Learn how to be a Certified TNR Caretaker

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Next Thursday, Councilman Bob Holden’s office is hosting a workshop on trap-neuter-return and colony care.

This workshop, in conjunction with Alley Cat Allies, ASPCA and the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, will teach you the knowledge and skills needed to help the feral and stray cats in your area.

Upon completing the workshop, you will be a Certified TNR Caretaker, and be eligible for free spay and neuter, trap loans, and more.

The workshop is free to attend, but register in advance at bit.ly/TNR190620.

Tickets are now on sale for the 2019 US Open


Tickets for the 2019 US Open officially went on sale to the general public on Monday, June 3.

You can purchase tickets via Ticketmaster.com and the Ticketmaster app.

Payment can be made by credit card. American Express is the official card of the US Open.

The main draw of the 2019 US Open begins on Monday, August 26 and runs through Sunday, September 8.

For more information, visit USOpen.org.

CB5 to meet tomorrow night at Christ the King HS

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Community Board 5 is scheduled to meet tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria of Christ the King High School.

On the agenda this week is a presentation by Wyckoff Heights Medical Center executives. That will be followed by a presentation regarding the Math Smart Program at LaGuardia Community College.

Following the presentations will be the public forum, committee reports, and nominations for Executive Committee Positions.

The Parks Services Committee will give a recommendation regarding plans for construction of a Myrtle Avenue entrance to Forest Park as well.

For more information, or to register to speak in advance, call the CB5 office at 718-366-1834.

Events in Middle Village for Thursday, April 25


There will be LOTS of activities around Middle Village on Thursday, April 25.

Juniper Park Civic Association Town Meeting at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Our Lady of Hope Auditorium, 71st Street & Eliot Avenue, Middle Village

Spring Recess: Softball Day! From 12 to 3 p.m.
Participants will be able to learn the fundamentals of softball such as hitting, fielding and pitching.
Location: Juniper Valley Park, 80th Street entrance, Middle Village

Kids Week: Ranger Games From 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Spend an afternoon of fun with the Urban Park Rangers playing and learning new and exciting nature games. Geared for ages 12 & under, but all are welcome! Location: Juniper Valley Park, 78th St & Juniper Blvd South entrance, Middle Village

If you know of any upcoming events and would like to spread the word, let us know in the comments!

Apply to be the next Queens Poet Laureate

Outgoing Queens Poet Laureate Maria Lisella

Outgoing Queens Poet Laureate Maria Lisella

From April 29 to May 31, Borough President Melinda Katz, along with Queens Public Library and Queens College, are accepting applications for the next Queens Poet Laureate.

What does the position do, you ask? According to Brough Hall, the poet laureate, an unpaid role, is “charged with promoting a love of poetry and literacy throughout the borough.”

Applicants must be published poets and residents of Queens. The winning candidate should be a “talented writer who can also demonstrate that she or he has a compelling vision for the role.”

Applications for the position will be available here starting April 29. The deadline is 5 p.m. on May 31.

To apply, submit a writing sample of up to 10 pages of your poetry, along with an essay of up to 500 words on why you want to be the next Queens Poet Laureate.

Applicants must also submit a one or two page resume focused on poetry-related work, along with public readings, grants, fellowships or awards.

Once selected, the poet laureate will serve for a three-year term.

Here are the past Queens Poet Laureates: Maria Lisella (2015-2018), Paolo Javier (2010-2014), Julio Marzan (2007-2010), Ishle Yi Park (2004-2007), Hal Sirowitz (2001-2004) and Stephen Stepanchev (1997-2001).

Former Queens Poet Laureate Paolo Javier

Former Queens Poet Laureate Paolo Javier