HGTV’s Santa HQ at Queens Center @ Queens Center
Nov 14 – Dec 24 all-day
HGTV's Santa HQ at Queens Center @ Queens Center | New York | United States

Kids can explore the wonder of Santa in the digital age with HGTV’s Santa HQ at Queens Center! This holiday, check out the interactive Elf Academy at Santa HQ. You can try on the latest elf looks with Santa’s Magic Mirror, create your very own Elf-ID Card and scan yourself on the Naughty or Nice O’Meter. Plus, new this year, spend less time in line and more time on holiday fun with a Fast Pass.

Galina Galmer Art Exhibition @ Commonpoint Queens Sam Field Center
Nov 15 2019 – Jan 1 2020 all-day
Galina Galmer Art Exhibition @ Commonpoint Queens Sam Field Center | New York | United States

Join us for the debut exhibition of artist Galina Galmer who will display her work at the Sam Field Center from November 15, 2019 through January 1, 2020. The public is welcome to view the exhibition during the hours the building is open.

Galmer reveals raw emotions for the viewer through her unique abstracts. Of her work, Galina says, “Each painting I create is a portrait of my soul. Each painting is, therefore, my self-portrait. Being an introvert, it is very difficult to express feelings. They tend to build up and trigger tension. After decades of adulthood, I finally found the way to peace for my soul through art. My emotions became my driving forces. Painting became my poetry…I found a safe place for my thoughts and experiences on my canvases. Using colors I developed a sense of greater strength and a new voice for my deepest feelings, fears, and insecurities. Life started to be more colorful and spontaneous. I feel reborn.”

For more information, please call Judy Vladimir at 718-225-6750 ext. 345 or email

Astoria Holiday Market at Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden @ Bohemian Hall
Dec 1 – Dec 15 all-day
Astoria Holiday Market at Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden @ Bohemian Hall | New York | United States

Astoria Market’s holiday shopping event will be held on December 1, 8 and 15, 2019. So swing by Bohemian Hall’s main hall to snag that perfect handmade gift for your loved ones. 

At all 3 events, there will be a full house of fantastic vendors, where you’ll find art, jewelry, toys, chocolates, body care, handbags, clothing, stationery, scarves and hats, pottery, and more!

Bohemian Hall will offer their scrumptious “Grandmas Kitchen” menu – which includes a variety of homemade soups, assorted platters, and homemade apple strudel. There will also be eggnog, chestnuts, hot apple cider, and other holiday favorites on the menu.

Dates: December 1, 8 and 15, 2019
Times: 12-6pm
Location: In the main Hall at Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden
29-19 24th Ave, Astoria NY 11102
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Queens Chamber of Commerce Hosts Business Person of the Year Awards Dinner @ Terrace on the Park
Dec 4 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Queens Chamber of Commerce Hosts Business Person of the Year Awards Dinner @ Terrace on the Park | New York | United States

On Wednesday, December 4, hundreds of Queens business leaders will gather at Terrace on the Park as the Queens Chamber of Commerce hosts their annual Business Person of the Year Awards Dinner. Rick Cotton, Executive Director of The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey will be the evening’s Hall of Fame Honoree and Keynote Speaker. This year’s dinner will also honor Tyquana Henderson-Rivers, President and CEO of Connective Strategies Associates, Inc., Chris Xu, President of United Construction and Development Group Corp., and Alexandra Vassilaros, Executive Vice President of Vassilaros & Sons Coffee. A great friend and supporter of the Queens Chamber and business in Queens, Dimitrios “Jimmy” Kaloidis, philanthropist, entrepreneur and former owner of Terrace on the Park, will be honored posthumously.

“Towards the end of each year, we like to look back and acknowledge some of the women and men who make Queens’ business community so special. It is our privilege to honor Rick Cotton, Tyquana Henderson-Rivers, Chris Xu, Alexandra Vassilaros and the late Jimmy Kaloidis at this year’s event. These individuals are not only extraordinary business people, they believe in doing well by doing good, and giving back. They may represent come from different industries and different walks of life, but they all represent the very best of Queens and contribute greatly to creating opportunity throughout the borough,” said Thomas J. Grech, President and CEO of the Queens Chamber of Commerce.

