Posted by Joan Coogan on Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 at 8:16am

After the snow and sleet storm last week, I ventured out the next morning to start the cleanup.  Chopped ice on all the walkways, shoveled it away and spread some salt in the driveway hoping it would melt.  Most of it did; and before I went back inside, I sat on the porch, soaked in some vitamin D for 45 minutes and meditated.  It was so refreshing that I actually caught a second wind and started to clean my house!  How’s that for revitalizing oneself?


Did you participate in the Valentine’s Day 5K Run at Conference House Park or hike in one of the parks this week? There is so much to do outdoors on Staten Island especially with the changeable weather we have been having.  Get your boots on, bundle up and breathe the fresh air!  I learned how to make Maple Syrup from tap to table at Clay Pit Ponds on Saturday. I was chosen to tap the spile into the Red Maple tree and all participants were able to taste fresh maple syrup at the end of the demonstration.  This program continues during the cold below-freezing winter weather. Call 718-605-3970 x201 to confirm. Below are some photos from the workshop which included measuring the tree, drilling a tap hole, tapping the spile into the hole and hooking up the bucket with lid on top.














I celebrated the Tibetan Losar (New Year) at the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art on Sunday.  We dined on a Tibetan style lunch--momos (dumplings) and hearty noodle dishes and enjoyed a discussion led by Tenzin Yeshi who shared stories of her Tibetan traditions and life in India.  She also introduced the book she wrote and illustrated, “My Tibetan Losar”.  If you have never been to the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, the lovely Samadhi Garden and surrounds, add it to your list of places to visit soon. See their website info and special events and classes offered: www.tibetanmuseum.org.  Below are photos from the celebration.


The deadline for the President’s Day Essay Contest is Monday 2/25.  The deadline to register for the “Girls Who Code Club” is Sunday 2/24.  Below are the details.

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis is hosting a Presidents’ Day Essay Contest for students in Brooklyn and Staten Island to celebrate the holiday. Students in grades 3-5 are encouraged to participate and write an essay about what they would do if they were president to improve our community. Each participant will receive a certificate of merit, and contest winners will receive a gift certificate to a local book store. All essays must be received by Monday, 2/25. Each submission should be no more than 400 words and must include the student’s name, school and grade, parent’s first and last name and contact information: name, address, phone number and email and can be sent by email to: Presidentsdayessaycontest@gmail.com

Join the Movement “Girls Who Code Club” open to all female high school students grades 9-12 at the College of Staten Island Tech Incubator, 60 Bay St., Ste. 902.  Learn a variety of programming languages, from block-based code (Scratch, Thunkable) to Python and JavaScript (Trinkit.10).  It begins on 3/1 and continues through 6/21, from 3:30-5:30 every Friday.  Pizza will be served from 3:30-4.  To register, contact Ismael at 646-766-9554 or Ismael.Hasan@csi.cuny.edu.  Deadline to register is Sunday, 2/24.  For more information, visit: www.girlswhocode.com/clubs.

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Participate in a Winter Waterfowl Walk and Art Contest, on Wednesday 2/20 from 12-2 at Great Kills Park, Hylan Blvd. & Buffalo St. Meet at Main Parking Lot A, near Playground. Reservations are required; call 718 354-4655.

For Kids Week Staten Island, join the Urban Park Rangers for a fun afternoon of games, Lenape Bingo and a little history about Native Americans on Wednesday from 1-2:30 at Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park).

Attend the workshop, Imagination Studio: Marvelous Marble Mazes on Wednesday from 1-3 at the Staten Island Museum, 1000 Richmond Terr., Bldg A.  The Museum’s classroom transforms into a studio for dynamic imagination! Use wooden materials to construct creative, mind-bending mazes. This workshop is ideal for those who want to learn how to cut, pin and glue. No prior experience necessary, fun for all ages. Free w/admission. 

Create your very own DIY Spin Drum on Wednesday at 3:30 at the Huguenot Library, 830 Huguenot Ave. Design your own spin drum covers, too. Wear comfy clothes because it may get messy. Good for ages 3+. Supplies are limited, so please pre-register in person or call718-984-4636. 

Have fun at Family Finger Painting on Wednesday at 4 at the South Beach Library, 21-25 Robin Rd.  This sensory art program is for the little ones, older ones, the ENTIRE family! Finger painting is a simple activity that is designed to inspire participants to think about and respond creatively to art and the world around them. Join us once every month for a new design project!

