What’s Up In Southeast Queens: February 27


The exhibit, MEMORY, is a collection of
African masks on display at JCAL.

FEB. 27
Assemblyman William Scarborough is presenting a Black History Month Event titled “Continuing the Legacy…” with Dr. Julius Garvey, son of Marcus Garvey; Thelonious Monk III, son of Thelonious Monk; Ilyasah Shabazz,  daughter of Malcolm X and Dominique and Ashley Sharpton, daughters of the Rev. Al Sharpton. The event will be held at the at the Southern Queens Park Association in Roy Wilkins Park located at 177th Street and Baisley Boulevard in Jamaica from 7 to 9 p.m.

FEB. 28
The Alpha Phi Alpha Senior Citizens Center is holding a survival kit drive for Haitian children to help promote resiliency as Haiti still recovers from the devastating earthquake in 2010. You can help by donating small toys, cups with covers, underwear, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, hand sanitizer, washcloths, deodorant, lotion, brushes, T-shirts and zip-lock bags. The center is also accepting donations – cash or checks – and will purchase survival kits with the money. For more information, call (718) 528-8238. Alpha Phi Alpha is located at 220-01 Linden Blvd., Cambria Heights.

Councilman I. Daneek Miller and State Senator Leroy Comrie are sponsoring a free informational workshop that centers on issues regarding social security, wills, trusts, healthcare proxy and protection from identity theft. The presenters include the Rev. Craig Pender, Cohen Lawyers and Ace Frazier. The workshop will be at Majority Baptist Church located at 115-21 Farmers Blvd., St. Albans from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Rev. Phil Craig and Greater Springfield Community Church are hosting a community summit to connect Southeast Queens residents with resources to empower them and embrace local organizations. City Comptroller Scott Stringer will be the keynote speaker. The summit will be held at Thomasina’s Catering Hall located at 205-35 Linden Blvd., St. Albans at noon. For more information, contact Vivian Mcmillian at (917) 620-6590 or vmc978@gmail.com and Fred Simmons at (347) 453-5065 or fredsimmons1@gmail.com.

Isamu Noguchi, Patent Holder: Designing the World of Tomorrow was developed in response to a borough-wide call to celebrate the 75th and 50th anniversaries of the two Queens World’s Fairs of 1939-40 and 1964. The display at the Geoffrey Yeh Art Gallery at St. John’s University is an expanded version of the exhibit originally housed at the Noguchi Museum and surveys the symbiotic relationship in Noguchi’s work between sculpture and design. The exhibit is on display until March 19. St. John’s University is located at 8000 Utopia Parkway.

Quilt-N-Queens (QNQ) is a Southeast Queens based group of African American women who share a passion for the art of quilt making.  This exhibition, “Quilting our Personal Expressions,” at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning will showcase their various personal view points of each individual artist through their ability to create their words or stories in cloth. The exhibit opens on Jan. 30 and runs until Feb. 21. JCAL is located at 153-10 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica. For more information, call (718) 658-7400.

The exhibition, MEMORY, celebrates the memory of Southeast-Queens native, Hazel Louise Woods-Sanders. The Hazel Louise Woods-Sanders collection will adorn the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning as she will be memorialized through this contribution of art.  The exhibition highlights Sanders’ artistic collection of over thirty African Masks and artifacts in which she collected throughout her journeys to different regions of the African continent. The exhibit opens on Jan. 30 and runs until Feb. 21. JCAL is located at 153-10 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica. For more information, call (718) 658-7400.

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