Did you spend time with the kiddies, grandkiddies, nieces or nephews treating them to any of the Cool School Holiday events around town?  Did you attend St. George Day, or Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day at Staten Island Makerspace on Sunday? 

I decided to get some exercise on Saturday during “Move your Body, Meet Your Neighbors” Weekend Walk Street Festival sponsored by Councilwoman Debi Rose, Staten Island Business Outreach Center, NYC Dept. of Transportation and the newly established Castleton Avenue Merchants Organization (CAMO).  This little corridor of Castleton Avenue has been a favorite of mine for years.  It’s an eclectic mix of small businesses that add value to the local community.  Among the businesses participating on Saturday were Wicked Stitches, Nurnberger Bierhaus, Richmond Hood Co., Sushi Wen--Japanese Cuisine, Anthony’s Barber Shop, North Star Yoga, Relax Be Healthy, Tattoo Gallery, Castleton Chemists Pharmacy, Massa’s Hair Studio, to name a few. The entertainment included a magician, balloon sculptor, caricaturist, roller skating demo/yoga flow, skateboard demo/face painting, hair braiding, candle making workshop and a dance party. You could have your photo taken in front of a “garden” thanks to Wicked Stitches, participate in painting the community mural or adopt a pet at the P.L.U.T.O. station (www.plutorescue.petfinder.com). I met many friends and made some new ones.  Come on down to the Castleton Avenue corridor of merchants; you will be happy you did. Check out the CAMO Facebook page.  For more info, email castletonavenuemerchants@gmail.com





















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On Wednesday 5/1 at 11, toddlers and caregivers are welcome to attend the Richmondtown Library, 200 Clarke Ave. for Toddler-Story Time, interactive stories and songs while socializing with others in the community. Good for ages 18-36 months.

Join the Greenbelt Conservancy, NYC City Parks, and partnering organizations, in celebrating the Third Annual Outdoor Adventure Day in Willowbrook Park, 1 Eton Place on Wednesday 5/1 from 11-3.  This free, family-friendly outdoor recreation celebration will offer loads of fun for families. A variety of guided outdoor activities will include canoeing, guided hikes, fishing, Yoga, outdoor service projects, and much more!

On Wednesday at 4, the Stapleton Library, 132 Canal St. will host STEMDay. Come and have a blast exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, and math! Good for ages 5-11.

For ages 3 years and up with caregiver, come to Family Story 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.

On Wednesday 5/1 at 6:30, you are invited to participate in Snug Harbor’s master planning process by attending a public workshop hosted by their design team in collaboration with NYC’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Dept. of Design and Construction (DDC), and Dept. of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), referred to as our Capital Project Scope Development (CPSD) at Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, Bldg. P lobby, 1000 Richmond Terr.  RSVP requested: tfeo@snug-harbor.org ***First, share your thoughts on Snug Harbor by completing the survey from Marvel Architects. Your input will help us guide the process: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KYWZKGF***

Greenbelt Peepers, a nature-inspired class for two years olds, takes place on Thursday 5/2 from 9:45-10:15 at the Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Ave. Through hands-on activities, crafts, and stories, 2 year-olds will become familiar with the sights and sounds of the forest. Space is limited. Registration required; call 718-351-3450. $3/Free for GC Members.

On Thursday from 11-10, all full service Carvel shops in NY and nationwide will host $0.85 Cone Day, offering junior soft serve cones and cups for just $0.85.  Staten Island Carvel Ice Cream Store info: 280-30 Marsh Ave. For info, call 718-761-1367.

Join CloseKnit, the longest-running public program, on Thursday from 2-4 at the Noble Maritime Collection, 1000 Richmond Terr.  It is free and open to knitters of all skill levels. The goods members make are donated to community charities including the The Seamen’s Church Institute’s Christmas at Sea program and the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless.

Discover a universe of language and fun at the Richmondtown Library, 200 Clarke Ave. on Thursday at 4 with KidsLIVE: Future Hits Educational Rock Show. Developed and led by Chicago Public Schools teacher and indie rock musician Matthew Baron, Future Hits' concerts are interactive, include video projections, are bilingual (Spanish and English), and (secretly) educational. Best for children ages 5-8.

