Were you able to stop at the NYPD “Crime Prevention” Table at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal this week?  I constantly read about incidents where a person leaves his/her key in their car--running no less, sometimes with a child strapped in the baby seat, to quickly run into a deli to buy a lottery ticket/newspaper/coffee.  When the person returns, the car is gone!  Is this shocking to you?  You bet!  Last week, I noticed an upscale red car parked in front of my house with the front window open on the passenger side.  All day, I checked to see if the car was still there and if the window had been closed.  The driver must have been distracted or maybe a passenger had left it open.  I actually worried because I felt I had some responsibility to find the driver.  Most people who park here work at the school or nursing home nearby.  At 3:30, the car was gone. I have seen it parked on other days. I assume everything was in order when the owner returned.  Word to the wise—Don’t leave your car door open, your windows, your house or apartment open.  You are inviting people to “visit” you but not in the way you would prefer. 

One more time to remind you to register your child (born in 2012) for New York City’s FREE all-day universal pre-kindergarten program.  The deadline to apply is March 4.  You can apply online at www.nyc.gov/prek  by calling 311 or in person at the District 31 Family Welcome Center located at the Petrides School. “Pre-K For All” runs five days a week from September to June in District 31 public schools as well as at most Catholic schools and other community sites.   

Tonight, Wednesday at 7, attend FREE Tai Chi classes with Master Sal Giglio at Kick Boxing, Tai Kwon Do and Tai Chi Chaun Center, 11 Sylvia St.

A very enjoyable night out of line dancing can be had tonight at 7:30 at Christ Methodist Church, 1890 Forest Ave.  For $8/person, you can dance all night (beginners to intermediate dancers are welcomed), make new friends and leave with a smile on your face.  Parking is on-site; free coffee and cake are included.  Call Tom and Ellen Dailey, 917-468-8991 for info. 

Go Red for Women:  Heart Stoppers takes place tonight from 5-9 at the Regina McGinn Education Center, 475 Seaview Ave.  Enjoy a selection of heart-healthy snacks.  FREE screenings, info and consultations include EKG, B/P, blood sugar, stress management and much more are available all evening as well as presentations.  All attendees will be entered into a free raffle for a chance to win one of many door prizes.

The Caregiver Support Group meets at Avis/South Shore JCC at 1297 Arthur Kill Rd. today, Wednesday at 6 and on Friday, 2/12 at 10 a.m.  Registration with the JCC Caregiver Program is required.  Contact Caregiver Services at 718-475-5287.  For more info, visit http://sijcc.com/

On Thursday, 2/11 at 7, attend a Prayer and Healing meeting for revival in Staten Island and New York City at the Hampton Inn, 1120 South Ave. For more info, visit jpm@jerepetersonministries.com

Are you stressed, distracted?  The 5 Boro Power Yoga Kids and More at 58 New Dorp Plaza will introduce you to meditation and mindfulness techniques and strategies on Thursday at 7.  Call 718-667-5279 for info.

On Friday, 2/12 at 7:30, the Staten Island Geological Society, Inc. will feature a video presentation on “The Eruption of the Krakatau Volcano, 1883” at St. Clare’s Church, 151 Lindenwood Rd. The Krakatau volcanic eruption of August 27 was one of the best documented natural disasters in history. The meeting is FREE and open to the public. For further info, call 718-981-5786.

The Tavern Concert at Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Ave. continues with Sly Scott on Friday at 8 and Songs of the Sea and Tavern on Saturday with shows at 6 and another at 8.  Online tickets are available up until 3pm, two weekdays before the concert. For  Saturday and Sunday events, tickets are available online until 3 pm Thursday. For reservations, call 718-351-1611 or visit info@historicrichmondtown.org

A Valentine’s Craft Fair will be held on Saturday, 2/13 from 12-6 at the Staten Island Creative Community, 776 Richmond Terr. featuring handcrafted items. Visit the Gallery for the craft fair and to view the current exhibit.

On Saturday at 2, attend a talk, slide show and presentation of Sarah Yuster’s Native Soil: Staten Island Landscapes at the Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor, 1000 Richmond Terr., Building A.  Call 718-727-1135 for info.

On Saturday at 2 at Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve, 2351 Veterans Rd. West, join Staten Island OutLOUD inside the Interpretive Center to read Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk’s novel, Snow.

On Valentine’s Day, Sunday, 2/14 from 1-4, participate in a special weekend walk-in art workshop.  Create a Valentine’s Day pop-up card for your sweetheart at the Staten Island Children’s Museum at 1000 Richmond Terr.  Call 718-273-2060 for info.  Also, on Monday, 2/15, admission to the Children’s Museum will be FREE in honor of the school holiday.

The Zimmer Club Annual Free Youth Conservation Program for boys and girls 10-17, takes place on Saturday at 9:15.  Your children will be introduced to activities that bring conservation topics to life such as environmental conservation, estuary systems, Blue and Greenbelt management, hunting, fishing (both salt and fresh-water), boating, first aid, camping, gun safety, archery, marksmanship, and how to use a compass and read a map. ALL CLASSES ARE FREE.  The Zimmer Club is located at 4411 Arthur Kill Rd. Register at AEZYouth.com or email info@aezyouth.com 

I wish you all a loving Valentine’s Day.  Please send me photos of special dates, cards and candy; I’d be happy to 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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