Does anyone else think that Mother Nature is a bit confused?  The crocus plants started to bloom in the front yard as the tulip greens popped through in the midst of the fallen leaves.  In the morning, birds awaken me tweeting so beautifully.  On a recent day, I heard the familiar sound of a blue jay.  I jumped up to see the jay atop the empty bird feeder and a squirrel on a branch above also vying for some munchies.  The geese were feeding in the grounds at Allison Pond Park in Randall Manor.  And the kiddies next door were shooting hoops in their back yard.  A sure sign of Spring!

Were you one of the donors at the Blood Drive in honor of Firefighter John G. Chipura at Our Lady Help of Christians last weekend?  Did you know you can donate blood and/or platelets at the New York Blood Center at any time of the year, at various locations and blood drives?  To donate, call 1-800-933-BLOOD or visit  It is not difficult, it is not painful.  As a matter of fact, it is simple. The folks at the Staten Island New York Blood Center on 2791 Richmond Ave. (above the Verizon Wireless retail store) are wonderful.  They will put you at ease, put the TV on if you want, and in no time you have donated a pint of blood.  Snacks and refreshment are available afterwards.  Do not hesitate, donate! 

Did you attend Gene Wagner’s "State of the Art” Micro-exhibit at Hub 17, 73 Wave St.?  I visited Hub 17 on Sunday.  I enjoyed his art; some pieces made me happy, some sad. I recognized the late Fr. John Walsted, Gene’s “Beloved Art Teacher”

and particularly liked “A Bad Hair Day” (been there, done that!). I cannot stop gazing at the haunting portrait of the artist, Jean-Michel Basquiat.



Check out how Gene got his start as an artist: For more info about Hub17, visit or call 917-558-5271. 

On Wednesday 3/8 from 3-5 at the Garibaldi-Meuicci Museum, 420 Tompkins Ave., the pieces of well-known artist Joyce Malerba Goldstein will be displayed during her “One Woman Show” and will include encaustics, paper tapestries, oils, acrylic and collage. Admission is $5. For info, call 718-442-1608 or visit http://garibaldi-meucci-museum

Bring the kiddies to the Tottenville Library, 7430 Amboy Rd. for Leprechaun Fun on Wednesday at 4.  Enjoy stories, crafts and participate in a Lucky Leprechaun Savenger Hunt.  Pre-registration is required by phone 718-984-0945 or in person. 

Enjoy English Country Dance Class on Wednesday at 7 at Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Ave.  All dances are taught so experience is not necessary and beginners are welcome. Come with a friend or come without a partner. You will benefit from the cardio without knowing that you've been exercising. Admission is $10.  Class takes place most Wednesdays, but call 718-351-1611 ext. 283 to confirm for dates after March 1. 

For children ages 11-15, the Port Richmond Library, 75 Bennett St., will present “Tween Craft: Stop Motion Animation” on Thursday at 3:30.  Stop motion animation is process where a series of still pictures are put together to make a video! In this series, you will learn how to create your own stop motion video, from start to finish.  Drop-ins welcome.  For information, call 718-442-0158.

The Pipes are Calling at St. Alban's Episcopal Church, 76 St Albans Pl. on Thursday from 7:30-10.  Join Staten Island’s community Bagpipe & Drum band proudly serving Staten Island and the greater NYC area for almost 40 years. Free Lessons on bagpipes and drums take place every Thursday night except holidays.  You will be taught everything you need to know.  Family Fun! Bring a Friend! No Experience Necessary! For more info call Kathy Burke at 917-837-3272 or visit

Get FREE Citizenship Application Assistance on Friday, 3/10 at 11 at the St. George Library, 5 Central Ave. Call 718-442-8560 or visit

The Tavern Concerts continue this Friday, 3/10 at 8 with Lisa Brigantino and Saturday, 3/11 at 6 and 8 with Celestial Harmonies at Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Ave.  Admission is $13 online or $15 at the Door. On-line tickets are available up until 3pm, two weekdays before the event. For Saturday and Sunday events, tickets are available online until 3 pm Thursday.  Call 718-351-1611 for reservations.

If you ever commuted into Manhattan for work, play or school, you will enjoy Scenes from the Staten Island Ferry 2017, six all new, original one-act plays about our favorite boats, being performed Friday, 3/10, Saturday, 3/11 at 8 and Sunday, 3/12 at 3 at the New Dorp Moravian Church, 2205 Richmond Rd. For tickets or info, call 718-816-5453 or visit

Registration for the Winter Youth Program of the Andrew E. Zimmer Youth Conservation Club takes place on Saturday, 3/11 at 9 at Andrew E. Zimmer Fish and Game Association, 4411 Arthur Kill Rd. The program uses the great outdoors as a classroom to teach youngsters about outdoor activities, conservation and embracing nature. Classes begin Saturday and continue through 4/15.  Classes are FREE to girls and boys under 18.  For details, call 718-948-9599 or visit

Enjoy Janine Schiller's Puppet Mask-A-Rade Puppet Show on Saturday at 2 at the Little Victory Theater, 4089 Victory Blvd. Stay for puppet making workshop and take home your own puppet sock ($3 additional charge). Admission is $10.  For info or to reserve a ticket, call the theater at 718-524-5467 or visit          

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME 2017 will start on Sunday, 3/12 at 2 a.m.  So on Saturday night turn your clocks ahead one hour and SPRING AHEAD.  This means you will gain more hours of sunlight.  “Oh Happy Days….”

On Sunday from 12-3 visit the Staten Island South Shore YMCA, 3939 Richmond Ave. for a Stop ‘N’ Swap.  Bring clean, reusable, portable items such as clothing, housewares, electronics, books and toys that you no longer need.  Take home something new-to-you, FREE.  You don’t have to bring something to take something. 

Hike through the Woodlands of Bloomingdale Park with Clay Wollney on Sunday, 3/12 at 1.  Fifty years ago this area was sandy pine-oak woodlands littered with everything imaginable. A hike through the woodlands of Bloomingdale Park will reveal the effects of a half century of time and human intervention. Meet at the corner of McGuire Ave. and Ramona Ave. For info, call 718-869-6327 or visit

Attend a Film Screening of Women of Tibet: A Quiet Revolution on Sunday, 3/12 at 2 at the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, 338 Lighthouse Ave.  Three generations of Tibetan women and His Holiness the Dalai Lama tell the story of one of the great movements of non-violent resistance in modern history.  Admission is $6 for Adult, $4 Student/Senior.  Call 718-987-3500 for details or visit

On Sunday, 3/12 at 2, meet Farmer John Krueger at Christ Church, 76 Franklin to learn about Staten Island Community Supported Agriculture (SICSA). The purpose of the SICSA is to be the city group part of a community-supported-agriculture partnership with a local farmer. The mission is to support local agriculture, help preserve local farmland and to obtain fresh local produce for our members through purchasing shares of a farmers produce. The Staten Island CSA members will organize and share in the duties of the group to ensure the program runs smoothly. The SICSA is dedicated to working with community food pantries and hunger organization so that needy families can also benefit from access to fresh local produce.  To learn more about (SICSA), 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. You can apply online or print out an application to fill out by hand. For additional information call 1-800-246-4646 or

Have you voted for your favorite New York Public Library Branch yet? THE DEADLINE IS 3/13! Nominations are open for the 4th Annual NYC Neighborhood Library Awards!  New Yorkers can nominate their favorite library to receive a $20,000 award towards upgrades, improving services, programs and more.  The New Dorp Branch was a finalist in 2013 and the Stapleton Branch won $20,000 in 2015.  To complete the nomination form, visit or your local branch.

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