, Pretty Pots for Pretty Herbs & Flowers, 1 pm. Use brushes, paint, and stencils to decorate terra cotta planters. $4. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing.
July 25, Autism-Friendly Program for Families, 9 am. Interactive tours of the farm grounds, opportunities to observe livestock, and an optional tractor-drawn hayride. $8. Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Glen Oaks.
July 25, Monsters University, 8 pm. Screened as part of the Movies on the Green series, this film is about a kid monster who wants to become a scarer. Free. The Shops at Atlas Park, 80-00 Cooper Ave., Glendale.
JAMAICA CENTER BID BRINGS FAMILY FUN TO BACK TO JAMAICA AVENUE THIS SUMMER
Jamaica, Queens, August 13, 2019 – The Jamaica Center BID will host their second Weekend Walks event of the summer, “Family Fun on the Ave”, this Saturday, August 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Jamaica Avenue between Parsons Boulevard and 162nd Street.
Weekend Walks, a NYC Department of Transportation initiative, are multi-block, multi-day events on commercial corridors that promote the use of streets as public space and highlight local cultural institutions, businesses, and neighborhood resources. Community organizations are invited to apply for Weekend Walks funding.
On Saturday, all vehicle traffic will be diverted off of Jamaica Avenue from Parsons Boulevard to 162nd Street allowing the street to be transformed into a unique playground with plenty to do for all ages. The day’s entertainment will include a musical performance by the Afro-Latineers, a dance performance by Omar Edwards and a musical educational performance by Miss Keila’s Jukebox. The Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning will provide art workshops throughout the day in the event footprint.
Jamaica Center BID’s Family Fun on the Ave will also include free face-painting, a variety of games ranging from giant Jenga to huge checkers, the schoolyard favorite: double dutch jump-roping, and a coloring area where adults and children alike can enjoy the relaxing activity of coloring using a selection of quirky and cute coloring books. The Uni Project will be in attendance providing children of all ages an interactive learning experience.
“We are excited to bring Family Fun on the Avenue back to Jamaica this weekend,” said Jennifer Furioli, Executive Director of the Jamaica Center BID. “July’s event was a hit and we are grateful to NYC DOT for the Weekend Walks Grant funding, which allows for this unique placemaking experience bringing neighbors together to create summer memories while attracting additional foot traffic to local business.”
The Jamaica Center BID decided to coordinate “Family Fun on the Avenue” after merchants, shoppers, and residents revealed in a recent market study that they would like more family-friendly community events in Jamaica. In addition to the event this Saturday, the Ave will also have Sidewalk Sales Days at various stores for shoppers that will be out.
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About the Jamaica Center Business Improvement District (BID)
Founded as the Jamaica District Management Association in 1979, the Jamaica Center BID is central to one of New York City’s fastest growing communities. Jamaica Center BID is the proud home to national and regional retailers, several major cultural and educational institutions as well as City, State and Federal Offices, and more than 400 businesses. The Jamaica Center BID seeks to maintain Jamaica Center as a thriving business hub and premier destination to shop, work, live and play. For more info visit www.Jamaica.nyc.
Our World Hour of Power with Special Guest – Brendez Wineglass (Social Broker)
A native New Yorker and Howard University graduate, Wineglass is a dedicated and proven leader with 10 years of professional experience in the healthcare, tech, and events industries. Upon graduation, Wineglass elected to expand her horizons launching a
diverse career excelling in the areas she was most passionate; community advocacy, social engagement, and event production.
After earning her Sports Medicine degree at Howard, Wineglass began her professional career climbing the ranks in the healthcare field. She rose from volunteer to Manager of Patient Transportation at the Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in an impressive four-year timespan in which she was the youngest person in a management role at the hospital. Brendez was trusted by the Center’s Senior Executive and Executive teams to revise hospital policies, implementing effective healthcare practices to improve the overall quality of the hospital. Wineglass’ drive to expand her career brought her to Black Enterprise, holding a pivotal role as Events Producer independently coordinating events and working with top brands like Nationwide, State Farm, AT&T, Morgan Stanley, FedEx, and PepsiCo. She also worked with celebrities and important community leaders including the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Judith Smith, Don Thompson, Susan Taylor, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Audrey Smaltz, Don Thompson, Michael Lee-Chin, Steve Harvey and Mellody Hobson to name a few. These successful experiences strengthened her capacity to build relationships and connect leaders, companies, and consumers through life-changing events across the nation. Since 2017, Wineglass has held the impressive position of Project Manager at the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, leading the community of Jamaica in New York to one of strength and stability through several impressive initiatives. She has secured several hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants and donations from some of the nation’s top companies – Goldman Sachs and Con Edison respectively – and has leveraged those funds into large scale small business improvement projects and neighborhood revitalization programs.
Wineglass serves on several boards including the executive board of the Howard University Alumni Club of Greater New York , Community Mediation Services of NYC, Is a 2018 Art Commissioning Producer with the Queens Council, a 2018 Innovative
Cultural Fellow, and a member of influential organizations such as For (bes) The Culture, Google Partners, BWOI (Black Women of Influence), ColorComm, Silicon Harlem, and Black Tech Women. She has been a thought leader and advocates in the areas of
community engagement, arts & culture, fiscal equity, entrepreneurship, leadership & development, and technology. Wineglass continues to build her legacy of giving back to younger generations and contributes to improving the world around her.