Did you enjoy the two days of balmy spring-like weather this past weekend? I took advantage of it by strolling through Snug Harbor with my friend, Joe, and taking in the sights and sounds. As we enjoyed “people watching”, we came upon a guitarist playing tunes, an art class of youngsters observing turtles as they went up and down a ramp and other models to sketch, people walking dogs, dogs escaping from their people (and appearing at my side!?) and sunshine during this temporary break in temps.


On Saturday, I attended the Staten Island OutLOUD’s series on historian Nathaniel Philbrick’s “In the Heart of the Sea”, and more particularly, African American Mariners: Unsung Strivers, at the Frederick Douglass Memorial Park at 3201 Amboy Rd. The attendees took turns reading excerpts from “In the Heart of the Sea” as well as “Black Jacks” by W. Jeffrey Bolster. The event was co-hosted by Friends of Abandoned Cemeteries and Noble Maritime Collection. Members of the newly appointed Executive Board of Trustees were introduced. The 85th Anniversary Yearlong Kickoff fundraising event will take place on Thursday, 2/27 at the Hilton Garden Inn with a cocktail party in the Lobby Lounge. For more info, visit https://www.fdcemetery.com or https://www.facebook.com/fdmpinc/ or call Chairperson, Virginia Allen at 718-448-5183 or President, Board of Trustees, Lucille Herring at 917-842-5550.

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Bring the kiddies to Itty Bitty Storytime on Wednesday 1/15 at 11:15 at the Mariners Harbor Library, 206 South Ave. Children and their parents/caregivers can enjoy interactive stories, lively songs, finger plays and rhymes. Foster a love of reading and meet other little ones in the neighborhood.

On Wednesday at 11:30, join the Dongan Hills Library, 1617 Richmond Rd. for Adult Canvas Painting where the only thing you need to bring is your creativity! Every month paint something new with step by step instructions.  All supplies will be provided for you. Beginners welcome! Adult program if for ages 18+.  Registration required; call 718-351-1444.

Children ages 8-14 will enjoy 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!

All are invited to Local Voices Network: Quality of Life on the North Shore on Wednesday from 6-7:30 at the St. George Library Center, 5 Central Ave.   The NYPL is teaming up with the Local Voices Network (LVN) and The City newsroom on a project that invites everyone to speak and be heard. Join us for a recorded community conversation on the topic of Quality of Life on the North Shore. This recording will be made available for media outlets, decision-makers, and other local stakeholders to tune into real community stories and concerns. Sign up at nyc@lvn.org or 347-286-4406. Refreshments provided.

Con Edison Family Science Night, a free monthly series featuring science topics and experiments designed for children and their guardians to accomplish together, takes place on Wednesday at 6:30 at the Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Ave.  A few short, self-guided activities will start families thinking together, followed by a full group activity.  Ages 8-10 with adult chaperone.  Registration is required by calling 718-351-3450.

Attend Baby Storytime: Baby & Me, a special time to bond with your baby and meet other caregivers, on Thursday, 1/16 at 10:15 at the Tottenville Library, 7430 Amboy Rd. We will introduce our babies to the joys of movement, books, and song and begin to build their early learning skills. Come prepared to sit with your baby on your lap. For crawlers/pre-walkers.

On Thursday at 4, bring your little artist to the Pt. Richmond Library, 75 Bennett St. as we explore open-ended ways to promote early learning through art and music at Process Arts: DIY Winter Art Popup - Glittery Snow Globe.

Join the Mariners Harbor Library, 206 South Ave. on Thursday from 4-5 for Winter Wheel of Fortune for Kids, our version of the popular game show. The theme this time around is “Winter”. Team up with friends, expand your mind and take a guess at the puzzles. Free/must register in person or call 212-621-0690.

The JCC Beacon Community Center at IS49 presents Adult Painting Class, taught by Marie St. Victor on Thursday from 6-7:30 at IS49, 101 Warren St. Childcare is provided pre-K-85h Grade. For info and/or to register, contact Michael Williams, Asst. Director at mwilliams@sijcc.com or 718-556-1565.

On Friday, 1/17 from 11-12, attend Prompted: A Creative Writing Session for adults 50+ on at the Todt Hill-Westerleigh Library, 2550 Victory Blvd. Do you wish there was a place you could go for writing inspiration and practice, where you could meet others? Join us, for a creative writing session with prompts. We'll supply the paper, pens, and writing prompts. You just bring your creativity.  It's just an hour of writing in a fun manner. No pressure, no angst.