Depression (Session) @ APS Reality
Dec 4 @ 7:00 pm
Depression (Session) @ APS Reality | New York | United States

Beyond The Abuse, Inc. and Serving Chocolate present:
Depression (Session)

– What is Depression?
– Spotting early warning signs
– When and where to seek help
– How to support your loved ones
– Building resilience

We will also be streaming that session live for anyone who’s unable to physically be present but our participants’ identity will not be displayed unless expressly agreed otherwise in writing in advance. Follow us on facebook and instagram @beyondtheabuse and @servingchocolate. Session will be facilitated by Joanne M. Cherisma (@joannemcherisma) and Adana Wellington (@serving_chocolate).

The Nutcracker The Salzburg Marionette Theatre (Austria) @ Flushing Town Hall
Dec 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Nutcracker The Salzburg Marionette Theatre (Austria) @ Flushing Town Hall | New York | United States

Coming to Queens all the way from Austria, The Salzburg Marionette Theatre have charmed countless children and adults for over a century! The Nutcracker with music by Peter Tschaikowsky features all your favorite small “actors”. Founded in 1913, this puppetry company hand carves, paints, costumes and manipulates their puppets. The performance technique of the Salzburg Marionette Theatre has been declared a cultural asset worthy of preservation by UNESCO.
WED | DEC 4 | 7 PM
$14 /$8 Children

Date Night Comedy @ QED
Dec 4 @ 7:30 pm
Date Night Comedy @ QED | New York | United States

Ditch your boring dinner-and-a-movie plans and spice things up with DATE NIGHT: a ready-made perfect night for you… AND a plus one! Because with every ticket purchased, you’ll get… a free plus one!
Experience live comedic music, comedian couples swapping jokes, comics performing sets written by their partner, and engage in dozens of fun mood-lifting games!
Throughout the night, Dan Ahrens and Hattie Hayes will deliver fun activities and gifts, leaving with the audience with a plethora of mementoes and memories from this magical evening.
Again, every $10 ticket admits TWO people! So bring your partner, friend, cousin, girlfriend, your girlfriend’s boyfriend, or maybe even that cute guy from the mailroom who you’ve never actually spoken to!
Romantic or platonic – Date Night is a night for LOVE!

[COUPLES] Jess Salomon (The Tonight Show) and Eman El Husseini (Just For Laughs)
Emily Winter (TODAY Show) and Chris Calogero (Funny Or Die)
Babe Parker (MTV) and Leo Martin (Neato Bedito)

[PERFORMING PARTNER’S JOKES] Will Watkins (Zeroes On Heroes Podcast)
Patrick Hastie (SF Sketchfest)
Morgan Miller (The Yoga Room)

Featuring LIVE musical comedy from Max Ash (Upright Citizen’s Brigade)

Hosted by Dan Ahrens (Nickelodeon) and Hattie Hayes (Martha Stewart)

Parent Workshop on Free Services for Children with IEPs @ M.S. 158
Dec 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Parent Workshop on Free Services for Children with IEPs @ M.S. 158 | New York | United States

Commonpoint Queens’ BEACON center at M.S. 158 presents a series of workshops on Mindful Parenting. On December 5, our BEACON and Community Mediation Services will offer a parent workshop on free services for children with IEPs held at M.S. 158 in Bayside.

For more information, please contact Deborah Popper, Outreach Coordinator, at 718-423-2266 or email

Immigrant Daughter: Stories You Never Told Me @ Book Culture LIC
Dec 6 @ 6:30 pm
Immigrant Daughter: Stories You Never Told Me @ Book Culture LIC | New York | United States

Join Book Culture LIC on Friday, December 6th at 6:30pm as we celebrate the release of Catherine Kapphahn’s new memoir, Immigrant Daughter: Stories You Never Told Me. Kapphahn will be joined in conversation by authors Mary Catherine Ford (Fury: Women’s Lived Experiences During the Trump Era), Jane Pollak (Too Much of Not Enough), and Robert Ostrom (Sandhour). The four writers will explore the unsaid, the uncharted, and the untold, examining how pain, healing, trauma, and resilience can cross generations.

