How many of you ate a vegetarian, pasta or any other kind of food instead of turkey on Thanksgiving this year?  If you have photos showing alternative food choices, I will post them.  I can honestly say I enjoy turkey but love those crispy pieces of skin as a side dish.  Yummy!  Here are photos from my family's Thanksgiving featuring turkey, mashed potatoes, creamed white onions, lots of veggies, a large healthy vegetable salad, homemade pumpkin, cherry, mince, apple pies, moonshine cake and rum cake.













Did you prepare yourself for the holiday by Line Dancing at Christ Methodist Church on Wednesday or Yoga on Thanksgiving morning with 5 Boro Power Yoga or Family Hike with the JCC or the Super Hike at Gateway? How many of you shopped at your local businesses on Small Business SaturdaySmall Business Saturday – Polish Style was a success!  

Visit the Lenape Landscape: Trees as Tonic Exhibit by artist Susan Stair on Wednesday, 11/30 at the Conference House Park, 298 Satterlee St. This exhibit of clay castings by Susan Stair forms portraits in trees used by the Lenape Indians for food and medicine. Conference House Park is home to the largest burial site of the pre-Columbian Lenape tribe in the five boroughs of New York City. For info on this event and others at the Conference House, visit

Attend a workshop entitled: How To Grow Your Community Park on Wednesday at 6:30 at the Ocean Breeze Track and Field Complex, 625 Fr. Capodanno Blvd.  You will hear from experts on how to best grow your group as well as from leaders who have expanded groups themselves. Also, participate in a personalized activity that will outline the next steps towards growing your group.  For details, visit

The Annual Christmas Tree Lighting will take place on Thursday, 12/1 at 6 at Borough Hall Plaza (facing the Ferry terminal).  The St. George Theatre and the Tottenville H.S. Choir will perform Christmas carols. The Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre will perform an excerpt from “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol”.  Santa will join Borough President Oddo to light the tree and give out books to children who attend.   The event is co-sponsored by the NY Wheel, Empire Outlets, Bikers Against Child Abuse and the Gavel Grill.

Spotlight Children’s Theatre presents ELF, The Musical! on Friday, 12/2 at 7 at the Music Hall at Snug Harbor Cultural Center, 1000 Richmond Terr. You are sure to be delighted as you enjoy this professionally produced, directed and choreographed holiday musical which includes a talented cast of children ages 4-18.  For reservations and ticket information, call 718-207-1128 or visit

Welcome the holidays by singing Christmas carols while the Conference House is illuminated from within on Friday at 7 at the Conference House Park, 298 Satterlee St. Come enjoy free hot cider and cookies! Dress warmly, as the festivities take place outdoors.  (In case of extreme weather, the event will be cancelled.)  For info, visit

Staten Island OutLOUD hosts Staten Island writer Richard Ryan for an author's reading and book signing of his mystery novel “The Vatican Cameos: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure" on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the ETG Book Cafe, 208 Bay St. For info, call 718-907-0709 or visit

Attend a Tax Changes Seminar on Saturday, 12/3 at 9 a.m. at the Hampton Inn, 1120 South Ave. This seminar will provide tax professionals, small-business owners and the general public with insight into some of this year’s latest significant tax changes, as well as the Affordable Care Act and American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012.  Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits for Tax are available for qualifying attendees. REGISTER ONLINE at or call 718-727-1221. 

United Artists Stadium 16 in Mariners Harbor, 2474 Forest Ave., is inviting customers and their families to celebrate the holiday season by bringing back classic holiday films to the big screen each Saturday throughout December for only $5.  Regal Crown Club members will also receive a $5 medium popcorn and medium soft drink combo per transaction.  Visit for times. The schedule is as follows:

12/3  - A Christmas Story rated PG

12/10 - National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation rated PG-13

12/17 - Home Alone rated PG

12/24 - It's a Wonderful Life rated PG

Enter the City of Science: Staten Island, a buzzing metropolis of science, technology, engineering and mathematical possibilities on Sunday, 12/4 at 10 at the South Shore YMCA, 3939 Richmond Ave. Featuring awe-inspiring, interactive demonstrations and larger-than-life activities, this indoor exhibition unleashes everyone’s inner scientist. Experience how creativity and discovery go hand-in-hand, right here on Staten Island. RSVP not required, but encouraged. For info and RSVP, visit

Attend Christmas in Historic Richmond Town on Sunday from 11-5 at Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Ave. Sponsored by The Women's Auxiliary of Historic Richmond Town, Santa arrives by fire truck at noon and will be available for pictures. The second floor will display fresh greenery, handmade crafts, baked goods and one-of-a-kind handmade baskets. Tour the historic homes and enjoy a fun ride on the horse-drawn wagon. The Bennett Cafe will be open for light food and refreshments from 11-3, along with story telling on the second floor. Listen to the Bell Choir from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the museum and at 5, walk to the tree lighting. Admission is $5 and includes a free raffle. Children under 6 are free.  For info, call 718-351-1611 or visit

Holiday/Christmas Fairs

Wednesday, 11/30 5:30-7:30 - PS 3 (31R003), The Margaret Gioiosa Pleasant Plains School, 80 South Goff Ave.  

Thursday, 12/1 5-8 – Marsh Ave. Expeditionary Learning School, 100 Essex Dr.

Thursday, 12/1 7-9, Friday 12/2 6-10 – St. Charles, 200 Penn Ave.

Saturday, 12/3

9-3 - Christ Lutheran Church, 125 Cleveland Ave.

12-6 - St. Christopher School, 15 Lisbon Pl.  

11-4 - Art Lab, Inc., 1000 Richmond Terr.

10-3 - Christ Church New Brighton, 76 Franklin Ave.

9-4 - I.S. 24, 225 Cleveland Ave.

11-5 - Stapleton UAME Church, 49 Tompkins Ave.

9-4 - New Dorp High School, 465 New Dorp Ln.

9-6 - Boy Scouts of America Unit 24, 19 Fourth St.

10-4 - Castleton Hill Moravian Church, 1657 Victory Blvd.

10-4 Staten Island Museum,1000 Richmond Terr.

12-4 - Island Shores Senior Residence Holiday Fair, 1111 Fr. Capodanno Blvd.

10-4 - Unitarian Church, 312 Fillmore St.

Sunday, 12/4

10-4 - Joan and Alan Bernikow Jewish Community Center, 1466 Manor Rd. 

10-5 - Farrell H.S., 2900 Amboy Rd. 

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

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