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saturrday, june 22

Art: Queens Council on the Arts is the newest kid on the block in the Kaufman Astoria Studio complex. Come join us as we cut the ribbon on our new space at our block party. The QAX Block Party will include family friendly interactive arts activity, live performances, Henna tattoo artist, live music and food carts. QCA is hosting the block party from 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. Enjoy art activities, family fun, and food! Rain or Shine. 37th Street between 34th & 35th avenues Astoria, NY 11101.

Sunday, June 23

5k Run/Walk: You are invited to the annual 5k run/walk forum rom 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. The walk will start at Queens Faith Temple 217-03 Merrick Blvd. and end at Roy Wilkins Park, Merrick & Foch Blvds. There will be free giveaways and refreshments. There will also be free screenings for sickle cell disease, kidney function, cancer, asthma, blood pressure, HIV/AIDS, diabetes and health insurance.

Walk to live: IMANI HOUSE, a nonprofit dedicated to providing needed services to low income youth and families in Brooklyn, will hold its First Annual Walk-to-Live Walkathon in Prospect Park. It was created in response to the high prevalence of childhood obesity, especially among children and families of color, and to encourage families to take control of their own health through walking: an activity that can strengthen bonds between parents, children and communities. Walk-to-Live includes a 3.5-mile walk around Prospect Park, information on healthy eating and lifestyle habits as well as a potluck family picnic. There will be games, prizes and activities for children as well as health and fitness information tables for adults. The IMANI HOUSE Walk-to-Live is an inclusive community event where everyone is invited to join in and walk to bring attention to the prevention of childhood obesity. To find out more about the IMANI HOUSE Walk-to-Live or to register, please visit the event’s designated website www.ihiwalktolive.com or call (718) 638-2059.

Saturday, June 29

Heritage month: In celebration of Caribbean-American Heritage Month invites you to “Its Caribbean Food & Music Festival.” Come enjoy a feast of delicious tastings of Caribbean foods, non-alcholic drinks, dance to reggae and soca music. Tickets: $45 per guest; St. Francis College, 182 Remsen St., Brooklyn, NY. Music by Shockwave and Dj Klitchko.

book fest: Come out for this grand literary event from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m., celebrating the voices of our brothers and sisters from the Caribbean! St. Francis College, 182 Remsen St. (Between Clinton & Court streets) Downtown Brooklyn, New York.

family day: SummerStage Kids presented by Disney presents Bronx Family Day, a day dedicated to engaging children and their families through interactive performances! The event features DJ’ing, dancers, juggling, vaudeville variety shows and even includes an interactive double-dutch jump rope performance! Families will also have the opportunity to participate in face painting, a Hip-Hop dance class and free sports lessons including golf workshops. With so many different acts, there will be something for everyone! This free event is from 4:00 -7 :00 p.m., St. Mary’s Park, Bronx, East 146th St. & St. Ann’s Ave.

Fair: The Flatbush Avenue BID, celebrating its 23rd anniversary, will host its Annual Street Fair in the heart of Flatbush. Titled “A Street Fair With A Caribbean Flair,” the event will take place from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on Flatbush Avenue between Parkside Avenue and Cortelyou Road.This annual community event is fun for the whole family, featuring hundreds of vendors and free/low-price entertainment, rides, balloons, and music. The street fair is an opportunity for local businesses to interact with residents, and Flatbush Avenue stores and vendors will be selling their wares all day long. Flatbush Avenue will be closed to car traffic, allowing pedestrians to explore the neighborhood at their leisure. The street fair is sponsored by Affinity Health Plan, Health Plus Amerigroup, and Wellcare. The event is the BID’s way of thanking the community, and we hope you will join us on this festive occasion.

thursday, june 27-Saturday, June 29

Arts: “It’s a Game” will be an evening-length dance theatre work that will bring a chess game to life through character, movement, line, pattern, relationship, and human drama. Inspired by the work of Alexander McQueen and the magic of Harry Potter, the piece will create a moving fantasy of power dynamics, competition, and strategy. Showtime starts at 7:30 p.m. at New York Live Arts, 219 W. 19th St., NYC. The season will feature the World Premiere of “It’s a Game.” Tickets are $30 ($20 for Live Arts members, students, and seniors) and are available at www.newyorklivearts.org or by phone at (212) 924-0077.

