Have you registered to be an organ donor? Or applied for a Library Card? Did you attend Dr. Shulimovich’s Lunch and Learn--Cancer Control Awareness Month at RUMC or Dine Out 4 Autism? Or attend the Arts, Culture & Fun: Public Theater Mobile Unit: “The Tempest”? or the"The Crucifixion, an Oratorio" at The Reformed Church on Staten Island?  I hope you enjoyed the lovely weather and embraced nature during Easter and Passover holidays.

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Enjoy the Cool School Holiday with FREE Admission all day on Wednesday 4/24 from 10-5 at the Staten Island Children's Museum, 1000 Richmond Terr. Sponsored by TD Charitable Foundation.



Bring your baby to the Family Literacy Workshop: Baby Meet & Greet right before Baby Story Time and get to know the group on Wednesday at 10:30 at the Todt Hill-Westerleigh Library, 2550 Victory Blvd.  Come and meet other families in the neighborhood! Free refreshments provided.

Join City Access New York on Wednesday from 11-2 for their 2nd annual Beeping Egg Hunt at Snug Harbor Cultural Center, 1000 Richmond Terr.  Enjoy a FREE fun family day of crafts, carnival games, raffle baskets, face painting, balloon twister, the Easter bunny, food trucks, DJ and a spectacular egg hunt with prizes. This FREE event welcomes people of “all abilities”, the visually impaired and blind. Eggs beep allowing everyone to participant. For more info or to RSVP, contact Ilene Rosen at irosen@cityaccessny.org or 718-982-8380.

On Wednesday at 1, visit the Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Ave. and attend the Invasive Plants Paper Workshop. Participants will make paper pulp using recycled paper and Phragmites, an invasive plant found at Freshkills Park. Once dried, the paper can be used for cards or letters. Free, but call   718-351-3450 to pre-register.  

Get the kids out of the house and attend Kids Week: All About Owls on Wednesday from 1-2:30 at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Comples, 625 Father Capodanno Blvd.  Immerse your kids, and yourself, in the natural world. All are welcome, but programs are geared toward ages 12 and younger.

Create your own Tissue Paper & Coffee Filter Canvas Painting on Wednesday at 3:30 at the Huguenot Library, 830 Huguenot Ave.  Wear comfy clothes, because it may get messy. Great for all ages.  Supplies are limited; so pre-register in person or call 718-984-4636.  First come, first served.

Join the Urban Park Rangers’ FREE Kids Week program: Archery on Thursday 4/25 from 1-2:30 at Willowbrook Park Archery Range, 1 Eton Pl.  They will experience the art and lessons of archery. This program is a beginner’s guide to archery, and archery equipment is provided.  Recommended for ages 8+.

Island writer/musician Gary Moore leads these fun and informative sessions--Poets as Songwriters with Staten Island OutLOUD on Thursday afternoons from 3:30-5:30 on Thursday 4/25, 5/2 and 5/9 at the the Tottenville Branch Library, 7430 Amboy Rd.  FREE! Good for all ages. This workshop series includes three sessions: each is stand alone, but connected. Attendance at all sessions is preferred, but not necessary. All ages and levels of experience are welcome. SESSION ONE: LYRICS Introduction to songwriting. SESSION TWO: RHYTHM: Selecting a rhythm to match your lyrics.  SESSION THREE: MELODY: Constructing a melody from the chords you use.

Arbor Day Tree Planting takes place on Friday, 4/26 from 11-12 at the Conference House Park, 7455 Hylan Blvd.  Celebrate Arbor Day and spring awakening with an annual tree planting.

Looking for a fun way to kick off the weekend? Come to the Todt Hill-Westerleigh Library, 2550 Victory Blvd. for Family Game Time on Friday from 3-4.  Good for ages 3+.

Saturday, 4/27 is Prescription Drug Take Back Day!  This is an opportunity to dispose of unused and old medicine. Don't throw it in the garbage or down the drain! Visit takebackday.dea.gov to find a collection site in your neighborhood.

Lace up your shoes for a Family Nature Walk on Saturday 4/27 at 10 at Freshkills Park, 350 Wild Ave.  NYC Parks staff will take you behind the scenes to visit areas that are currently closed to the public. On this one-mile walk, you will learn about the different plants and animals found in the woods, wetlands, and grasslands. This walk is open to families with children of all ages, but it is recommended for children 6+. This program is free; register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/family-nature-walk-tickets-55309426985

Explore nature all around and help document what you find during the City Nature Challenge on Saturday from 10-1 at Clay Pit Ponds Visitors Center, 2351 Veterans Rd. W.  Collected data and pictures will be shared with the iNaturalist application. All ages welcome to drop by any time during the program; bring your smart phone!