Immigrant Daughter: Stories You Never Told Me:

American-born Catherine knows little of her Croatian mother’s early life. When Marijana dies of ovarian cancer, twenty-two-year-old Catherine finds herself cut off from the past she never really knew. As Catherine searches for clues to her mother’s elusive history, she discovers that Marijana was orphaned during WWII, nearly died as a teenager, and escaped from Communist Yugoslavia to Rome, and then South America. Through travel and memory, history and imagination, Catherine resurrects the relatives she’s never known. Traversing time and place, memoir and novel, this lyrical narrative explores the collective memory between mothers and daughters, and what it means to find wholeness. It is a story where a daughter gives voice to her immigrant mother’s unspoken history, and in the process, heals them both.

Catherine Kapphahn’s Immigrant Daughter: Stories You Never Told Me received The Center for Fiction’s Christopher Doheny Award. It was also shortlisted for a Del Sol Press Prize. She has received artist grants from the Queens Council on the Arts. Her writing has appeared in Astoria Magazine, the Feminist Press Anthology This is the Way We Say Goodbye, CURE Magazine, and SalonZine. She earned an M.F.A. in writing from Columbia University and B.A. from Hunter College. Catherine is an adjunct lecturer at City University of New York at Lehman College in the Bronx, where her students’ brave stories continue to inspire her. Catherine also is a yoga teacher. She grew up in near the mountains in Colorado and now lives between two bridges in Queens, New York with her husband and two sons.

Mary Catherine Ford is a writer based in Queens. Her work has appeared in The Independent, The Chicago Tribune, World Literature Today, and Entropy Magazine, among others. Her essay “Catholic Bodies or Notes on the Kavanaugh Hearings” is the forthcoming collection of women’s essays reflecting on the Trump era, Fury.

Jane Pollak is an artist, author, and entrepreneur. For more than 30 years, she has transformed and energized the lives of hundreds of women and men through her expert coaching. She’s also inspired thousands more through her extensive writing and speaking. She has been a highly successful life and business coach since 2002 and a certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) since 2006. She is the author of 3 books, Too Much of Not Enough, Soul Proprietor: 101 Lessons From a Lifestyle Entrepreneur, and Decorating Eggs: Exquisite Designs with Wax & Dye. She has been profiled by the New York Times and has made appearances on NBC’s The Today Show and The CBS Evening News. Known to many as “The Egg Lady,” Jane decorated eggs for three decades using the intricate Ukrainian method of wax resist. So extraordinary and exquisite were these eggs, and so remarkable was her story, that Jane was invited to present a talk at TEDxMillRiver.

Robert Ostrom is the author of Sandhour (Saturnalia Books, 2019), Ritual and Bit (Saturnalia Books, 2016) and The Youngest Butcher in Illinois (YesYes Books, 2012). He lives in Ridgewood, New York and teaches at New York City College of Technology.

Roberta Piket Sextet featuring Karrin Allyson: Celebrating Marian McPartland @ Flushing Town Hall
Dec 6 @ 8:00 pm
Roberta Piket Sextet featuring Karrin Allyson: Celebrating Marian McPartland @ Flushing Town Hall | New York | United States

Acclaimed pianist/composer/arranger Roberta Piket’s revelatory sextet project shines a warm, loving light on the compositions of legendary jazz pianist Marian McPartland. McPartland was eulogized in 2013 as a supremely elegant and accomplished jazz stylist who gracefully conversed and collaborated with a vast array of fellow improvisers from her perch as a beloved public radio host. Also on stage are Jay Brandford (flute, alto sax), Virginia Mayhew (clarinet, tenor sax), Bill Mobley (trumpet, flugelhorn), Harvie S (bass), Billy Mintz (drums), and special guest five-time Grammy nominated jazz vocalist Karrin Allyson.

FRI | DEC 6 | 8 PM