Did you begin to visit Holiday/Christmas Fairs around Staten Island? See the list of Fairs for this weekend  below--there are always many to choose from.  I visited the fair at the Olivet Presbyterian Church on Saturday and filled bags with gifts, handmade crafts and of course, baked goods. Below are photos from the Fair.

Saturday afternoon, I took a Walk through Goodhue with Clay Wollney, Staten Island Protectors of Pine Oak Woods and a group consisting of ages from infants on their parents' backs to oldsters like me.  The Protectors are committed to increasing the stewardship of Staten Island’s existing parkland, blue belt corridors and nature preserves to continue the effort to preserve Staten Island’s natural areas.  If you have never been on a hike or walk or participated in a forest restoration workshop, you may want update your “things-to-do” list. Our guide was excited about sharing and living nature with our group as we hiked up hills and through trails that were overgrown.  Clay shared his vast knowledge of nature--leaves, tadpoles, scents from the bark of trees, teaching us what animals eat and what the natives may have eaten or used for remedies.  If you are interested in a walk, hike, volunteering with forest restoration or becoming a member of the Protectors, check out their website - http://siprotectors.org  Following are photos from the walk.







Visit the Botanical Watercolor Exhibit at the Conference House Visitor Center, 298 Satterlee St. beginning this week through the end of the year, Monday through Saturday 8-4.  Below are Opening Day photos of the exhibit, with the artists exhibitors and their teacher.  For info, call 718-984-6046 or visit https://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/conference-house-park/events/
















Bring the kiddies to the Itty Bitty Storytime on Wednesday, 11/16 at 10:15 at the Mariners Harbor Library, 206 South Ave. Children 0-15 months old and their parents/caregivers will enjoy great books, interactive stories, lively songs and rhymes. Join the fun and meet other babies in the neighborhood.  For info, call 212-621-0690 or visit https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2016/11/02/baby-storytime-itty-bitty-time

On Wednesday at 4, children ages 12-18 can enjoy Wildlife at the Library at Mariners Harbor Library, 206 South Ave. Join Andrew Simmons and his traveling zoo as he introduces a golden eagle, eagle owl, barn owl, alligator, black throat monitor, Burmese python and Canadian lynx. Learn about the fierce competitors in the wild. For info, call 212-621-0690 or visit https://www.nypl.org/

The St. Francis Catholic Singles presents Game Night on Thursday, 11/17 at 7:15 at Holy Family Church, 366 Watchogue Rd. Spoons, the funny, fast-paced game involving game cards and spoons will be played. As in the game musical chairs, there is always one fewer spoon than there are players.  No experience necessary! Afterwards, enjoy pumpkin pie and cider. Please bring canned and non-perishable food items to benefit local Staten Island food banks. More for info, call 718-761-6663 or visit http://www.sgspsi.org  

The College of Staten Island and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy invite you to a Celebration of French Film and Culture, a special event to close the 2016 Tournées Film Festival on Thursday, from 6-7 at the College of Staten Island, Center for the Arts, 2800 Victory Blvd. The reception will be followed by a discussion led by Mathieu Fournet, Head of Film, TV and New Media and Lea Futschik, executive director, both with the French Embassy. The discussion will be joined by the screening of two very unique short films: Simply Clarise and L’ete en Suspens. To register for FREE event tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tournees-film-festival-at-csi-tickets-28694789889

Bro Nite - Free Yoga Class for MEN is Thursday at 7:15 at the 5 Boro Power Yoga, 176 Rose Ave. Bring or send the man in your life with some of his friends for a 60-minute practice to move, breathe and flow - open to all, including beginners! New Visitors drop in is $17, 30 days for $49. No babysitter? No worries! Drop the kids for kids yoga class at 5BPY Kids! Call 718-667-5279 for details or visit http://www.5boropoweryoga.com

Join popular librarian Emily Lacey and Staten Island OutLOUD for a conversation on Dashiell Hammett’s “The Maltese Falcon” on Friday, 11/18 at 2:30 at the New Dorp Branch Library, 309 New Dorp Ln.  Free copies for book discussion participants (while supplies last). 

A FREE Film Screening and Discussion of "Casablanca" starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Claude Rains, will be held on Saturday, 11/19 at 1 at the St. George Library Center, 5 Central Ave. For details, call 718-442-8560. 

The CPG Gallery Holiday Show and Sale takes place on Saturday at the CPG Gallery (Creative Photographers' Guild), 814 Richmond Terr. Exhibiting Photographers are Willie Chu, Bruce Cohn, Joyce Coletti, Robin George, Robert Haber, Marilyn Kiss, Jeff Mason Gail Middleton, Paul Nueckel, George Roos, Virginia Ross, Doug Schwab, Joan Velazquez and Richard Xuerub. Opening Reception is Saturday, 11/19 from 1-5  Gallery Hours are 11-5 on Saturday and 1-5 on Sunday. For info, call 718-228-2405 or visit http://www.cpggallery.org

The Riverside Opera Company PoPera will perform on Saturday at 7:30 at the Castleton Hill Moravian Preschool, 1657 Victory Blvd. Winners of locally held auditions perform opera and pop music favorites with full orchestra and Maestro Aurelia. The Curtis High School Chorus and Brighton Heights Youth Orchestra will also perform side-by-side with a full orchestra. Admission is $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Students & Children are FREE. Call 718-876-7945 for reservations.

