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.


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!


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.


“Where the Shadows Meet” Author Talk tomorrow

Stop by the Queens Central Library to attend the “Where the Shadows Meet” Author Talk.

Meet Author Crystal Wolf as she discusses the first of four novels in The Creation Series under the genre of epic fantasy with sci-fi elements.

Books will also be available for purchase and signing.

The event runs tomorrow, Thursday, November 15, from 6 to 8 pm. The Queens Central Library is located at 89-11 Merrick Blvd. in Jamaica.


Free CPR/AED Awareness Course

Assemblyman Mike Miller, left.

Here’s your chance to take a free CPR and AED Awareness course in nearby Richmond Hill.

Assemblyman Mike Miller is teaming up with C.E.R.T. #9 to sponsor the course, staffed by FDNY/EMTs, on Monday, November 19 from 6 to 7 p.m.

The course will be at the Richmond Hill Block Association, located at 110-08 Jamaica Avenue.

The course includes compressions-only CPR, how to use an AED, a practice manikin and take-home instructions for follow-up practice.

Space is limited, and available to those 14 years or older.

RSVP at 718-805-0950.


UNIS to host Open House

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The United Nations International School is hosting an Open House on Wednesday, November 14.

The school prides itself on providing an inclusive and diverse learning environment and educating their students to shape a better world.

Find out more at the Open House which starts at 6 p.m. If you have any questions, call 718-658-658-6166 or visit the website.

United Nations International School (the Queens Campus) is located at 173-53 Croydon Road in Jamaica Estates.