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It encompasses the country’s first planned garden and cooperative apartment community. It’s the birthplace of Scrabble. And it’s the setting for the TV show Ugly Betty.

It’s also the place to be on Saturday and Sunday, when the Jackson Heights Beautification Group celebrates the 25th annual Historic Jackson Heights Weekend.

On Saturday, the fun kicks off with an exhibition of vintage photographs and memorabilia at the Community United Methodist Church. At 10:45 am and 12:15 am, there will be slide presentations on the neighborhood’s history. Then, a self-guided garden tour (using maps provided upon ticket purchase) will allow participants to visit at least 15 private gardens. These block-long, park-like gardens are only open to the public one day a year. (more…)

Image Source: Robert Pagliaroni

Retired music teacher Patricia Glunt is still conducting business. She recently formed the Jackson Heights Community Orchestra, which will offer its first ever concert tonight, December 12, at the Community United Methodist Church. The all-volunteer, 18-piece ensemble features everything from flute to oboe to cello to keyboards. Glunt, who studied violin performance and composition at the University of the Pacific’s Conservatory of Music, will conduct, and the night’s program will include Handel’s “Overture to the Messiah,” Holst’s “St. Paul’s Suite,” Respighi’s “Ancient Airs and Dances Suite#1” and a couple of holiday songs with local lyric soprano Jayne Skoog.

Jackson Heights Community Orchestra Concert
Community United Methodist Church
81-10 35th Avenue, Jackson Heights
Wednesday, December 12
7pm-9pm | $10 suggested donation