I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day and long weekend off.  Are you ready for the Holiday Stroll along the Forest Avenue Business Improvement District (BID) tomorrow, Thursday, 12/3 from 4-6 p.m.?  This is a terrific family event featuring the Forest Ave. strip from Hart Blvd. to Broadway!  Businesses set up tables outside their stores/offices, greeting the Strollers, sharing food, goodies, information and give-aways. You can have your picture taken with Santa, enjoy Christmas carolers and most importantly, meet friends and make new acquaintances along the way.  (Check out the cheek-to-cheek close-up of me and Santa from last year's Stroll!)

Don’t forget to stop by the patio at Burrito Bar and Restaurant to welcome our own Sgt. Bryan Dilberian to the neighborhood. 

Last week, I wrote about the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce initiative--Small Business Saturday and urged my gentle readers to support local businesses. Tomorrow will be an excellent opportunity to get acquainted with all the small businesses on Forest Ave. and do some shopping while enjoying the Stroll. 

Create holiday Keepsakes and Pomanders on Saturday, 12/5 from 1-2:30 at Clay Pit Pond State Park, 2351 Veterans Rd. West. Call 718-605-3970 ext. 201 for more info.

On Saturday from 7-11 a.m. the Joan & Alan Bernikow Jewish Community Center, 1466 Manor Rd. is holding a toy, food (non-perishable and kosher) and winter clothing drive

Christmas/Holiday/Craft Fairs/Holiday Events:

Thursday, 12/3 at 6 - Tree lighting sponsored by the Richmond Valley Merchants Assn. will be at the Intoxx Fitness/Sonic parking lot between Richmond Valley Rd. and Page Ave.  It will feature carolers, dancers, free refreshments, a bouncy house, a DJ and a visit from Santa. 

Friday, 12/4 at 7 - Tree lighting sponsored by the SouthShore Business Improvement District will be held in Annadale Green featuring a DJ for entertainment, several bouncy houses and a trackless train for kids.

Saturday, 12/5 at 11 - Conference House Park, 298 Satterlee St. Colonial Christmas and Grand Illumination featuring photos with Father Christmas, free hot apple cider and cookies, shopping at the museum. 

Saturday from 9-3 - Christ Church, 76 Franklin Ave..

Saturday - Jacques Marchais Museum of the Tibetan Art, 338 Lighthouse Ave.

Saturday from 11-5  - New Brighton Holiday Stroll at Snug Harbor, 1000 Richmond Terr., Building A.

Saturday at noon - Island Shores Senior Residence, 111 Fr. Capodanno Blvd. 

Saturday from 1-5 - CPG Gallery, 814 Richmond Terr. 

Saturday at 7 - Vespers at New Dorp Moravian Church, 2205 Richmond Rd.

Sunday, 12/6 from 10-5 - Monsignor Farrell H.S., 2900 Amboy Rd.

Sunday from 11-7 - Christmas in Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Ave., including tree lighting, visit from Santa, shopping and tour of the historic village. 

Sunday at 2 - Chanukah Wonderland Festival, Jewish Community Center, 1466 Manor Rd.

Did you donate blood this week?  I received an e-mail from the New York Blood Center advising me that only 2% of the population have my blood type and the current supply has reached EMERGENCY levels.  If you wish to donate blood, call the New York Blood Center at 800-933-BLOOD (2566) or visit www.nybloodcenter.org to set up an appointment.  Donors must be healthy, at least 16 years old (with parent's written consent) and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds.  You should eat prior to donation, bring photo ID. There are blood drives all over the Island at various venues or you can donate at our local hospitals.  Call Richmond University Medical Center at 718-818-1234 or Staten Island University Hospital at 718-226-9428. 

If you are sponsoring or attending an event this week, let me know and I will share with my gentle readers.  You can call me at 646-258-9696, leave a comment below or e-mail me at joan.coogan@gmail.com

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