What’s Up In Southeast Queens: Oct. 27-Nov. 2, 2017



Oct. 28
State Sen. James Sanders’ Compost Giveway
Fall is here and that means it is time to protect your garden. Join state Sen. James Sanders in South Jamaica for a free compost giveback event. Composting your garden can serve as a protective layer during the winter season for preserving the soil’s nutrients. Each bag of compost weighs approximately 40 pounds and supplies are limited.

The event will take place at the Samuel Huntington School (PS 40), located at 109-20 Union Hall St. in Jamaica.
To RSVP for a bag of compost, call Sanders’ district office at (718) 523-3069.

State Sen. Leroy Comrie’s Mobile Office Hours
New York State Sen. Leroy Comrie’s office has gone mobile to make it more convenient for the community to share their opinions and discuss issues. Share your thoughts on the issues of the day, and get help resolving a problem.

This weekend, the office will be at the South Jamaica Library, located on 108-41 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. For more information, call (718) 765-6359.

Oct. 29
King Manor Annual Behind the Scenes Tour
Join the folks at King Manor Museum for the annual Behind the Scenes tour of the home of Rufus King, signer of the U.S. Constitution and an early voice in the anti-slavery movement. Originally constructed in the 1750s, King lived in the home from 1805 until his death in 1827.

King Manor Museum Executive Director Nadezhda Allen will lead a behind-the-scenes tour, which will encompass the entire house from the basement to the attic and from the servants’ quarters to the King family’s parlor. Explore how the house, a designated New York City Individual and Interior Landmark, tells its history of three major phases of construction (1750, 1790 and 1810) and still holds a few mysteries.
Tickets are $20. The event begins at 4 p.m. at King Rufus Park, located at 150-03 Jamaica Ave. 

State Sen. Sanders Annual Hurricane Sandy Remembrance Walk 
State Senator James Sanders Jr. will host his annual Hurricane Sandy Remembrance and Recovery Walk this weekend. Attendees will gather at Rockaway Beach at Beach 67th Street, where there will be a prayer and moment of silence as well as reflections by elected officials, community leaders and residents. Attendees will then walk from the beach to Battalion Pentecostal Assembly Church, located at 454 Beach 67th St. in Arverne, for a free emergency preparedness class conducted by U.S. Army, World Cares NY and NYLAG Storm Response Unit. 

Those who would like to participate are asked to arrive at Beach 67th Street at 4 p.m. For more information, call (718) 327-7017.


Nov. 1
“Call Me Crazy” Screening and Discussion
As a component of the First Lady of NYC Chirlane McCray’s pioneering ThriveNYC Mental Health Initiative, the city Department of Veterans Services will host a free film screening and panel discussion of the A&E Network’s film “Call Me Crazy.” This five-part film depicts powerful relationships built on hope and triumph to help raise an understanding of what happens when families struggle with mental illness and the success of healing through love, togetherness and strength.

As part of the film screening, the department will provide participants with the opportunity to discuss their views and experience through a guided dialogue and open conversation about mental illness.

You can receive information on free resources and services in your community and assistance for veterans, families and caregivers.

Nov. 2
AirTrain Jazz Festival Featuring The Reggie Woods Band
The AirTrain Jazz Festival series continues this week with The Reggie Woods Band on the AirTrain Jamaica stage. The event will pay tribute to Jamaica’s rich jazz history by presenting some of the New York City metropolitan area’s best jazz musicians playing live.

You can learn more about The Reggie Woods Band by visiting www.woodywoodsworkinmusic.com.
The AirTrain Jazz Festival is a co-production of A Better Jamaica and the Sutphin Boulevard Business Improvement District with the marketing support of the Jamaica Arts Council.

The effort is funded by New York Council Members Rory Lancman and I. Daneek Miller and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Nov. 4
Held at the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York, located at 110-31 Merrick Blvd. in Jamaica, the shopping extravaganza will give attendees a chance to enjoy pre-holiday shopping for children, women and men. For your dining enjoyment, food can be purchased from The New York Club in the Soul Café. The free event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information, call Sister Sandra Cauley at (718) 468-2736 or Sister April Upshur at (718)527-0057.

Disaster Relief With Assemblywoman Alicia Hyndman
Alicia Hyndman is collecting donations for hurricane relief at her district office at 232-06A Merrick Blvd. in Springfield Gardens. As a result of Hurricane Maria, the Caribbean is facing a devastating situation, and this drive aims to help.

Items that can be donated include blankets, medical supplies, feminine hygiene products, bottled water, canned goods with pop-top lids, pre-packaged dry goods, bagged rice, beans and pastas, diapers both for adults and infants, baby formula, toothpaste and toothbrushes.

For more information, call (718) 723-5412.

“Kingfish: The Musical”
Come celebrate the original kings of comedy at a performance of Kingfish: The Musical, a tribute to comedian Kingfish, whose show Amos ‘n’ Andy was the first all-black comedy in the history of American television. The musical, written by Carl Clay and directed by Bette Howard, tells the tale of the comedians who laid the groundwork for black comedians such as Eddie Murphy, Kevin Hart and Richard Pryor.

The event is organized by the Black Spectrum Theatre Company. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at www.blackspectrum.com. It will take place at the Black Spectrum Theater at Baisley Boulevard and 177th Street.

Dates include Oct. 27, 28, 29 and Nov. 3, 4 and 5. All times are 8 p.m., except on Oct. 22, 29 and Nov. 5, during which performances are at 4 p.m.

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