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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.


We start this week with some hands-on activities with which to relax and re-energize – there’s beer, bacon, and Zumba in Astoria, a greenmarket in Elmhurst, and lively jazz in Flushing.

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Beer and Bacon Happy Hour – Long Island City’s Rest-au-Rant is celebrating National Bacon Day on Monday with their weekly Beer and Bacon Happy Hour starting at 4pm.


When most people hear about Flushing, they usually think of it as the eastern terminus of the 7 train, delicious Asian food, and to some extent the Flushing Remonstrance (yes, Queens figured greatly into the establishment of religious liberty in America). It’s also home to Flushing Town Hall, a performing arts center that brings some of the greatest musicians and dancers to NYC. It truly one of the gems in Queens, and happens to be 150 years old this year.

In particular, it is a major setting for jazz in NYC, and is considered to be “the Jazz Capital of Queens,” by Clyde Bullard, producer of the Jazz Live! Series; he produces other concerts there, too.