Out & About: Get Ready for the JGHBID Fall Festival

Out & About: Get Ready for the JGHBID Fall Festival
SEVERAL THOUSAND PEOPLE are expected to visit the Jerome-Gun Hill Business Improvement District for the annual Fall Festival. Here, a look at 2015’s yearly event (see Editor’s Pick for more details).
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JGH-BID Fall Festival 

The Jerome-Gun Hill BID presents its 16th Annual Fall Festival, Oct. 14 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., along Jerome Avenue between Mosholu Parkway and Gun Hill Road. Events include musical performers, hula hoops, jump rope, caricatures, face painting, food, free health screenings and giveaways. No rain date. For more information, call (718) 324-4946. 

Lehman College’s Center for the Performing Arts, 250 Bedford Pk. Blvd. W., presents the following events: Santo Domingo Tiene Salsa, featuring a number of known performers playing salsa music, Oct. 14 at 8 p.m. (tickets are $50 to $75; $125/VIP includes reception with food and drinks at 6:30 p.m. and seating; info: (718) 960-8833); and Lehman String Quartet, Oct. 15 at 2 p.m. in the Music Building’s Recital Hall, featuring classical music performed by faculty and staff from Lehman and Celia Cruz Bronx H.S. of Music (free; donations are welcome; info: (718) 960-8247).

Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture, 450 Grand Concourse, presents Latin Jazz Trio and Bronx Arts Ensemble performing Afro-Cuban music, Oct. 14 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. (tickets: $15). For more information, call (718) 601-7399. 

The Williamsbridge Oval offers a variety of free classes for youth ages 6 to 12, after school and Saturdays, including drama, sports, dance, art and more. For more information and a detailed schedule, call (718) 543-8672.

The Amalgamated Nursery School is hosting their Fall festival at Train Park, corner of Orloff Avenue and Gale Place, on Oct. 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The family-friendly event will include a costume parade that begins at 10:45 a.m. to begin the festival. Pumpkin decorations, a maze, tattoo parlor and cookie decorating are some of the activities lined up. There is a $10 children’s activity fee. For more information, call (718) 5543-8688.

Bedford Park Congregational Church, 311 E. 201st Street (at Bainbridge Avenue) presents its annual fun fair and flea market, Oct. 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Events include raffles and lunch. Sale items include household goods, jewelry, electronics, toys, and books. For more information, call (718) 733-3199.

The Bronx Tourism Council is holding Tour de Bronx, free cycling event, Oct. 22 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Riders can select either 25 or 40 miles to explore Bronx neighborhoods, starting at 161st Street at the Grand Concourse and ending at the NY Botanical Garden for yoga, music and food. Come early to register or register in advance. For more information and to rsvp, call (718) 590-3518.

The Bronx Library Center will host its 2nd Annual Indie Author Day on Oct. 14 at 2:30 p.m. at E. 310 Kingsbridge Rd. Authors Annette Libeskind Berkovits, Carmen D. Lucca, Rebecca Brooks and Anne Born discussing their books.

Wave Hill, a Bronx oasis at 675 W. 252nd St. in Riverdale, offers Family Art Projects: October Treasures, to decorate a recycled box or metal tin with buttons, small stones and woodland findings, Oct. 14 and 15; and Leaf Crowns and Fairy Houses, to enjoy fairy stories by storyteller playing harp, followed by creating a teeny dwelling out of sticks, leaves, moss and bark, culminating in performance at 11 a.m. and noon by guitarist/singer and bagpiper in concert of Irish jigs, reels and songs including fairy parade, Oct. 21 and 22; both in the WH House from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Grounds admission is free until noon Saturdays and Tuesdays all year. For more information and a schedule of events including tours and walks, call (718) 549-3200.

The Bronx County Historical Society presents the following events: special Archtober Tour of the Valentine-Varian House, 3266 Bainbridge Ave. (208th Street), Oct. 27 from noon to 1:30 p.m. to see the current exhibitions; and Open House NY, free admission to the Edgar Allan Poe Cottage (Grand Concourse at Kingsbridge Road) and the Museum of Bronx History/Valentine-Varian House; both Oct. 14 and 15. For more information, call (718) 881-8900.

Our Lady of Angels Church will host the yearly Mass for People With Disabilities on Oct. 21 at 2860 Sedgwick Ave. at 11 a.m. To RSVP for the event, call (718) 548-3005.

Halloween Events
The Williamsbridge Oval presents the following free events: Haunted House (for ages 10+), to be spooked by ghosts, zombies and creatures, Oct. 27 from 7 to 9 p.m.; and Pumpkin Party (to age 12 years), to enjoy arts and crafts, carnival games, prizes, and candy, Oct. 31 from 4 to 6 p.m. For more information, call (718) 543-8672.

The New York Botanical Garden presents Scarecrows and Pumpkins, through Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden. Events include guided activities featuring a puppet playhouse and weekends include interactive demonstrations featuring bats, reptiles, and other creepy creatures. For more information, call 9718) 817-8700. The group will also host the Great Pumpkin Weekend on Oct. 21 & 22, where pumpkin growers will be on hand for Q&A sessions and photo ops. The event will be on display through Oct. 31.

Library Events
The Bronx Library Center, 310 E. Kingsbridge Rd., presents for children: Hands on Projects (ages 7 to 12; preregistration required): Pumpkin Book Making, Oct. 12, and Halloween Bag Making, Oct. 26, both at 4 p.m.; Wreath Making, Oct. 15; Scarecrow Making, Oct. 22; and Ghost Making, Oct. 29, all at 3:30 p.m. Also for children: Family Time: (ages 3 to 5; preregistration required), reading aloud and crafts, Oct. 14 at 11 a.m.; Lullaby Song Circle: (ages to 3 years; preregistration required), to sing with other families, Oct. 21 at noon; The Not So Spooky Ghost: (ages 3 to 12), interactive puppet show, Oct. 21 at 2 p.m.; and Fire Safety Education Program: presented by the FDNY, Oct. 24 at 3:30 p.m. Teens/young adults can enjoy Favorite Reads: to chat about books and receive a free book and snacks, Oct. 24 at 4 p.m. Adults can attend film: “World War Z,” Oct. 21 at 2:30 p.m.; and Computer Basics: Oct. 24 at 2 p.m. For more information, call (718) 579-4244/46/57 or visit

The Mosholu Library, 285 E. 205th St., offers for teens/young adults: Craft-eens at 3:30 p.m.: Craft projects every Wednesday (materials are provided), Oct. 18 and 25; and film at 1:30 p.m.: TBA on Oct. 14. For more information, call (718) 882-8239.

The Jerome Park Library, 118 Eames Place (near Kingsbridge Road), offers for children: Preschool Storytime and Crafts at 11:15 a.m.: (ages 3 to 5), including puppetry, dramatics, crafts and flannel boards, Oct. 19 and 26. Adults can attend: Computer Basics at noon: Oct. 12, 19 and 26. For more information, call (718) 549-5200.

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