FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT www.queenscourier.com AUGUST 6, 2015 • The Queens Courier 35 Festival celebrating birds of prey flies into Flushing Meadows BY ANGELA MATUA email@example.com @AngelaMatua Flushing Meadows Corona Park will be the host of the 18th annual Raptor Fest, a festival that allows people to get up close and personal with New York City’s birds of prey. The festival will be held on Oct. 3 and will introduce Queens residents to the birds native to the city including red-tailed hawks, peregrine falcons, kestrels and bald eagles, according to Richard Simon, deputy director of the Urban Park Rangers. Previously held in Central Park and Prospect Park, Simon said Flushing Meadows Corona Park administrators reached out to the Parks Department to request the move to Queens. The festival Parker’s Adult Day Care Dazzles Audience With Adult Fashion Show New Hyde Park, New York - Parker’s Adult Day Health Care Chinese Program recently held a fashion show for their participants as a way of bringing their fashion ideas to life while showcasing their creativity. The fashion show highlighted their ideas of beauty, demonstrated their confidence and boosted their self-esteem. For many older adults, they are eager and more open to display their styles and expressions in every aspect of life, including how to wear fashionable clothing. The seniors of the Adult Day Health Care program practiced assiduously for this longawaited fashion show, to parade their unique characteristics and effortless styles. While walking on stage nervously and excitedly, they strut to the music like a professional model. Their rich history and past memories are not only reflected in clothing, but in the exhibition of their outfits. Participating in the fashion show helped the senior models forget their age and physical challenges. They flaunt their collections, either from glamorous attires or their treasure of accessories collected over the years. The show was memorable and engaging, and the participants enjoyed this fun activity as it sought to bring back a refreshing fountain of youth for them. Photo Captions: Participants model their outfits and accessories at the Fashion Show held at the Chinese Adult Day Health Care of Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation on July 24, 2015. is named raptor for the word meaning birds of prey, or birds that hunt and feed on other animals. Children and adults can expect to see three flight demonstrations by a professional falconer and educational tables that will teach visitors about the birds around them. Raptor Fest will take place from noon to 3 p.m. on Oct. 3 near the Unisphere, where resident red-tailed hawks have made a home for themselves. Simon said the goal of the festival is to raise awareness about the importance of birds of prey in New York City. He is also encouraging visitors to bring their cameras for the photo opportunities the festival will allow. “They really are apex predators. They eat a lot of rodents and squirrels and some of them even eat large insects so they help control some of the pests that are in the city,” Simon said. “They’re really a great big bird so kids will have an easy time recognizing them and all of a sudden noticing that there’s a difference between pigeons and starlings and there are other birds we have in New York City.” Photo courtesy of the Parks Department Raptor Fest, a festival celebrating birds of prey in New York City, will be hosted in Queens for the first time this October.
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