Free Outdoor Concert Series

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#TaniaOnTheScene - The free concert series, “Groovin’ In The Garden”, returns To Como Park Zoo & Conservatory featuring some of the Twin Cities’ finest musicians & activities for the whole family.

While the grownups get their groove on with some of the Twin Cities best bands, the kids will be entertained by a climbing wall, bouncy house, and lawn games.

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Celebrating 10 years of Shake Shack

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#TaniaOnTheScene - On June 12th, Shake Shack’s actual 10th Birthday, the Madison Square Park location will host the Decade of Shack-Fest.

Open to the public, it will be a fun-filled, all day celebration (rain or shine) featuring live music from Catey Shaw, The Tall Pines, Cheerleader, Ski Lodge, and Miniature Tigers. As a tribute to the early days of Shake Shack, a special hot dog cart will be on-site serving complimentary “pay what you’d like” Shack-cago Dogs with all proceeds benefiting the park, while supplies last.

To help guests work up an appetite (as if that’s needed!), a HENGE concrete ping pong table will be setup on the gravel near the Shack, with Shack paddles and balls readily available for guests to use throughout the day.

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J-Lo Returning To The Block For Free Concert In The Bronx

#TaniaOnTheScene - She may be Jenny from the block but lots of Bronx residents say Jennifer Lopez will really be Jenny of the major traffic jam tonight. The Bronx native gave out 25,000 free tickets for her first hometown concert ever in Pelham Bay Park.

But residents of city Island say even with one lane designated for them returning home from work there will still be traffic nightmares

The free concert takes place Wednesday night. The singer/dancer will perform 10 minutes away from where she grew up, at Orchard Beach.

And there are growing concerns about the chaos and problems the concert will cause.

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FREE Outdoor Movies

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#TaniaOnTheScene - The people over at Thrillist created an awesome list of free outdoor movies this summer in New York City. Checkout the dates below, and enjoy a fun summer night with friends, family, or loved ones.
Pack a picnic, grab a blanket, and come watch films with your fellow New Yorkers! From horror to noir, French cinema to musicals, Parks is providing all the drama you could want.

May 30
Movie: Super Buddies
Location: Crocheron Park, at 35th Ave. and Cross Island Parkway, Queens

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FREE Music & Storytelling Workshop with Robbi K

#TaniaOnTheScene - Today, City Parks Foundation, producers of the famed SummerStage and SummerStage Kids Festival will host a FREE music and storytelling workshop for the public in Harlem’s historic Marcus Garvey Park.

City Parks Foundation (CPF) presents a FREE music and storytelling workshop for adults featuring the storytelling and musical styling of renowned vocalist Robbi K. Produced by Monique Martin, Director of Family Programming for CPF and the artistic curator of SummerStage Kids, this event strives to help audiences pursue their own storytelling skills. From learning how to enliven personal history to techniques on how to capture an audience’s attention, attendees will be enchanted by SummerStage Kids alumna Robbi K’s soprano voice and her energetic approach to storytelling in addition to her insightful tips and creative methods to document and present your individual story!

The fun and festivities kick off at 11am.

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Free Event: Thelonious Monk’s 96th Birthday

#TaniaOnTheScene - Enjoy a free concert at noon today in honor of Thelonious Monk’s 96th Birthday, with performance from six renowned pianists.

WHAT: Monk at 96: Counting Down To 100

WHEN: Thursday, October 10, 2013 // 12pm EST

WHERE: Brookfield Place, Winter Garden — 220 Vesey Street, NYC

COST: FREE

Characterized by his improvisational style and elaborate compositions, Thelonious Monk was a herald of bebop and a jazz innovator. Continuing Arts Brookfield’s 10-year march toward the Thelonius Monk centennial in 2017, this year’s annual birthday concert will feature celebrated pianists Mala Waldron, Helen Sung, Aaron Parks, and more. The complete lineup for the free event is as follows:

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Free Fitness in the Park

#TaniaOnTheScene - City Parks Foundation welcomes all New Yorkers, 60 and over, to participate in CityParks Seniors Fitness. The Fall 2013 season of free fitness programs will begin the week of September 23rd and will offer free tennis lessons, yoga instruction and fitness walking in 14 parks across the city.

All activities in this six-week fitness program take place twice a week at each location through November 1, 2013. Participants are encouraged to maintain regular attendance to maximize health benefits.

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