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Covid OMH Emotional Support Helpline:
1-844-863-9314
NYC Suicide Prevention Hotline
1-888-NYC-WELL (1-888-692-9355)
Crisis Text Hotline:
Text HOME to 741741
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G E T    O U T D O O R S 

Queens County Farm Museum
Lots of fun outdoor events including NYC's only corn maze! The Amazing Maize Maze adventure begins with a Stalk Talk to prepare you for the 3-acre challenge of finding clues on your way to Victory Bridge where the full vista of Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers' masterpiece is revealed.

  • Maze entry will be staggered in order to maintain event capacity.
  • Face masks required to be worn in the maze.
$12 for adults, $8 for children under 12
Fri, Sat & Sun, October 2–30, 2020
Mon, October 12 (Columbus Day)

Hours:
Fri, 12 pm–4:30 pm
Sat/Sun/Columbus Day, 11 am–4:30 pm
Advanced tickets required.  Get them here.

Forest Park Queens
Check out Forest Park, famous for its high hills, endless nature views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Long Island Sound then grab ice cream at the oldest ice cream parlor, Eddie's Sweet Shop. Its 95 years old! And don't miss the carousel, it's 117 years old!!  Finally, Forest Park is home to the City's most challenging golf course, too.  
Find more information here.

Nature in the Park at Rockefeller Park at Battery Park
Celebrate the nature found in our beloved BPC parks. Pick up a self-guided worksheet that will invite you to tour the gardens investigating plants and trees, as well as the pollinating insects and birds that visit the parks of BPC. Participants are expected to bring their own pencils and clipboards. Program is first come, first served for up to 20 children with accompanying adults. Masks and contact information required upon arrival. Activity is self-guided.
Every Tuesday from 3:00 - 4:00 pm 
For more information see the website here.

Hope Wanted: NYC Under Quarantine
Through November 29th, this ourdoor exhibit is open to the public for free at the New York Historical Society.
Monday – Wednesday CLOSED
Thursday (age 65+ and immunocompromised only) 11 am – 5 pm
Friday 11 am – 8 pm
Saturday – Sunday 11 am – 5 pm
Book your timeslot here.

V I R T U A L      E V E N T S  

The Show Must Go On 
Live performances, past show clips and interviews available for free viewing.
October 2: Michael Ball: Past & Present Tour – Live
October 9: Alfie Boe Live – The Bring Him Home Tour
October 16: Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of The Worlds: Alive on Stage!
Shows are available starting at 2pm EDT. Each show is available for 48 hours.
Find the content here.

The Brooklyn Book Festival
This is one of my favorite Brooklyn events each year!  The 2020 Virtual Brooklyn Book Festival is the15th anniversary of free literary programming!  
September 28 through October 5
Check it out here!

Racism and School Discipline
In this special collaboration between Facing History and Ourselves, the New-York Historical Society, and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, explore and consider the history of racism in school discipline, and how it has impacted the experiences of Black and Brown students in New York City public schools. Through analysis of primary sources, a conversation with historian and former NYCDOE educator Dr. Clarence Taylor, and a consideration of the position of educators in this narrative, discover how this history impacts the work of schools today and how teachers can create safe and brave spaces for students in the virtual and physical classroom.
Wednesday, September 30th 4:00 - 5:30 pm
Registration required.  Sign up here.

PunkinFutz Facebook LIVE!
Don't miss PunkinFutz's FREE on-line events!  Join every Wednesday at Noon for parent, teacher and caregiver resources and Friday at 4 pm for children's programming!
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A  B I T   O F   F U N

EGG DOG.  OK.  I know we have shared a silly dog grooming video before, but Buster loves this one and it actually made me laugh more than once.  AND I apologize for the 4 seconds of ad you have to watch before skipping!  These days, a laugh is worth it!