Join the South Beach Library, 21-25 Robin Rd. for Builder’s Club on Thursday 5/2 at 4 this fun program that invites you to plan, collaborate and create with other builders. You will be using Lego bricks, magnetic tiles, craft sticks, card stock paper and other surprise materials to further challenge your imagination.

Get ready to play some of your favorite board & Wii games on Friday 5/3 at 3:30 at Game On at the St. George Library, 5 Central Avenue. Good for children 5-12 years old.  Please note: This program will be held in the Children's Room.

Come to the Stapleton Library, 132 Canal St. on Friday at 3:30 for Graphic Novel Activity. Children 5-12 years old will learn to create their very own comic strip. Browse your favorite graphic novels and learn what it takes to become an author and illustrator.

On Friday, 5/3 at 8, enjoy a performance by the Yankee Rebels Bluegrass Band at Everything Goes Café, 208 Bay St. In the 1960's, 3 high school buddies realized that all three loved Bluegrass music and decided to form a band.  The band has won eight first prizes at Bluegrass contests and performed at Bluegrass festivals all over the eastern U.S. Two of the three founding members, Art Dekhayser on guitar and Les Bayer on 5-string banjo are joined by Mark Ferrel on mandolin, Bill Christophersen on fiddle and Allen Cohen on upright bass, to recreate past triumphs and forge ahead with traditional style Bluegrass that sounds at home in the 21st century.

Make a gift for Mom at the Blooming Art DIY Workshop at all Home Depot Staten Island locations on Saturday 5/4 from 9-12. In this hands-on workshop you and your child can discuss the art of patience as you build a blooming work of art to gift or put on display. Once it is built, your child can decorate it with paint. All Kids Workshop attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last.  To register for Forest Ave., call 718-273-5069, for Targee St., call 718-818-9934, for Veterans Rd. W., call 718-984-4690.

The Richard Buegler 10-Mile Spring Walk is on Saturday from 9:15-3:15. Following in the steps of founder and friend, Richard Buegler, participants will enjoy a pleasant walk through the woods of the Greenbelt, a woodland which defines the life’s work of Richard Buegler. Beginning at Staten Island Blvd., behind Petrides High School, you will walk the trails in search of Pinkster Azaleas, trout lilies and a colorful collection of migrating spring birds and emerging butterflies. For more information contact Dominick Durso at 917-478-7607, Don Recklies at 718-768-9036 or Chuck Perry at 718-667-1393.

Show your love for Clay Pit Ponds by helping maintain our trails during I Love My Park Day on Saturday from 10-1 at the Visitors Center, 2351 Veterans Rd. W. Best for ages 10 and up.  Please RSVP at https://www.ptny.org/events/i-love-my-park-day.

On Saturday from 10-6, artist and garden aficionado, Sage Reynolds will hold an Open Garden and Plant Sale of unusual begonias, some grasses, blooming perennials, Abutilons and other unusual plants at 129 Tysen St. next to Snug Harbor. 

The Annual Snug Harbor Plant Sale will take place on Saturday from 10-4 at the Carl Grillo Glass House Lawn.  The NYC Compost Project will give away 15-pound bags of compost while supplies last. This event is rain or shine.

On Saturday from 11-4, the Stapleton UAME Church, 49 Tompkins Ave. will host a Free Spring Fair. Come out and start your Mother's Day shopping! There will be something for everyone. Dinners for sale, vendor tables available, 50/50, raffles, face painting and so much more.

Bring clean, reusable, portable items such as clothing, housewares, electronics, books and toys that you no longer need to Stop ‘N’ Swap on Saturday from 12-3 at the College of Staten Island, Green Dolphin Lounge, 2800 Victory Blvd.  Take home something new-to-you, FREE!  You don’t have to bring something to take something.  How great is that?!!!  Sponsored by the NYC Department of Sanitation, please visit recycle@grownyc.org or grownyc.org/swap to see what you cannot bring.

The Opening Day for the Greenbelt's Carousel for All Children is on Saturday from 12-4 at Willowbrook Park, 1 Eton Pl.  Save the date to be one of the first to ride the in the 2019 season.

