Astoria, Parks
Apr 12, 2017

Earth Day Shore Fest Spring Kickoff Coming Soon!

The Shore Fest Spring Kickoff is April 22!

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Here at We Heart Astoria we are big fans of the Astoria Park Alliance and Shore Fest. Usually Shore Fest makes its appearance in late summer/early fall, but later this month they are putting together a sneak preview—nature-themed for Earth Day on Saturday, April 22!

As is the case with Shore Fest in the past, Shore Blvd will be closed to traffic and in place of cars there will be all sorts of free community activities. Look for volunteer opportunities, public programming galore, and particularly awesome that day is the re-opening of the bocce ball court, which has been totally overhauled over the past few months. Council Member Costa Constantinides will lead the ribbon cutting at 3:30pm at the base of the Great Lawn.

There will also be educational opportunities—composting, gardening, recycling, water conservation, and beekeeping—with Queens Botanical Garden, Hellgate Farm, and Astor Apiaries, among others. Enjoy live music from The Band of New York, a scavenger hunt, fun child-friendly games, and local gift certificates and prizes. Get physical with Unlimited Body NY, Yoga, Zumba and Tai Chi.

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Volunteer opportunities take place between 9am and 2pm. Events and entertainment will be between 2 and 5pm. Here’s the planned schedule for the day:

9am-1pm—Volunteer Planting, Raking & Gardening
1:00-2:30pm—Shoreline Clean up
2-5pm—Events Programming (Music, Fitness, Games, Prizes, Info)
3pm—Big Brother Big Sister Dance Performance
3:30pm—Bocce Ball Court Grand Re-Opening Ribbon Cutting Celebration
4pm—WonderSpark Puppets Show

If for some reason, April 22 is a bust because of weather, the rain makeup date is the following day, Sunday, April 23.

This is a wonderful community event and we hope to see you there!

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About Meg Cotner

Meg Cotner was trained as a harpsichordist and now works as a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of "Food Lovers' Guide to Queens," and is a skilled and avid home cook, baker, and preserver.

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