Spice up your meals with Forest Hills workshop

Cookbook author Evelyn Banker will be hosting a workshop, “Cooking Vegan with Evelyn,” at the Central Queens Y in Forest Hills this Monday.

book1Banker, who wrote “The Magic of Spices/A Touch of Turmeric,” is a firm believer that spices aren’t only delicious, they’re also good for your health.

The 57-year-old had problems with her knees a few years back, but she said after using turmeric in her meals, her problems began to subside.

She claims that turmeric works to prevent and treat Alzheimer’s, and also can stop bleeding.

Her workshop will involve Banker preparing a pea soup and tea, using about ten different spices in the process. The tea will actually be made entirely of spices and not include any tea leaves.book2

Attendees will get the chance to taste both at the end of the evening.

The workshop will run from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Central Queens Y (67-09 108th St.) on March 2 and is free for members, $3 for non-members. Register by calling 718-268-5011 ext. 160 or email olderadults@cqy.org.


Piano duo to perform at the Church-in-the-Gardens

Head to the Church-in-the-Gardens this Saturday evening for a world-renowned piano duo team concert.

Hosted by Musica Reginae Productions, the duo Stephanie & Saar is sure to be a great show for all ages.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. at 50 Ascan Ave. — concert-goers are asked to arrive 15 minutes early.

Tickets are $22 for adults and can be purchased here. Student tickets are $12. Children age 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a ticket-holding adult.


Kew-Forest School revamps athletic programs

After years of failing to reach its maximum potential on a competitive level, The Kew-Forest School has revamped its middle and high school athletic programs.

Scott Gordon-Somers, the school’s director of Sports, Health and Wellness, decided to change the program in order to teach students about responsibility and teamwork.

New sports that have been introduced include archery, cross country, soccer, squash, and tennis, but the main push is to revive the school’s basketball programs.JP9X_Kew_Forest_Team

“We’ve been in a stagnant state for a while,” Gordon-Somers said. “What was happening was that we were unable to develop kids early enough so that we could be competitive at the junior varsity and varsity stages of the game.”

The K-12 school currently has middle school and varsity basketball teams. Last year, many varsity players graduated, forcing junior varsity players to move up a level. Due to a lack of players this season, the junior varsity program was sidelined.

Gordon-Somers is working alongside Coach John Della Marco and Assistant Coach Estanislao Ramos in order to put together three caliber basketball teams.
Both Della Marco and Gordon-Somers feel as if they will be able to successfully bring back their junior varsity team by next year.

They want to give their players more preparation as the teams consistently face other schools who have taken part in competitive basketball for years. Some schools are involved in the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), and The Kew-Forest School is trying to keep up.

Della Marco also believes this opportunity can help students develop more than just basketball skills. “We are teaching more than how to dribble and box out,” he said. “It’s about character, studies and being a good citizen.”

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