Flushing Town Hall to participate in Global Music Month

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Flushing Town Hall is set to participate in World Music Month in September.

The organization will host a jam-packed schedule of online programming as part of the online festival, which includes 19 different presenters.

The festival will include concerts, presentations and panels from August 29th until October 1st.

Here’s a rundown of events coming up:

TUESDAY AUGUST 25 @ 7:00 PM

2018 Global Mashup #1: Latin Boogaloo meets Afrobeat

Featuring Spanglish Fly, New York City’s only band dedicated to reviving and renewing Latin Boogaloo’s soul and R&B mix, and Chop and Quench, comprised of members of the cast and band of FELA! The Musical

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 1 @ 7:00 PM

2018 Global Mashup #2: Egypt meets Haiti

With Zikrayat playing a wide repertory of Egyptian music, ranging from belly dance numbers to virtuosic improvisations, and the Agoci Band combinging hip hop, roots, and calypso flavors with Haitian compas

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 8 @ 7:00 PM

2018 Global Mashup #3: Mexico meets Guinea

Featuring Banda de los Muertos playing the boisterous Mexican brass/contemporary music known as “banda,” and Mandingo Ambassadors led by guitarist Mamady “Djelike” Kouyaté, a veteran of the golden age of Guinean dance bands

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 15 @ 7:00 PM

2018 Global Mashup #4: The Balkans meet El Barrio

Raya Brass Band thrills with intense, soul-shaking Balkan wedding music and Spanglish Fly returns with irresistible grooves that play 60’s, Latin boogaloo-inspired soul

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 16 @ 7:00PM

Latin American Rhythms Night

A celebration of NYC’s vibrant Brazilian, Mexican, and Argentinian music scene featuring live and pre-recorded performances, stories, and interviews with Martin Vejarano, David Vieira, Sinuhe Padilla, and Pedro Giraudo.

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 22 @ 7:00 PM

2018 Global Mashup #5: Texas meets Peru

Featuring Brian Clayton and The Green River Band, comprised of six of the finest country musicians, and Corina Bartra Afro Peruvian Band palying infectious Afro-Peruvian music

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 29 @ 7:00 PM

Coreyah: Psychedelic Korean Folk

Coreyah performing music from their latest album ‘Clap & Applause,” showcasing their long-standing effort to infuse pop into traditional music through bold and youthful style, heartfelt lyrics, and a psychedelic sound

*Please remember that these events are online. Flushing Town Hall’s facilities are temporarily closed to the public.

Queens Botanical Garden has finally reopened

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Starting on July 21, the Queens Botanical Garden is reopening with limited open hours.

QBG is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Free hours are Wednesday from 3 to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 10 to 11 a.m.

All visitors must wear a mask and maintain six feet of distance from others to remain in the garden.

Hand sanitizer dispensers are available at multiple points throughout the harden. High-touch surfaces will be disinfected throughout the day.

For more information on admission pricing, open hours, and other facts about reopening, go to their website here.

Flushing Town Hall gets donation of 5,000 face masks

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Flushing Town Hall has received a donation of 5,000 face masks from Pauline Huang, a longtime friend and supporter of the organization.

Huang worked with the Taiwanese Chambers of Commerce of North America and the Taiwanese Chambers of Commerce of New York to secure the masks from abroad.

The donation was delivered to the building on July 7.

Huang serves as president of United Custom Service. She also consults with the Overseas Chinese Affairs Commission, is an ambassador for Queens Botanical Garden. and is the board chair at MuseConnect.

“I’ve had a relationship with Flushing Town Hall since back in 2010 when I helped host a fundraising event for the Hall,” Huang said. “It’s a historic, beautiful facility for the people and residents in Queens.

“I love this place; its culture and atmosphere are so unique,” she added. “You cannot find a replacement for this Town Hall.”

Vallone: $20 million in funding coming to NE Queens

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Councilman Paul Vallone announced that $20 million in the recently-passed city budget will come back to Northeast Queens.

Out of that funding, nearly $5 million will be for upgrades at local schools. Every school in the district will receive a minimum of $50,000 to fund technology upgrades, Vallone said.

Another $10 million has been allocated for improving parks in his district, including $5 million for pathway renovations at Joe Michael’s Mile and $3.4 million to complete the waterfront, esplanade and seawall repairs at MacNeil Park.

Other projects include $674,000 in classroom renovations at JHS 194,  $500,000 year-round Reading Garden at Auburndale Library, $1 million in playground renovations to PS 194 and more.

A capital investment of $820,000 is coming to St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children, which will allow them to add 10 additional beds to the fourth floor.

Finally, over $1 million has been secured to support nonprofits like the Bayside Village BID, Commonpoint Queens, the Alley Pond Environmental Center and others.

Queens College valedictorian wins doctoral scholarship

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Queens College’s valedictorian for the class of 2020 has earned a doctoral scholarship to the University of Virginia.

Vallaire Wallace, a resident of Oakland Gardens, will pursue a doctorate in English at UVA on a full scholarship.

Wallace majored in English and minored in Drama and Theatre at Queens College. She graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of arts.

As valedictorian, she would have addressed this year’s graduates and their families at the May commencement. However, the ceremony did not take place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wallace focused her undergraduate studies on 20th century African-American literature and the Harlem Renaissance. She plans to pursue the topic in her doctoral studies.

Northeast Queens to host drive-in movie series

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Bay Terrace Shopping Center. Screen shot via Google Maps

This summer, residents of northeast Queens will have a chance to attend a series of drive-in movies.

The events will offer families a chance to enjoy the warmer months while being safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The first screened movie will be “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” on June 19th at the Bay Terrace Shopping Center.

Co-sponsors of the event include Councilman Paul Vallone, Cord Meyer Development, Queens Chamber of Commerce and Movies in the Moonlight.

Families interested in attending must register here.

Space is limited to first come, first serve. Pre-registered families can enter the main lot in front of Stop & Shop at 7 p.m. The movie will begin at 8:45 p.m.

Queens Botanical Garden: Black Lives Matter

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On Blackout Tuesday, Queens Botanical Garden made a statement that they believe goes without saying: Black Lives Matter.

But given the recent events surrounding the police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and other black Americans, it has become more important than ever to make that statement.

Here’s QBG’s full statement:

“Queens Botanical Garden stands in solidarity with the Black community. We also acknowledge the fear, pain, and emotional labor that Black communities endure every day. We stand with you.

We must also continue to educate ourselves, hold ourselves and each other accountable, and keep discussions open and active about systemic racism. We are committed to critically examine our practices to ensure the Garden is an inclusive space for everyone.

There is no turning back, only forward. We cannot perpetuate the past, only do better in the long road ahead.”