Learn how to enjoy safe cycling in our urban environment with Bike Safety 101 on Thursday, 2/21 from 12-1:30 at Ft. Wadsworth, 210 New York Ave. The program will be given by a trained instructor. Please call 718-354-4655 to register.

Winter season is unpredictable, but animals and plants adapt to the changes. You will find some of these adaptations on a Winter Scavenger Hunt through the trails in Von Briesen Park on Thursday from 1-2:30 at School Rd. and Bay St.

On Thursday at 4:30 at the South Beach Library, 21-25 Robin Rd., join your friends and family for a free film screening—Family Movie Night: How to Train Your Dragon 2.  When Hiccup and Toothless discover an ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace. 

Parents and young children are invited to join a ranger in the Victorian parlour at historic Mont Sec House to listen to Winter Stories at Mont Sec House for Kids on Friday, 2/22 from 10-11:30 at Ft. Wadsworth, 210 New York Ave. Complete your visit by creating a creature from the story out of PlayDough to take home. For info, call 718-354-4500 or email Diane_Wulff@nps.gov.

During Kids Week Staten Island, learn a simple and fun way of Tent Building, identify nearby wildlife and get some tips on camping with the Urban Park Rangers on Friday from 1-2:30 at Walker Park, Delafield Pl. and Bard Ave.

Attend Western Family Night at the South Shore YMCA, 3939 Richmond Ave. on Friday from 7-9 which will include food, games, face painting, line dancing and more! Register at the South Shore Y Member Service Desk.  Admission is $8/person or $30 for a family of 4.

As part of the 71st Annual FREE Winter Youth Conservation Program, the AE Zimmer Youth Class Program: Fishing–Freshwater and Saltwater Basics takes place on Saturday 2/23 at 9 at the Zimmer Club, 4411 Arthur Kill Rd. for ages 10-17. Pre-register on the website www.aezyouth.com or by email info@aezyouth.com.

Kids 3+ can enjoy creating Kids Club Fingerprint Bugs on Saturday from 10-12 at all locations of Michaels for a $2 fee. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event.

Kids 6+ can also enjoy making bug art with their fingerprints on Saturday from 10-12 for a $5 fee.

Register for 30 Barrett Ave. (Forest Ave. Shoppers Plaza) at 718-720-0377

Register for 2795 Richmond Ave.(Pergament Mall) at 718-697-0252

Register for 245 Bricktown Center (Charleston) at 347-694-7203

Attend an inclusive Sensory Storytime on Saturday at 10:30 at the South Beach Library, 21-25 Robin Rd. for children ages 3-10 that combines the best practices from special education and traditional storytime to create an interactive, engaging program for children of all abilities!

Bring the family to the Con Edison Family Science Saturday: Colorful Science on Saturday at 11:30 at the Greenbelt Recreation Center, 501 Brielle Ave. This is a new quarterly program that will connect families with younger children (Ages 5-7) to the wonders of hands-on science.  Participants must work within their family unit with parents/guardians assisting and guiding their children.  There are more to colors that what first meets the eye.  Using magic markers, food coloring, and more, you will mix, separate and spread various shades and hues.  Registration is required; call 718-351-3450.

Take in the View: Fields, Bluffs and Bay on Saturday from 12-2 at Mt. Loretto with a walk through the trails exploring the meadow, wetlands systems and shoreline with naturalist, Ray Matarazzo.  Participants will meet in the Hylan Blvd. parking lot across from the CYO Community Center, 6541 Hylan Blvd. For more information contact Ray Matarazzo at 718-317-7666.

Decorate cross sections of tree branches to make coasters or wall art at Art in the Park: Tree Cookie Crafts on Saturday from 3:30-5 at Clay Pit Ponds Visitors Center, 2351 Veterans Rd. W. Good for ages 9+.  Please call 718-605-3970 x201 to RSVP.

Become a citizen scientist and discover the important role frogs and toads play in our environment, by identifying and monitoring their unique vocal calls at Frog Watch USA Training Session on Sunday 2/24 at 11 at Greenbelt Nature Center,700 Rockland Ave. This volunteer training will kick off the 2019 monitoring season. Ages 8+. Registration is required; call 718-351-3450 or email naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Join the ranger for a History Walk and Fort Tour on Sunday 2/24 from 2-3:30 at Ft. Wadsworth, 210 New York Ave. as you explore both the natural areas and the remnants of the former harbor defense system. Inclement weather will cancel the program. Reservations required. Call 718 354-4655.

I welcome comments and photos at events you have attended.  If you want to share events for me to post, email or call me.

Joan Coogan

Associate Real Estate Broker

Gillani Homes

646-258-9696 – cell



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