Thank you to Dorcas Meyers for sharing photos of the “Black History Month: Celebrating Unsung Community Leaders Making a Difference” event at Dreyfus Intermediate School, IS 49. Hosted by the African-American community and the JCC Beacon program, the honorees were Minister Robert Perkins—Community Service Award, LRaye Means—Entrepreneurship and Community Service Award and Elijah Scott-Pyle, Youth Community Service Leader Award. Congratulations to all the honorees--you are inspiring! Read about the event at:


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Bring your children to Itty Bitty Storytime on Wednesday 3/4 at 11:15 at the Mariners Harbor Library, 206 South Ave.where they will enjoy interactive stories, lively songs, finger plays and rhymes. Foster a love of reading and meet other little ones in the neighborhood.

Children ages 6-12 can attend NYPL After School on Wednesday from 3-6 at the West New Brighton Library, 976 Castleton Ave. which includes homework help and fun, hands-on learning activities. No need to sign-up, drop in anytime during program hours! Parents are welcome too.

Wednesday is STEAMDay at 4 at the Stapleton Library, 132 Canal St. Explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math! Good for ages 5-11.

Join CloseKnit, the longest-running public program, on Thursday 3/5 from 2-4 at the Noble Maritime Collection, 1000 Richmond Terr.  It is free and open to knitters of all skill levels. The goods members make are donated to community charities including the The Seamen’s Church Institute’s Christmas at Sea program and the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless.

Attend a workshop that will walk you through the process for completing your M/WBE application during NYC Business Solutions: Learn How To Become MWBE Certified on Thursday at 3 at the New Dorp Library, 309 New Dorp Ln. Getting certified as a Minority & Women-Owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) gives you exclusive access to opportunities to sell to government, networking events, inclusion in the City's Online Directory of Certified Businesses and offers many other benefits. You will learn about:

  • Getting certified as an M/WBE with New York City, New York State, NYC School Construction Authority, and The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
  • Applying for a vendor number and get notified of government opportunities in your industry
  • Completing your M/WBE application the right way
  • Working with an account manager to review your application for completeness before submitting it to an analyst for approval

Youth Tech Club meets on Thursday at 3:30 at the Great Kills Library, 56 Giffords Ln.  Explore new technology like 3D pens, Hummingbird Robotics, Osmo Genius Kits, Google Chromebooks and more! Good for ages 8+. Pre-registration is required by calling 718-984-6670.

Does your child like story time, crafts and playing with peers? If so, attend Preschool Storytime & Craft on Friday, 3/6 from 10:30-11 at the Huguenot Library, 830 Huguenot Ave. This is a great way to let your kiddies get creative, meet other families and have some fun! Good for ages 3 to 5 years.

On Friday at 11:30 bring your children to Songs and Stories from Around the World, presented by Urban Stages, at the Stapleton Library, 132 Canal St.Each week, a facilitator will share songs, stories, and rhymes from their corner of the world.

Meet your friends and the new owner, Michael Schrader, at Jean's Fine Wines & Spirits, 642 Forest Ave. on Friday between 5-9 for wine tasting.  Read about Michael and his journey into the wine business at

The NYRR Open Run takes place on Friday at 7 at Silver Lake Park, Silver Lake Park Rd. and Forest Ave. Through this initiative, New York Road Runners is working with community leaders and volunteers to bring free weekly runs to local neighborhood parks. All runs are directed by volunteers and are free to all participants. Register at

Kids 3 and up can enjoy painting clay pot critters at Kids’ Crafting at Michael’s Craft Store on Saturday 3/7 from 8-5. Admission is $3. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event. 2795 Richmond Ave: 718-697-0252; 30 Barrett Ave. & Forest Ave: 718-720-0377; 245 Bricktown Way, Charleston: 347-694-7203.

Set out on an adventure with your child in this DIY Binoculars Workshop on Saturday from 9-12 at Home Depot--All Staten Island locations. Kids develop hands-on skills by gluing, hammering and more. With help from parents and Store Associates, your child will create their own pair of binoculars to take home. All Kids Workshop attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron and a commemorative pin while supplies last.

Join NYC Parks Stewardship at LaTourette Park Forest Restoration on Saturday from 1012 at Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Ave. at Brielle Ave.  Volunteers will learn how to identify and safely remove invasive plants in order to help create a healthier ecosystem. Come dressed in sturdy boots or shoes, long pants, and clothing that can get dirty. Volunteers are also encouraged to bring their own water bottles. Please note: Space is limited and registration is required. Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by a chaperone. This event is funded in part by an NYSDEC Urban Community Forestry.

