No more sign-in required for Queens Library’s Wi-Fi

Not only is Queens Library for everyone, but its Wi-Fi service is, too.

Starting December 17, visitors to any Queens Library branch don’t need a library card or PIN to access the free Wi-Fi.

Users can now connect freely to “QBPL_WIRELESS.”

According to Queens Library, it removed the sign-in requirement to “fulfill its mission of providing easy access to information and improve the user experience, while also working to close the digital divide.”

In Fiscal Year 2018, more than 3 million people used the Queens Library’s Internet service, the library reported.


New holiday show this Saturday in Jamaica

Based on the holiday classic “The Nutcracker,” the “New Stories of the Shell-Shocked Nut” takes a cast of lively characters on a journey through memories of NYC to explore themes of loss and recovery.

The East Village Dance Project worked with local Jamaica students from Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL) to create “The Shell-Shocked.”

The production will take place at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center (JPAC) at 153-10 Jamaica Avenue from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Tickets range from $5 to $10. Visit the Eventbrite website to buy tickets.


Donate new toys at Borough Hall

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This holiday season, consider donating a gift to children and families in need.

From now until December 20, Queens Borough Hall is hosting a holiday toy drive. They are accepting new toys, board games and even toiletries.

All donations are anonymous and not tax-deductible.

At the end of the toy drive, the items will be distributed to community-based organizations serving the needy in Queens, including the borough’s homeless shelters.

Drop off the toys in the lobby of Borough Hall, located at 120-55 Queens Boulevard.


Sign up to have breakfast with Santa

Ever wondered what it’s like to have a meal with Santa Claus?

Wonder no more! On Sunday, December 9, from 8 to 10 a.m., enjoy a family breakfast at Applebee’s and a special visit from Santa.

All tickets are $15 per guest, and can only be purchased in advance. Tickets are valid only at participating restaurants.

100 percent of the proceeds will benefit Toys for Tots.

Ask your server for more details.


Community tree lighting at Rufus King Park

Join Cultural Collaborative Jamaica and Friends of Rufus King Park this weekend to celebrate the holiday season.

On December 8, at Grace Episcopal Church, there will be children’s holiday workshops from 2 to 5 p.m. Activities include arts and crafts, a visit from Santa, gifts and refreshments.

Children must be registered for the free event by December 5.

Later that night, join the Community Tree Lighting event at 6 p.m. at Rufus King Park, located at Jamaica Avenue and 153rd Street.

Enjoy the holidays!


TONIGHT: Forum on congestion pricing

Tonight, elected officials from southeast Queens, along with business organizations, transit advocacy groups and others, are hosting a forum on congestion pricing.

The event will be at the Robert Ross Johnson Family Life Center (172-17 Linden Blvd), starting at 7 p.m.

Hear from all sides of the debate about how to best curb congestion in the city, while also funding the necessary fixes to mass transit.

Although there have been intense discussions on this topic, motorists and transit riders in eastern and southeast Queens need to be heard as well.

Attend the forum and learn more about how this policy can affect your commute.


Annual turkey giveaway set for this afternoon

For the fourth year, State Senator Leroy Comrie is hosting a turkey giveaway before Thanksgiving.

The giveaway is in conjunction with local businesses and nonprofits. The frozen turkey will be given to local families in need.

Please note that there’s a limit of one per household, and it’s subject to availability.

Recipients must live in the 14th Senate District.


Rock Around the Christmas Tree at RWCNYC

The holiday season is around the corner, so let’s get ready to shine!

Resorts World Casino NYC is hosting its 8th annual Christmas Tree Lighting tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. in the casino’s main entrance.

Guests will be treated to not only the tree lighting, but live music and entertainment.

This is the largest Christmas tree lighting in the borough of Queens!

The event is free and open to the public.