Central Queens Y Winter Blood Drive

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The Central Queens Y at 67-09 108th St, is proud to partner with New York Blood Center for a Winter Blood Drive, on Monday, January 15, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

All donors must weigh at least 110 pounds or more and be 16 years (with parental consent) or older, and no older than 75. No new tattoos for the past 12 months. Please bring a photo ID.

For an appointment, please call (718) 268-5011. Walk-ins are welcome!

For questions concerning medical eligibility visit http://www.nybc.org.


Musica Reginae to start free concert series for children

Community Concert

Musica Reginae is starting a free concert series for children starting on Saturday, January 20.
“Stories through Music & Song” will explore the many ways stories have been told through music and is geared towards both children and adults.
Teaching Artist pianists Beata Moon and Barbara Podgurski, along with special guest singer Ashley Renee Watkins, will present a free, interactive, hour-long concert on January 20th, starting at 11 a.m. in The Church-in-the-Gardens.
The January 20th concert will be the first of four concerts in MRP’s new FREE series for children. The other dates are March 17, April 14 and May 5. Venues vary and will be announced prior to each concert.
“This concert will be fun for kids” said organizers in an email, adding, the concerts “will also prepare them if they would like to attend the Opera and Song concert with singers from The Metropolitan Opera that MRP will present in February on its evening concert series.”
The Church-in-the-Gardens is located at 50 Ascan Avenue in Forest Hills Gardens. Are you planning on attending?


Upcoming workshop for Queens Blvd bike lanes

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There will be an upcoming community Safety Improvements Workshop regarding bike lanes on Queens Boulevard between Yellowstone Boulevard and Union Turnpike. The public workshop will take place on January 23 at the Queens Borough Hall Helen Marshall Cultural Center from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
The workshop will focus on street safety concerns, street design solutions, brainstorming and community feedback.


Learn American mahjong in Forest Hills

american mahjongThere are two opportunities to learn American mahjong, a variant of the Chinese game mahjong, in Forest Hills. The goal of the tile-based game is to be the first, by picking and discarding, to match one’s tiles to a specific hand from the annually distributed scorecard published by the National Mah Jongg League (NMJL) and American Mah-Jongg Association (AMJA). Scoring is done by matching the points assigned to each pre-determined hand on the annually distributed NMJL card & AMJA card.
Learn American mahjong at the Central Queens Y or North Forest Park Library.
Central Queens Y (67-09 108th St.) – Wednesdays, 3-5 pm, January 10 – February 14. Call 718-268-5011 to register.
Mondays, 3-5 pm, January 22 – Feb. 12, North Forest Park Library (98-27 Metropolitan Ave.). Call 718-261-5512 to register.


Adult ESOL students receive first library cards


Through its research, the Queens Community House in forest Hills found that more than 30 million adults struggle with literacy. A number of factors, such as income level, health, housing, incarceration and a mother’s education level, can create a significant impact of low literacy. In order to bridge these gaps, QCH’s English for Speakers of a Second Language staff has created community partnerships to expand access and services throughout the borough. Two QCH teachers recently took participants to the Forest Hills branch of the Queens Library, where they learned to use computers and received their first library cards. “We don’t just teach English to our students,” said QCH Associate Executive Director Mary Abbate. “We connect them to their community. We help them identify their strengths.”