Meet You in The Children’s Play Room!

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In her private life, Rego Park residents are proud to call author Elizabeth Uhlig their neighbor and friend. In her professional life, Ms. Uhlig is devoted to teaching children about the world they live in through magical words and vibrant color. A published author, illustrator and translator of children’s books, most parents are familiar with her inspiring tales; Grandmother Mary; Anna Pavlova, Jewel of the Ballet; Memoir Writing and Illustrating for Children; The Whole World is Dancing; Rainwalk; Children Just Like You; I Want To Be; Before We Met; I See America; What Is It About Doggies?

Her recent release, The Magic Chain, is a rhyming picture book, written with an objective to introduce young readers to the beauty of rhyming poetry. The book, 32 pages and illustrated by Uhlig, uses just a few lines of poetry to teach youngsters interesting scenarios featuring characters of different cultures, and places far, far away. Uhlig created the book using watercolor, collage, and photography.

The Magic Chain is a wonderful read for children and young adults. Snuggle up at bedtime, or read with your youngster in the inviting indoor Children’s playroom at The Alexander – bet other kids will quickly join in – you’ll soon be hearing rhyming sentences around the building.  Kids love to rhyme – it’s fun.  Remember reciting,

“Hickory, dickory dock!
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck one
The mouse ran down
Hickory, dickory, dock!”

The Magic Chain is currently available on www.Amazon.com  To order a special autographed copy, mail $13.00 + $2.00 postage to,                                                                                                 Marble House Editions                                                                                                                                   96-09 66th Avenue, Suite 1D                                                                                                                     Rego Park, New York 11374

718-896-4186

Elizabeth.Uhlig@yahoo.com

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What Goes Around . . .

 

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The exciting news in Rego Park and Forest Hills is that professional tennis is returning to the Forest Hills Stadium, once the home of the U.S. Open before it moved to the larger National Tennis Center in Flushing in 1977.   Also, through the late 1980’s, the venue was well known for hosting live concerts; showcasing performances by high-profile entertainers like The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand and the Rolling Stones.  The property remained in use as a local private tennis club, the West Side Tennis Club.

A partnership with new concert promoters, and a complete renovation of the facility, brought events back to the neighborhood in 2013.   And now, once again, professional tennis returns to the West Side Tennis Club as they welcome the New York Empire, a newly created team in Mylan World Team Tennis.

An announcement of the new franchise was aired on February 17th, noting World Team Tennis has not had a team in the city since the New York Sportimes moved to San Diego in 2014.  The Empire will take a prominent position in the 2016 tennis season as they compete with five other teams for the King Trophy.   Patrick McEnroe will serve as the team’s coach in the inaugural season and former U.S. Open Champion Andy Roddick will be its’ first player.

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From the New York Empire’s web page;

The New York Empire is one of six teams competing in the Mylan World Team Tennis league.

New York Empire

Orange County Breakers

Philadelphia Freedoms

San Diego Aviators

Springfield Lasers

Washington Kastles

Mylan World Team Tennis was co-founded by the legendary Billie Jean King and is operating it’s 41st season in 2016.

The unique and innovative format features 2 men and 2 women on a team and 5 sets of tennis are played each night – one set each of men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles.  Whichever team wins the most games at the end of the 5 sets, wins the match.

There is an electric atmosphere at each match unlike any other tennis event you have ever attended – we encourage cheering for your hometown team, we have pre-match activities, contests on-court, and world-class tennis in an intimate stadium.

All children 16 years old and younger have the opportunity to come on the court at the end of each match to get autographs from the players.

The Empire will play 6 home matches and 6 on the road in its quest for the Mylan WTT Championship.  Season dates are July 31 – August 13, 2016.  The top two teams will advance to the Mylan WTT Finals, to be held in the New York area on August 27th.

“We’re sure the action will wake the echoes of the past at the iconic Forest Hills Stadium at The West Side Tennis Club with a style that is fun, competitive, and very much New York”

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For all New Yorkers this is exciting news.  But, for tennis lovers living in The Alexander at Rego Center, Rego Park’s newest luxury rental building, it just doesn’t get better than this!   Now you have the US Tennis Open at the National Tennis Center in Flushing and Mylan World Team Tennis at West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills – both located almost in your back yard.  That’s an ace in our book!

