Jan
13
Wed
Louis Armstrong Legacy Virtual Jazz Jam @ Flushing Town Hall at Home
Jan 13 @ 7:00 pm – Jun 9 @ 9:00 pm
Louis Armstrong Legacy Virtual Jazz Jam @ Flushing Town Hall at Home | New York | United States

Led by Carol Sudhalter and our wonderful house band, the jam welcomes musicians including our jazz jammers from Queens/Long Island, as well as newcomers from around the world, to share their music, lift our spirits and honor those we have lost.

WATCH ON FACEBOOK AND ZOOM
If you’d like to watch this session LIVE, simply tune in to our Facebook page or ZOOM.
For more information on how to participate and monthly themes, visit: http://www.flushingtownhall.org/virtual-jazz-jam

2nd Wednesday each month 7PM EDT

Jan
15
Fri
Book Worm Book Club @ Alley Pond Environmental Center
Jan 15 @ 3:30 pm – 4:45 pm
Book Worm Book Club @ Alley Pond Environmental Center | New York | United States

Young readers will gather in a relaxed atmosphere to take turns reading a “book of the month” together. A copy of the book will be given to each child and an APEC educator will engage and encourage the children as they read. The program includes a related activity and animal meet and greet. Your child will leave with a brand-new book each month, to enhance their at home library. Children must wear a mask for the entire program. A certificate of completion will be issued at the end of the series. Limited to 6 participants.
A portion of the funds raised for this series will go towards the care of our animal ambassadors thanks to the generosity of local friends of APEC.
Ages: Grades 1st-3rd (drop-off) | $60* per child

Bookworm Book Club – Winter Series
Friday, January 15, February 12, March 19 | 3:30-4:45 pm

Jan
16
Sat
The Art of Guyanese Pine Tart: a Panache of Flavors @ Online
Jan 16 all-day
The Art of Guyanese Pine Tart: a Panache of Flavors @ Online | New York | United States

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.

Jan
18
Mon
MLK Day of Service @ Commonpoint Queens Sam Field Center
Jan 18 @ 9:00 am – 7:15 pm
MLK Day of Service @ Commonpoint Queens Sam Field Center | New York | United States

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 iadlerstein@commonpointqueens.org.

MLK Blood Drive and Bone Marrow Registration @ Commonpoint Queens Sam Field Center
Jan 18 @ 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
MLK Blood Drive and Bone Marrow Registration @ Commonpoint Queens Sam Field Center | New York | United States

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 iadlerstein@commonpointqueens.org.

Jan
20
Wed
“The Narrow Edge” – a Queens County Bird Club presentation @ Virtual via Zoom
Jan 20 all-day
“The Narrow Edge" - a Queens County Bird Club presentation @ Virtual via Zoom

To register for this Zoom event, please use the registration link below.

At QCBC’s next meeting, Deborah Cramer will speak about her latest book, “The Narrow Edge: A Tiny Bird, An Ancient Crab, and an Epic Journey”, in which she accompanied a small sandpiper on its 19,000-mile annual migration and witnessed how its life, and ours, depend on an ancient animal, the horseshoe crab.
Each year tiny sandpipers—red knots—undertake a near-miraculous 19,000-mile journey from one end of the earth to the other and back. In this firsthand account, Deborah Cramer accompanies them on their extraordinary odyssey along the length of two continents, tracking birds from remote Tierra del Fuego to the icy Arctic. On the full moon of spring’s highest tides, she seeks out horseshoe crabs, ancient, primordial animals whose eggs are essential to migrating shorebirds, and whose blue blood, unbeknownst to most people, safeguards human health.
The Narrow Edge offers a unique insight into how the lives of humans, red knots, and horseshoe crabs are intertwined, and is an inspiring portrait of loss and resilience, of the tenacity of birds, and the courage of the many people who bird by bird and beach by beach, keep red knots flying.

To read more about Deborah, and the many awards that her books have received, see her website www.deborahcramer.com

Answering Grant Writing Questions @ Flushing Town Hall at Home
Jan 20 @ 4:00 pm
Answering Grant Writing Questions @ Flushing Town Hall at Home | New York | United States

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.

RSVP: https://forms.gle/WgAqaTpiMBN3TFz7A

More about these programs: www.flushingtownhall.org/professional-development

Jan
21
Thu
In Conversation with Mark Wilf @ virtual
Jan 21 @ 7:00 pm
In Conversation with Mark Wilf @ virtual

As the owner of the Minnesota Vikings for the past 16 years, Mark Wilf has led a transformation of the organization, building a team that consistently competes for championships, providing the best in class fan experience, positively impacting the Minneapolis-St. Paul community, and growing the game of football.

As the son of Holocaust survivors, Mark has drawn upon his parents’ experiences to become an unwavering advocate for the needs of the Jewish people and the community at large, currently serving as chair of the Board of Trustees of The Jewish Federations of North America. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Wilf Family Foundations and the Vikings gave over $5 million in donations and commitments to support health care workers, the elderly, food banks, social service organizations, and Jewish causes in the US and Israel.

Join Commonpoint Queens for an inspirational evening with Mark Wilf and Ken Berger, award-winning sports journalist, taking questions from YOU. $36 donation to join this virtual event and enter to win one of two signed jerseys from Harrison Smith and Kirk Cousins.

Please register at https://www.commonpointqueens.org/event/in-conversation-with-mark-wilf/. For more information, please email kstrauss@commonpointqueens.org.

Jan
22
Fri
Take Root: Nia & Ness and Misaki Hayama @ ONLINE/Green Space
Jan 22 all-day
Take Root: Nia & Ness and Misaki Hayama @ ONLINE/Green Space | New York | United States

TAKE ROOT, now in its 12th season, nurtures dance artists at established stages in their careers, pairing them in a split bill or full evening-length program. This monthly series supports dance makers’ experimentation and growth with support to present their work to the public. Take Root will present 12 aesthetically diverse artists among seven performances Jan-June 2021.
Available January 22nd on a donation-made basis. For more information and donation links, please visit https://www.greenspacestudio.org/january2021

About the Work:

home. is Nia & Ness’s second evening-length dance-poetry piece that deeply explores our daily realities as an out Black, lesbian couple. With this work, we posit that our bodies are our homes, collecting stories like dust and decor as we move through the world. This work also recognizes that as out Black lesbians, our bodies themselves put our literal, shared home on display every time we walk out of its doors. From sharing our everyday experiences with “micro” aggressions to making visible the impacts of violence, we go there with this work. We hope you’ll join us.

Misaki Hayama presents Warabe Uta for the January 2021 performances of Take Root. “Warabe Uta” are traditional Japanese songs, similar to nursery rhymes often sung as part of children’s games. The dance pieces created and presented here explore this hidden history and show how the past has influenced new generations to find their future paths.

Jan
23
Sat
Friends of Maple Grove – Songs of Love with Mariel Pacific @ Friends of Maple Grove Virtual Event
Jan 23 @ 4:00 pm
Friends of Maple Grove - Songs of Love with Mariel Pacific @ Friends of Maple Grove Virtual Event | New York | United States

Join us for our first concert in 2021. Mariel Pacific returns with Love Songs, premiering at 4 PM on 1/23/21. Link and program will be provided on our public Facebook page on the day of the concert.