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Here are some of the events that are happening locally in the next few weeks:
This Saturday (9/21) is the Richmond Hill Block Association’s Park Fair at Myrtle Avenue and Park Lane South (the Buddy Monument). There will be plenty of vendors, rides for the kids, great food, and music. This is a fun event. We’ll be there, up on the hill, come by and say hello. We’ll be selling “The History of Woodhaven and Ozone Park” as well as a t-Shirt celebrating something everyone here in Woodhaven is very familiar with.
On Saturday (9/28) the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association is sponsoring “The Great Woodhaven Yard Sale.” Over 50 locations have already signed up to be part of this. (See the article in this edition for more info.) The final map will be published next week. Sign up by emailing the WRBA at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (718) 296-3735.
Later that evening, also on Saturday (9/28), Emanuel United Church of Christ (Woodhaven Boulevard and 91st Avenue) is hosting their annual Pre-Fair Church Dinner. This is a nice event where you get to sit down, have a nice stuffed chicken breast dinner (with all the trimmings and dessert), enjoy some music and renew old acquaintances or make new friendships. Dinner starts at 5:30, tickets are $15 for adults, $9 for children 12 and under. And there’s also live entertainment featuring a recital of music from the movies. Call (718) 296-3877 for more information.
Also, the Church Fair is on Saturday, November 16, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. This is a great event with vendors selling nick-knacks, a great auction table, used books, and more.
Also, on Saturday, October 5, Emanuel will hold its annual Blessing of the Pets starting at 11 a.m. There will also be a pumpkin patch.
On Sunday (9/29), St. Thomas the Apostle Church is hosting a fundraiser featuring the Swingtime Big Band. The dance, with live music, will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. in Msgr. Mulz Hall, 88-08 Jamaica Avenue. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.
Here’s a nice feature: They are offering free parking at Forest Park with shuttle service to and from the venue. For more information, please call the Parish Office, (718) 847-1353.
And we’re just one month away from the 33rd Annual Wonderful Woodhaven Street Festival, presented by the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation, on Sunday, October 20, from noon to 6 p.m. From Woodhaven to 80th Street, Jamaica Avenue will be packed with vendors, rides, music, and great food.
Besides these special events, there are always community meetings happening.
The 102nd Precinct Community Council meets at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month in the basement of the Richmond Hill Library (118-14 Hillside Avenue). This is a great time to get face time with the man who runs our precinct, Deputy Inspector Hank Sautner.
The Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society meets at 1 p.m. on the last Wednesday of every month at Emanuel United Church of Christ (Woodhaven Boulevard and 91st Avenue). This month (9/25) there will be a presentation on the history of Coney Island, while in October (10/30) there will be a presentation on the history of doo-wop and rock and roll.
And the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association meets once a month to discuss neighborhood issues. Right now we are in the midst of making preparations for a meeting to discuss plans for civilian observation patrols, with details to follow.
And that is just the tip of the iceberg. There’s so much going on out there that we’re not aware of. If you are a group or an organization having an event, make sure you let everyone know. Tell this newspaper and tell the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association (email@example.com or 718-296-3735).