Did you take advantage of the warm albeit rainy weather this past week? It was hard for the kiddies to go Trick or Treating with the intermittent rain, but they did get a reprieve with the heat and were able go out later in the day without coats. Many of the schools had a Halloween parade around the school grounds. It’s fun to get dressed up for the day.

Were you able to attend the Tenant, Homeowner and Landlord Resource Housing Resource Fair at the Staten Island Museum Auditorium in Snug Harbor, the Scandinavian Holiday Fair at Eger Home, the Fundraiser Clothing Drive and 5th Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive with Friends of Kivlehan Park to benefit Project Hospitality on Saturday, or Community Christmas Holiday Fair at the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church on Sunday?

One of my gentle readers, Diane--a fit, healthy, energetic grandmother of four who works out every day to remain so shared photos of a 10-mile hike she took through the Staten Island Greenbelt with Protectors of Pine Oak Woods. She added the following, “Having just celebrated another birthday recently, I can happily say that this gal’s still got her hiking legs... but oh my aching feet... and it was still worth every mile!” I am so inspired by Diane and wish her well in her goal to stay happy and healthy.


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The Project Renewal ScanVan will be offering free mammograms and breast exams to women ages 40 and older on Wednesday 11/6 beginning at 9:30 in front of Staten Supreme Court in St. George. While walk-ins are welcome, appointments are encouraged by calling 631-581-4171.

Participate in Adult Afternoon Hikes: Greta Moulton Trail on Wednesday from 1:303:30 at High Rock Park, Parking Lot, 200 Nevada Ave. Enjoy the picturesque views of each park as we point out a few of the unique features that make each park special. The pace of the hike will be determined by the pace of the group. For ages 18+. 

In the HeART of the Sea for Teens takes place on Wednesday at 2:30 at New Dorp Library, 309 New Dorp Ln. and is hosted by the Staten Island OutLOUD and Librarians who will show you how to make bracelets using nautical knots. They also feature a Minecraft session featuring “Heart of the Sea” in-game and a book giveaway, too.

Wednesday STEAMDay takes place this Wednesday at 4 at the Stapleton Library, 132 Canal St. Come and have a blast exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math! Good for ages 5-11.

The Lego Club meets on Wednesday 11/6 at 4 at the Todt Hill-Westerleigh Library, 2550 Victory Blvd. The library will supply Legos, while children ages 8-14 provide imagination. All materials must stay at the library, so bring a camera to document your creations!

Bring your crawlers/pre-walkers to Baby Lapsit on Thursday 11/7 at 11:15 at South Beach Library, 21-25 Robin Rd.for a special time to bond with your baby and meet other caregivers. We will introduce your 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.

Consider joining or tell a knitter that you know to participate in CloseKnit on Thursday from 2-4 at the Noble Maritime Collection, 1000 Richmond Terr. CloseKnit is free and open to knitters of all skill levels. The goods members make are donated to community charities including The Seamen’s Church Institute’s Christmas at Sea program and the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless.

Participate in STEAMtastic on Thursday at 4 at the Mariners Harbor Library,  206 South Ave. Use your imagination and have fun with science experiments, computer games, building challenges and other crafts and activities. Call the branch at 212-621-0690 to find out what we will be exploring this month.

Make your own Nautical Coffee Mugs—Sharpie DIY on Friday 11/8 at 1 at the New Dorp Library, 309 New Dorp Ln. Colorful Sharpies will be on hand and librarians will show you how to decorate your own mug with nautical imagery. This event starts at 1 and concludes in time for the Staten Island OutLOUD and the library’s 2:30 book discussion on “In the Heart of the Sea” by Nathaniel Philbrick.

On Saturday 11/9 from 10-12, please join the Friends of Lt. Lia Park and the St. George Civic Assn. for Veterans Day Tree Planting and spring bulb planting at 260 St. Marks Pl. to honor park namesake and veteran, Nicholas Lia, as well as the many other SI veterans who bravely served our country.

Participate in Family Literacy Day on Saturday from 10-2 at P.S. 68, 1625 Forest Ave.  Crafts, music, and a free book for each child!

Attend Shelter Building Workshop on Saturday from 1112:30 at Blue Heron Nature Center in Blue Heron Park, 222 Poillon Ave. Do you have what it takes to survive in the wilderness? Develop skills that will help you create a shelter from natural and human-made objects.

