What’s Up In Southeast Queens: April 6-12, 2018


The Artist Market On Linden (see below)

April 6
JCAL First Fridays: Ida & Vuelta: Basilio Georges
This riveting performance will be presented in the forms of “Ida y Vuelta” or “Round Trip,” a modern style of flamenco dance. Over the past 30 years, modern flamenco has incorporated elements of syncopation, jazz and Latino culture into the music, movement and footwork. Flamenco Latino was founded to explore its own unique interpretation of this Ida y Vuelta process, coming from the perspective of a New York City-based group. The group is lead by Basilio Georges and his compact Flamenco Latino quartet, which includes guitar, baritone saxophone, percussion, singing and dancing. The Jamaica Center for the Arts and Learning will host the free event at 7:30 p.m. at 161-04 Jamaica Ave. For more information, call (718) 658-7400.


April 7
Make Your Own Crazy Quilt Square

A popular pastime 200 years ago, crazy quilts were made from spare scraps of fabric and sewn with fancy stitches. Guest artist Risa Puno, whose work is currently displayed on the front lawn, leads the activity and talks about her work. Participants design crazy quilt squares to take home. The event begins at 1 p.m. at King Manor Museum, located at Rufus King Park, in the vicinity of Jamaica Avenue and 150th Street.

The Artist Market On Linden 
On the first month of every month, Innovations Creative Arts presents The Artist Market on Linden. More than 15 vendors will present original items, from baked goods and handbags to paintings. For additional information, call (917) 387-8311 or email TheArtistMarketOnLinden@gmail.com. 

Rain Barrel Giveaway
State Sen. Leroy Comrie is joining forces with local elected officials and the city’s Department of Environmental Protection to host a series of rain barrel giveaways to increase water conservation in the community. Residents can pick up a free rain barrel that connects to the gutter, so rain water will collect and be available to water the lawn, clean the car and more. Reserved barrels can be picked up between 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. One rain barrel per household, all parties must be present for distribution, and photo ID may be requested at pick-up. Expect more giveaway dates at a later time. Call Comrie’s office at (718) 765-6359 to reserve a rain barrel for pick-up.


Free Computer Classes For Seniors
The IT Transformation Group (ITG) is committed to providing first-class technology services to non-profit organizations, small business, government entities and individuals. The group is partnering with the United Black Men of Queens Foundation, Inc. and Thomas White Jr. Foundation to conduct a free computer class for Queens seniors. If you’re a senior who wants to learn how to use the computer, then attend this class that will include a personal computer overview, introduction to the internet and email basics. To RSVP, call (929) 928-0268. Seating is limited. Light refreshments will be served.

JSPOA Easter Brunch Meet N Greet
The Jamaica Service Program for Older Adults has invited Alzheimer’s caregivers to an Easter Brunch Meet N Greet. Participants can enjoy a delicious brunch and connect with other Alzheimer’s caregivers.

The event runs from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The free event will be held at 92-33 170th St. in Jamaica. RSVP with Emmi at (718) 657-6500, ext. 1554.

Operation Prom: Prom And Tuxedo Giveaway
Do you know a student who is in need of a prom gown or tuxedo? Then, point them in the direction of Operation Prom’s Prom Dress and Tuxedo Giveaway event. For additional information, contact Candace Hutson at (347) 452-8937 or email candace@helpprom.org.

The event will be held at the Rochdale Village Grand Ballroom, located at 169-65 137th Ave., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“I Got Love” Culture Connection Encore
Rising Broadway star Joaquina Kalukango will make her Culture Connection encore with ASCAP award-winner Charles Duke as music director. She has appeared most recently in Broadway productions of The Color Purple, Godspell and Holler If Ya Hear Me and off-Broadway in Our Lady of Kibeho (Signature) and Antony and Cleopatra. The event runs from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call (718) 990-0700.

April 8
50th Anniversary Of MLK Assassination Commemoration Service
The Jamaica Branch of the NAACP will hold a service to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. For additional information, call (646) 353-3706 or email naacpjamaica@gmail.com. The service will be held at 220-01 Linden Blvd. in Cambria Heights at 4 p.m.

April 9
Non-Profit Grant Opportunity Workshop
State Sen. Leroy Comrie, North Star Fund, The New York Women’s Foundation, The New York Community Trust, Seachange Capital Partners and The Foundation Center invite city residents to the Grant Opportunity Workshop. Government funding is not the only funding available to finance a 501(c)3 organization.

Learn about other grants for which you can apply help serve your community. For more information or to RSVP, call (718) 765-6359 or email abbady@nysenate.gov.

The workshop will be held at 112-50 Springfield Blvd. from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

April 10
Victims And Communities United
To honor National Victims’ Rights Week, The Jamaica Service Program for Older Adults invites local residents to a movie screening of What’s Age Got To Do With It? Refreshments will be served. For further information, contact Maxine Ellis-Lopez at mellis@jspoa.org or (718) 657-6670. The event runs from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 92-47 165th St. in Jamaica.

The First Presbyterian Church in Jamaica will present an immigration legal clinic. Come and discover your rights as an immigrant in New York City. Get help completing your emergency family plan, and ask lawyers immigration questions and obtain information regarding documentation. For more information, call (347) 536-5193 or (718) 526-4775. The clinic runs from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at 89-60 164th St. in Jamaica.


April 11
Free Verse
Free Verse is a weekly writing workshop and open mic that takes place every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the second floor of the Jamaica NeOn center. Each week, participants can come read and write poems and short stories, submit their work to the Free Verse magazine and read them during the open mic at 2:30 p.m. The workshop and open mic is free and open to all. Jamaica NeON is located at 162-24 Jamaica Ave. For more information, call (718) 658-6845.

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