What’s Up In Southeast Queens: March 30-April 5, 2018


March 30-April 8

UniverSoul Circus is a tour de force of circus artistry on a Global Scale. A big top spectacle of global proportions, the 2018 production of UniverSoul Circus takes fans of all ages on an unforgettable journey of light, sound and soul. Get ready for electrifying, edge-of-your-seat performances, including extreme motorsports, mind-bending acrobats, free-flying aerial acts and much more. Hailed as the most interactive circus in the world, UniverSoul Circus promises to be a show you will never forget. Admission is $20 to $45. The show runs from March 30 through April 8. Showtimes are Sundays at 12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.; and Saturday at noon, 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

March 31
Building Opportunities In Business Financing
Interested in growing your business? Do you need financing to do so? Then you should attend this session presented by Access Business Lending. Access Business Lending is designed to give businesses a cash infusion to accomplish a number of goals. The event will be held at Seed Capital Café, located at 114-53 Farmers Blvd. in Jamaica from 9 a.m. to noon. RSVP with Valerie Davis at (877) 543-6160 or (917) 392-6088. This free event is organized by Farmers Boulevard Community Development Corporation. For more information call (718) 262-0881 or visit www.farmersblvd.org.

Stargazing Club: The Blue Moon
Urban Park Rangers will be your guides to the solar system—discussing the science, history and folklore of the universe. The stargazing program highlights the history and folklore of the solar system, using the naked eye to locate stars and planets. The free event runs from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Alley Pond Park Adventure Center in Alley Pond Park on Union Turnpike in Oakland Gardens. For more information, call (718) 352-1769.

AWCWA 9th Annual Awards Banquet
The Association of Women Construction Workers of America (AWCWA) is pleased will present its ninth annual industry awards that honor leaders, owners, executives and tradeswomen who have worked for change and are making a difference in the construction industry. The event will be held on March 31 at 8 p.m. through April 1 at midnight. Admission is $90 to $100. For more information, call (888) 434-5303 or email info@awcwa.org.

National Alliance on Mental Illness: Family-to-Family Classes
Are you a family member or friend of an individual with depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, panic disorder, 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. The series runs from March 17 through June 2.


The Jerome Jennings Trio
The Jackson Room presents a jazz performance by the The Jerome Jennings Trio. Shows will be held at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. The event is $20. The Jackson Room is located at 192-07 Linden Blvd. (next door to Jackson Tax Service) in St Albans. For more information, call (718) 525-2387.

Open Run: Highland Park
There will an open run at Highland Park—located at Jamaica Avenue and Elton Street—at 9 a.m. Participants should arrive 15 minutes before the start of the run and leave their valuables at home. The event is open to all ages, experience levels, walkers, strollers and dogs.

April 2
You Can Go To College
The You Can Go To College Committee was formulated to meet the needs of borough youths and provide opportunities for students to attend college. This is done through trips to predominately African American colleges, where extensive tours and financial aid workshops are conducted, and testing preparation classes for the SAT are held. In addition, monthly college bound workshops are held for students for moral and spiritual leadership to stay off of drugs and alcohol, avoid teen pregnancy and complete high school with all college entry requirements. The committee also provides cultural awareness development through trips to the theater and museums. The program costs $450 to $650. For more information, call (718) 658-6255. The program runs from April 2 to 6.

Native American Games
The Urban Park Rangers will host an afternoon of games and history about Native American recreational activities at Captain Tilly Park in Jamaica. Participants should enter at the Highland Avenue Entrance near 165th Street. The free event runs from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

April 3
“Henry V”
Obie Award-winning director Robert O’Hara and the Public Theater Mobile Unit will present William Shakespeare’s “Henry V” at the Roy Wilkins Recreation Center—located at 177th Street and Baisley Boulevard—at 1 p.m. The performance is free.


April 4
Free Verse
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. Each week, participants can write poems and short stories, submit their work to the Free Verse magazine and read them during the open mic at 2:30 p.m. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Jamaica NeON, located at 162-24 Jamaica Ave. For more information, call (718) 658-6845.

April 5
Councilwoman Adrienne Adams Mobile Office Hours
City Councilwoman Adrienne Adams will bring her constituent services and legal help to the Lefferts Branch of the Queens Library, located at 103-34 Lefferts Blvd. in Jamaica. For more information, contact Stephanie Charles, director of constituent affairs, at scharles@council.nyc.gov or (718) 723-0680.

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