Learning chair stretching and guided meditation at MV Library

On Friday, November 15, from 1 to 2 p.m., the Middle Village Library will host a chair stretching and guided meditation session.

The practice stretches you can do in a chair will help increase feelings of relaxation, energy and overall well-being.

The presenter will be Merryl Reichbach, LSCW, program manager of SHAREing and CAREing.

For more, call the Middle Village library at 718-326-1390.

Free softball clinic at Juniper Valley Park

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On Saturday, November 9, NYC Parks and the Baruch College Women’s Softball Team are hosting a free softball clinic at Juniper Valley Park.

At the clinic, you will learn to strengthen your softball skills including hitting, fielding and running.

Youth of all ages can build their skills, no experience or equipment necessary.

And don’t forget to bring your water bottle and sneakers!

The clinic runs from noon to 3 p.m. Enter at the 80th Street entrance.

District 24 High School Fair is tonight!

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Councilman Bob Holden is hosting a high school fair tonight from 6:3o to 8:30 p.m. at PS/IS 49 in Middle Village.

The fair will help parents navigate the high school application process. It’s free and open to the public.

These following schools are expected to attend:

  • Newtown High School
  • Grover Cleveland High School
  • High School of Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture
  • Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School
  • Christ the King High School
  • The Martin Luther School
  • The Mary Louis Academy
  • Stuyvesant High School
  • Bronx High School of Science
  • Brooklyn Technical High School

Trick or treat! Halloween Festival comes to Juniper Park

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Halloween is coming early to Middle Village.

On Saturday, October 19, NYC Parks, the PS/IS 49 PTA and Councilman Bob Holden are co-hosting a Halloween Festival at Juniper Valley Park.

There will be a parade that starts at 11:15 a.m. Kids will assemble at 11 a.m. at Juniper Blvd. South and 74th Street. The festival runs until 3 p.m.

Activities include: field games, free pumpkins, pumpkin decorations, arts & crafts, Halloween-themed activities, face painting with Agostino Arts, live animals, inflatables and more.

CEC 24 to meet on October 22 at PS/IS 128

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Community Education Council 24’s next meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 28 at 6:30 p.m.

The meeting will take place inside the auditorium at PS/IS 128 in Middle Village.

Guest speakers include Jai Griem, director of district planning at the Department of Education. Madelene Chan, the superintendent, will also conduct a C4E presentation.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/cec24.

Health Department to conduct adulticide treatment on Thursday

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On Thursday, August 22 between 8:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning, the Health Department is conducting another adulticide treatment to reduce mosquito activity and the risk of West Nile virus.

Trucks will spray pesticides in sections of Queens, including Maspeth, West Maspeth, Middle Village, Glendale and Blissville.

In case of bad weather, the spraying will be pushed back to Monday, August 26 or Tuesday, August 27.

The Health Department says it will use very low concentrations of the insecticides AnvilĀ® 10+10 and/or DeltaGardĀ®.

The risks of these pesticides are low to people and pets. Some people who are sensitive to spray ingredients may experience short-term eye or throat irritation, or a rash.

People will respiratory conditions may also be affected, health officials say.

To stay safe during spraying, residents are being asked to stay indoors whenever possible. Air conditioners can remain on.

And while it is unnecessary, residents can close air conditioner vents or choose the recirculate function.

After spraying, health officials say residents should wash their skin and clothing exposed to pesticides with soap and water. Always wash fruits and vegetables with water as well.

To reduce exposure to mosquitos, here are some tips courtesy of the Health Department:

  • Use an approved insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus (not for children under 3), or products that contain the active ingredient IR3535.
  • Make sure windows have screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or holes.
  • Eliminate any standing water from your property and dispose of containers that can collect water. Standing water is a violation of the New York City Health Code.
  • Make sure roof gutters are clean and draining properly.
  • Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs. Keep them empty or covered if not in use. Drain water that collects in pool covers.