Attend How to Catch a Dinosaur & How to Catch a Unicorn at Barnes & Noble, 2655 Richmond Ave. on Saturday at 11. Find dinosaurs and unicorns at Storytime! We’re reading two adorable rhyming stories followed by fun activities.

The South Beach Library at 21-25 Robin Rd. provides simple pages for children and more complex pages for older coloring enthusiasts, as well as a variety of coloring materials at Color Lounge on Saturday at 11. Good for all ages.

The Staten Island Crochet Guild meets on Saturday from 1:30-4:30 at the West New Brighton Library, Community Room, 976 Castleton Ave.  Join us every month as we host the Staten Island Crochet Guild, a local non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the art of crochet. The guild is dedicated to assisting people interested in learning the craft, along with working on charitable projects to benefit the community. Please bring with you any knitting and crochet supplies, including hooks and yarn. No registration required. 

The dragons are ready to meet their destiny at Wings of Fire FanWing Fan Fest on Saturday at 2 at Barnes & Noble, 2655 Richmond Ave.  Join us for a scavenger hunt, activities, giveaways, and more at this special celebration for the newest book in the beloved Wings of Fire: Legends series.

On Saturday at 2, join Staten Island OutLOUD for Women In History Month and a reading of "Rural Hours" by Susan Fennimore Cooper at Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve Interpretive Center, 2451 Veterans Rd. W. Cooper (1813-1894) was a pioneering writer whose work highlights environmental issues. Her work has been forgotten by some, but her influence is significant. Charles Darwin admitted her work, and she influenced Thoreau as he wrote “Walden”. She was the daughter of James Fennimore Cooper. Her writing is a meditation on New York ecology; her work is relevant to our own community and is readily available on several online resources, including the portal & the NYPL rare books collection.

Celebrate International Women’s Day with a poetry reading by female poets on Saturday at 2 at St. George Library Center,  5 Central Ave. Bring your favorite poems or one's you have written to read aloud! Poetry books will also be available.

Attend Historian Patricia Salmon's Lecture: Powerful Women of Staten Island’s Past on Saturday at 4:30–6 at The Noble Maritime Collection, 1000 Richmond Terr., Bldg. D. In this lecture and slideshow presentation, Pat will discuss the contributions of several amazing women who have impacted Staten Island and beyond. Many of these women encountered challenges, yet persevered to accomplish their goals. Such influential personalities as Kate Walker, Alice Austen, Mary Jane O’Donovan-Rossa, Elizabeth Gertrude Britton, Dorothy Day, Lois Mosely, Audre Lorde, Catherine “Mac” O’Callaghan, and others will be featured. This is a free event.

Attend a Nocturnal Nature Exploration Hike on Saturday from 78:30 at Prospect Ave. and Brentwood Ave. in Allison Pond Park. What lurks around at night? Find out as the Urban Park Rangers lead a hike through Allison Pond Park under the cover of darkness, and discover the many animals that call this park home.


In celebration of International Women’s Day, join Move Forward Staten Island and the Feminist Bird Club for a guided bird walk on the grounds of Snug Harbor followed by a tour Women of the Nation Arise! on Sunday 3/8 from 10-11:30 followed by a curated tour of the Staten Island Museum, 1000 Richmond Terr., Bldg. A at 11:30.  Please meet in front of the Museum, bring binoculars, and dress for the weather. Admission is free all day. Visit

On Sunday from 1-2, join the Urban Park Rangers at Living with Deer at the Greenbelt Nature Center in Blood Root Valley, 700 Rockland Ave. at Brielle Ave.  You will find signs of deer in the park (buck rubs, deer scat, deer prints, chewed twigs) on a hike outdoors and share five tips to follow to promote a healthy coexistence with these animals.

Join the Alice Austen House for a photography workshop--Life Through The Lens: Alice Austen Birthday Tribute on Sunday from 2 and 3 at the SI Children's Museum, 1000 Richmond Terr.  Get a timed ticket at front desk. Limit: 25 per session.

On Sunday at 3–6, attend the Second Sunday Spoken Word with the Staten Island Creative Community at the Art On The Terrace Gallery, 776 Richmond Terr. Come listen to the words of Margaret Chase, Kimbra Eberly, Zach Katz, Lenny Librizzi, and Steven (Fritz) Weiss. Refreshments, socializing, and the music of Nick Titolo and Jon Kalleberg to follow! SICC’s new exhibit, “All That Jazz!” is hanging in the gallery for everyone to enjoy! $3 suggested donation.

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