Was a “music” event on your list of fun things to do this past weekend? Perhaps you attended the last of the Tavern Concerts or Motown at the St. George Library or “Guys and Dolls” at Susan Wagner H.S.--one of my favorite musicals.  You have another weekend to catch this wonderful musical.  Just visit  http://wagnerhightheater.org or call 718-698-4200 x 2841 for tickets and info.  We had some change of weather patterns with t-shirt warmth last Friday followed by a chilly, cold, “Wizard of Oz” kind of wind waking us and causing havoc on Saturday night. At least there was no snow!  Opening day for the Yankees was postponed till Tuesday because of inclement weather.  I hope you diehard fans bundled up because it is cold out there. 

Today, Wednesday, 4/6 at 9:30, SIUH/Northwell will be at the Mariners Harbor Houses, 22 Roxbury St.,to provide valuable health information on nutrition, healthy lifestyles, cancer services, behavioral health, rehabilitation programs, cholesterol, diabetes, stroke prevention, blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), healthy aging, exercise, and smoking cessation.

A FREE bird and nature walk in Conference House Park, 298 Satterlee St. will take place on Wednesday from 10-12.  Meet at the Visitor’s Center lot, on Satterlee St. and Hylan Blvd.  For info, call 718-984-6046 or visit http://www.statenislandmuseum.org

For children ages 3 and up, attend Read Aloud/ Picture Book Time on Wednesday at 4 at the New Dorp Library, 309 New Dorp Ln.  Enjoy hearing books read aloud, finger plays, action rhymes and coloring.  Also on Wednesday at 11 at the  Mariners Harbor Library, 206 South Ave. is Itty Bitty Play Time/Toddler Time for ages 15 months to 3 years. It is geared toward early literacy and advancement of the learning abilities of children with appropriate books, songs and finger plays. At Tottenville Library, 7430 Amboy Rd. on Wednesday at 4, bring your children ages 3-12 to Wonderful Wednesdays—reading for all. At St. George Library at 10 for ages up to 5, your children will enjoy reading fun for everyone.  Visit http://www.nypl.org/ for a complete schedule of activities for babies, toddlers, teens, adults.

FREE Yoga for Caregivers takes place this Thursday, 4/7 at 12:30, every month on the first and third Thursday.  Stress Reduction for those taking care of someone age 60+ with cognitive or physical impairment is necessary. Registration with the JCC Caregiver Program, Avis/South Shore JCC, 1297 Arthur Kill Rd. is required.  Call 718-475-5287 to register.

On Saturday, 4/9 at 2, attend a lecture: Human Behavior Under the Influence at the Tottenville Library, 7430 Amboy Rd., presented as part of the Know Science series, an international education and advocacy organization promoting science and scientific research to a lay audience. Dr. Charlotte Wincott will discuss her work as an addiction scientist at Rockefeller University and the future of addiction research and treatment. Call 718-984-0945 for further information.

The NYC Fatherhood and Family Enrichment Conference will take place on Saturday from 9:30-3 at Port Richmond H.S., 85 St. Joseph's Ave.  Sponsored by The ROLE call, Healthy Families of Staten Island and Borough President James Oddo, this FREE conference offers workshops, seminars and free lunch encouraging Fatherhood and providing training and resources to fathers and to young men without fathers.  Visit the website to register http://therolecall or call 718-971-6682.

Staten Island Quilters Guild biennial Quilt Show takes place at New Dorp Moravian Church, 2205 Richmond Rd. on Saturday from 10-4. Member's quilts will be displayed.  New craft items will be for sale, a re-sale table and vendors.  Admission is $5.

The NYC Feral Cat Initiative, a program of the Alliance for NYC's Animals, will provide a Feral Cat Caregiver/Good Neighbor Workshop on Saturday at 1 at the St. George Library Center, 5 Central Ave.  This workshop will provide tips for good communication with your neighbors plus ideas and hand-out materials to educate them about the needs of community cats and the benefits of Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). This FREE workshop is open to people 18 and older. Visit http://www.nycferalcat.org/

On Saturday at 7:30, join the Amateur Astronomers Assoc. of NYC for Stargazing at Great Kills Park.  Enter the park at Hylan Blvd. and Buffalo St., proceed approx. one mile to large parking lot on left.  Observing site is in the south-east corner near small playground. Telescopes will be provided.  For details, visit http://www.aaa.org/observing/great-kills-staten-island/

The “Remember When” exhibition runs from 4/2 through 5/8 at the CPG Gallery (Creative Photographers'Guild), 814 Richmond Terr.  Hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 1-5.  An opening reception will be held Saturday, 4/9 from 5-8.  Exhibiting photographers featuring photographer Bruce Cohn, as well as Willie Chu, Bruce Cohn, Joyce Coletti, Connie J. Frisch-Cherniak, Robin George, Robert Haber, Marilyn Kiss, Gail Middleton, Paul Nueckel, George Roos, Virginia Ross, Joan Velazquez, Fritz (Steven) Weiss and Richard Xuerub.  Call 718-288-2405 for info or visit http://www.cpggallery.org

On Sunday, 4/10 at 2, enjoy a film screening of Mystery Monkeys of Shangri La, a true story of a family of snub-nosed monkeys living in the highest forests in the world.  This will take place at the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art,  338 Lighthouse Ave.  Free with admission of $6 or $4 for students and seniors.  Call  718-987-3500 for details.

I know you are aware, but I will remind you anyhow that the April 15 deadline is rapidly approaching to file your taxes.  I will also remind you and your teenager to consider applying for the 2016 Summer Youth Employment Program and/or the Youth Police Academy Program.  Details and deadlines to apply can be found in my last two blogs. The Zimmer Club Annual FREE Youth Conservation Program for boys and girls 10-17 is a good option.  Your teen should consider volunteering opportunities. 

If you know of activities that children, teenagers and young adults may participate in, please let me know so I can share with my gentle readers.  If you can recommend specific volunteer opportunities for teenagers, please share.  You can 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 joan.coogan@gmail.com

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