Bring the family to the Staten Island Skating Pavilion, 3080 Arthur Kill Rd. for a FREE Ice Skating Lesson on Saturday from 2:30-4:30.  In an effort to give back to our community and make sure no one goes hungry this Thanksgiving season, the Pavilion will be hosting a free skate lesson to pre-registered applicants who are willing to donate non-perishable food to our food drive. To register, call 718-948-4800 or visit http://www.thepavilion.org/

Scott LoBaido’s Art retrospective/fundraiser will take place on Saturday from 5-9 at the 139 Bay Street Gallery.  Admission is FREE and hors d’oeuvres from DaNoi Restaurant will be served with a cash bar.  Music for the evening will be provided by Karlus Trapp. Artwork priced from $200 -$15,000 will be available for sale.  Half of the proceeds from each piece sold will go to a charity of the buyer’s choice.  All are welcome!

An E-Waste Recycling event takes place on Sunday, 11/20 from 10-4 at the Jewish Community Center, 1466 Manor Rd. The JCC Green Committee is partnering with the Lower East Side Ecology Center. For info, call 718-475-5251 or visit http://sijcc.org/sustainability

The Sports Author’s Book Fair is on Sunday from 12-4 at the Staten Island Museum, 75 Stuyvesant Pl. Come meet the authors and sports columnists, such as Harvey Araton, Ernie Palladino, Andy Mele and Jay Price. Authors will offer stories, while you peruse great books, sales and signing. For info, visit http://www.statenislandmuseum.org or call 718-727-1135.

Bodyline Pilates will have a FREE kickboxing open house on Sunday from 12-1 at 1361 Hylan Blvd.  Sign up on the day of the open house and get 10% off your first month! Also, anyone who signs up for a package of two or three kickboxing classes a week will also get a month of free, unlimited classes at Bodyline Pilates. Call 718-569-9955 for info or visit http://www.bodylinepilates.com

On Sunday at 2, join Staten Island OutLOUD for an afternoon at Blue Heron Nature Center, 222 Poillon Ave., exploring Dashiell Hammett’s “The Maltese Falcon”. Weather permitting, you will also enjoy a short nature stroll around this beautiful park and you may spot a falcon or two!  Plenty of free parking.

Attend a Prayer/Healing Meeting on Sunday at 6 at the Hampton Inn, 1120 South Ave. Worship and pray for a revival for NYC, including Staten Island. There will be two short messages and prayer for anyone who wants to be prayed for. We believe in miracles, so bring the sick and those who need a touch from God! Everyone is welcome to attend! For details, call 918-527-9966 or visit http://www.jerepetersonministries.com

A Global Day of Jewish Learning will be on Sunday from 6-8 at Temple Israel, 315 Forest Ave. You are invited to a worldwide day of learning in which thousands of people will join at synagogues and other Jewish sites across the globe. This year's curriculum, led by Rabbi Michael Howald and JR Rich, will enable participants to learn through an exchange of ideas and interpretations of selected ancient and modern texts on the subject of "Green Torah Wisdom." Light Kosher refreshments will be served. RSVP is appreciated at tmplisrael@aol.com or call 718-727-2231. 

Holiday or Christmas Fairs

Friday, 11/18 8-8 - St. Adalbert School, 355 Morningstar Rd.

Friday, 11/18 8-3, Saturday 12-5 and Sunday 11/20 9-4 – Blessed Sacrament School, 830 Delafield Ave.

Friday,11/18 3-9, Saturday, 11/19 9-9 and Sunday 11/20 10-5 – St. Joseph-St. Thomas, 50 Maguire Ave.

Saturday, 11/19 10-3 - Great Kills Moravian Church, 72 Hillside Terr.

Saturday, 11/19 10-4 - St. Peter & Paul & Assumption, 129 Clinton Ave.

Saturday, 11/19 10-3 - Zion Lutheran Church, Willowbrook & Watchogue Rds.

Saturday, 11/19 10-4 - Immanuel Union Church, 693 Jewett Ave.

Saturday, 11/19 9-3 - St. Simon's Church, 1055 Richmond Rd.

Saturday, 11/19 12-6, Sunday, 11/20 9-3 - St. Rita's Church, 30 Wellbrook Ave.

Sunday, 11/20 9:30 – Knights of Columbus, 397 Clarke Ave.

Sunday, 11/20 9-4 - St. Ann's Church, 125 Cromwell Ave.

The fabulous, Tony Award winning Melba Moore and Friends will be performing at the St. George Theater on Saturday, 11/26 at 8 (doors open at 7). Proceeds from this event will allow CANVAS: Institute of Art, Culture and Civic Engagement to support and expand upon educational programs for our youth. For more information on this fundraiser and youth programs, visit PR@IslandVoice.org.  To order tickets, visit http://www.stgeorgetheatre.com/an-evening-with-melba-moore-and-friends/ or Ticket Master 1-800-745-3000.

NYC Department of Administrative Services (DCAS) has released its examination schedule for November for a variety of positions, including Correction Officer, Environmental Police Office, Police Communications Technician, School Safety Agent, Special Officer and Traffic Enforcement Agent.  For information about registering for these and other tests, log on to the DCAS website http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/html/work/exam_monthly.shtml.

The State of New York may owe you CASH.  Every year, unclaimed funds from utility deposits, court funds, dividends, estate proceeds, insurance benefits and old bank accounts are turned over to the State Comptroller’s Office.  To find out if you are owed money, visit OSC.state.ny.us

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 $13.50/hour and $20.25/hour after 40 hours are worked in a week.  For required documents, where to report and other information, visit http://www1.nyc.gov/assets/dsny/snow/operations.shtml

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Christ Lutheran Church Holiday Fair 125 Cleveland Ave Great Kills

Dec 3 - 9-3

Posted by Bette Bommer on Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 at 1:41pm

Thank you, Bette Bommer, for your update on the Holiday Fair at Christ Lutheran Church. I will certainly add it to my list for that weekend's events.

Posted by Joan Coogan on Friday, November 18th, 2016 at 12:56pm

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