Friday, April 29, 2011

Upcoming Events in Kew Gardens--STARLAB and Victorian TEA

Dear Friends, We'd like to share some wonderful upcoming Kew Gardens events at Maple Grove (see attached).

ASTRONOMY DAY AT MAPLE GROVE: A Cosmic Family Experience
Saturday, May 14, 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Location: The Center at Maple Grove
Astronomy Day at Maple Grove:
for Children ages 8+ years, an accompanying adult is optional, floor seating only
4 sessions: 4:00-5:00, 5:00-6:00, 6:00-7:00, 7:00-8:00
RESERVATIONS ARE NECESSARY for StarLab! Call (718) 709-0385
$5/child, $10/ adult, Friends of Maple Grove Members: children FREE, adults $5

Let Maple Grove be your child’s Astronomy Headquarters for a 45-minute workshop focused on educating and entertaining about astronomy and the wonders of the night sky. This Astronomy Adventure will begin in STARLAB, a portable planetarium, 25 feet across and 13 feet high, which simulates the sky and brings the stars and planets indoors! Enjoy the constellations and Greek Mythology and Native American stories.

Astronomy Night at Maple Grove:
8:00pm -9:00pm, FREE FOR ALL!
If the weather is inclement, this portion of the event will be cancelled.
Maple Grove is an ideal venue (dark without city lights) for Stargazing using our Celestron Telescope and
guided by 2 astronomy specialists. Feel free to bring your own telescopes and binoculars.

VICTORIAN TEA, Sunday, June 12, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: The Center at Maple Grove
The Richmond Hill Historical Society is holding a Victorian Tea, sponsored by the Friends of Maple Grove, on Sunday, June 12, 2011 from 2 PM to 4 PM in the Celebration Hall at the Center in Maple Grove. There will be freshly brewed tea, finger sandwiches, and delectable desserts. Entertainment will be provided by balladeer, Linda Russell and prizes will be given for the best hats. Reservations required. Victorian attire optional! See updates on the web site: or call 718-704-9317 after May 15, 2011 or email to:
for ticket prices and reservations.

Saturdays: July 16, 23, 30, 2:00pm-3:00pm, Location: The Center at Maple Grove
$5/child, Friends of Maple Grove Members FREE
These workshops are made possible in part by a generous grant from the Josephine Foundation to the Friends of Maple Grove.
MEET NATURE UP CLOSE! Alley Pond Environmental Center comes to Maple Grove!
Saturday, July 16: Earthworms
Saturday, July 23: Crickets
Saturday. July 30: Forest Ecology

The location for all listings: The Center at Maple Grove, 127-15 Kew Gardens Road, Kew Gardens (between 127-129 Sts)
For more information:
(917) 881-3358

If you are interested in becoming a member of Maple Grove:

Hampton Court Art Show this Sunday, May 1st, 1-6 pm

You are invited to the Hampton Court Art Show (referred to as the Spring Fling!) on Sunday, May 1, 1-6pm. Artists from Hampton Court (117-01 Park Lane South, Kew Gardens, in the courtyard) will be showing and selling their artwork.There will be light refreshments and an arts and crafts table for children. Hope you can drop by!

Monday, April 25, 2011


Kew Gardens 100 Tile Project, with the theme of Kew Gardens as "home", was launched this week!

Kew Gardens Residents (and those who work in Kew Gardens), ages 5-105 years of age, are invited to reflect on Kew Gardens as their home and then create their vision on 4.5" x 4.5" tiles, which will then become part of an outdoor permanent installation in Kew Gardens for all to admire.

A committee of community enthusiasts applied to the Citizens Committee for New York City for a New Yorkers for Better Neighborhoods Grant and although competition was steep we were chosen as one of this year's recipients.
We are delighted that they recognized that the 100 Tile Project is a wonderful opportunity for residents of all ages and backgrounds to create something beautiful together!

Interested in painting a tile? You don’t have to be an artist to participate but you do have a picture in your heart of what Kew Gardens means to you as HOME (indoors, outdoors, home, school, business, family, etc) and be willing
to give the experience your best effort.

Tile Painting Day at The Potter’s Wheel is scheduled for Sunday, May 22nd, from 3:00-8:00pm and it will be necessary for you to schedule an appointment by May 15th. If you’d like to participate, please pick up an Application at The Potter’s Wheel which is conveniently located at 120-33 83rd Avenue in Kew Gardens, telephone (718) 441-6614, e-mail address: website:

For information about the Kew Gardens 100 Tile Project: or call (917) 881-3358


Monday, April 11, 2011

Kids & Community Yoga in the Park--Happening soon!

A note from Gillian Neil re: Kew Gardens Yoga In the Park Program: Finally the cold winter has subsided and we are being met with sweet spring buds and blossoms. Not long now until we will be out in nature, stretching and breathing under the canopy of our beautiful tree. I'll keep you posted with exact dates but I'm pretty sure we'll be out sometime in May. A few new things happening this season:
KIDS YOGA: SATURDAY 9:15-9:45am Ages 3-5 The class will be tailored for ages 3-5, however no child will be turned away :)

COMMUNITY YOGA CLASS: Freeform yoga and meditation Fridays 8:15-9:30pm (starting today) at Living Yoga 11720 Queens blvd The practice of Freedom Style Yoga involves not deciding in advance what you are supposed to do. Instead, listening inwardly for guidance and giving yourself permission to do as you are prompted. Relaxing deeply we will listen attentively to the subtle messages our body conveys, about what it most needs. Experience in yoga is not necessary if you are willing to explore self-guided movement. After re-tuning our bodies we will move into stillness through a mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; On purpose, in the present moment, and without judgment.

Hope to see you soon! Gillian--Yoga In The Park Instructor

Monday, April 4, 2011

Poetry Reading at Mood April 26th!

REZ Reading Series will be presenting A Poetry Marathon on April 26 from 7-9:30 at mood Restaurant and Bar in Kew Gardens. In honor of National Poetry Month (and Shakespeare's 447 birthday which just happens to be on April 26th!), the series has chosen to showcase as many local poets as possible during the month of April. Kew Gardens and its surroundings is filled with a large number of poets so on this night, we will be showcasing 12 poets. In addition, the Poet Laureate of Queens, Paolo Javier will be joining us to give the night a truly Queens poetic touch. Please join us.