Aug
16
Thu
Bike Buyer’s Workshop
Aug 16 @ 6:30 pm – Aug 17 @ 8:00 pm
Bike Buyer’s Workshop

Bike New York is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that promotes and encourages bicycling and bicycle safety through education, community outreach and events. They offer free bike education programs throughout the five boroughs, teaching kids and adults how to ride a bike, and how to do so safely and confidently in the city.

Location: entrance on 46th Ave, not 5th St

Summer Nights Open Mic @ The Astoria Bookshop
Aug 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Summer Nights Open Mic @ The Astoria Bookshop

Join the Astoria Bookshop for a Summer Open Mic. “We’re coming to the end of the summer, and as the heat (hopefully) subsides, we wind down and vacations end, we’d like to offer an open mic to close out the season!” Gather in the bookshop, bring something you’d like to share, or just come and support your fellow creatives.

All artists welcome: Poets, Spoken Word, Writers, Singers, Musicians, Dancers, Actors, Comics, Visual Artists.

If you are interested in participating in the Open Mic, please email zora@astoriabookshop.com by August 14th to reserve a slot. Include a short explanation of what you intend to do, plus a time estimate of your reading/performance. The maximum amount of time we can offer is 10 minutes.

Summer Sings in Queens – Aug 16 & Aug 23 @ Our Lady of Mercy Church
Aug 16 @ 7:30 pm
Summer Sings in Queens - Aug 16 & Aug 23 @ Our Lady of Mercy Church

Everyone is welcome to take part in fun, open performances of the Requiems of Mozart and Brahms.

Our Lady of Mercy Church in Forest Hills will host two Summer Sings this August, inaugurating an exciting new tradition in our borough. On Thursday August 16, David Close and Ben Arendsen will conduct the Mozart “Requiem,” and on Thursday August 23 Ronnie Oliver Jr. will conduct the Brahms “Requiem.” Musical scores will be provided. Admission payable at the door.

Summer Sings are open performances of major choral works. They are a chance for anyone who enjoys singing to join a rousing community event. Leading local conductors guide an impromptu choir through some of the most iconic works of choral literature.

Our Lady of Mercy Church (www.mercyhills.org) enjoys abundant free street parking, elevator access for the less mobile, and excellent air conditioning, as well as being convenient to mass transit (E or F subway, Forest Hills LIRR and the Q23 bus). It is close to highways, and convenient for all of Queens, as well as Nassau county and other NYC boroughs.

The Forest Hills Choir (www.fhchoir.org), a local community choir, sponsors Summer Sings in Queens, in partnership with The Oratorio Society of Queens (www.queensoratorio.org) and Schola Sine Nomine. Go to sponsor’s websites, or contact info@summersingsinqueens.org for more information.

Aug
17
Fri
Hip to Hip Theatre – Shakespeare in the Garden @ Voelker Orth Museum
Aug 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Hip to Hip Theatre - Shakespeare in the Garden @ Voelker Orth Museum

The garden is the perfect setting for Hip to Hip Theatre’s spirited, richly costumed, family-friendly & free productions.
From family betrayals to fairytale endings, King Lear and All’s Well That Ends Well delve into seduction, violence, and the courage it takes to be an outsider. Hip to Hip Theatre bring their two new productions into the Voelker Orth’s garden.
Come early! Starting at 7:00pm, Kids & the Classics is the companion piece to Hip to Hip’s performances. This free interactive workshop is offered 30 minutes before every performance, and is designed for children ages 4 to 12. It introduces children to the characters and situations, creating links between the play and their own lives through theatre games and reading of text.

Fun for the whole family! All performances are free and open to the public. Seating provided in the Garden which is also accessible for wheelchairs. Performances run 90 minutes. Note: The performance is cancelled in the event of rain.

King Lear
Friday, August 17, 7:30 pm
The aging King Lear decides to divide his kingdom among his three daughters based on their love for him. Misunderstandings ensue. Shakespeare’s spectacular tragedy pits good against evil as the exiled princess returns to claim the throne.

