One of the pastries Guyanese / Guyanese-American people love to snack on is pine tart. It is a shortcrust pastry filled with fresh pineapple filling.
Guyana is a Caribbean country that is located at the top tip of South America. It was once a part of three Guianas: French Guiana, Dutch Guyana, and British Guiana. Guyana was called British Guiana when it was colonized and occupied by the English — Dutch Guiana is now called Suriname and French Guiana has kept its name. The food of Guyana is a beautiful mix of the 6 races that are a part of the country: Amerindian (Native American aka American Indian), East Indian, African, Portuguese, European and Chinese.
Commonpoint Queens is pleased to offer a range of virtual and in-person opportunities that will empower all members of the community to make a difference this MLK Day and beyond.
January 18 in-person events:
Prepare Care Packages for Needy Households (8:45 am-10:45 am)
Commonpoint Queens will provide lunch and care packages to homebound seniors and needy households. Volunteers are asked to arrive at the Sam Field Center at 8:45 am to prepare the care packages.
Deliver meals to homebound seniors and needy households (11:00 am-12:00 pm)
Commonpoint Queens will provide lunch and care packages to homebound seniors and needy households. Volunteers are asked to arrive at the Tanenbaum Family Pool Food Pantry (58-25 Little Neck Parkway, across the street from the Sam Field Center) between 11:00 am and 12:00 pm. Each group will be asked to take four to six deliveries. Each route should take no longer than one and a half hours to complete. To the greatest extent possible, Commonpoint Queens will assign delivery routes as close to a volunteer’s hometown as possible.
Donate Blood and Join the Bone Marrow Registry (10:00 am-4:00 pm)
The New York Blood Center will be conducting a blood drive and bone marrow registry sign-up at the Sam Field Center from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Appointments are highly encouraged. To make an appointment, please register at https://donate.nybc.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/287015.
At-Home Projects to be completed by January 18:
Make Paper Flowers for Needy Households (Deadline: 8:00 am)
Commonpoint Queens seeks volunteers to create paper flower bouquets that will be included in the care packages sent to needy households. Volunteers will have the option of using their own materials or picking up materials from the Sam Field Center. Each volunteer will be asked to make 20 bouquets and return them to the Sam Field Center.
Inspire others with a personal art project (Deadline: 5:00 pm)
Volunteers are asked to draw and explain their personal “dream” for themselves, their community, or the world. Drawings will be placed on display at the Sam Field Center in Little Neck. Volunteers may use their own materials or choose to pick up materials (paper, markers, and crayons are recommended) from the Sam Field Center between January 4 and January 15. Volunteers are asked to drop their works of art off at the Sam Field Center or Central Queens before 5:00 pm on January 18. Register here.
Write Letters to Front-Line Workers (Deadline: 5:00 pm)
Volunteers are asked to write letters of gratitude to front-line workers who have served throughout the COVID-19. Letters will be delivered to hospitals, fire departments, police departments, and other essential services. Volunteers are asked to drop off letters at the Sam Field Center or Central Queens before 5:00 pm on January 18.
January 18 virtual events:
Learn the Link Between Character and Leadership (1:30m-2:30pm)
Each and every single one of us can be a leader by living by our values and empowering others to do the same. Drawing on examples of great leaders of the past, this class will explore what it means to be a leader, and will offer ways for each individual to realize that potential within themselves. The class will be taught by the Director of Volunteer Services, Isaac Adlerstein.
Learn and Ask About All of Commonpoint Queens’ Volunteer Opportunities (3:00 pm-4:00 pm)
Learn about all the incredible ways you can serve your community through Commonpoint Queens.
Raise your voice in a remote sing-along (4:15 pm-5:00 pm)
Commonpoint Queens is pleased to bring together members of its community for a singalong of classic and more modern songs of freedom, equality, and inclusion. Commonpoint Queens will send out a Zoom link to all registered participants prior to the event.
Engage with a panel featuring some of the most impactful leaders in New York and the country. (6:00pm)
Commonpoint Queens is thrilled to host a panel of leaders who have made a measurable and lasting grassroots impact in their communities–which highlights the theme of service so central to MLK Day. Panelists include Kevin Livingston, the Founder and Executive Director of 100 Suits for 100 Men, and Jason Sole, the former President of the Minneapolis NAACP and author of From Prison to Ph.D.: A Memoir of Hope, Resilience, and Second Chances. After the panel, the audience will have the opportunity to engage in a questions and answers session with the panelists.
To register, visit commonpointqueens.org/volunteer. For more information, please contact Isaac at 718-225-6750 ext. 238 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join Commonpoint Queens for a blood drive and bone marrow registration in partnership with NY Blood Center on January 18 at our Sam Field Center in Little Neck in honor of National Blood Donor Month and MLK Day.
