Well, we received another reprieve of two days of 60+ degrees weather.  I put down the convertible top and worked on my winter intake of Vitamin D “the sunshine vitamin”!  I even gave my grandkiddies a ride with the top down.  My grandson was thrilled to be able to see the world of Staten Island so clearly (Uh, oh! Does that mean a future motorcyclist in the family?!) AND he held his little sister’s hand as he pointed out different things on her side and then his side of the car. We visited the playground at Bloomingdale Park, and it was packed!  It was so glorious to have some sun and heat in January without flying to Florida.

Did you take the winter walk through Willowbrook Park with the Protectors of Pine Oak Woods on Saturday?  One of my gentle readers, Diane, shared her photos below taken while the group walked/hiked 10 miles as it snowed.  What troopers!  Thanks Diane, I really appreciate it!






How many of you attended Composting 101 at Snug Harbor?  This is a good time to start learning.  My compost has historically turned into dark rich soil with loads of worms by March making it ideal for planting my vegetables and adding to the flower garden. 

Parents:  Did you convince your offspring to check out the Library schedule in your neighborhood for wholesome, FREE activities for all ages? Visit http://nypl.org

The Mobile Market of City Harvest is held twice a month year-round and provides free fruits, vegetables and recipes.  The Mobile Market is held every 1st Wednesday and 3rd Saturday in front of the Senior Center at 22 Roxbury St. from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. on the following dates:

Jan. 21, Feb. 1 and 18, Mar. 1 and 18, Apr. and 15, May 3 and 20, June 7 and 17.

You are eligible if you reside in Mariners Harbor, Todt Hill or West Brighton NYCHA houses, Arlington Terr. Apts or live in the 10302, 03, 10 or 14 zip codes.  Bring proof of address and matching photo ID.

The Mobile Market is held behind 75 Hill St. at Stapleton Houses every 1st Tuesday and 3rd Saturday of each month from 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. on the following dates:

Jan. 21, Feb. 7 and 18, Mar. 7 and 18, April 4 and 15, May 2 and 20, June 6 and 17.

You are eligible if you participate in programs at the Stapleton Houses Senior Center or have a student in IS 49, reside in Berry, Cassidy Coles, New Lane, Richmond Terr., South Beach or Stapleton NYCHA houses, or live in the 10301, 04, 05 or 10 zip codes.  Bring proof of address and matching photo ID.

Meet up with SIUH's Community Outreach Team for information on healthy aging, nutrition, exercise, smoking cessation, stroke prevention, behavioral health, diabetes management and more at West Brighton Neighborhood Senior Center Health Fair, Wednesday, 1/18 at 8 a.m. at NYCHA House, 230 Broadway. 

Participate in a 1-2 mile guided Bird and Nature Walk with the Staten Island Museum, Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Conference House Park, 298 Satterlee St. You will search the waters of Raritan Bay for waterfowl and the woods for hardy wintering songbirds in New York State’s southernmost park.  Meet outside the Visitor’s Center at Satterlee St. and Hylan Blvd. For details, call 718-727-1135 or visit http://www.theconferencehouse.org

A FREE Tobacco Cessation Class will be held on Wednesday at 6 at Richmond University Medical Center, 355 Bard Ave. It could save your life. Call 718-818-1234 for info.

A Call for Artists to enter "Island of Art" Third Annual Juried Exhibition begins Wednesday at St. John's University, 300 Howard Ave. It is FREE to submit with a $25 Hanging fee, if selected. The deadline is 2/10/2017. Exhibition dates are 3/25-27/17.  Opening Reception is Saturday, 3/25 from 2-5.  Only Staten Island artists may apply. No theme restrictions. Two dimensional works, any medium. Maximum size 36” x 36”.  Submission Guidelines: Please submit up to 4 images of your works and resume via email to sju.ioa@gmail.com. 72dpi, 1200 longest side.  For further details, call 718-390-4456 or visit https://stjohns.digication.com/sjulibrarygallery/Call_For_Artists

Learn website development using HTML and CSS in this FREE 10-week Coding Course beginning Thursday, 1/19 at 3:30 at the St. George Library, 5 Central Ave. For info, call 718-442-8560 or visit https://www.nypl.org/locations/st-george-library-center

Come join a Service of Prayer for Christian Unity, sponsored by the Staten Island Council of Churches on Thursday at 7 at St. Charles R.C. Church, 200 Penn Ave. Hymn singing begins at 7 p.m. and worship service begins at 7:30 p.m. For details, call 718-761-6782.

