This Saturday, 2/28, girls (I prefer to call them young ladies) ages 16 to 18 years old can participate in a free day-long conference on “Girls Empowerment”.  Beginning with a light breakfast and check-in at 8:30 a.m., a who’s who of female power hitters will be speaking and leading these young ladies to explore their talents, strengths and learn from these inspirational leaders of our community.  The program will conclude with a fitness session on yoga and zumba. The conference takes please at CSI High School, 100 Essex Drive.  To pre-register call 718-370-6900, ext. 2401, or e-mail Annette Lentini at

The Parkside Boot Camp takes place at Silver Lake on Forest Avenue and Haven Esplanade, Tuesdays & Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. and Saturdays at 7:30 a.m.  Email for details.

Are you trying to quit smoking?  Staten Island University Hospital Smoking Cessation Support Group meets Thursdays at 5:30 in the Cancer Services/Nalitt Building, 256C Mason Ave., 2nd floor library.  Call 718-226-6125 for info.

Friday, 2/27, at 11 a.m., join Kristen Dolan-Murphy at Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, 338 Lighthouse Ave. for Tai Chi for Seniors.  Call 646-765-4724 or visit for further details.

Saturday, 2/28, noon to 3 p.m., attend a Baby Health Fair & Expo at BABIES “R” US at 2655 Richmond Ave. and take part in product demos, giveaways, games and prizes and special offers.

On Saturday, at 2:30 in the Stapleton Branch of the New York Public Library, 132 Canal St., bring your children to a screening of “Big Hero 6”!  Also, there will be cool "Big Hero 6" prizes to give away.

Saturday, from 11-12:30, attend the "Teddy Bear Brunch" at the Staten Island Children’s Museum. Featuring a brunch, photos with your Teddy bear (or other favorite plush friend), a craft and a live performance, call 718-273-2060 or visit for details.

Take part in a unique kind of fundraiser “Painting for Paws” happy hour and painting lesson at South Shore Bar & Grill, 225 Ellis St., Saturday, 2/28 from 4-7.  This will benefit Fur Friends in Need.  Admission is $5 at the door.

Daily dog and cat adoptions can be had at the following venues:

Animal Care & Control of NYC, 3139 Veterans Rd. West

Staten Island Council for Animal Welfare, PetSmart, 1520 Forest Ave.

Merry Mutts Play and Stay, 654A Sharrotts Rd., 10-8.

Animals in the care of Staten Island Hope Rescue at Petco, 2795 Richmond Ave.

As Black History Month comes to a close, join Staten Island OutLOUD on Sunday, 3/1, at 2, at the Interpretive Center at Clay Pit Ponds State Park, 2351 Veterans Road West, with readings from “The Healers”.  Written by Ayi Kwei Armah, the novel traces the history of the Ashanti Empire and describes traditional coming of age ceremonies.  This event is free and open to the public.

Do you have your Green ready?  You will see green hats, scarves, shamrocks, everything green at the 51st annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade beginning Sunday at 12:30 p.m. in West Brighton at Forest Avenue's intersection with Hart Blvd. and ending at Forest and Jewett Avenues.  Many Staten Island organizations, groups and school bands will be marching as well as the beloved Bagpipers.  I always choke up and a tear comes to my eye when I hear the bagpipes.  Get to Forest Ave. early to scope out a good spot and bring blankets to warm yourself this year.  It will be a cold day, but as I tend to believe, “The Irish always get the sun for their parade.”

I apologize for not including any hiking or walks through our beautiful parks or beaches this weekend.  It is just too cold for me (as I write in my chilly house) to think about or recommend such activities.  You can check out my past blogs and click on the entries if you truly want to be outdoors.  If you have a fireplace, stay indoors and enjoy the heat.  If you have a good book, curl up under the covers and read.  You can only do so much if you are a Summer person like me.  Sorry for being a party pooper this weekend!

You can, however, share some of your activities and plans with me and my readers.  Call me at 646-258-9696, comment below or at  I would love to hear from you. 

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