What’s Up In Southeast Queens: Aug. 18-24, 2017

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Aug. 19
Dream Team Leaders Present #Project Peace
The Dream Team Leaders Inc. will promote peace within our communities, families and schools this Saturday. According to Delicia Davis, the youth development director for Dream Team Leaders Inc., the not-for-profit organization works to connect youth and young adults throughout the global community to new opportunities that support and develop their creative, social and professional well-being.

Their “Project Peace” initiative will be a youth-led conflict resolution initiative to promote peace within the community through media, arts and mental health awareness. It will feature a number of timely and productive panels, live interviews, art activities, live performances and much more. A number of high profile guests will speak, including: Chirlane McCray, First Lady of New York City; Donshea Hopkins, Actress, Starz Original Series “Power”; and Southeast Queens native Egypt Ify Ufele, Founder of ChubiiLine Fashion Company.

The event will take place at the SUNY Queens Education Opportunity Center, located on 158-29 Archer Ave. in Jamaica. The event begins at 12 p.m.

Rockaway Caribbean Carnival 2017
State Sen. James Sanders, Jr. will present the Rockaway Caribbean Carnival this weekend. The event will include a performance by calypso legend.

According to Sanders, the parade will celebrate the various arts and culture of the Caribbean, while highlighting the hidden jewel of the Rockaways. Sanders said that he intends the event to be held annually.

The Rockaway Caribbean Carnival will take place on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The parade will start on Mott Avenue and Beach 20th Street and continue to Seagirt Boulevard, ending at Beach 17th amphitheater in the park. There will be local youth performances, entertainment and culturally related activities. For general information or questions about the event, call Lisa George at (718) 327-7017 or AnnMarie Costella at (718) 523-3069.

Ongoing
Queens Council on the Arts Seeking Artists and Arts
The Queens Council on the Arts is seeking 14 Queens residents to become panelists, who will award four artists with $10,000 each. These “art producers” need not be currently involved in the art world, but simply interested in supporting the borough’s artists.

Art producers will serve as resources for selected artists, engaging with them in monthly events such as art salons, artist talks and professional development training. Artists will include Queens-based choreographers, composers, and playwrights. Each of these producers will be commissioned to create a dance, music score or theater script. Next summer, participating artists will present their new works in a world premiere.

Candidates may register online for an information session for prospective artists and producers on Aug. 15 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30pm at Jamaica Center for the Arts and Learning. For art producers, the deadline to apply is Aug. 31. Artists must submit their applications by Sept. 21. For more information, visit http://www.queenscouncilarts.org/art-commissioning/ or contact Artist Commissioning Program Coordinator Kelly Olshan at kolshan@queenscouncilarts.org or (347) 505-3021.

Free Summer Meals at the Queens Library
Queens Library is partnering with the city’s Department of Education to provide an essential summer service—free lunches for kids and teens all summer long.

Queens Library will provide summer meals from June 29 through Sept. 1. Summer meals are open to all children, ages 18 and younger. Enrollment is not required.

Meals will be provided on Monday through Friday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the following locations.
Baisley Park, 117-11 Sutphin Blvd.
Briarwood, 85-12 Main St.
Cambria Heights, 218-13 Linden Blvd.
Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Blvd.
Hollis, 202-05 Hillside Ave.
Laurelton, 134-26 225 St.
Queens Village, 94-11 217 St.
Rochdale Village, 169-09 137 Ave.
Rosedale, 144-20 243 St.
South Hollis, 204-01 Hollis Ave.
South Jamaica, 108-41 Guy R. Brewer Blvd.
St. Albans, 191-05 Linden Blvd.

If a Queens Library location is not close by, call 311 or go to http://www.schoolfoodnyc.org to find another Summer Meals location that is near you. For more information, call the library at (718) 990-0700.

Community Notices
Library Closure
The Queens Library at South Jamaica, located at 108-41 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., will close for renovations—effective June 24th—for approximately four months. Mobile library service will be available on Mondays between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Residents can visit three nearby Queens Library locations at 89-11 Merrick Blvd. (Central Library), 117-11 Sutphin Blvd. (Baisley Park Library) or 191-05 Linden Blvd. (St. Albans Library).

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