Did you attend Living with Deer on Saturday at the Greenbelt Nature Center. During a recent trip to Colorado, I spotted four bucks just crossing the street. They are huge up close!  Notice how they look you right in the eye. 

Then, while driving home on a secondary road at night, I noticed a dark blur in front of my car. When I high-beamed the blur, it turned out to be a bunch of baby deer just hanging out in the middle of the road. Where was Mommy?!  The deer population on Staten Island has become just as rampant.  Please—don’t feed the deer!

Did you bring your family to the Victorian parlour at the beautiful Mont Sec House to listen to a Victorian Thanksgiving Story, attend Poetry and Prose with Staten Island OutLOUD celebrating Greenbelt’s anniversary with community readings from William T. Davis, contemporary Island poets, and “In the Heart of the Sea”, participate in Stargazing at Great Kills Park, try your hand at Adult Canvas Painting at the Dongan Hills Library or hone up on your skills at Basic Computer Help at the St. George Library?

Sts. Peter & Paul & Assumption held its Christmas Fair on Saturday. Following are photos from this event.



At the Christmas fair, the president of Cross Road Foundation, Joann Gilmartin, shared information about this organization. The Cross Road Foundation is a Pregnancy Resource Center located on Staten Island, committed to assisting women and families who are facing unplanned pregnancies by providing them accurate information about their options and by offering them ongoing support. They are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and rely on the generosity of donors for support. The Foundation administrative offices are located at 482 Manor Road, Staten Island, NY 10314. TEL # 718-556-3474, Fax# 718-556-3471. The Mommy Store is at 15 Webster Ave. If you are in need of support, please do not hesitate to call Joann. If you would like to know more about Cross Road Foundation, please visit their website at www.crossroadfoundation.org

Don’t forget to check out the list of Holiday/Christmas Fairs this week around Staten Island at the end of my blog below!

To give you an update of the mural commercial artist, Mona Oman, is creating on the building at Henderson and Davis Avenues, see photo below. You can contact Mona at www.monaoman.com, monaomanart@gmail.com, on Facebook or call her at 718-759-8722.

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Bring the children ages 5-11 to Wednesday STEAMday on 11/27 at 4 to the Stapleton Library, 132 Canal St. Come and have a blast exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math!

Take an Adult Afternoon Hike: Fall Hike/LaTourette on Wednesday from 1:303:30 at Greenbelt Nature Center in Blood Root Valley, 700 Rockland Ave. at Brielle Ave. Enjoy the picturesque views of the park as we point out a few of the unique features that make it special. The pace of the hike will be determined by the pace of the group. Good for ages 18+. 

Bring the kiddies ages 8-14 to Lego Club on Wednesday at 4 at the Todt Hill-Westerleigh Library,  2550 Victory Blvd.  The library will supply Legos, while you provide imagination. All materials must stay at the library so bring a camera to document your creations!

Children 3+ will enjoy Family Storytime/Read Aloud on Wednesday at 4 at the New Dorp Library,  309 New Dorp Ln. hearing books read aloud, finger plays, action rhymes and coloring.

Thursday is Thanksgiving! I wish all of my gentle readers a peaceful day spent with those you love. Think about inviting people to your home who may not have anyone to share the day with or volunteer to help deliver and serve meals to those in need. You can start by our very own Project Hospitality on Staten Island. Visit their website--https://www.projecthospitality.org/thanksgiving-for-all/

Also, don’t even think of drinking and driving on Thanksgiving Eve! Borough President Oddo, DA McMahon, Uber and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) are sponsoring a FREE Uber ride to and from a location on Staten Island on November 27 from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. Use the Promo Code SAFERIDESI19 on your Uber App for two free rides (up to $15 each).

