If you know one thing about me, my gentle readers, it is that I frequent thrift stores—Nothing New Thrift, Bay Street Thrift, the Salvation Army, Marie’s Two Timer to name a few.  I’ve been known to find antique jewelry or clothes with price tags affixed and never worn or designer pocketbooks barely used.  I don’t particularly relish shopping at the Mall or stores where a dirt-cheap bargain isn’t an everyday occurrence. My daughter-in-law introduced me to Rent-the-Runway clearance sales and high end design house sales where I have snatched designer clothes, accessories, jewelry that were so cheap that I’m almost embarrassed to admit it—almost!  The thrill is in swapping clothes, shoes, knick-knacks with friends, garage sales, estate sales and recycling.  To that end, this weekend I attended “RECYCLED” at the Staten Island Creative Community, 776 Richmond Terr. Its members were challenged to get creative and “convert, reclaim, recover, reprocess, regenerate, remodel, rescue and restore”.  Below are some of the creative recycled art projects along with the art aficionados who attended the opening reception.  What fun!  The exhibit continues through 5/14, Saturday and Sunday from 12-6.  Make it a point to visit, sign the guest book and maybe purchase some one-of-a-kind jewelry or art at the same time.












On Saturday, sign you and your child up for RECYCLED: A Children’s Art Workshop!  See event below listed for Saturday, 4/15.

GROW NYC Stop N’ Swap takes place throughout the year where you can bring clean, reusable, portable items such as clothing, house wares, games, books and toys that you no longer need, and take home something new-to-you, FREE! You don’t have to bring something to take something.  Keep watching my blog for the next event on Staten Island or visit https://www.grownyc.org/recycling/services.  You can also sign up for Recycling Events on this site.

Staten Islanders can meet with commissioners and top City Hall staff when Mayor Bill de Blasio sets up shop in Borough Hall on Tuesday, 4/11 through 4/13 from 9-1 at 10 Richmond Terr. You can sign up for a specific time at nyc.gov/CHinSI to meet with your City Hall representative regarding questions and concerns about city services or issues impacting your communications.  Borough President Oddo suggests that if you cannot make it to Borough Hall, you should email him direction at joddo@statislandusa.com and he will bring it directly to the appropriate agency head.

On Wednesday, 4/12 at 10, join naturalist Ed Johnson for a Bird and Nature Walk in New York City’s southernmost park—Conference House Park, 298 Satterlee St. as you search for newly arrived migrants, including pine and palm warblers, Eastern phoebe, blue-gray gnatcatcher and others.  Meet in the parking lot across from the park Visitor’s Center, on Satterlee St. at the end of Hylan Blvd.  Donations are welcomed.  Call 718-727-1135 for info or visit: http://www.statenislandmuseum.org

Presto Pete and Incredulous Chris of the Pete and Chris Amusements in conjunction with New York Public Library, proudly present “Where Is The Easter Bunny!” on Wednesday at 3:30 at the Great Kills Library, 56 Giffords Ln.  The traveling two-man kids’ comedy magicians bring kids an ULTRA high-energy show to kids at the Great Kills Library. For info, call 718-984-6670 or visit https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2017/04/12/easter-themed-magic-show

If you are a smoker or former smoker who quit within the past 15 years, attend the Tobacco Cessation Classes/Lung Screening Information session on Wednesday at 6 at Richmond University Medical Center, 355 Bard Ave. to learn how to quit and to learn more about Screening Program.  Call 718-818-1234 for details.

SIUH's Outreach Team will be at Shop Rite, 985 Richmond Ave. on Thursday, 4/13 at 10 and will be available for educational support and information.  For info, call 718-982-8662. 

Immanuel Union Church, 693 Jewett Ave. will host a Maundy Thursday Soup Supper on Thursday at 6 followed by Worship Service at 7. Call 718-448-1584 for details.

“More Murder & Mayhem on Staten Island” will be presented by Patricia Salmon on Thursday from 7-9 at the Noble Collection, 1000 Richmond Terr. Bldg. D.  The presentation is a continuation of the theme from Patricia's 2013 book, "Murder & Mayhem on Staten Island" but with stories set in the 20th century. The still unsolved double murder of Dr. Melvin Nimer and his wife Lou Jean in 1958 will be examined. Their oldest son was once the main suspect, but no charges were ever pressed and the case remains a mystery. Admission is $10 or $9 for museum members.  Kindly RSVP at the link below. #NYCulture

The Mobile Market of City Harvest is held twice a month year-round and provides free fruits, vegetables and recipes.  The Mobile Market is held every 1st Wednesday and 3rd Saturday in front of the Senior Center at 22 Roxbury St. from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. on the following dates:

Apr. 15, May 3 and 20, June 7 and 17.

