ART was in the air this weekend!  Friday night was the S.W.A.N. (Support Women Artists Now) Day Celebration at Everything Goes Bookstore/Café honoring women artists and hosted by Elaine Mendez, founder of Labyrinth Arts Collective. We were entertained with spoken word, monologues, music and an art exhibit all by talented women artists.  To learn more about Labyrinth, visit



The opening reception of the Third Annual “Island of Art” juried exhibition, with Professor Linda Butti, Professor Connie Frisch-Cherniak and Dr. Mark Meng as curators, took place at St. John’s University.  The delightful afternoon featuring all Staten Island artists brought art lovers together. The exhibit continues through 5/27.


This weekend, Jo Cavello exhibited “URBANIA”, her spectacular photos of the streets of the city and forgotten areas of local landscape, at Hub17. Each photo brought you into the life of the character and/or place.  For a peek at her exhibit and work, visit or her Facebook page: Jo Cavello Photography.

To wrap up “Women’s History Month” and after honoring the women artists this weekend (see above), I watched “To Walk Invisible, The Bronte Sisters” on PBS this Sunday.  As a fan of the works of the Bronte Sisters--Charlotte, Anne and Emily, I did not realize that these three brilliant women had to write under male pseudonyms to be published.  If you can watch this on demand or online, the sisters’ heart-breaking inspiring story is not to be missed!

Join the Bird and Nature Walk with the Staten Island Museum, Wednesday, 3/29 at 10 at Buck's Hollow, Rockland and Meisner Avenues. Early spring birds, such as phoebes and rusty blackbirds should be seen as you walk the sometimes muddy trails of Bucks Hollow.  For info, call 718-727-1135 or visit  

On Wednesday at 6 participate in a presentation Colon Health: Preventing Colon Cancer featuring Dr. Vivek V. Gumaste, director of Gastroenterology at Staten Island University Hospital, 475 Seaview Ave.

Meet the Nurses on Wednesday at 6:30 at Richmond University Medical Center, 355 Bard Ave. to discuss colorectal cancer awareness and prevention in the SIPP Auditorium. For details, call 718-818-2102.

For ages 13-18, the St. George Library, 5 Central Ave., will host a College Readiness: Essay Writing Workshop on Thursday 3/30 at 3 at the Teen Room.  Call 718-442-8560 for info.

Careers in Healthcare Series for High Schoolers takes place on Thursday at 4 at Staten Island University Hospital, 475 Seaview Ave. featuring “Careers in the Mind: Neurology, Psychiatry and Psychology” and will be presented by SIUH doctors.

Are you a Chess pro or just a beginner? Come to the Teen Chess Club on Thursday at 4 at West New Brighton Library, 976 Castleton Ave. and show off your skills or learn to play. All skill levels welcome; good for ages 12-18.

If you are interested in a law enforcement career and are between the ages of 14 and 21, join the U.S. Park Police Explorers Program Open House  on Thursday from 5:30-7:30 at Ft. Wadsworth Visitors Center, Bldg. 120, New York Ave.  For info, call  718-354-4500 or visit

The SIUH Outreach Team Medical Van will be at Cassidy Coles Senior Center, 125 Cassidy Pl. on Friday, 31/31 at 10. The Team will be on hand with information about healthy living/healthy aging and health care services. For info, call 718-273-6808. 

Understanding Dementia for Caregivers, hosted by CaringKind, NYC’s leading experts in Alzheimer’s and dementia care for more than three decades, will be held Friday from 2-4 at Avis/South Shore JCC, 1297 Arthur Kill Rd. This free meeting is designed specifically for family and friends who are caring for people with Alzheimer’s or dementia. It will provide helpful information about the disease and introduce caregivers to the free resources and services available at CaringKind. Seating is limited so call the CaringKind 24-hour Helpline at 646-744-2900 to register.

Every Friday from 4 to closing, Stapleton Library, 132 Canal St., hosts Teen Gameday for ages 13-18.  Chess Fluxx Are You a Werewolf, Coup Dominos, Mancala and other random surprise games will be featured each week.

For children 4-8 years of age, celebrate Eric Carle’s “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” on Friday at 4 at the Tottenville Library, 7430 Amboy Rd.  Enjoy stories, crafts, games and fun surprises for the whole family. Space is limited and registration is required by phone or in person 718-984-0945 .

The Tavern Concerts continue with Glen Cutrona, Patrice Bohlen & friends this Friday at 8 and with Wahoo Skiffle Crazies, Staten Island’s Premier Jug Band, on Saturday, 4/1 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.

Attend the Universal Holistic Expo and replenish in the energy of 40 holistic presenters on Saturday, 4/1 at 11 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1100 South Ave. The event will feature healers, nutrition, readers, coaches, spiritual tools, aromatherapy, candles, counselors, bath and body, natural soaps, massage, and  will include workshops throughout the day. Admission is $5.  For details, call 917-282-8850 or visit

Magician Mike Lane will entertain on Saturday at 1 at The Little Victory Theater, 4089 Victory Blvd. He has appeared nationwide and had his books printed worldwide in three countries.  His family-approved show is appropriate for ages seven and up. Admission is $12. Call 718-524-8467 for reservations or visit

Participate in the 1st Saturday Family Workshops: Mask Making on Saturday between 1-3 at Staten Island Museum, Snug Harbor, 1000 Richmond Terr. Bldg. A. Visit the galleries for inspiration, and utilize your wildest ideas about creatures and myths while designing and creating your own personal mask. For details, call 718-727-1135 or visit

Bring your school age children ages 5-12 to Disney Film Afternoon – “Moana” on Saturday at 3 to Stapleton Library, 132 Canal St.  A teen girl and a demigod embark on an adventure as they search for a legendary island.

Stargazing with the Amatuer Astronomers Assoc. of NYC will be on Saturday at 8 at Gateway National Recreation Area at Great Kills Park, Hylan Blvd. at Buffalo St. Enter at Hylan Blvd. and Buffalo St., proceed approx. one mile to large parking lot on left. Observing site is in the south-east corner near small playground. Telescopes will be provided.  Call 718-980-6130 for details.

Staten Island Arts Folklife the Staten Island Seisiún--Soft Mornings in Springtime on Sunday, 4/2 from 2-5 at Killmeyer's Old Bavaria Inn, 4254 Arthur Kill Rd. The Staten Island Seisiún, led by founders and local favorites Linda Hickman, Douglas Barr, and Bob Wright, offer musicians and music lovers an afternoon of music and shared camaraderie onstage and off. The seisiún is open to musicians of all levels and ages and all are invited to bring their own instruments and join in to expand repertoire and technique. Music lovers are welcome to come and listen, dance and enjoy this long-standing tradition.

A film screening: “Yangsi”, a documentary by Mark Elliot, Crestone Films, takes place on Sunday at 2 at Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, 338 Lighthouse Ave. This film offers an intimate portrait of a young Tibetan boy who is recognized as the reincarnation of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, one of the most revered Tibetan Buddhist masters of the 20th century. Admission is $6 for Adults, $4 for Students/Seniors.  Call 718-987-3500 for info or visit

On Sunday at 2, the Staten Island Museum, Snug Harbor, 1000 Richmond Terr., Building A., join Marylou and Jerome Bongiorno, Emmy-nominated, award winning filmmakers, as they preview clips from their upcoming fiction film, “The Black Monk”, inspired by Anton Chekhov's eponymous short story. The film is set on Staten Island and features iconic sites.  For info, call 718-727-1135 or 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. 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 

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