Are you sad to see the snow melt?  It’s hard to believe that just a week ago I wrote about the major blizzard and trying to find help with shoveling driveways and clearing sidewalks.  My grandson visited commenting that he hadn’t even had a chance to walk in the snow.  Well, his Dad put his boots on and out in the yard they trudged, throwing snowballs and building a snowman.  It was a pleasure watching them have so much fun in just an hour. Alas!  See below the melting snowman a few days later.  Yippee!  Here comes Spring!

How many of you attended the Art shows at the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum, Wagner College and/or St. George Theater?  I went to the opening reception for the exhibit "Photographs and Prints by Vincent Verdi and Ann Marie McDonnell" on Saturday and met the talented artists and gracious hosts, Vincent and Ann Marie. Below are some photos from the Exhibit which continues till through 4/30.  Museum hours are 1-5 Wednesday through Sunday.


The Kristi Pfister's 'Sweetgum' exhibit was also last Saturday at the Wagner College Gallery, 631 Howard Ave. and will continue through 2/27.  One of my gentle readers, Diane, shared that she gave it her best through the snow-covered trails during the Protectors of Pine Oaks Winter 10-Mile Greenbelt Walk last Saturday.  She commented what a beautiful day it was in the woods and also recommended the smaller hikes on weekends (which are probably doable for neophytes like me).  Have any of you hiked this winter? 

If you have read my blog, you will know I am a fan of the New York Public Library.  Do you read aloud to your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews?  My favorite moments are having a young‘un sitting on my lap and reading to him/her.  My grandson has been reading to me for quite awhile but still asks, “Grandma, can you read this book to me?”  I think he enjoys the intimate hug he gets when we share the book.  Bring your children 3 years and up to Picture Book/Read Aloud Time today, Wednesday, 2/3 at 4 at the New Dorp Library, 309 New Dorp Ln.  Tomorrow, Thursday, 2/4 at 4, enjoy Valentine’s stories and make a craft.  For other events at the New York Public Library in your neighborhood, visit

The Caregiver Support Group meets at Avis/South Shore JCC at 1297 Arthur Kill Rd. today, Wednesday at 6 and on Friday, 2/5 at 10 a.m.  Registration with the JCC Caregiver Program is required.  Contact Caregiver Services at 718-475-5287.  For more info, visit

The Annual Four Chaplains Memorial Service and Legion of Honor Community Service awards will be held tonight at 7:00 at Father Capodanno Chapel, Fort Wadsworth, 120 New York Ave.  This is a FREE community event. Call 347-816-1530 for info. 

Have you gotten into an exercise routine yet?  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. 

Build a mini-bird feeder from gathered materialsto take homeand provide for your feathered visitors on Saturday, 10 atClay Pit Pond State Park, 2351 Veterans Rd. West.  

On Saturday, 2/6 at 2, attend a Book Talk and Signing: A Walk through Moravian Cemetery by Richard Simpson at the Staten Island Museum, 1000 Richmond Terr. Building A.  Learn about the biographies of over 350 men and women from Staten Island’s past, all who are buried in Moravian Cemetery.  Free with Museum admission.  For info, call 718-727-1185 or visit   

The Tavern Concerts at Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Ave., continue with Mara Levine and Caroline Cutroneo and the Celestial Harmonies this 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

Staten Island OutLOUD kicks off Black History Month on Saturday at 2 at the Stapleton Library, 132 Canal St. featuring a new biography, Richmond Unchained, about the first Black sports superstar, the boxer Bill Richmond, born in slavery on Staten Island in 1763.  He won his freedom as a boy and moved to England to learn the cabinet-making trade.  A favorite of some powerful British aristocrats, Richmond became one of the most celebrated bare-knuckle boxers of his time.

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 or email 

Have you visited the NYPD “Crime Prevention” table at the St. George Ferry Terminal.  To kick off crime-prevention awareness week, the NYPD are handing out materials designed to help inform people about crime prevention.  Learn about NYPD’s Law Enforcement Explorer Program which allows NYC youth to explore potential careers in law enforcement.  You can register your cell phone with the NYPD and be taught various security features.  Our men and women in blue will be available through Sunday, 2/7. 

If you have a child who was born in 2012 and who lives in New York City, you can begin to register for New York City’s FREE all-day universal pre-kindgarten program.  The deadline to apply is March 4.  You can apply online at  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.    

If you would like to post photos of you at events, send them to me and I will share with my gentle readers.  You can call me at 646-258-9696, leave a comment below or e-mail me at

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