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#WeeklyColumn | December 1 – December 7, 2016

Holiday parties and gift-shopping take a back seat to comic book heroes, Rockaway food love, Russian Cinderella, wreath-making, Vietnam commemorations, various dance troupes, and a “red” violin. Here’s the rundown. Dec. 2, Five Boroughs Music Festival, 7:30 pm. Brooklyn Rider, a genre-defying string quartet, combines an eclectic Continue Reading

#PickoftheWeek: Vibrant colors at Haitian art show

Despite the season, Southeast Queens is bursting with rich, warm hues. An exhibition of Haitian art, Festival an Koulè (Festival of Colors), is on display at four Queens Library branches until Dec. 31. The show features 20 established and emerging Haitian artists—many of whom live in the borough. They work in Continue Reading

#KidsCorner | Willy Wonka candy-making, Turkey trot, bookplates

Build up an appetite on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, during the Sixth Annual Long Island City YMCA Turkey Trot. Starting time is 9 am, and various races will be held for children ages 4 through 17. Registration is $15 and includes a commemorative medal, t-shirt, and Continue Reading

#WeeklyColumn | November 24 – November 30, 2016

It’s well known that Queens has the most delicious turkeys. And as this column demonstrates, the borough also has the most enjoyable ways to burn off a Thanksgiving feast: group runs, nature hikes, ice-skating competitions, guided walks, and the usual theater, film, art, and World’s Fair-related events. Here’s Continue Reading

#KidsCorner | Run, yogasize, talk turkey, scavenge

New York Road Runners and the NYC Parks Community Parks Initiative host an Open Run at the Astoria Park Track on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 9 am. This volunteer-led program is open to the entire family and free. No registration is required; simply show up 15 minutes before Continue Reading