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It’s time to break away from winter and jump into the great outdoors! Good thing the borough is ready. Tomorrow, the Queens Botanical Gardens will host two programs for nature lovers. At 10 am, the Flushing green space will launch its intergenerational garden (above). Interested individuals will be able to tour the facilities, meet gardeners of all races and ages, and learn the ropes with the coordinator. Then at noon, QBG will offer an introductory workshop on how to grow summer vegetables indoors. Meanwhile just south of Little Neck Bay, Urban Park Rangers will teach wilderness survival at the Alley Pond Park Adventure Center. Participants of all ages will learn how to build shelter, start a fire without matches, and find water sources in a forest. The fun continues on March 10th at the Rockaway Community Park Coastal Clean-Up, where do-gooders will work with Natural Areas Volunteers from the Parks Department to remove debris from the shoreline and protect Jamaica Bay’s natural habitat.

Details:

  • Intergenerational Garden Open House, Queens Botanical Gardens, 43-50 Main Street, Flushing, March 8th, 10 am, free.
  • Start Your Summer Veggies Indoors, Queens Botanical Gardens, 43-50 Main Street, Flushing, March 8th, noon, $6, advance registration and payment required at education@queensbotanical.org or 718-886-3800 ext. 230.
  • Wilderness Survival, Alley Pond Park Adventure Center, vicinity of Little Neck Bay, Long Island Expressway, Union Turnpike, Springfield Boulevard, Douglaston Parkway and Hanford Street, March 8th, 11 am, free, but call 718-352-1769.
  • Rockaway Community Park Coastal Clean-Up, meet at corner of Almeda Avenue and Beach 58th Street, Far Rockaway, March 10th, 9 am to 1 pm, free, but register via 212-360-3318 or nav@parks.nyc.gov.

Photo: QBG

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For the past 25 years, National Estuaries Day has been celebrated on the final Saturday in September. With participation from various naturist and environmental organizations, the event promotes the importance of coastal bays, sounds and lagoons and the need to increase their protection and restoration efforts. The Alley Pond Environmental Center will mark the occasion with a celebration in Little Neck Bay, an estuary in Eastern Queens. The festival will feature free boat and canoe rides, educational exhibits and interactive booths from various organizations and neighborhood groups, as well as live entertainment, hands-on demonstrations, crafts and games. There will also be much exploration of the Douglaston venue’s nature trails, traverse ponds, salt marshes, forests and meadows as shore birds and migrating flocks pass through on the way south for the winter.

Details: National Estuaries Day Festival, Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Boulevard, Douglaston, September 28th, 11 am to 3 pm, free.

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The weekend comes with plenty of music and seasonal festivities. There’s a brand new musical and outdoor festival in Flushing, an orchestra show in Jamaica, and an autumn fair in Bayside.

Image source: Queens Theatre

Ella: A Swingin New Musical about the First Lady of Song – This musical about the life of the legendary Ella Fitzgerald debuts today at the Queens Theatre in Flushing. Starring Tina Fabrique, a Tony-nominated veteran of Broadway, the play is set in 1966 and focuses on an older Ella looking back at her life and singing all her famous hits. The Queens Theatre will also hold a reception on Friday 9/28 from 6-10pm with dinner, cocktails, and a meet-and-greet with the cast. Tickets cost between $25 and $49; the reception is $85.

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Old Hock and Bach – Take part in this very “classical” event at the King Manor as the Queens College Baroque Ensemble performs the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Accompanying the music will be a variety of German white wines, the modern version of “Old Hock” listed in Rufus King’s 1822 wine cellar inventory. Cocktails are at 6pm, followed by the concert at 6:30pm. Tickets are $25; RSVP here.

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National Estuaries Day Festival – This free annual festival at the Alley Pond Environmental Center celebrates the environmental importance of Little Neck Bay, the local estuary. There will be scenic hikes, live music and activities for children, as well as educational booths and exhibits from neighborhood organizations. Head over for games, hands-on demonstrations, as well as boat and canoe rides.

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Autumn Moon Festival – The Queens Botanical Garden is holding this celebration of the traditional Chinese and Vietnamese holiday reflecting on the summer harvest. Bring a picnic blanket and settle in for moon cakes, arts and crafts, and cultural performances.

If by any chance we missed your favorite regular or upcoming event, please let us know!