The AirTrain Jazz Festival Presents Libby Richman & Co.

On April 26 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 the AirTrain Jazz Festival series continues this week with Libby Richman & Co. on the AirTrain Jamaica stage at
93-40 Sutphin Boulevard.

Join us as we pay tribute to Jamaica’s rich jazz history with performances by some of the New York City metropolitan area’s best jazz musicians playing live.

The AirTrain Jazz Festival is a co-production of A Better Jamaica and the Sutphin Boulevard Business Improvement District with the marketing support of the Jamaica Arts Council. The effort is funded by New York Council Members Rory Lancman and I. Daneek Miller, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

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York College College Camp open house on Wednesday

York College’s summer camp is hosting its open house tomorrow from 6 to 8 p.m. at Academic Core, located at 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard.

The five-week summer camp will run from July 9 to August 10, Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 3 or 6 p.m.

For more information, contact conted@york.cuny.edu.

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Shred It ‘N Forget It! (Earth Day edition)

This Saturday, celebrate Earth Day by tossing and shredding your unwanted documents for free!

The 2nd annual Shred It ‘N Forget It day will be on Saturday, April 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Toss out your old homework assignments or tests you want to forget. That old document you’ll never read? Shred it!

Participants can bring up to 3 boxes of paper.

You can also toss your old electronics, like that old flip phone you’ve been saving for no reason. Dispose of it safely as well.

The event will take place at Parking Lot B1. It will be free and open to the public.

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Resorts World, American Red Cross to host blood drive

Tomorrow, Resorts World Casino NYC and the American Red Cross are hosting a blood drive from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.

The drive is the first of the year for Resorts World, which has a six-year partnership with the Red Cross.

Participating donors will receive a $10 RWC coupon valid in all retail and dining outlets.

The Red Cross is also offering all donors who give blood between April 9th and May 13th the chance to win one of three $1,000 gift cards to Home Depot.

*Please note: Participants must be at least 18 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health.

The event is free and open to the public. Walk-ins are welcome.

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Your first sneak peak at the TWA terminal

It’s a blast from the past that will soon become reality.

MCR Development is turning the abandoned TWA terminal at JFK into a new destination, boasting hotel towers and reviving the original structure, which was first built in 1962.

On Tuesday morning, we got a sneak peak of the TWA Hotel’s model room, as well as the iconic TWA Flight Center designed by Eero Saarinen.

MCR and MORSE Development CEO Tyler Morse, who provided a tour of the facility and model room, explained that the terminal is being restored to its Jet Age style aesthetic for visitors to enjoy.

“From the moment guests and visitors arrive at the TWA Hotel, they will find themselves immersed in the ethos of 1962’s rich culture, architecture, sights, sounds and ambiance,” he said.

The hotel will feature 512 ultra-quiet guest rooms with authentic Saarinen-designed midcentury modern Knoll furnishings, martini bars, vintage rotary phones and gleaming terrazzo-tiled bathrooms with Hollywood-style vanities.

In addition, the site will feature six restaurants, eight bars and other amenities.

The project is part of the multi-billion dollar renovation of JFK Airport.

It is expected to open in spring 2019.

To read more coverage about the TWA project, see here.

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Spring into Health Fair Week

On April 14th from 10 AM – 4:30 PM at P.S. 54 (86-02 127th St), The New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD), in conjunction with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), NYC Health + Hospitals, the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), the NYC Human Resources Administration (HRA), NYC Department for the AgingNew York City Department of Education and New York City Department of Parks & Recreation will host one of their 35 Spring into Health Fairs from April 10 through April 14, 2018.

The Spring Into Health Fairs will engage, encourage, empower, and expose community residents to an array of holistic services. Participating Cornerstone sites will host local community-based organizations and City agencies in each neighborhood.

Activities will focus on three topics: awareness and education (e.g., supplemental nutrition assistance, health insurance enrollment opportunities); lifestyle information (e.g., blood pressure, vision, dental screening); and demonstrations (e.g., Yoga, Zumba, CPR).

 

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Participatory budgeting voting is underway

Voting is now underway for participatory budgeting in District 27.

Residents ages 11 and up in the neighborhoods of Jamaica, St. Albans, Hollis, Cambria Heights, Queens Village, Addisleigh Park and Springfield Gardens are eligible to vote.

You can choose your favorite projects on the ballot. The top vote-getters are funded up to $1 million.

Projects, which were crafted by community members, including football field house upgrades, gymnasium upgrades and PA system upgrades at Campus Magnet, mobile stem labs and auditorium upgrades at schools and basketball court upgrades at Haggerty Park.

To see the full ballot of projects, see here.

Cast your vote at the polling sites, listed above, by April 15!

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JCAL Presents: Pete The Cat

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On Saturday, April 14th at 2pm the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (153-10 Jamaica Avenue) will present Pete the Cat!

When Pete the Cat gets caught rocking out after bedtime, the cat-catcher sends him to live with the Biddle family to learn his manners – and boy are they square! But for the groovy blue cat, life is an adventure no matter where you wind up, so the minute Pete walks in the door, he gets the whole family rocking. Join Pete on an adventure of friendship, all the way to Paris and back in a VW Bus.

Tickets are $5-$10. For more information or to purchase tickets visit, https://goo.gl/18SUDk.

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Zombie properties info session next week

Next week, joined local elected officials and the NYC departments of buildings, health, sanitation and housing for an info session on zombie properties.

Learn about the process to board up an abandoned home that become not just eyesores, but safety hazards for the community.

Southeast Queens, hit hard by the financial crisis, is home to many of these sites.

The session will be at the Hollis Avenue Congregational Church in Queens Village on Wednesday, April 11.

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