Did you pick any pumpkins this week, attend Oktoberfests, Harvest Fests or the opening of Making Faces, the solo exhibition of the ceramics and drawings by Victoria L. Bellinger at Art On The Terrace Gallery?

On Sunday, the St. Peter’s High School for Girls Alumnae Association held their Annual Reunion Brunch at LiGreci’s Staaten. Our class of 1969 had a great turnout. Those 50 years seem to have flown by in a blink.  It was so much fun trying to figure out who was who as we gathered--there should have been name tags! Looking at my fellow classmates in my mind’s eye as teens, we still look terrific! We laughed, told stories, anecdotes from those days, took loads of photos and posted them.  Some of the stories I remembered vividly, some I had no recollection of at all. Life happens, and we deal with every day issues, problems, heartaches, joys. But for that one day on Sunday, we were all teenagers again. ST. PETER’S HIGH SCHOOL FOR GIRLS ALUMNAE: SAVE THE DATE—OCTOBER 4, 2020.  That is the next reunion brunch! Thank you Christine Begeman-Thomson and her committee who always amaze us with such a wonderful event! Following are some photos from our Reunion.





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Take an Adult Afternoon Hike to Pumphouse Pond at High Rock Gate in High Rock Park  in the Nevada Ave. parking lot on Wednesday, 10/9 from 1:303:30. Enjoy the picturesque views of the park, as a few of the unique features that make each park special are pointed out. Pace of the hike will be determined by the pace of the group. Good for ages 18+.

The children will enjoy Wednesday STEAMDay on Wednesday at 4 to the Stapleton Library, 132 Canal St. They will have a blast exploring science, technology, engineering, art and math!  Good for ages 3-5, and 5-12.

Bring the children to Tween Crafters: Halloween Keychains on Wednesday, 10/9 from 4-5 at the Mariners Harbor Library, 206 South Ave. Design your own Halloween keychains to celebrate the spooky holiday! With charms and beads, use your imagination to make it your own! All materials provided. For children, ages 5-12 years, ages 13-18 years. First come, first served.

Senator Andrew Lanza and 1199 SEIU Employment are hosting an Interview Event on Thursday, 10/10 from 9:30-4 at the Woodrow United Methodist Church, 1075 Woodrow Rd. Bring your resume. You must be 18+ to attend. Staten Island hospitals and nursing homes are seeking candidates in the following fields: CAN’s, hospitality, food service, clerical, medical assistant, licensed social work, LPN’s, Lab technologists. If you cannot make this event, email your resume to 1199Interviewevent@gmail.com

Greenbelt Peepers for Two-Year-Olds takes place on Thursday from 9:4510:15 and Greenbelt Tree Tots for Three-and Four-Year-Olds takes place on Thursday from 1111:45. at Greenbelt Nature Center in Blood Root Valley, 700 Rockland Ave. at Brielle Ave. This event repeats every week on Thursday until 12/5/2019. Through hands-on activities, crafts, and stories, the children and their caregivers will become familiar with the sights and sounds of the forest. Please note: Space is limited. Registration is required; please email naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org. Cost is $3.

The College of Staten Island Alumni will host Movies Under the Stars: Aladdin on Thursday from 6:30-9 at the College of Staten Island, Racetrack Lawn (rain location Gym 1R). Admission is one (1) non-perishable food item. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase. Bring a blanket or chair. All are welcome.

The Future Culture Creative Placemaking Grand Application Seminar will take place on Thursday from 7-8:30 at Staten Island Arts, 23 Navy Pier Ct. At this seminar, you will learn about the NYSCA Future Culture Creative Placemaking Grant and questions can be answered about the other grant programs offered. First time applicants MUST attend a seminar. See www.statenislandarts.org/grants for a full schedule of seminars.

Participate in the JBFCS: Parent Education Series at the Stapleton Library, 132 Canal St. on Friday, 10/11 at 10:30. Open to all parents, caregivers, and providers on Staten Island, this series will help strengthen the parent/child relationship by enhancing and providing positive discipline strategies and coping techniques when it comes to behaviors for an overall healthy positive lifestyle. Court mandates accepted. For more information, please contact the Family Resource Center at 718-698-5307 or JGrossman@jbfcs.org

The “Blair Witch Project” Movie Night will be held on Friday from 79 at Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in Ocean Breeze Park, 625 Fr. Capodanno Blvd.

Participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, 10/12 at 9:45 at the College of Staten Island, 2800 Victory Blvd.  Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease. For registration and more info, visit https://act.alz.org/site/TR/Walk2019/NY-NewYorkCity?fr_id=12568&pg=entry

The Con-Ed Stem Family Day: Dancing Skeletons, will be held on Saturday from 10:30-12 at Staten Island MakerSpace, 450 Front St, Unit B. Create your own dancing skeleton for this spooky October! Make a fun toy or decoration out of everyday material and learn about basic mechanical motions. Caregiver involvement required. Please arrive within the first hour to ensure your seat. All ages are welcome, parental supervision required. Please register a ticket for every person attending. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/coned-stem-family-day-dancing-skeletons-tickets-72729107719

Take a Fall Nature Bike Tour on Saturday from 11-12:30 at Brookfield Park,  575 Arthur Kill Rd.  Enjoy the changing colors of autumn on a bicycle with the Urban Park Rangers. Please note: Participants are chosen by lottery. To register, please visit nyc.gov/parks/rangers/register.

Sensory Storytime takes place on Saturday at 11 at the Stapleton Library, 132 Canal St. It is a fun, new and interactive library literacy program designed to engage kids through movement, music, stories and sensory activity play. This program is open to all and is ideal for children with autism spectrum disorders, sensory integration challenges, or children who have difficulty sitting still. Pre-registration required; call 718-727-0427.

