Spring has sprung!  I actually see green in my yard, buds on the trees and the crocus has begun to show itself.  Have you started Spring cleaning?  Nope, I haven’t either!  On Saturday, 3/28 from noon – 3:00, you will have a chance to Stop ‘N’ Swap at Christ Church in New Brighton at 76 Franklin Ave.  It is sponsored by GrowNYC.org/Swap, an outreach and education program of the Department of Sanitation.  So bring your clean, reusable, portable items such as clothing, house wares, electronics, books and toys that you no longer need.  And take home something new to you, FREE.  P.S. You don’t have to bring something to take something!  How is that for a deal?  I have a few bags already packed to swap.  For further information, call 212-788-0226 or email recycle@grownyc.org.

Bicyclists!  Get ready for the Tour de Staten Island scheduled for Sunday, 4/12.  A great way to kick-start the 2015 riding season, the 35 and 55 mile tour begins and ends at Flagship Brewery at 40 Minthorne St. in Tompkinsville and continues on through parks and areas throughout the Island.  Check in for the 55-mile event begins between 8-9 a.m.; check in for the 35-mile event between 8:30-9:30.  For more info, visit http://bikenyc.org/tourdestatenisland

Have you started your taxes yet?  April 15 is rapidly approaching.  The New York Public Library in Staten Island is offering FREE tax preparation at the following branches:  Richmondtown--Tuesday from 11-3, St. George--Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday from 2-6, West New Brighton--Monday from 11-2:30 and Wednesday from 12-2:30 p.m.  Don’t procrastinate!  Professionals will assist you.

Join Councilwoman Debi Rose at a Women’s History Month recognition ceremony at the Unitarian Church Hall, 312 Fillmore St., New Brighton, tonight, Thursday, 3/26 at 7:00 p.m.  I am happy to announce my friend Shirli Allen of the New Brighton Coalition of Concerned Citizens will be one of the honorees.  Call Stephanie Layne at 718-556-7370 to RSVP.  Congratulations to all!

If you are yearning to attend a good old, sing-along musical, you are in luck this weekend.  Tonight, Thursday, 3/26, at 7, “Legally Blond: The Musical” will be presented at Susan Wagner HS, 1200 Manor Rd.  Call 718-698-4200, ext. 2841 for info.  “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” will be presented at Monsignor Farrell HS, 2900 Amboy Rd. tonight, Friday and Saturday at 7.  Call 718-987-2900 for tickets.  Friday, 3/27, at 7:30,  “Thorougly Modern Millie” will be presented at Moore Catholic HS, 100 Merrill Ave.  Call 718-761-9200 for info.

Friday 3/27, come to Boston Market, 854 Arthur Kill Rd. to take your own FREE pictures with the Easter Bunny.  Call 718-227-8200 for info.

Friday, at various branches of the New York Public Library, take your children to Toddler Time (Tottenville, 10:30, Port Richmond, 1030, Huguenot, 10:30, Todt Hill-Westerleigh, 11:30, Dongan Hills, 10:30).  My grandson loves this special time of reading, singing, dancing with his toddler friends.  I know your little one will, too.

Saturday, 3/28, Brothers Care, Inc. and Choices for Hope together with Councilwoman Debi Rose and others will sponsor the Annual Golden Egg Hunt at Corporal Thompson Park from noon to 3 for kids 3 to 13.  There will be special golden eggs with $10-$100 Toys “R” Us gift certificates plus live entertainment, face painting, rock climbing wall and more.  For info, visit choicesforhope@gmail.com or brotherswhocare@aol.com
Saturday, at Barnes and Noble, 2245 Richmond Ave., a Book Fair & Book Signing will be held supporting Wishes of Literacy and featuring a book reading and signing by 9-year old author of “Dyslexic Renegade”, Leia Schwartz at 11:30.  A special visit by the Easter Bunny will be at 1:30 and children’s entertainment with Music by Patrick will be at 2:30.  Face painting and giveaways will take place at 11.  Call 718-568-4177 for further details.

Greenbelt Red Trail Restoration Project with Friends of Island Trails and NYC Parks takes place Saturday from 10-2.  Wear your old clothes and be prepared to work hard to help improve this trail section for those who hike and run here.  E-mail JeannePaliswiat@parks,nyc.gov or call 718-667-2165 ext. 311 for meeting place at the Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Ave.

Saturday, learn the basics of urban composting and benefits of compost application at PS 9, 1055 Targee St., from 10-noon. 

Sunday, 3/29, at 10, join Mike Shanley for an early Spring Hike at Blue Heron Nature Center, 222 Poillon Ave. E-mail Mike at falecor@yahoo.com or call 718-967-3542 to register.

On Sunday, at 3, you can attend the special interactive concert, Music for Autism, by Doug and Dmitri Klezmer Duo for individuals with autism and their families at the Jewish Community Center, 1466 Manor Rd.  Concert is FREE but reservations are required.  Call 877-463-7473 for info.

Visit the Horrmann Library, Wagner College, One Campus Rd. view Up close: A Retrospective of Women Artists in Staten Island, honoring local women artists.  Exhibit is FREE and open Sunday through Saturday 9-8 through 3/29.

Just a reminder ONE MORE TIME--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.  Contact DYCD Youth Connect at 1-800-246-4646 or e-mail blicata@unitedactivities.org  Applications can be obtained online at visit https://application.nycsyep.com. The deadline is April 10.

Enjoy your weekend and the week ahead.  Feel free to share your weekend plans.  Call me at 646-258-9696, leave a comment below or write me at joan.coogan@gmail.com.

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