Shop Local For Mom at the Craft Fair at the Art On The Terrace Gallery, 776 Richmond Terr. on Saturday from 12-5 and attend the current exhibit: GOOD EARTH.  Find unique art and handmade gifts at this carefully curated show. Vendors will offer finely hand-crafted jewelry created with antique, vintage, and unusual components, lovely hand-painted silk scarves, beautiful contemporary handmade art glass beads and pendants crafted into beautiful jewelry, authentic, antique and Vintage Jewelry from the Mid-Victorian period to the 1980’s, darling knitted baby sweaters (just the most adorable buttons!) and cupcake baby hats. Several of our members will be selling their artwork: paintings, prints, photographs, and mixed media wall art and wood creations.

On Saturday from 1-3, participate in a free "You are Here" workshop to be held in the historic Mont Sec House, 112A Mont Sec Ave. (first left after the main Fort Wadsworth entrance). Open to all ages; crafting/sewing experience is not required.  Materials are supplied free of charge. Participants will learn a bit about the area and mark Ft. Wadsworth or your favorite Staten Island spot with a stitch on a simple map of the Island.  You can make it simple or add a bit of decorative stitching.  Also visit the “My SI Quilts” exhibit on the last day at the Visitors Center. 

The Walking Tour: Livingston's Bard Avenue, hosted by the Preservation League of Staten Island will take place on Saturday from 1-4.  As part of May's Municipal Art Society/Jane's Walk series (https://www.mas.org/janes-walk-nyc/) join PLSI historians and preservationists to explore Livingston, Staten Island's Bard Avenue neighborhood, home to a number of wonderful NYC landmark designated buildings, vintage and turn of the century architecture. The walk will explore the neighborhood's rich Abolitionist Movement history. Also included on the tour will be a visit to the proposed St. Austins Place historic district.  Walking tour is free. RSVP is encouraged.

On Saturday from 2-4, join award-winning children’s book author Trinka Noble for storytelling and a signing of her book, “The Legend of Sea Glass” about mermaids, sailors, and life under the sea—an original tale that attributes mythical origins to colorful sea glass at the Noble Maritime Collection, 1000 Richmond Terr. This event is appropriate for the whole family. The storytelling is free; books will be available to purchase in the shop.

Participate in Stargazing on Saturday from 8-11 at Gateway Great Kills National Park, Hylan Blvd. & Buffalo St. hosted by the Staten Island Chapter of the AAA.

Yankee Peddler Day will be held on Sunday, 5/5 from 9:30-3:30 at the main parking lot of Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Ave.  Admission is $2.  Bring the whole family! The Market will feature dealers, antiques, collectibles, arts and crafts and newly manufactured and packaged items. This year Gary Petterson of Victorian Bros. and his associate will be on hand for verbal appraisals for a fee of $5/per item (limited to 3 items per household).

Join the Urban Park Rangers during Ecosystem Explorers: Maritime Forest on Sunday from 11-12:30 at the Conference House Park, 7455 Hylan Blvd.  You will venture into habitats that exist in NYC! Maritime forests host many different tree species; all kinds of wildlife from birds to deer can be seen in their natural environment.

Participate in the Salamander and Newt Monitoring Hike on Sunday from 11:30-1 at High Rock Park, 200 Nevada Ave. This interpretive hike will explore the Greenbelt in search of these secretive amphibians for an ongoing citizen science project. Dress for the weather and terrain. Good for ages 8+. Free but registration required. Call 718-351-3450 or email naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

On Sunday from 1-2:30 at the H.H. Biddle House, 70 Satterlee St. join Skye Suter of the Staten Island Herb Society, celebrating Cinco de Mayo--the Herbs of Mexico.  Learn about cilantro, cocoa, chiles and other herbs used in Mexican cuisine. Following the presentation, head over to the Colonial Herb Garden adjacent the Conference House, for a tour of the garden to see what’s coming up.

The Staten Island Giving Circle will host a Basket Bash, a night of basket raffles, cocktails and dessert, on Tuesday, 5/7 from 7-10 at the Confections Dessert Lounge, 65 Page Ave. Proceeds will benefit our Children’s Enrichment Initiative benefiting students at various low income schools across Staten Island.  There is NO ADMISSION FEE.  The Staten Island Giving Circle, is a 501 (C)(3) Not-For-Profit. For more info,visit statenislandgivingcircle.org.             

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