Attention all of you Jazz aficionados!  The 28th Annual Staten Island Jazz Festival, presented by the Universal Temple of the Arts, takes place on Saturday, 10/17 at the Music Hall at Snug Harbor Cultural Center, 1000 Richmond Terrace.  Beginning at 10:30 a.m., you can participate in diverse jazz-themed workshops:  music, vocals, dance and collage art and a panel discussion titled “The History & Future of Jazz”.  From 2 through 7 p.m. enjoy five hours of live music.  For information on admission and acts, visit: or e-mail Save $5 off advance tickets by calling 718-273-5610.

The co-founder and executive director of UTA is Sajda Musawwir Ladner, a lovely woman whom I have known for many years after sharing a pattern making/sewing class at Susan Wagner H.S.  FREE classes are offered in Tap Dance, Singing, Sewing/Fashion Design and Art as well as Homework Assistance at their center located at 425 Jersey St.  Call Sajda at 718-273-5610 or visit their web site at:

DEADLINE IS TOMORROW, 10/16!  Open to all youth who worked this summer through the NYC SYEP—Summer Youth Employment Program and are currently in school, internships are available through the New School Year Employment Program.  Applicants must be enrolled in high school or college and be between the ages of 14 and 24.  United Activities Unlimited will administer the program and provide internships in various partnered businesses in Staten Island, Manhattan and Brooklyn.  Applications can be completed online at and deadline for submission is Friday, 10/16.  Call Brian Licata at UAU at 718-987-8111 for questions and info.

The Staten Island Children’s Museum is accepting nominations for the 24th annual Kid of Achievement Award.  The award, which acknowledges the hard work of an 11 to 18 year old whose volunteerism has made a difference in the community, comes with a $100 honorarium and a framed certificate that is bestowed at the museum’s Circle of Friends business luncheon on 11/12 at the Hilton Garden Inn. Nominations must be received no later than Oct. 26 and should include the nominee's name, and a brief description of their accomplishments. Entries can be sent by mail:  Attn: Kid of Achievement, Staten Island Children's Museum, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island NY 10301, or via email to  For more information on how to nominate your child, deadline, etc., call 718-273-2060, ext. 151. 

The Department of Education has begun accepting registration from families seeking to have their child take the Gifted and Talented examThe deadline to register for testing is November 9. An information session takes place on 10/22 from 6-9 at PS 69, New Springville.  For more info on G&T program, visit the DOE website,

Tonight, Thursday 10/15 at 8, enjoy the Sundog Theatre Fall Reading series of an original play “Manhattania!” by William Fowkes, at Galerie St. George, 11 Phelps Pl.  Visit: or call 718-816-5454. 

Thursday, from 4-6 at Huguenot Park Library, 830 Huguenot Ave. enjoy Family Movie Night for all ages featuring “Night at the Museum”.  Call 718-984-4636 for info.   

Friday, 10/16 at 6 p.m., participate in FREE TechConnect Computer-Internet Skill Classes at the St. George Library Center, 5 Central Ave.  Theodore Henderson will lead this class, How to Choose the Right Business (for entrepreneurs).  For info, call 718-442-8650. 

Saturday, 10/17 at noon at Clay Pit Pond State Park, 2351 Veteran’s Rd. West, join herbalist Gert Coleman to learn about the magical and practical uses of herbs on your kitchen shelf and in your back yard.  Call 718-605-3970, ext. 201 for info. 

Join NYC Parks for the Million Trees Reunion Planting in the Buck’s Hollow section of the Greenbelt on Saturday from 10-2, at Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Ave.  For meeting place, call 212-360-TREE. 

As kids, we would transform our already spooky unfinished basement into a Spook House during October and charge the neighborhood kids to be a part of our extravaganza.  My oldest sister, Ellen, was the imaginative and industrious one in the family; the rest of us played along.  We also had Chinese Auctions in our basement, getting rid of toys and having “how many marbles in a jar” contests.  Again, the neighborhood kids paid to win our old toys and hang out with us. We had so much fun--thanks Ellen for the memories!  Well, you can participate in the annual Fright Night Festival at the Church of St. Andrew at 40 Old Mill Rd. on Saturday from 7-9:30.  Call 718-351-0900 for ticket info.  Sounds like a scary and fun evening for all! 

Visit the CPG Gallery (Creative Photographer’s Guild), 814 Richmond Terr. on Saturday and Sunday from 1-5 through 11/15 for “Vivid” exhibition. Featured photographer George Roos, exhibit photographers:  Richard Capuozzo, Willie Chu, Bruce Cohn, Joyce Coletti, Connie J. Frisch-Cherniak, Robin George, Robert Haber, Marilyn Kiss, Gail Middleton, Paul Nueckel, Virginia Ross, Joan Velazquez, Fritz Weiss, Richard Xuerub. 

The Reformed Church of Huguenot Park, 5475 Amboy Rd. will feature their Harvest Fair on Saturday from 10-3 with activities for all ages as well as guided tours of the 167-year old church.  Staten Island Animal Care will be present with dogs and cats available for immediate adoption.  Bring ID and proof of residence is needed.  

On Sunday, 10/18 at 3 join Staten Island OutLOUD for bilingual (Spanish-English) readings from “The Great Gatsby” at El Centro Del Immigrante, 1546 Castleton Ave. They will also feature some family-friendly readings for the little ones.

You can take your family Pumpkin Picking every weekend in October from 11-4 at the historic 1800’s Decker Farm, 435 Richmond Hill Rd.  Take a farmhouse tour, enjoy a hayride, get lost in the cornstalk maze, take part in arts and crafts and bring home a pumpkin.  Free shuttle bus service from Historic Richmond Town parking lot to the Farm.  Admission is $6 for Adults and children over 1 or a $20 Family Four Pack.  For info, visit

If you would like to share photos starring YOU at events on Staten Island, I will post them in next week's blog.  If you have comments or want to add events to my Weekend Events, you can call me at 646-258-9696 or e-mail me at

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