What’s Up In Southeast Queens: March 16-22, 2018


Creating Better Airports Part II (see below)

March 15-25
Queens World Film Festival
Watch approximately 200 works from 36 distinct countries and all five boroughs. There will be a number of post-screening discussions and opportunities to meet filmmakers. Movies are divided into 53 thematic blocks—including Family Friends, Nothing But Web, Culture Clash, Crimes Against Women, Emotional Punch and Environmentally Speaking.


The program runs through March 25. The festival will be held at two locations in Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District: Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., and Zukor Screening Room, 34-12 36th St. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2CwwvNr.

March 16
Creating Better Airports Part II
The New Jerusalem Worship Center is hosting a town hall to discuss community inclusion in the multi-year project John F. Kennedy International Airport expansion project.

The town hall will discuss, but is not limited, to the JFK-Southeast Queens partnership agreement, creating community opportunities for MWBEs, positioning the community for economic stability and growth, reports from the Queens Connect team on engagement with the airport expansion and a status report from elected officials’ representatives and clergy. Organizers recommend that attendees bring questions and a pen and paper for note taking. The event will be held on March 16 at 7 p.m. at the worship center, located at 122-05 Smith St. in Jamaica. For more information, call (347) 596-8849 or email info@queensconnectionteam.com.

March 17
Women’s Health Empowerment Symposium
State Sen. Leroy Comrie, York College, Healthfirst and the Healthcare Education Project are hosting the second annual Women’s Health Empowerment Symposium. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Call (718) 765-6359 to RSVP or for more information. The event is free and will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the York College Faculty Dining Room, located at 94-20 Guy Brewer Blvd. in Jamaica.

March 17-June 2
NAMI Family-To-Family Classes: Spring Series
Are you a family member or friend of an individual with major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder, borderline personality disorder, panic disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder, co-occurring brain disorders or addictive disorders?

The Queens/Nassau chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will present Family to Family—a free series of 12 weekly classes structured to help caregivers understand and support individuals with serious mental illness, while maintaining their own well-being.

The course is taught by a team of trained NAMI family member volunteers who know what it’s like to have a loved one struggling with one of these brain disorders. More than 130,000 people in the United States, Canada and Mexico have completed this course.

The classes will be led by Susan Gambler, LMSW, and Sharon Ecke, MBA.
To register, e-mail namiqn@aol.com or call (516) 326-0697 or (718) 347-7284. Classes are limited to 25 participants and run from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

March 19
113th Precinct Community Calendar
The 113th Precinct Community Council meetings are generally held on the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the New Jerusalem Baptist Church from September through June. The commanding officer of the 113th Precinct is Inspector Frederick J. Grover. For more information, call (718) 712-7733 or visit


March 20
“What’s Love Got To Do With It?”
This 1993 film tells the story of singer Tina Turner’s rise to stardom and how she gained the courage to break free from her abusive husband, Ike Turner. The free event is hosted by the Jamaica Central Library Branch. The movie will screen at 2 p.m. For more information, call (718) 990-0700.

March 21
Free Verse Poetry Workshop
Free Verse is a weekly writing workshop and open mic that takes place every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the second floor of the Jamaica NeOn center, located at 162-24 Jamaica Ave. Each week, participants can come read and write poems and short stories, submit their work to the Free Verse magazine and read them during the open mic at 2:30pm. The workshop and open mic is free and open to all.

American Legion Rosedale Post 483 Food Pantry Open
American Legion Rosedale Post 483 and Taurus Associates, Inc. will operate a food pantry every Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. To register, bring your photo ID and shopping cart. For additional information, contact Commander McDonald at (718) 986-3456 or Major Ret. Sharon Sweeting Lindsey at (646) 261-1973.

Rochdale Village Community Center | Jewel Human Services Parent Support Group
The Rochdale Village Community Center and Jewel Human Services will present their first Parent Support Group. The purpose of these sessions is to provide a welcoming environment for parents and other caregivers of children with developmental disabilities to meet, share experiences, ask questions and receive support. These workshops are free to attend, but reservations are appreciated.

For additional information, call (347) 741-8495, ext. 205. The event is 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The workshop will be held at 152-31 134th Ave. in Jamaica.


“Lady Macbeth”
In 19th-century rural England, a young bride who has been sold into marriage discovers an unstoppable desire within herself as she enters into an affair with a worker on her estate. The movie is free and begins at 6 p.m. at the Jamaica Central Library, located at 89-11 Merrick Blvd. in Jamaica.

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