Did you donate an unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots Drive at Edward Jones this week or sign up for FREE piping and drumming lessons at St. Albans with Richmond County Pipes and Drums or attend the SIMHS Touch-A-Truck Fundraiser?  Did you enjoy one of the last weeks of warm weather as I did, gaze at the remainder of the summer flowers, pick the runt-of-the litter cucumber hiding on the fence enjoy the scent of the beautiful rose on a chilly October day, wonder whether to  pick the melon? or squash? growing on my fence from the neighbor’s yard  or marvel at the caterpillars that return each year to the parsley plants, eat them all up and disappear mysteriously into the night as butterflies.  A new season is practically upon us; I suppose the time is right to turn over the vegetable garden and take out the heavy clothes. (Heavy sigh!)

It’s great weather to join the Bird and Nature Walk on Wednesday, 10/12 at 10 at High Rock Park, 200 Nevada Ave.  Celebrate William T. Davis’ contributions to Staten Island the right way with a walk through High Rock Park to the top of Moses Mt. to view hawks, vultures and maybe a bald eagle.  Meet in the parking lot of High Rock Park at the end of Nevada Ave.  For info, call 718-727-1135 or visit http://www.statenislandmuseum.org

Be sure to visit the Exhibit: Freshkills -- Landscape in Motion,  a photography exhibition and accompanying calendar of programs that will illustrate Freshkills’ transformation from landfill to park, on Wednesday, 10/12 through 11/26 at the Culture Lounge (St. George Ferry Terminal), One Ferry Terminal Dr. For details, visit http://freshkillspark.org/blog/landscape-in-motion-exhibition-and-programs.

The Dinosaur Skull Replica Exhibit continues on Wednesday, 10/12 thru 11/13 at the Tottenville Public Library, 7430 Amboy Rd. Come and see 21 of your favorite dinosaur skull replicas and play the dinosaur identification game. For info and times, call 718-984-0945 or visit https://plus.google.com/communities/103767700591294813934,

Join the HONK! for Staten Island Art Parade on Wednesday from 6-8 at the ETG Book Café, 208 Bay St.   The parade kicks off at the St. George Theater on Hyatt Street, continuing down to Bay Street, past Honor Wines and then on to ETG Book Cafe with fabulous music until 8 p.m. Wear your brightest colors, your fabulous feathers and come dance with Day de Dada, Chicago's mighty Environmental Encroachment! and France's Le Pompier Poney Club.  For info, call 718-490-5813 or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1799555500331300/

Bring your babies 0-18 months old to Baby and Me on Thursday 10/13 at 11 at Tottenville Library, 7430 Amboy Rd. Meet other babies in the neighborhood and enjoy songs, rhymes and playtime! No pre-registration required.  Also, at 4, children ages 4 and older will create a colorful decoration for their room or a festive Halloween hat to wear! First come, first served! Space is limited. Call 718-984-0945 for info.

Get ready for some ooey gooey family fun in this new FREE workshop, Five Senses,at the New Dorp Library, 309 New Dorp Ln. Thursday at 3:30.  A family program designed for preschool children and their caregivers will be a hands-on exploration of the five senses hearing, touch, smell, taste and sight. Call 718-351-2977 for details.

Homework Help is available at Port Richmond Library, 75 Bennett St. at 4 for ages 5-12 on Thursday at 4.  Are your kids having trouble completing their homework? Struggling with reading or writing?  Call 718-442-0158 for info.

For ages 12 and up, Belly Dancing with Rachel is on Friday, 10/14 at 3 at the Mariner’s Harbor Library, 206 South Ave. It’s a great way to stay in shape and learn something new. Come in comfortable clothing and bring a water bottle. Class is for ages 12 and up. (Participants under 18 years of age require parental consent.) Call 212-621-0690 for info. 

It's My Park Day takes place Saturday, 10/15 from 10-1 at Ocean Breeze Track and Field Complex, 625 Fr. Capodanno Blvd. Volunteers are needed to beautify the park by planting daffodil bulbs around the complex. As part of the Daffodil Project, daffodil bulbs are distributed to communities all over the city to be planted in parks and public space to act as a living memorial for the victims of 9/11. This effort is a great way to give back to your community and earn service credit. All tools will be supplied. For info, call 718-351-7924. 

