Thursday, December 2, 2010

Upcoming Events in Kew Gardens!


Kew Gardens Community Center, 80-02 Kew Gardens Rd, Suite 202, (718) 268-5960

Wednesday, December 1, refreshments will be served after the Open Mic "Show Us Your Talent" event, starting at 1:00pm.

Friday, December 3, the students of PS 99, The Kew Gardens School, will present their always enjoyable annual holiday songfest at the Center at 10:00am, also to be followed by light refreshments. This should not be missed!

The Poets and Writers Reading is scheduled for Thursday, December 16, at 1:00pm (with refreshments), and the always-popular monthly Birthday Party will be co-mingled with KGCC's featured BELLE'S PLAYERS at 12:00 noon on -- Tuesday, December 21 along with the holiday refreshments.

Monday, December 27, 1:30pm, brings us Holiday Music of the Western Hemisphere from the studio of the talented and popular performers, vocalist Nelly Vuksic and her husband, pianist Cesar Vuksic.

And the year winds up with the New Year's Party and special performance by the "THE MELODIANS", exponents and ambassadors of reggae music, on Thursday, December 30, Reception 11am-noon, Performance at 12:00 noon. Note: This special end-of-year event will cost $3.00; RSVP by December 27.

YOU ARE INVITED to an Art Showcase and Reception
The Paintings of Alfredo Melendez, Ascend Day Spa, December 2, 8PM
The Ascend Day Spa, located at 82-62 Austin Street, in Kew Gardens, Queens, exhibits artwork from local artists in an effort to give back to the community.

The Ascend Day Spa is an all natural green spa, focusing on mind and body wellness through relaxation and rejuvenation. Continuing the exhibition series, Ascend is offering its space for a selection of paintings by artist, Alfredo Melendez. The opening reception will be on Thursday, December 2nd, 2010 at 8:00 pm. Wine and Refreshments will be served. The exhibition will be on view through February 3rd, 2011 during business hours.

Alfredo Melendez is a representational artist who works in a variety of media. In conjunction with his love for partner dancing, his work has focused on the intimacy of the connection between two people on the dance floor, their flow and movement, as well the more comical moments that can occur dancing. The central draw is always the woman, who in her voluptuousness and attitude, commands attention and desire.

The KEW GARDENS MUSICIANS at the New Bliss Café,
Saturday, December 4, 6 PM

The Kew Gardens Musicians will be doing a show at the "New Bliss Cafe", 82-60 Austin Street, next to the LIRR parking lot. The date? Saturday, December 4th, beginning at 6 P.M. There is a great show lined up with a diverse selection of music; rock, jazz, classical, vocal, instrumental and more. There is no admission fee. The café is now under new ownership and has a delicious new menu. 718-849-0111.

YOU ARE INVITED to a Premiere Opening Reception at the
Q Gardens Gallery, Friday/Saturday December 17 & 18

Q Gardens Gallery Presents:
Hollywood Women
Glamour, Style and Fashion
Past and Present

Showcasing uncirculated, unseen photographs of Hollywood's ladies.
Candid and portraits over 75 years and into the present!
Premiere Opening: Friday, December 17, 6:00 PM- 11:00 PM
Saturday, December 18, 6:00 PM- 11:00 PM
Refreshments and Hors D'oeuvres will be served
80-61 Lefferts Boulevard, Kew Gardens, NY,
Phone: (347) 494-5704

MULCH FEST (recycle your holiday trees), January 8 & 9
The date for Mulch Fest is drawing near! Mulch Fest offers community residents an opportunity to bring their holiday trees to a designated NYC Park to be recycled into mulch. The activity will help nourish the plantings occurring across the city. The dates are January 8 & 9, the closest location to Kew Gardens is the Forest Park Bandshell, Forest Park Drive, west of Woodhaven Blvd.