Ghost Tales: A Live, Interactive, Variety Show, hosted by Chris O’Brien, returns on Friday from 8-11 at the historic Third County Courthouse at Historic Richmond Town. Comedians, Musicians, and Artists tell true stories of life in New York City. Each set will feature five artists who share real life experiences, tell true stories of life on Staten Island and may even indulge the audience in a ghost tale or two! The show features many up and coming, as well as established, comedians, storytellers, musicians, artists, historians and community members. Along with this, the show features one musical talent, including former Capital Records songwriter, Kevin Devine.  For info, visit https://www.historicrichmondtown.org/ghost-tales-with-chris-obrien

Bring the family to Storytime and Activities featuring “Nobody Hugs a Cactus” on Saturday 1/18 at 11 at Barnes & Noble, 2655 Richmond Ave.  Hank is the prickliest cactus in the entire world and everyone stays away from him. But he is beginning to discover that being alone can be, well, lonely.

The Saturday Morning Read Aloud takes place on Saturday at 11 at the Great Kills Library, 56 Giffords Ln. Enjoy listening to some favorite children’s books read aloud by our librarians. Good for ages 4+.

Learn to knit with a Knitting Loom by completing a simple project on Saturday from 11-12 at the Dongan Hills Library, 1617 Richmond Rd. Already have your own project? Bring it to work on with the group. Class is for adults.

On Saturday from 11-12:30, join the Urban Park Rangers at Birding: Raptor Watch at Brookfield Park, Arthur Kill Rd. and Brookfield Ave. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome. To enhance your experience we encourage you to bring field guides and binoculars, or ask a Ranger to borrow a pair.

Attend the Saturday Book Discussion: “Hillbilly Elegy” by J. D. Vance on Saturday from 11-1 at the Richmondtown Library, 200 Clarke Ave. “Hillbilly Elegy” is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans. The disintegration of this group, a process that has been slowly occurring now for more than forty years, has been reported with growing frequency and alarm. This book tells the true story of what a social, regional and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck. It is also an urgent and troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large segment of this country.

The Friends of Olmsted-Beil House presents “Frederick Law Olmsted—From Pear Trees to Parks”, on Saturday from 12-2 at the St. George Library, 5 Central Ave. Join Matt Falber as he discusses how a Staten Island farmer who changed careers often enough to live in modern times became the nation’s most celebrated park designer.

Attend an Author Event: Jason Cianciotta, "Me, You, and Him” on Saturday at 3 at Everything Goes Café, 208 Bay St. Jason Cianciotta, born with an undiagnosed disorder, has been in a lifelong fight to defy the odds. Numerous fractures, skeletal deformities, surgeries, bone infections, and corrective procedures have taken their toll; as a bilateral amputee, the fight continues. Blessed with a mind for learning, Jason holds degrees in Biology, Philosophy, School Administration and Chemical Engineering, and has been an educator for 15+ years. Affectionately known as Mr. C to his students, he has a unique way of inspiring, and relaying God’s Word - through math and science - to people of all ages.

The Tavern Concerts continue with two sessions on Saturday from 611 at the newly-restored Guyon Tavern, located on Richmond Rd. The concerts boast the feeling of a 19th-century tavern with a wood-burning stove, candlelight and costumed interpreters. Beverage options include hot apple cider, homemade mulled wine, as well as a refreshing selection of beers. For more info, visit historicrichmondtown.org For tickets, visit https://www.tickettailor.com/events/historicrichmondtown/333511#

Join the Greenbelt educators at Winter Survival Skills on Sunday 1/19 at 11 at Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Ave. This outdoor program will cover basic shelter building, fire starting, tracking, and ways to protect yourself, while exploring winter’s wilderness. Dress appropriately for winter conditions. Good for ages 10+. Registration is required; call 718-351-3450 or email: naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org

On Sunday at 3:30, attend Sunday Story Time at the Todt Hill-Westerleigh Library, 2550 Victory Blvd. for songs, rhymes, and favorite read-aloud books as we show you that story time is fun for the whole family. For young children of all ages. Ideal for caregivers with multiple-aged children.

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