How many of you attended the Pink Carpet Affair Girls Nite Out at the NYC Cypher Arts Building on Saturday?  Did you plan your Italian vegetable garden at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden on Sunday?  Did you celebrate Fat Tuesday at a local pub or eat pancakes at one of the Staten Island churches on Shrove Tuesday? 

I am happy to announce that Spring is on its way, and I look forward to saying “adios” to Winter.  I started my seedling garden in my windowsill with herbs to get a head start this year.  It’s good to get our minds off of boots, heavy coats, long johns and instead think tulips, crocuses (or croci) and warm weather.  How’s that for positive thinking?

Do you know a child between the ages of 5-12 who needs help with his/her homework?  Take them to the St. George Branch of the New York Public Library, 5 Central Ave. on any Thursday at 4 to join the Homework Club.

On Friday, 2/20, bring your toddler to the Tottenville Library at 7430 Amboy Rd. for Toddler Time at 10:30 a.m.  For ages 1 to 3, your child will enjoy being read to and mingling with other tots.  They will sing, dance and participate in arts and crafts.  When I accompany my grandson to Toddler Time, I sometimes wish I was a kid again.  Absolutely no inhibitions are displayed here!  Lots of smiles will warm your heart.  The Port Richmond Library at 75 Bennett Street also has Toddler Time at 10:30 a.m.  There is no reason to plop your child in front of a TV when he can enjoy an hour with new friends, joining in activities that will enlighten.

Take advantage of Open Labs at the St. George Library.  Are you having trouble with your email, curious about Twitter, don’t know how to cut and paste? Need to create a resume? Bring your technology/digital document/digital device questions and get one-on-one assistance--or use lab computers for learning. Fridays at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., Saturdays at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Have you participated in Weekly Wine Tasting at Jean’s Fine Wines, 642 Forest Ave.  This Friday’s tastings from 5-8 are Domaine Bousquet, Chardonnay, Argentina 2014, Byron, Pinot Noir, California 2013, Casata Monticello, Dolcetto d’Asti, Italy 2013.  Another great way to warm up!

On Saturday, 2/21 at 3, at the St. George Library, examine the properties of polymers and make a batch of slime (for children 5 and older). Presented by Mad Science, call to register at 718-442-
For children 8-13, join the Junior Science Club at the Staten Island Museum, 75 Stuyvesant Place on Saturday, 2/21, 10-12.  Call 718-727-1135 for registration and info.

Borough President James Oddo and the Richmond County Medical Society are sponsoring the "Walk with a Doctor" series. Held at the Staten Island Mall on Saturday, 2/21, from 8 to 10 a.m., it combines an invigorating walk with education on a health topic.  Dr. Jennifer M. Malpeso, attending cardiologist at Staten Island University Hospital, will speak about cardiology and answer questions from participants. The lecture will follow the walk.  Free blood pressures and BMI screenings will also be provided.  Enter the Mall between Red Robin and Applebee’s in the JC Penney wing.

Historic Richmond Town Tavern Concerts aim to please this weekend.  On Friday, 2/20, at 7, enjoy the Michael Morreale Jazz Band.  On Saturday, 2/21, at 6 and 8, Carl Gallagher and the Off Track Bettors, described as Apocalyptic Americana--Whiskey-soaked, paranoid, original country-blues-rock & roll band.  Their sounds (and hot mulled cider or cold beer) will warm you up on this cold weekend as you sit around the fire at the Guyon Tavern.  Call 718-351-1611 for reservations and info or visit

On Saturday, 2/21 at 4, join your friends at the Conference House Cinema ‘Film Noir’ for a screening of “Casablanca” starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.  The Conference House Museum is at 298 Satterlee St.  Suggested donation is $5 which includes popcorn, cookies and refreshments.  Call 718-227-1463 for info.

While you are at the Conference House, visit the “Native Ensemble Artists Chronicle Staten Island’s Natural Spaces” in the Lenape Gallery. Eight artists and their works are featured:  David DiLillo, Ann Marie McDonnell, Michael McWeeney, Gail Middleton, Bill Murphy, Kristi Pfister, Melissa West and Sarah Yuster.  This exhibit will be featured through 3/29.  Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday 10-5, Saturday 9-4.

Join the Protectors of Pine Oaks Woods and Clay Wollney on a Winter Beach Walk from Page Avenue to Lemon Creek, Sunday, 2/22, 1-3. Meet at Page Ave. where it meets Ottavio Promenade.  Call 718-869-6327 for info.  

On Sunday, 6:30-8, join Cliff Hagan in the dark corners of Blue Heron Park for the Owl Prowl.  Meet at Blue Heron Nature Center, 222 Poillon Ave. 

What have you planned for the weekend?  If you would like to share or add different activities to my list, please call me at 646-258-9696 or write a comment below or to

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Jean's Fine Wines is a hidden treasure. I would go to all their tastings if I weren't a recovering alcoholic.

Posted by Serafina on Thursday, February 19th, 2015 at 7:48pm

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