Were you able to check out the New York Public Library in your neighborhood or online this week?  Have you thought about discovering the history of your home and/or neighborhood?  Perhaps you might attend a program presented by The Preservation League of Staten Island or go on a tour of historic homes and districts of Staten Island.  Below you will find a program on Sunday, 3/13.  Visit their site for information, membership and more: http://preservestatenisland.org/index.htm 

If you participated in the Recycle@GrownNYC.org Stop ‘N’ Swap event at Christ Church on Saturday, then you will agree it was a great success. Swarms of people were dropping off bags before 11 a.m.  The organizers had their hands full with weighing, organizing and setting up donations at the various tables. (Kudos to Recycling Outreach Coordinator, Michael Rieser pictured below!) By the time I arrived at 1, I noticed many people with shopping carts filled with children’s clothes, toys as well as small appliances, coats, jackets, men’s and women’s clothes, books and just about anything you could think of.  The volunteers were assisting people bring their donations upstairs as well as toting their “finds” to parked cars.  What a wonderful way to recycle!  I admire people who pass along clothes and shoes in their own families and even among friends.  Have you considered recycling your clothes?  Don’t be shy!  Spring is a good time of the year to weed out your closets, give away what you haven’t worn, and perhaps one of your friends or family members will be thrilled at their “new” togs.  Just a thought! 
On Wednesday, 3/9 at 10, join guides Curator of Science, Will Lenihan and former curator, Ed Johnson, for a Bird and Nature walk through Clove Lakes Park.  Meet on the Martling Ave. Bridge. Call 718-727-1135 for more information or visit http://www.statenislandmuseum.org

Beginning Thursday, 3/10 at 4, for ages 5-12, bring your children and their creativity to the New Dorp Library, 309 New Dorp Ln. to create their very own city in this four-session workshop series using LEGO® bricks!  Workshop is FREE, but space is limited.  To reserve a seat, call 718-351-2977 or visit http://NYPL.org

Join the Peace Action of Staten Island for a Women on War and Peace Forum in honor of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month on Thursday at 6:30 at the Unitarian Church of Staten Island, 312 Fillmore St.  Guest participants will include:

Madeline Akibo-Betts from Sierra Leone
Adama Demby from Sierra Leone
Iram Ali from Pakistan
Jennifer Gray-Brumskine from Liberia and currently President of the Liberian Community Association.
Parvina Olimova from Tajikistan and active member of the Turkish Cultural Center.

Celebrate Renewal and Recovery at Christian Pentecostal Church, 900 Richmond Rd. every Friday at 7:00 to join in the journey down the road of healing from Hurts, Habits & Hang-ups. Call 718-273-5850 for info or visit www.cpc900.org

On Saturday, 3/12 at 10, at Seaview Hospital Rehabilitation Center and Home, 460 Brielle Ave., the Metropolitan Fire Association will hold an Open House for learning about the fire Explorer program and the emergency services profession.  All interested youth, male and female, ages 13 ½ to 18 are invited to attend. Call 718-490-5528 or visit http://info@metro-fire.org

Staten Island OutLOUD will offer two FREE readings on Saturday at 1:30 and at 3:00 at a Special Museum Day at Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Ave. to celebrate Women’s History Month.  

Attend the Annual Art Lab’s Student Show on Saturday at 2, at Snug Harbor Cultural Center, 1000 Richmond Terr.  Enjoy complimentary refreshments while basking in their artwork. Support your local, budding artists!

Discover Arbutus Woods on Sunday, 3/13 at 1. Meet along Eylandt St. near the intersection with Kingdom Ave. for a walk through the area with Clay Woolney.  Call him at 718-869-6327 or visit http://siprotectors.org/calendar.

On Sunday at 2:00, at Christ United Methodist Church, 1890 Forest Ave., adjacent to the Graniteville Quarry Park, The Preservation League of Staten Island presents: Stonework in Staten Island Architecture.  Barnett Shepherd, Executive Director of the PLSI, with give a talk and PowerPoint presentation, with added commentary by Will Lenihan, Natural Science Curator, Staten Island Museum and Russell Powell, President, and Don DeFillo, Island Housewrights.  Admission is $15 per person (PLSI members $10). For reservations, call 718-980-1551.

The City Harvest Mobile Market is held twice a month year round at Mariner’s Harbor in the basketball court in front of the Senior Center at 22 Roxbury St. and at Stapleton in the tennis courts at the Stapleton Houses behind 75 Hill St. from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.  At Mariner’s Harbor, you are eligible if you reside in the Mariner's Harbor NYCHA houses, Arlington Terrace Apartments and/or live in the 10302, 10303, 10310 or 10314 zip codes.  The dates are as follows: 

  • Saturday, 3/19

  • Wednesday, 4/6

  • Saturday, 4/16

  • Wednesday, 5/4

  • Saturday, 5/21

  • Wednesday, 6/1

  • Saturday, 6/18

At Stapleton, you are eligible if you participate in programs at the Stapleton Houses Senior Center, and/or live in the 10301, 10304, 10305 or 10310 zip codes.  The dates are as follows:

  • Saturday, 3/19

  • Tuesday, 4/5

  • Saturday, 4/16

  • Tuesday, 5/3

  • Saturday, 5/21

  • Tuesday, 6/7

  • Saturday, 6/18

Bring proof of address and a matching photo ID.  Come early to sign up! For more information, visit cityharvest.org or call 646-412-0743. 

If you want to share photos of you in the “olden days” or at events, I’d be happy to post them. You can call me at 646-258-9696, leave a comment below or e-mail me at joan.coogan@gmail.com

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