Winter Solstice Celebration & Tree Lighting in Flushing

wintersolsticeFloraSanta-webOn Sunday, Dec. 6, the Queens Botanical Garden is getting in the holiday spirit with a number of festive activities. During the Winter Solstice Celebration & Tree Lighting, there will be live music, arts and crafts, a tour of the garden’s grounds and an appearance from the big guy, Santa Claus.

Here’s a rundown of the day’s schedule:

  • Garden tour at 1 p.m.
  • Photos with Santa (separate fee) from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Botanical crafts (while supplies last) from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Join artist Mayen Alcantara on a walk through the Garden as she creates a site-specific art piece at 2 p.m.
  • Live musical performances by The Rough Dozen a cappella group at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Tree lighting ceremony with Santa at 5 p.m.

Dress for the weather and don’t forget your camera for holiday snaps of your family.

SING program expands to Queens high school campuses

SING, a musical program in which students write, cast, rehearse and perform their own musicals, is coming to 20 more high schools, including five in Queens.

Thanks to Taylor Swift, who donated in partnership with the Fund for Public Schools, students from Flushing High School can participate in the public school tradition.

“SING gives our high school students an opportunity to work with their peers, and create and execute a project from start to finish,” said Chancellor Carmen Fariña. “This is a wonderful program for developing passions in the arts and for building school and community spirit. In particular, co-located schools will also be collaborating, bringing new excitement and camaraderie for our high schoolers. The SING students are going to gain skills and experience that they can use in college and throughout their lives.”

Bayside High School, John Bowne High School, Martin Van Buren High School and Thomas A. Edison CTE High School will also have SING.

Students will receive training and support as they build their school’s SING programs.

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