Family Friendly Flicks On The Lawn – Don’t Forget The Popcorn!

 

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The Queens Parks Department has arranged a special treat for the children living in Rego Park. The Arts, Culture & Fun City Classics will be held on the last three Fridays in July at the Lost Battalion Hall Recreation Center.   Enjoy some recreational activities before settling in for family-friendly flicks on the lawn.  Bring a chair or blanket. This is a free event.

Friday, July 17th  - Ghostbusters

Unemployed parapsychologists set themselves up as Ghostbusters to rid New York of evil monstrous apparitions  that are taking over the city.

Friday, July 24th  - Back to the Future

Marty McFly is transported back in time to 1955 where he accidentally changes the course of history through a series of comic misadventures.

Friday, July 31st  – The Karate Kid

A handyman/martial arts master agrees to teach a bullied boy karate as a means of self-defense.

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Arts, Culture & Fun City Classics

Lost Battalion Hall Recreation Center

93-29 Queens Boulevard

Rego Park, New York

Fridays, July 17, 24 and 31
http://www.nycgovparks.org

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There are other free family-friendly movies being shown in green spaces throughout Queens this summer.  Some, like Springfield Park in Springfield, Flushing Meadow Park in Corona and Forest Park in Forest Hills are the most conveniently accessible for Rego Park residents.  Therefore, we are listing only the showings applicable to your area.  All movies are free, and rated PG.

Saturday, June 27th Annie

Annie is a young, happy foster kid who’s also tough enough to make her way on the streets of New York in this 2014 adaptation.

Springfield Park

Springfield Blvd.

183rd Street between 145th Road and 149th Avenue

Springfield Gardens, Queens, New York

Recreational activities begin at 7:00 pm. Movie begins at dusk.

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Wednesday, August 5thBig Hero 6

Agreeably entertaining and brilliantly animated.  Big Hero 6 is briskly paced, action-packed, has continuous humor, exhilarating visuals & action and a hint of heartfelt emotion.

Flushing Meadows

Corona Park

111th Street and 53rd Avenue

(On the grass area near the carousel)

8:00pm

Wednesday, August 19th – Guardians of the Galaxy

An all around good sci-fi fun film for the whole family.  ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ is thrilling, hilarious, and heartfelt, with great special effects and the perfect cast, this film is bonafide entertainment.  You won’t want it to end.

Flushing Meadows

Corona Park

111th Street and 53rd Avenue

(On the grass area near the carousel)

8:00pm

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Wednesday, September 2ndBig Hero 6

Agreeably entertaining and brilliantly animated.  Big Hero 6 is briskly paced, action-packed, has continuous humor, exhilarating visuals & action and a hint of heartfelt emotion.

Forest Park at George Seuffert Bandshell

Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive

7:30pm

Don’t forget to bring a blanket or chair, and a few munchies.

For a complete listing of all movies and their location go to http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/free_summer_movies

It’s always a good idea to check the website before leaving for a specific movie.  Several factors might be responsible for an unscheduled change in the program.

 

 

Brick Fest Live – If You Build It, They Will Come

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Like most of us did as children, you sat on the floor for hours playing with those tiny primary-colored Lego bricks.  And, with only your imagination to guide you, came wondrous architectural structures, be it a bridge, a house, or something that was indefinable that only you understood. Now you can revisit those memories at the New York Hall of Science when Brick Fest Live comes to Queens the week of June 20th through the 28th, and the museum is transformed into a Lego lover’s paradise.

Brick Fest Live bills itself as a touring Lego event featuring hands-on activities and exhibits, all designed to inspire, educate and entertain.  On exhibit will be large-scale Lego creations, which will blow your mind.  The highlight of the day features a Brick Fest Derby in which kids can build and racecars of their own design down a 35-foot long track in a timed heat.  A trivia area is exactly what it sounds like, so study up on Lego lore to get those answers right.   Quick – what were the original Lego colors?   Answer – white, orange, red, blue, yellow, brown, black, and dark green.

