WEEKEND EVENTS ON STATEN ISLAND (1/29-2/2/20)

Posted by Joan Coogan on Tuesday, January 28th, 2020 at 4:02pm

Did you take advantage of the free mammograms and breast cancer screenings last week? If not, call State Sen. Andrew Lanza’s office at 800-564-6868 for an appointment that will continue throughout the year. The Zimmer Club Free Youth Winter Program should be on your to-do list for your children under the age of 18. Check out their site info@aezyouth.com; get your kids away from their electronic devices, out of the house and into fresh air with these exciting programs. They will thank you later. Did you attend Direct Connect with Borough Hall on Sunday for a meet and greet with our Borough President James Oddo and his staff or welcome in the Year of the Rat: Lunar New Year events with Staten Island OutLOUD at the Greenbelt Nature Center or at Snug Harbor Cultural Center? At Snug Harbor, we tasted traditional dumplings, spring rolls, and chrysanthemum tea, practiced writing chun lian and fu dao with Chinese characters, watched the kiddies busy with arts & craft and were entertained with a performance by Shaolin Kung Fu Temple. Following are photos from that event.

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Attend the Exhibition Fire and Tide: Huguenot Beach in Artifacts and Art on Wednesday, 1/29 from 10-3 at the Visitor Center in Conference House Park, Satterlee St. and Hylan Blvd. What began as a shared curiosity, Staten Island residents Val Falcone and Michael Shanley have embarked on a quest to uncover the history and subsequent transformation of Huguenot Beach. Join them in an exploration of the art and artifacts assembled throughout their journey. In addition to displaying one of the most comprehensive collections of Terra Marine Inn artifacts, the exhibit will also feature driftwood sculpture crafted from local materials, mixed media projects inspired by historical events and beach ephemera, and a photographic retrospective of Huguenot over the past 120 years.   This project is made possible (in part) by a DCA Premier Grant from Staten Island Arts, with public funding from the NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs. Exhibit runs through 2/28/20.

Wednesday STEAMDay takes place this Wednesday at 4 at the Stapleton Library, 132 Canal St. for ages 5-11. Come and have a blast exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math!

College and Career Pathways: Brag Sheets Workshop takes place at the Mariners Harbor Library, 206 South Ave. takes place on Wednesday at 4:30. What are brag sheets and why do you need them? Teens, high school students and families are invited to attend a two-part workshop where you will write your own brag sheet, identify which people you would like to request a recommendation letter from, and draft an email to send requests.

Participate in free Adult Yoga beginning Wednesday from 6:30-7:30 at Community Center at IS 49, 101 Warren St. Child care is provided preK-8th Grade. Couples are welcomed. Contact Michael Williams at 718-556-1565 or mwilliams@sijcc.com

Bring your crawlers and pre-walkers to Baby Storytime: Baby & Me on Thursday, 1/30 at 10:15 at the Tottenville Library, 7430 Amboy Rd., a special time to bond with your baby and meet other caregivers. We will introduce your babies to the joys of movement, books, and song, and begin to build their early learning skills. Come prepared to sit with your baby on your lap.

Are you having trouble with your email? Don't know how to cut and paste? Curious about Twitter? Bring in your devices, technology questions and get assistance during Open Computer Lab for adults on Thursday at 3 at the Mariners Harbor Library, 206 South Ave. First come, first served.

Welcome to the 3D Printing Club on Thursday at 3:30 at the Great Kills Library, 56 Giffords Ln. We will teach you how to use a CAD (computer-aided design) program to create and then print with our very own 3D printer. We will meet every last Thursday of the month beginning 1/30 through June 2020. Please call 718-984-6670 to register for the club. Space is limited.  Ages 10+.

On Thursday at 4, bring your little artist to the Port Richmond Library, 75 Bennett St. as we explore open-ended ways to promote early learning through art and music at Process Arts: DIY Winter Art Popup - Paint a Snowy Cardinal on Canvas. In celebration of the winter season, we will create DIY Winter Art pop-ups while listening and singing to the best cozy songs.

