Do you write?  Have you ever kept a diary or a journal?  Was English composition your favorite subject in school?  If you haven’t yet done much creative writing but would like to start, why don’t you try out Memoirs OutLOUD--a creative writing workshop at St. George Branch of the New York Public Library, 5 Central Ave. held on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month at 10 a.m.  They will help you explore your potential with interesting exercises.  You can bring some of your work to share with the group and can work at your own pace.  No pressure, just fun and support.  You can come to every session, or drop in & out, according to your personal schedule.  Writing is good for the soul! 

Speaking of the New York Public Library (one of my favorites), I have been lax in publicizing the offerings at the Library. Toddler Time, Baby & Me, Teen events, Homework Help, Kiddie Tech Time, Lego Club, Movies, Pre-School Story Time, Reading Aloud, Fitness Saturday, Math & Reading Tutoring are just some of the events happening at the various branches of the Library each week.  As a former Page and an avid reader since childhood, working in the Library was a dream for me.  I became lost in so many adventures and traveled the world through reading.  I always enjoyed accompanying my grandson at Toddler Time and Story Time (and now he reads books to ME!).  My granddaughter is a regular at Baby & Me in the Tottenville branch and loves socializing with the other babies. The Library isn’t just for Kids!  It is available for adults, too--Computer training, Writing (note the Memoirs OutLoud event above), Spoken Word, Adult Crafts, EZ Knitting and Crocheting, Open Labs, to name a few.  This Saturday, 11/21 at 2:00, bring your children to “Magic Lesson for the Young Performer” at the Mariners Harbor Library, 206 South Ave.  Pete and Chris Amusements will teach basic magic with everyday items along with showmanship.  Each child will be able to perform a small 2-3 minute show.  How is that for an exciting event for the children?  Visit for events in your neighborhood this weekend and throughout the month.

Participate in a FREE Music & Movement workshop sponsored by Lincoln Center Education this Saturday from 1-3 followed by a performance by Brooklyn-based band Acopladitos.  The kindietronic band blends curious electronic and folk instruments with original songs in Spanish for this interactive musical experience for the whole family Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art (Building C), 1000 Richmond Terr.  For more info, visit

On Saturday at 4, enjoy discussions of the World of Gatsby & F. Scott Fitzgerald at the Conference House, 7455 Hylan Blvd. presented by Staten Island OutLOUD.

Help Clean and Maintain Westerleigh Park on Saturday 9-12 by raking, planting or gardening.  Enjoy a cup of coffee and a donut while getting great exercise. 

Learn how to compost indoors at Clay Pit Pond State Park, 2351 Veteran’s Rd. West on Saturday at 2. Vermicomposting with red worms will be led by Carol Hooper of NYC Compost Project, Snug Harbor.  Call 718-605-3970 ext. 201 for more info.

The CPG Gallery Holiday Show is Saturday 1-5, 814 Richmond Terr.  Exhibiting photographers are Richard Capuozzo, Willie Chu, Bruce Cohn, Joyce Coletti, Connie J. Frisch-Cherniak, Robin George, Robert Haber, Marilyn Kiss, Gail Middleton, Paul Nueckel, George Roos, Virginia Ross, Joan Velazquez, Fritz (Steven) Weiss and Richard Xuerub. The exhibit runs through 12/20.

A FREE Electronic Waste Recycling Event takes place Sunday, 11/22 from 10-4 rain or shine at the Jewish Community Center, 1446 Manor Rd. Parking Lot.  Computers, monitors, printers, TV’s, cell phones and more will be accepted.  Visit or call 212-477-4022 for info.

On Sunday at 3, join in on readings and discussions about the lives of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s wife, mistress and contemporaries at Alice Austen House, 2 Hylan Blvd. FREE and open to public.

Join the Staten Island Greenbelt Conservancy for a FREE indoor presentation at the Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Ave. on Sunday from 2-3.  Then enjoy a walk and learn more about deer, turkeys and other wild animals who are natives of our Island.

Christmas, Holiday and Craft Fairs:

Friday 8-8 - St. Adalbert School, 385 Morningstar Rd.

Friday 3-9, Saturday 9-9 & Sunday 10-5 - 10-5, St. Joseph-St. Thomas, 50 Maguire Ave.

Saturday, 12-6, Sunday 9-3 - St. Rita School Gymnasium, 281 Bradley Ave.

Saturday 10-4 - St. Peter-Assumption-St. Paul, 129 Clinton Ave.

Saturday 12-5 - Fall Harvest Festival at Gerard Carter Center, 230 Broad St.

Saturday 9-4 - Olivet Presbyterian Church, 97 Myrtle Ave.

Saturday 6-9 - Next Step Dance Studio, 6264 Amboy Rd.

Saturday 10-4 - Immanuel Union Church, 693 Jewett Ave. All proceeds will benefit animal rescue work.

Sunday 9:30-4 - Fr. John C. Drumgoole Council Hall, 397 Clarke Ave.

Attention one more time:  If you are between the ages of 16-24, out of school, not employed, do not have a college education, call Anna, 718-662-1432 at AHRC NYC regarding the Young Adult Internship Program (YAIP).  You will need photo ID, proof of age, proof of address, proof of eligibility to work.  If accepted, interns will receive 4 wks of paid orientation, 10 wks of paid internship, work readiness training and job counseling.  AHRC is located at 25 Victory Blvd. 2nd Fl.

Early registration has begun for emergency snow laborers who remove snow and ice citywide from bus stops, crosswalks, fire hydrants and streets in the City after heavy snowfalls.  If you are interested, register at your local district Sanitation garage weekdays between 7 and 3.  Payment is $13.50 per hour, and $20.25 per hour after 40 hours. Applicants must be 18+ years of age, eligible to work in the U.S. and capable of performing heavy physical labor. You must bring two small photos (1 ½ square), original and copy of two forms of identification and Social Security card. 

Along the same vein: Where-to-Turn is looking for volunteers for the Snow Shoveling for Seniors Program.  If you read my blogs this past winter and recall my kvetching about the tons of snow I shoveled every week, a lot of us are getting older (not me, of course) and need help with the task.  There are nearly 10,000 students eligible for the program (7th grade through college).  A senior requesting this service will be matched up with the child/teen/young adult who lives within walking distance.  Please visit or call Dennis McKeon at 718-966-6531. 

If you are sponsoring or attending an event this week, let me know and I will share with my gentle readers.  You can call me at 646-258-9696, leave a comment below or e-mail me at

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