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This week: Sunnyside library offering families a chance to try edible insects

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Families have a chance to attend the following special activities and events going on this week in and around Western Queens:

Infant Toddler/Play Gym Open House: Jan. 6 at 10:15 a.m.

Description: This open house will let toddlers enjoy a free class while their parents meet teachers from the Tiny Tumblers, Gym Explorers, and Gym Adventures programs. Schedule is as follows:

18-36 months- 10:15 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.

7-17 months- 11:00 a.m.- 11:45 a.m.

Pre-registration is required; to register, please visit the website or call the number given below.

Age: Toddlers aged 7 months to 3 years of age

Price: Free

Location: Central Queens YM-YWHA- 67-09 108th Street Forest Hills, NY 11375

Telephone: 718 268-5011 ext. 500

Website: Central Queens Y

Movie Night-Despicable Me 2: Jan. 6 at 5:30 p.m.

Description: Come watch this family blockbuster with the kids at the Long Island City library.

Age: All ages

Price: Free

Location: Long Island City library- 37-44 21 Street Long Island City, NY 11101

Telephone: (718) 752-3700

Discover Edible Insects: Jan. 6 at 6:15 p.m.

Description: Learn about which NYC bugs can serve as an interesting source of nutrition and about how the U.N. is working to make insects become a possible new food source for the world's growing human and animal population. Prepackaged insects will be available for adventurous eaters to sample; registration not required.

Age: All ages

Price: Free

Location: Sunnyside library- 43-06 Greenpoint Avenue Long Island City, NY 11104

Telephone: (718) 784-3033

Gingerbread Lane at the NY Hall of Science: Jan. 7 during museum hours

Description: Come view a museum exhibit featuring an entire village made up of gingerbread houses. Created by Chef Jon Lovitch, the village was designed, baked, built, and decorated over the course of a year. This season marks the 20th year that the chef has undertaken this immense project. Each annual GBL takes about 1500 hours to make, and is made from only "real," edible ingredients: gingerbread, royal icing, and candy. Weighing more than 1.5 tons, this year's GBL is the largest ever, and will be competing for a Guinness World Record. It sits out in the open, rather than behind glass, giving viewers a delicious whiff of homemade gingerbread. Visit gingerbread-lane.org to learn more.

Age: All ages

Price: $11; $8 for seniors,children ages 2-17, students with ID

Location: NY Hall of Science- 47-01 111th St. Corona, NY

Telephone: 718-699-0005

Website: NY Hall of Science

Drawing Club: Jan. 8 at 4 p.m.

Description: Each Wednesday Long Island City library teaches kids new techniques for drawing; registration not required.

Age: Teens

Price: Free

Location: Long Island City library- 37-44 21 Street Long Island City, NY 11101

Telephone: (718) 752-3700

Talent Show: Jan. 10 at 4 p.m.

Description: Ridgewood library will be putting on an annual talent show for young people to participate in; registration not required.

Age: All ages

Price: Free

Location: Ridgewood library- 20-12 Madison Street Ridgewood, NY 11385

Telephone: (718) 821-4770

NY Blood Drive: Jan. 10 from 1:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Description: Come donate blood to the NY Blood Center; most individuals can qualify for donating blood, even if they are taking medications. Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old requires parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in good health. Additional height/weight restrictions are required for donors between the ages of 16-18. Anyone who donates blood by Jan. 14 will be eligible for a sweepstakes prize involving a pair of tickets to the Super Bowl.

Age: Teens (16 and above) and adults

Price: Free

Location: Queens Center Mall- 90-15 Queens Blvd Queens Blvd. & Woodhaven Blvd.
Elmhurst, NY 11373

Telephone: 718-592-3900

Website: New York Blood Center

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