What’s Up In Southeast Queens: Oct. 6-12, 2017


OCT. 6
A Night Of Broadway
Some of Broadway’s up and coming artists will showcase Broadway hits at “A Night of Broadway.” The event will feature aspiring Broadway personalities, while honoring three outstanding contributors of the arts through music, dance and theatre: Ann-Marie Hudley Simmons, Theara J. Ward and Carolyn DeVore.

The event runs from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the York College Milton Bassin Performing Arts Center at 94-45 Guy R. Brewer Blvd. in Jamaica. Tickets cost $25 to $50. Call (718) 262-3750 for more information.

OCT. 7
Fall Festival
Councilman Donovan Richards and the city’s Parks Department will host a day of activities, including crafts, face painting, games, a pumpkin patch, music and a visit from the Nature Company at Brookville Park. The event is free and runs from noon to 4 p.m. at Brookville Park, which is located at South Conduit Avenue and 149th Avenue in Springfield Gardens. For more information, visit https://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2017/10/07/fall-festival.

Neighborhood Health Fair
Visit the Cambria Heights Gospel Chapel for a day of blood pressure screenings, blood sugar checks, access to health experts, lectures on hot topics by licensed professionals and more. This health fair is sponsored by Her Spark! in partnership with the Cambria Heights Gospel Chapel.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is free to attend. For more information, contact info@hersparkinc.org. The Cambria Heights Gospel Chapel is located at 221-02 Linden Blvd. in Cambria Heights.

Hands-On History
Make botanical illustration books and document things in King Park, similar to how naturalists did in Rufus King’s time.

The free event will be held at 1 p.m. at King Manor Museum, located at 150-03 Jamaica Ave. For more information visit, http://bit.ly/2xaWUhl.

Homeless Shelter Dialogue
Join the Eastern Queens Alliance for a conversation on homeless shelters, group homes and other emergency housing for the homeless being cited in southeast Queens communities.

The purpose of the meeting is to begin to critically examine the issues and explore or design effective strategies to help ameliorate what some feel is an excessive number of homeless shelters being established in the community.

This meeting will also talk about the latest discussions of emergency housing for the homeless site at the Clarion Inn JFK that is located at 147-05 Guy R. Brewer Blvd. in Jamaica.

The event will take place at the Idlewild Park Environmental Science Learning Center, located at 149-20 Springfield Lane in Springfield Gardens. It will be held from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and is free to attend. For questions and to RSVP, call (347) 824-2301.

Toastmasters Club
Come join the Toastmasters Club to get a supportive and positive learning experience, where members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills and overcome their fear of public speaking. The club meets every two weeks. For more information call (718) 528-3535.

The event takes place at the Queens Library’s Cambria Heights Branch at 218-13 Linden Boulevard. It will take place from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

OCT. 8
Blood Drive
After a series of natural disasters, there is a national need for blood. Help strengthen the local blood supply while also sending blood and platelets to Texas and Florida to help blood centers that were closed in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Your donation will help to save up to three lives.

The event will take place at the Magill Hall Auditorium at 89-60 164th Street in Jamaica. The event is free to attend and organized by the First Presbyterian Church in Jamaica. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Application Due For Day Trip To Minority Student Medical Career Fair
Education activists Vanessa Sparks and William McDonald are sponsoring a trip to the Association of American Medical Colleges “Minority Student Career Fair” on Nov. 4 in Boston. High school juniors and seniors and college students in their freshman or sophomore years interested in the medical field are encouraged to complete applications by Oct. 14.

To participate, high school students must have completed two to three years of high school science with a passing grade in coursework and Regent examination as well as two to three years of high school mathematics. To apply, visit: http://jamaica311.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/AAMCConference2017Application.pdf . Also, enclose a copy of your current class schedule. For additional information, reach out to vlsparks@hotmail.com.

The trip costs $90 per student and $60 per accompanying parent or guardian. Students will be able to receive information on college and medical school admissions and network with deans, administrators and students from medical schools and health professional schools around the country.

“The Addams Family: A New Musical Comedy”
Join the Chappell Players of St. John’s University for the performance of a new musical. “The Addams Family” is an original take on an old classic and tells the story of Wednesday Addams, the princess of darkness, who falls in love with a normal boy from a respectable family. Wednesday tells her father, who is then forced to keep a secret from his wife, Morticia, for the first time in his life. The story comes to a head when the family hosts a dinner and invites Wednesday’s boyfriend and his family.

On Oct. 7, there will be a 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. performance. On Oct. 8, there is a 2 p.m. performance and, on Oct. 12 and 14, there are 8 p.m. performances. On Oct. 13, the show will go on at 11 p.m. The musical performance will be held at St. John’s University’s Little Theater, located at 80-00 Utopia Parkway in Jamaica.

Tickets are available at http://www.sjucptg.com.

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