Posted by Joan Coogan on Tuesday, March 19th, 2019 at 8:24am

Did you schedule your Colonscopy?  March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Don’t hesitate--JUST DO IT!  Did you attend the Free Memory Screening Event or the First Step to Starting a Business seminar or the 8th Annual John’s Pasta Party?

Below are some pictures from John’s Pasta Party, a successful fundraiser hosted by the South Shore Rotary in memory of John Dressler to help support students with cancer stay in school.  If you would like to make a donation to the John Dressler Scholarship, you can send a check payable to the South Shore Rotary Foundation to P.O. Box 061068, Staten Island, NY 10306.


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Staten Island Zoo's Cub Club continues Wednesday 3/20 from 11-12:30 at the Staten Island Zoo, 614 Broadway. Each session of this “Adult and me” or “Mommy and me” or “Daddy and me” program is a different topic but follows a similar format for consistency that your child will love. Each session includes story time, playing with interactive toys, an animal presentation and group craft project. The Club continues on 4/3, 4/17 and 5/1. For more info and registration, visit:  http://www.statenislandzoo.org/cub-club/

The West New Brighton Library, 976 Castleton Ave. hosts SI Babywearers on Wednesday at 12 presenting: Everything Parent & (expecting): the Good, the Bad, the Ugly--A peer-to-peer group for those expecting, moms, dads and caregivers. A place to sit and chat with one another, to share similar situations, to learn from one another and feel supported. Talk about anything and everything; birth, breastfeeding, postpartum, teething, anything pertaining to babies, toddlers, preschoolers, school aged children and up, as well as homeschooling families. Breastfeeding support will be available at all meetings. Bring your own carriers to be fitted as needed! ALL babies & children are welcome. Tea/coffee will be available.

Art in the Park Series: Painting from Nature takes place on Wednesday from 2-3:30 at Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center, 2351 Veterans Rd. W.  Use photos from around our Park as inspiration for your own paintings! Canvas and painting supplies will be provided. Good for ages 5+.  Please RSVP by calling 718-605-3970 x201.

Create your very own DIY Sun Catcher on Wednesday at 3:30 at the Huguenot Library, 830 Huguenot Ave.  Use your imagination and loads of cool baubles to design a sun catcher to hang in your window at home. Make sure to wear comfy clothes, because it may get messy. Good for ages 3+.  *Supplies are limited, so please PRE-REGISTER by visiting the library in person or calling us at 718-984-4636.

Are you having trouble with your email? Don't know how to cut and paste? Curious about Twitter?  Bring in your devices and technology questions and get assistance at Open Lab at the Mariners Harbor Library, 206 South Ave. on Thursday, 3/21 at 3!  No registration required for scheduled Open Labs. First come, first served. For Adults.

If you love painting or want to learn how, come to the Tween Paint Party, on Thursday at 4 at the Mariners Harbor Library, 206 South Ave. to paint this month’s selected painting with one of our staff members! Good for Ages 8-12. Registration is required; call 212- 621-0690 or stop by the branch to sign up!

Attend the Adult Craft Corner: Ink Dyed Coasters on Thursday at 5 to the South Beach Library, 21-25 Robin Rd. This step-by-step tutorial demonstrates how you can create beautiful coasters using either alcohol ink or sharpies on bare tile. They can be customized to your taste, and the same method works great on light switch plates, as well. All materials are provided; just bring your imagination! Open to Adults only, this special Makerspace program is part of our Adult Craft Corner series.  First come, first served.

The Staten Island Children’s Museum, 1000 Richmond Terr. Bldg. M will partner with the GRACE Foundation of NY to bring its second “Sensory Friendly Family Fun Night” on Thursday from 5-7 to children ages 5–11 affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families. The program includes an art activity and specially-designed experiences in the hands-on exhibits. A light dinner will be served. Tickets are $6 per person and must be purchased in advance. Register at sichildrensmuseum.org or call 718-273-2060, ext. 137.

Bring your young children to Babies and Brew on Friday, 3/22 at 10:30 at the West New Brighton Library, 976 Castleton Ave., a fun, unstructured playtime for you and your youngest children!  Playtime for them, coffee for you!

Creative Aging: Watercolor Painting program for adults ages 50+ will be on Friday at 10:30 at the Stapleton Library, 132 Canal St. The workshop will cover basic watercolor techniques along with the procedure of painting skies, trees, and rocks, all the elements of a landscape. At the end of the workshop there will be an exhibition of paintings done in the class. To participate in this program, you must pre-register by phone 718-727-0427 or at library. 

