It looks as if my favorite time of year has arrived—Spring!  I strolled through the garden in the back and front yards with my grandchildren admiring the various flowers, herbs and veggies that we have planted or which have reappeared from last year.  We also planted our starter vegetables that we had begun from seed inside.  My son and grandson set up a Topsy-Turvy strawberry planter in the front yard.  Hopefully, it will grow and we will have yummy fruit to eat.  We also have water recycling barrels attached to our drain pipes to recapture water to use in the garden.  

Friday, 4/22, is Earth Day!  What will you do to save the environment?  Do you recycle each week?  Do you use a travel coffee mug instead of disposable foam cups each day? Will you grow your own vegetables from seed?  Think about it—you can make a difference.  To mark Earth Day on Staten Island, festivities begin on Friday and continue all weekend.  Check out the events on silive:

This past Sunday was one for the history books on Staten Island.  Two presidential candidates made their presence known by holding court—Donald Trump at the Hilton and Hillary Clinton at Snug Harbor.  The Primary Elections are over; before we can say "Election Day", our Nation will have a new President.

The SIUH Medical Van will visit the Food Pantry, 984 Post Ave. on Thursday, 4/21 at 10 a.m.  The van will provide screenings (blood pressure and body mass index) and inform the public on healthy living, cancer services, nutrition, behavioral health, rehabilitation, cholesterol, diabetes, stroke prevention, blood pressure, healthy aging, and smoking cessation.

On Thursday at 7 at Art on the Terrace, 776 Richmond Terr., the Staten Island Creative Community proudly presents The Film Salon, a FREE monthly program on the art and language of cinema. Presenter Kevyn Fairchild leads the group in a discussion on a topic related to one aspect of film making. Thursday’s topic will be the Art of the Title Sequence.  Whether it’s the iconic James Bond titles or the self-reflexive humor of Marvel’s Deadpool, opening title sequences can tell a lot about the film. Check out the website at for info on the program as well as the monthly topics.

The Chapel Theatre on the grounds of Sea View Hospital Rehabilitation Center and Home, 460 Brielle Ave. presents “A Man For All Seasons” on Friday, 4/22 at 8 p.m.  The play chronicles the last years of Sir Thomas More as Lord Chancellor of England. Call 917-817-1067 for reservations, future show dates and information or visit

On Saturday, 4/23 at 10, take a Walking Tour of Historic Westerleigh, sponsored by the Westerleigh Improvement Society and lead by Mark Anderson.  This year’s theme is “A Taste of Spring in Westerleigh” and will focus on the Porches of College Avenue. Participants will be given a list of springtime words and asked to take photographs along the route. The walk will conclude at Immanuel Union Church, 693 Jewett Ave., where light snacks will be available and a slide show of everyone's photographs will be shown. Call for info at 718-448-1584 or visit

Don’t miss the St. George Day Festival, a local Earth Day and arts celebration at Tompkinsville Park at the corner of Bay St. and Victory Blvd., on Saturday beginning at 11.  Bring your family to this FREE, all-day grassroots event featuring live performances, art and activities that are family-friendly. Among the highlights this year will be the NYPD rock-climbing wall, the Tottenville High School Green Technology Club promoting alternative energy solutions.  For more information, call 718-447-8256 or visit

Join Staten Island OutLOUD at St. George’s Day Festival on Saturday at the Every Thing Goes Book Cafe (in the garden), 208 Bay St. with readings from Tales from Shakespeare marking the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death. FREE, fun and family-friendly!

Staten Island Unlimited Exhibition takes place on Sunday 4/24 at Alice Austen House Museum, 2 Hylan Blvd.  Featuring the work of thirty-five photographers from three boroughs, this inaugural juried exhibition uncovers the state of contemporary photography on Staten Island and showcases work that is often under-represented citywide. For exhibition and event information, call 718-816-4506 or visit 

The Staten Island Region Antique Automobile Club of America kicks off the local 2016 collector car season with it's 10th Annual Spring Dust-Off Car Show on Sunday beginning at 8 a.m. at the Commons Café, 2 Teleport Dr. This year, the event moves to a brand new location and has partnered with the Cafe as a way to increase awareness of the Cafe's mission, as 100% of its net proceeds are given to Staten Island non-profit organizations. The club will debut this year's raffle car, a 1994 Mustang GT convertible, and hand out specialty awards in certain categories. The show features music, food, 50/50 drawing and, of course, plenty of cars, including antiques, classics, muscle cars and hot rods.  Admission is $20 per show vehicle, Spectators $5, children $2.  For details about entering a show vehicle, call 917-626-0233.

What will you do to save the Earth?  If you know of activities that children, teenagers and young adults may participate in or if you are looking for volunteers in your organization, please let me know so I can share with my gentle readers. You can also share photos of you, your friends and family at your favorite events.  You can call me at 646-258-9696, leave a comment below or e-mail me at

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