Have you started putting your records together to file your taxes?  Do you need help? You can get Tax Prep assistance from AARP volunteers for FREE at the New York Public Library. For low and middle income taxpayers, with emphasis on Senior Citizens on a first come, first serve basis, help is available on Monday and Wednesday at 11 at West Brighton Library and Thursdays at 10 at the Todt-Hill Westerleigh Library.  At the St. George Library on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 2-6 you can receive help in preparing and filing your tax return electronically from a tax assistant at the St. George Library Center and Tuesday at 11 at Richmondtown Library. http://www.nypl.org/events/calendar

Join the community outreach team of Staten Island University Hospital Northwell Health for a guide to Living Healthier/Aging Healthier on Wednesday, 2/24 at 10 at Ocean Breeze Pharmacy, 1817 Hylan Blvd.  For more info, call 987-2525. 

On Thursday, 2/25 at 7:30 p.m., the Compassion Center, 4116 Hylan Blvd., 2nd floor, is offering a FREE Intro to Meditation Class. These classes are intended to teach you a healthy long-term solution to whatever issues you face in your life. Meditation can be successfully used to address Depression, Substance Abuse, Anxiety, Anger, Emotional Trauma, Loss and so much more.  For more info, call 347-770-7096 of visit http://www.thecompassioncenter.com/free-intro-to-meditation-class

The Staten Island University Hospital MedicalVan will be at the Cassidy Coles Senior Center, 125 Cassidy Pl.  on Friday, 2/26 at 10 for FREE blood pressure and body mass index screenings. Step inside the van and access information on healthy living - healthy aging information from the community outreach team.

The Tavern Concerts at Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Ave., continue with the Wahoo Skiffle Crazies, America’s Premier Jug Band, on Friday with shows at 7 and 8:30 and Carl Gallagher and the Off Track Bettors, four-part harmonies with traditional acoustic instruments, on Saturday with a show 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

Members of Richmond University Medical Center's Nursing Staff and Dr. Ann Broz will conduct a women's health workshop including information on cardiac and lung health, along with HPV and cervical cancer on Saturday, 2/27 at 9:30 at U.A.M.E Church, 49 Tompkins Ave. For further information, call 273-3287.

On Saturday, 2/27 at 10, learn about the issues with and removing Wisteria, Japanese Barberry, Wineberry, Multiflora Rose and other invasive plant species to improve the integrity of the Preserve for native wildlife at Clay Pit Pond State Park, 2351 Veteran’s Rd. West.

Learn about the two lighthouses that border the Greenbelt, and the importance of lighthouses in Staten Island's history at the Greenbelt Nature Center on Saturday at 1 in Blood Root Valley, 600 Rockland Ave. at Brielle Ave.

St. John Neumann Church is hosting a Parish Mission led by Fr. Daniel Houde, O.SS.T., from Miami, Fl. Beginning Saturday, 2/27 through Tuesday, 3/1, all are welcome to join the parishioners through the Lenten days of prayer and reflection preaching of THE FATHER WHO CARES, THE FATHER WHO HEALS, THE FATHER WHO FORGIVES. Celebration of Holy Mass, Holy Hour of Adoration, followed by the Sacrament of Penance, will take place at St. John Neumann Church located at 1380 Arthur Kill Rd.  For times of the Masses and Holy Hours, call the rectory at 984-8535 or visithttp://www.sjneumann.org

On Saturday at 7 at Everything Goes Book Café, (Home of Used Books, Organic Espresso, Organic Chocolate, huge selection of teas,Stage Events. Garden Patio, Vinyl Records, Local Art and CD’s), 208 Bay St., bring your words, chants, music, short movie, etc. to OPEN MIC, time limit 10 minutes.  Sign up as you arrive.  For more events at the Café, visit http://www.etgstores.com/bookcafe/events.html

Join naturalist, Paul T. Lederer in a FREE talk and walk of Crooke's Point, at Gateway National Recreation Areas at Great Kills Park on Sunday, 2/28 at 1. Meet at the Beach Center Parking Lot at Hylan Blvd. and Buffalo St. Call Paul Lederer at 987-1576 or visit http://siprotectors.org/calendar/ for more info.

If you want to share photos of you at various events on Staten Island, I’d be happy to post them. If you want me to post information about events happening in the next few weeks, let me know. 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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