Easter Egg Hunt at Laurelton Park West

Bring the whole family out this weekend to join the Easter Egg Hunt with Assemblywoman Alicia Hyndman at Laurelton Park West.

The event will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m on Saturday. There will be food and giveaways at the egg hunt!

For more information contact 718-723-5412.


Women’s Power Networking Breakfast

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On Tuesday, March 27 at 8:30 AM the Queens Women’s Business Center will be having a networking breakfast at the Harvest Room, 90-04 160th Street

The topic for discussion at the meeting will be, “Growing your Business with Technology and Accounting Softwares”.

This workshop will focus on how to scale up businesses using technology and accounting software. The QWBC will provide attendees with recommendations on cost-effective software for their current business operations. Additionally, there will be opportunities to learn about how to integrate new technology, how to engage customers, and enhance employee productivity.

Aron Kurlander, Director of Business Services for GJDC, will review financing assistance options for small businesses.

As always, there will be  opportunities to network and plenty of free food!

For ticket information please visit, https://goo.gl/4ATDQa. 


Women’s Health Empowerment Symposium highlights key issues

Photo courtesy State Senator Leroy Comrie’s office

In honor of Women’s History Month, more than 175 people across southeast Queens attended the 2nd annual Women’s Health Empowerment Symposium in Jamaica.

Through presentations, workshops and health screenings, the event sought to provide health and wellness education for the community.

Healthfirst, the Healthcare Education Project and York College were among the organizations and schools in attendance. Participants discussed women’s health issues, including mental health, cervical cancer, endometriosis and obesity.

“Women play such a pivotal role in our society, but we never pause to take care of our health,” said Marcelle Dinnall, healthcare advocate with HEP. “I strongly believe that preventive health extends our life expectancy.”

Attendees were screened for hypertension and were taught how to perform self-breast exams from York College nursing students. They concluded the event with a Shape Up NYC exercise.


Resorts World Casino opens “A Queens View” exhibit

Resorts World Casino is celebrating Queens with its “A Queens View” exhibit that features photographs from the Southeast Queens Camera Club.

The exhibit is on display at RWC NYC’s Red Wall Gallery until March 31.

The Southeast Queens Camera Club was founded in 2005 and is in its 13th season. It offers educational programs and lectures by distinguished photographers.

Last June, Resorts World also featured the club’s “An Ode to Dad” Father’s Day exhibit.


SE Queens pols to MTA: Restore the original Freedom Ticket

Southeast Queens’s elected officials want the MTA to revise its Freedom Ticket proposal to allow for better commutes for transit-starved residents.

Under the MTA’s new Freedom Ticket proposal, riders from six stations (Rosedale, Laurelton, Locust Manor, St. Albans, Hollis and Queens Village) would be able to get to Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn on the LIRR using a $6.50 ticket. They would then be able to transfer to any subway or bus without paying again.

The current one-way peak weekday cost for that ride on the LIRR is $10.25.

But local elected officials say the MTA’s plan is not enough. Their original proposal called for the Freedom Ticket to drop off riders at Penn Station in Manhattan, where so many residents work. They say by taking riders into Brooklyn, the MTA would essentially be adding another half-hour of subway rides to their commutes.

The letter was signed by Borough President Melinda Katz, Congressman Gregory Meeks, State Senator Leroy Comrie, Assemblywoman Alicia Hyndman, Councilwoman Adrienne Adams, Assemblyman Clyde Vanel, Assemblyman I. Daneek Miller and State Senator James Sanders.

The next MTA board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 21.


South Jamaica Reads Presents: Diversity Through Literacy



On Saturday, March 3, The Central Library Branch will have a Diversity through Literacy event from 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM!

In celebration of the National Education Association’s “Read Across America Day,” South Jamaica Reads will be hosting “Diversity Through Literacy,” at the Queens Central Library branch. At this free event, children and families are invited to celebrate diversity as they participate in Read-Alouds and fun arts & crafts activities. This event will highlight diverse authors from different backgrounds and teach children about self-love, respect, and friendship.

Note: Free books and resources will be given to the first 150 families who register and complete all activities. Register here!


The Artist Market on Linden

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On the first month of every month, Innovations Creative Arts presents “The Artist Market on Linden”. Join them as over 15 vendors present original items from baked goods to handbags to paintings. For additional information, call (917) 387-8311 or e-mail TheArtistMarketOnLinden@gmail.com.


Comrie to honor local vets for Black History Month

State Senator Leroy Comrie is hosting a Military Black History Month celebration on Tuesday, February 27 at the American Legion Post 483 in Rosedale.

The event will honor African Americans and Caribbean Americans who have put their lives on the line to defend their country.

The senator’s office notes that southeast Queens is home to many men and women who have served in every conflict, from World War II to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Especially for African American vets, they did not always receive the freedom and justice they fought for upon returning home.

The event will serve as a platform for veterans to share their stories with the larger community.

To RSVP, call 718-765-6359 or email abbady@nysenate.gov.


Daneek Miller to co-chair BLAC Caucus

Southeast Queens’s own council will lead the City Council’s Black, Latino and Asian Caucus (BLAC) this legislative session.

Daneek Miller, alongside Manhattan’s Ydanis Rodriguez, were elected as co-chairs of the group. Newly-elected councilwoman Adrienne Adams will serve as vice co-chair alongside Corona’s Francisco Moya.

Alicka Ampry-Samuel from Brownsville will serve as secretary, and Flushing’s Peter Koo will be treasurer.

The executive committee will serve for a minimum of two years. They’re in charge of steering the legislative and policy agenda for the 26-member caucus.

“We pride ourselves as being the largest and most influential bloc within the City Council as evidenced by our role in refining the administration’s timeline for withdrawing challenges to civil suits related to stop, question and frisk,” Miller said. “We aim to be aggressive as we work to advance our agenda in the days ahead, mindful of the fact our strength is rooted in our shared interests as New Yorkers of color.”


Jazz after Bebop: Discover What Makes “Free Jazz” Avant-Garde

Please join us at the Queens Central Library at 89-11 Merrick Boulevard for a concert, brief talk, and Q & A with musicians on January 27:

  • Michelle Yom, flutes
  • Mark Hennen, piano
  • Elliott Levin, reeds/flute
  • Karen Borca, bassoon
  • Jackson Krall, drums

What happened to jazz after bebop? The main narrative of jazz would tell us that jazz became cool after the bop frenzy, thanks to geniuses like Miles Davis- and masterpieces such as Kind of Blue. But jazz is not monolithic nor must it necessarily rely on the recording industry for its identity. Today there are numerous styles of jazz, each with different aesthetic values and practical styles. Free Jazz is a style of jazz that emerged in the late 50’s and early 60’s. It is neither a set of repertoire nor a means of filling a functional role. It is a type of music characterized by a search for freedom, despite the paradox of such a pursuit. Coined by Ornette Coleman through the eponymous album in 1961, the term Free Jazz is not without controversy.

There are unsaid parameters musicians follow, not by abiding rules, but by following the Spirit of what Free Jazz tries to create with each instance: freedom, individual expression, energy, spirit. Pioneered by individual styles and practices of such masters such as Cecil Taylor, Sunny Murray, Albert Ayler, and Archie Shepp, Free Jazz impacted jazz and other improvised music to become practiced internationally with many cultural crossovers.

Particularly in New York City, Free Jazz was a staple in the loft era of the 70’s and clubs in 80’s and 90’s. Karen Borca, Mark Hennen, Elliott Levin and Jackson Krall have been active in this scene since the 80’s. Michelle Yom is an improviser originally from South Korea.

For ticket information click here!