ONGOING

monday, june 24 – saturday, august 17

summer camp: Treat yourself or your kids to some creative exploration this summer with exciting week-long creative “Camp” workshops or summer art classes. Whether you are ready to jump right in, or just test the waters, we have classes for all ages and skill levels. Check us out online to view a full catalog of our summer offerings; from traditional painting, drawing and clay to digital media. Classes are fun, inspiring and the option of week-long workshops works nicely with your family’s vacation plans. www.PelhamArtCenter.org/Education For more information, or to register for our summer workshops and classes stop by the office, or call (914) 738-2525 x111 You can isit our website www.pelhamartcenter.org. Need-based scholarships are available to all students who qualify. Pelham Art Center, 155 Fifth Ave., Pelham, N.Y. 10803.

Home Help for disabled: If you are a disabled homeowner living in Brooklyn or have someone disabled living in your household, you may qualify for up to $5,000 in home repair grants. Repairs must be geared toward making the home accessible and convenient for the disabled person. Sponsored by Neighborhood Housing Services of East Flatbush, a not for profit housing organization, and the New York State Housing Trust Corporation. For more information, please call 718-469-4679.

Community Center: Are you looking to improve your life? Take a class at Community Learning Center: How to Write a Book or Script, Create a Resume, How to Create Wealth, Get/Keep a Spouse, Start a Business. Classes for everyone. Community Learning Center, 147-12 Archer Ave., Queens. For more information/RSVP, call (718) 291-1094.

Donations: St. Robert Bellarmine Church is joining efforts with the Dioceses of Trenton to bring relief to victims in the hardest hit areas. The church has organized a sorting sub station in the parish and will be delivering donations to various locations shortly. The church is seeking donations of cardboard shipping boxes for packing or rubber bins for storage for victims. Donations are tax deductible and the church will provide you with a receipt upon request. Feel free to contact St. Robert Bellarmine Church at any time Attn: SRB Hurricane Relief Effort, 61 Georgia Rd., Freehold, NJ 07728 or [email protected], Pam Stengel (732) 580-0075, Linda Altini (917) 578-4852. Phone: (732) 462-7429 or Fax: (732) 409-3496.

Queens Sickle Cell: The Queens Sickle Cell Advocacy Network, 207-08 Hollis Ave., Queens Village, N.Y., presents a Parent to Parent Support Group meeting every first Monday of every month, 7:00 p.m. For directions and registration, call (718) 712-0873 or email [email protected].

Fairway Market Shuttle: Fairway Market is now offering a free group shuttle bus to its Red Hook, Brooklyn store at 480-500 Van Brunt St., Mondays thru Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. For pick-up reservations for groups of 10 or more, within a five-mile radius of the store, call Viola Williams or Marcy Rosenblum at (347) 750-1251. There will also be pickups on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at 589 Prospect Ave., between 11 and 10 avenues. All seniors get a five percent discount in the store. Each group will have an hour and a half to shop and/or enjoy a bite to eat in the picturesque cafe by the waterfront.

Farmers Market: Seeds in the Middle is sponsoring The Crown Heights Farmers Market offering fresh fruits and vegetables, including calaloo and Caribbean favorites and accepting EBT, WIC, Snap, FMNP, Health Bucks, and Fresh Connect. The market will be operating every Thursday from 12 noon to 7:00 p.m. at Hamilton Metz Park at Albany and Lefferts avenues, Brooklyn. For more information, visit www.seedsinthemiddle.org.

Computer Training: Mount Carmel Worship and Outreach Center is holding adult and children computer training programs, 10:30 a.m

12:30 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Call (917) 609-0909 for registration details.

Reverse Mortgage Counseling: Are you a senior homeowner struggling to make ends meet? A reverse mortgage may be an answer. NHS can help determine if this is the best option for you. All programs discussed are backed by the federal government. For information, call (718) 469-4679.

Mortgage and refinance services: If you’re interested in obtaining a mortgage modification due to loss of income or other reasons, come in for free services and assistance. Referrals for other free assistance are also available. To make an appointment or for more information, call 718-469-4679. Sponsored by Neighborhood Housing Services of East Flatbush and the Center for New York City Neighborhoods, not-for-profit organizations. NHS is a HUD approved counseling agency.www.nhsnyc.org.

Home Improvement: Warmer Weather is Home Repair Weather. Do you need major repairs done but lack the finances? Call Neighborhood Housing Services of East Flatbush, a not-for-profit housing organization, for more information on our Home Improvement Programs: (718) 469-4679. www.nhsofeastflatbush.org.

Compiled By Natalie Y. Henry

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