Join the 16th Annual Day After Thanksgiving Hike, Friday, 11/ 29 from 10-12 at Greenbelt Nature Center in Blood Root Valley, 700 Rockland Ave. at Brielle Ave. Hike to the LaTourette house with NYC Urban Park Rangers and Greenbelt Educators. This hike is over 2.5 hours and is moderately paced.  Good for ages 10+. Dress appropriately for hiking and for the weather conditions. This program is sponsored by City Councilmember Steven Matteo. Registration required; Call 718-351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org

Staten Island North Shore 'Greenbelt Crescent' Black Friday Walk takes place on Friday from 122Join an NYC Park arborist/naturalist for a guided tour of Staten Island's North Shore "Greenbelt": Jones Woods, Goodhue Park, Allison Pond and Snug Harbor. These parks and natural areas create a nearly 100 acres North Shore "Greenbelt Crescent" from New Brighton to Livingston.   The easy to moderate walk is approximately 3 miles round trip. Meet at Franklin Ave. and Arnold St. in Jones Woods Park.

Rock-a-Silly Band with Mr. Patrick will entertain on Friday at 1:30 at Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Ave.  Sing and shake the turkey away during a fun-filled, family-friendly concert. Find fun in the forest as we sing about animals, the outdoors and the beginning of the winter holiday season. Visit www.musicwithpatrick.com. Registration recommended; call 718-351-3450 or e-mail naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Member Bring a Friend takes place on Friday from 5:308:30 at Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in Ocean Breeze Park, 625 Father Capodanno Blvd. Members--invite a friend to try our fitness center on the last Thursday of every month for free. Come break a sweat and introduce a friend to the most state-of-the-art fitness facility in NYC!   Limit one guest pass per member per month. Visitor cannot exceed 3 visits in a 12 month period. The visitor must be accompanied by a member at the time of redemption, sign in at the front desk, and complete a waiver form.

Small Business Saturday is held on 11/30, a day after Black Friday. The Staten Island Chamber of Commerce is urging residents to shop local on this day. Support the small businesses in your neighborhood. Visit the SICC facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/shopsmallstatenisland  

Have fun making a Stocking Ornament on Saturday 11/ 30 from 9-12 at Home Depot-All Staten Island locations. Using the pieces in this kit, you’ll learn to nail a frame to the inside of your ornament. The frame can hold any favorite small photo. With help from your parents and our Store Associates, you can paint your creation to make it truly unique. Don’t forget to add stickers for a final special touch. All Kids Workshop attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin. https://www.homedepot.com/workshops/ or call 800-466-3337

Make gifts and keepsakes out of recycled materials on Saturday from 11-12:30 at Clay Pit Ponds Visitors Center, 2351 Veterans Rd. W.  Bring clean bottles, cans, old shoes, hangers, CDs or anything else that you would like to re-purpose. All ages welcome. RSVP by calling 718-605-3970 x201.

Participate in Winter Wilderness Survival on Saturday from 12:30 at School Rd. and Bay St. in Von Briesen Park. Our Urban Park Rangers are well versed in outdoor lore. Learn tips and tricks that will enhance your knowledge of the natural world, and might just save your life.  Whether you are preparing for an extended journey through the woods or just want to be more prepared for any situation, a wilderness survival program is perfect for you. All programs are family friendly, but are recommended for ages 8 years and older.

Join the Castleton Merchants Organization and St. Mary's Episcopal Church for a Holiday Tree Lighting on Saturday from 5-7 at 347 Davis Ave. as we celebrate the start of the holiday season.

Attend the Annadale Christmas Tree Lighting on Sunday,12/1 from 5-7 at 820 Annadale Rd. next to Richmond County Savings Bank featuring a train ride for the kids, holiday characters, face painting, bouncy houses, DJ, live performance by Miss Caroline’s Dance Elite and, of course, the arrival of Santa and your very own photo. Brought to you by Councilman Joe Borelli, Hudson Wealth Management and The South Shore BID, this event is free to the public and all are invited.

Holiday/Christmas Fairs

All Saints Church, Victory Blvd. & Woolley Ave., Saturday 11/30 from 10-5

Holy Rosary School, 100 Jerome Ave., Sunday 12/1 from 9-4

Clove Lakes Health Care & Rehab Center, 25 Fanning St., Sunday 12/1 from 10-4

National Lighthouse Museum, 200 The Promenade at Lighthouse Point, Sunday, 12/1 from 11-4

Fr. Capodanno Lodge #212 OSDIA, Hemsley Hall, St. Andrew Church, 4 Arthur Kill Rd. 12/3 from 5:30-9:30

I welcome comments and photos at events you have attended. If you want to share events for me to post, email, text or call.

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