What’s Up In Southeast Queens: April 14-20, 2017


SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK: “Welcome To America: A Caribbean Musical” (see below)

April 15
Cambria Heights Toastmasters Club
Join the Cambria Heights Toastmasters Club as it helps members develop important leadership skills, including overcoming fears of public speaking. The club provides a supportive and positive learning experience, empowering members to develop communication and leadership skills. The ultimate goal is to increase self-confidence and personal growth.

The group will meet from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Cambria Heights branch of the Queens Library, located at 218-13 Linden Blvd. The event is free to attend.


Fashion Event: Model Casting and Designer Call
Think you have what it takes to be a model? The “Jamaica Just My Style Fashion Event,” hosted by the Jamaica Center BID, will take place on June 9. If you’re interested in modeling at the event, come down to the model casting and designer call at the Nelema Eyebrow Threading & Day Body Spa, located at 160-01 Jamaica Ave., from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Both men and women are needed and all interested parties should bring their 8 x 10 photos. Wear fitted clothing and heels. No tennis shoes for males. For additional info, email vstevens@jamaicacenter.org or call (516) 526-3093. The event is free to attend.

April 17
Teen Dating Violence Workshop
If you’re a parent with a teen, then come down to the EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care Center from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence will be holding a workshop to educate parents on teen dating violence and healthy relationships. One in 10 New York City teens report that their partner has hit, slapped or physically hurt them in the past year and this workshop will educate attendees on definitions of family domestic and dating violence, the tactics of an abuser, characteristics of a healthy relationship and warning signs.

The event is free to attend and the EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care Center is located at 206-20 Linden Blvd. in Cambria Heights.

April 18
Tuesday Afternoon Movies At Central Library
Every Tuesday in April, the Central Branch of the Queens Library screens a movie for the public. On April 18, the library will host a screening of “No Way Out,” the 1987 drama starring Kevin Costner as Naval Officer Tom Farrell, who gets caught up in the investigation of a murder.

The event will be held at Central Library at 89-11 Merrick Blvd. in Jamaica and will be free to attend.


Small Business Workshop
Queens Library’s Central Branch will host this first of two small business workshops from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (The second will be held on April 25). The workshop aims to teach how aspiring entrepreneurs can turn a business idea into a business plan. Attendees will learn how to create a demand for a product or service, set goals and objectives, budget and schedule, identify resources and networks and get ready to open a business.

Preregister for the event at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. It is free to attend. For more information, call (718) 990-8625. Queens’ Central Library branch is located at 89-11 Merrick Blvd.


April 19
Cambria Heights Quilters
Join other interested quilters every Wednesday morning for beginner quilting sessions. Attendees will learn basic and intermediate techniques and complete projects in both groups and as individuals. Everyone is welcome and supplies will be made available during the session.


The event is free to attend and begins at 10:30 a.m. It will run till 12 p.m. It’s located at the Cambria Heights Library at 218-13 Linden Blvd.

April 20-23
Welcome To America: A Caribbean Musical
This play tells the story of an immigrant’s pursuit of the American Dream from the point of view of a newly-arrived undocumented Caribbean immigrant. It employs both original and familiar songs inspired by the Caribbean diaspora. The play tells the story of Sabrina Barnes, who takes a chance and leaves her island home in hopes of becoming a star, armed with talent and determination.

The performance will be held in the York College Milton Bassin Performing Arts Center, located at 94-45 Guy R. Brewer Blvd. in Jamaica, and is being organized by Braata Productions. There are two showtimes on April 20—12 p.m. and 8 p.m.— then at 8 p.m. on April 21 and 22. On April 23, the show starts at 6 p.m. Tickets range from $10 and $20, visit www.york.cuny.edu/pac for more details.

May 19
Wine & Cheese At JCAL
Bring friends and loved ones to a night of wine, cheese and a casual, guided painting project. The night is open for everyone, from beginners to experts, and is open to ages 16 years and older. Anyone under age 16 must have knowledge of handling art materials, which will be provided. The proceeds will support JCAL’s 2nd Annual Queens Children’s Festival in June.

Tickets are $60 per person and $110 for two people. The event is from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and will be held at 161-04 Jamaica Ave. at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning.

Ongoing Until April 21
York College Fine Arts Faculty Show: Those Who Can, Do
Those who can, do…those who teach, also do. Here’s a chance to experience the talent of the faculty of the York College Fine Arts Department. The gallery will feature the works of the following professors: Sally Boon Matthew, Nina Buxenbaum, Zoe Chan, David Antonio Cruz, Andrea Deflice, Jennifer Formica, Nicholas Fraser, Maki Hajikano, Lisa Mackie, Daniel Phelps, Carlos Sandoval, Michael Smith and Maragaret Rose Vendryes.

Don’t miss what promises to be a fine show. The gallery is on display at 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd. Gallery hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

February – May 2017
The Genius of Geoffrey Holder
Born and raised in Trinidad, Geoffrey Holder revealed his genius in his long career in dance, theater, film, music and art. In this exhibition, he is honored for his career in dance and theater, Tony Award-winning work as director and costume designer for “The Wiz,” and contributions to the repertory of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Dance Theatre of Harlem.

The exhibit is free and will remain at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, located at 161-04 Jamaica Ave., through May.

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