#Newsflash | Plants. Polar Bears. The Perfect Cup of Tea. Queens Has A Workshop For Just About Everything!
BY QEDC It's In Queens
Queens is going workshop crazy!
The world’s most diverse borough hosts opportunities to learn about everything from penguins to chocolate to Central Asian ethnic groups over the next few days. Most sessions are free and online, but a few are actually on site.
Children can head to Alley Pond Environmental Center for The Science of Chocolate on Friday, Jan. 8, at 3 pm. Participants will learn about the science behind chocolate, its affects on the human brain, and the ethics and sustainability of the cacao industry.
And here’s the big draw: Hot cocoa and molten chocolate dip!
The next day, Jan. 9, features two more children’s workshops that are set for the same time, 1 pm. Return to APEC, which is temporarily located at 224-65 76th Ave. in Oakland Gardens, for Penguins and Polar Bears. Both these animals are well adapted for cold climates, but they’re very different. Attendees will learn about their body coverings, diets, and habitats.
At 11:30 am, Herban Garden Founder Jocelyn Perez-Blanco will lead Houseplants 101 and provide virtual tips on how to select appropriate plants for each individual home and what to do with the new green friends. It should be interesting as Perez-Blanco’s resume includes the following titles: Certified Tree Pruner, Expert Herbal Consultant, Flower Essence Therapist, Essential Oil Coach, Certified Natural Area Volunteer, Organizer of the Herbalist MeetUp Group of New York, Naturalist, and Conservationist.
Also on Jan. 10, but at 2 pm, internauts can join an online National Hot Tea Month Celebration/Workshop with King Manor Executive Director Kelsey Brow, who is also a food historian. She’ll discuss tea marketing and consumption in the 19th century and teach how to make a perfect cup. She’ll also provide the details about the “pinkie out” tradition for upper class ladies at tea parties.
Brooks, a Yale University Associate Fellow, has contributed more than 1,000 articles to The New York Times. She’ll talk about an ethnic-religious group that has lived in Central Asia for more than 2,500 years. Today, Queens has the world’s second largest Bukharian Jewish community with high concentrations in Forest Hills and Rego Park.
The self-improvement continues at 8 pm when Noguchi Museum educator Matthew Capezzuto leads Center of Attention, an interactive virtual learning program related to the materials and process Isamu Noguchi used to create Akari 35N in 1962. The word “Akari” refers to the light sculpture that the famous artist made with Washi paper and bamboo as per an ancient Japanese tradition.
Queens Public Library’s Literary Thursdays program pops up at 4 pm. Catherine Grace Katz will discuss her book on three young women — Kathleen Harriman, Sarah Churchill, and Anna Roosevelt — who accompanied their famous fathers — U.S. Ambassador Averell Harriman, English Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt — to the Yalta Conference with Russian Dictator Joseph Stalin 75 years ago.
Literary Thursdays, which is always at 4 pm via WebEx, continues on Jan. 21 with Frederick Kaufman talking about The Money Plot: A History of Currency’s Power to Enchant, Control, and Manipulate. On Jan. 28, Pamela Hanlon will present on A Worldly Affair: New York, the United Nations, and the Story Behind Their Unlikely Bond.