Did you know that two ring-tailed lemurs, an endangered species native to the island of Madagascar in Africa, were born to different mothers this week at the Staten Island Zoo?  Every day, there is something new and wonderful to discover at the Zoo.  Plan your trip soon and experience this wild animal exhibit close up and participate in many different, exciting events throughout the year.  Admission is as follows: Children 2 and under – FREE, Children 3-14 - $6, Seniors (60 and over) - $7, Adults 15-59 - $10.  After 2:00 on Wednesday, admission if FREE for all.  Check out their website www.statenislandzoo.org or call 718-442-3100 for info. The Zoo is located at 614 Broadway, directly across from the YMCA.

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 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. 5 and 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 4 and 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.

Are you looking to quit smoking? Tobacco Cessation Classes meet on Wednesday, 4/5 at 6, at Richmond University Medical Center, 355 Bard Ave.  This 6-week program is lead by certified tobacco specialists, is supportive and non-judgmental.  Call 718-818-2391 for info.

Free to be Me – AlAteen meets on Wednesday at 7 at All Saints Episcopal Church, 2329 Victory Blvd. 2329 Victory Blvd. AlAteen,sponsored by Al-Anon, is a support group for teens who have been affected by someone’s drinking or addiction. They come together to share their experience, strength and hope with each other.  For details, call 718-698-1338. 

Participate in Line Dancing on Wednesday from 7:30-10:30 at Christ Methodist Church, 1890 Forest Ave. New and beginner dancers come early and learn the steps at 7:30. Free coffee and cake, with on-site parking is available; admission is $8 per person. Contact Tom and Ellen Dailey 917-468-8991 for more information.

Enjoy a night of today's best country music, line dancing and funNashville Nights Live on Wednesdayat 8:30 at Hot Shotz, 6323 Amboy Rd. DJ Tony Nash teams up with the hottest country bands and solo artists to bring you a night of boot stomping honky-tonk excitement. For info, call 718-873-3333 or visit http://www.sicountrylive.com

Got something to share? A song, a story, a joke....working on an act, a play, a book?  Share it on stage (8 minute acts) at Nothing New Thrift Shop, 4916 Arthur Kill Rd. at First Friday's Open Mic Nite on Friday, 4/7 at 8.  $5 cover for non-performers. Snacks and refreshments for everyone.  For info, call 718-227-7467 or visit www.nothingnewwarehouse.com/  Come early and shop for that special knick-knack, pocket book, shoes, dress that you will not find anywhere else!

A Spring Arts & Crafts Flea Market takes place on Saturday, 4/8 from 9-3 at Immanuel Union Church, 693 Jewett Ave. A little extra something for your Easter baskets can be found at this handmade arts and crafts sale.  Lunch will be available for purchase.  Call 718-448-1584 for details.

The NYC BBQ Cookoff 2017 takes place on Saturday beginning at noon at Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Ave.  Sample, stroll, quench and enjoy fun events with the kids. For info, call 718-351-1611.

On Saturday at 1, see the glory of the New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden at the Spring Flowering Tree and Shrub Walk and learn about the long-standing horticultural tradition that seeks to find beauty in all seasons.  Meet in front of the Carl Grillo Glass House, Snug Harbor, 1000 Richmond Terr. Tour is rain or shine. Admission is $10.  Register by contacting education@snug-harbor.orghttp://snug-harbor.org/event/5112/?instance_id=3134 






Freshkills Park is the largest landfill-to-park project in the world. Learn about the park’s history, ongoing development and environmental transformation on Saturday at 2 at the Staten Island Museum, Snug Harbor, 1000 Richmond Terr., Bldg. A. For info, call 718-727-1135 or visit http://www.statenislandmuseum.org/calendar-programs/freshkills-from-landfill-to-park

The Staten Island Creative Community challenged its members to get creative with the show topic “RECYCLED” defined as Art Recycled: convert, reclaim, recover, reprocess, regenerate, remodel, rescue, restore. The Exhibit will be on display 4/1 through 5/14, Saturday and Sunday from 12-6 at Art on the Terrace Gallery, 776 Richmond Terr. Artist Reception takes place Saturday from 7-9.

