I was delighted to see my outdoor plants budding and blooming and the weather becoming mild. Some of my aches and pains seem to have eased, also. Now is the time to start planning seeds indoors to transplant outdoors after the last frost. I started the lettuce (Romaine and Butterhead) in bowls of water on my window sill and have moved quite a few into a large pot. I will separate the different kinds of lettuce into different pots, though. I also grow parsley in a pot and use the crop for all my recipes. You can virtually grow anything--basil stems, Sweet Potatoes, Ginger, Carrots, Green Onions, Celery, Leeks, Bok Choy, a Garlic Bulb, Basil, Lemongrass and Mint and save your money. Below are some photos of my indoor starter garden. Check out the internet on the best ways to grow veggies indoor. Here is one article that may assist you. https://www.thespruce.com/how-to-grow-vegetables-indoors-1403183


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The Folk Arts: Living Traditions-A Student Exhibition continues on Wednesday, 3/11 from 103 at Conference House Park Visitor Center in Conference House Park, 298 Satterlee St. Celebrate diversity. Staten Island youth embrace Mexican art-making traditions into spirited works of art under the direction of local artists Michele Ajello, Joanna Miarrostami and Lea Simoniello.

Are you finding yourself stressed, overwhelmed, overworked? On Wednesday at 11:30, go to the Dongan Hills Library, 1617 Richmond Rd. for Mindful Meditation where you will be guided to a peaceful mind. Allow 30 minutes of mind and body relaxation with simple techniques you can take with you. Afterwards, at 12, join Zen Watercoloring which will allow your peaceful state of mind to continue in a calm and nonstructural class. Registration is required; call 718-351-1444.

Participate in Adult Afternoon Hikes on Wednesday from 1:303 at Greenbelt Nature Center in Blood Root Valley, 700 Rockland Ave. at Brielle Ave. Enjoy the crisp winter weather as you stroll through different Staten Island Greenbelt trails with Greenbelt educators and a naturalist. Good for adults ages 18+ who want to spend time in nature and socialize. For more information and to register, please call 718-351-3450.

Attend Composting 101 on Wednesday at 3:30 at the St. George Library Center, 5 Central Ave. What is compost? How do I make it? Do I need a bin? Do I need worms? This workshop will introduce you to compost, how it's made, and what to do with it when it's done. All materials are provided. This program is in partnership with the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden.

Children ages 3-12 can enjoy the Leprechaun Craft for Kids! Program on Wednesday at 4 at the Tottenville Library, 7430 Amboy Rd. On the hunt for a leprechaun? Make your own Leprechaun flute! First come, first served; space is limited. Please sign in at the desk when you arrive for the program!

Bring your two-year-olds to Greenbelt Peepers on Thursday, 3/12 from 9:4510:15 at Greenbelt Nature Center in Blood Root Valley, 700 Rockland Ave. at Brielle Ave. Enjoy a dynamic exploration of the wonders of the Greenbelt forest! Programs take place both indoors and outdoors (weather-permitting) for children and their caregiver. Appropriate footwear required; please no open-toed shoes or flip-flops. Cost $3/free for conservancy members.

Greenbelt Tree Tots takes place on Thursday from 111 at Greenbelt Nature Center in Blood Root Valley, 700 Rockland Ave. at Brielle Ave. Through hands-on activities, observations, games, and stories, children will become familiar with the sights and sounds of the forest. Programs take place both indoors and outdoors (weather-permitting) for children and their caregiver. Appropriate footwear required; please no open-toed shoes or flip-flops. Good for ages 3-4. Admission is $3/ Greenbelt Conservancy members free.

Attend “Finding Rosie” at Richmond Town Library, 200 Clarke Ave. on Thursday at 4.   As millions of American men left our shores to fight overseas, our nation’s women took up the call to fill the gaps that were left behind. Intrepid Museum educators will help you interpret the poster art and other primary documents used to motivate women to keep our home front thriving at a time when over 13,000,000 men went off to fight in World War II. For 13-18 years old. Presented by Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.

Attend Poetry/ Spoken Word Write on Thursday from 5-7 at Project Lab, 1953 Richmond Terr. Write, perform and record an original piece. Learn different literary devices and refining your thoughts. Completed poems will be featured at local open mic. Hosted by Project Lab and Shawn Crysis.

Come to the Port Richmond Library, 75 Bennett St. on Friday, 3/13 from 12:30-2 and meet other people who are practicing English, just like you at We Speak NYC English Conversation Groups. We Speak NYC is an Emmy Award-winning TV show created to help people practice English. Each story is about everyday situations, like going to the doctor or talking with a child's teacher. The characters speak slowly and clearly. Adult learners will have the opportunity to learn English by watching We Speak NYC videos and discussing them with other adults from around the world.   The program works best for people who speak some English and want to practice.  We Speak NYC was created by the NYC Mayor's Office of Adult Education and the City University of New York.

On Friday from 6-9, attend the 9th Annual John's Pasta Party at the McCown Expeditionary Learning School, 100 Essex Dr. You will enjoy pasta dishes from your favorite SI restaurants, as well as a visit from Above and Beyond Couture, Costume Characters and face painting by Party Bliss/Lollipop Shop, music by Terrific Tunes Entertainment, Raffles, Door Prizes, and more. This year the South Shore Rotary John Dressler Scholarship provided $12,000 tuition support for a senior at Wagner College who battled leukemia since she was 12 years old. "We are proud to help keep her dream to be an Oncology Nurse alive. Please join us to keep dreams alive for students with cancer by supporting the South Shore Rotary John Dressler Scholarship." For more info, call Ms. Tiffany Reingold at 718-370-6950 x3020 or email her at JohnsPastaParty@gmail.com Admission is $10 prepaid adult & student seats, $15 at the door, $5 for kids under 5. Make checks payable to the South Shore Rotary Foundation.

