Weekend Events

Saturday: Thumb wrestling match with food and prizes, 3–6 pm, Black Rose Boutique, 571 Franklin Ave. at Atlantic Avenue. Staten Island RC Modelers 4th Annual Charity Fly-In, 10 a.m.–5 pm. It will benefit the Staten Island Children’s Campaign. Local RC pilots fly models of planes from WWI to present day. Field of Dreams in LaTourette Park & Golf Course, Richmond Avenue and Forest Hill Road, Staten Island, Across from the COSTCO Parking Lot. Donations accepted on behalf of the Staten Island Children’s Campaign. Learn to Ride a bike, a safe, easy, effective method, starting with basics: balancing, starting, stopping, and steering. BYO bike and helmet, 10 am–1 pm, Brower Park, Brooklyn Avenue at Park Place. Free (pre-registration required). http://www.nycgovparks.org.
West Coast Swing Outdoors, fusing elements of slow Lindy Hop, Salsa, and booty-shakin’, can be danced to R&B, pop, rock, hip hop, and blues. Come dance from 6-9 pm and get a lesson at 7 pm, 125th & Marginal Streets. Manhattan.
Saturday and Sunday: World Science Festival till Sunday with a smorgasbord of panel discussions, lectures, film screenings and other activities, some of them hands-on. Check worldsciencefestival.com for schedule of events.
BookExpo America till Sunday. BookCon is a feast of screenings, readings, signings, literary quiz shows, celebrities (Lena Dunham, John Grisham and Stan Lee,) at the Javits Center.
Sunday: Drums Along the Hudson: Native American and Multicultural Festival with dancers, free 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Activities will also include Native American crafts, storytelling, and international cuisine, Indian Road Lawn in Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan, Enter at 218th Street and Indian Road. Summer on the Hudson: Let’s Dance, 6–9:30 p.m. Learn to dance like a pro at these salsa, cha-cha, and bachata lessons and group social dances led by master teachers from the Piel Canela Dance and Music School and featuring DJ Ray Colon. This event repeats every week on Sunday in June. Pier I in Riverside Park South, West 70 St. Manhattan. Open Air Street Fair, Housing Works Bookstore, It’s daylong block party and shopping bazaar with donated books, records, and CDs for $1 each; live music presented by Two Boots Americana Jamboree featuring The Harmonica Lewinskis, Little Wolf, Odetta Hartman & Friends; a kids story time and singalong; tune-ups and minor repairs from Recycle-A-Bicycle; subscription deals from The New York Times; giveaways from Kobo; food specials from our Bookstore Cafe, ice cream from Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream, and unique finds from our Soho Thrift Shop. Sun, Sat 10 am-5 pm, Mon-Fri 10 am-9 pm. Frequented by writers like Art Spiegelman and Rick Moody, this library-esque used bookstore (mahogany wood, spiral staircases, and a 40-foot-high ceiling) counterbalances its grandness with reasonable prices. Proceeds go to homeless New Yorkers with AIDS. 126 Crosby St., Manhattan. http://www.housingworks.org/usedbookcafe.com. The Face of Steeplechase Park, Coney Island History Project, Gams, Garters, and Stockings. Admission is free of charge Saturday and Sunday 12 PM – 6 PM, 3059 West 12th Street, Brooklyn. Brooklyn Film Festival till June 8 with more than 100 films from around the world will be screened—many of them for the first time with feature, short, documentary, animation and experimental projects competing for awards and $50,000 in film services and products. Screenings are held at Windmill Studios NYC and IndieScreen in Williamsburg. brooklynfilmfestival.org.Tour de Brooklyn where cyclists pedal their way through 20 scenic miles, starting at Erie Basin Park. Take a relaxed 20-mile pedal through Brooklyn, complete with a police escort. The vibe is fun, and this is definitely not a race, so just relax and enjoy the scenic route. tourdebrooklyn.org.

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