What’s Up In Southeast Queens: July 7-13, 2017

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July 7
Slick Rick The Ruler
This hip hop storyteller with a signature eye patch is the most-sampled rapper of all time as his words and beats appear in more than 600 tracks by other artists. Slick Rick will perform some of his most famous hits—such as “Children’s Story” and “Teenage Love”—in Southeast Queens this weekend. Grand Wizard Theodore, a Bronx-born DJ who claims to have invented scratching, provides the beat.

The concert is free and begins at 7 p.m. It will be held at Springfield Park, located at 184th Street and 146th Terrace in Springfield Gardens. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2tIYTvW.

Movie Nights In The Rockaways: “Spider-man”
Sam Raimi’s 2002 blockbuster “Spider-man” will screen as part of the city Parks Department’s Movie Nights in the Rockaways program. In the film, high schooler Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) is transformed into a web-spinning vigilante after being bitten by a genetically altered spider. He uses his superpowers to fight crime in New York City.

The free screening, which is sponsored by Councilman Donovan Richards, will begin at 8 p.m. at Beach 17th Street and Seagirt Boulevard in Rockaway Beach. For more information, visit www.nycgovparks.org/events/2017/07/07/movie-nights-in-the-rockways.

July 8
The Jimmy Heath Big Band
This iconic jazz saxophonist, composer and Queens resident—who is nicknamed “Little Bird”— will bring the big band sound home during this Saturday concert. Heath has placed with everyone from Miles Davis to Blue Mitchell and led the creation of a jazz program at CUNY’s Queens College. He also served on the board of Corona’s Louis Armstrong Archives and was a recipient of the 2003 NEA Jazz Masters Award.

The performance, which will be held at 5 p.m., is free. It will take place at Springfield Park, located at 184th Street and 146th Terrace in Springfield Gardens.

Laurelton Family Day
This street fair will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. along Merrick Boulevard between Francis Lewis Boulevard and 230th Street.

The event is sponsored by Assemblywoman Alicia Hyndman, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, state Sen. Leroy Comrie and Councilman Donovan Richards. For more information, call (718) 723-5412.

First Care Annual Breakfast
The First United Methodist Church of Jamaica is hosting its third annual fundraising breakfast to support its First Cares youth programs. Attendees will be able to sample a variety of traditional island foods, American fare and gourmet treats. There will also be a performance by Ashley Keiko.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and admission is $25. The First United Methodist Church of Jamaica is located at 162-10 Highland Ave. For more information, call (718) 739-2269.

A Night At Studio 54 With Jellybean Benitez
This event aims to recapture the essence of legendary 1970s nightclub Studio 54 and is hosted by dance music pioneer Jellybean Benitez, who produced and remixed such artists as Madonna and Whitney Houston.
Doors open for the event at 8 p.m. and the party starts at 9 p.m. The event is aimed at ages 21 and above. General admission tickets are $19.97, while VIP tickets cost $43.56. It will be held at Resorts World Casino, located at 110-00 Rockaway Blvd. in South Ozone Park.

July 9
Ohio Players
These legendary R&B Hall of Famers will blend funk, soul, blues and disco during this performance at Springfield Park. The band, which was initially formed in Dayton, Ohio, is known for its 1970s funk classics “Love Rollercoaster,” “Who’d She Coo?”, “I Want To Be Free” and “Funky Worm.”

The free performance—which is provided by the City Parks Foundation—will be held at 5 p.m. at Springfield Park, located at 184th Street and 146th Terrace in Springfield Gardens.

July 11
Shape Up NYC: Zumba Fitness With Maxie
This program will help attendees get in shape that incorporates fitness with Latin-inspired dance steps. The event is sponsored by the Queens Public Library and Connect Care.

The class runs from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Beach 17th Street and Seagirt Boulevard at Rockaway Beach. For more information, visit https://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2017/07/11/shape-up-nyc-zumba-fitness-with-maxie.

COMMUNITY NOTICES
Library Closure
Be advised that 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, beginning June 26th, 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).

Meetings Out Of Session
Community board and community council meetings are out of session for the summer. They will resume in September.

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