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Jan 03, 2016

What to Do in Astoria This Week: Dog Run Meeting, Wink the Penguin, MulchFest, and More

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JANUARY 3-9—HAPPY NEW YEAR! We are finally in 2016.
This week brings us Epiphany on January 6 (so really, it’s still the Christmas Season until then, according to the Western Liturgical Year). Orthodox Christmas is January 7, so Merry Christmas to our Orthodox readers!
Also, keep in mind that next month’s Lunar New Year brings us the Year of the Monkey for most of 2016.

Astoria Dog Run Visioning/Planning Session

Join Councilmember Costa Constantinides for a visioning/planning session regarding the new Astoria dog run, which will be located at Triborough Lot C (Hoyt Avenue between 23rd and 24th Streets). You’ll get a chance to weigh in on the dog run and upgrades to adjacent space, which includes basketball courts and fencing.

Wednesday, January 6, 7pm
Bohemian Hall | 29-19 24th Avenue

Photo Courtesy of Costa Constantinides

Photo Courtesy of Costa Constantinides

Duo Show

Duo standup is when two comics perform stand-up comedy together. The show is a combination of regular standup, two person improv and those old 2 person sketches of the vaudeville days. Headlining the January Duo Show are Joe List (Comedy Central Half Hour) and Mark Normand (Conan). Joe and Mark have a podcast called Tuesdays with Stories.

Also Featuring:
Amber Nelson (Comedy Central/Montreal Just for Laughs) and a Mystery Partner)
Tim Dillon (Gotham live) and Ray Kump (Funny or Die)
Jonathan Mcbride(Don’t Grow up Comedy Show) and May Wilkerson (Cake or Death)
Ian Hunt and Matt Leary (Good for You at the Cantina Royal)
And also your Producers: FreddyG (Sirius) and Patrick Holbert (Cake or Death)

Hosted by: FreddyG
Lineups subject to change.

Wednesday, January 6, 9-10:30pm
Q.E.D | 27-16 23rd Avenue

Learn more, here.

Duo Show Remake

Astoria Community Consultation

Astoria residents: We want you to vote on the top health priorities in your neighborhood. Join us to have your voice heard. In New York City, health outcomes differ dramatically between communities — poor health outcomes cluster in places where resources and opportunities are limited. No one’s health should be determined by his or her zip code, race, or income. This is unjust and avoidable.

FREE tote bags and water bottles are available to participants. Refreshments will be served.

Thursday, January 7, 6-8pm
Astoria Branch Queens Library | 14-01 Astoria Blvd

Learn more, here.

Queens Young Artists Exhibit Opening

Join the Edison Price Lighting Gallery, the Queens Council of the Arts, and light-inspired artists as we celebrate the opening of two joint exhibitions: Chapter 2 and Light Inspired. “Chapter 2” exhibits recent alumni of the Queens Council on the Arts’ High School to Art School (HS2AS) arts mentorship program. Curated by the HS2AS’s board, Chapter 2 showcases the local young talent blossoming from Queens. “Light Inspired” exhibits artists who work in the lighting field, from fixture design to architectural lighting design. Together, their multi-media pieces redefine light as a complex source of inspiration.

Thursday, January 7, 6pm
Edison Price Lighting Gallery | 41-50 22nd St, 2nd Floor

Learn more, here.


Honoring Wink, The Jackson Heights Penguin

Join us to honor Wink, The Jackson Heights Penguin and the person who dresses the Penguin for every occasion during the year. Come and finally meet this person who dresses Wink for every occasion

Saturday, January 9, 11am-noon
75th Street at 37th Road

Learn more, here.


New York Road Runners Open Run: Run for Life – Astoria Park

Open Run is a new community-based initiative that launched in St. Mary’s Park in the Bronx on National Running Day, June 3, 2015. Through this initiative, New York Road Runners is empowering local volunteers to bring free weekly runs to local neighborhood parks all over NYC.

All runs are directed by volunteers and are free to all participants. The finish line is open until the last person is done. The courses vary based on park, but they are between 2.5-3 miles. Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the run and to leave their valuables at home – bag check is not provided. No need to do anything before the run, just show up. Open to all ages, experience levels, walkers, strollers, dogs: All are welcome!

This program is in coordination with NYC Parks’ Community Parks Initiative.

Saturday, January 9, 9-10am
Astoria Park Track

Learn more, here.


Join the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, the New York City Department of Sanitation, and GreeNYC to recycle your Christmas trees into wood chips. These wood chips are used to nourish trees and plants on streets and gardens citywide. Or, take home your very own bag of mulch to use in your backyard or to make a winter bed for a street tree. More than 30,000 trees were recycled last year. Help us top this number!

Please remember to remove all lights, ornaments, and netting before bringing the tree to a MulchFest site. Bags will be provided if you wish to take some free mulch home.

Saturday, January 9, 10am-2pm
Astoria Park Parking Lot

Learn more, here.


QED Art Gallery Opening Reception

Q.E.D. is proud to feature two local artists, Sharon Spell and Michael Harper as a part of their newest art installation. Join us on this special Saturday evening to celebrate all of their hard work. Wine and light snacks will be served.

Saturday, January 9, 5:30-7:30pm
Q.E.D | 27-16 23rd Avenue

Learn more, here.


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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