As part of The Queens County Bird Club series, Dr. Javier Izquierdo will present “The American beachgrass microbiome: spying on private conversations underground.” The presentations explains how microbes affect the success of beachgrass planting.
American beachgrass, or Ammophila breviligulata, is considered an important sand dune architect of barrier islands, promoting the formation of dunes that offer protection to these coastal ecosystems. When severe storms and events like Hurricane Sandy dramatically disturb or eliminate dunes, many efforts in ecosystem restoration are made to replant beachgrass in affected areas. However, many of these efforts are not successful due to a wide variety of biotic and abiotic factors.
When: Wednesday, September 20, 8 PM
Where: Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, NY 11362
Admission: FREE. Lights refreshments served.
A special event featuring author, NY Times personal essayist, and executive Bob Brody. This longtime Forest Hills resident will be presenting his new memoir, “Playing Catch with Strangers: A Family Guy (Reluctantly) Comes of Age.” He will hold a book talk, sale, & signing, as well as establish the importance of preserving personal and family history, and emphasize the “how to” aspect of writing a memoir.
When: Thursday, September 21, 6:30 PM
Where: Cipollina Gourmet Italian Market, 116-09 Queens Blvd., Forest Hills, NY 11375
Driven by two virtuoso central performances, The Journey is a more-relevant-than-ever reminder of how simple humanity can overcome political division. In 2006, amidst the ongoing, decades-long conflict in Northern Ireland, representatives from two warring factions meet for negotiations. In one corner is Ian Paisley (Timothy Spall), the deeply conservative British loyalist; in the other is Martin McGuinness (Colm Meaney), a former Irish Republican Army leader who has devoted his life to the cause of Irish reunification.
Opposites in every way, the two men at first seem to have little chance of ever finding common ground. But over the course of an impromptu, detour-filled car ride through the Scottish countryside, each begins to see the other less as an enemy, and more as an individual—a breakthrough that promises to at last bring peace to the troubled region.
When: Thursday, September 21. Doors open 6:45 PM, film begins 7:15 PM
Where: New York Irish Center, 1040 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City 11101
Admission: FREE. Donations are welcome.
Featuring original tropical Latin roots dance music with Cuban rhythms that explores the crosscurrents of son, salsa, timba, funk, rock, afrobeat, Haitian compas, and more. Jose Conde Eclectric and his Cuban salsa band Ola Fresca take you on a dance-inspiring musical journey from Miami to New York to Havana and back!
When: Friday, September 22, 7 PM (dance lesson) & 8 PM (concert)
Where: Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, NY 11354
Admission: $16/$10 Members & Students