As the snow has melted this week, it brings to mind that spring and summer will soon arrive.  Have your teens started thinking about time off from school and hanging out with their friends OR perhaps obtaining a summer job?  Staten Island teens and young adults, ages 14-24, can now apply for summer jobs through the 2015 Summer Youth Employment Program. This program will provide young people with PAID summer employment for up to six weeks during July and August in a variety of entry level jobs.  Applicants must be able to provide working papers if under 18 as well as ID and documents.  Programs for disabled, foster care, runaway/homeless and court-involved youth are also available.  Contact DYCD Youth Connect at 1-800-246-4646 or e-mail  Applications can be obtained online at The deadline is April 10.

If you are a people watcher (like me), and at one time of your life have commuted by ferry boat or even ride the ferry occasionally to the big City, you will enjoy “Scenes from the Staten Island Ferry 2015”In its 13th year, this series features original short plays about the borough’s favorite boats.  Playing at the New Dorp Moravian Church Theatre, 2205 Richmond Rd., New Dorp, on Friday, 3/13 and Saturday, 3/14 at 8 and Sunday, 3/15 at 3, tickets can be ordered by calling 718-816-5453 or visit

Friday, 3/13, you can attend Chair Yoga at 11-noon for seniors, Basic Yoga from 8-9 for seniors, Open Yoga from 7:30-8:30 for seniors at All Saints Episcopal Church, 2329 Victory Blvd.  Call instructor Melody Harden-Sandhu at 917-376-3049 or visit: www.// for information.

Meet at Silver Lake Park, Forest Ave. and Haven Esplanade for Parkside Outdoor Boot Camp on Tuesdays, Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. and Saturdays, 7:30 a.m.  E-mail for details.

Free Zumba Classes are held every Saturday with Gina-Nicole Caputo at the Berry Houses Friendship Club, 211 Jefferson St., Dongan Hills for children 5-12 at 11, and 13 and older at noon.  Call 718-979-0010 for details.

Join Elisabetta O’Connor for a Winter Hike: Scavenger Hunt at Clay Pit Pond State Park Preserve 2351 Veterans Rd. West on Saturday, 3/14, at 11.  Call Elisabetta at 718-605-3970 x 201 or email for more info.

An entertaining Irish Pub Night consisting of beer tasting, dinner and a “Lotta Malarkey Storytelling Contest” will be held at the Unitarian Church, 332 Fillmore St., New Brighton on Saturday beginning at 5.  Call 718-442-1012 or visit for more info.

A spoken word performance workshop for ages 55 and above begins Saturday at 2:30 at the St. George Library Center, 5 Central Ave. and Board Games for ages 5-11 begin at 3:30.  Call 718-442-8560 or visit for info.

The Conference House Cinema “Mid-month Matinee Film Noir” series continues with a screening of “Mildred Pierce” from 4-6 on Saturday at 7455 Hylan Blvd.  The $5 donation includes popcorn, cookies and

refreshments.  Call 718-984-6046 for info on future screenings.

Stargazing at Great Kills Park, Hylan Blvd. at Buffalo St. will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. No telescope is needed.  Call 718-980-6130 for directions and meeting place.

Participate in a Yogathon to benefit Staten Island’s Meals on Wheels on Sunday, 3/15 at 10:30 a.m.- noon at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 397 Clark Ave.  For info, call 718-667-9852.

Search for the illusive leprechauns and their pots of gold in the St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Hike on Sunday at 1 at the Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Ave.  Suitable for children ages 7 and up; registration required.  Call 718-351-3450 or visit

Suit Up Sundaze’s 3rd Party Autism Speaks Fundraiser will be held at Joe Broadway’s Billiards and Sports Pub, 2178 Forest Ave. on Sunday, beginning at 5 featuring food, raffles and donated music performances.  20% of sales and a $5 donation will be donated to Autism Speaks.  Call 718-442-8555 for details.

Join Dominick Durso on Sunday at 10 to celebrate 40 years of Protectors of Pine Oak Woods, the preservation of Pouch Camp and the continuance of scouting programs.  Gather at 1465 Manor Rd. to explore the propertyand discuss the importance of scoutingfor our Staten Island Community. Call 917-478-7607 for more details.

March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day.  If you are attending the Parade in Manhattan or dining on corn beef and Irish soda bread or imbibing at a local pub, stay safe, have fun and enjoy the day.  If you would like to share your plans are for the weekend or St. Patrick's Day, call me at 646-258-9696, comment below or at  I would love to hear from you.

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