Celebrating the Lunar New Year with the community, Flushing Town Hall presents “A Good Beginning, Here” a cross-cultural exhibition that illuminates 8 diaspora artists who can trace their roots back in China, Korea, Japan, and Taiwan. Their works embody unique life stories and ideas rooted in the East and evolved in the West.
JAN 17 – FEB 16 | 12-5 PM | EXHIBITION
Opening Reception: FRI, JAN 17, 6-8 PM
Gallery Dates: FRI, JAN 17 – SUN, FEB 16
Gallery Hours: SAT & SUN, 12-5 PM; weekdays by appointment
$5 Suggested Donation/FREE for Members, Students & Teens
Flickering lights, a family’s grief, and two strangers on a bridge. In this tightly woven story, a pair of sisters and their father grapple with loss while an unexpected friendship blooms between two people who realize they have more in common than they thought. Paula Vogel Prize Winner Charly Evon Simpson’s bold new play makes its New York premiere and shines light on how we process traumatic experiences to ultimately find peace.
Performances Friday 8pm, Saturday 3pm and 8pm, and Sunday 3pm, now through February 23rd. Located at our new pop-up theater on Steinway St.
Museum visitors can engage in a week of engineering activities and challenges, including:
The Circus Lab
February 15 – 23, 2020; noon – 3:30 pm (15-minute audition performed every half hour)
The Circus Lab auditions a 17-year-old robot arm for a chance to perform with their troupe.
Civil Engineering Day
February 17, 2020; 11 am – 4 pm
Museum visitors learn about civil engineering through interactive games, construction challenges and hands-on activities. Presented by the Metropolitan Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers, activities include building a dome using gumdrops and toothpicks, designing a boat out of aluminum foil and seeing how many pennies it can hold without sinking, building a paper tower that can withstand a weight placed on top, and more.
Build with Rigamajigs
February 15 – 23, 2020; noon – 4 pm
Visitors collaborate, design and build large simple machine structures with Rigamajigs, a large scale building kit consisting of wooden planks, wheels, pulleys, nuts, bolts and rope in the museum’s Design Lab area.
February 15 – 23, 2020; noon – 4 pm
Visitors design and build an entire micro-city out of cardboard.
Design Time Demonstration
February 15 – 23, 2020; 1 pm
Museum visitors repurpose household items to build an imaginative mechanism to meet a challenge.
Build With Dowels
February 15 – 16 & February 18 – 23, 2020; noon – 4 pm
Visitors design and build sculptures and structures using dowels, rubber bands and embellishments.
Museum visitors can experience the thrill of adventure, gain an appreciation for the wonders of nature, and prepare for the unexpected in Survival: The Exhibition, an exciting temporary exhibition that challenges visitors to become the ultimate survival expert. Survival: The Exhibition features a zipline, ropes course and museum displays that simulate extreme scenarios in an interactive and safe place for visitors of all ages to learn and test essential survival skills. Topics explored include first aid, water safety, navigation, fire and preparedness. $7 per person, plus NYSCI admission. (Members: free)
Commonpoint Queens’ Sam Field Center offers full day mid-winter break holiday programming February 17-21 for children in grades kindergarten through 7th grade. Pick up and drop off at Sam Field.
Children will enjoy a combination of trips such as the Brooklyn Children’s Museum and United Skates and in-house activities. Cost is $70 per day for current after school families, $75 for non-after school families or $315/$340 for all 5 days. Please pack your child with a nut-free lunch. Snack will be provided.
For more information and to register, please contact email@example.com or visit https://www.commonpointqueens.org/event/mid-winter-recess-full-day-holiday-programming/.
Commonpoint Queens Central Queens offers full day mid-winter break holiday programming February 17-21 for children in grades kindergarten through 6th grade. Pick up and drop off at Central Queens.
Children will enjoy a combination of trips such as the Brooklyn Children’s Museum and At Play Amusement and in-house activities. Cost is $70 per day for current after school or member families, $75 for non-member families. Please pack your child with a Kosher nut-free lunch.
For more information and to register, please contact Ashley Lopez at 718-268-5011 ext. 203 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Please join the LIC Partnership in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office of Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (OM/WBE) and Citi Community Development for a Business Breakfast on Business Ownership Transfer and Continuity Planning. This informative session will include subject matter experts who will discuss preparation for an ownership transfer, evaluation of a business, conversion to employee-ownership, transition to the next generation, and more.
New for Winter break! This 3-day program is bushels of fun and supports STEM learning objectives giving children the opportunity to create, imagine and explore at Queens Farm. Junior Makers will churn fresh butter, create works with natural materials, learn to spin sheep’s wool into yarn and finally get a chance to play with their food! Each day of Foraging, Fibers & Food has its own unique programming: Foraging (Wed, 2/19) features a farm-wide scavenger hunt. Fibers (Thurs, 2/20) connects Junior Makers to the farm’s natural resources. Food (Fri, 2/21) culminates with the creation of fruit and veggie sculptures!
While on the farm, Junior Makers and their families can meet the farm’s alpacas, sheep, goats and steer. The Farm Store will be open selling animal feed. Shoppers will also find traditional games, toys and unique Made-in-Queens items including Queens Farm herbal teas and woven scarves and yarn from the farm’s flock of heritage Cotswold sheep.
The next meeting of Queens County Bird Club will feature a presention, “Cupwings and Rollers, Partridges and Parrotbills: Birding Southern Asia” by Donna Schulman.
The venue is the new APEC temporary building, north of 76th Ave, and east of Springfield Blvd. Doors will open at 7:30 pm. Please arrive before the presentation start of 8 pm because the doors will be locked. Free admission, free refreshments.
Some people think the best thing about birding India and Southeast Asia are the names of the birds. Is there anything more irresistible than ‘Pygmy Cupwing’ or as charming as ‘Greater Necklaced Laughingthrush’? Well, the birds themselves. The 1,300 or so diverse species that populate southern Asia alternately amuse, fascinate, frustrate, and satisfy our nonstop thirst for the new and the fantastic. Donna toured India in 2016 and Thailand and the Malay Peninsula in 2019, both tours sponsored by the American Birding Association. Birding many of these areas can be challenging—the mountain forests are dense, the saltpans wide, and the birds tend to be secretive. Fortunately, bird photography has become a popular activity and eco-tourism a growing industry; feeding stations and ‘hides’ in the mountains, and well-run national parks allowed for good looks, vivid photographs, and wobbly video. This presentation will focus on the wonderful birds found in the very different habitats within these three countries. Of course, since we are all naturalists as well as birders, there will also be mammals (Tigers, anyone?) and other interesting creatures, hopefully giving you a taste of the rich natural resources of these countries.
Donna learned how to bird with QCBC and has branched out from Queens to Central and South America, Africa, Southeast Asia, and Europe. A librarian by trade, she reviews birding books for 10,000 Birds and Birding magazine, and has discussed “Best Birding Books of the Year” on the American Birding Association podcast three years running. Donna’s photographs have been used online and for educational purposes by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, NJ Audubon, and other organizations, including the new informational signs at Negri-Nepote Grasslands, Somerset, N.J. Her photos have been featured in Birding and Birdwatching Magazine. She is an adjunct professor at the School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers, and a past editor of QCBC’s News and Notes.