Did you, my gentle readers, embrace the surprise snow storms we encountered this past week?  I do enjoy the scenery after a new-fallen snow! I finally had a chance to play in the snow with the grandkiddies, helped them build a snowman, made snow angels, watched them slide down the hills and listened to their squeals of delight.  I don’t, however, appreciate the stress of commuting in the snow, struggling to get to appointments on time and, of course, shoveling. 


Ladders for Leaders is a nationally recognized program that offers high school and college students the opportunity to participate in paid professional summer internships with leading corporations, non-profit organizations and government agencies in New York City. The program is an initiative of the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) and supported by the NYC Center for Youth Employment and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City. For more information and/or to apply for this program, please visit: https://application.nycsyep.com/

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The “Mommy and Me”, “Daddy and Me” or “My Favorite Adult and Me” Staten Island Zoo Cub Club program continues on Wednesday 3/6 from 11-12:30 and has six sessions available to register for. Each session is a different topic but follows a similar format that your child will love. You can register for as many sessions as you would like. The Zoo is located at 614 Broadway.  For more info on each session and registration, visit http://www.statenislandzoo.org/cub-club/

Bring the kiddies, ages 3 and up to Picture Book Time on Wednesday at 4 at the New Dorp Library, 309 New Dorp Ln.  Enjoy hearing books read aloud, finger plays action rhymes and coloring.

Bring your two year olds to nature-inspired classes--Greenbelt Peepers on Thursday, 3/7 from 9:45-10:15 at the Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Ave. Through hands-on activities, crafts and stories, your toddlers will become familiar with the sights and sounds of the forest. Space is limited. Admission is $3; free for Greenbelt Conservancy Members. Registration is required; call 718-351-3450  

Bouncing Babies, for ages 0-18 mos., is on Thursday at 11 at the West New Brighton Library, 976 Castleton Ave.  Meet other parents and babies and enjoy playtime, stories and songs.

Join CloseKnit, the longest-running public program, on Thursday 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.

The Huguenot Library, 830 Huguenot Ave. will present Birds of Prey on Thursday at 3:30. Encounter hawks, owls, falcons or other species up-close as you explore the adaptations of these winged wonders and examine the mechanics behind bird flight! Touch raptor artifacts such as talons, skulls, and feathers. A lucky volunteer may even get to help with some of the demonstrations. Good for ages 13-18.

Painting for Kids, for ages 5-12, takes place Thursday at 4 at the New Dorp Library, 309 New Dorp Ln.  Your children will create their very own winter painting of their choice while listening to music. Be sure to wear clothes you can get messy in! All materials provided by NYPL.

On Thursday at 7, Every Thing Goes Book Store and Café, 208 Bay St. invites you to: Your Thoughts: Mental Health. Faculty members of CSI (College of Staten Island) want your opinion on what sort of Mental Health services are needed. What would you like to see? Your opinion will be included in a proposal. All participants will receive free coffee/tea and a gift card.

Let’s Remember Dr. Seuss on Friday 3/8 at 10:30 at the West New Brighton Library, 976 Castleton  Ave.  Children ages 2-4 will listen to a Dr. Seuss book and make a craft.

Learn Compass and Map Reading and Basic survival techniques in the outdoors on Saturday 3/9 at 9 at the Zimmer Club  4411 Arthur Kill Rd.  For info, call 718-948-9599 or visit their website: www.aezyouth.com  

Join the Knitting & Crocheting Circle on Saturday from 10-12 at Art on the Terrace Gallery, 776 Richmond Terr. It is open to beginning as well as advanced knitters and crocheters.  Learn basics to complete a project and more advanced knitters will learn to advance their craft.  To the first session, bring worsted weight yarn #4 on label and #8 knitting needles. Crocheters should bring a J or K size hook and a somewhat thicker yarn.

Kids 6+ can enjoy making paper tulips at Kids Club Tulip Time on Saturday from 10-12 for a $5 fee at all Michael's Craft Store locations.  Kids 3+ can also enjoy making tulip art for a $2 fee. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. Register for:

30 Barrett Ave. (Forest Avenue Shoppers Plaza - 718-720-0377

2795 Richmond Ave. (Pergament Mall) - 718-697-0252

 245 Bricktown Center (Charleston) - 347-694-7203

Meet in the Nevada Avenue parking lot at High Rock Park, 200 Nevada Ave. for the Forest Restoration Workshop on the Red Dot Trail on Saturday from 10-2.   Descend the Red Dot Trail to cut invasive vines and use weed wrenches to remove invasive Devil’s Walking Stick. Protectors of Pine Oak Woods volunteers will supply pruners, gloves and refreshments. After a two-hour work session (the 271st monthly workshop) participants take a short walk over nearby trails. For more info, call Don Recklies at 718-768-9036 or Brian Smith at 917-842-6585. (Service credit is available for students.)

Visit the Staten Island Academy Camp Open House on Saturday from 11-3 at Staten Island Academy, 715 Todt Hill Rd.

Visit the Richmond County Day Camp Open House on Saturday from 12-4 at Mount Loretto, 6581 Hylan Blvd.

