How many of you went to the first performance of the Historic Richmond Town Tavern Concert Series?  I can confirm that it was a delightful evening around the wood burning stove singing along with Bob Conroy, Norm Pederson and Bill Doerge.  You can join in on the fun this Saturday with “Stout”. Believe me when I say you will forget how cold it is outside; order some hot mulled cider, wine or cold beer, nibble on peanuts and be glad you left your abode.  It continues every Saturday through 3/28.  Put it on your favorite list of things to do on Saturday night.  Call 718-351-1611 for reservations and info or visit online: 

If you are in need of a New York City ID card, IDNYC has made available beginning this past Monday a means of obtaining a photo ID to anyone with a NYC address.  A number of different benefits, including free membership to various cultural institutions citywide and various discounts, are included with this ID.  While the card is aimed at undocumented immigrants, homeless, youth, elderly, the formerly incarcerated, and others who have difficulty obtaining government-issued identification, it will allow residents to access various city services.  Cardholders will also be eligible for discounts on movie tickets, fitness and health centers, supermarkets and other attractions.  The ID will be accepted at any public library in New York and can be integrated with an account at the New York, Brooklyn, and Queens Public Library Systems--the first time a card can be used across all three systems. In addition, IDNYC offers a free one-year membership to many museums, the Zoo, and cultural institutions, citywide.  All NYC residents are eligible to obtain these cards.  Because of the overwhelming response, you must apply online for an appointment.  I applied today for an appointment in February. Take advantage of this wonderful FREE opportunity!

Get your children aged 5-12 out of the house for Scientific Saturdays at the Dongan Hills Library, from 11-noon, 1617 Richmond Rd.  Call 718-351-1444 for more info.

Junior Science Club (ages 8-13) meets at the Staten Island Museum, 75 Stuyvesant Pl., Saturday from 10-12.  Call 718-727-1135 or visit online:

On Saturday, at the Mariners Harbor Library, 206 South Ave. at 11, get the children involved in fun-themed arts and crafts.  Also, at 2, there will be a screening of “Shrek”. 

At the New Dorp Library, 309 New Dorp Ln. at 2, children can view a screening of “Frozen”.

On Saturday, at the St. George Library Center, 5 Central Ave., a spoken word performance workshop will be held for ages 55 and up at 2:30.  For more info, call 718-442-8560 or 

Also on Saturday, attend a performance of the Philharmonic Youth Orchestra at Messiah Lutheran Church, 198 Jefferson Blvd. at 4:00. 

If you would like to get involved with Forest Restoration, Saturday at 10 is your chance to make a difference.  The Protectors of Pine Oak Woods forest restoration workshop meets in the Nevada Ave. parking lot at High Rock.  Tools, gloves and refreshments will be provided.  After a two-our work session, you can take a short walk over nearby trails.  Call 718-667-1393 or visit 

On Sunday, 1/18, at 1, join the Greenbelt Educators and a National Park Service ranger on a peaceful hike to the top of Moses Mountain to view the Greenbelt and beyond.  Meet at the entrance gate to High Rock Park, 200 Nevada Ave.  Call 718-667-2165 for info. 

Sunday, 1/18, at 2, children ages 6-12can meet environmentalist Clay Wollney at the Blue Heron Nature Center, 222 Poillon Ave., to learn about nature.  Also, at 6:30-8, older children accompanied by an adult can join Ranger Cliff Hagen and search for resident owls.  Bring flashlights.  Call 718-967-3542 or visit online for info.

On Monday, 1/19, the public schools are off for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  So pack up the children to visit museums, parks, libraries and perhaps the Staten Island Zoo.  Don’t miss the special animatronics Dinosaur event at the Zoo from noon-3.  I visited the exhibit with my grandson and family a few weeks ago.  I was immediately taken back  to “Jurassic Park” with huge dinos and a number of smaller ones moving and roaring.  My grandson, who is an aficionado of all things dinosaurs, was a bit hesitant about embracing this exhibit.  After a few more visits, I’m sure he will love it.  

Have you been to the Zoo?  Let me know what your children thought of the Dinos.  Did you make an appointment to get the IDNYC card?  Free membership for an entire year at many venues is yours for the asking.  Call me at 646-258-9696 or write me below or at

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