Are you in the mood yet to get your hands into the soil and start preparing your garden?  I turned my compost and saw plenty of worms fertilizing the dirt.  If they are ready, I am, too!

Celebrate Spring by picking up your FREE fruit tree as part of the MillionTreesNYC.  Pre-register at  Upcoming dates and venues are as follows:

4/4, 10:30-12:30, at Rab’s Country Lanes, 1600 Hylan Blvd.
4/25, 11-1, at TD Bank, 1600 Forest Ave.
5/2, 9-11, at Greenbelt Conservancy, 2 Eaton Pl., Carousel For All Children, Willowbrook Park.
5/2, 1-3, at Snug Harbor Cultural Center, 1000 Richmond Terr.  

Friday, 4/3 from 2-4, the NYPD 120th Precinct Community Council is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt and Hop at Tappen Park, Bay St., Water St., Canal St. with a special appearance by the Easter Bunny.  There will be refreshments, snacks, treats and a Rock Climbing Wall!  Call 120th Community Affairs at 718-876-8505 for further details.

Saturday, 4/4 at 2, New Dorp Moravian Church, 2205 Richmond Rd. will host an Easter Egg Hunt. Tickets must be purchased in advance from the church office, Monday to Friday, 9-2.  Bring a basket and a box of cookies to share.  Call 718-351-0090 for info.

Aunt Gemma’s Memorial Egg Hunt will take place Sunday, 4/5, at 1, at Pouch Camp, 1465 Manor Rd. and sponsored by United Activities Unlimited.  For info, visit

As part of CityParks Seniors Fitness, from 4/27-6/19, for the “over 60” crowd, FREE yoga classes will be offered on Tuesday and Fridays at 10 a.m. at Faber Park, Port Richmond.  FREE tennis lessons will be offered Mondays and Wednesdays from 12-2 at the Greenbelt Recreation Center, 501 Brielle Ave. between Rockland and Wolcott Avenues.  All equipment is provided.  For further details, visit CityParksFoundation, org or call the sports department at 718-760-6999.

“The Landmarks of New York” a photographic exhibit will be displayed through 4/5, Wednesday to Sunday at the Main Hall at Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, 1000 Richmond Terrace.  A panel featuring Sarah Clark, Diane Matyas and Janice Monger will discuss the benefits and challenges of landmarks.  Visit for info.

The City Parks Department’s FREE Learn to Swim program begins 4/6.  Children ages 6 to 17 will learn beginning-level skills, including how to stay safe around water and what to do in case of emergency.  Visit the Parks website for more info:

Next week is Spring Break for your children.  If you are looking for activities to keep the kiddies occupied, check out Spring Break Fun for Staten Island Kids:

Reminders with due dates rapidly approaching

Bicyclists!  Get ready for the Tour de Staten Island scheduled for Sunday, 4/12.  A great way to kick-start the 2015 riding season, the 35 and 55 mile tour begins and ends at Flagship Brewery at 40 Minthorne St. in Tompkinsville and continues on through parks and areas throughout the Island.  Check in for the 55-mile event begins between 8-9 a.m.; check in for the 35-mile event between 8:30-9:30.  For more info, visit

Have you started your taxes yet?  April 15 is around the corner.  The New York Public Library in Staten Island is offering FREE tax preparation at the following branches:  Richmondtown--Tuesday from 11-3, St. George--Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday from 2-6, West New Brighton--Monday from 11-2:30 and Wednesday from 12-2:30 p.m.  Don’t procrastinate!  Professionals will assist you.

Staten Island teens and young adults, ages 14-24, can now apply for summer jobs through the 2015 Summer Youth Employment Program. This program will provide young people with PAID summer employment for up to six weeks during July and August in a variety of entry level jobs.  Applicants must be able to provide working papers if under 18 as well as ID and documents.  Contact DYCD Youth Connect at 1-800-246-4646 or e-mail  Applications can be obtained online at visit The deadline is April 10.

If you observe Easter or Passover, may your holiday be a blessed one.  Share with me and my readers what food you will prepare and how you will celebrate.  Will you join family and/or friends and cook specialty foods together?  If you have a favorite recipe, please feel free to send it.  You can call me at 646-258-9696, leave a comment below or e-mail me at

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