New mothers can attend the La Leche League Breastfeeding Meeting on Saturday at 12:15 on the second Saturday of each month in a private home in Sunnyside. For the privacy of the host, please call Leader Jen for exact location 347-558-0743. Check Facebook for updates.

Attend Composting 101 at High Rock Park on Saturday from 1-2 at High Rock Park, 200 Nevada Ave.  Decomposition is a natural process that helps to create healthy new soils. Discover how to speed up this process and reduce your household waste by learning the basics of home composting. Good for all ages. Registration is required; call 718- 351-3450 or email naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Weird Science Fair takes place on Saturday from 1-3 at Clay Pit Ponds Visitors Center, 2351 Veterans Rd. W.  Test out some funky reactions! Good for ages 5+. Registration is required;  call 718-605-3970 x201 to RSVP.

Any time you fold a piece of paper, you are Paper Crafting.  Come to the H.H. Biddle House at Conference House Park, 7455 Hylan Blvd. on Saturday from 2-3:30.  Whether you’re a total newbie or a seasoned crafter, there will be something for everyone, covering basic skills, tips-and-tricks and some surprising techniques. All ages are welcome. You must be able to use scissors! Please note: Registration is highly encouraged to be sure of space! To register or get on an email list for updates, please email Stephanie.Parello@parks.nyc.gov.

The Art Lab’s Annual Student Show opens Saturday from 2-4.  Attention all Art Lab students: It’s the Annual Student Show! If you’ve been an art Lab student within the last year, please bring 2-3 pieces of artwork for the show. Adults, children, SSSP, calling all Art Lab students! Drop offs begin 3/2-5.

On Saturday from 2-4, join the Glass House Walk at Snug Harbor Cultural Center, 1000 Richmond Terr.  Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the Carl Grillo Glass House, where the Snug Harbor Horticulture Department propagates plants for our seasonal displays and which has been closed to the public for several years. Visit the aquaponics and tropical areas, including our giant yellow stripe bamboo. You’ll even get the chance to propagate a plant to savor the thrill of Snug Harbor throughout the coming season. This event takes place rain or shine. Admission is $15.  For info, call 718-448-2500.

On Saturday at 3, attend Real Talk with Lady Renee: Relationship 101 Empowerment Seminar at Every Thing Goes Book Store and Café, 208 Bay St. Topics include: Keys to a Fulfilling Relationship, How to Get Out of a Toxic Relationship, How to Know When to Let Go and How.  Lady Renee is a Certified Relationship Coach and Inspirational/Motivational Speaker.

Celebrate the history of Ireland with a local youth pipe band at St. Patrick’s Day Musical Celebration on Saturday from 3-5 at the Staten Island Children's Museum, 1000 Richmond Terr. Free with admission.

Is it Spring Yet? Find the Signs that Nature is Giving on Sunday, 3/10 from 10:30-2:30 at High Rock Park. Take a circular walk from High Rock Park through the Egbertville Ravine and up Moses Mountain to find the signs of spring. Meet at the High Rock Park parking lot at the top of Nevada Ave. off Rockland Ave. Dress warmly and bring snacks and beverage. For more info, contact Hillel Lofaso at hillel5757@gmail.com or call 718-477-0545.

The Tottenville Historical Society welcomes Patricia Salmon as she presents The Irish on Staten Island on Sunday from 2-3:30 at the Biddle House, 70 Satterlee St. at Conference House Park.  The Irish and Irish-American scholars, rebels, educators, politicians and the legacies they left will be featured. Important events in Irish-American history that relate to the borough, such as “The Great Hunger,” Irish immigration, and the 19th century Quarantine Stations, will be included.  Admission is $8. Only checks (made payable to the Tottenville Historical Society) and credit cards will be accepted for payment at the time of the program. Advance registration is required; call 917-608-6437 or write to Pat@PatSalmonHistory.com.

On Sunday from 2-4, the Wagner College Gallery is hosting the opening reception and exhibition of "Orienting Myself" the debut solo exhibit of works by Naomi Lee Baumol, who explores how she inhabits and makes sense of the world around her. The Gallery is located in the Union Building, 631 Howard Ave. and is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10-5 and Thursday to 9. The exhibit continues through 4/27. For info, visit: naomileebaumol.com or call 718-420-4504.

On Sunday, from 2-5 at Liberty Tavern, 383 Forest Ave., raise your fiddles and tap your feet to the rousing rhythms of Irish traditional music during an Irish Seisiun, presented by Staten Island Arts Folklife and led by Linda Hickman, Douglas Barr and Bob Wright. Musicians of all levels and ages are encouraged to bring their instruments and join in to expand repertoire and technique. For info, visit statenislandarts.org.

Visit the JCC Day Camp Open House on Sunday from 2:30-4:30 at Bernikow JCC, 1466 Manor Rd.

Attend the Second Sunday Spoken Word by the Staten Island Creative Community for original readings followed by original lyrics at Art on the Terrace Gallery, 776 Richmond Terr. on Sunday, from 3-6.  Participants will create a group poem which begins with the line from Great Expectations, "It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold".  Light refreshments will be served.

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