5 Things To Do Today: Paint With Children, Perform Qi Gong, Go To Open Mic

Carroll Gardens-area subway, alternate side and event information you won't want to miss.

1. Create something with your kids. Little Hands Arts & Crafts is a 45-minute workshop that lets toddlers explore a variety of art materials in a studio environment along with a parent or caregiver. Later you can display your work on the fridge or have it framed. Barking Cat Studio, 65 Bond Street between Schemerhorn and State Streets, 11:00 a.m., $25.

2. Stretch and breathe. In addition to tai chi's many restorative benefits, the gentle movements of Qi Gong have also been proven to lower blood pressure, relieve pain from arthritis, regulate blood/sugar levels, improve balance and increase joint mobility. This class at The Commons is targeted towards seniors and people with disabilities. The Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue between Hoyt and Bond Streets, 6 p.m., Free.

3. Get on the mic. Each Monday night, the Brooklyn Lyceum hosts an Open Mic. Interested artists, musicians and writers should arrive by 6:30 p.m. to sign up. Material must be 7 minutes or less. A small amp and microphones are available but performers are responsible for bringing all other equipment. Brooklyn Lyceum, 225 Fourth Avenue between Union and President Streets, 7:00 p.m., Free.

4. Find out if your train is running ... The F and G trains will be skipping Smith-9th St, 15th St-Prospect Park and Fort Hamilton Parkway, per usual. Jamaica-bound F trains will run via the M from 47-50 Streets to Roosevelt Avenue. Coney Island-bound F trains run via A the from W 4 St to Jay St-MetroTech, according to the MTA.

5. ... And if you have to move your car. No. Alternate side parking will be suspended Monday, Feb. 20, for Washington's Birthday, according to the NYCDOT.

About this column: Carroll Gardens information and events you won't want to miss, including the subway and alternate side info each day.


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