Did you attend the Stapleton Library session last Wednesday, “Growing Healthy Eaters”?  This is a 6-session series to educate young children and their caregivers about the importance of eating well through a series of interactive, entertaining and delicious sessions.  Visit the Library at 132 Canal St. or call 718-727-0427 to attend on Wednesday at 4 and for more info. 

Staten Island is a great place to grow vegetables, and the presentation by Jay Weichun "Growing Food on Staten Island" yesterday at the College of Staten Island was proof.  He spent five years documenting and interviewing home gardeners from different backgrounds and nationalities throughout the Island. Convinced that home vegetable gardens are a means of understanding Staten Island and its people, Weichun videotaped more than 28 gardeners. This event was sponsored by the Greener Library Committee of the College of Staten Island Library, which promotes greater awareness of environmental issues.  The one common thread seen in these interviews was that these gardeners loved working hard on their gardens, loved watching their vegetables grow and loved sharing the fruits of their labor with friends, family and neighbors. Visit the site: http://www.growingfoodonstatenisland.com/ 

How are your seedlings doing on your window sill garden?  When is the right time to move them outside? Are you searching for the perfect annuals, perennials, shrubs for your garden?  Care to share what vegetables you will plant?   

The lilacs in my garden are permeating the air, the mint and sage are abundant, a new rose bush that was planted two years ago has grown, the apple blossoms have arrived, the pansies are showing their pretty colors, the tulips are still alive and pretty, and I cannot wait to begin to prepare my soil and choose veggies to plant.  It’s time to become one with nature and welcome the warmer weather.

Join naturalist Ed Johnson in the Bird and Nature Walk on Wednesday, 4/26 at 10 at Wolfe's Pond Park, Hylan Blvd. and Cornelia Ave.  Wolfe’s Pond and its surrounding woodlands make it one of Staten Island’s premiere birding localities; osprey, blue-winged teal and a variety of warblers are all possibilities.  Meet in the main parking lot in front of the Parks Department building on John James Audobon’s birthday! Call 718-727-1135 for details or visit http://www.statenislandmuseum.org/calendar-programs/bird-and-nature-walk-wolfes-pond-park-and-lemon-creek

Participate in Knitting and Crocheting for all ages at the Huguenot Public Library, 830 Huguenot Ave. Wednesday at 4.  Call 718-984-4636 for info.

Have you ever wanted to learn how to create your own podcast or radio show? On Wednesday at 5 at the Mariners Harbor Library, 206 South Ave., you will learn a different skill to make a fun and professional-sounding podcast using a free tool called Audacity. Record an awesome hook, become an interviewing pro, learn high-tech editing skills and put it altogether.  Good for teens 13-18.  Call 212-621-0690 for details.

On Thursday, 4/27 at 3:30 at the New Dorp Library, 309 New Dorp Ln. participate in Squishy Circuits using conductive and non-conductive play dough to learn how to build a simple electronic circuit.  Sculpt an animal and make it's eyes light up using LEDs. For ages 13-18, this is a fun way to learn about electricity. Presented by Staten Island MakerSpace. For details, call 718-351-2977.

On Thursday from 5-8, attend an overview of Integrated Pest Management (IPM), focusing on simple, organic methods for dealing with pests such as Aphids, Whiteflies and Slugs in your garden. Event will be held at the Joe Holzka Community Garden at the corner of Castleton Ave. and Barker St.

On Thursday from 7-9 at the Noble Maritime Collection, 1000 Richmond Terr., 1000 Richmond Terr., Bldg. D, Patricia Salmon continues her Staten Island history lecture series at the museum “The Powerful Women of Staten Island’s Past”, which honors and celebrates the untold stories and contributions of several amazing women who lived in and impacted the borough. Many of these women, including Eva Bechtel, Alice Austen, Mary Jane Irwin O'Donovan Rossa, Gertrude Knight Britton, Kate Walker, Mathilde Weingartner, Dorothy Day, Audre Lorde, Elizabeth Connelly, among others, encountered challenges, yet persevered to accomplish their goals.  Please register by calling 917-608-6437. Admission is $10, $9 for members.  For more info about the Noble Maritime Collection, visit http://www.noblemaritime.org

The Northwell Health Medical Van will be at Cassidy Coles Senior Center, 125 Cassidy Pl. on Friday, 4/28 at 10 for free health screenings for high blood pressure, BMI and wellness information and education on diabetes, cancer, nutrition, tobacco free programs and more.

The St. Teresa Basket Auction takes place on Friday at 6:30 at St. Teresa School, 1632 Victory Blvd. Admission is $5.  No one under 18 will be admitted. Many fabulous prizes! Cafe will be selling delicious hot food! Prizes will be called at approximately 8; winners must be present. To reserve a table for 6 or more, email us at stteresahsa@gmail.com

Don’t miss the Rain Barrel Giveaway on Saturday, 4/29 at 9 at Snug Harbor, 1000 Richmond Terr., East Parking Lot.  One hundred and twenty five 70-gallon rain barrels will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis. They are easy to install and connect directly to your downspout to capture and store the storm water that falls on the rooftop. The water collected in the rain barrel can then be used to water lawns and gardens or for other outdoor chores.  Check out the photo below of my rain barrel which I installed years ago.  I depend on the water for my plants especially during the summer and to quickly wash dirty hands while playing or planting in the yard.  Get to Snug Harbor early or you will miss out!

