Was it only a week ago that I was shoveling snow, chopping ice and wishing I was in a warmer climate?  As I write, the temperature outside is a surprisingly high 60!  Tomorrow, it will go back down to 30. The hyacinth, crocus and daffodil plants are abloom.

Spring has sprung which means it is time for growth of flowers, plants, children, a new outlook on life, perhaps a new job or a new relationship.  We all tend to make New Year resolutions or resolve to do better with our personal and/or work life, get back on the diet or exercise routine. With spring comes preparing for outdoor activity and staying out later as it remains lighter longer, working in the garden, playing in the park with the kiddies.  Are you in a rut?  You aren’t the only one, believe me!  Take a chance, put one foot in front of the other, make decisions that you thought you couldn’t, wouldn’t or hadn’t the strength or courage to make.  It has been only three months since the New Year began; the time to "spring" is NOW!  Enjoy the change, enjoy the growth, enjoy LIFE! 

Homework Help is available every Monday and Wednesday at 5 at the Mariners Harbor Library, 206 South Ave. for grades 1-6.  Library staff and volunteers will be on hand to provide assistance.  Call (212) 621-0690 for details.

On Wednesday 3/22 from 6-9, at Everything Goes Bookstore, 208 Bay St., Richard Gage, Architect, AIA, will present the physical scientific research by thousands of ARCHITECTS & ENGINEERS for 9-11 TRUTH who are asking for an honest official investigation of the events of that day.  For more details, call 718-447-8256.

Award-winning composer and pianist Deanna Witkowski and her trio will perform a program of jazz standards, Brazilian jazz and original compositions on Wednesday at 7 at Campus Hall Performance Center, Wagner College, 1 Campus Rd.  For info, call 718-390-3205 or visit http://www.wagner.edu/music

SIUH's Outreach Team will be at ShopRite, Thursday, 3/23 at 10 at 985 Richmond Ave. with information on preventing diabetes, stroke and cancer as well as help with smoking cessation and nutrition. Get the information you need to live healthy. 

On Thursday at 4 come to the New Dorp Library, 309 New Dorp Ln. and learn about different parts of the world during Around the World Stories & Crafts. Enjoy stories about different cultures. Great for ages 3 and up. 

The Young Adult Breast Cancer Support (for young women dealing with the diagnosis of breast cancer) will meet on Thursday at 6 at SIUH Cancer Services/Nalitt building, 256C Mason Ave.  Call 718-226-8888 for info or visit http://ldesimone@northwell.edu

On Thursday from 7-8:30 at the Alice Austen House Museum, 2 Hylan Blvd.   attend a facilitated conversation--“What’s Next for Women” with socially-engaged artist Anna Lise Jensen and invited guests about expressing and representing oneself in today’s world.  Visit http://AliceAusten.org for future events.

Attend this all-day event Colorectal Cancer Awareness and Prevention on Friday, 3/24 from 10-2 at Richmond University Medical Center, Main Lobby, 355 Bard Ave. to raise awareness and discuss prevention of colorectal cancer. Enjoy interactive displays, colon-friendly food discussions, giveaways, raffles and more! For info, call 718-818-2102.

Toddler Storytime takes place on Friday, 3/24 at 11:15 at the Tottenville Library, 7430 Amboy Rd. Children ages 18 mos. to 3 years will enjoy stories, songs, crafts and fun and meet other toddlers in the neighborhood. 

Attend S.W.A.N. (Support Women Artists Now) Day Celebration Friday from 7-10 at Everything Goes Cafe, 208 Bay St. Also participate in spoken word, music, monologues, and/or come share your visions and inspiration.

The Tavern Concerts continue with Queen Tipsy singing the blues this Friday at 8 and Songs of the Sea and Tavern performing sea shanties on Saturday, 3/25 at 6 and 8 at Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Ave.  Admission is $13 online or $15 at the door. On-line tickets are available up until 3 p.m., two weekdays before the event. For Saturday and Sunday events, tickets are available online until 3 p.m. Thursday.  Call 718-351-1611 for reservations.

