What’s Up In Southeast Queens: Mar. 31-April 6, 2017

WHATS-UP

SUMMER YOUTH EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM
If you are a New York City youth between the ages of 14 and 24 years who is looking for valuable work experience and earning money this summer, complete the Summer Youth Employment Program application and take the first step to landing your dream summer job. There are a variety of different positions to ensure that your summer is both productive and financially stable. The deadline has been extended March 31.

To fill out an application, visit https://application.nycsyep.com/Default.aspx. For information on other programs the city is running to keep city youths working and productive, visit http://www.nyc.gov/html/dycd.

April 1
Queens Memory Program: King Manor Hands-On History
The Queens Memory team will be at King Manor, located at 150-03 Jamaica Ave., for a Hands-On History event. The event will be held in the parlor room with archival replicas explaining Jamaica’s rich history. Children and their families are welcome to bring their best Queens photographs for inclusion in the library’s digital archives.

Visitors should drop by with the kids and enjoy this productive weekend activity. The program begins at 1 p.m.

Spring Cleaning Event At Nautilus Playground
Help clean up Nautilus Playground in Jamaica along with the Friends of Nautilus Playground, Caribbean American Society of New York, Queens Young Dems and Dream Team Park Stewards. Volunteers will mulch, paint and clean up the local playground to help give neighborhood kids a “fun, fresh start to spring!”

The clean-up will run from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the intersection of Baisley Boulevard and Merrick Boulevard in Jamaica.

CDEC 29Q’s Spring P.R.E.S.S.
CDEC 29Q will present resources to parents in an event titled Parental Resources for Education Skills and Success, or P.R.E.S.S. The event will include talks and information tables on a variety of topics, such as how to live stress free, college planning and financial aid, immigration rights and internet safety. The event will also feature a performing arts showcase featuring students from PS 95, PS/MS 147, and PS 176.

The event will be held from 8:30 am to 2 p.m., with a morning and afternoon session featuring different talks. The event is free to attend and will take place at P.S./M.S. 147 Q, at 218-01 116th Avenue in Cambria Heights.

April 2
District 27 Participatory Budgeting Voting
Want to make a difference in your community? Take part in voting for participatory budgeting. This is real money, real projects and real power handed over to the people who know the community best: its residents.

For those residing in the neighborhoods of Cambria Heights, Hollis, Jamaica, St. Albans, Queens Village and Springfield Gardens, now is the chance to cast a vote for the participatory voting projects that deserve funding. Contact the office of Councilman I. Daneek Miller at 718-776-3700 for more information and locations.

Sunday Concerts @ Central: Pablo Mayor’s Folklore Urbano – El Barrio Project
Pablo Mayor presents his latest, “El Barrio Project,” which crosses cultural boundaries by delving into the heart of New York City’s barrios (ethnic neighborhoods). Hear high-energy salsa and Colombian music inspired by themes and sounds of New York City’s Latin American communities.

The performance begins at 3 p.m. at the Queens Central Library, located on 89-11 Merrick Blvd. in Jamaica. Admission is free.

April 5
JCAL Artist Open Rehearsal
The Commons Choir will give a public program at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning as part of Exploring the Metropolis’ Choreographer and Composer Residency Program. The Commons Choir’s program will include an open rehearsal of their production, “Brooklyn ReZound,” an investigative jazz musical composed by Darius Jones and choreographed by Daria Faïn that examines the experience of displacement and change in Brooklyn.

The event is free to attend and begins at 6 p.m. Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning is located at 161-04 Jamaica Ave.

April 6
A Spring Evening with “The Color Purple” Broadway Star Joaquina Kalukango
See Broadway star Joaquina Kalukango live at the Central Library. Kalukango starred in the Broadway adaptation of the novel “The Color Purple.” The Julliard graduate has also starred in other performances, including “Encores! Wild Party,” “Holler If Ya Hear Me,” “The Color Purple” and “Godspell” and off-Broadway in “Our Lady of Kibeho,” “Antony and Cleopatra,” “Emotional Creature,” “Hurt Village” and “Rent.” Music will be directed by Harlem’s Charles Duke, who is a singer, songwriter, composer and classically trained pianist.

The performance begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Queens Central Library, located on 89-11 Merrick Blvd. in Jamaica.

Ongoing:  Until April 21
York College Fine Arts Faculty Show: Those Who Can, Do
Those who can, do…those who teach, also do. Here’s a chance to experience the talent of the faculty of the York College Fine Arts Department. The gallery will feature the works of the following professors: Sally Boon Matthew, Nina Buxenbaum, Zoe Chan, David Antonio Cruz, Andrea Deflice, Jennifer Formica, Nicholas Fraser, Maki Hajikano, Lisa Mackie, Daniel Phelps, Carlos Sandoval, Michael Smith and Maragaret Rose Vendryes.

Don’t miss what promises to be a very fine show. The gallery is on display at 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd. Gallery hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

May 2017
The Genius of Geoffrey Holder
Born and raised in Trinidad, Geoffrey Holder revealed his genius in his long career in dance, theater, film, music and art. In this exhibition, he is honored for his career in dance and theater, Tony Award-winning work as director and costume designer for “The Wiz,” and contributions to the repertory of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Dance Theatre of Harlem.

The exhibit is free and will remain at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, located at 161-04 Jamaica Ave., through May.

Until April 2nd
International Tattoo Festival
Tattoo enthusiasts will have much to explore at Resorts World Casino in Jamaica from March 31 through April 2 during United Ink’s No Limits Tattoo Expo 2017. The event features more than 250 tattoo artists from all over the globe as well as more than 30 vendors selling shop necessities, merchandise and apparel.

A daily pass costs $25 and a weekend pass is $55. Tickets can be bought at www.newyorktattooshow.com/no-limits-tattoo-expo/ or at the door. Resorts World Casino is located at 110-00 Rockaway Boulevard in South Ozone Park. The event begins at 12 p.m. each day.

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