On Friday, 1/31 at 1:30, the Todt-Hill Westerleigh Library, 2550 Victory Blvd. welcomes adults to our Artist Alley Open Art Studio. We encourage patrons to think outside the box and get creative! Participants are encouraged to bring their own projects or start anew! You can improve your portfolio by creating a drawing, painting, mixed media, or more! No registration is required. Limited supplies will be provided, but participants are welcomed to bring their own. Drop in, share your art, and meet new people!

Tween & Teen Anime is on Friday at 4 at the St. George Library,  5 Central Ave. We will watch two episodes of a popular anime series together every Friday. At the end of the season, we will have a group discussion and activity relating to the series. Everyone aged 9-19 is welcome in the teen room during this program.

Member Bring a Friend at Ocean Breeze on Friday from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex, 625 Father Capodanno Blvd. Members can invite a friend to try our fitness center on the last Thursday of every month for free. Come break a sweat and introduce a friend to the most state-of-the-art fitness facility in NYC!  Limit one guest pass per member per month. Visitor cannot exceed 3 visits in a 12 month period. The visitor must be accompanied by a member at the time of redemption, sign in at the front desk, and complete a waiver form.

On Friday at 5, attend Fatherhood Matters, stories to Teach and Balance, guided by DYVERSE at Everything Goes Café, 208 Bay St.

Wil Wynn’s Curiously Refreshing Open Mic Experience is on Friday from 7-9 at Everything Goes Café, 208 Bay St. Poet Will Wyn is the conductor of this minty fresh event with the involvement of his extraordinary peers. Following this first segment will be Open Mic, so bring your poems!

The Zimmer Club Free Youth Winter Program continues on Saturday 2/1 at 9 at Zimmer Club, 4411 Arthur Kill Rd. The Zimmer Club youth program uses the great outdoors as a classroom to teach youngsters about outdoor activities, conservation and embracing nature. The program blends learning with recreation in the belief that this approach heightens the participant’s environmental awareness. Youngsters are introduced to activities that bring conservation topics to life such as environmental conservation, estuary systems, Blue and Greenbelt management, hunting, fishing (both salt and fresh-water), boating, first aid, camping, gun safety, archery, marksmanship, compass and map reading and more. Please pre-register by email to info@aezyouth.com. All classes are FREE to girls and boys under 18.

Participate in Heart String Art on Saturday from 9-12 at Home Dept--All Staten Island Locations. Create a loving memory with your child at our Heart String Art Workshop. As you help your child piece together the symbol of Valentine’s Day, they will develop hands-on skills by sanding, nailing, painting and more. Celebrate the moment as your child makes a unique keepsake. All Kids Workshop attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron and a commemorative pin while supplies last. For more info or to register, visit https://www.homedepot.com/workshops/

Teens can participate in T.A.G. (Teen Advisory Group) on Saturday at 10 at the South Beach Library, 21-25 Robin Rd., a hands on experience volunteering for the Library.

Conference House Park Green Neighborhood: Forest Restoration takes place on Saturday from 10-12 at the Visitor Center in Conference House Park, Satterlee St. and Hylan Blvd. Volunteers will learn how to identify and safely remove invasive plants at Conference House Park in order to help create a healthier ecosystem. Come dressed in clothes that can get dirty, warm layers, durable boots or sneakers, and bring a water bottle. Space is limited and registration is required at https://www.nycgovparks.org/reg/stewardship/7880/register

Participate in Color Lounge on Saturday at 11 at the South Beach Library, 21-25 Robin Rd. We provide simple pages for children and more complex pages for older coloring enthusiasts as well as a variety of coloring materials.