Dear Kew Gardens Parents,
What's doing in Kew Gardens for children? KEW GARDENS FIRST CHILDREN'S PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW! Photos taken by children, grades K-6, will be professionally displayed in Q Gardens Gallery from January 14- February 5,
Gala Opening Reception on January 14 & 15.
This is an unusual and exciting project for your child. It's an opportunity for them to look at their community, to capture those special moments photographically and to possibly discover talents that they didn't know they had. Q Gardens Gallery exhibits vintage photography and has offered their gallery space for this children’s photographic exhibit. There will be an opening and the exhibit will be on view in the gallery for 3 weeks.
Interested? To participate, pick up an application as-soon-as-possible at the Q Gardens Gallery, 8061 Lefferts Boulevard, Kew Gardens, (347) 494-5704, open Tuesday-Saturday, noon-6:00pm or email request an application. All photos (with an application) must be submitted by
Thursday, December 30, 2010. Questions? Carol (917) 881-3358
This photography project is made possible in part by a New Yorkers for Better Neighborhoods Grant awarded by the Citizens Committee for New York City to the Kew Gardens Improvement Association, Inc.


* NOEL; A NIGHT OF EVERLASTING LOVE, The Story of Christmas in Concert, Friday, December 17 and
Saturday, December 18, shows at 7:00 PM and 8:45 PM, Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing. General Admission: $20, VIP Reserved Box Seats: $30 (Tickets Available: online at
or by phone (516) 334-1536). Please note: proceeds from the concert will benefit a group of non-profit organizations including Friends of Maple Grove, Inc.
Noel; A Night of Everlasting Love is the story of the night that changed the world forever, told using some of the most beautiful carols ever written for the classical choir. It will be performed with a 70 person choir and a 20 piece orchestra.

* WINTER LANDSCAPE PAINTING, Saturday, February 5, 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM,
The Center at Maple Grove, Reservations are necessary. $8, $5 seniors, members FREE. Bring your own art materials for an afternoon of painting, looking out upon the winter vista from the Celebration Room.
* REZ READING SERIES, Tuesday, February 8, 7:30 PM, The Center at Maple Grove, $5 suggested donation.

The REZ Reading Series, Kew Gardens' monthly reading series led by local publisher Deborah Emin, offers a warm and friendly atmosphere to listen to excellent writers read from their works, all genres. If you enjoy literature and
poetry, please join us! The theme for this month is Our Young People’s Writing Adventure.

* HISTORY AT OUR FEET PROGRAM: Valentine’s Day- My True Love, Couch Potato Tour Series,
Saturday, February 12, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM, The Center at Maple Grove, $5 per person, members FREE.

Hear love stories collected over the 135 years of Maple Grove’s history while enjoying savory teas and heart shaped cookies in the comfort of the beautiful Center at Maple Grove. Presented by Carl Ballenas, Maple Grove’s Historian.
* REZ READING SERIES, Tuesday, March 22, 7:30 PM, The Center at Maple Grove, $5 suggested donation.

The REZ Reading Series, Kew Gardens' monthly reading series led by local publisher Deborah Emin, offers a warm and friendly atmosphere to listen to excellent writers read from their works, all genres. If you enjoy literature and
poetry, please join us! The theme for this month is Psych Night and will host a talk and reading by two leaders in the mental health field, Dr. Daniel Carlat and Charles Barber.

* THE ROSINA LHEVINNE CONCERT SERIES: Frank Levy, Piano Recital, Saturday, March 26, 7:00pm,
The Center at Maple Grove, $25, $20 for seniors, $15 for members (Limited Seating, Tickets Available: online at (paypal) or by check to Friends of Maple Grove, 127-15 Kew Gardens Road,
Kew Gardens, NY 11415, please include number of tickets/buyer’s name/phone number/email).

Swiss-American pianist Frank Levy, is an internationally acclaimed classical artist who has dazzled audiences and critics at Avery Fisher Hall in NY, Queens Elizabeth Hall in London, Royce Hall in LA and the Stadthaussaal in Winterthur. We are very pleased that he has prepared an exciting program for the second concert in The Rosina Lhevinne ConcertSeries, including several of Madam Lhevinne’s favorites. Join us for wonderful musical evening with a Wine and Cheese Reception.

For more information about events at Maple Grove:
(917) 881-3358
The location for all listings, unless specified, is The Center at Maple Grove,
127-15 Kew Gardens Road, Kew Gardens, NY 11415
(located between 127 & 129 Street on Kew Gardens Road)

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