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No Monkey Business Here!

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Not sure if last weekend’s brutally cold weather prevented you from visiting Flushing to watch the famous Lunar New Year parade.  If you were there, hope you kept warm and enjoyed the spectacular.  If you missed it, you might be interested to know other celebrations honoring the arrival of the Year of the Monkey will be ongoing through the end of the month – and they all sound like great fun!  Flushing Town Hall is offering several programs during the month-long celebration . . .and they’re all indoors!

​►​On Saturday, February 20th, The Chinese New Year Temple Bazaar returns for its’ second year. ​Due to last year’s sold-out crowd, this year’s Bazaar is being offered in two sessions; 11:00am to ­1:00pm and 2:00pm to­ 4 :00pm.  Bring the entire family to enjoy a variety of performances, including martial arts demos, and crafts.  Non-member; $5.00 adult ticket, $3.00 child ticket (per session) Free for Members call the box office at 718-463-7700 x 222 to reserve your free tickets. (each member can request up to 2 tickets)

►​In Chinese culture calligraphy, literally meaning “beautiful writing”, was considered to be more than a decorative form.  It was viewed as the supreme visual art form, more valued than painting and sculpture, and ranked alongside poetry as a means of self-expression and cultivation. So much importance was placed on this art form that it became equally important ​how​ one wrote, as to ​what one wrote.  Now you can learn to write Chinese calligraphy at a workshop being held on Sunday, February 21st. Under the tutelage of Asian Art specialist ​Dr. Hsing­Lih Chou, you will practice your skills on paper before writing your wish on a Chinese silk fan for good luck. Calligraphy on Chinese Silk Fans Tickets: $10.00 adults, $8:00 Members and Children (materials included)

►​On Sunday, February 28th children and their families can celebrate the Lunar New Year by making their very own monkey tal, or mask at a ​Monkey Mask Decorating workshop​ being held at 1:30pm.  Participants ​will also learn ​tal chum​ (Korean mask dance) moves that go along with their creations.​ This workshop will stimulate your child’s eye hand coordination, movement skills, and most importantly, curiosity about new cultures. Tickets: $10.00 adults, $8.00 Members and Children (materials included)

Flushing Town Hall

137-­35 Northern Blvd.

Flushing, New York 11354

718-463-7700

flushingtownhall.org

@FlushingTwnHall

Appropriately, there will be a lot of ‘monkey’ business going on at the Queens Zoo on Saturday, February 20th and Sunday, February 21st, with both days following the same schedule to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

►​From 11:00am to 4:00pm (ongoing, all day).  Make a special craft to celebrate the New Year. The Craft Workshop is located in the Education Center.  What fun!  A scavenger hunt throughout the zoo to find all the zodiac animals. Clues will be provided.  If moms and dads want to sit out an activity, they can head to the Wild Room​m (across ​ from Sea Lions) to relax with a hot cup of tea and some fortune cookies.

► ​11:30am to 12:30pm and 3:45pm to 4:30pm.  Experience the art of calligraphy and try out your skills in a calligraphy workshop, being he​ld in the Wild Room.

►​12:15pm and 3:15pm. Lunar New Year Story Time will entertain everyone with tales about the history and animals of the zodiac. Meet up at the Education Center about 15 minutes before the scheduled start time.

►​1:00pm and 2:30pm. Hao Bang Ah Monkey Puppet Show, performed by Chinese Theater Works, highlights the Year of the Monkey in the most delightful way. After the laughs and giggles are over, new fun begins immediately following the show when everybody gets together to take part in a Lunar New Year Parade. The puppet show takes place in the Wild Room, across from the Sea Lions.

Queens Zoo Year of the Monkey Celebration

53­-51 111th Street

Corona, New York 11368

Saturday, February 20–Sunday, February 21

http://queenszoo.com/

Gong Xi Fa Cai to our friends and neighbors celebrating the Year of the Monkey.

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On the Sunny Side of the Street

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Just mention the name Louis Armstrong, or “Satchmo” and every one knows exactly who the man is.  That’s because this trumpeter, composer and singer is the most influential figure in jazz music, having come to prominence in the 1920s. His daring trumpet style and unique vocals changed the concept of popular singing in American popular music, which had a lasting effect on all singers who came after him, including Bing Crosby, Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald.