The Universal Temple of the Arts, 425 Jersey St. is sponsoring a FREE trip for youth ages 11-19--Jazz for Teens on Saturday.  Bus leaves from the Temple to go to Snug Harbor to participate in a program, Count Basie Exhibit--History of Swing.  Learn about the jazz greats who created the sound that came to be known as Swing.  After the workshop, lunch at Wendy's.  For more information, call Sajda Musawwir Ladner at 718-273-5610, 718-727-8913, 718-877-9939.  Parental consent required.

Women of all faiths are invited to the Women's Communion Luncheon, Saturday, 3/25 at 11 at Immanuel Union Church, 693 Jewett Ave. Communion in the church sanctuary will be followed by lunch. Guest speaker is Mrs. Mary Ann Edkins of Holy Child and Our Lady Star of the Sea R.C. churches. Admission is $7.  For info, call 718-816-7102.

Saturday Sing-Along takes place at the St. George Library, 5 Central Ave. on Saturday at 11:30 for all ages.  Singing is fun and also enhances the early literacy skills by breaking up words to small pieces and emphasizing with rhythm. It is one of the important pre-reading skills that young children can acquire.  Call 718-442-8560 for details.

Local historians will lead a lecture--World War I Centennial commemorating World War I in America on  Saturday at 2 at the Staten Island Museum, Snug Harbor, 1000 Richmond Terr., Bldg. A. This program is supported by the Library of America. Refreshments will be served. Lecture is Free with Museum Admission. For info, visit http://www.statenislandmuseum.org/calendar-programs/world-war-i-centennial-lecture

The Mighty String Demons will perform Saturday, 3/25 at 2 at the Stapleton Public Library, 132 Canal St. Come and hear a swan, a donkey, an elephant, a bunch of monkeys, a hippo, a snake, a bumble bee and a mosquito all played on stringed instruments—a fun and imaginative concert for all ages.  This concert is made possible, in part, by an Encore Grant from Staten Island Arts, with public funding from the New York State Council on the Arts. 

On Saturday 3/25 from 3-5 at the Art Lab at Snug Harbor, 1000 Richmond Terr., Bldg. G, join in on a panel discussion celebrating Women's History Month.

Attend "URBANIA" MICRO EXHIBIT RECEPTION” by Jo Cavallo on Saturday from 7-10 at Hub 17, 73 Wave St. Jo Cavallo is a lifelong resident of Staten Island and local freelance photographer currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Fine Arts Program at The College of Staten Island.  For info, visit http://www.onwavestreet.com/events/2017/3/25/urbania-micro-exhibit-reception

The Opening Reception of the Third Annual "Island of Art" Juried Exhibition takes place on Saturday, 3/25 from 2-5 at St. John's University, Loretto Memorial Gallery, 300 Howard Ave. Curators are Professor Linda Butti, Professor Connie J. Frisch-Cherniak and Dr. Mark Meng.  For info, call 718-390-4457.

On Sunday, 3/26 at 2 attend a film screening: Ani Lacham--A Tibetan Nun, a documentary by Dorje Tsering Chenaktsang at the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, 338 Lighthouse Ave. Lacham, as a little girl, was supposed to stay at home, helping her parents with the housework and farming. She was not meant to go to school. However, she decided otherwise and fled away from home to join a monastery and become a nun. This short film follows her footsteps during her first visit into the big town where she must find a repair shop for her tape-recorder; the only tool she has to listen to her Tibetan language lessons. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for Students/Seniors.  Call 718-987-3500 for info or visit http://www.tibetanmuseum.org/events-calendar

Participate in the Cupcake Intensive Workshop on Sunday from 3-6 at Pastry Lover's Choice, 370 Van Duzer Ave. you will learn how to create the perfect cupcake. From batter to texture, you will be shown how to make the kind of cupcake that will wow any crowd's taste buds. Check out their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/1861960910751845/permalink/1887003321580937/ and their website http://pastryloverschoice.com/online/ and reserve your spot for this tasty workshop.

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 https://application.nycsyep.com/  or at a community-based organization during the application period. Participants are selected by lottery for the program. The deadline to submit an application has been extended until March 31.  You can apply online or print out an application to fill out by hand. For additional information call 1-800-246-4646 or blicata@unitedactivities.org

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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