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Eggs can be symbols of life, fertility, rebirth, and even the resurrection of Jesus. Rabbits laying these ovoids and hiding them in gardens doesn’t really comply with nature, but the Easter Bunny is believed to come from a legend that German immigrants brought to the United States. Regardless of the facts and origins, Queens is hopping with great, secular Easter activities, which are listed on the jump page along with another image.

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Running through seven countries from Argentina to Venezuela, the Andes is the longest mountain range in the world. This weekend, the South American strip will seemingly stretch even higher to Flushing Meadows Corona Park, where films, dance, music, and even fashion will celebrate the region. More information and an additional photo on the jump page.

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On February 26th, 1971, then Secretary-General U Thant signed a proclamation decreeing that the United Nations would celebrate Earth Day on the vernal equinox. This Sunday at Queens Museum, the United Nations Association’s Queens chapter will mark the 44th anniversary of this international festival with dancing, poetry, bell ringing, multimedia art, solar power, and as to be expected at a UN-influenced event, speeches. More details and another photo are on the jump page.

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Call it a “sustainable musical.” Sempreverde, Evergreen, Siempreverde, Sempervirent will play at Queens Theatre this Saturday. Written and directed by singer, actress and educator Simona Rodano, the multi-lingual, multi-cultural drama is dedicated to the environment and recycling. And thanks to Rodano, who also performs as “The Italian Fairy,” the stage will be filled with wonderful artistry, stylish costumes, and props made by plastic, paper, metal, and special effects (i.e. 3D mapping). There will also be an interactive element during which no attendee is safe.

Details: Sempreverde, Evergreen, Siempreverde, Sempervirent, Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Avenue South, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, March 21st, 3 pm, $25/$80 for four tickets.

Photo: Ryan Kelly/The Italian Fairy

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Cinemarosa is a monthly, independent series that promotes LGBTQ-oriented videos by local, national, and international filmmakers. Interdisciplinary artist and founder Hector Canonge strives to show the LGBTQ community’s diverse experiences and lives. This Sunday, Cinemarosa returns to the Queens Museum to present Genderings, a movie lineup with an emphasis on transgender and gender-non-confirming individuals. Canonge will also participate in a Q&A session. Details on the scheduled films are on the jump page.

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You don’t have to be a geek to participate in the Panorama Challenge this Friday…but it sure helps! The world’s only geographical trivia-based game that involves the world’s largest architectural model is now in its eighth year at the Queens Museum. The contest will consist of audio clues and laser-pointers highlighting assorted NYC landmarks, bridges, neighborhoods, parks, etc. Each location will be pinpointed by a laser-wielding tour guide from Levys’ Unique New York. Teams of 10 contestants (more or less) will then try to identify each site. More information on following page.

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It’s time for a change. Since last December, various community advisors have been meeting periodically to discuss improvements to Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Part of The World’s Park: Reconnecting a Regional Park with Its Neighbors project done in partnership with the NYC Parks Department, the Queens Museum, and Design Trust for Public Space, the focus is on the planning, design, and stewardship of the 1,225-acre public space. This Sunday, the public gets to provide input at the World’s Park Community Forum at Queens Museum. All are invited, plus there will be simultaneous Spanish and Mandarin translation and activities for non-speakers. More information on jump page.

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It’s time for some warm thoughts. This Sunday, the New York Hall of Science will host the Mamas Summer Countdown, a two-generation, information-and-fun extravaganza with opportunities for parents to start planning for June, July and August with local day and sleepaway camps, summer classes, vacation possibilities and more. Exhibitors include GoGo SqueezNew York CosmosQueens ZooOasis CampsSamuel Field YThe American Camp AssociationThe Kiddie Academy of Whitestone/Flushing, and Usdan Center. On the other hand, children will be able to make puppets, get their faces painted, do crafts and enjoy other activities. More than 1,500 people attended last year’s event, and organizers are expecting even more this Sunday.

Details: The Mamas Summer Countdown, New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th Street, Corona, February 22nd, 10 am to 2 pm, free with museum admission — $15/$12 for children (2-17), students, and seniors (62+)/free for children under age 2.

Bonus details: Mozart and Beethoven, The Con Brio Ensemble presents Magic Flute, Archduke Trio, and other master works, The Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Avenue, Forest Hills Gardens, February 22nd, 4:30 pm, $12.

Photo by the New York Hall of Science

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Even the most skeptical audiences are forced to question their cynicism while watching Bill Blagg at work. On a journey that started at age 5 when he received his first magic set, Blagg doesn’t waste time with cards or rabbits. He prefers illusions and his signature effect: The Dancing Hank. Then he throws in some off-the-cuff comedy and audience participation. (Some might levitate; others might disappear.) On Saturday, he will give two shows at Queens Theatre. More information and an another photo are on the jump page.

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There’s some confusion as to whether it’s the Year of the Goat, Sheep or Ram, but it’s perfectly clear that Flushing is “The Place” to celebrate Lunar New Year this weekend. The neighborhood will be radiant in the colors red and gold, and red-clothed individuals will be in the street, handing out money wrapped in red envelopes and oranges. The 19th annual parade will kick off in the vicinity of Union Street and 37th Avenue on February 21st at 11 am with an estimated 5,000 spectators, lanterns, fireworks, dancing lions, and large dragons. It will end near Main Street and 39th Avenue about an hour later. However, this is the prize at the end of the stretch; two unique, inspiring Lunar New Year events are set for this weekend.