So, the old joke is "April showers bring May flowers, but what do May flowers bring?? Pilgrims!" This weekend we'll start with April showers (but no pilgrms to my knowledge) and end with those clearing by Sunday, perfect timing for KiteFlight: Skyscrapers at Socrates! This is their fifth annual kite event. You'll be able to build and decorate a kite for free (supplies will be provided). 11am-2pm at the Park, rain or shine. Sunday also brings us the first Street Fair of the season, on Steinway Street between 28th and 34th Avenues, from 11am-6pm. That's four big blocks of mozzarepa/cheap socks/and meat-on-a-stick goodness!
There's also lots of music going on this weekend. You can stop by Waltz on Friday night at 9pm to hear some Brazilian Jazz. Duo Anthony Lanni and Dan Kendall (plus a special guest) will play Bossa Nova and Samba, among others. Jazz singer Robin Aleman will open for them. No cover, $7 drink minimum. On Saturday at 3:30pm, stop by the Broadway branch of the Queens Library for Folktales, Music and Dance from the Philippines. Potri Ranka Manis narrates stories around traditional dance and music featuring kulintang (native gong) and other traditional instruments. She tells stories in English and Tagalog, accompanied by dancer Kinding Sindaw. And on Sunday at 3pm, the Women's Studio Center in LIC presents Carol Sudhalter's International Quintet, performing jazz standards and Latin.
If you want to flex your volunteer muscles, join in the fun at Build it Green! Sign up for their Second Annual Volunteer Day, happening this Saturday, from 1-5pm. Not only will you help beautify their cavernous warehouse, all volunteers get an extra 15% off their next purchase under $500. After-party at the Beer Garden, too. Nice. By the way, did you know the Bohemian Hall is hiring?
The Astoria/LIC Waterfront Walking Tour is this weekend. From 11am-1pm, Richard Melnick will guide you through the western edge of the neighborhood, starting at the corner of Ditmars and Shore Boulevards, and ending at Rainey Park. Be sure to RSVP at (718) 278-0700 or check the GAHS website. And Recycle-A-Bicycle's Spring Ride Club starts this weekend too, Sunday at 10am. Join students and teachers there and learn safe bike-riding skills. Meet at the Recycle-A-Bicycle training center at the corner of 46 Avenue and 5th Street.
Finally, when you have a bit of time, check out the discussion about a Greenmarket in Astoria, and sign the petition if you support the idea.
More fun, here.