Watching the snow fall this weekend was lovely until I realized I would have to cancel plans I had made and do chores around the house instead. 





Did you get to the Tavern concert at Historic Richmond Town this Saturday and listen to the Wahoo Skiffle Crazies?  Did the kiddies enjoy the Five Senses at the Tottenville Library or play Table Tennis at the Stapleton Library.  Did you attend Wealthy in 2017 at the South Beach Library or join the Knitting & Crocheting Club at Great Kills Library or update your Resume at Port Richmond Library?

I attended a meeting last week where people were discussing how there is nothing for their kids to do and no place for them to go.  I was surprised because I bet if their friends said, “Let’s go to the Mall and hang out”, they would jump at the chance.  I list events for babies, toddlers, young children, teens, adults and seniors each week.  All you have to do, parents, is to go to and search for the library nearest you.  Your offspring can find plenty to do.  If that doesn’t work, they can invest in a shovel, tear themselves away from the cell phone or computer game and shovel snow for that senior neighbor next door.  Just saying. . .

Participate in Meditation 101 on Wednesday, 1/11 from 2-3:30 at the Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor, 1000 Richmond Terr., Bldg. A. Dress comfortably. Walk-ins welcomed. The current exhibition, Infinite Compassion, introduces visitors to Buddhist art, culture and beliefs across Asia. Admission is Free with Museum Admission. For info, call 718-727-1135 or visit

1, 2, 3 Play With Me meets Wednesday at 2:30 in the Auditorium at the St. George Library, 5 Central Ave. This is an informal playgroup for ages 2-5 to enable families to meet and encourage children to develop together through play. The last 15 minutes will be story time.  No registration required.  Call 718-442-8560 for details or visit

Lego Free Play is on Wednesday at 5 at the New Dorp Library, 309 New Dorp Ln.  For ages 3 and up, go to the library and build whatever you want.

The Society of Dyslexia Meet Ups bring dyslexics together on Thursday, 1/12 at 7 at Every Thing Goes Book Cafe, 208 Bay St. to share information about dyslexia and its other characteristics and promote the strengths of dyslexics. Call 347-671-9623 for info or visit

“Company”,  the musical comedy produced by Wagner High School in the new Performing Arts Center’s Black Box Theatre starts Thursday andcontinues through Sunday, 1/15 at Susan Wagner H.S., 1200 Manor Rd. Admission is $15.For dates, times and reservations, visit

Zhineng Qigong (Wisdom Capabilities Energy Cultivation) includes many methods of ancient Chinese healing practices known to improve one's health and vitality. A combination of movement, meditation and breath work create physical and psychological balance, increasing stamina and willpower. You can participate on Friday, 1/13 thru 1/29 at 9 a.m. at the  Snug Harbor Cultural Center, 1000 Richmond Terr., Bldg. G, Studio 201. Admission is $10 per class (1st class complimentary). For info, call 347--547-9968 or visit

Join the Art on the Terrace Gallery, 776 Richmond Terr. to celebrate the First Anniversary Exhibit on Friday from 5-8. See what the artists bring to this “Open Theme” show. For details, visit

The Traveling Hasidim are a singing group that travel the country, spreading the beauty of Shabbat.  Join them on Friday and Saturday at the New Springville Jewish Center, 120 Saxon Ave. 

Friday, 1/13: Melodious Sabbath Eve Prayers-4:40 p.m. 
Communal Friday Night Dinner. All are invited.
Saturday, 1/14: Free concert. All are invited.
RSVP for the Friday Night Dinner at 732-330-9007 or

Join the Protectors of Pine Oak Woods on Saturday, 1/14 at 9:15 for a 10-mile hike through Willowbrook Park.  Meet at the Carousel in Willowbrook Park.

