Although it's supposed to be all muggy and warm this weekend, that shouldn't stop you from enjoying summer in Astoria. Cool off with a swim at Astoria Park Pool, or grab a delicious lemon ice at La Guli. Spicy food is supposed to help cool you down, so head over to Spiced (35-12 Ditmars) for some Crab Moo Shu.
Stop by the Two Coves Garden for Bernard Kevickas's art installation opening. While you're there, be sure to check out the rest of the garden - it's green and lush, and bursting with flowers and veggies. It's easy to get there by walking, bike, or bus (the Q19 runs down Astoria Blvd, the Q69 runs along Ditmars and 21st Street, and the Q101 will take you from 30th Ave to almost the front of the garden - here's a Queens Bus Map for more info).
In the early evening, from 5-7 p.m., Bistro Les Minots is the place to be, what with their $19.95 prix fixe dinner. When I was there last, I loved the Pissaladière and creme brulee especially. Al-Sham Sweets (24-39 Steinway) also has some delicious things to offer - I tried a cream-filled phyllo pastry that was light, sweet, and delicious! They have a variety of middle eastern sweets that are giving Laziza a run for their money.
On Friday night don't forget the screening of Not For Sale. It's a serious subject, but worth your attention. For something completely different, however, Waltz (23-14 Ditmars) is having a lighthearted magic show at 8 p.m. $5 cover (try the frozen watermelon drink if they have it).
And don't forget, this Sunday is the second installation of the Astoria Water Walk! Last weekend was a great success, and here are the pictures to prove it. Astoria Water Walk is on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. all along (temporary) car-free Shore Blvd.