Middle Village will light up its Christmas tree this Friday, December 6 at 6 p.m. at Community United Methodist Church, located at 75-27 Metropolitan Avenue.
The ceremony will officially ring in the holiday season.
Sponsored by the Middle Village Chamber of Commerce, the Middle Village Kiwanis Club and the Middle Village Property Owners and Residents Association, the event will serve cookies and hot chocolate to attendees.
Santa will also be stopping by to take photos with your children.
Students from PS 49 will sing Christmas songs, and students from PS/IS 87 will perform holiday dances as well.
You won’t want to miss the holiday festivities taking place this Sunday!
Community Education Council (CEC) for District 24 is hosting Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza on Tuesday, December 17 at 6:30 p.m.
The town hall will take place in the auditorium at PS 58 School of Heroes, located at 72-24 Grand Avenue in Maspeth.
Parents are encouraged to attend, as the chancellor will address issues and concerns regarding local schools and students.
District 24 includes the following neighborhoods: Corona, Glendale, Ridgewood, Elmhurst, Long Island City, Maspeth and Middle Village.
One of the most persistent problems facing the district is severe overcrowding, despite the construction of new additions to school buildings.
Another topic sure to dominate the discussion will be the proposal to eliminate Gifted & Talented (G&T) programs, as well as reforming the admissions process for the city’s specialized high schools.
Last year, when DOE officials presented at the mayor’s plan to reform admissions to the elite high schools at a CEC 24 meeting, parents booed and chanted “keep the test.”
Carranza, in particular, has been the target of a flurry of criticism from many parents over his push to desegregate public schools.
The town hall will provide a venue for parents, officials and others to voice their concerns directly to DOE leadership.
On-site translation service will be available at the town hall.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
The annual candlelight vigil at Juniper Valley Park is scheduled for Wednesday, September 11 at 7:30 p.m.
The program includes speeches, music, poems, reflection and a view of the Tribute in Light.
Organizers advise bringing a candle or flashlight, as well as a lawn chair and an American flag.
For more information, visit www.911vigil.org.
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 Anvil® 10+10 and/or DeltaGard®.
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.
The annual Queenboro Dance Festival is touring Queens parks this summer, and it’s making a stop at Juniper Valley Park on Saturday, July 27 at 2 p.m.
There will be free performances and dance activities from diverse dance companies, featuring the cultures of India, Greece, the Philippines, Ecuador and more.
Altogether, the dance festival features 33 dance companies.
For a full schedule, visit queensborodancefestival.com.