What’s Up In Southeast Queens: June 23-29, 2017


June 24
New Greater Bethel Ministries Health Fair
Queens residents are invited to get free screenings and learn about health in a fun environment with the New Greater Bethel Ministries during its health fair. Attendees will be able to obtain screenings for blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol and learn more about health insurance at a seminar and information tables. There will also be fun activities for kids, including clowns and face painting.

The fair will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will be located at 215-32 Jamaica Ave. in Queens Village—at the New Greater Bethel Ministries. The fair is free to attend.

June 25
Groovin’ In The Park
A huge roster of reggae and rhythm and blues legends promises to make this year’s Groovin’ in the Park music festival particularly groovy. Come out to Roy Wilkins Park to see R. Kelly, Tarrus Riley, Freddie McGregor, Busy Signal, U-Roy, Lloyd Parks, Leroy Sibbles and Ken Boothe perform reggae and R&B hits.

The show starts at 11 a.m. at Roy Wilkins Park, located at 119-08 Merrick Blvd. Tickets cost between $70 and $260 and can be purchased at https://www.groovininthepark.com/.

June 28
DEP Town Hall on Jamaica Groundwater Solutions
The New York City Department of Environmental Protection, in conjunction with the office of Assemblywoman Alicia Hyndman, will hold a community town hall at the Robert Ross Family Life Center, located at 172-17 Linden Blvd. in Jamaica.

The meeting will address questions raised by the residents of Southeast Queens concerning the rising groundwater issues that have flooded homes, senior centers, schools and other institutions for more than 20 years. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

Community Development Day
Is your organization in need of funding? Have you considered applying for a grant, but did not know how? There is funding available to help your business or non-profit thrive and grow. Drop by state Sen. James Sanders, Jr.’s Community Development Day event and learn all about grant writing and becoming certified as a Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE).

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and focus on educating organizations on grant writing and feature workshops at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. It will include an introduction to proposal writing, general community grant writing, clergy grant writing and obtaining grants from New York State agencies. The location of the event is yet to be determined.

YOU MUST RSVP to attend. Call Sanders’ district office at (718) 523-3069 to reserve your seat.


105th Precinct Community Council Meeting
Queens residents are invited to join the 105th Precinct’s Community Council to receive updates regarding crime, safety and other police-related matters and ask questions about what is going on in the community. The meeting will take place at the 105th Precinct, located at 92-08 222nd St. in Queens Village and begins at 8 p.m.

The 105th Precinct serves Queens Village, Cambria Heights, Laurelton, Rosedale, Springfield Gardens, Bellerose, Glen Oaks, New Hyde Park and Floral Park.

Movie Night Wednesdays at Central Library
Come out to Queens Library Central for a special screening of the movie “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” The screening begins at 6 p.m. and is free to attend. It is held at the Queens Library’s Central Branch, located at 89-11 Merrick Blvd. in Jamaica.

June 17- August 19
Unity in the Community Summer Fitness Program
Join the Southeast Queens community for 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 Jeffery’s office at (917) 670-0365 or sjeff18@yahoo.com.

June 19 – 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.

July 5 – August 11
Black Spectrum Summer Theatre Camp
The Black Spectrum Theatre Company will host a camp this summer for aspiring performers and theater lovers. The program is part of the theater’s 47-year mission to provide children with life skills and artistic experience through theatre and film training. Camp activities will include singing, acting, dance, music, performance, recreation, sports, mathematics, pool sessions, martial arts, special guests, pizza parties and more.

The camp is for girls and boys, aged s to 13. Sessions are on Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information on pricing and applying, contact Nena at (718) 723-1800, ext. 205.

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).

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