Attend Arts, Culture & Fun: “Measure for Measure” by William Shakespeare, directed by LA Williams on Saturday from 12:30-2:30 at Faber Park, Kill Van Kull & Faber St., Faber Park Field House, 2175 Richmond Terr. The Public Theater Mobile Unit transports communities of the five boroughs to the vibrant streets of New Orleans for a bold new production of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure directed by LA Williams. It’s 1979, and though Mardi Gras has been officially cancelled, the community is still celebrating. Temporarily left in charge by the Duke, the upright and uptight Lord Angelo has decided to crack down on the city’s debauchery, arresting young Claudio for impregnating his fiancée Juliet before their wedding. When virtuous Isabella, Claudio’s sister, hears of his death sentence, she begs Lord Angelo for mercy. The hypocritical Angelo propositions her instead, leaving Isabella with an impossible choice: save her soul or her brother’s life. In this timely production, lovers and leaders in disguise reveal how those in power take advantage of those without it–posing the question, can the law be both just and merciful? Please RSVP to benny.adorno@parks.nyc.gov.

Turn & Learn Compost Work Day (NYC Compost Project) takes place at the Compost Demonstration Site in Snug Harbor Cultural Center, 1000 Richmond Terr. on Saturday from 1-3. Enjoy the fresh air and beautiful surroundings while working on the NYC Compost Project demonstration site. The best way to learn about compost is to make it, and attending our Turn & Learns will make you a pro. Bring a water bottle, wear closed-toed shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. If you help us make compost, you can take compost. Bring your own container.  (Please note this is a volunteer event and not a pick-up event. You must volunteer at the work day to receive compost. Supplies may be limited.) Registration is strongly recommended; visit https://snugharbor.secure.force.com/ticket/#sections_a0F1H00000Esj5WUAR

The premiere of a heart-warming film about the life of Rev. Vincent Capodanno “the grunt padre” titled “The Field Afar: The Story of Father Vincent Capodanno” will be screened on Saturday at 1 and 3 at the Third County Court House at Historic Richmond Town. In honor of Fr. Capodanno and all veterans of the U.S. military, a ceremony will take place outside the Court House at 12:30. A motorcycle parade of veterans and supporters will roar into town escorted by the NYPD Motorcycle Unit and the Richmond Town Volunteer Fire Department, greeted by NYPD Emerald Society bagpipers, military and AOC Color Guard. For tickets and info, visit www.sifilminstitute.org

On Saturday, 11/9 at 2, Staten Island OutLOUD will team up with the St. George Library for a Books & Brew event at Everything Goes Book Café, 208 Bay St. A community reading and dialogue of Nathaniel Philbrick’s “In the Heart of the Sea” will take place as well as a book giveaway.

Participate in Autumn Skies--Create a Cloud Finder on Saturday at 2 at the Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Ave.  Have you ever wondered why we have autumn crimson sunsets and cloudy skies? Join us as we make a cloud finder and take a short hike (weather permitting). Good for ages 7+. Registration required; call 718-351-3540 or email naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org

Look for hidden pieces to complete a map to find treasure hidden outside the nature center, and then take it up a notch by hunting for treasure on our trails at Treasure Hunt on Saturday from 2-4 at Clay Pit Ponds Visitors Center, 2351 Veterans Rd W. Good for ages 8+.

Patricia Salmon invites all to Dr. Samuel Akerly and the Growth of Natural History on SI on Sunday 11/10 from 1-3 at Walker Park, 50 Bard Ave.  Edward Johnson, naturalist and curator of the Olmsted-Beil House, will discuss Dr. Akerly’s natural history activities at the house while sharing highlights about naturalist John J. Crooke and Will T. Davis.

On Sunday at 2, participate in The Sea and Alice Austen at the Alice Austen House Museum, 2 Hylan Blvd. together with Staten Island OutLOUD as we read from “In the Heart of the Sea”. You will learn about Alice’s Uncle Oswald Muller, a Danish sea captain as you reflect on Alice’s marvelous photographs of the harbor.

Participate in Cool School Holiday at Staten Island History with Historic Richmond Town on Monday 11/11 from 10-5 at the SI Children's Museum, 1000 Richmond Terr.Free admission for all. Go back in time with Historic Richmond Town and see the Staten Island of the 1700s. Check back on our website for event time and info!

If you know or are living with someone who appears to have a substance abuse problem, come talk and listen at the Parents & Family Substance Abuse Support Group on Monday from 7-8 at Christopher's Reason Recovery Center, 521 Arthur Kill Rd, 3rd fl. The goal of this group is substance abuse education, referral sources, support family and friends.

Holiday/Christmas Fairs

Church of St. Andrew, 4 Arthur Kill Rd. Friday 11/8--10-6 and Saturday, 11/9--11-6:30

Cranberry Festival, Bethel United Methodist Church, 7033 Amboy Rd. Friday 11/8 and Saturday 11/9-- 9-5

St. John’s Lutheran, 216 Jewett Ave., Saturday 11/9—9:30-3

Our Lady Star of the Sea, 5371 Amboy Rd. Saturday 11/9--12-8

Holy Family, 366 Watchogue Rd. Sunday 11/10--9-3

St. Joseph & St. Mary Immaculate, 139 St. Mary’s Ave., Sunday, 11/10--9-4

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