Have you participated in any of the hikes throughout Staten Island’s parks or attended an open house for summer camps or schools for your children?  If you would like to share photos from any of the events you attended, please feel free to email them to me and I will include in this week’s blog. 

I love to see the snow melting and the green tops of plants popping out of the wet soil.  Now is the time to start planting seeds on your window sill to ready them for your garden when the last freeze is over.  As I write this, the weather is expected to go up to 50.  My kitty actually insisted on going outside to bask in the sun.  Is Mother Nature teasing me?  Time will tell.


March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Colonoscopies save lives. Don’t put it off any longer. The prep is simpler than in the past; the procedure is over before you know it.  If you don’t have someone to accompany you, call me--I will gladly take you.  Our family has a history of colon cancer, and I have witnessed how colon cancer kills if not caught in time. Do it for yourself. Do it for those who love you. JUST DO IT!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all who celebrate!  Without sounding preachy—Please don’t drink and drive—have a designated driver available!

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Attend a free Memory Screening Event sponsored by Richmond Behavioral Associates on Wednesday 3/13 from 9:30-11 at Z One Diner, 1821 Richmond Ave.  A Q&A session will follow brief screenings of memory function and a light breakfast for registered attendees only.  Please register at 718-317-5522 x 311.

Attend the Support Group for Moms of Children with Autism on Wednesday at 11 at the Tottenville Library, 7430 Amboy Rd.  RSVP to Lilly@mastermindbehavior.com or call 732-813-7333. 

Opening a business in NYC can seem daunting at the start. Many entrepreneurial New Yorkers ask: Where do I begin? Attend the free First Step to Starting a Business seminar on Wednesday from 1-3:30 at NYC Business Solutions, 120 Stuyvesant Pl., 3rd Fl. The goal of this course is to help you understand what starting a NYC business requires and to define your own expectations for life as a business owner.  To register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/first-step-to-starting-a-business-staten-island-03132019-tickets-55536013712?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

On Wednesday from 1:303:30, become more familiar with various areas of the Greenbelt and Staten Island Parks as you participate in an Adult Afternoon Hike at Bloomingdale Park while enjoying picturesque views and discovering unique features. The length of the hike will be determined by the pace of the group.  Call 718-351-3450 for meeting location.

Attend Tommy and Tommy Juggling Time on Wednesday at 4 at the South Beach Library, 21-25 Robin Rd.  Come juggle with Tommy and Tommy! They’ll perform for you, and you will spend some time learning how to juggle together. This session includes a juggling-ball-making workshop; take home what you create. If you’ve ever wanted to step right up and join the circus, now’s your chance! For ages 13-18 years old.

Visit the Nicotra Early College Charter School Open House, One Corporate Commons, One Teleport Dr. on Wednesday from 6-7 for Grades 8-9.  For info, call 347-855-2238 x383. 

Bring your two year olds to nature-inspired classes--Greenbelt Peepers on Thursday, 3/14 from 9:45-10:15 at the Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Ave. Through hands-on activities, crafts and stories, your toddlers will become familiar with the sights and sounds of the forest. Space is limited. Admission is $3/Free for Greenbelt Conservancy Members. Registration is required; call 718-351-3450 

The West New Brighton Library, 976 Castleton Ave. will host a St. Patrick’s Craft Hour on Thursday at 3:30 for ages 6+. 

On Thursday at 3:30, come to the New Dorp Library, 309 New Dorp Ln. and make a fun craft at the Imagination Station using your own imagination. Good for ages 5-12.

The 8th Annual John’s Pasta Party takes place on Friday, 3/15 from 6-9 at the McCown Expeditionary Learning School Cafeteria, 100 Essex Dr.  Attend this fundraiser in memory of John Dressler that helps support students with cancer stay in school.  Enjoy music, great pasta, raffles, cartoon characters and face painting.  Fun for the entire family!  For info and reservations, call Tiffany Reingold at 718-370-6950 x 3020 or email her at JohnsPastaParty@gmail.com

On Saturday 3/16 at 9, learn about Camping and the Outdoors (ages 8-17) and All About Archery (ages 10-17) at the Zimmer Club, 4411 Arthur Kill Rd. You will be taught the parts of a bow and arrow, range procedures and marksmanship (Staten Island Edge Archery).  For further info, call 718-948-9599.

Visit the Staten Island Day Camp Open House at the College of Staten Island, 2800 Victory Blvd. on Saturday at 10.  For info, call 800-301-2267.

Attend How to Catch a Leprechaun Storytime at Barnes & Noble, 2655 Richmond Ave. on Saturday at 11 for all ages.  For info, call 718-355-6033.

NYC Parks GreenThumb and The NYC Compost Project hosted by Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden will sponsor a Staten Island Garden Get Together on Saturday from 113 at Snug Harbor, 1000 Richmond Terr., Bldg. P lobby to learn more about starting, growing or joining a community garden.  To RSVP, call Anthony Reuter at (212) 602-5324 or email: anthony.reuter@parks.nyc.gov.

On Saturday from 12-2, enjoy a pre-spring, natural history tour of Staten Island’s southernmost woodland at Ward’s Point and a discussion of the Lenape Indians: Survival Techniques Learned from Native Americans. Utilizing stone tools from the Archaic and Woodland periods, Ray Matarazzo, a research associate at the Staten Island Museum, will demonstrate hunting, building and cold weather survival skills. Participants will meet at the Conference House Park Visitors Center at 7455 Hylan Blvd. For more information contact Ray Matarazzo at 718-317-7666. Visit https://www.siprotectors.org/calendar-of-events for more information and more FREE walks and activities.

Fairy Houses come in all different shapes and sizes.  Use natural materials to create your own little habitat at the Fairy Houses from Natural Materials workshop at Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Ave. on Saturday at 1. Good for ages 10+.  Admission is $2.

Attend the Leprechauns and Limericks Event on Saturday at 2 at Barnes & Noble, 2655 Richmond Ave. Get your official leprechaun name, become a master limerick writer, learn how to leprechaun-proof your home, and take home fun giveaways as we celebrate the release of Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles. For info, call 718-355-6033.

On Sunday 3/17 at 11, join other dog lovers for a free Lucky Pups Pack Hike at High Rock Park, 200 Nevada Ave. This is a fun and informative way to socialize with your dog while getting outdoor exercise. Dogs must be on a leash 6’ or shorter.  Call 718-667-7475 for info.

Come Dublin the fun (or your vision) with Joan Caddell & the Mini Choir at Lacey's Bridge Tavern, 75 Innis St. on St. Patrick's Day Sunday at 12:30! No cover. It's the most Irish day of the year... don't miss out on this lucky performance!

On Sunday from 2-3, attend Chillips in the Land of Thunder Dragon, a photo journey of Bhutan at the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, 338 Lighthouse Ave.  Also learn about the Museum's Travel Program. Himalayan momos (dumplings) will be served.  Free Admission.

Attend the Sea Shanty Session on Sunday from 2-5 at the Noble Maritime Collection,1000 Richmond Terr.  Led by the Folk Music Society of New York, this program offers a great opportunity to experience authentic, time-honored maritime songs in an appropriately historic setting. The sessions are free and family friendly; you will be tapping your feet and singing along in no time! The session takes place on the third Sunday of every month. 

I welcome comments and photos at events you have attended.  If you want to share events for me to post, email or call me.

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