On Saturday, three more carolers joined our group at the Silver Lake Nursing Home to sing for the residents.  I thank my gentle readers for passing the word.  We met at the dining room on the lower level and then continued on to the dining rooms on other floors.  One senior, who is a proud 103 years old, sang merrily along with us.  On one floor, I heard an alarm go off.  It was a woman who got out of her wheel chair (thus, the alarm) and started dancing as we were singing “Santa Baby”.  Oh how these wonderful men and woman must have loved to party in their younger days!  May God bless them all and help keep their spirits up.  I want to thank my brother, Mark Kamienowski, for playing his guitar and keeping us in line and with the beat!  The St. Peter's High School Alumni 6th Annual Christmas Concert took place on Sunday at the beautiful cathedral-like St. Peter's Church.  Below are some photos and a link to “I Believe/Ave Maria” sung by the Alumni members of the Glee Club and Seton Chorale.  This song always brings tears to my eyes; Sunday was no exception.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vk88Xao0wcU

“You Can't Take It With You”, begins today, Wednesday, 12/16 at 7 through Saturday, 12/19 at Susan Wagner High School, 1200 Manor Rd.  Do you think your family is odd, eccentric, staid or just plain wacky?  Wait till you meet the Sycamores and Kirbys!  This is a fun show for everyone.  For tickets, time and dates, call 718-698-4200 x 2841 or visit http://wagnerhightheater.org   

Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre Company presents "Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol" on Thursday, 12/17 through Sunday, 12/20 at the Conference House Park 298 Satterlee St.  For more info, call 718-984-6046 or visit http://www.theconferencehouse.org  

Before you go see “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” movie this weekend, don’t miss the Star Wars Trivia Night on Thursday, 12/17 at 8 at the Liberty Tavern, 382 Forest Ave.  Call 718-442-8121 for more info. 

Build a beautiful holiday wreath with Chris Cuschieri at the Annual Wreath Making on Saturday, 12/19 at 10 at Clay Pit Pond State Park, 2351 Veteran's Road West.  A $15 donation for materials is requested; RSVP required.  Call 718-605-3970 x201.

Join the Interfaith Prayer Group on Saturday at 11, Our Lady of Good Counsel, 42 Austin Pl. at the monthly meeting of NAMI members and friends who strive to create a community of healing and hope through spirituality and prayer. Call 718-447-7260 for more info.  To learn about NAMI, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, visit https://www.nami.org 

The CPG Gallery Holiday Show and Sale continues Saturday from 1-5 at the CPG (Creative Photographer’s Guild) Gallery at 814 Richmond Terr.  Call 718-288-4205 for info or visit http://www.cpggallery.org

The Westerleigh Park Tree Lighting takes place Saturday from 6-8 and includes a visit by Santa, performances by the PS 29 Chorus and Port Richmond H.S. Band, carols, coffee, hot chocolate, and much more for the family to enjoy.

On Sunday, 12/20 at 4, join your friends at St. Paul's Memorial Episcopal Church, 225 St. Paul’s Ave. for an uplifting session of Lessons and Carols.  For info, call 718-273-9572.

The SI Community Band's 76th Annual Holiday Concert, which will include a combination of holiday and popular music, takes place on Sunday at 3 at Tottenville H.S., 100 Luten Ave. For tickets, call 718-356-2220.  

The Mighty String Demons Festive Concert, consisting of young talented violinists, will perform favorite Christmas and Chanukah music on Sunday at 2 at the Staten Island Children's Museum, 1000 Richmond Terr.  Performance is free with Museum admission.  Call 718-273-2060 for info. 

During the holiday season and perhaps all year round, many of us tend to overeat, often feeling guilty, happy, sad or just “emotional”.  Assistance awaits you at Staten Island Overeaters Anonymous Intergroup, a self supporting group which meets at Calvary Presbyterian Church, 909 Castleton Ave. and other venues on the Island.  For a schedule of meetings and more information, visit: http://www.sioa.org or call 718-605-1393.

The Joan & Alan Bernikow Jewish Community Center, 1466 Manor Rd. continues their toy, food (non-perishable and kosher) and winter clothing drive through the end of December.  For info, call 718-475-5200.  

If you are sponsoring or attending an event this week, let me know and I will share with my gentle readers.  If you would like me to post pictures of you at events, you can call me at 646-258-9696, leave a comment below or email me at joan.coogan@gmail.com

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