While much can be recited about Armstrong, the musician, not much is known about Armstrong, the civil rights activist.  As an entertainer, he had never considered his race to be a detriment to his career, having set a number of African-American “firsts.” In 1936, he became the first African-American jazz musician to write an autobiography: Swing That Music. That same year, he became the first African-American to get featured billing in a major Hollywood movie with a role in Pennies from Heaven, starring Bing Crosby. And, in 1937 he became the first African-American entertainer to host a nationally sponsored radio show  when he temporarily took over Rudy Vallee’s Fleischmann’s Yeast Show.

Ironically, it was the Black community who turned against him when the struggle for civil rights began. To many young jazz fans at the time, Armstrong’s ever-smiling demeanor, coupled with his refusal to publicly comment on political issues, seemed like he was out of touch with the situation. However, their perception of the man changed slightly when, in 1957, Armstrong made an angry statement, discrediting President Eisenhower for his handling of the Little Rock Central High School integration crisis. “The way they are treating my people in the South, the government can go to hell.” Armstrong’s words made front-page news around the world. While some fans renewed their faith in him, not a single jazz musician who had previously criticized him did not forgive him.  However, today this is seen by many as one of the bravest, most definitive moments of Armstrong’s life.  A series of new biographies on Armstrong made his role as a civil rights pioneer abundantly clear and, subsequently, argued for an embrace of his entire career’s output, not just the revolutionary recordings from the 1920s.

In 1943, Louis and Lucille Armstrong moved to Corona, Queens, where they lived until their death. Today, the house is home to the Louis Armstrong House Museum, and was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1977.  The doors are being opened to the public during the month of February in celebration of Black History Month, with a  “Hotter Than That – 90 Years of Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five” theme.  During the tour, visitors will receive a special collectible reproduction of one of Armstrong’s own scrapbook pages, hear audio of Armstrong reflecting on his music collection and learn more about his participation in the Civil Rights movement.

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The Louis Armstrong House Museum

34-56 107th Street

Corona, Queens, New York

February 1-29, 2016

Tuesday – Friday   10:00am to 5:00pm

Saturday/Sunday    12:00 noon to 5:00pm

www.LouisArmstrongHouse.org

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Spend Your February Break at Camp!

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Many working parents are faced with a similar dilemma every February when mid-winter school break rolls around – what to do with their children during that week? This can be a very complex situation, with solutions ranging from some parents taking a vacation from work to infringing on the generosity of friends or relatives.   If you haven’t figured it out yet, we have a wonderful suggestion sure to impress you, and guaranteed to provide a fun and educational adventure for your child.

The New York Hall of Science, also known as NYSCI, is hosting a Design-Make-Play Innovation Camp for youngster’s grades 1 through 4 from February 15th through the 19th.   Participants in this weeklong camp will have access to NYSCI’s Design Lab exhibition area, where students are inspired to be creative thinkers and problem solvers.  They will explore electricity and create their own house powered 
by LED lights. They will design a device that would help them survive on a deserted island. And, they’ll investigate the principles of light, create shadow puppets, and explore gravity, air resistance and air pressure while designing devices that will be launched from 20 feet in the air.  If you have a youngster who loves science, or one that is curious about the world around him/her, then NYSCI’s camp is the place to be.  Sign up now, as space is limited.

Register online at nysci.org/clubs-camps-folio, call 718-699-0005 ext. 320 or email aware@nysci.org.  The fee is $375.00 for non-members, $350.00 for members, and includes a mid-morning snack and lunch.

NYSCI is a science museum located in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, only 15 minutes from The Alexander at Rego Center.  For a unique experience exploring concepts in science, technology and engineering through hands-on investigations check out other special programs and Innovation Camps available for children to enjoy.   Each Innovation Camp includes interactive activities; exhibit exploration, a student certificate and a free student membership.

New York Science

Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

Corona, New York

DESIGN-MAKE-PLAY INNOVATION CAMP

February 15 – February 19, 2016

9:00am – 3:00pm daily

718-699-0005 ext. 320

aware@nysci.org

 

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