Happening In Queens! (Nov.18-Nov.24)

Get prepared for Thanksgiving with forest bathing, LL Cool J, comedy, Mexican music, 18th century food, and “gratitude yoga” this week.

Nov. 18, STEM Career Night, 5 pm. Meet and network with people who work in the aviation industry, especially the fields of flight avionics, mechanical engineering, and software design. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Nov. 18, Blarney Star Trad Series, 7 pm. A night of tremendous Irish folk music with harmonies and deft instrumental arrangements. New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave., Long Island City.

Nov. 19, Citi Field Spartan Race, 7:30 am. A five kilometer, 20-obstacle trek inside the stadium. Participants run up the bleachers and climb over walls. Citi Field, 41 Seaver Way, Flushing.

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Spartan Race

Nov. 19, Closing of The G.O.A.T. Monument, 3 pm. The G.O.A.T. Monument has been greeting visitors to Flushing Meadows Corona Park for about a year. The eight-foot LL COOL J statue includes a bronze bust atop a steel-and-resin radio that plays his music powered by a solar power system. The closing features hip-hop shows, an artist talk, and a celebration of LL’s music. David Dinkins Circle near the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

Nov. 19, Home for the Holidays, Nov. 25. Jodie Foster directs this 1995 family drama which stars Holly Hunter, Robert Downey Jr., and Anne Bancroft. Hunter plays Claudia, who returns home to suburban Baltimore for Thanksgiving after losing her Chicago museum job. She contends with aging parents, a hyperactive brother, and a conservative, bigoted sister. Shows are on Nov. 19 at 1 pm and Nov. 25 at 3 pm. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District. 

Nov. 19, NY Son Jarocho Festival, 1 pm. A full day of performances concludes a week-long celebration of Son Jarocho, the music, dance, and culture of Veracruz, Mexico. Caña Dulce Caña Brava is the headliner. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.

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Nov. 19, 18th Century Tavern Nights, 8 pm. The hosts use an open hearth and 18th century recipes to prepare a dinner to be enjoyed with period tableware and candles. (Menu includes spicy corn relish, sweet-and-sour raisin soup, and chicken fricassee.) Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Glen Oaks.

Nov. 19, Forest Bathing, 1:30 pm. Certified guide Linda Lombardo leads a meditative forest bathing walk as per the Japanese Shinrin-Yoku tradition. The goal is to inspire mindful connections with the natural elements of the woods for a range of benefits. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 224-65 76th Ave., Oakland Gardens.

Nov. 19, An Evening of Chamber Music, 7:30 pm. Musica Reginae Artistic Director Barbara Podgurski plays works by Fauré, Ravel, and Brahms on piano with Robert Burkhart on cello and Sarah Pratt Parsamian on violin. The Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills.

Nov. 19, Bird Walk with NYC Audubon, 9:30 am. Check out creatures of flight with experienced ornithologists. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing.

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QBG Audubon Birdwalk CREDIT Gennessy Palma

Nov. 19, Queens Hip-Hop, 1 pm. Celebrate National Hip-Hop Month with music, craft microphone-making, and take-home trading cards. King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave.

Nov. 20, Pre-Thanksgiving Nature Walk, 1 pm. A guided stroll through Alley Pond Park with a seasoned staff member. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 224-65 76th Ave., Oakland Gardens.

Nov. 20, USA Roots Meets Japan, 1 pm. Rachelle Garniez is a songwriter, singer, composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. She goes first. Masayo Ishigure began playing the koto and jiuta shamisen at age five. He goes second. Then they jam together. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.

Nov. 20, Jackknife Comedy, 7 pm. This monthly stand-up show is hosted and produced by two self-proclaimed “dummies from Iowa.” The comedians include Liz Glazer (CBS), Julie Ray (Comedy Fight Club), and Tracy McClendon (Greenwich Village Comedy Club). QED Astoria, 27-16 23rd Ave.

Nov. 20, Gratitude Yoga Flow, 9:15 am. Samantha the Yogadventurer leads a gentle vinyasa session via writing prompts to stir creativity and take practitioners on a gratitude journey. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 224-65 76th Ave., Oakland Gardens.

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Nov. 20, Literary Sundays Reading Series, 1 pm. Local writers Lorraine Schein, Dan Brown, and Francisco Delgado read their recent works, followed by a Q&A session. Maple Grove Cemetery’s Victorian Building, 127-15 Kew Gardens Rd.

Nov. 20, A Jazz Feast, 3 pm. Versatile vocalist Jim Altamore and his Jazz trio do popular standards. Bayside Historical Society, The Castle, 208 Totten Ave., Fort Totten.

Nov. 20, Floral Design: Holiday Centerpiece, 2 pm. Create floral centerpieces for the holidays. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing.