Weekend events

Saturday:  Harvest Fest & Square Dance, 12:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m. The day’s events feature lots of games, a potato sack race, cooking demonstrations, tastings from Whole Foods Market and the Chefs Consortium, a community bake-off, live music from New Carolina and the Calamity Janes, and a big square dance. Battery Urban Farm in Battery Park, Manhattan. Wingate Park Halloween Family Fun Day includes music, entertainment, and face-painting. “Health and Wellness” theme offers free blood pressure, diabetes, and cholesterol testing. Wingate Park, 600 Kingston Avenue, between Rutland Rd. and Winthrop St., Bklyn, http://www.friendsofwingatepark.org, 10 am–3 pm, Free. “Pratt Upload: Meme, You, and Everyone We Follow” is a series of free panel discussions with artists, curators, and writers working in new media and digital arts; workshops on art and technology; and a keynote address by Marisa Olson. Pratt Institute, Myrtle Hall, 215 Willoughby Ave. between Emerson Place and Hall Street, Bklyn, http://www.pratt.edu, 10 am–10 pm, Free. Baylander Tours, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., join a free public tour of this historic U.S. Navy vessel that was originally deployed during Vietnam and later used to train U.S. helicopter pilots. The Baylander IX-514 is a131-foot vessel Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Old Fulton Street and Furman Street, Bklyn. Free paper shredding event, safely dispose of sensitive documents. State Sen. Martin Golden hosts at two Brooklyn offices. The first event will be Oct. 19 at his Fifth Avenue office, 11 am–1 pm, 7408 5th Ave., 1st Floor, and 3604 Quentin Rd., (718) 238–6044, Saturday,  Sunday, 11 am–1 pm, free, http://www.nysenate.gov/senator/martin-j-golden, “Crossing Brooklyn: Art from Bushwick, Bed-Stuy, and Beyond”, works by 35 Brooklyn artists and collectives, Brooklyn Museum till Jan 4, http://www.brooklynmuseum.org, $12 (suggested). Hunt for Honey Mushrooms in Prospect Park, join naturalist and author “Wildman” Steve Brill foraging in Prospect Park for a trip learning about the edible and medicinal plants found in the park, Grand Army Plaza,  Union Street between Flatbush Avenue and Prospect Park West, http://www.wildmanstevebrill.com, 11:45 am, Free. “Awareness of Existence” photography exhibition exploring the relationship of people and their surroundings, Gallery Bar, 1056 Broadway between Hart and Pulaski Streets, Bklyn, http://www.gallerybar.com, Noon–midnight, daily, Friday’s till Dec. 19, Free. Gowanus Open Studios, visit private artist studios, and attend opening parties and special events at various locations around Gowanus, http://artsgowanus.org/gowanus-open-studios-2014, Noon–6 pm, daily, till Sunday, Free. Halloween Harvest, visitors are invited to paint pumpkins visit with costumed characters, participate in contests, enjoy seasonal food. Sweets will be distributed within the park. Each weekend participants are asked to guess the weight of the welcoming giant pumpkin at the front gates. The winner will receive $1,000 in cash. Admission to park is free but rides and attractions are extra. Luna Park, 1000 Surf Ave. at West 10th Street, Coney Island, http://www.lunaparknyc.com, Saturdays and Sundays, Noon–8 pm until Sunday, Oct. 26, admission to park is free. “Body Rock: The Politics of Black Female Identity ‘Onstage”, discussion of how the black female identity and body is treated in the public space. Brooklyn Museum, http://www.brooklynmuseum.org, 2 pm, free with museum admission. Star Party Ride with the Amateur Astronomers Association who host a bike ride from Grand Army Plaza to Urban Starfest in Central Park. Meet at Grand Army Plaza, Union Street between Flatbush Avenue and Prospect Park West, timesup.events@gmail.com, 6 pm–2 am, Free.

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Sunday: Midwood Food Tour is a 90-minute walking tour of Midwood’s markets and restaurants. Tour includes a copy of “The Food Lover’s Guide to Midwood.”  Meet at International Foods, 1506 Avenue J between E. 15th and E.16th Streets, 1 pm, $15, http://middev.org/fallfoodtour14. Brooklyn Bacon Takedown is a food competition BAC-ON, BAKE-OFF is $20, 2 p.m. Littlefield, 622 Degraw St. Brooklyn, http://littlefieldnyc.com. InVerse: A Poetry Reading, 7 p.m., KGB Bar’s Red Room, 85 East 4th Street Manhattan, Free, http://redroomnyc.org, please check the date because site was not working and wrong date might have been listed. Read the meter and preview the city’s innovative poets. Here some original, irreverent, and unafraid stanzas, KGB Bar’s Red Room, 85 East 4th Street Manhattan. Marie Roberts discusses her family’s legacy as part of Coney Island police and the Dreamland Circus show. Open Source Gallery, 306 17th St. at Sixth Avenue, http://www.open-source-gallery.org, 11 am. “Imagining This” featuring work by 200 artists, told in a narrative in visual art and written word,  Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, 499 Van Brunt St., near Reed Street, http://www.bwac.org, Saturdays and Sundays, 2–6 pm until Sunday, Oct. 26, Free. The Bridge Multicultural and Advocacy Project by BC launch event is a new community facility with an art exhibit, and live music by Chaim Kiss and Buyu Ambroise and the Blues in Red Band, 1894 Flatbush Ave. between E. 38th Street and Avenue L, http://www.thebridgemcp.com, 5–9 pm, Free.

Saturday and Sunday: events see above Saturday descriptions of Halloween Harvest, Gowanus Open Studios, Wilderness survival.

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