You are eligible if you reside in Mariners Harbor, Todt Hill or West Brighton NYCHA houses, Arlington Terr. Apts or live in the 10302, 03, 10 or 14 zip codes.  Bring proof of address and matching photo ID.

The Mobile Market is held behind 75 Hill St. at Stapleton Houses every 1st Tuesday and 3rd Saturday of each month from 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. on the following dates:

April 15, May 2 and 20, June 6 and 17.

You are eligible if you participate in programs at the Stapleton Houses Senior Center or have a student in IS 49, reside in Berry, Cassidy Coles, New Lane, Richmond Terr., South Beach or Stapleton NYCHA houses, or live in the 10301, 04, 05 or 10 zip codes.  Bring proof of address and matching photo ID.

Join an expert naturalist led by a Protectors of Pine Oak Woods on a Walk and Talk on Saturday 4/15 at 10 at Wolfe’s Pond Park, Hylan Blvd. and Cornelia Ave. Experience one of nature’s most delicate and subtle dramas firsthand with beautiful ephemeral wildflowers racing against the clock to leaf out, bloom, attract pollinators, and set seed, all before the forest canopy develops and blocks out the sun. Meet at the parking lot near the NYC Parks Department facilities at the end of Chester Avenue.  For info, email wleni5584@gmail.com of visit http://siprotectors.org/calendar/action~agenda/page_offset~1/time_limit~1491431401/request_format~html/siprotectors.org#event|wolfes-pond-park-4|206

NAMI Interfaith Prayer Group meets on Saturday from 11-12 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 10 Austin Pl. This is a monthly meeting of NAMI members and friends where participants create a community of healing and hope through spirituality and prayer.  For info, call 718-477-1700 of visit http://www.namistatenisland.org 

Bring your child to a FREE parent/child event--RECYCLED: Children’s Art Workshop, with the Staten Island Creative Community, Art on the Terrace Gallery, 776 Richmond Terr. on Saturday from noon–4.  Open to children ages 8-12, the child must be accompanied by a parent.  A free Art By The Ferry T-Shirt will be given to the kids to wear. This event is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a re-grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.  Space is limited so you must RSVP by calling Linda Rossi at 917-796-7279, via text or voice mail.

Bring your children ages 1-8 to an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday at 1 at Immanuel Union Church 693 Jewett Ave.  For info, call 718-448-1584. 

On Saturday at 1, join naturalist Paul T. Lederer in a Talk and Walk at Crooke's Point at Great Kills Park at Hylan Blvd. at Buffalo St. during which he will discuss the geology and human history of the site, as well as the plants and animals that call this place home. Meet at the Beach Center Parking Lot in Great Kills Park near the dirt road leading out to Crooke’s Point. To get to the Beach Center Parking Lot, follow Buffalo Street to just before it turns into the dirt permit road.  For info, call 718-987-1576 or visit http://siprotectors.org/calendar/action~agenda/page_offset~1/time_limit~1491431401/request_format~html/siprotectors.org#event|crookes-point-15|203

Need a dress for the prom?  The Nothing New Thrift Shop, 4916 Arthur Kill Rd. is collecting gently worn prom dresses and formal gowns and will distribute the collection FREE for those in need on Saturday, 4/15 at 5.  One hundred dresses have been collected so far to give away and many more are expected over the next couple of weeks.  All dresses are dry-cleaned.  Organizers will also offer free raffles for gift certificates including manicures and pedicures, blow-outs and up-dos.  Accessories, including shoes and bags, also among the collection are up for grabs.  For info on where to contribute, call Jody, owner of Nothing New, at 718-227-7467 or Michele Lupari at 347-653-1443.

The Families Against Violence (FAV) Basketball Game takes place on Saturday at 5 at Michael J. Petrides School, 715 Ocean Terr. All Star Classic is an afternoon of basketball, family fun and entertainment, featuring the world-renowned Harlem Rockets Comedy Basket Ball Team.  FAV brings the families together to say NO to Violence and YES to violence alternatives in their homes and respective communities.  Admission is $10. For info, call 718-448-0101 or visit http://www.SIBlackHeritageDay.com 

Just a reminder:  The deadline to file your taxes for 2016 has been extended to Monday, 4/18.  Better get a move on!

I wish you all a Blessed, Happy, Healthy Easter and Passover.

The Department of Administrative Services (DCAS) has released its examination schedule for April for positions such as correction officer, environmental police officer, police communications technician, police office, school safety agent and traffic enforcement agent.  Check the website for info regarding exams, requirements and fees:  http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/html/work/exam_monthly.shtml

I welcome comments and photos at events you have attended.  If you want to share events specifically for children or adults or seniors, by all means, email or call me. 

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