I don’t know about you, but I’m glad the heatwave has dissipated and we are now back to normal summer temperatures. Hope no one suffered from the bizzarro hailstorm yesterday, either. What a summer it’s been.
Super Cool Swimming Action
In order to manage staying cool, one of the things I’ve been doing is participating in the Adult Lap Swim sessions at the Astoria Park Pool. It’s a great way to get a workout – swimming is highly effective when it comes to getting fit, burning calories, and toning up. Lap Swimming is from 7-8:30am and 7pm-dusk. It’s also free to participate. Of course, open swim is alive and well, too, and will be up and running this weekend.
Green It Up in Astoria (and Recycle Your Old Electronics!)
At the Broadway Library this Saturday is the Western Queens Green Resources Fair. From 1-5pm, stop by and learn how you can live a greener life, not to mention how to save money while you’re at it. There, you’ll meet exhibitors from over two dozen local green organizations, praticipate in gardening, games, eco-crafts, giveaways, and more (while supplies last). This is a terrific family event, too. And one of the coolest parts of the day is the Electronic Waste Drop Off right outside the Library. This is a perfect way to responsibly recycle your unwanted or broken electronics. Usually these electronics recycling events happen in other parts of the city, so this is a great opportunity for Astorians.
New Noms at The Queens Kickshaw
If you haven’t been to The Queens Kickshaw in some time, now is the time for another visit. They’ve got some new additions to their menu, which sound marvelous: Celery Root and Blue Cheese Knishes, Wild Mushroom Shepherds Pie, Cheddar and Horseradish Ravioli, and Fontina Cheesecake with Blackberry-Weizen Sauce. Their delicious grilled cheese sandwiches, excellent coffee, and expansive selection of craft beers haven’t gone anywhere, so don’t worry.
Support Your Local Farmers
The Hellgate Farm Stand is back! It was a great success last year, so they have returned. According to Jen at The Queens Kickshaw (home of the farm stand), “last week’s harvest included tomatoes, white onions, beets, swiss chard, basil, and radishes.” Stop by on Sunday morning to see what this weekend will bring. They’ll be there from 9am to noon.
Do You Know Who I Am!?
Justin Finley, formerly of Astoria Music & Arts, is the force behind the new web series and Astoria music sitcom, “Do You Know Who I Am!?” Well, the 3 episode pilot of the show is ready to go and will be shown at Hell Gate Social this Sunday at 8pm. Apparently, it “features dozens of Astorias local Heros.” Maybe someone you even know. There will be performances by Post-Grad Productions, Bird Ass Productions, and acoustic performances from members of Illimanjaro. $5 suggested donation.