Author book-signing and tea party this weekend


Does your child love to read? You can take them to a book signing this weekend in Forest Hills.

Obioma Nwokolo, who is the author of the Princess Omalie series, is hosting a book-signing and tea party event.

The Princess Omalie series is based on the dolls she also designed, which she talked about in the Forest Hills Times. Nwokolo has woven a rich history of heritage and placed an emphasis on family for each doll and the books take on adventure and learning inner beauty.

She encourages children to attend the event in order to learn more about the characters and themselves.

The event will take place on Sunday, November 17 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Theater Cafe, 106-05 Metropolitan Avenue.


Forest Hills Kiwanis to host Christmas Party

FH Kiwanis Christmas Party

The Forest Hills Kiwanis is holding their annual Christmas party and Installation of Officers on Tuesday, December 12.
The event, taking place at the West Side Tennis Club at 6:30 p.m., will honor Richard Dzwlewicz, Regional VP of TD Bank and Janice Autler of Acosta Foods.

There will be dinner as well as door prizes, raffles and a 50/50 drawing.

Please bring an unwrapped gift to be donated to the Forestdale Toy Drive. If you are unable to attend, you can drop off the toy to the TD Bank on Metropolitan Avenue and 71st Street to Cesar Pallo, a member of the Kiwanis.

To reserve your place, call Joann Ciorciari @ 917-371- 4034.


W Fitness Club Hosts Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots Rezist

Give to a child in need this holiday season. W Fitness Club of Queens will host a Toys for Tots drive from December 1 to December 21. Donate a new, unwrapped toy to W Fitness Gym of Queens at 65-75 Woodhaven Blvd. in Rego Park.

Also, Resizt, a unique workout featuring dumbbell movements, will be held at the gym on December 16 at 9 a.m. Don’t forget, if you have any questions or concerns, call Paula Faltynowicz at 917-733-2544.





Forest Hills welcomes the holiday at annual event


The Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce hosted the fourth annual Celebrate Winter event on Monday night.

As part of the chamber’s campaign to “Eat, Shop, Love Forest Hills,” local businesses and organizations gathered under a tent at 71st Road between Austin Street and Queens Boulevard to celebrate the community and promote local businesses.

In addition to a winter fashion show and live music, attendees sampled food from local restaurants and learned more about the various businesses. The Forest Hills Reindeer also made an appearance, taking photos with families and handing out goodies to children.

This year, the chamber chose the Queens Community House to benefit from the raffle proceeds raised at the event.

“They help everyone, from children to seniors, to people in need to the LGBTQ community,” said chamber president Leslie Brown. “They look out for everyone in Forest Hills and it spreads throughout Queens.”

Earlier in the day, Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz and Forest Hills Stadium promoters Madison House Presents were honored by the Forest Hills Chamber on Austin Street for bringing the holiday lights back.

Like many in the community, Koslowitz said she was upset to hear the news regarding the possibility of no lights this year.

“I love the holiday season, it’s a happy time to come and see the lights,” she said. “It’s just wonderful.”

Madison House assists with street cleaning efforts in Forest Hills and Kew Gardens, but previous provided funding exceeded the amount needed and there was a $9,000 surplus. Koslowitz asked Madison House if they were able to donate $9,000 and they agreed to do so.

“They were willing to give us even more money for more lights,” Koslowitz said, adding that Madison House eventually donated money to provide lights in other communities as well. “Next year, we’re going to have a lot of lights.”