There’s an entertainment section where you’ll find Lego-themed video games, and a Lego mosaic area, where you can build a piece of LEGO art that will be put on display for everyone to see. Bringing Lego into the 21st century, the ‘Glow Zone‘ will display Lego creations shining under ultra-violet light.  You will also find the addition of many new colors since your childhood.  Lego now has close to 200 variations of color, including some transparencies.  They’ve also added a small selection of Lego bricks of non-traditional shapes.  Then there’s the building station where you can indulge your personal skills and/or fantasies.   And, best of all, are the “Inspiration” stations where you can add your custom Lego creation to existing Lego cities already on display.

You will also find new, vintage and rare Lego merchandise on sale.

Due to the anticipated popularity of this event it is suggested tickets be ordered in advance, which can be purchased at http://nysci.org/brickfestlive.com

If you’re a kid (at heart) or have some, this is a great place to visit. If you’re a hard-core Lego collector, this is a must see.  If you have a passing interest, stop by and prepare to have your mind blown.  Brick Fest Live, a massive interactive celebration of everything Lego, is the event of the summer.

Brick Fest Live

New York Hall of Science

47-01 111th St.

Queens, New York 11368

718-699-0005

Saturday, June 20, 2015 through Sunday, June 28, 2015

Saturday and Sunday 10:00am – 7:00pm

Week days                   9:30am – 5:00pm

$15.00 adults, $12.00 children, students & seniors

Admission free with NYSCI membership

http://brickfestlive.com

http://nysci.org/brickfestlive

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It’s Just a Jump To The Left…

rockyhorIf you had questions about the magic of movie making and television shows, would you believe the answers could be found in Queens, New York?  Do you know the only museum in the entire United States that is devoted solely to the collection and preservation of art, history and technology of film, television and video is right here in Astoria?   Located in the former Paramount Pictures studio, The Museum of the Moving Image brings visitors from all over the world to Queens to view their extraordinary exhibits and artifact collections related to the film and television industry.  Residents of the luxury residential building, The Alexander in Rego Park, need only travel a convenient fifteen-minute drive to Astoria to take advantage of this media museum’s exhibitions, educational programs, and significant moving-image works. Why not begin this when MuMi presents a one-time-only live performance of the extraordinary ‘The Rocky Horror Show’ in celebration of its 40th Anniversary?

Fans of The Rocky Horror Picture Show describe it as a comedy, musical, sci-fi thriller and unrivaled cult movie all wrapped up in one story.  How can one show cover so much territory? But, Rocky Horror does, and for the past forty years, has continued to entertain audiences with its’ content.

Released in 1975, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” began as a weekend midnight run at the Waverly Theater in Greenwich Village.  As its popularity blossomed people began showing up at the theater dressed in costumes resembling the film characters.  Audiences talked back to the screen, threw rice during a wedding scene and danced in their seats.  By 1979, this carnivalesque tale of a wild-and-crazy group celebrating a transsexual Transylvanian convention made its way around the world, having played in more than 230 cinemas. The Rocky Horror Picture Show became a ‘happening’ with a phenomenal cult-like following. Today, after 40 years on stage and in film, its popularity continues to grow, as new generations become fans

If you’ve seen the show before, welcome back.  If this is your virgin voyage, be warned– the show deals with mature subject matters in the most immature way.  But, if you’re up for the nuttiness, check out one of the many online web sites before you leave for the show for hints about audience participation, and what props to bring so you look like a Rocky pro.  If time doesn’t allow for shopping, prop bags containing newspaper, rice, confetti, playing cards, and toast will be available for sale in the lobby.  Oh, and you might want to brush up on the Time Warp dance steps, too.

Whereas most Rocky Horror shows typically begin at midnight, the Museum of the Moving Image performance begins at 7:30pm.  Audiences are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite characters, but certain items frequently used during showings, such as water guns and cigarette lighters, are prohibited at this venue. The performance will end with a Q&A with founders of the Rocky Horror fan club that sparked the worldwide aficionado movement.

