MARCH FIRST FRIDAY: POETRY NIGHT
Celebrating the upcoming International Women’s Day, March First Friday lines up four inspiring women artists from diverse backgrounds: Takia “Judah” Parham, a United States Army Combat Veteran, theatre artist and poet, who will present a poem in which she seeks to expose the reality of war, prison, mental illness and self-love; Jamaica-based writer, poet and literary curator Sherese Francis will display her J. Expressions Popup Library, a literary project that encourage the communications among Southeast Queens authors; and Oxana Chi and Layla Zami, an artist couple from Berlin and Paris whose collaboration reflects their passion for innovation via their choreography, composition and stagecraft.
Come and gather around for an evening of feminism, activism and art. 7:30 p.m. Free. Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning can be reached at (718) 658-7400 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Artist Market On Linden
On the first Saturday of every month, Innovations Creative Arts presents “The Artist Market on Linden.” More than 15 vendors will present various items, from baked goods to handbags and paintings. For additional information, call (917) 387-8311 or email TheArtistMarketOnLinden@gmail.com. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free.
Decorative Box Making
Hands-On-History: Make Your Own Bandbox kicks off at 1 p.m. at the King Manor Museum. Make your own decorative box for keepsakes and other trinkets with scraps of fabric and wallpaper just like 19th century people did for containers to hold hats and other accessories. Free. King Manor Museum, vicinity of Jamaica Avenue and 153rd Street, Jamaica. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2EVvW6d.
Learn To Swim At York College
York College, CUNY Athletics and Recreation’s Learn-To-Swim Program aim to provide students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community an outstanding aquatic experience with instructors who are passionate about teaching students to learn to swim. The college offers swim lessons for infants, children, teenagers and adults. Classes begin March 3 and run through April 29. York College adheres to standards of The American Red Cross Learn-To-Swim level progression. Prices range from $160 to $272. For more information, call (718) 262-5105 or email email@example.com.
Daughter of the Struggle
The Black Spectrum Theatre—and executive producer Carl Clay—will present “Daughter of the Struggle.” Ayanna Gregory pays homage to her father, trailblazing civil rights activist Dick Gregory, and takes audiences on her inspiring journey to self-discovery and appreciation of the past. The show begins at 8 p.m. Admission is $25. For more information, call (718) 723-1800 or visit www.blackspectrum.com.
Rioult Dance NY
This eclectic program includes Te Deum, one of Pascal Rioult’s earliest works; Wien, an image of a decaying society; and Dream Suite, which is inspired by the surreal world of Marc Chagall. Shows will be performed on March 3 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and March 4 at 3 p.m. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2GOmCgz.
“111 Places in Queens That You Must Not Miss: Stories and Book Signing”
The world’s borough has a new guidebook. Meet author Joe DiStefano and photographer Clay Williams for an event hosted by their editor, Karen Seiger. Enjoy their stories and adventures in finding the places for their book. The signing begins at 5 p.m. at the Queens Museum, located in the NYC Building at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2BRrylL.
Predatory Lending Workshop
Legal Hand Jamaica invites Queens residents to Know-Your-Rights Workshops. These workshops are designed for community service providers, residents and political office staff and will address pressing legal issues. It aids in highlighting the predatory practices of car dealers, check cashers, furniture stores, tax preparers and bail bond agents. Legal Hand Jamaica is a collaboration between Center for Court Innovation and Legal Services of NYC to increase access to justice and systems. At Legal Hand, trained community volunteers provide legal information, resources, self-help strategies and referrals to community members facing legal issues that affect their lives. The event starts at 1 p.m. at the Legal Hand, located at 149-13 Jamaica Ave.