Guests mingled at the West Side Tennis Club Thursday evening and heard remarks from a myriad of groups participating in civic life all over Forest Hills and Rego Park.
January 30 was also NYC Fred Korematsu Day, in honor of the Asian-American Civil Rights Hero of the same name.
“We are here representing not just the Asian-American community, which has a growing presence in Forest Hills, but also everyone else in the community,” said FHAA president Edwin Wong. “We partner with most of the organizations here, and we kick off our year with this event so that people who are interested in getting involved can start at the beginning of the year.”
Community Board 6 used the time to speak about the role of city agencies in advocating for community issues. The next CB6 meeting is on February 12 at 7 p.m. at 80-02 Kew Gardens Rd, and will feature presentations from the census 2020 and the MTA Queens Bus Redesign team.
David Aronov is with NYC Census 2020, a recently formed office of the mayor. He outlined the stakes of this year’s survey, which will begin online on March 12. Volunteer positions and jobs with the census are posted at 2020census.gov/jobs.
The Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce announced a new jazz concert in August that it will be adding to its roster of cultural events, as well as plans to organize a neighborhood “walk” with the Department of Transportation.
“We’re very interested in promoting our community and supporting small businesses,” said chamber president Leslie Brown. “I like to say the three C’s: commerce, community and culture.”
Meanwhile, Musica Reginae, an organization that works to make classical and world music more accessible to the Queens community, advertised its upcoming show on February 9 at the Community House at 15 Borage Place.
The concert will showcase the film “Mark of Zorro”, with a live rendition of its original accompaniment performed by The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra.
Members of the Forest Hills Green Team, the “youngest civic in the room,” detailed the organization's work in environmental advocacy and beautification of the neighborhood. Their next meeting is Monday, February 10 at 6:30 p.m. at Forest Hills High School.
Other speakers included representatives from the Forest Hills Community & Civic Association (meeting on the second Monday of each month), the 112th Precinct Community Council (next meeting on February 26 at Ridgewood Savings Bank), Queens CB 6 CERT, the Rego Park-Forest Hills Lions Club, LIJ Forest Hills Hospital, the Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps, and a relatively new organization called Let’s Talk Democracy which will host two interactive programs on media bias on February 12 and 27.