Smells Like Summer Music Festival taking over Forest Park Bandshell this Saturday

Start off your summer with some rock n’ roll this Saturday, June 29 from noon to 5 p.m. in Woodhaven’s Forest Park at George Seuffert Bandshell! Presented by Loss 4 Words Productions, the fourth annual event presents NYC bands like IROC, Harmonic Asylum, and Damaged Goods plus more! The event will be hosted by pro wrestling star Eric James!

The event is free, open to the public and recommended for the entire family! Other highlights of the festivities include tons of food trucks, art exhibits and giveaways! Check out the full line-up below!

Scheduled performers are IROC, Harmonic Asylum, Damaged Goods, Pipe, Midnight Jack, AyOh, Ivan Polanco, Marz Covers, Unglued, Lyxx and James Avatar & the Blacklist with a DJ set by DJ Ian and special opening performance by Broadway sensation Emmy Liu-Wang.

To find out more details, go to the event’s Facebook page.

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Participate in Zumba at the library TONIGHT

ShapeUp NYC instructor Annette will lead this fitness class designed for adults that includes a combination of high and low impact aerobics and incorporates dance moves to the beat of salsa, merengue, and a variety of music.

Space is limited. Bring a bottle of water and wear comfortable clothing. Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Woodhaven Library is located at 85-41 Forest Parkway. The event will run from 6 to 7 p.m.

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Jerry Costanzo concert at Forest Park

Photo credit: Jerry Costanzo/ www.jerrycostanzo.com

Are you still looking for a fun Father’s Day event? Well, you could take dad to see a wonderful local concert.

Jerry Costanzo & His Gotham City Swingers will be performing on Sunday, June 16 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the George Seuffert Bandshell in Forest Park.

The bandshell is located at Forest Park Drive and Woodhaven Boulevard.

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The School Sisters of Notre Dame Educational Center for Women wraps 2019 academic year

Students at the School Sisters of Notre Dame Educational Center for Women celebrate their ongoing achievements and end of school year with teacher Kathy Locher.

The School Sisters of Notre Dame Educational Center for Women wrapped up the 2019 academic year with a lovely closing ceremony at Monsignor Mulz Hall on Monday.

The School Sisters of Notre Dame have been offering tuition-free education classes for over a decade, and well over 1,000 women have passed through their doors, either learning a new language or preparing for their high school equivalency.

At the end of each school year, the teachers, students and supporters gather to celebrate their ongoing achievements. Nearly 75 students came together Monday to cap off the year and speak about what the center has meant to them.

“I like the center because I have made many friends,” said Jannat Akram, a Level 1 student from Pakistan. “Our teacher Tehmina is nice and helpful. See you in September.”

Many people get nervous speaking in public, so consider the achievement of learning a new language well enough to speak before an entire room.

Level 2 student Mirella Murillo thanked the teacher at the center for their patience and for “day by day, helping us to be better.”

To read the full story, visit the Leader-Observer.

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Queens RockFest is coming back to Woodhaven

For the second year in a row, Queens RockFest will take over Forest Park with live bands and fun for everyone! This year, eight bands will perform in addition to food trucks and giveaways. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, July 27 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Forest Park Bandshell and is free for everyone!

The event was created by producer and musician George Wasek in efforts to get local musicians back on the stage and introduce them to the community. This year’s lineup includes The Stony Rollers, Two Ton Turntable, Damsel, Arc’d Angel, Ophelias Pain
The Unbroken, Sabretooth and The Phoenix Within.

Check out the photos below from last year’s inaugural event and find out more about Queens RockFest here.

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“Our Autism Lifestyle” Monthly Meeting to be held at Woodhaven Library

Once a month, “Our Autism Lifestyle”, a parent support network for those who care for loved ones with autism, holds a meeting to share information and support for those families, parents and caregivers in the community.

May’s meeting will be moderated by Cheryl Ocampo, MS who is an Autism Training Specialist, ABA Therapist and Parent Advocate. The meeting will be held at Woodhaven Library in the Meeting Room on Saturday, May 18 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

The event is exclusive to adults and pre-registration is required. If you are in the community and would like to attend, you can register here.

If you would like to learn more about the moderator, check out her here.

To find out more about what is happening at Woodhaven Library, check out their events here.


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Woodhaven Weekend Happenings (5/10-5/12)

If you plan on staying local for Mother’s Day Weekend, here are some happenings around Woodhaven that you can get into:

  • Friday 5/10:
    • Mother’s Day Event hosted by Woodhaven BID starting at 1 p.m. at Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Senior Citizens Center located at 89-02 91st St. Live music, refreshments and surprises!
    • Samuel Gonzalez from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Pop’s Cocina located at 8522 Jamaica Ave. Ticketed event.
  • Saturday 5/11:
    • Woodhaven Reunion from noon to 5 p.m. at Forest Park’s picnic area. BYOEverything and reconnect with Woodhaven residents from past and present!
    • Salsa Night Saturdays starting at 9 p.m. at Pop’s Cocina located at 8522 Jamaica Ave.
    • You’re The Star Karaoke with DJ Chris Forde starting at 8 p.m. at Neir’s Tavern located at 87-48 78th St. Free shot with your first performance!
  • Sunday 5/12:
    • Mother You Are Loved Brunch Hosted by Dree and The Boujie Platter from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 83-10 Rockaway Blvd. Ticketed event.