Visit the newest exhibit, "Completely Undone" featuring Robin S. George on Saturday, 4/8 at the CPG Gallery (Creative Photographers' Guild), 814 Richmond Terr. Exhibiting Photographers: Willie Chu, Bruce Cohn, Joyce Coletti, Connie J. Frisch-Cherniak, Robin George, Robert Haber, Marilyn Kiss, Jeff Mason, Gail Middleton, Paul Nueckel, George Roos, Virginia Ross, Doug Schwab, Joan Velazquez, Fritz (Steven) Weiss, Richard Xuerub. Gallery Hours are Saturday and Sunday from 1-5. For info, call 718-288-2405 or visit http://www.cpggallery.org

A Palm Sunday Pancake and Sausage Breakfast will be served, followed by Palm Sunday Worship Service, on Sunday, 4/9 at 9 at Immanuel Union Church, 693 Jewett Ave. Admission is $6.  For details, call 718-448-1584. 

On Sunday from 1-4, participate in Arts and Crafts on the Grass, on Sutter Oval at Wagner College, 1 Campus Rd.  All proceeds go directly to Project Sunshine, a non-profit organization that provides special programs for children and families experiencing medical challenges.  This event will include arts and crafts, face painting and temporary tattoos, activities and photos with the Easter Bunny, an egg hunt, trivia, raffle baskets, prizes and baked goods and snacks. Bring a blanket to sit on so you can make the most of the activities!  Admission is $5 per child/$3 per adult. For info, visit https://www.facebook.com/ProjectSunshineWagnerCollegeChapter/

A Film Screening--"My Reincarnation" will be presented on Sunday at 2 at Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, 338 Lighthouse Ave. Filmed over 20 years by acclaimed filmmaker Jennifer Fox, "My Reincarnation" chronicles the epic story of the high Tibetan Buddhist Master, Chogyal Namkhai Norbu, and his western-born son, Yeshi.  Admission is $6 for Adults, $4 Students/Seniors.  For info, visit http://www.tibetanmuseum.org/events-calendar or call 718-987-3500. 

Bring your little one(s) and work together to create delicious and beautiful spring-themed cookies at My Kid and Me Spring Cookie Workshop on Sunday at 3 at Pastry Lovers Choice, 370 Van Duzer St.  Admission is $35 for children; adults attend for FREE.  To register, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/391143741252885/ or call 917-830-0146. Please include your phone number when you sign up. Register via paypal here: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=XLLHNMCHDM9Z8

Attend the Second Sunday Spoken Word presenting “Sunday in Spring” at Art on the Terrace, 776 Richmond Terr. on Sunday from 3-6.  Original stories and poetry by Druanne Dillon, Thomas Fucaloro, Brandon Korosh, Jessica Kratz, Terry Marks, Linder Wadez and Fritz Weiss will be read. An essay called “Dizzy Gillespie” by Malachi McCormick will be featured. Rob and Elle, co-founders of the Staten Island Acoustic Music Society, will follow up with spring song and refreshments will be served. For more information or to sign up to read, please contact SICC Literary Chairperson Robin Lampman at Lampmanrobin@gmail.com, call 718-490-5813 or visit http://sicreative.org/  

On Sunday, 4/9 at 4, a performance of "THE CRUCIFIXION", based on James Weldon Johnson's poem, will be presented by La Familia Repertory Theatre at the Annex of the Dutch Reformed Church, 54 Port Richmond Ave.  For info, visit http://www.labyrinthartscollective.org/upcoming-events.html.

Staten Islanders can meet with commissioners and top City Hall staff when Mayor Bill deBlasio 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.

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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