Join the Park Rangers at Birding: Winter Waterfowl on Saturday from 1112:30 at Wolfe's Pond Park Comfort Station in Wolfe's Pond Park, West of Cornelia Ave. Birding programs are offered throughout the year and offer unique wildlife viewing opportunities during particular seasons. To enhance your experience we encourage you to bring field guides and binoculars or ask a Ranger to borrow a pair. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome.

It's My Park at Wolfe's Pond Park takes place on Saturday from 112 at Parks Building in Main Parking Lot in Wolfe's Pond Park, West of Cornelia Ave. Join NYCMTB on the first Saturday of each month to help build, ride, and maintain the trails at Wolfe's Pond Park in Staten Island. Volunteers will participate in a range of trail maintenance tasks for all ages and abilities. From digging and brush clearing to raking and litter cleanup, there is something for everyone! Trail work party meets at the Wolfe's Pond Park main parking lot and volunteer hours start at 11 a.m.--rain or shine! Early birds can join in for the optional off-road trail ride starting at 10 a.m. through the Wolfe's Pond Park Trails. The route is about 7 miles and mostly beginner friendly. Check out www.nycmtb.eventbrite.com to register prior or for more information! Drop-in participation is also encouraged.

You don’t want to miss Maple Syrup Saturdays on Saturday from 1-3 at Clay Pit Ponds Visitors Center, 2351 Veterans Rd. W.  Learn about the entire process of making maple syrup from tap to table! We will hike for up to an hour on our trails to find maple trees, drill holes, hang buckets, and collect sap. Please wear snow boots, gloves, and a hat. Good for ages 5+. To accommodate as many people as possible, we will run the exact same program every Saturday. If you think this program might be cancelled due to weather, call 718-605-3970 x201.

Teens 13-18 are invited to the “Teen Escape Room: Trapped in the Upside Down" on Saturday at 3 at the Mariners Harbor Library, 206 South Ave.  The clock is ticking and you have 45 minutes to rescue Will from the upside down. Join us for a special Stranger Things party and escape room. Refreshments included! First come, first served.

The Tavern Concerts continue with two sessions on Saturday at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the newly-restored Guyon Tavern, located on Richmond Rd. The concerts boast the feeling of a 19th-century tavern with a wood-burning stove, candlelight and costumed interpreters. Beverage options include hot apple cider, homemade mulled wine, as well as a refreshing selection of beers. For more info, visit historicrichmondtown.org.

Staten Island OutLOUD presents Orson Welles’ "Moby Dick Rehearsed", directed by Vincent Vok on Saturday at 7:30 at Everything Goes Café, 208 Bay St. This is a stage reading of an unusual, and little-known play by the legendary Orson Welles. First presented on Broadway in the ‘60’s, the original cast included a young Rod Steiger. It had a brief run; Welles filmed the performance, it was never released and the film has been lost.  The play begins with actors milling around on a stage as audience members arrive and take their seats. Actors can be heard joking and gossiping and grousing about their director.  Suddenly the director appears, bounds up onto the stage and announces that they'll rehearse his new adaptation of Herman Melville's "Moby Dick". What happens next is...

Groundhog Day at the Staten Island Zoo is on Sunday 2/2 at 7 a.m. at the Zoo, 614 Broadway. With a prediction success rate of 80%—tops among groundhogs—Chuck will once again astound with both his accuracy and affection. The ceremony begins at 7 a.m. and Chuck will predict at 7:30. Admission is free.

Take a Winter Hibernation Hike on Sunday from 910:30 at Martling Ave. and Brooks Pond Pl. in Clove Lakes Park. Hiking is the ultimate way to enjoy the outdoors and a fun way to reduce stress. On our hikes, you can learn new things, or just take time to unplug from the world. Bear the cold with the Urban Park Rangers as you learn about the wildlife that hibernate during the winter, and learn ways to spot possible dens and burrows. For this program, we recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes or boots.

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Joan Coogan

Associate Real Estate Broker

Gillani Homes

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