If you are a Mom, Aunt, Grandmother or Sister, I hope Mother’s Day was joyful.  If your Mom has passed, it can be a sad day remembering the many good times that you shared with her.  Also, if you have lost a child, your heart breaks when you relive every moment you spent loving that child. Mothers are special, but mothering is a hard job and at times, thankless.  However, when that same child smiles up at you or takes your hand in his, everything becomes so right with the world!  Thank you, my gentle readers—Diane Jakubowski Darconte, Frances Thompson, Dil Gillani, Trish Keogan Treadaway, Judie and Diane Zagajeski and Patricia Joyce for sharing the following photos that honor your moms and/or show you being honored and loved as well.


Attend a presentation on Homeopathy, Complementary Medicine and Mental Illness, a FREE community service by NAMI NYC Staten Island, South Beach Psychiatric Center and Staten Island University Hospital tonight, Wednesday, 5/11 at 6:00 at the Regina M. McGinn Education Center, 475 Seaview Ave. Guest Speakers will be Kerry Gillespie, director of complementary medicine, Staten Island University Hospital, and Dr. Aida Bennett, South Beach Psychiatric Center. Refreshments will be served. For more details, visit http://www.namistatenisland.org

Participate in a Bird and Nature Walk at Blue Heron Park today from 10-12 at the Blue Heron Nature Center, 222 Poillon Ave. Meet in the parking lot by the Visitor’s Center off Pollion Ave. Call 718-967-3542 for info or visit http://www.statenislandmuseum.org

To celebrate the 5-year anniversary of 5 Boro Power Yoga, 176 Rose Ave., attend FREE yoga, today at 10:15 a.m. At 7:30 p.m., practice is with a DJ--champagne, sparkling cider, water and desserts will be served after practice. Free Giveaways All Day! Be sure to register for class by calling 718-667-5279.

Enjoy Line Dancing, tonight at 7:30 at Christ Methodist Church, 1890 Forest Ave. New and beginner dancers, come early and learn all the basic steps. Free coffee and cake and on site parking. $8.00 per person.  Call Tom and Ellen Dailey at 917-468-8991 for info.

Dance the Zumba, tonight at 8 at St. John Neumann R.C. Church, 1380 Arthur Kill Rd. with Gina Viola. Get fit while having fun. Pay as you go! For more information, call 917-837-6356.

Hang out with friends, draw, write, chat, eat, browse the internet and do homework at the Teen Café, on Thursday, 5/12 at 5:30 at the Mariners Harbor Library, 206 South Ave. Bring snacks, coffee and beverages. Teen Café is exclusively for ages 12-18.

The CSI Guitar Ensemble, under the direction of Prof. Edward Brown, will perform on Thursday at 7:30 at the College of Staten Island, 2800 Victory Blvd. Admission is $5. 

Conference House Art Expo 2016 takes place on Saturday, 5/14 at 11 at the Conference House Park, 298 Satterlee St. Artists of all disciplines will participate as well as installation Art, Craft and Vendors of hand made goods, student artists, SI Maker Space. STEAM Wagon and more. Bring a picnic or purchase homemade delights!  For more info, call 917-539-2559 or visit http://www.theconferencehouse.org

Bike Path Cruise Ride takes place on Saturday at 11 at Gateway National Recreation Area at Fort Wadsworth, 120 New York Ave.  Join experienced ride leaders for a couple of hours on short, easy, mostly flat group rides. You can bring your own bike or borrow one of Bike New York’s. Meet other novice cyclists and explore new scenic areas of New York City. All rides start and finish at one of Bike New York’s Community Education Centers. Visit http://www.imathlete.com/events/EventDetails.

Participate in FREE Stargazing with the Amateur Astronomers Assoc. of NYC at Great Kills Park on Saturday at 8. Observing site is in the south-east corner of parking lot, near small playground. Telescopes will be provided. Dress warmly when cold out. Call 718-727-6685 or visit  http://www.aaa.org/observing/great-kills-staten-island/

Check out the exhibit "Foot Fetish" Featuring Photographer Marilyn Kiss beginning Saturday, 5/14 with the opening party from 5-8 and continuing through 6/19 at the CPG Gallery (Creative Photographers' Guild, 814 Richmond Terr.  Hours are 1-5 Saturday and Sunday. Admission is FREE.  Exhibiting Photographers are Willie Chu, Bruce Cohn, Joyce Coletti, Connie J. Frisch-Cherniak, Robin George, Robert Haber, Marilyn Kiss, Gail Middleton, Paul Nueckel, George Roos, Virginia Ross, Doug Schwab, Joan Velazquez, Fritz (Steven) Weiss and Richard Xuerub. Call 718-288-2405 or visit http://www.cpggallery.org  

Explore the world’s largest landfill-to-park project with over 700 acres open for tours and recreation on Discovery Day, Sunday, 5/15 from 1-4 at Fresh Kills Park. Eight miles of trails and paths will offer views of the park’s hills, creeks and wildlife. A 5K course will be mapped out for runners and walkers. There will also be free bike rentals, shuttle buses into the park, shuttles to and from the Staten Island Ferry and a shuttle to the top of a hill that offers panoramic views of New York City. Kayaking tours will also be available with pre-registration required--call 212-602-5372.

Attend a lecture on: Theos Bernard, The White Lama, Tibet, Yoga and American Religious Life on Sunday at 4:00 at the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, 318 Lighthouse Ave.  Prof. Paul Hackett of Columbia University will share his knowledge of Theos Bernard, the self proclaimed "White Lama," who in 1937 became the third American in history to reach Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet. During his stay he amassed one of the largest collections of Tibetan texts, art and artifacts in the Western hemisphere at that time. Admission is $6.00/$4.00 students and seniors. Visit http://www.tibetanmuseum.org/events-calendar

If you would care to share photos of you, your friends and/or family at events, please do not hesitate to call me at 646-258-9696, leave a comment below or e-mail me at joan.coogan@gmail.com

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