Do you know how to relax?  My mother was a hard worker, kept a clean house, was on top of her ironing and household chores but knew how to relax.  She would find a quiet corner either on the porch or in the house, would prop her feet up and read a book (usually a murder mystery) sometimes for hours. 

My mother was the wife of a detective, and I think that sleuth gene rubbed off on her. She had to unearth every last detail of a story (she was reading or listening to) to come to a satisfactory conclusion. I often wonder if she would have grasped the Facebook craze and spend hours reading other peoples stories.  What do you do to relax?  Meditate? Walk? Yoga?  Knit?  Read?  Dance? Hiking? Work out at the gym?  Pet your cat? Walk your dog? Hang out with your friends?

Go to a museum or a water park? It may be relaxation to some and a chore to others.  If you would care to share pictures of you chilling out, please feel free to do so.  I will post them next week.

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:

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:

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.

Participate in the Bird and Nature Walk with the Staten Island Museum, Wednesday, 2/1 at 10 at Wolfe's Pond Park at Hylan Blvd. and Cornelia Ave. You will search the pond and adjacent Raritan Bay for wintering waterfowl, gulls and more. If time permits, a side trip to Lemon Creek Park may be in order. Dress warmly and wear comfortable shoes for this 1 to 2-mile, guided hike. Meet in the main parking lot, near the Parks Dept. building. For info, call 718-727-1135 or visit  

Bring the kiddies ages 3 and up to Lego Free Play is on Wednesday at 5 at the New Dorp Library, 309 New Dorp Ln.  Call 718-351-2977 for details or visit

Groundhog Day is on Thursday, 2/2 at the Staten Island Zoo,t 614 Broadway. Gates open 6:30 a.m., Ceremony is at 7 a.m., Chuck makes his predictions at 7:30 a.m.  With a prediction success rate of 80%--tops among Groundhogs, Chuck will once again astound with both his accuracy and affection. The Zoo is grateful to Investors Bank for sponsoring Chuck's home throughout the year. Admission to the ceremony is FREE! The Patrick Raftery Rock-a-Silly Band will perform at the ceremony.

The Pipes are Calling at St. Alban's Episcopal Church, 76 St Albans Pl. on Thursday from 7:30-10.  Join Staten Island’s community Bagpipe & Drum band proudly serving Staten Island and the greater NYC area for almost 40 years. Free Lessons on bagpipes and drums take place every Thursday night except holidays.  You will be taught everything you need to know.  Family Fun! Bring a Friend! No Experience Necessary! Please email ahead in case of any unforeseen cancellations: For more info call Kathy Burke at 917-837-3272 or visit

Love Letters, by A.R.Gurney will be performed on Thursday, 2/2 at 8 at The Little Victory Theater, 4089 Victory Blvd. A couple read notes, letters and cards spanning over nearly 50 years discussing hopes, dreams, disappointments and ambitions that have passed between them throughout their separated lives. General Admission is $20, $17 senior/student.  All Thursday Tickets are $15. For further info and reservations, call 718-670-3243 or visit

The American-Italian Cancer Foundation’s mobile no-cost Breast Cancer Screening Program, which provides mammograms and clinical breast exams to uninsured and medically under-served New York City women, will provide screenings at P.S. 19, 780 Post Ave. on Friday, 2/3 from 9:30-4:30. There is no charge for this service. If you are uninsured, AICF pays the full cost of the exam. If you are insured, AICF pays the difference not picked up by your insurance and any co-pays you might have.  Appointments are required. Please call 877-628-9090.

Tired of seeing the world in black and white or dealing with the gray areas of life? Immerse yourself in the stress reducing and meditative world of coloring. As seen on Fox News, NBC News and USA Today, this new trend has many health benefits. Come color with the Great Kills Adult Coloring Group this Friday (and every Friday) at 10:30 at Great Kills Library, 56 Giffords Ln. Coloring sheets and colored pencil will be supplied.

