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AirTrain Jazz ThursdaysWelcoming passengers at the Jamaica AirTrain Station Thursdays Only.
October 3, through May 28, 2020 from 5 – 7 p.m. each week.
Jamaica Farmers’ Market
Held seasonally on Fridays and Saturdays from 8am to 4pm, the Jamaica Farmers’ Market is open now through November 23, 2019. The market is located on Parsons Boulevard between Jamaica and Archer Avenues on Fridays and at 90-40 160th Street between Jamaica and 90th Avenues on Saturdays.
Meet Our Honorees for Celebrating a Creative JamaicaJamaica Center for Arts & Learning (JCAL) will hold its 2019 gala fundraiser, Celebrating A Creative Jamaica, on October 29th, honoring three important and respected leaders in their fields. Obba Babatunde, a celebrated, award-winning entertainer, Broadway, film and television star, with a career that spans many decades, won a daytime Emmy for his role in CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful, was nominated for a Tony for his role in the original Broadway cast of Dreamgirls, won a Critic’s Circle Awards for the musical Sammy, an NAACP Image Award for A Soldier’s Play, and has been celebrated for many of his roles over the years. The other honorees are New York Public Advocate, Jumaane D. Williams, one of New York City’s rising political stars; and Marilyn F. Booker, a career financial specialist with Morgan Stanley who heads up their Urban Markets Group, an attorney who is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Spelman College and considered one of the most influential women of power.
Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning (JCAL) School of the Arts Fall Semester 2019Saturdays at Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL) are days for exploring one’s creative side. JCAL’s School of the Arts offers weekly hour-long classes on everything from ceramics to Hip Hop dance to comic book creation to acting, singing, and so much more. Kids, teens, adults, and seniors all have options to hone their skills and have fun with dance, music, theater, digital arts, and visual arts.
The fall semester will run from Sept 14 through December 7th Registration and fee schedule are available at www.jcal.com.
Artworks 2019 Group ShowThe Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning presents Artworks 2019 Group Show
September 12 through October 5
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 12th, 6:00pm to 9:00pm
At The Jamaica Arts Center on 161-4 Jamaica Ave, NY 11432
718.658.7400 | www.jcal.org.
The Annual Harvest FestivalHosted by the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, the festival will be held on Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 11am to 4pm at 90-40 160th Street between Jamaica and 90th Avenues.
For more information, visit www.gjdc.org.
King Manor MuseumAlso known as the Rufus King House, the Jamaica home belonged to Rufus King, a signer of the United States Constitution, United States Senator from New York and the Ambassador to Great Britain immediately after the American Revolution. Families are welcome to enjoy various activities and workshops, such as Constitution and Cocktails, Making History: Coloring the 1800s (ages 9-13) and Making History: Cheese Making (ages 9-13). The Rufus King Museum is located at 150-03 Jamaica Avenue.
For more information and workshop and museum hours see www.kingmanor.org or call 718-205-0545.
Jamaica is home to several historic churches. While in Jamaica feel free to visit:
• Grace Episcopal Church & Cemetery, 155-03 Jamaica Avenue. Founded in 1702
• First Presbyterian Church, 89-60 164 Street. Organized in 1662.
• First Reformed Dutch Church was established in 1702. The building was recently renovated and is now the Jamaica Performing Arts Center. The First Reformed Dutch Church congregation is now located in its home at 159-29 90th Avenue, Jamaica, NY
• Prospect Cemetery was established in 1668 and is located at 159 Street and Liberty Avenue, Jamaica.
Shop and Eat LocalWalk along Jamaica Avenue and shop at any number of stores in our retail corridor, from Old Navy, VP Records, The Gap Factory Store, Burlington Coat Factory, Marshalls, and get any number of urban fashion items and more. Various fast casual dining options exist in Jamaica which includes Bar-B-Q, Pizza, Caribbean, Guatemalan, Mexican foods and more. Check out ongoing exhibits of Emmet Wigglesworth and Memory at Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning as well, located at 153-10 Jamaica Avenue.
For more information & gallery hours visit www.jcal.org.