The Third Thursday Film Discussion Group will be lead by Ed Davin on Thursday, from 7-9 at Art on the Terrace, 776 Richmond Terr. The theme will be "History of the Movies."  Visit http://sicreative.org for info.

Meet the Outreach Team of SIUH Northwell Health Medical Van on Friday, 1/20 at 10 at Cassidy Coles Senior Center, 125 Cassidy Pl. for free blood pressure and BMI screenings. Pick up brochures on diabetes, stroke prevention, health aging, smoking cessation, cancer services, nutritional information and more.

Join your friends for Friday Afternoon Movies on Friday at 2:30. Call 718-442-8560 or check website for movie selections https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2017/01/06/friday-afternoon-movies-st-george .

Playwright's Festival, including original full-length shorts, staged readings, one acts, etc., begins Friday at 8 at The Little Victory Theater, 4089 Victory Blvd. General Admission is $20, $17 senior/student.  For reservations and info, call 718-524-8467 or visit http://www.littlevictorytheatre.com

If it is time for you to give back, participate in the Forest Restoration Workshop on Saturday, 1/21 at 10 at the Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Ave.  You will cut Oriental Wisteria from an area close to the junction of the Nature Trail and Blue Trail. Protectors will supply tools, gloves and refreshments. After the work session (our 244th monthly workshop), you will take a short walk over nearby trails. For more info, contact Don Recklies at 718-768-9036 or Chuck Perry at 718-667-1393 or visit http://siprotectors.org/ 

If you are an experienced writer, or if you’re just beginning to explore your writing potential, Memoirs OutLOUD – A Creative Writing Workshop is for you.  It offers a welcoming and nurturing environment at the St. George Library Center, 5 Central Ave. on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month. Next workshop is on Saturday, 1/21 at 10. Staten Island OutLOUD welcomes Islanders to this stimulating writing studio, open to all adults.  For info, call 718-907-0709 or visit http://www.statenislandoutloud.org/category/upcoming-events/ 

Let it Snow! Enjoy winter wonderland stories, play indoor "snow" games, sing along to snow songs and finger play and make snow-inspired crafts for children of all ages & families on Saturday at 2 at the St. George Library Center 5 Central Ave.  Call 718-442-8500 for details or visit https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2017/01/21/let-it-snow  

The Tavern Concerts continue this Saturday at 6 and 8 at Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Ave.  The 5-Mile String Band will perform. Admission is $13 online or $15 at the Door. On-line tickets are available up until 3pm, two weekdays before the event. For Saturday and Sunday events, tickets are available online until 3 pm Thursday.  Call 718-351-1611 for reservations.

Staten Island OutLOUD’s Big Read finale performance, Dancing "The Maltese Falcon", will be on Saturday, 1/21 at 8 at Be Yoga and Dance, 1270 Bay St.  It will be a collaboration with choreographer Larissa Schiavo-Gonzalez, dancers Rosita Roldan, Larissa Schiano Gonzalez, Renee Leibowitz and others, in a dance performance with spoken word, inspired by Dashiell Hammett’s “The Maltese Falcon” with original music by Rob Keay. 

Explore Mount Loretto State Park with Clay Wollney on Sunday, 1/22 at 1.  You will search the winter forest for signs of wildlife while also examining the geologic history and effects of human influence of this diverse area on the South Shore.  Meet at the parking lot at North Mt. Loretto on Amboy Road in Richmond Valley.  For info, contact Clay Wollney 718-869-6327 or visit http://siprotectors.org/calendar/

Join the Art on the Terrace Gallery, 776 Richmond Terr. to celebrate the First Anniversary Exhibit on Friday from 5-8. See what the artists bring to this “Open Theme” show. For hours of operation , visit http://www.sicreative.org 

The Exhibit, "Face to Face", featuring Photographer Fritz (Steven) Weiss, will be presented at the CPG Gallery (Creative Photographers' Guild, 814 Richmond Terr. through 2/12.  For info on hours, call 718-288-2405 or visit http://www.cpggallery.org

The Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) has released its exam schedule for January for positions such as Environmental Police Officer, Traffic Enforcement Agent and School safety Agent.  For information about registering for any of the Civil Service exams, visit DCAS website http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/html/work/exam_monthly.shtml

The NYC Department of Sanitation is looking for able-bodied Staten Islanders for snow and ice removal from bus stops, crosswalks, fire hydrants and other locations through the city. If you are interested in per diem work, snow laborers will be paid $15/hour and $22.50/hour after 40 hours are worked in a week.  If interested, report to your local Sanitation garage, weekdays between 7 and 3.  For required documents, where to report and other information, visit http://www1.nyc.gov/assets/dsny/snow/operations.shtml

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