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Live Jazz Jam at Flushing Town Hall on June 6

The Campbell Brothers, who perform gospel with electric steel guitar and vocals, and Daniel Bernard Roumain, a Haitian-American violinist and innovator, will perform at Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on June 6. There will also be a house band and an open jam session with a Steinway Baby Grand. Free for qualified performers and members; $10 for general public. For more information, click here.

Sunnyside Flag Day Parade on June 9

March in a colorful, historic parade that features the Sunnyside Drum Corps and the Kiwanis Club of Sunnyside. The NYPD Marching Band and the Pipe & Drums of County Armagh are also frequent participants. From 41st Street to 48th Street along Greenpoint Avenue, ending with celebration at Veterans Memorial Plaza in Sabba Park on Queens Boulevard and 49th Street. Kick off at 11 a.m. More information at

Guided Walking Tour of Astoria on June 13

Check out ever-changing Astoria with tour guide and historian Jack Eichenbaum. Italians and Greeks are being replaced by Arabs, Bosnians, Brazilians, Mexicans, and yuppies. Tour goes through important transportation arteries: Steinway Street, 31st Street, the Grand Central Parkway and 30th Avenue. June 13, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., $15, meet at southwest corner of Steinway Street and Broadway. For more information, click here.

Queens Art Express in Three Venues June 14-16

The Fourth Annual Queens Art Express promotes dance, film, literature, music, performance, theater and visual arts at three main locations: Flushing, Jamaica and Long Island City. A project of the Queens Council on the Arts and The Tate Group, QAX 2012 will feature collaborative works that imagine a world where artists remix public policy. For more information, click here.

REO Speedwagon Live after Mets Game on June 15

REO Speedwagon, the American rock band that has sold more than 40 million records and is best-known for the hits "Keep on Loving You" and "Take It On The Run," will perform live after the Mets play the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. For more information, click here.

Big Apple Circus in Fresh Meadows until June 17

Let your imagination soar and summon the most amazing acts. Find a juggler with a suit to fit his sweet feats of fancy handiwork, a mechanical doll who comes alive in a sinuous balancing act, audacious acrobats who astound with athletic grace, and spirited horses, frolicsome dogs, a capybara and porcupine to perk up the sawdust party. Cost: $15-$60. For tickets and more, see

Free Billy Joel Tribute Concert on June 20

Henry Haid and the Glass Houses will give a free concert at Resorts World Casino New York, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd. in South Ozone Park, on June 20 at 8 p.m. Being a part of the Henry Haid experience is akin to being in the presence of Billy "The Piano Man" Joel himself. For more information, click here.

Guided Walking Tour of Western Queens on June 20

Walk from Sunnyside to Jackson Heights with tour guide and historian Jack Eichenbaum. Historic districts anchor the route which includes Phipps Gardens, Matthews Flats, Metropolitan Life apartments and early truck-oriented industrial buildings. June 20, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., $15, meet under the Sunnyside arch, south side of the elevated 46th Street/Bliss & Train Station. For more information, click here.

Operetta Fest at Queens Theatre June 21-July 1

A pompous Tenor. An ambitious but ditsy Soprano. A voluptuous Mezzo. A veteran Baritone. Can these zany characters get through 14 Gilbert & Sullivan operettas without killing each other? Get ready for pirates, sailors, major generals and damsels in distress in a musical romp that has been called "Gilbert & Sullivan meets Saturday Night Live!" June 21-July 1, Weekdays $42; Weekends $49, Wed. to Fri. at 7:30 p.m., Sat. at 8 p.m., matinees on Wed. & Sat. at 2 p.m., Sun. at 3 p.m. For more information, click here.

Free Waterfront Concerts in Astoria in July, August

Enjoy live music at Astoria Park Lawn on Shore Boulevard between Hell Gate Bridge and the Astoria Pool, thanks to the Central Astoria Local Development Coalition. Concerts start at 7:30 p.m. with the following schedule: Swingtime Big Band, July 12; Whitley & The Hard Times Band, July 19; 1910 Fruitgum Company, July 26; Road House Country Band, Aug. 2; and Bon Journey, a tribute to Bon Jovi & Journey, Aug. 9. For more information, click here.

Guided Walking Tour from LIC to Astoria on July 11

Walk the East River shore between the Queensboro (Ed Koch) and Triboro (RFK) bridges with tour guide and historian Jack Eichenbaum. Sights include views of Manhattan's Upper East Side from three parks, a former piano factory, a huge power plant, a big box store, the Socrates Sculpture Park, the Noguchi Sculpture Museum and ante-bellum mansions. Ends in Astoria at the Bohemian Hall Beer Garden. July 11, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., $15, meet at the northwest corner of 21st Street and 41st Avenue (F Train's Queensbridge station). For more information, click here.

Learn to Swim or Master the Strokes in July

Affordable swimming lessons at various times and days in Flushing, Far Rockaway and Brooklyn. Everything from basic to stroke enhancement to competitive with the well-respected, Queens-based Swim Strong Foundation. For more information, click here.

Free Movies in Astoria Park in August

Enjoy outdoor movies at the Astoria Park Lawn on Shore Boulevard between Hell Gate Bridge and the Astoria Pool. All films start at 8:30 p.m., and the schedule follows: Aug. 6, Lion King; Aug. 13, Cars; Aug. 20, Thunder Soul; Aug. 27, Footloose. For more information, call the Central Astoria Local Development Coalition at 718.728.7820 or click here.

USTA-BJK Tennis Center Summer Camps

The USTA Billie Jean National Tennis Center will once again offer seven weeks of fun in the sun tennis camps starting in June 2012. Enrollment is available online and you may choose to register for one, two or as many as seven weeks. The weekly program runs from Mondays through Fridays, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., with a one-hour lunch break or a twilight session from 4:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Campers work on development of tennis techniques, tactics, sports conditioning, and strategy geared to maximizing the learning experience in a fun presentation. Programs are available for different ages. For more information, call (718) 760-6200 or try

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