Legends Hospitality will be holding an Open House Job Fair at Richmond County Bank Ballpark for the upcoming 2017 Baseball Season on Saturday, 4/29 & Sunday, 4/30 from 10-2 at Richmond County Bank Ballpark,  75 Richmond Terr.  They are currently seeking highly-motivated individuals for the following part-time seasonal positions: Suite Attendants, Cooks, Stand Supervisors, Stand Leads, Cashiers, Bartenders, Runners/Prep Cooks, Daytime Warehouse Workers, Dishwasher.  If you have any questions, email LegendsSIYanks@legends.net.

The Healthy Kids Day Block Party is on Saturday from 10-3 at the North Shore YMCA. 651 Broadway and at the South Shore YMCA, 3939 Richmond Ave. There will be fun activities for the whole family, including community vendors, bounce house, face painting, games, arts and crafts, health and wellness activities and much more! The event is FREE and open to the public.  Call 718-227-3200 for further info.

SMART Recovery for Family and Friends, a free evidence-based support group for people impacted by the addictive behavior of someone close to them, meets Saturday from 10:30-12 at Seaview Hospital Rehab Center and Home, 460 Brielle Ave. For more info, call 646-472-97906 or visit http://www.smartrecovery.org

By popular demand, Staten Island OutLOUD’s series for The Big Read on Dashiell Hammett’s “The Maltese Falcon” continues on Saturday at 2 at Duzer’s Local Cafe, 387 Van Duzer St (off Beach St.). Join Island writer Marguerite Maria Rivas for a conversation and reading on some of the mystery novels that have shaped writers’ careers.  What we read as children and as teens can have a powerful effect on our future writing.  Edgar Allan Poe and Arthur Conan Doyle influenced the work of Dashiell Hammett, and Hammett in turn inspired the work of many modern mystery writers and crime novelists. Free copies of “The Maltese Falcon” while supplies last.

Join your friends and family for the 2017 Staten Island Spring Art & Music Festival at Lyons Pool Park, 6 Victory Blvd. on Saturday from 3-8.  This FREE event is presented by Staten Island Talent in partnership with the NYC Parks Department. If you would like to set up a tent/vend, visit www.StatenIslandTalent.com for Vendor, Artist and Performance lineup.  If you have any questions, please contact our team at 718-688-4675.

The St. John Villa Academy Basket Auction, featuring fabulous prizes, mystery baskets, 50/50, Birthday Board and more, will be on Saturday from 7-10 at Mother Alberta Stano Gym, 8 Narrows Rd. South. Admission is $10 per person and includes coffee and dessert.  Reservations are required due to limited seating. Call 718-447-4150 to reserve your seat.

Join the Freshkills Park staff and Kayak Staten Island for a Kayak Tour at Freshkills Park, Sunday, 4/30 from 11-2.  This excursion along the park's waterways will take you into the William T. Davis Wildlife Refuge and up close to some of the park's varied wildlife.  Kayaks, life vests, and brief safety training will be provided. Kayak tours are limited to participants ages 16 +, must be in good health and have basic swimming skills. Wear shoes and clothes that can get wet. Space is limited so you must register at visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kayak-tour-tickets-32415489602

Join the St. Francis Catholic Singles on a Hike through the Greenbelt on Sunday at 1:15 at High Rock Park, 200 Nevada Ave. An environmental educator with the Greenbelt will lead the moderately difficult hike as you learn about the park's bodies of water, birds and foliage.  Wear sneakers or hiking boots and comfortable clothing.  Respond by emailing sfcssi@gmail.com or call 718-667-2165. 

Attend a film screening--“My Reincarnation” on Sundayat 2 at Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, 338 Lighthouse Ave. Filmed over 20 years by acclaimed filmmaker Jennifer Fox, it chronicles the epic story of the high Tibetan Buddhist Master, Chogyal Namkhai Norbu, and his western-born son, Yeshi. Admission is $6, $4 for Students/Seniors.  Call 718-987-3500 for info or visit http://www.tibetanmuseum.org/events-calendar

Sign up for an Adult Holiday Pie Workshop on Sunday at 3 at Pastry Lovers Choice, 370 Van Duzer St. Chef Sahera will walk you through the steps of making the perfect Holiday Pie, you will explore fruit fillings, master the science and techniques behind creating amazingly flaky crusts. The featured pie is Old Fashion Apple Pie. To register, call 917-830-0146 or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1738549253142459/

A Document shredding event will take place on Monday, 5/1 from 11-2 at the Conference House Park, 298 Satterlee St.  Sponsored by AARP New York, you can bring up to 3 bags of documents to be shredded and disposed of in a safe manner for FREE

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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