Image Source: City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer

Sunnyside native Benjamin Andrew Wheeler was among the victims of the recent shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. To honor this beloved six-year-old and his grieving family – and all who are reeling from this tragedy – the community will gather at Sunnyside Reformed Church today, December 18. Participants will then proceed together to Sunnyside Gardens Park, where Ben and his older brother used to spend countless hours before moving to Connecticut about two years ago. Principal Dawn Hochsprung, who reportedly died valiantly trying to save others from the triggerman, also has family in Queens. Please bring candles and expect songs and speeches. Woodside’s Aubergine Café will provide hot cocoa.

Candlelight Vigil in Memory of Sandy Hook Victims
Sunnyside Reformed Church
48th Street and Skillman Avenue, Sunnyside
Tuesday, December 18
6pm – 7pm | FREE!


Image Source: Katrina Schultz Richter from Queens County Market

Consider it the All Star Game for Queens food entrepreneurs. Today, December 15, Quaint Restaurant will host a Pop-Up Artisan Market featuring products made by local businesses. Expect Guyanese-influenced Chicken Curry with Roti and Spiced Banana Cake, thanks to Veda’s Catering. The Chocolate Swirl will offer edible Christmas baskets with Cake Pops, Truffles, Mini Cupcakes and Boxed Chocolates. Another local favorite, Mel’s Melting Pot, will have traditional Quebecois chutneys, such a Sweet Fruit Ketchup and its spicy cousin. Tamarind balls, Caribbean spicy cheese, gourmet ice cream and chipotle salsa will also be among the many items on sale.

Pop-Up Artisan Market
Quaint Restaurant
46-10 Skillman Avenue, Sunnyside
Saturday, December 15
noon – 4pm | Free to enter


Image Source: Greater Astoria Historical Society

Chartered in 1985, the Greater Astoria Historical Society strives to preserve and recall the past as a way to improve the future of Queens. The nonprofit frequently organizes field trips, walking tours, slide presentations, exhibitions and guest lectures throughout the borough (despite its one-neighborhood name).

Looking to fulfill its mission and raise money, GAHS will host a Book Extravaganza at its Broadway headquarters, featuring a mind-boggling selection of fiction and non-fiction covering history, cooking, children’s tales, fantasy, self-help, sci-fi and much more. The group will also sell its signature Astoria, Sunnyside and Long Island City t-shirts.

Quinn Building, 35-20 Broadway, 4th Floor, Long Island City
Saturday, December 8, 2012
10am – 4pm | FREE to attend


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It’s a tale of two neighborhoods united by holiday cheer. The Sunnyside Drum Corps headlines this year’s annual Holiday Tree Lighting at Sabba Park in Woodside. The Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce is the main organizer of this genuine celebration of community with students, residents, shopkeepers, elected officials and nonprofit employees who sing carols and have fun regardless of the weather. Borough President Helen M. Marshall will light the tree and Father Brian Dowd from Queen of Angels RC Church will lead a Christmas prayer. Candy canes for the children.

Holiday Tree Lighting in Sunnyside/Woodside
Sabba Park, 50th Street and Queens Boulevard
6pm – 8pm | FREE