The Tavern Concerts continue this Friday, 2/3 at 8 with Sly Scott performing All that Jazz and Bob Wright performing songs about Staten Island and its harbor environs, joined by a coterie of musical friends on Saturday, 2/4 at 6 and 8 at Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Ave.  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.

Stay in shape with Belly Dancing on Saturday 2/4 at 10:15 at the Mariners Harbor Library, 206 South Ave. Come in comfortable clothing and bring a water bottle.  For info, call 212-621-0690. 

Make your own Victorian Valentine at the Historic Richmond TownWorkshop on Saturday at 1 at 441 Clark Ave.  You will learn about Victorian scraps, paper lace and decoupage.  Make one valentine for a resident of a nursing home on Staten Island and one to take home as a gift.  Tour the village to see homes from the 1690s to 1860s and images of valentines from the collection in the General Store. For details, call 718-351-1611 or visit

On Saturday at 2, join Staten Island OutLOUD for an entertaining afternoon when you gather in a charming Victorian house at 90 Taylor St. to explore Dashiell Hammett’s classic, The Maltese Falcon together with some wild local history – Tales of gangster Bugsy Malone on Staten Island!

The Noble Maritime Collection, 1000 Richmond Terr., Bldg. D. will host a lecture, "Black Jacks: African American Seamen in the Age of Sail"  by award-winning author and mariner Dr. Jeffrey Bolster on Saturday from 2 to 4.

Bring your little one and work together to create delicious and beautiful Valentine's Day Cookies at the My Kid and Me Valentine’s Day Cookies Workshop at Pastry Lovers Choice, 370 Van Duzer St. on Sunday 2/5 at 11.  The admission of $35 includes 3 hours of instruction--a lesson on both how to bake or create the featured dessert. Then they learn how to decorate it. The kids also get to take their goodies home, the amount varies based on the dessert but it normally falls in the range of one to two dozen. Last but not least, our little bakers get a certificate of completion.  Price is per child.  Adults attend for FREE. For info and to make a reservation, call 917-830-0146.  To purchase tickets, go to 

Staten Island Arts Folklife invites you to raise your fiddles and tap your feet to the rousing rhythms of traditional Irish music, Love Letters and Ballads, on Sunday from 12-3 at Liberty Tavern, 382 Forest Ave.  Staten Island Seisiún are open sessions, informal gatherings dedicated to the practice and performance of Irish traditional music. For details, call 718-442-8121.

Registration for the Winter Youth Program of the Andrew E. Zimmer Youth Conservation Club takes place on Saturday, 2/4 at 9 at Andrew E. Zimmer Fish and Game Assn., 4411 Arthur Kill Rd. The program uses the great outdoors as a classroom to teach youngsters about outdoor activities, conservation and embracing nature. Classes begin Saturday and continue through 4/15.  Classes are FREE to girls and boys under 18.  For details, call 718-948-9599 or visit

A Call for Artists: Island of Art continues at St. John's University, 300 Howard Ave. Deadline is 2/10/2017.  It is FREE to submit with a $25 Hanging fee, if selected. “Island of Art” Third Annual Juried Exhibition dates are 3/25-3/27/17.  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 72dpi, 1200 longest side.  For further details, call 718-390-4456 or visit

A Lottery has been opened for Affordable Senior Housing at 533-539 Bay Street in Stapleton. Applications are being accepted for 44 apartments now under construction; tenants age 62 and older whose income is between $25,200 and $31,750 for one renter and $26,983 and $36,250 for two renters are eligible to apply. Applications must be requested by mail via a postcard or self-addressed stamped envelope to Bay Street Housing LP, PO Box 20390, Floral Park, NY, 11002. Completed applications must then be postmarked no later than 2/28.  The building is being constructed through the Low Income Housing Credit Program (LIHC) of the New York State Homes and Community Renewal.

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

I welcome comments and photos at events you have attended.  If you want to share events specifically for children or adults or seniors, by all means, email or call me. 

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