What’s Up In Southeast Queens: June 2-8, 2017


June 2
First Fridays at JCAL
The Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning’s First Friday Residency Series aims to provide an inviting and nurturing environment for artists in need of a platform to exhibit their work. Musicians, poets and writers, performers, visual artists are welcome to submit concepts of unfinished work to be refined at JCAL. Selected artists will present on the first Friday of every month.

In June, the featured artists include poet Malcolm Boyd and visual artist Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow, video artist Karen Y. Chan and composer JunYi Chow.

JCAL is located on 161-04 Jamaica Ave. The performances start at 7 p.m.

Leroy Comrie’s Young Adult Movie Night
Join state Sen. Leroy Comrie for a young adult movie night that is open to young people, ages 16 to 24 years. The event will feature free popcorn and a viewers’ choice of screening with four options: “Selma,” “13th,” “Beyond the Lights” or “Barry.”

The event is free to attend and doors open at 5:30 p.m. It will take place at Sen. Comrie’s office, located at 191-03 115th Ave. in St. Albans. For more information or to RSVP, call (718) 765-6359.

June 3

City Councilman Rory Lancman is will present Jamaica Family Day on Saturday. Come on out for a day of animal shows, games, arts and crafts and inflatables. The festivities begin at 1 p.m. For more information, contact Lancman’s office at (718) 217-4969.

Comrie Hosts Prom Wear Giveaway for High Schoolers
State Sen. Leroy Comrie will host a prom wear giveaway for local high schoolers, giving high school girls the opportunity to select from new and gently used dresses, courtesy of community members, while boys will be treated to haircuts, courtesy of local barbers. The event is the result of a months-long collaboration among local-businesses and non-profits as well as the Greater Springfield Church and Comrie’s office.

The event will be held at the Greater Springfield Community Church, located at 117-06 129th Ave. in Jamaica between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Ongoing Events
York College Summer 2017 Adult and Youth Programs
Enjoy summer 2017 with York College, CUNY Continuing and Professional Education Center’s (CPEC) summer programs.

CPEC provides constituents with high quality non-credit courses, some leading to professional certifications, experiential learning opportunities and scholastic and vocational support that help students to realize their educational and career potential. Regarding instructional offerings, the CPEC offers in-demand professional certification courses and preparatory academic courses for adults and youth, along with exciting enrichment courses for the whole family to enjoy and career advising to help clients reach their goals. CPEC has announced that it is offering more than 60 in-person and online courses collectively for the summer semester alone.

Don’t let the summer heat slow you down—enroll in one or more of CPEC’s summer adult and youth academies today. For more information regarding each academy, visit startatyork.com and find out when the next open house is scheduled.

Summer courses are now open for registration. Don’t miss out, click below to register online. Questions? Contact CPEC at conted@york.cuny.edu.

June 17- Aug. 19
Unity in the Community Summer Fitness Program
Join the southeast Queens community in a 10-week sports program that features weekly free sessions of fitness training or accelerated workouts using intense basketball training techniques. The event is geared for community residents of all ages—from middle-aged and senior adults hoping to increase their mobility to boys and girls, ages 8 to 18, who are hoping to become better athletes.

Fitness training activities include aerobics, core exercises, strength training and flexibility training. For those interested in basketball training, the program will include work in ball handling, footwork, defense drills, shooting development and passing drills. The event also offers mentorship opportunities to help young people build self-esteem and develop healthy relationships.

The event, which is free, takes place at both Hollis Playground, located at 204th St and Hollis Avenue, and Haggerty Park at 202nd Street and Jamaica Avenue. For more information, contact Sylvester Jefferys at (917) 670-0365 or sjeff18@yahoo.com.


Every Monday
Knit and Crochet Club
Every Monday, come join fellow knit and crochet enthusiasts for the weekly Knit and Crochet Club. It takes place from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and is free to attend.

The event takes place at the Queens Village branch of the Queens Library, located at 94-11 217th St.

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