What’s Up in Southeast Queens: Jan. 8-14, 2016

January 9
MulchFest 2016
Bring your holiday tree to one of 75 designated parks to recycle your Christmas tree into woodchips. These wood chips are used to nourish trees and plants on streets and gardens citywide. More than 30,000 trees were recycled last year. Help us top this number! With over 75 locations citywide. Local Queens sites include Cunningham Park, Brookville Park, Roy Wilkins Park, Forest Park, Astoria Park, Juniper Valley Park, Oakland Playground, Travers Park.
Please remember to remove all lights and decorations before bringing the tree to a MulchFest site. Bags will be available if you wish to take home some free mulch for your backyard or to create a winter bed for a street tree. MulchFest is brought to you by NYC Parks, the Department of Sanitation, GreenNYC, and supported by Whole Foods Market. Treecycle and help NYC grow!
Event starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Participants will also have a chance to drop off their trees on Sunday at the same time.

January 15
Martin Luther King Poetry Slam
Sponsored in a combined effort by state Sen. Leroy Comrie (St. Albans), Assembly Member Alicia Hyndman (D-St. Albans), Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest), the Precise Publishing Group, Bethany Youth Ministries and the Voice of the Youth Changes Everything, the first every MLK Poetry Slam with be held at 7 p.m. Hosted by community civic leader and author Delicia Davis and Donovan Richards Chief of Staff Franck Joseph, the two hour artistic throwdown where participants are encouraged to speak on pride, social justice, inequality, race or any of the core principles of Dr. King. It is sure to be one you won’t want to miss. Located at the Bethany French Baptist Church. Submit your work to perform at MLKPoetrySlam@gmail.com

January 16
Southeast Queens Veterans Clothing Drive
Organized by Southeast Queens own Ms. Christina Winslow and Mr. Button, we will be providing veterans with new and good condition clothing, as well as care packages for men and women in South Ozone Park. 100 Suits for 100 Men will also be in attendance providing free haircuts to those who come out. Donations are welcome. Drive begins at 10 a.m. at 126-18 Rockaway Boulevard. For more information, call (347) 238-1393 or (929) 888-6875.

It’s My Park! MLK Weekend of Service
Participate in an indoor painting project in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day with the Habitat for Humanity organization and the Southern Queens Park Association. Breakfast will be provided to participants. The festivities will take place both Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Roy Wilkins Recreation Center. Event will be free for everyone.

January 17
MLK Day of Service Coastal Cleanup
Volunteer with the Stewardship Team at Idlewild Park on Martin Luther King Jr. Day! Volunteers will help protect and maintain the wetlands of Idlewild Park located at 149 Ave., Rockaway Blvd., Jamaica Bay between James Brown Place and Brookville Blvd, by removing floatable debris. Volunteers will be trained in removal and cleanup techniques. Come dressed in sturdy boots or shoes, warm layers, long pants, and clothing that can get dirty. Space is limited and registration is required. We will meet at 230th Street and 149th Avenue. Clean up begins at 10 a.m. and will continue until 1 p.m.

January 21
Hip Hop Dimensions
Hip-Hop Dimensions is designed for all ages and everyone who love movement and music. The Poetry in Motion crew will share with audiences on basic Hip-Hop freestyle, break dancing, waving, robotics, and more. Audiences will learn vocabulary, skills, and history of Hip-Hop. The event starts at 10 a.m.

Making Candle Art
Come join us for an afternoon of socializing and fun as we teach you how to craft candle art! No artistic experience necessary, but you’ll be surprised by your hidden talent. All supplies will be provided. This event is free and open to all adults. At the Detective Keith Williams Field House located on 106-16 173rd Street in Jamaica. Event starts at 12:30 p.m.

January 23
JCAL Art Center Workshops
Give A gift that will last a lifetime by starting your child’s artistic journey at JCAL! Sign them up today for our 18-week art workshops, from January 23 to June 4, 2016, followed by an annual student recital on June 11. There are nearly 40 different classes available for all ages, in every major artistic disciplines including dance, drama, music, visual arts, & movement! Those interested can register online at jcal.org

February 25
In the Shadow of the Mountain
Lou Del Bianco in “In the Shadow of the Mountain” portrays his grandfather Luigi Del Bianco and tells the story of his unique contribution to the carving of our nation’s greatest memorial. Lou uses authentic photos, maps and timelines to bring Luigi’s story to life! The performance starts at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center at 10 a.m. Visit jcal.org for more information.

On-Going Events
The Queens Council on the Arts Presents Chapter 2
Chapter 2 is a group show featuring the work of High School to Art School program alumni. HS2AS is a scholarship-based portfolio development program for high school students run out of Queens Council on the Arts. This exhibition showcases the impressive talent of our students, as well as the diversity of their interests.
In the HS2AS program, students acquire the knowledge and skills that allows them to work successfully with a variety of media and subjects, and create an impressive and technically skilled portfolio. Having served high school students of all backgrounds in the greater NYC area for over a decade, HS2AS has helped over 800 students, including many here in Southeast Queens, reach their goal of being accepted into the best art programs and colleges throughout the country.
The show starts at 6 p.m. at the Edison Price Lighting Gallery located at 41-50 22nd Street in Long Island City. The show is expected to run until June. Admission is free.
Jamaica Flux: Workspace & Windows
Not confined by gallery walls, Jamaica Flux is a contemporary public art project in which visual and performance art are displayed at a variety of locations along Jamaica Avenue in Queens. The locations—banks, stores, restaurants, street corners, phone booths, parks, and other public spaces—are as diverse as the art. JCAL’s presentation of Jamaica Flux challenges traditional assumptions about where art should be displayed and explores the relationship between art, commerce, urban renewal, and community. To view the latest Open Call for Jamaica Flux, go our website, jcal.org or follow us on Facebook for instant updates.
Jamaica Flux 2016 is supported, in part, by the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Swing: An Exhibition
Discover how swing developed from the black and Afro-Caribbean dance orchestras if the 1920s into the iconic big band sound in this fascinating exhibit from the New York Public Library. The exhibit begins November 12 and ends January 15 at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center at 153-10 Jamaica Ave.

Teen PASS After School Program
Teen PASS offers FREE, exceptional clubs that focus on the areas of NYC Parks, arts, environmental science and sports that are tailored to the interests and talents of students grade six through eight. We create a safe space for young people to grow as scientists and artists, nature lovers and healthy individuals alongside our gifted staff. Located at the Detective Keith Williams Recreation Center.
Time: Mondays through Fridays from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. For more information please contact Chrissy Word, Director of Youth Development, at (212) 360-2787 or via email at cword@cityparksfoundation.org. Para más información en español, llame al (212) 360-2765.

High School Equivalency Exam Prep
Looking to receive your high school equivalency? They you should start by taking the High School Equivalency Prep program at the SUNY Queens Educational Opportunity Center. Classes are held Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Evening classes are held Monday through Friday 5:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.

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