So much for my daffodils, crocus and tulip plants--The Winter Storm Stella of March 2017 gave us a run for the money with the hype but dumped only 4” of snow including sleet on Staten Island. 

I’m ready for an early spring.  What about you?  Have any of my gentle readers warmed their hearts by taking bagpipe and/or drum lessons with the Richmond County Pipes and Drums at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church or attended the Tavern Concerts at Historic Richmond Town.  I know the weather has been hard to predict, but it’s never too hot or cold to listen to music or participate in making music.  Staten Island has plenty of art galleries to visit and a number of theater groups produce shows throughout the year. Have you thought about getting involved with the Community Supported Agriculture or a community garden or taking a hike with the Staten Island Protectors of Pine Oak Woods  I began planting basil, parsley, garlic and pepper seeds on my kitchen window sill, and they are actually growing!  







Join the Bird and Nature Walk with the Staten Island Museum on Wednesday, 3/15 at 10 at Clove Lakes Park, 1150 Clove Rd.  The walk should yield late wintering songbirds, raptors, waterfowl, and, with a little luck, a few early spring migrants. Meet on the Martling Ave. bridge.  Donations are welcomed.  For info, call 718-727-1135 or visit

Enjoy English Country Dance Class on Wednesday, 3/15 at 7 at Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Ave.  All dances are taught so experience is not necessary and beginners are welcome. Come with a friend or come without a partner. You will benefit from the cardio without knowing that you've been exercising. Admission is $10.  Class takes place most Wednesdays, but call 718-351-1611 ext. 283 to confirm for dates after March 1. 

Attend the Third Thursday Film Discussion Group with Ed Davin on Thursday, 3/16 from 7-9 at Art on the Terrace, 776 Richmond Terr. and will feature a comparison of European and American directors.  Davin has been described as a “walking encyclopedia of film” and is extremely knowledgeable about the art and craft of the industry.  For info, visit

Enjoy the National Lighthouse Museum's second lecture presentation of the Lighthouses of Ireland on St. Patrick's Day, Friday, 3/17 at 6:30. John Eagle, the Irish Lighthouse Photographer, will join us via skype from Ireland. The National Lighthouse Museum is located at 200 Promenade at Lighthouse POint (behind St. George Post Office). Admission is $10 (non members) Members free.  For details, call 718-390-0040 or visit

On Friday, 3/17 from 7-9 at the Blue Heron Nature Center, 222 Poillon Ave. join the Metropolitan Herpetological Society for an evening Nature Walk as you look for Spring Peepers and other early signs of Spring. It will be a fun, hands-on learning experience for everyone. Call 718-992-1847 for info.

The Everything Goes Book Café, 208 Bay St. will present a St. Patrick’s Day Irish Music Night on Friday 3/16 at 8.  For info, call 718-447-8256.

The Tavern Concerts continue this Friday, 3/17 at 6:30 and 8:30 and Saturday, 3/18 at 6 and 8 with Irish Stout at Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Ave.  Admission is $13 online or $15 at the Door. On-line tickets are available up until 3pm, two weekdays before the event. For Saturday and Sunday events, tickets are available online until 3 pm Thursday.  Call 718-351-1611 for reservations.

The American Kennel Club Rally Trial takes place on Saturday, 3/18 from 1-6 at the Staten Island Companion Dog Training Club, Inc., 1309 Travis Ave. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c(3) non-profit whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of Law Enforcement and related agencies throughout the country.  100% of all entry fees and donations from these two trials will be donated to Vested Interest in K9's.  Any and all donations will gladly be accepted. For info, call 718-948-2147 or visit

Registration for the Winter Youth Program of the Andrew E. Zimmer Youth Conservation Club takes place on Saturday, 3/18 at 9 at Andrew E. Zimmer Fish and Game Assn., 4411 Arthur Kill Rd. The program uses the great outdoors as a classroom to teach youngsters about outdoor activities, conservation and embracing nature. Classes begin Saturday and continue through 4/15.  Classes are FREE to girls and boys under 18.  For details, call 718-948-9599 or visit  

The Mobile Market of City Harvest is held twice a month year-round and provides free fruits, vegetables and recipes.  The Mobile Market is held every 1st Wednesday and 3rd Saturday in front of the Senior Center at 22 Roxbury St. from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. on the following dates:

Mar. 18, Apr. and 15, May 3 and 20, June 7 and 17.

You are eligible if you reside in Mariners Harbor, Todt Hill or West Brighton NYCHA houses, Arlington Terr. Apts or live in the 10302, 03, 10 or 14 zip codes.  Bring proof of address and matching photo ID.

The Mobile Market is held behind 75 Hill St. at Stapleton Houses every 1st Tuesday and 3rd Saturday of each month from 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. on the following dates:

Mar. 18, April 4 and 15, May 2 and 20, June 6 and 17.

You are eligible if you participate in programs at the Stapleton Houses Senior Center or have a student in IS 49, reside in Berry, Cassidy Coles, New Lane, Richmond Terr., South Beach or Stapleton NYCHA houses, or live in the 10301, 04, 05 or 10 zip codes.  Bring proof of address and matching photo ID.

Come see the new Heart-y Art Exhibit on Saturday 3/18 from 12-6 at Art on the Terrace, 776 Richmond Terr.  For details, visit

On Saturday, 3/18 at 2 at the Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor, 1000 Richmond Terr/ Bldg. A, learn about Jacques Marchais, a woman ahead of her time and one of the earliest collectors of Tibetan art in the US.  Hear about her interesting inner-circle, her life and times, and how she amassed one of the finest collections of Tibetan art without ever traveling to Tibet. Free with Museum Admission. Call 781-727-1135 for details.

Attend a Film Screening, Women of Tibet: A Quiet Revolution, Sunday, 3/19 at 2 at the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, 338 Lighthouse Ave.  Three generations of Tibetan women and His Holiness the Dalai Lama tell the story of one of the great movements of non-violent resistance in modern history.  Admission is $6 Adult, $4 Student/Senior. For info, visit

Join in the Sea Shanty Sessions on Sunday, 3/19 (and every 3rd Sunday of the month) from 2-5 at 1000 Richmond Terrace, Building D.  It is FREE and a fun family friendly event.  For more information, visit 

The Summer Youth Employment Program Applications are here.  SYEP provides NYC youth ages 14-24 with “paid” summer employment for up to six weeks in July and August. SYEP also provides workshops on job readiness, career exploration, financial literacy and opportunities to continue education and social growth. Youth can apply for the program online at  or at a community-based organization during the application period. Participants are selected by lottery for the program. You can apply online or print out an application to fill out by hand. For additional information call 1-800-246-4646 or

I welcome comments and photos at events you have attended.  If you want to share events specifically for children or adults or seniors, by all means, email or call me. 

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