The weather this past weekend was balmy and perfect for a Bird and Nature walk, planting tulips at the Marine Hospital Quarantine Cemetery, volunteering at the NYCDEP Beach Floatable Program at Great Kills, exploring Crooke’s Point, enjoying the HONK! for Staten Island Art Parade in St. George or attending any of the Museum open houses. The 29th Annual Staten Island JAZZ Festival, sponsored by the Universal Temple of the Arts (UTA) was a hit at the Music Hall in Snug Harbor on Saturday.  Did you make any new friends? Did you visit with some old friends? 

Don’t miss the Art Exhibit of award-winning Baltimore artist, Karen Y. Buster, continuing through 10/23 from 12-8 at Hub 17, 73 Wave St.  This artist invitational is presented in collaboration with Media Producer Frances Wilson Nollez. For info on the artist and her works, visit her website at  For details about the exhibit and Hub 17, call 917-306-2947 or visit

Staten Island Arts welcomes President James Oddo to the Culture Lounge (located inside the St. George Ferry Terminal) on Wednesday, 10/19 at 6:30. Join in on this informal gathering with Mr. Oddo and the Island’s arts community and discuss how we can work together to support the thriving arts community here on Staten Island.

The popular Meet the Nurses public health education series resumes on Wednesday at 7 in the Sipp Auditorium at Richmond University Medical Center, 355 Bard Ave. with special remarks on breast health by Dr. Richard Steinbruck. Nurses in any number of specialties will be on hand to answer questions and offer general health information. Call 718-818-2391 for details.

The SIUH Northwell Health Medical Van will be at the Food Pantry, 984 Post Ave. on Thursday, 10/20 at 10.  Free blood pressure and body mass index screenings, plus healthy living, healthy lifestyle information will be available from SIUH's Outreach Team.

Attend Senator Lanza's Senior Information Day on Friday, 10/21 at 9 at the CYO-MIV Community Center, 6541 Hylan Blvd. Healthy living and healthy lifestyle information will be available from SIUH's Outreach Team. Takeaways on diabetes, stoke, nutrition, smoking cessation, behavioral health and cancer services will be available. Call 718-317-2255 for info.

Richmond University’s Medical Center's Trauma Department and the NYC Department of Transportation will sponsor a Car Seat Safety Check on Friday at 9:30 at RUMC, 355 Bard Ave. Are you sure your car's child seat is installed and being used properly? Make a free appointment at 212-839-4750 to have it checked out by experts and learn other important safety information to protect your family.

A SAFE Disposal Event takes place on Saturday, 10/22 from 10-4 at the Midland Beach Parking Lot, Fr. Capodanno Blvd. and Hunter Ave.  Visit to know what to bring and what not to bring to this event. If you cannot attend, call 311 or website for a list of upcoming events.

On Saturday from 10-12, join a Photowalk with Christine Osinski beginning at the Alice Austen House Museum at 2 Hylan Blvd. through Rosebank pointing out what subjects interest her. For details, call 718-816-4506 or visit

The Asian Art Exhibit Opening is Saturday at 10 at the Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor, 1000 Richmond Terr., Building A. Celebrate, taste, make art and cheer, as the newest exhibition of contemporary art and exquisite sculptures, paintings and ritual objects from ancient India, Tibet, Nepal, China, Japan, Thailand is unveiled. The exhibit is held in collaboration with the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art.  For info, call 718-727-1135 or visit

The Fall Fair and Pet Adoption takes place on Saturday from 10-3 at The Reformed Church of Huguenot Park, 5475 Amboy Rd. There will be over 30 vendors with new and gently used items. Children can paint pumpkins, get their faces painted and decorate their own Halloween cupcakes. Animal Care Centers will be present with dogs and cats available for immediate adoption.  Bring ID and proof of residence. The church's bake table will be stocked with  homemade cakes, pies and cookies. Raffles, a 50/50 and a tour of the landmarked, historic 165+ year old church will be available. For details, call 718-356-3737. The Kivlehan Park Community Flea Market is on Saturday from 12-5 at Corporal Allan F. Kivlehan Park, Cedar Grove Ave.  All are invited to bring their flea market/garage sale-type items to the parking lot at Cedar Grove Ave. and Center Pl. The cost is $10 per space, cash only, payable in advance.  Please bring your own table or place your goods on the ground. Set up begins at 11:30. Proceeds go to benefit the work of the Friends of Kivlehan Park, Inc.  Contact with questions or visit http://Friends of Kivlehan Park Facebook page for info.  Reserve your spot today!

Bring the kiddies to the Conference House Monster Matinee on Saturday at 1 at the Conference House Park, 298 Satterlee St. beginning with Winnie the Pooh: Things That Go Bump in the Night and Disney's Legend of Sleepy Hallow at 3. Admission is $5 and includes beverage and popcorn. Prepaid reservations are required; call 718-948-5665.

Come explore the woodlands and fields of the Goodhue Woods with Clay Wollney on Saturday at 1. You will look for evidence of the area’s geologic history, observe its present ecosystems and discuss its relation to adjacent areas in the same watershed.  Meet at the corner of Clinton Ave. and Prospect Ave. For info, call 718-869-6327 or visit 

Coloring for Adults is on Saturday at 2 at the St. George Library Center, 5 Central Ave. Coloring for adults has been found to be both calming and therapeutic.   Now is your chance to try it where you can relax, unwind and just color. Bring your own coloring sheets or use the sheets we provide.  Call 718-442-8560 or visit

On Saturday at 6:30, attend the annual Halloween Flashlight Cemetery tour of Staten Island Fountain Cemetery, 1632 Richmond Terr. at the corner of Alaska Street. For more than 100 years, stories of local Staten Island spirits who reside at this location have been passed down through the generations. Bring a flashlight, wear a warm jacket and explore this hidden gem. After the tour, visitors can explore on their own. Admission is $20 or $10 for students. For info, call 917-545-3309.

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month! If you or someone you know has been a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault and could benefit from a strong support network, please contact Lauren at 347-607-8965 or email for location and times of this Staten Island based meeting. 

The Open Arms Center for Hope, an affiliate of Mt. Sinai Center for Community Enrichment, Inc. will present the 8th Annual Domestic Violence Awareness Walk on Saturday, 10/29 at 11.  A Forum will follow with light refreshments at 382 Jersey St.  For information, contact Neil Berry at 347-671-5323

The Second Annual Heart Fundraiser in memory of Robert Cognetta presents a 1920’s Themed Murder Mystery Dinner on Thursday, 11/3 from 6-10 at the Vanderbilt at South Beach, 300 Fr. Capodanno Blvd. featuring an interactive live murder mystery show, hor d’oeuvres, 4-course sit down dinner, dessert, raffles, Red Carpet photos and more.  For info on tickets and reservations or make a donation, call Ronette at 347-996-9883 or

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.) 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 Fall Vegetable Chili.  My food box included: Butternut squash, tomatoes, corn, suntan peppers, jalapeno peppers, onions, cilantro, cabbage and Red Rome apples.  Check it out on Facebook--!

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

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