Weekend Weather:

  • Friday: Scattered thunderstorms with a high of 65 degrees.
  • Saturday: Partly cloudy with a high of 65 degrees.
  • Sunday: Showers with a high of 52 degrees.
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Where to eat in Woodhaven

From New York’s oldest bar to cuisines from around the world, we rounded up some of the most popular eateries in Woodhaven.

  • Mistura Peruana – Peruvian / Seafood – 8423 Jamaica Ave. – A local eatery that’s been serving traditional Peruvian dishes since 2011. Popular dishes include Lomo Saltado, a traditional dish of sauteed steak with tomato and red onions and a side of rice or Ceviche de Pescado and many other seafood dishes.
Seafood dish at Mistura Peruana.
  • Caridad Restaurant – Spanish – 9019 Jamaica Ave. – Popular for their catering and their dining-in option, this Woodhaven staple serves up typical dishes like pernil, an array of monfongos and seafood paella in an old-school diner setting.
  • U-Me Sushi – Japanese / Sushi – 8509 Jamaica Ave. – A modern restaurant with a sushi bar and more with a large sushi selection, hibachi and grilled specialties.
  • Rico Chimi – Dominican – 80-01 Atlantic Ave. – A casual place for cheap eats serving Dominican delicacies like monfongo, Dominican hotdogs with outrageous toppings and sides like patacones.
Seafood paella at Caridad Restaurant
  • Neir’s Tavern – American / Traditional – 87-48 78th St. – Known to be New York City’s oldest bar that has been used as a movie set for movies like Goodfellas and Tower Heist, their beers and cocktails can be paired with bar food classics like chicken wings, mozzarella sticks and specialties like fish and chips.

Other popular eateries in Woodhaven include Tropical Restaurant and Pop’s Cocina. Did we miss any of your favorite Woodhaven eateries? Let us know!

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Here’s what’s happening at Woodhaven Library this week

The Woodhaven branch of Queens Library has events scheduled all week for everyone, it doesn’t matter what age! From an open mic for kids aged 8 and up to game days intended for the entire family, you are sure to find an excuse to take a trip to your neighborhood’s library. Here’s what’s happening:

  • 4/29:
    • 6 to 7 p.m. – Open Mic for ages 8 and up to share poetry, songs, thoughts, stories or just come to listen?
  • 4/30:
    • 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Toddler Learning Center open to young children ages 18-38 months. Parents can learn about nutrition, speech development, parenting skills and more.
    • 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Kickoff to Kindergarten: Advanced class for parents and caregivers of children that need help learning the skills to be successful to start kindergarten! Customers are required to attend all sessions to attend this one.
  • 5/1:
    • 10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Toddler Music for songs, creative moments, instruments and a simple craft for ages 1 to 3.
    • 11:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. – Mommy or Daddy and Me for stories, simple rhymes and songs followed by free play for infants and caregivers.
    • 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Basic Guitar Lessons for ages 6-12. Guitars are available with a library card and preregistration is required! Customers are required to attend all sessions to attend this one.
  • 5/2:
    • 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. – Movie night for the entire family! This week’s screening is 2018’s “Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse”.
    • 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. – Shape Up NYC presents Zumba for Adults. First come, first serve basis.
  • 5/3:
    • 10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Toddler Time for ages 1-3.
    • 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Game Day for the entire family!
  • 5/4:
    • 10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. – Saturday Mommy or Daddy And Me with stories, simple rhymes and songs followed by free play for infants and their caregivers.
    • 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – Storytime including an interactive adventure into the abyss of imagination for kids ages 3-8.
    • 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Autism in Spanish instructed by Juan Carlos Valderrama.
    • 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. – The Hour of Misfit Crafts intended for kids ages 6-12 to make a craft from the fourth dimension and beyond.

To check out what your local library has going on throughout the month and beyond, check out their website.

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Community Board 9 encourages residents to show up to Public Hearing on the Proposed Kew Gardens jail

Calling all residents who are passionate about what opens in your community! Community Board 9, which covers Woodhaven, Kew Gardens, Ozone Park and Richmond Hill, is hosting the public hearing at Borough Hall this Wednesday at 7 p.m.

The hearing will include a presentation from the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, Department of Corrections and the Mayor’s Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. The public is invited to join the hearing to voice opinions, express concerns and ask questions regarding the proposal of one jail opening in Kew Gardens.

Stay tuned for our coverage on the public hearing on our website.

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