“I would like, if I may, to take you on a strange journey.”

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Museum of the Moving Image

36-01 35th Ave.

Astoria, NY 11106

Friday, June 12, 2015

7:30pm

(718) 777-6800

www.movingimage.us

Admission: $15.00

Tickets may be purchased online

 

Welcome To The Greenmarket – Do You Have Your Shopping List?

 

maxresdefault-1Almost forty years ago, twelve farmers arrived at a vacant parking lot on 59th Street and 2nd Avenue, laid out wood tables, unloaded their cars packed with a farm-fresh eggs, vegetables and fruits, and originated the first Farmer’s Market in New York City.

GrowNYC is a hands-on non-profit created to improve the quality of life for New Yorkers through environmental programs that have the potential to secure a clean and healthy environment for future generations.

In 1975, a marriage between the two entities took place, resulting in the birth of Greenmarket. This new beginning had a dual goal; to expand the opportunity for small family farms to sell their locally grown products directly to the consumer, and to make it possible for New Yorkers to have access to the freshest, most nutritious locally grown food the region has to offer.

Today, Grow NYC Greenmarkets boasts 230 family farms participating in one or more of their 54 markets within the five boroughs of New York. There are eleven Greenmarkets in Queens, three of which operate year-round; Forest Hills, Jackson Heights, and Sunnyside, with the remaining markets opening during June or July.

The Forest Hills Greenmarket is located on the South side of Queens Blvd at 70th Avenue, a few short minutes from the newest luxury Rego Park residential building, The Alexander, adding yet another bonus to living there.

Attending farms during the year-round at the Forest Hills market are,

  • American Seafood Wild- caught fish and shellfish from Suffolk County, New York
  • Andrew’s Local Honey – honey and honey products from Fairfield County, Connecticut
  • Bread Alone – artisan breads, mostly certified Organic, and pastries from Ulster County, New York
  • Consider Bardwell Farm LLC – goat milk cheeses from Rutland County, Vermont
  • DiPaola Turkeys – turkey from Mercer County, New Jersey
  • Divine Brine – pickled products and chutneys from Suffolk County, New York
  • Gajeski Produce – vegetables from Suffolk County, New York
  • Garden of Eve Certified Organic vegetables from Suffolk County, New York
  • Goodale Farms – vegetables and dairy from Suffolk County, New York
  • King Ferry Winery – wine from Cayuga County, New York
  • Las Delicias Patisserie – baked goods from Queens County, New York
  • Red Jacket Orchards – orchard and small fruit, fresh juices and preserves from Ontario County, New York
  • Ronnybrook Farm – dairy milk, yogurt, butter and ice cream from Columbia County, New York
  • Terhune Orchards – orchard fruit from Dutchess County, New York

Joining during growing season are,

  • B & Y Farms – Animal Welfare Approved pork, lamb, poultry, eggs, and bison raised on certified organic feed and unsprayed hay and pasture, as well as flowers, yarn, and fleeces from Tioga County, New York
  • Blue Oyster Cultivation – mushrooms from Tompkins County, New York
  • Las Delicias Patisserie – baked goods from Bronx County, New York
  • Nolasco’s Farm Vegetables – Mexican specialty produce and herbs from Warren County, New Jersey; New Farmer Development Project participant

And, during the winter months only,

  • Holy Schmitt’s LLC – Philip A Schmitt & Sons Farm – fresh and prepared horseradish from Nassau County, New York

With so many wonderful items available, it should be easy enough to prepare a shopping list even before you set out for the market, or you can just let your eyes, nose and stomach be your guide while you’re there.

As each market is an anchor to its community providing fresh, locally-grown food, it has become a gathering place where neighbors come together, share recipes, watch cooking demonstrations, take a tour with a chef, and learn about local agriculture.

Forest Hills Greenmarket

South side of Queens Boulevard at 70th Avenue

Forest Hills, New York 11375

Open Sundays, year-round

8 am – 3 pm

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