Weekend events: National Park Events, Brooklyn Museum is Free First Saturday’s, Red Hook Recreation Center Free, The Women’s Club Movement

Gateway National Park Spring Guide (Jamaica Bay in Queens, Floyd Bennett Field, Frank Charles Park, Hamilton Beach and more.)  

http://www.nps.gov/gate/planyourvisit/upload/GATEspringguide2013templ-online-REV.pdf

It’s Women’s month and many events. The Brooklyn Museum is free the first Saturday of the month. It is called First Saturdays. Music 5 p.m. The Sway Machinery fuses Jewish cantorial melodies, Afro-pop horns, and blues, creating a style adopted while traveling through northwest Africa. Music 7 p.m. Ghanaian-Burkinabe singer songwriter Ria Boss lays down poetic melodies on her acoustic guitar. Music 8:30 p.m. Zozo Afrobeat delivers cascades of horns, hypnotic Benino-Nigerian rhythms, and stunning solos reminiscent of the free-form improvisations of El Anatsui’s work. The other events are at http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/visit/first_saturdays.php

Free Saturdays at Red Hook Recreation Center 8 a.m.–4p.m. This event repeats every week on Saturday till 3/30/2013. Family fun programming and activities will include fitness activities, board games, billiards, access to the cardio and weight room (718) 722-3211.

National Girls and Women in Sports Day (Queens) free. 11a.m.–3 p.m. It celebrates the achievements of female athletes and advocating for athletic opportunities for girls and women.  and young women are invited to enjoy athletic and health activities, including sports clinics and fitness demos.  Meet special guest Destiny Vergara, youth karate champion. Take part in a raffle. For more information or to pre-register, please email NGWSD@parks.nyc.gov. Al Oerter Recreation Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park 131-40 Fowler Avenue Queens.

Sunday: 3p.m. Talking About History: The Women’s Club Movement/ A lecture by Dr. Laura Fishman. The “ladies” who founded the King Manor Association in 1900 epitomized the dynamism exhibited by many American women in the early twentieth century who were eager to re-direct their energies beyond their traditional domestic sphere.  The King Manor Association worked not only to restore and preserve a valuable historic house in the Jamaica community, but also to “foster patriotism and good citizenship.” These efforts are now recognized as part of the nation-wide Women’s Club movement. Women’s Clubs worked to promote civic engagement and social reform, and also fight for women’s suffrage. Both white and black women formed women’s clubs, but major differences characterized the goals and activities of each.  Please reserve a seat for this FREE lecture by calling (718) 206-0545×13 or by emailingprograms@kingmanor.org t http://www.kingmanor.org Refreshments will be served following the lecture.  Suggested $5 donation for refreshments.

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