At the closing of the year…

We here at Out Astoria hope you all had a safe and fun holiday season (and that you managed to avoid being snowbound at any of the major airports that shut down during the last blizzard of 2010).  We also wanted to thank everyone who came out to the Out Astoria Holiday Party and made it one of the most memorable ones yet!  We can’t wait to see what the new Steering Committee can come up with for 2011!

There’s only a few days left to 2010, and though we’ve all had our highs and lows during it, most of us seem to be glad the end is in sight!

Before we list a few of the local happenings for the NYE weekend and later on in the month of January 2011, we just wanted to remind those of you who registered as sponsor members, if you haven’t already paid your dues via paypal or in person at the last two mixers you can still pay on-line here.  Remember, if your dues are unpaid by January 10th, the Steering Committee Election information will not be sent to you.  You can always check your paypal history to see if you’ve sent in your payment.

Keep an eye out for a message early in 2011 regarding the election timeline for January!

Now, on we go to this weekend and beyond:

FRI – DECEMBER 31 – BURLESQUE @ MIX CAFE + LOUNGE – 6PM TO LATE – FREE!

40-17 30 Avenue, Astoria, NY – 347-642-4840

Join the hot bar staff and manager Michael as Mix Cafe + Lounge presents Burlesque!  A new show featuring some amazing performance by Broadway star Ralph Meiztler and Rocky Horror Picture Show star Travis Morin and The Who’s Tommy star Briana Davis! Special dance performances by Jenny Foxx and Dante Puleio as well as the the anticipated return of Mix Diva Bianca!

Zuzies will be offering a pre-fixe dinner for $30 per person including appetizer, entree, dessert, cocktail and a glass of champagne!  Dinner is served until 10:00 PM, so make sure you get a spot before the crowds show up for the big countdown at midnight!

With drink specials all night long and the mandatory champagne toast at midnight this is sure to be your “no cover” local party this weekend!

FRI – DECEMBER 31 – MUNDO CAFE & RESTAURANT – 5PM TO MIDNIGHT – PRE-FIXE!

31-18 Broadway Store #E, Astoria, NY – 718-777-2829

One of our favorite small room eateries in Astoria is offering several seatings for a special New Years Eve Menu this Friday evening!  With seating options as early as 5:00 PM or as late as 9:30 PM you’re more than likely going to be able to find a few fabulous feeding options at Mundo!

Along with an appetizer platter that’s vegetarian friendly, you’ll have a choice of a few entrées that are sure to impress–and don’t forget, couples get a complimentary bottle of champagne at midnight!

Coming up in January 2011, so hold the dates in your calendar:

WED – JANUARY 12 – OUT ASTORIA DINNER – 7PM

FRI – JANUARY 21 – OUT ASTORIA MIXER – 8PM

But you certainly don’t want to miss:

SAT – JANUARY 22 – QLGPC WINTER PRIDE DINNER DANCE AT ASTORIA WORLD MANOR – 7PM – $95

25-22 Astoria Blvd., Astoria, NY – 718-228-7599

The Queens Lesbian and Gay Pride Committee are hosting the annual Winter Pride dinner and dance to recognize and thank those who have contributed to the LGBT movement in Queens.  This year’s honorees are:

Fran Rolan of Heritage of Pride

Pedro Julio Serrano of National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

The evening starts out with cocktail hour and hors d’oeuvres followed by a formal dinner, dessert, and dancing till 12:00 AM!  Your $95 ($100 at the door) entrance fee covers everything including the rather extensive open bar they arrange for this party every year!  If you’re interested in purchasing a table of 10 seats that will set you back $900.  If you like, when you purchase your tickets you can request to be seated with the other Out Astoria attendees!

Purchase your tickets here or download the mail-in form here.

If you have any questions about the event or are interesting in becoming a sponsor or want to purchase ad space in the event program just contact QLGPC at 718-228-7599.

Have a safe and fabulous New Years Eve!

–Jonathan Blue

Secretary, Out Astoria

Out Astoria March 2010 Newsletter, Volume 2

Upcoming Out Astoria Events and News

March Mixer at Sissy McGinty’s with Why Leave Astoria, Fri 19 Mar, 8pm-11pm – 25-67 Steinway Street – $5 Cover – Sissy McGinty’s Website (Music)

For the Luck of the Irish, we’re joining Why Leave Astoria at Sissy McGinty’s. Sissy’s is a favorite of many of the Out Astoria folks who call this place their regular hang out. We are also very happy to be joining with Why Leave Astoria folks.

