Good news! Staten Island Chuck did not see his shadow so that means an early Spring.  I hope he is right! 

Did you attend the Property Tax Exemption and Rent Freeze Enrollment Event sponsored by Senators Lanza and Savino, the Tenant, Home Owner and Landlord Resource Fair sponsored by Councilwoman Debi Rose or the Town Hall meeting hosted by North Shore Assemblyman Charles D. Fall?  You, my gentle readers, have the opportunity to attend Community Board meetings, neighborhood civic organizations or any of the forums where you can make a difference and become a part of changing the issues that you may be dealing with. If you did not attend but continue to complain about everything wrong with your neighborhood, taxes, rents, elected officials, etc., I will dutifully zip my lips and say nothing more except--GET INVOLVED!

On Saturday, I visited the opening exhibit “The Short Show” at the Art on the Terrace Gallery, with participating artists Miguel Angel, Victoria Bellinger, Phyllis Featherstone, Diane Griffiths, Victor Hesson, Marilyn Kiss and Lenny Librizzi. I also had the opportunity to work with the Day de Dada Cooperative to meet the call of Dragon Mail Art 2019 by creating my own dragon while sipping Sangria and chatting with other “artists” at the Art Table Workshop. The exhibit continues through 3/10.  Art on the Terrace Gallery is located at 776 Richmond Terr. and is handicapped accessible.  Gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday, from 1–5. See Sunday’s listing below for the Second Sunday Spoken Word event. Visit and/or their Facebook page for monthly events as well as information about how you can become a part of the Staten Island Creative Community.  Below are some photos from the exhibit. 


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Bring your babies from birth to 18 months old to Infant Lapsit Storytime on Wednesday 2/6 at 11 at the Great Kills Library, 56 Giffords Ln. where they can enjoy great books, lively songs and rhymes and meet other babies in the neighborhood.

The Family Association Meeting takes place on Wednesday from 7-8:30 at the YMCA-South Shore, 3939 Richmond Ave. This group is for family members who are dealing with a loved one struggling with substance use.

Bridge Prep Charter School Admissions Information Session will be on Wednesday at 7 at the CYO MIV Community Center at Mount Loretto,  581 Hylan Blvd. Bridge Prep Charter School is NYS’s first and only public school specifically designed to meet the needs of students with dyslexia and other language-based learning difficulties. For info, call 718-274-3437.

Join CloseKnit on Thursday 2/7 from 2-4 at the Noble Maritime Collection, 1000 Richmond Terr.  It is free and open to knitters of all skill levels. The goods members make are donated to community charities including the The Seamen’s Church Institute’s Christmas at Sea program and the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless. For information, call 718-447-6490 or visit their site:

The Huguenot Library, 830 Huguenot Ave. will host a Polymer Clay workshop, presented by Linda DeCresenzo, on Thursday at 3. Learn different techniques used for creating pieces of jewelry, flowers, cover pens, magnets or making pinch pots. Good for ages 13-18 years old.

Bring your toddler to an interactive program featuring, books, finger plays, songs and rhymes, followed by unstructured playtime at Toddler Rhyme Time & Toy Time at the New Dorp Library, 309 New Dorp Ln. on Friday, 2/8 at 11:30. Network with other caregivers and provide social opportunities for your toddler.

Challenge your friends and other kids as you play cool Wii games--Wii Love Gaming! at the Stapleton Library,132 Canal St. on Friday at 3:30. Good for ages 5-11.

Your children ages 8-17 are invited to the Zimmer Club, 4411 Arthur Kill Rd. on Saturday 2/9 at 9 for an Introduction to Scuba Diving & Treasure Hunting.  They will learn about underwater adventure through diving (SI Sports Divers).  For info, call 718-948-9599 or visit:

Kids 6+ can enjoy making a Valentine’s frame--Kids Club Lovely Frames on Saturday from 10-12 at all locations of Michael’s Craft Store. They craft, you shop! Fee is $5.

Kids 3+ can also make a Valentine’s frame on Saturday from 10-12 for a fee of $2.  Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event.  Sign up in store or online, or just drop in.  Register for:

30 Barrett Ave. (Forest Ave. Shoppers Plaza) at  at 718-720-0377

2795 Richmond Ave. (Pergament Mall) at 718-697-0252

245 Bricktown Cener (Charleston) at 347-694-7203

Attend the Richmond County Day Camp Open House on Saturday from 10-12 at 1075 Woodrow Rd. to meet directors, parents, staff and to tour the facility. Last chance to enroll at last year’s rates.  For info, call 718-761-1492 or visit:

The Stapleton Library,132 Canal St. hosts Sensory Storytime on Saturday at 11.  It is a fun, new and interactive library literacy program designed to engage kids through movement, music, stories and sensory activity play and is open to all but ideal for children with autism spectrum disorders, sensory integration challenges or children who have difficulty sitting still.  Pre-registration is required; call 718-727-0427.

