I finally saw the new “Star Wars” movie in 3D.  This 3D technology has become so vivid and life like—all the trailers for the coming attractions, even the animated movies, were also in 3D.  Years ago, when I watched action/adventure movies like “Star Wars” and “Lord of the Rings”, it was exciting.  Now I feel like I am part of the action. Will the next type movie be “virtual” with vibrating chairs and surround sound as in the theme parks?  

Did you start cleaning out your basement and attic of old electronics for the electronic waste recycling event?  Don’t forget that you can drop off at the Sanitation Department’s site every Saturday and the last Friday of the month at 100 West Service Rd. from 10-5. 

If you have a child who was born in 2011, is eligible to attend kindergarten in September and currently lives in NYC, you must submit an application in order to receive a kindergarten placementDeadline for submitting applications is January 15.  Families can apply in one of three ways:

  1.  Online at nyc.gov/schools/kindergarten.

  2.  Over the phone by calling 718-935-2400.

  3.  In person at the DOE’s District 31 Family Welcome Center at the Petrides School.

Attend FREE Kick Boxing, Tae Kwon Do and Tai Chi classes at the Chaun Center, 11 Sylvia St. on Wednesday 1/13 at 7.  Call 718-948-4131 for more info. 

Do you want to start 2016 on a good footing?  Staten Island University Hospital Northwell Health Medical Van will be at the Food Pantry, 984 Post Ave. on Thursday, 1/14 at 10 for FREE health screenings--blood pressure, BMI and info on living a healthy lifestyle.  

Are you a part of a New York City Park group and are looking for creative ways to raise money.  Attend the Fundraising Tools For Your Park Group on Thursday at 6:30 at Blue Heron Nature Center, 222 Poillon Ave.  At this workshop, you will hear about best practices from your peers in experienced park groups. 
- Expand your fundraising toolkit by hearing from industry professionals
- Learn 10 fundraising techniques, and learn when to use them
- Create a comprehensive budget and manageable for your park group.

For more information, call 212-602-5349 or visit http://www.cityparksfoundation.org/event/partnerships-academy-fundraising-tools-for-your-park-group-staten-island/ 

Is anyone else like me with these new-fangled baby and children's car seats?  How do you install?  How do you release?  My grandson imitated me for the longest time while I feverishly attempted to push the red release buttons, grunting all the way.  Not an easy undertaking!  Well, you can attend the FREE Car Seat Safety Check at RUMC, 355 Bard Ave. on Friday 1/15 where you will receive tips for the safe usage of children's car seats.  Call 212-839-4750 to register for an appointment between 9 and 11:30. 

Do you want to part with those old-fashioned things known as “books”?  I still read by holding the tome and turning pages by candlelight so don’t feel bad if you also still do so.  You can bring them to Clay Pit Pond State Park, 2351 Veteran’s Rd. West on Saturday, 1/16 from 9-4.  All ages and levels of books are accepted. 

On Saturday at 2, Staten Island OutLOUD invites you to explore a mysterious short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The Ice Palace" about a young woman from the deep South who travels north one winter to meet her fiancé's family.  This event is good for adults and young readers ages 10 and older. There will also be a book giveaway while supplies last. Event will take place at the Fort Wadsworth Visitors Center Bldg. 120, New York Ave. Call 718-907-0709 or visit http://www.statenislandoutloud.org 

The City Harvest Mobile Market will be at the Mariners Harbor Houses, 22 Roxbury St. on Saturday from 9:30 – 11:30 and at the Stapleton Houses, 77 Hill St. the same day, same time.  City Harvest developed Healthy Neighborhoods programs to respond to the need for emergency food, improve access to fruits and vegetables for residents in low-income communities and provide nutrition education that will inspire affordable, healthy meal choices.  If you would like to volunteer, donate food, donate funds or partner with City Harvest or if you know someone in need, visit http://www.cityharvest.org/programs/healthy-neighborhoods   

As the weather becomes brisk, the best place to spend an evening is at the Tavern Concerts at Historic Richmond Town which began last weekend and continue through April 2. You will enjoy musicians performing blues, folk, sea shanties and rock at this vintage tavern, warm yourself at the wood-burning stove, drink mugs of cider, wine or beer as you share seating with your friends and perhaps make new ones. For schedules and info, call 718-351-1611 or   visit http://www.historicrichmondtown.org/tavern-concerts.  Online tickets are available up until 3 p.m., two weekdays before the event. For Saturday and Sunday events, tickets are available online until 3 p.m. Thursday.   

The Noble Maritime Collection concert begins this Sunday, 1/17 from 2-5 at Snug Harbor Cultural Center, 1000 Richmond Terr.  Musicians and singers from the metropolitan area converge for Sea Shanty Sessions.  A fun afternoon event for all ages!  Bring an instrument or just yourself and sing along.  Admission is FREE but donations are appreciated.   

The exhibit "Random" with featured Photographer: Richard Xuereb continues through 2/14 at CPG Gallery (Creative Photographers' Guild), 814 Richmond Terr.  Exhibiting Photographers: 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, Richard Xuerub. Admission is FREE.  Hours are Saturday and Sunday 1-5. Call  718-288-2405 or visit http://www.cpggallery.org for more info. 

The Dinosaur Skull Replica Exhibit continues at the Richmondtown Public Library, 200 Clark Ave.  You will see twenty skulls altogether--Triceratops, T-Rex and others during regular Library hours.  Bring your dinosaur-loving children! 

Our Borough President, James Oddo is hosting his third annual OPEN HOUSE at Borough Hall on Sunday, 1/31 from noon to 3 for “Direct Connect Sunday” where a detailed display about projects and initiatives rolled out during 2015 as well as the 2016 agenda will be presented.  All Islanders are invited to attend; no registration is needed.  I attended the first Open House in 2014 which BP Oddo had in lieu of a traditional swearing-in ceremony.  It was a great opportunity for us to meet our new BP who made us feel right at home.  We viewed the wonderful murals throughout Borough Hall, enjoyed refreshments, toured his offices, chatted with the BP and his staff and had an enjoyable afternoon.  “Up close and personal” is how I describe BP Oddo.  Don’t miss his Open House!

If you would like to post photos of you at events this week, send them to me 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 joan.coogan@gmail.com

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