Animals of the Himalayas will take place on Friday at 12:30 at the New Dorp Library, 309 New Dorp Ln.  Learn about snow leopards, yaks, and monkeys with your little ones!  After Storytime, the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art will introduce us to the beautiful landscape of the Himalayas. Toddlers can engage with sensory items from the Museum’s teaching collection and explore their creativity with crafts. This free program is brought to you by Culture Pass.  Good for children, toddlers, pre-schoolers up to 5.

Attend Birds of Prey on Saturday 3/23 at 9 at the Zimmer Club, 4411 Arthur Kill Rd.  Falconry with Red Tail Hawk, Goshawk and Nature Photography using a cell phone (Falconer Paul Scara and Photographer Bill Ares).  Good for ages 5-17. Call 718-948-9599 for more info.

On Saturday at 10, attend Staten Island YMCA Camp Open House South Shore at 3939 Richmond Ave. Call 718-227-3200 for info, and the Staten Island YMCA Day Camp Open House North Shore at 651 Broadway. Call 718-981-4933 for info.

The Staten Island Zoo, 614 Broadway presents Zoofaris beginning Saturday from 10-2 consisting of six four-hour drop off exciting programs for children in Pre-K through 6th grade. Please pack a non-perishable lunch for the day. You can register for any number of sessions or all six with a 15% discount on the total price if you register for all six sessions. Register here:  http://statenislandzoo.doubleknot.com/registration/

Attend the Little Blue Truck’s Springtime Storytime on Saturday at 11 at the Barnes & Noble, 2655 Richmond Ave. Celebrate the beauty of springtime with Little Blue Truck! Young fans will love finding all sorts of baby animals beneath the flaps in this delightful novelty board book. Come for Storytime and a cookie coloring activity, while supplies last. Plus, get a coupon from our Café for a grilled cheese sandwich with milk or juice for $4!

On Saturday from 11-12, take a Bring in Spring Hike through the Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Ave. in search of buds, blooms, birds, and other refreshing signs of spring. Good for ages 5-8 with adult.  Free and fun but registration is required. Call 718-351-3450 or email: naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org`

Meditation Class will be Saturday from 11:30-1 at the The Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, 338 Lighthouse Ave. for a fee of $12/$10 for members. For more info, visit http://www.tibetanmuseum.org/meditation-classes

What’s The Word? Staten Island Reading Association Literacy Day takes place on Saturday from 1-4 at the Staten Island Children's Museum, 1000 Richmond Terr. building Bldg. M.  Meet the author, Sabrina Panfilo, of children’s books “Tomey and the Caterpillar” and “Our Special Fish Dish Wish”. Visitors will be treated to a musical performance by Gary Moore, arts and crafts activities, and special give-a-ways (while supplies last).

On Saturday at 2 at Nothing New Thrift Shop, 4916 Arthur Kill Rd., Staten Island OutLOUD presents a stage reading of Kelly Link’s magical story, “The Faery Handbag”.  A sweet grandmother has a very old handbag. If you open the clasp one way, you’ll look inside her purse and see her grandmotherly handbag things. But if you open the clasp another way, the handbag opens to reveal an old European village with cobblestone streets, wishing wells, picturesque people, steeples and cats. Be careful, or you could fall in. And then, you could … This event is free & open to the public. Book giveaway, too!

On Saturday from 2:15–3:45, the Pt. Richmond Library, 75 Bennett St. will air We Speak NYC, an Emmy Award-winning TV show created to help people practice English.  Each story is about everyday situations, like going to the doctor or talking with a child's teacher.  The characters speak slowly and clearly. Intermediate and Advanced Level Conversation 2-Hour Classes for English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL): Adult learners will have the opportunity to learn English by watching We Speak NYC videos and discussing them with other adults from around the world.  NO REGISTRATION IS NEEDED! Come to the library and meet other people who are practicing English, just like you! The program works best for people who speak some English and want to practice. We Speak NYC was created by the New York City Mayor's Office of Adult Education and the City University of New York.

Enjoy Astronomy on Saturday from 8-9:30 p.m. at Brookfield Park,575 Arthur Kill Rd. Astronomy programs feature the use of telescopes and binoculars to observe specific astronomical events.  Good for all ages. For more info, call 718-967-3542.

On Sunday 3/24 at 11, join Greenbelt educators at High Rock Park and participate in an outdoor Greenbelt Conservation Service Project. Dress appropriately for the cold and working outside for 3 hours. Water and boots/sturdy shoes recommended. Tools and safety equipment provided. Community Service credit is available. Ages 14+ with written parental consent.

Meet the Author of Emily Windsnap and the Pirate Prince, Liz Kessler, at Barnes & Noble, 2655 Richmond Ave. on Sunday at 1. Good for ages 8-12. Call 718-355-6033 for more info.

 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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