If you are a new mother or are considering nursing when your baby arrives, attend the La Leche League Breastfeeding Meeting on Saturday at 12:15.  Beginning at 12:15 on the second Saturday of each month, the meeting takes place at a private home in Sunnyside. For the privacy of the host, please call Leader Jen for exact location 347-558-0743 and visit their website:

For ages 12+, attend a workshop on Seasonal Jewelry Making on Saturday at 1 at the Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Ave.  Create winter-inspired jewelry using both crafted and upcycled materials. Participants will learn introductory jewelry making techniques and create easy-to-love pieces. Fee is $5 or $3 for Greenbelt Conservancy members. Registration is required; call 718-351-3450 or email:

Come to the Family Art Workshop: Bug Bling on Saturday  from 1-3 at the Staten Island Museum,1000 Richmond Terr., Building A.  This workshop uses insects in the Museum’s collection as a point of inspiration and combines sewing, beading, and wirework to create bugs that can be turned into jewelry or kept as decorations. Registration is recommended; call 718-727-1135. Free with admission.

Learn about the entire process of making maple syrup from tap to table at Maple Syrup Saturdays from 1-3 at Clay Pit Ponds Visitors Center, 2351 Veterans Rd. W.  You will hike for up to an hour on our trails to find maple trees, drill holes, hang buckets and collect sap.  Wear snow boots, gloves and a hat. This program will be cancelled due to inclement weather so call 718-605-3970 x201 to confirm. Good for ages 5+.

Any time you fold a piece of paper, you are Paper Crafting.  Come to the H.H. Biddle House at Conference House Park, 7455 Hylan Blvd. on Saturday from 2-3:30.  Whether you’re a total newbie or a seasoned crafter, there will be something for everyone, covering basic skills, tips-and-tricks and some surprising techniques. You will learn about the simple tools of the craft, as well as various alternatives, so you get to know what you’ll want to have in your very own toolbox. All ages are welcome. Must be able to use scissors! Please note: Registration is highly encouraged to be sure of space! To register or get on an email list for updates, please email

Don’t procrastinate! Take action NOW to ensure you improve your SAT score. Join a classroom of your peers and take a FREE full-length Practice SAT on Saturday at 4:30 at the Huguenot Library, 830 Huguenot Ave. You will get the full testing experience with an in-person proctor. After the test, you will receive a comprehensive score report detailing your strengths and weaknesses.  Register by calling the branch at 718.984.4636

Design a Valentine Tee Shirt on Sunday, 2/10 from 1-3 at Fort Wadsworth, 210 New York Ave.  No experience necessary. Bring a tee shirt; painting materials will be provided for free. For info, call Earnestine at 718- 351-6970 or email

On Sunday from 2-3:30, The Noble Maritime Collection, 1000 Richmond Terr. Bldg D, presents Director James Verdi’s “Loyalty & Rebellion”, a documentary exploring the American Revolutionary War on Staten Island. The film examines the Island’s strategic significance during the NY Campaign and the drastic effects the war had on Island life. There will be a Q&A with the director afterwards.

Join your friends at Art on the Terrace, 776 Richmond Terr., for the Second Sunday Spoken Word on Sunday from 3-6 as writers, poets and songwriters present original work and talk about the difficulties of "Love in a Cold Climate". The title of this month's reading is borrowed from a novel by Nancy Mitford who borrowed it from a novel by George Orwell. Readers will include Julie Bentsen, Thomas Fucaloro, Fern Metcalf, Tyler Larsen, and Lisa Sloan.  Rachel Isaacs and "All Hands on Deck" will keep the love alive immediately following the readings with music and song. Visit the gallery before the readings and create some Dragon Mail Art at the Day de Dada Dragon Mail Art Table. Light refreshments will be served.  $2 suggested donation.  For more info, contact Robin, Literary Chairperson for SICC at,

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis is hosting a Presidents’ Day Essay Contest for students in Brooklyn and Staten Island to celebrate the holiday.  Students in grades 3-5 are encouraged to participate and write an essay about what they would do if they were president to improve our community. Each participant will receive a certificate of merit from Malliotakis and contest winners will receive a gift certificate to a local book store. All essays must be received by Monday, 2/25. Each submission should be no more than 400 words and must include the student’s name, school and grade, parent’s first and last name and contact information: name, address, phone number and email and can be sent by email to:

Join the Movement “Girls Who Code Club” open to all female high school students grades 9-12 at the College of Staten Island Tech Incubator, 60 Bay St., Ste. 902.  Learn a variety of programming languages, from block-based code (Scratch, Thunkable) to Python and JavaScript (Trinkit.10).  It begins on 3/1 and continues through 6/21, from 3:30-5:30 every Friday.  Pizza will be served 3:30-4.  To register, contact Ismael at 646-766-9554 or Ismael.Hasan@csi.cuny.eduDeadline to register is Sunday, 2/24.  For more information, visit:

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