Appointments strongly encouraged; walk-ins allowed if scheduling and social distancing guidelines permit. Schedule an appointment at https://donate.nybc.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/287015.
Please remember to eat, drink, and bring your photo ID card or photo ID. All donors will receive a free t-shirt!
Donors must wear a mask and have their temperature taken at the door. Donors may not give blood if they have a positive diagnostic test or experienced symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
This event is part of our MLK Day of Service – other volunteer opportunities include meal delivery, art projects, remote singalongs, a virtual panel, and more. Learn more and sign up at https://www.commonpointqueens.org/volunteer/volunteer-opportunities/.
For more information, please contact Isaac at 718-225-6750 ext. 238 or email@example.com.
Join FTH Deputy Director Sami Abu Shumays as he talks about what makes a compelling grant application. Whether applying for an artist grant, residency, or other opportunities, there are common questions funders ask for in their applications. During this workshop, we will go over some of those commonly asked questions to help you write a better arts application and gain more support for your art practice.
The conversation will be followed by a Q&A.
The session is free but RSVP is required. Registered participants will receive a Zoom link prior to the event date.
More about these programs: www.flushingtownhall.org/professional-development
Gift in the Wound. Curated by Noah Phillips. “Without the weight given by a wound consciously realized, [one] will lead a provisional life.” — Robert Bly
The Gift In The Wound highlights the work of artists who have confronted their fears, traumas, and shadows, and emerged on the other side with unexpected insights, treasures, and talents to share with and enrich their communities. The wounds explored vary from the physical to the emotional to the spiritual, and the media from paint, fabric, glass, and beyond. Each work celebrates an enduring process of transformation reflected in nature, in myth, and in our bodies.
The Gift in the Wound is Noah Phillips‘ curatorial debut. Before beginning his residency at Flux Factory, where his work has focused on the intersections of folk ritual and innovative understandings of psychological “plurality,” Noah was working as a Peer Specialist in the New York City’s public mental health system. He is also a Licensed Master of Social Work and an organizer with the Institute for the Development of Human Arts, a training institute for transformative models of mental health.
*The exhibition will take place at Flux Factory’s Garage Bay Gallery. In response to COVID-19, all visitors are required to wear a face mask and follow social distancing guidelines. We are committed to maintaining a safe and healthy environment.*
Gallery Hours: 1-6 PM EST on Saturday, January 30 & February 6
Or by appointment, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Artist Talk and virtual exhibition
Friday, January 29 @ 7pm EST
REGISTER AT: https://withfriends.co/event/8602348/gift_in_the_wound_opening_and_artist_talk
About the image:
Image by Megan Bent, titled “Quarantine Day 121″, 2020
Chlorophyll print on a hosta leaf
10 x 10” framed
Image Description: A self-portrait of Megan wearing a face mask is printed into the green chlorophyll of a hosta leaf. Her face takes up the whole leaf and only one eye is visible through her overgrown sweeping hair. The face mask is decorated with vine and leaf patterns.
In honor of Black History Month, Flushing Town Hall presents its Black History Trilogy, a three-part series of outstanding Broadway performers showcasing the music and speeches of influential African American artists, scholars, and leaders.
Alton Fitzgerald White kicks off the Trilogy in “John Lewis: A Pioneer for Justice” on Friday, February 5 at 7:00 PM.
Alton Fitzgerald White, a gifted actor who starred in Broadway’s hit show Ragtime and performed over 4,000 times as Mufasa, “king of the jungle,” in Disney’s production of The Lion King, will bring to life the legacy of American politician and civil rights leader John Lewis, who passed away last summer and coined the popular phrase “good trouble” in one of his most resilient speeches. Following his reading of the speech, White will discuss why Lewis’ words and mission are still relevant today and participate in a short question and answer session with the virtual audience.
For centuries, people in China have celebrated the Lunar New Year in temple fairs with performances and food to start off a good year. This year, we will celebrate together virtually. Please join us for live performances, arts and crafts, and food demonstrations to celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Ox and the final stretch of harsh winter before the spring renewal.
Health & Wellness Fair. All aspects of health and wellness are welcome. Open to Seniors and adult children of seniors.Our health fair is an educational and interactive event that provides preventive methods, medical screenings to people in the community, and healthcare/insurance information. We will have a variety of vendors including Fidelis, Empire BlueShield, Affinity Health Plans and many others. We will also have music, games and FREE FOOD and Beverages. The NYPD and Fire Department will be present to provide safety demonstration, and games for the community. EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO ATTEND!