Get rid of your harmful household products safely at a SAFE Disposal Event on Saturday from 10-4 at the Midland Beach Parking Lot, Fr. Capodanno Blvd. and Hunter Ave. Only NYC residential waste will be accepted; no commercial vehicles allowed.  You will be asked for proof of NYC residency (NYC drivers license, utility bill, etc.)  For a list of upcoming events, visit: nyc.gov/safedisposal or call 311.

Attend Storytime and Activities Featuring the book "What Do You Do with a Chance?" on Saturday at 11 at Barnes & Noble, 2655 Richmond Ave. This is the story of a child who isn't sure what to make of a chance encounter and then discovers that when you're brave, take chances, and say yes to new experiences, amazing things can happen. Join us, and get a coupon from our Café for a grilled cheese sandwich with milk or juice for $4!

On Saturday from 12-2, join Protectors of Pine Oak Woods for a natural history tour of Brookfield Park, 5757 Arthur Kill Rd. You will view numerous salt creeks, freshwater wetlands, grasslands and beautiful scenery; a must for hawk watching during the spring migration stretching along the southeastern banks of Richmond Creek and running from Richmond Ave. to Richmondtown. Participants will meet in the main parking lot at 575 Arthur Kill Rd., north of Armstrong Ave. For more information contact Ray Matarazzo at 718- 317-7666.

Attend Earth Day: How–To Festival on Saturday from 12-4 at the Staten Island Museum, 1000 Richmond Terr.  Hands-on workshops, drop-in presentations and scheduled lectures take place throughout the museum. Local experts, enthusiasts, hobbyists and professionals share their particular passions, ranging from activities that require highly specialized skills to those anyone can do. Celebrate our community’s know-how, learn something new, and help protect the only world we have. Free w/ admission.

The Castleton Avenue Merchants Organization (CAMO) will be hosting "Move Your Body Meet Your Neighbors" Weekend Walk Street Festival on Saturday from 12-5 on Castleton Ave. from Oakland to Davis Avenues.  The Weekend Walk will include a community participant mural, Skelzie, hop scotch, life size chess and Jenga, Maker Park Radio, live art, puppy/rabbit adoption pen, magician, balloon sculptor, caricature, roller skating demo/yoga flow, skateboard demo/face painting, hair braiding and candle making workshop, dance party and more.  Visit your local businesses, meet and make new friends at this North Shore event.  

Use recycled paper scraps to make rustic paper of your own in this earth-friendly workshop Art in the Park: Papermaking on Saturday from 2-3:30 at Clay Pit Ponds Visitors Center, 2351 Veterans Rd. W.  Best for ages 5 and up.  Call 718-605-3970 x201 to pre-register. 

Kick off the 2019 car show season with the Staten Island Region AACA's 13th Annual Spring Dust-Off & Flea Market on Sunday, 4/28 from 8-3 at the Commons Cafe, 2 Teleport Dr.  

Attend the New Dorp Family Fun Weekend Walk on Sunday from 12-3 at New Dorp Ln. between 10th St. & 8th St. Entertainment with Steve the Magician, Music with Patrick, Rock-a-Silly Band, Bouncy House, Rides, Face Painters, Kids Art and more.

Participate in St. George Day on Sunday from 11-5 at Tompkinsville Park, Victory Blvd. and Bay St.  Celebrate Earth Day and learn how to create a seed starting mix using compost and coco peat.  You will enjoy Art around the Park, music, dance, crafts, Giant puppets, Spoken Work, clothing swap and more.  FREE, fun.  www.stgeorgedaySI.org

On Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day, Sunday from 12-4, at 450 Front St., the Alice Austen House and Staten Island Makerspace will join photographers around the globe in making pinhole photographs.  They will host an afternoon of photographic activities, providing materials and darkroom facilities and professional guidance. Each participant may take one pinhole photograph for FREE. Additional exposures can be purchased for $5.00. Participants will process their photographs in a “pop-up” darkroom. Cameras will be provided but we encourage participants to bring their own pinhole cameras as well. Images taken during the event will be scanned and uploaded to the Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day website (http://www.pinholeday.org) to become part of the internet's premier pinhole photography gallery. Participants are encouraged to use social media to post about their experience using the hashtags:  #pinhole and #aliceaustenhouse. For more information please email info@aliceausten.org or call 718-816-4506.

Looking for a Summer Job? Applications for the SYEP--Summer Youth Employment Program for NYC Youth ages 14-24 are now available.  Sponsored by the NYC Department of Youth & Community Development, it provides New York City youth between the ages of 14 and 24 with paid summer employment for up to six weeks in July and August. Participants work in entry-level jobs in a variety of industries. To apply, go to application.nycsyep.com or call 1-800-246-4646.  The deadline to submit an application is Friday, 4/26.

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