The NYC Dept. of Parks & Recreation Play Mobile is providing family friendly fun activities at Tompkinsville Park, Victory Blvd. and Bay St. on Saturday from 12-3. The Play Mobile is stocked with recreational games, toys and more. The mobile unit staff will keep children engaged in fun activities and is perfect for outdoor family fun. The event is free and open to the public.

Bring the family to Port Richmond Comic-Con at the Pt. Richmond Library, 75 Bennett St.on Saturday from 12-5. This celebration of comic book and manga culture is going to be epic!  Here’s the day’s rundown:

12PM – Opening Celebration
1 PM – Freebie Hour
2 PM – Comic Panel Discussion: Libraries ♥ Comics
3 PM – Special screening of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
4 PM – Cosplay Contest!

All day: Our escape room “MURDER AT THE LIBRARY” is happening every hour on the hour. Can you save yourself in time? We’ll also have board games available, and some other surprises through the day!

The Rotary Clubs of Staten Island and Rolling Thunder Chapter 2 NY are once again organizing the Staten Island Oktoberfest on Saturday (rain date is Sunday 10/13) from 12-7 at Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Ave. Admission is $10 and includes one free drink. All Proceeds will go to helping Veterans in need. There are plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy: Food, Carnival Games, Entertainment, Rides, Bouncy House, Vets Are Free, German Beer, Free Parking as well as two bands: an Oktoberfest German Band, and the Resistance. We will also have a DJ and MC to get you in the Oktoberfest mood from 1-7pm. Come and enjoy and have a great time.

Participate in Tree ID Hikes on Saturday from 1-3 at Clay Pit Ponds Visitors Center, 2351 Veterans Rd. W.  Learn your trees while you take a mile-long hike. Good for ages 8+.

The Turn & Learn Compost Work Day (NYC Compost Project) will take place on Saturday, 10/12 from 1-3 at the Compost Demonstration Site in Snug Harbor Cultural Center, 1000 Richmond Terr. Enjoy the fresh air and beautiful surroundings while working on the NYC Compost Project demonstration site. The best way to learn about compost is to make it, and attending our Turn & Learns will make you a pro. Bring a water bottle, wear closed-toed shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. If you help us make compost, you can take compost. Please bring your own container.  (Please note this is a volunteer event and not a pick-up event. You must volunteer at the workday to receive compost. Supplies may be limited.) Register by calling 718-425-3504.

Come to the Art Lab Gallery, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, 1000 Richmond Terr. on Saturday between 2-4 for the opening reception the show, S.I.GNS: Staten Island’s Visual Message, featuring photographs by Edward Coppola.

Bring the family to Pumpkin Picking at Decker Farm, 435 Richmond Hill Rd. on Saturday from 12-6, Sunday from 12-6 with all of your favorite autumnal activities! Pick a pumpkin, enjoy an old-fashioned hayride, and indulge in delicious fall food favorites! More than just your classic pumpkin patch, Decker Farm now offers: Children’s Hay Maze, Photo Opportunities with Fun Farm Scarecrows, Pumpkin Chucking, Fire Pit and S’mores, Fall Food and Desserts, Beer and Hard Cider, Children’s Activities, Handicraft Vendors. To purchase tickets and for more info, visit https://www.tickettailor.com/events/historicrichmondtown/306038#ticket_selection

Bring the family to the Italian Festival at the Mount at Mt. Loretto, 6581 Hylan Blvd. on Friday, 10/11 from 6-11, Saturday 10/12, Sunday 10/13 and Monday 10/14 from 12-11.   The island’s Biggest Italian Festival is at Mount Loretto Columbus Day Weekend! Featuring food, rides, games, contests, cultural centers, beer and sangria gardens, live music onstage and more! Admission is $5 and parking is free.

Staten Island Zoo Goes Blue for Autism on Monday, 10/14 from 9-12 at 614 Broadway. The Zoo is once again proud to be Going Blue in partnership with Autism Speaks, providing a friendly, judgement-free environment for families affected by autism spectrum disorders. The day will allow families to enjoy the great offerings provided by the zoo, in addition to animal presentations, sensory exploration activities, and a scavenger hunt! A quiet area will be available for families who would like to take a break from the activities. Gates will open one hour early at 9 am so families can enjoy the exhibits in a more private setting. Activities will run until 12:00pm. Limited tickets available for online purchase only. General Admission ticket price ($6.00) includes activities for all! Tickets much be purchased in advance. There will be no tickets sold at the door. If you have any questions or would like visual support materials beforehand, please visit our website or e-mail: jhartmann@statenislandzoo.org

The Cool School Holidayis on Monday 10/14 from 11-5 at the SI Children's Museum, 1000 Richmond Terr. Free admission all day.

Parents & Family Substance Abuse Support Group meets on Monday, 10/14 from 7-8 at Christopher's Reason Recovery Center, 521 Arthur Kill Rd., 3rd floor. If you know or are living with someone who appears to have a substance abuse problem, come talk and listen. The goal of this group will be substance abuse education, referral sources, support family and friends.

Want to know how to receive the GO!HEALTHY FOOD BOX?   Every Tuesday through 11/19 between 4-6 go to Goodhue Center, 304 Prospect Ave. in New Brighton, and sign up and pay $10 Cash, credit/debit and Health Bucks! (or $8 with EBT or FMNP) at least one week in advance for $30 worth of fresh local produce. Come back the next week (same time, same place) to pick up your bag and taste the weekly recipe! Take advantage of the new member and referral discount. All participants who are brand new to our program will receive $2 off of their bag. Additionally, if a new member has been referred to our program by an existing member, will also provide $2 off a bag to the existing member who made the referral.

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