Aug
18
Sat
Little Bay Park Cleanup @ Little Bay Park
Aug 18 @ 10:00 pm
Little Bay Park Cleanup @ Little Bay Park

Join United By Blue and the Waterfront Alliance for a cleanup of Little Bay Park! We will clean the park and the bay shoreline to keep our recreation areas clean and healthy for all to enjoy. Help us prevent trash from ending up in our waterways and recreation spaces by giving a Saturday morning to clean it up! There will be free kayaking for all volunteers following the cleanup.

Aug
19
Sun
The 2nd Annual Tour de Flushing @ Kissena Corridor Park
Aug 19 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
The 2nd Annual Tour de Flushing @ Kissena Corridor Park

Co-hosted by Transportation Alternatives Eastern Queens Committee, The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce and Eastern Queens Greenway, the Tour de Flushing is a way of showing the cycling potential of beautiful Eastern Queens. A FREE marshaled, family-friendly 12 to 15 mile ride through Queens’ Greenbelt and beautiful tree-lined streets. The ride will finish in Downtown Flushing with free valet bike parking provided at the Flushing Quaker Meeting house for those taking lunch.

Location: Kissena Corridor Park, Main Street & Elder Avenue

Gott Market? @ Gottscheer Hall
Aug 19 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Gott Market? @  Gottscheer Hall

A variety of vendors will be at Gottscheer Hall selling everything from Local Honey, Kitsch, Vintage Items, Gifts Items,
Crafts, Handmade Items and Art. There will also be food and drink specials. This market is being run by The Kiwanis Club and all proceeds from the sale
of vendor spaces go to help their club serve the people of Ridgewood.

Future dates for the market this year are:
Sunday, September 9
Sunday, October 21
Sunday, November 18
Sunday, December 16

The Kiwanis Club of Ridgewood NY 3-2-1 is a newly formed member of Kiwanis International the Worldwide Service Organization that changes lives every second of the day.

#gottmrkt

World’s Fair Bike Tour @ Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Aug 19 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
World’s Fair Bike Tour @ Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Bike New York is partnering with Flushing Meadows Corona Park on a series of free, beginner-friendly bike tours of the World’s Fair historic sites, where the 1939/40 and 1964/65 World’s Fairs took place. Don’t have your own bike? No problem! Register in advance and indicate that you’d like to borrow a bike. Bring your own helmet.

Location: Behind the Flushing Meadows Aquatic Center on near Fowler Avenue

Other upcoming events:

Date: Sunday, August 19, 11AM-1PM
Event: Learn to Ride – Adults
Location: Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens

Date: Sunday, August 26, 11AM-1PM
Event: Bike Handling Skills – Adults
Location: Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens

Shakespeare in the Park: King Lear @ Socrates Sculpture Park
Aug 19 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Shakespeare in the Park: King Lear @ Socrates Sculpture Park

King Lear has ruled for many years. As age overtakes him, he divides his kingdom amongst his children. Misjudging their loyalty, he soon finds himself stripped of all the trappings of state, wealth and power that had defined him. Shakespeare’s great tragedy explores the notion of power – who has it, how one obtains it, and how one defines it.

Kids & the Classics is the companion piece to Hip to Hip’s program of “Free Shakespeare in the Parks.” This free interactive workshop is offered 30 minutes before every performance, and is designed for children ages 4 to 12. It gives children a chance to interact with the text by previewing the characters and situations, and creating links between the text and their own lives through theatre games and close reading of text.

Kids & The Classics | 4:30 PM
Performance: King Lear | 5 – 6:30 PM

FREE. NO RSVP REQUIRED.

Shakespeare in the Park is presented in partnership with Hip to Hip Theatre Company.

Aug
21
Tue
Carnival at the Bookshop: The Astoria Bookshop’s Birthday Party! @ The Astoria Bookshop
Aug 21 all-day
Carnival at the Bookshop: The Astoria Bookshop's Birthday Party! @ The Astoria Bookshop

Astoria Bookshop is turning FIVE YEARS OLD!

To celebrate, the bookshop is having an all-day carnival-themed party. Come join this special birthday storytime in the morning, balloon twisting in the afternoon, snacks and happy hour in the evening, plus games, prizes, and activities throughout the day.