How did you spend Earth Day?  Plant any trees?  Pick up trash in your neighborhood?  Participate in forest restoration at High Rock?  Did you attend the grand opening party at Gotham Motorcycles?  (Did you think about purchasing a Harley, an Indian?)  I put the top down on the convertible and welcomed spring—nothing like fresh air!

If you never saw the play “In the Heights” on Broadway, now is your chance to catch a performance of Port Richmond High School’s production of this high energy, sweet and sentimental show on Friday, 5/1 and Saturday, 5/2 at 7.  I have attended the shows at Port Richmond for many years and have never witnessed a more enthusiastic, hard-working group of students singing, dancing, acting their hearts out to entertain the audience.  Most of us will leave singing, dancing to our cars and happy about life.  Port Richmond H.S., 85 St. Joseph’s Ave.  Tickets are $10 at the door.  Call 718-273-3600 for more info.  Don’t miss it!

On Friday from 9:30-1:30, State Senator Andrew Lanza will host his annual special-needs resource fair at the Jewish Community Center, 1466 Manor Rd.  The event is FREE and open to the public.  More than 60 vendors, sponsors and exhibitors will be on hand to provide information.  There will be panel discussions and seminars on nutrition, Medicaid and other topics for parents of special- needs children as well as roundtable discussions on issues such as bullying, transitioning and inclusion.  For more information, visit 

This weekend will be the last chance to pick up your FREE fruit tree as part of the MillionTreesNYC.  Pre-register at   

5/2, 9-11, at Greenbelt Conservancy, 2 Eaton Pl., Carousel For All Children, Willowbrook Park.
5/2, 1-3, at Snug Harbor Cultural Center, 1000 Richmond Terr. 

The Bethel United Methodist Church Spring Festival and Plant Sale takes place on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 7033 Amboy Rd. Admission is FREE and includes a flea market, baked goods.  Breakfast is available from 8-11 and lunch of pulled-pork sandwiches, homemade coleslaw and hot dogs at 12:30. There will also be activities for the children including cupcake decorating.  Call 718-984-1277 for more info.  

Many years ago, my piano teacher, Miss Osborne, of 123 Palmer Ave. (How did I remember her address?!) would put on a much-anticipated yearly recital of all her students at the Staten Island Museum.  I remember wearing my best dress with the bow in the back and playing 3 classical pieces—by memory!  How grand it was to hear the applause!  On Saturday at 8, the Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble Season 11 concert
will take place at the Museum at 75 Stuyvesant Pl. featuring Tamara Keshecki, flute, Joseph D’Auguste, clarinet, Lucy Corwin, violin, Madeline Casparie, cello, Wen-Yi Lo, piano.  General admission is $15, $12 for Museum members, $5 for students (22 and under with ID).  For more info, visit or call 718-906-3488.

Come to a FREE Carnegie Hall performance on Saturday at 2 at Snug Harbor, Building G, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Studio 201, with the Itty Biddies, featuring the trio’s danceable tunes, soaring vocals and instrumentals that will take you on a journey filled with storytelling and song.  Great fun for the entire family! 

I Love My Park Day, takes place at Clay Pit Pond State Park, 2351 Veterans Road West on Saturday from 10-2.  Do you LOVE YOUR PARK?  Volunteers participate in cleanup, improvement and beautification events at New York State parks and historic sites each year on the first Saturday in May.  You, too, can volunteer by calling 718-605-3970, ext. 201.

Yankee Peddler Day will be on Saturday, from 10-5 at Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Ave.  You can wander around for many hours searching through tables for trash and treasures.  Afterwards, tour the historic buildings throughout Richmond Town.  The day will be beautiful, and you are bound to meet friends and make new ones.  Admission is $2.

Celebrate the Carousel for All Children’s Sweet Sixteen Celebration on Saturday at noon at Willowbrook Park, Eaton Pl.  There will be refreshments, puppet shows, games and more.  See above for the Million Trees Tree Giveaway from noon-4.   


On Sunday, 5/3 at 3, the CSI Orchestra in affiliation with Curtis High School will present a FREE Recital at the Springer Concert Hall, College of Staten Island, 2800 Victory Blvd.  For  information, call 718-982-2545.

Just a reminder:  The Five Boro Bike Tour takes place on Sunday.  The lower level of the Verrazano Bridge will be closed from 2 a.m. until 6 p.m. as well as various road closures throughout the boroughs.  For information, visit:

Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for "fifth of May") is a celebration held on May 5. It is celebrated in the United States and in Mexico, where the holiday is called El Día de la Batalla de Puebla (English: The Day of the Battle of Puebla). Mexican Americans also often see the day as a source of pride; one way they can honor their ethnicity is to celebrate this day. The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguin.  If you are celebrating Cinco de Mayo on Staten Island, check out Pamela Silvestri’s following article of favorite picks.  Enjoy!

So what are you doing this weekend?  Will you celebrate Cinco de Mayo?  Will you see “In the Heights” at Pt. Richmond H.S.?  You can call me at 646-258-9696, leave a comment below or e-mail me at

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