On Friday at 7, join the YA Book Club featuring "A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder" at Barnes & Noble, Richmond Ave., Ste. 1590. Discover an addictive whodunnit with true-life investigative verve. Join us at Book Club to discuss unraveling this mystery wrapped in an enigma! For info, call 718-355-6033 2655.

Join the Staten Island Geological Society, Inc. on Friday at 7:30 for The Dawn of Technology—Made of Stone at St. Clare School, 151 Lindenwood Rd. and see Al Hartje’s private collection of very, very old stone tools made from rocks shaped by man. In November, Al showed us tools used by of Native Americans. This time he will share with us his oldest man-made stone tools. Most are from Africa, Southern Siberia, and Europe. You will be able to see and hold in your hands stone tools that are up to 200,000 years old. Some specimens were made by Neanderthals, and others by Homo Sapiens-modern man from 75,000 BC to 1,500 AD. Don’t miss the opportunity see to this amazing private collection of rocks that you might be able to find in a really good museum, but they won’t let you handle any of them…EVER!

The Tavern Concerts continue with two sessions on Friday at 6 and 8 and two sessions on Saturday at 6 and 8 with Irish Stout at the newly-restored Guyon Tavern, located on Richmond Rd. The concerts boast the feeling of a 19th-century tavern with a wood-burning stove, candlelight and costumed interpreters. Beverage options include hot apple cider, homemade mulled wine, as well as a refreshing selection of beers. For more info and tickets, visit historicrichmondtown.org

Don’t miss Beatles Weekend at Everything Goes Cafe, 208 Bay St. on Friday at 7:30 and Saturday, 3/14 at 7. Numerous local performers and bands will each play two Beatles’ songs of their choice, with entertaining factoids and slideshow by the SIAMS team. Admission is $5.

Enjoy a Free trial class of SI Family Music on Saturday, 3/14 at 9 at LA Dance Studio, 24 Ellis St. and Sunday, 3/15 at 9 at Snug Harbor Cultural Center, 1000 Richmond Terr. Visit SIFamilyMusic.com to check out their spring schedule! Please RSVP to mary@SIFamilyMusic.com

The Second Saturday Knitting & Crocheting Circle meets from 10-12 at Art on the Terrace Gallery, 776 Richmond Terr. and is open to beginning as well as advanced knitters and crocheters. Beginners will learn the basics to complete a project, and more skilled knitters will learn to advance their craft. Free, but donations are accepted to help support our programs.

Attend Citizen Science Raptor Nest Scouting Day on Saturday at 11 at Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Ave. NYC Parks’ Wildlife Unit collects information regarding location and success of nesting birds of prey throughout New York City. Join us to scout areas for active nests around the Greenbelt. NYC Parks’ staff will provide basic training and binoculars to borrow, for those that need it. Pre-registration is preferred. To register or for more info, contact Public Engagement Associate Sunny Corrao by phone or email: 212-360-1447 or sunny.corrao@parks.nyc.gov, or call Greenbelt Nature at 718-351-3450. 

Bring the kiddies to Storytime and Activities Featuring "Pete the Cat: The Great Leprechaun Chase" on Saturday at 11 at Barnes & Noble, 2655 Richmond Ave.  Will it be Pete the Cat’s lucky day or will he learn that luck takes work in this charming book? Find out at Storytime, and stay for delightful activities afterward!

Choose the Right Bin for You Workshop (NYC Compost Project) is on Saturday from 1112 at the Compost Demonstration Site in Snug Harbor Cultural Center, 1000 Richmond Terr. There are many ways to compost, and many types of compost bins: big bins, small bins, short bins, tall bins! Does it need to have a lid? Can I keep it by my house? Can I make my own? You have questions. We have answers. This event is rain or shine. Free admission; registration requested.   The NYC Compost Project, created by the NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) in 1993, works to rebuild NYC’s soils by providing New Yorkers with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities they need to make and use compost locally. Learn more: www.nyc.gov/compostproject

Join the Urban Park Rangers for Wildlife Viewing: All About Ducks on Saturday from 1112:30 at Park Dr. and 1150 Clove Rd. in Clove Lakes Park.  Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome. To enhance your experience we encourage you to bring field guides and binoculars or ask a Ranger to borrow a pair.

Test out some funky reactions at Weird Science Fair on Saturday at 1 at Clay Pit Ponds, 2351 Veterans Rd. West. Call 718-605-3970 x201 to RSVP or email emily.becker@parks.ny.gov . Good for ages 5+.

The Opening Reception of Nature S.I. featuring Richard Xuereb’s Staten Island Wildlife, along with works from fellow members of CPG will be on Saturday from 5-8 and continue through 4/19 at the Creative Photographers Guild, 814 Richmond Terr. (entrance on Tysen St.). The Gallery is open weekends from 1 to 5.

Participate in the Sea Shanty Sessions on Sunday 3/15 from 2-5 at Noble Maritime Collection, 1000 Richmond Terr. Led by the Folk Music Society of New York, this program is really gaining in popularity and offers a great opportunity to experience authentic, time-honored maritime songs in an appropriately historic setting. The sessions are free and family friendly, and you are encouraged to sing along if the mood strikes you!   Sessions are held on the third Sunday of every month.

The 2020 Summer Youth Employment Program application window is now open. SYEP provides NYC youth with paid summer experiences for up to six weeks in July and August. This year changes have been made to the program: teens 14 - 15 take part in project-based activities that help them explore different careers while young adults aged 16 - 24 can work in a variety of industries throughout the City. For more information, and to apply for this year's program, visit the official SYEP website. https://www1.nyc.gov/site/dycd/services/jobs-internships/summer-youth-employment-program-syep.page

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