April 13, By Bill Parry
Woodside on the Move, a grass roots community organization, is about to host a series of events—ranging from music to business networking—in coming weeks.
A major function of the organization is to provide community events that promote economic growth and neighborhood stabilization. This spring’s schedule is packed with seven events in five weeks–all of them free and open to the public.
“Our initiative is to be as active and as involved as possible,” said Adrian Bordoni, the group’s executive director. “Woodside on the Move is growing and expanding, and we want to deliver something for everyone.”
The schedule gets underway on Saturday, April 20, with the 2nd annual Arts & Recreation Festival co-sponsored by The Fresh Air Fund, a group that sends inner city children to summer camp. The festival will be held at Windmuller Park and will feature sports and music.
On Tuesday, April 23, a Bingo Night Fundraiser will take place at St. Sebastian’s Parish Center beginning at 5pm. The event will raise money to help Woodside on the Move’s housing division, which helps find affordable housing for families and seniors.
On Wednesday, May 1, the non-profit will host its first annual Queens Business Conference at the Anoroc Democratic Club [45-23 47th St.]. Several business people will share their experiences and advice.
On Saturday, May 4, Woodside on the Move will celebrate Mothers Day with a parade on Skillman Ave. starting at 46th St. and ending at 56th St. This year’s grand marshall will be Congressman Joe Crowley who will be accompanied by his mother. After the event, the group is offering mothers free haircuts and manicures by local stylists at PS 11.
Also on May 4, the group will host its 1st annual Cinco De Mayo Mexican Festival at the Windmuller Park Bandshell.
On Saturday, May 11th, the Skillman Project—a collection of bars and restaurants located on Skillman Avenue— will join with Woodside on the Move at Windmuller Park for the 2nd annual Irish Concert beginning at 5pm.
Finally, the schedule wraps up with a Memorial Day Concert to honor Veterans and Troops. It too will take place at Windmuller Park at 5pm.
“It’s a lot on our plate, but we wanted to fit all these community events into a small window of opportunity before the weather gets too hot,” said Bordoni.