As always, a $5 cover at the door gets you a solid hour of OPEN BAR well drinks with drink specials after that.

RSVP on Facebook

March Brunch at Mundo Cafe, Sun 28 Mar, 1:30pm – 31-18 Broadway (Ent on 32nd St) Mundo’s Website (Music)

Out Astoria returns to one of the hottest gay owned places for brunch, featuring Turkish and Argentinian Food. People swear by their Red Sonja lentil appetizers! This is a real treat. Mundo is one place you will find great food that will have you coming back again and again. Look forward to a Facebook invitation as the time nears.

Other Notices of Interest

Queens Lesbian and Gay Pride Mixer at Studio Square, Thur 18 Mar 6:00pm-9:00pm – 35-33 36th St Studio Square Website Queens Lesbian and Gay Pride Committee Website

The Committee that organizes Queens Pride invites you to join them for a mixer at Studio Square. Come meet the committee members, join the fun of organizing Queens Pride, and make a difference! Studio Square will be offering discounted pitchers ($15) for the over 2 dozen beers on tap to those who come with Queens Pride.

For More Information, or to RSVP look at their Facebook Invite HERE

Astoria Performing Arts Center Benefit at Studio Square, Fri 26 Mar 6pm-10pm – 35-33 36th St, Empire Suite Studio Square Website APAC Website

Celebrate APAC’s ninth season and get a sneak peek at their upcoming production of Children of Eden at a benefit for the Astoria Performing Arts Center.

Please join in honoring Assembly Member Michael Gianaris and Jack Rainey, Vice President, Government & Community Banking, TD Bank, for their contributions to the arts and the Astoria community.

6:00-7:00pm Cocktails
7:00-10:00pm Dinner and Program

Individual Tickets – $100 Each.
Tables – $1000 (10 Tickets). Premium Seating.
Reserve online!

Enter the raffle! Win a trip to Atlantic City, gift certificates to some of Astoria’s best restaurants, spa packages, or many other prizes. Purchase Tickets today ($10 each, 3 for $20 or 8 for $50). Raffle ticket holders need not be present to win a prize. Additional prizes will be announced leading up to the benefit and at the event itself.

Purchase an ad in the Benefit Journal.

All contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

If you have any questions, email events@apacny.org or call (917) 566-0969.

For further information on the benefit, visit their website.

We will look forward to seeing you there.

Project 126 Assessment Survey

Many of you have been asking us how you can help serve our community. Well Out Astoria is gearing up to offer a lot of opportunities for everyone to pitch in. Right now, an easy way to help out is to take a survey for Project 126!

The Project 126 Assessment Survey is a rare chance to voice your hopes and concerns for our communities. As this survey is designed by the Elmezzi Foundation, the results of this survey will not result simply in charts and graphs, but will result in real decisions about where money for services will go in 2010-2011. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts!

Please consider taking the Survey HERE

Envisioning a Greener Western Queens – Astoria, 27 Mar, 9:30am-4:00pm – Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, Quinn Building, 4th Fl

Come for a lively day of visioning for a more sustainable and green future in Sunnyside, Astoria, Woodside & Long Island City — Help guide funding that will be used for tree planting and other environmental projects in Western Queens communities affected by the info@northstarfund.org or 212-620-9110.

Who Should Attend: Residents of the areas affected by the 2006 Con Edison power outages: Astoria, Sunnyside, Long Island City, and Woodside.

Background: Following the July 2006 Con Edison power outage, Western Queens Power for the People organized residents of Western Queens to hold Con Edison accountable for the effects of the outage. This organizing helped bring about a $63 million dollar joint proposal that prevented Con Edison from passing on the cost of the power outage to consumers and required Con Edison to reimburse people who lost power. About $7.9 million will be used for tree planting and other greening projects in the affected neighborhoods over the next three years. North Star Fund is the Project Administrator, and is working with Western Queens Power for the People to ensure effective, strategic and timely grants for a greener Western Queens.

Western Queens Power for the People
North Star Fund

Get 2-4-1 Admission to Noguchi Museum,3338 10th St, 1 Mar – 31 May 2010 Noguchi Museum Website

With the enclosed Museum Discovery Pass, you can get this discount admission to Noguchi Museum as well as the American Folk Museum, Asia Society Museum, The Jacque Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, Museum of Chinese in America, Rubin Museum of Art, and The Studio Museum in Harlem.

Thanks to Matt Haugen for the tip!

Download the pass HERE