Staten Island Overeaters Anonymous meets on Saturday at 11 at Christ Lutheran Church, 121 Cleveland Ave  No Dues, No Fees, No Weigh-In's.  All are welcome. The meetings are held in the building on the back of the property. 2nd Floor Meeting Room.*First Saturday of the month there is a writing workshop on the steps at 9 a.m., followed by the 11 a.m. meeting.*The Last Saturday of the Month there is a Writing Workshop on Various Topics 9 a.m., followed by the 11 a.m. meeting.  For info, call 347-407-4360 or 718-605-1393 or visit

Composting 101 takes place on Saturday from 11-12 at Snug Harbor, 10000 Richmond Terr. at the Compost Demonstration Site.  This FREE workshop will introduce you to compost, how it’s made and what to do with it when it’s done.  Registration is recommended. 

Join Coach Carmen, certified Faith-Based Holistic Health Coach for the “Heal Your Body Now Workshop” and “Kingdom Cooking” Food Demo on Saturday from 1-4 at77 Bennett St.  Hosted by St. Philips Baptist Church, this workshop is designed as an introduction to the health and wellness lifestyle God wants us to learn more about and live in this hour.  All are welcome to attend.  Register by calling 718-273-9772

Family Film day is Saturday at 2 at the New Dorp Library, 309 New Dorp Ln. For info, call 718-351-2977 or visit

Come strengthen your spatial visualization and logical thinking one fold at a time in our monthly winter-spring Origami Meditations Workshop for adults and collaborators ages 12 and up on Saturday at 2 at the St. George Library Center, 5 Central Ave.  For details, call 718-442-8560 or visit

The Knitting Club for Children meets on Saturday at 3:30 at the New Dorp Library, 309 New Dorp Ln. Learn how to knit with Ms. Tanya.  Call 718-351-2977 for info or visit

The Tavern Concerts continue this Saturday at 6 and 8 at Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Ave.  Carl Gallagher and the Off Track Bettors will perform. Admission is $13 online or $15 at the Door. On-line tickets are available up until 3pm, two weekdays before the event. Call 718-351-1611 for reservations.

Enjoy a night of Country Line Dancing on Saturday at 9 at the Hilton's Lobby Lounge, 1100 South Ave. For details, call 718-477-2400 x4 or visit  Admission is FREE.

Enjoy a walk through Conference House Park on Sunday, 1/15 from 1-3 and learn how to identify trees in the winter using their bark, including the persimmon, a native tree species that is threatened in New York State.  Meet in the parking lot near the Visitors Center, 7455 Hylan Blvd.  Contact Will Lenihan at for info.

Participate in T'ai Chi led byKristen Dolan-Murphy, L.Ac. on Sunday from 4:30-6 at All Saints Episcopal Church, 2329 Victory Blvd. Tai Chi cultivates strength, flexibility, and balance, lowers blood pressure, improves circulation, and increases mindfulness.  Students will be introduced to basic history, choreography, techniques and medicinal applications of classical Yang-style Tai Chi Chuan.Admission is $12/$10 for seniors. For info, call 646-765-4724.

The Exhibit, "Face to Face", featuring Photographer Fritz (Steven) Weiss, will be presented at the CPG Gallery (Creative Photographers' Guild, 814 Richmond Terr. through 2/12. For info on hours, call 718-288-2405 or visit

The Department of Sanitation continues its annual Christmas tree curbside collection program through Saturday, 1/14.  Removal the tinsel, lights, ornaments and put the tree out for collection.  They will be chipped, mixed with leaves and recycled into compost.  For more information, visit

The Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) has released its exam schedule for January for positions such as Environmental Police Officer, Traffic Enforcement Agent and School safety Agent.  For information about registering for any of the Civil Service exams, visit DCAS website

The NYC Department of Sanitation is looking for able-bodied Staten Islanders for snow and ice removal from bus stops, crosswalks, fire hydrants and other locations through the city. If you are interested in per diem work, snow laborers will be paid $15/hour and $22.50/hour after 40 hours are worked in a week.  If interested, report to your local Sanitation garage, weekdays between 7 and 3.  For required documents, where to report and other information, visit

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