Volunteers are needed to plant tulip bulbs at Irish Famine graves in St. George on Saturday, 10/15 at 11 at the Marine Hospital Quarantine Cemetery, 26 Central Ave.  Friends of Abandoned Cemeteries Inc. (FACSI). is asking groups and individuals to bring trowels to plant 1,000 multi colored tulip bulbs at the site of the mass grave of Irish Hunger victims (1845-1852) in St. George. The cemetery is a 5 minute walk from the Staten Island Ferry Terminal and is the exact path the Irish immigrants would have taken themselves in the 1840s as they walked to the hospital grounds.  For details, call 917-545-3309 or visit http://sicemetery@gmail.com

Enjoy a fall, natural history tour of Staten Island's southernmost woodland at Ward's Point and a discussion of the Lenape Indians on Saturday from 12-2 at the Conference House Park, 298 Satterlee St. Utilizing stone tools from the Archaic and Woodland periods, Ray Matarazzo will demonstrate hunting, building and survival skills. For info, call 718-317-7666 or visit http://siprotectors.org/calendar/

The 29th Annual Staten Island JAZZ Festival, sponsored by the Universal Temple of the Arts (UTA), takes place on Saturday from 2 to 7 at the Music Hall in Snug Harbor Cultural Center, 1000 Richmond Terr. The festival has a reputation for illuminating established Staten Island artists, and this year is no different!  Featured performers include Hamiet Bluiett, Winard Harper, Danny Mixon, Kiane Zawadi, Leopoldo Fleming Afro-Caribbean Jazz Ensemble and Betty Shirley.  For ticket info, call 718-273-5610 or visit http://www.utasi.org

Open House Alice Austen House Museum Edition, 2 Hylan Blvd. is on Saturday, 10/15 and Sunday 10/16 from 11-5. Enjoy FREE tours of Clear Comfort, including Alice’s darkroom.  Call 718-816-4506 for details or visit http://aliceausten.org/events/2016-10-15

Open House The Lighthouse Museum Edition is this weekend--Saturday and Sunday from 11-4 at the 200 Promenade at Lighthouse Point (behind St. George Post Office). For info, call 718-390-0040 or visit http://wwwlighthousemuseum.org.

Open House Conference House Edition, 298 Satterlee St. is also on Saturday and Sunday from 12-4.  Visit their site at https://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/conference-house-park/events/2016/10/15/open-house-ny-conference-house-park-edition1

Join the Staten Island Trainings Volunteers at the NYCDEP Beach Floatable Program on Saturday at Great Kills Park, Hylan Blvd. at Buffalo St., to monitor the beaches and the off-shore waters for floatables, which are man-made debris and other great things you may find such as turtles or horseshoe crabs. Volunteers also record temperature and rainfall on a weekly basis. Surveys take about 20 minutes and you don't have to pick up anything. Call 917-658-2380 or visit http://ozonelayerllc@me.com for meeting times and details.

Attend the Art Exhibit of award-winning Baltimore artist, Karen Y. Buster, on display from Sunday, 10/16 through 10/23 from 12-8 at the Hub 17, 73 Wave St.  An artist invitational is presented in collaboration with Media Producer Frances Wilson Nollez. For details, call 917-306-2947 or visit http://www.onwavestreet.com/

Explore Crooke's Point at Gateway on Sunday, 10/16 from 1-3 at Gateway National Recreation Area at Great Kills Park, Hylan Blvd. at Buffalo St.  Join naturalist Paul T. Lederer in a talk and walk, where he will discuss the geology and human history of the site as well as the plants and animals that call this place home. Meet at the Beach Center Parking Lot in Great Kills Park.  For info or directions, call Paul at 718-354-9200 or visit http://siprotectors.org/calendar/

The "Creatures Great and Small" Photography Exhibit, at the CPG Gallery (Creative Photographers' Guild), 814 Richmond Terr. features photographer, Joyce Coletti.  Gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday, 1-5. Exhibiting Photographers: Willie Chu, Bruce Cohn, Joyce Coletti, Connie J. Frisch-Cherniak, Robin George, Robert Haber, Marilyn Kiss, Jeff Mason, Gail Middleton, Paul Nueckel, George Roos, Virginia Ross, Doug Schwab, Joan Velazquez, Fritz (Steven) Weiss and Richard Xuerub.  For info, call 718-288-2405 or visit http://www.cpggallery.org

Did you reserve your produce bounty yet?  Every Tuesday from 4-6 at Goodhue Center, 304 Prospect Ave. (up the street from St. Peter’s Boys H.S.) at the Children’s Aid Society presents the “Go Healthy Food Box Program”, where a sack of freshly harvested New Jersey produce will be available for $10.  This week, we received a recipe and samples of Sweet Root Vegetable Stew.  My food box included: Cortland apples, carrots, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, red leaf lettuce, onions and green beans—all for $10.  Check it out on Facebook--https://www.facebook.com/groups/CASGoHealthy/!

If you want to share photos from the weekend events you participated in, please let me know.  If your organization would like to promote their event or if you have events specifically for children to participate in, or volunteer opportunities, please do not hesitate to call me at 646-258-9696, leave a comment below or e-mail me at joan.coogan@gmail.com

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