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If you or someone you know is looking for work or would simply like to keep job searching skills sharp, the Woodside branch of the Queens Public Library is hosting a “Job Readiness” class. Participants will receive help with resumes and cover letters, searching for jobs, computer fluency, and even interviewing skills. The class is completely free and there is no registration required.

Job Readiness at Woodside Library [QueensNYC]

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012
6 – 7pm | FREE!


We start the week with a few events, including ballroom dancing in Forest Hills, a live jazz show, and a documentary workshop in Jamaica.

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Ballroom Dancing with Jing Chen – Greet the week with a session of classic ballroom dancing. Instructor Jing Chen is a well-known and accomplished ballroom dancer. The class itself has been meeting at the Forest Hills Library for over a year, and all experience levels are welcome.


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Take advantage of the last official days of summer with this bike tour of the Rockaways (here’s the starting point – GMAP), focusing on the area’s history, especially the contributions by Robert Moses. Sponsored by the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, the ride will last 1-3pm, and run 10 miles along the Rockaway boardwalk east to Jacob Riis Park and the Marine Parkway Bridge. Although bikes are available for loan, they’re on a first-come-first-serve basis, so be sure to RSVP beforehand.

Robert Moses Bike Tour of the Rockaways

Saturday, September 15th, 2012
1-3pm | FREE!


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This Kew Gardens institution celebrates 20 years today with food, drink, and festivities. The pub is offering a “Celebration Special” for $20 which includes unlimited draft or bottled beer, cocktails, and complimentary barbecue and buffet. The party – lasting  4-7pm – will also have live music, as well as giveaway and t-shirts.

Austins Steak and Ale House 20th Anniversary Celebration in Kew Gardens [QueensNYC]

Friday, September 14th, 2012
4-7pm | $20


The weekend comes with outdoor fairs and activities – there’s music in LIC, a farmer’s market in Flushing, and fairs and festivals in Floral Park and Ridgewood.

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Hot Box (Premiere) – This show from Brian Rogers, the musical director of LIC’s Chocolate Factory Theater, premieres tonight. Rogers and production manager Madeline Best combine images, lights, and live performance to deliver an intense piece for the senses. At the center of their set is the question regarding how deeply video can connect with live performance; Rogers and Best’s attempt at an answer has a good chance of being chaotic yet exhilarating.


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This evening brings a cool and fun bingo event at Astoria’s own Blackbird’s. This game night is a product of the Astoria Board Games and Booze Meetup group. Founded in February 2012, they have been organizing gatherings all over Astoria involving board games and booze. While there, consider trying some of Blackbird’s food along with their booze, which gets raves by the locals.

Bingo Night at Blackbird’s

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012
9pm-midnight  | FREE!


We start this week with a roundup of energetic but fun events all throughout Queens. There’s a concert in Long Island City, meditation in Flushing, and zumba for kids in Bayside.

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ARET Ensemble Presents Cage Hop – This group of musicians, dancers, and artists from NYC and Philadelphia perform tonight at LIC’s the Secret Theatre presenting the work of seminal experimental musician John Cage. The traveling ensemble has been gathering rave reviews from publications like the Boston Globe and Time Out New York. Expect to experience some of Cage’s classic works like SWARM! and the Suite for Toy Piano.


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Today, stop by Flushing Town Hall for the opening reception of its exhibition celebrating the historic building’s 150 years. The Hall’s cornerstone was laid on June 7, 1862, and with it a time capsule, filled with coins, business cards, a copy of the New York Times, and more memories of the day.