What’s Up In Southeast Queens: Aug. 4-10, 2017



Aug. 4
Jamaica JAMS Festival 2017
Aug. 4-5. Jamaica Avenue’s commercial strip from Parsons Blvd to 170th Street will come alive once again as Cultural Collaborative Jamaica celebrates the 21st Annual Jamaica Arts and Music Summer Festival.

The two-day event, hosted by the JAMS Festival Committee, kicks off with JAMS Under the Stars 6 p.m. on Aug. 4 at Rufus King Park. Performances for this moonlit event will include a variety of talent paying homage to legends of jazz, rhythm & blues, rock and funk music.

On the following day, the outdoor extravaganza starts at 11 a.m. and will run until 7 p.m. along the Jamaica Avenue commercial strip. Activities will include live entertainment, a children’s zone featuring fun activities like face painting and clowns, health and wellness pavilion, mouthwatering treats from various food vendors around the city, arts and crafts from local artisans and more. JAMS will also bring back its Classic Car Showcase, featuring vintage, restored and new autos.

The daylong affair is sponsored by various community, city and national businesses and organizations, including Community Board 12, Jamaica Center Improvement Association, the 103rd Precinct, Jamaica YMCA, National Amusements, United States Army, Money Gram, Empire Blue and others.

Jamaica FEASTS!
Learn the fundamentals of the food business with this hands-on workshop, access to a commercial kitchen at the Queens Library Central Branch Café and a one-on-one session with industry experts. The Queens Central Library is located at 89-11 Merrick Blvd. The registration deadline is August 4 at 5 p.m. Call (718) 990-0700 for more information.


Aug. 5
Hands-On History: Green Thumb
Get your green thumb on! Rufus King and his son John Alsop King were avid nature-lovers who turned the land around King Manor into a flourishing farm. Come make your own seed planting kit to take home and watch grow.

King Manor is located at 150-03 Jamaica Ave. The event kicks off at 1 p.m. and will be completely free of charge. Bring the kids and enjoy. For more information, call (718) 206-0545, ext. 13.

Aug. 9
Summer Film Fest
Join the folks at the Queens Library Central Branch each Wednesday during the hot summer for a movie. Children, ages 12 and above, and their caregivers can attend. No registration required, but space will be limited. Don’t miss it!

The movie, which is not yet decided, starts at 10 a.m. For more information, call (718) 990-0700.

Aug. 26
Downtown Jamaica’s Art Fair
One and all are invited to participate in Downtown Jamaica’s Art Fair—sponsored by the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning. All visual and craft artist can participate in the fair. All entries are first come, first serve.

Don’t miss the opportunity to see what Jamaica’s top artists have to offer. The event will take place at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center, located on 153-01 Jamaica Ave. For more information, call (718) 658-7400.

Sept. 15
Social Justice Art Show
Councilman Rory Lancman will present a Social Justice Art Show. Participating artists will include: Wanda Best, Phyllis Miner, Carlton Williams, Winston Huggins, Crystal Ife Sekhem, and Reginal Rousseau. The event is presented in cooperation with U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks, State Sen. Leroy Comrie, Assemblywoman Vivian E Cook, Assemblywoman Alicia Hyndman, Councilman I. Daneek Miller, the Jamaica Center BID and Greater Jamaica Development Corporation.

The event will take place at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, located on 164-04 Jamaica Ave. Food will be provided by Golden Krust.

For information, call Lancman’s office at (718) 217-4969. The show will be on display until Sept. 29.

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.

Dallas BBQ Is Hiring
Dallas BBQ is opening a new chain store at 89-04 Parsons Blvd. in Jamaica and is currently hiring new employees.

Those interested in applying for a job should email their resumes with a short note as to why they are applying to eric@dallasbbq.com. Interviews will be held at Dallas BBQ’s Times Square location between 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Monday through Friday. Upon arrival, ask for Eric.

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