What a beautiful week! That is, until the rain came, barely stopped and then began again Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, etc.…. I want to congratulate my handsome, smart, funny, creative, first Grandchild, Gerard Nils Coogan, on his First Holy Communion which took place on a warm sunny Saturday morning at Our Lady Help of Christians Church in Tottenville. He is an excellent student in 2nd grade at P.S. 3 and in his CCD class. All the children were taught well, knew their prayers and sang the beautiful songs during the Mass. I pray that Gerard will be blessed today and throughout his life. Check out the banner he designed and made for his Communion ceremony and the nod to a certain favorite creature. Hint: He is a dinosaur aficionado.





I hope you sent a little love to your moms, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, cousins who are mothers to all our children—big or small, even if it was just being with them and sharing a ‘cuppa’ tea or coffee and dessert.  Following are some of the "Mom's" in my life who should be honored every day.  Thank you for everything you do and for being there for all of us, especially when we need you most.



Did you participate in the Ellen Lytle Poetry Workshop at Everything Goes on Wednesday, or attend the MTA Open House to learn about the Staten Island North Shore Alternatives Analysis Study regarding transit service between West Shore Plaza and St. George Terminal, or attend Animals of the Himalayas with the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art at the Richmondtown Library?  Did you view the exhibits "People & Paintings" or “My Sequential Journey from pencil to page” by Rich Perrotta at Art Lab, or attend the Concert Series on New Dorp Lane? See below for this week’s entertainment on New Dorp Lane.

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Come and meet other families in the neighborhood during Family Literacy Workshop: Baby Meet & Greet on Wednesday, 5/15 at 10:30 at the Todt Hill-Westerleigh Library, 2550 Victory Blvd. Free refreshments provided.

Meet your friends at Greenbelt on the Go: Wednesday Afternoon Adult Guided Hike at 1:30 at Silver Lake Park. Meet at the intersection of Silver Lake Rd. and Forest Ave.Enjoy the sights and sounds of spring as you explore trails and natural areas in Staten Island.  Designed for adults ages 18+ who want to spend time in nature, get exercise, and more!  Pre-register by calling 718-351-3450 or email naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org

Enjoy Family Finger Painting on Wednesday at 4 at the South Beach Library, 21-25 Robin Rd. This sensory art program is for the little ones, the older ones, the ENTIRE family! Finger painting is a simple activity that is designed to inspire participants to think about and respond creatively to art and the world around them.

The long-awaited Grand Opening Event at the Empire Outlets NYC, 55 Richmond Terr., will take place on Wednesday at 7. Stroll the waterfront, dance the night away with celebrity DJ’s, get special in-store offers and onsite giveaways all night long. You must RSVP to get on the list, visit http://bit.ly/RSVPNowEO or visit https://www.facebook.com/EmpireOutletsNyc/

On Thursday, 5/16 at 4, come to Kids’ Drawing Club at the Richmondtown Library, 200 Clarke Ave., get creative, join other young artists and visit the Drawing Table in the Children's Room! This is not a class, but we'll have some drawing how-to books available from our children's collection to help inspire you. Materials are provided.

The Builder's Club meets on Thursday at 4 at the South Beach Library, 21-25 Robin Rd. During this fun program, you will plan, collaborate and create with other builders using Lego bricks, magnetic tiles, craft sticks, card stock paper and other surprise materials to further challenge your imagination.

A free Special Needs Resource Fair--What Every Caregiver Should Know takes place on Friday 5/17 from 9:30-12:30 at the Bernikow JCC, 1466 Manor Rd. There will be 60+ exhibitors in addition to presentations and roundtable discussions! Learn about new optional ID cards for people with developmental disabilities and NY Able Savings Accounts.

Bring your toddler 1-2 1/2 years old to Toddler Rhyme Time & Toy Time on Friday at 11:30 at the Stapleton Library, 132 Canal St. This interactive program, featuring, books, finger plays, songs and rhymes, followed by unstructured playtime, is also a great social opportunity for your toddler.

A Special Lag B'Omer Kidz Cook takes place on Friday from 4-5 at the SI Children's Museum, 1000 Richmond Terr. Lag B'Omer, a festival day on the Jewish calendar, falls on May 23. It is celebrated with picnics, bonfires, & parades. Cook a traditional treat enjoyed on this day. Free w/admission.

Come dance the night away at the Second Annual Staten Island Anti-Prom for ages 12-18 only on Friday from 7-10 at the New Dorp Library, 309 New Dorp Ln. Dress to the nines or come casual for this star studded event! In addition to a DJ, there will be a photo booth, snacks, crafts, games and other activities. This event will be videotaped and photos will be taken. By attending this event you agree any videos/photographs in which you appear may be used by the Library. All bags must be checked. To register, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/staten-island-anti-prom-a-night-to-remember-tickets-54979202274?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

The Urban Park Rangers celebrate the tradition of camping to Family Camping: Staten Island on Friday at 7. When you camp you create lasting memories, connect with the natural world, and bond with your families. Camping affords you the opportunity to unplug from the diversions of everyday life and to laugh and play with your families. Please note: Space is limited and participants are chosen by lottery. To enter your family into the lottery and register online, please visit: https://www.nycgovparks.org/reg/rangers

Join NYC Parks and the NYC’s Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment for Movies Under the Stars: The Incredibles 2 on Friday from 8-10 at Wolfe's Pond Park, 420 Cornelia Ave.Mr. Incredible is left home with the kids when Elastigirl becomes the new face of superheroes. Plan to arrive before 8 p.m. to get your spot. Feel free to bring a blanket to sit on; there will be a limited supply of chairs available. Bottled waters are OK, but no glass. Reservations are not taken; space is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Come down to New Dorp Lane for a Concert Series, sponsored by New Dorp Business Improvement District. On Friday 5/17 from 6-8, Michael Morreale will perform at Brioso’s Ristorante, 174 New Dorp Ln. and on Saturday, 5/18 from 2-4 enjoy Tom Cintula and Buffalo24 at Sip + Maker at 312 New Dorp Ln. No cover! For more info, contact Niles French at niles@siedc.org

On Saturday 5/18 at 10, Staten Island OutLOUD welcomes Islanders to Memoirs OutLOUD- Creative Writing Workshop which meets on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays at the St George Library Center, 5 Central Ave. This stimulating writing studio is open to adults only. Whether you are an experienced writer or just beginning to explore your writing potential, this free workshop offers a welcoming & nurturing environment. For the first-time, arrive by 10 a.m, as a courtesy to all our other workshop participants.  Bring a pen and notebook or paper. When you arrive, please speak with Vicki, our workshop leader; she will welcome you and help you get situated.

The NYC Mural Arts Project Paint Fest is on Saturday from 10-3 on the grounds of the Children’s Museum, 1000 Richmond Terr.  Artist Alice Mizrachi, members of Venture House and the families of PS22 are making a mural!  Join them for painting, music, mental health resources and free food on the lawn. You can help paint a mural that will be on PS22 in Graniteville!  For tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/paint-fest-make-a-mural-for-staten-island-tickets-59916671377

The Conference House Art Expo 2019 will be on Saturday from 11-4 at 7455 Hylan Blvd. Enjoy original and one-of-a-kind artwork by local and regional artists. Artwork is available for purchase.

Attend the Open House of Richmond County Day Camp on Saturday from 12-4 at Mount Loretto, 6581 Hylan Blvd. Meet Directors and Staff, tour the facility, enroll at discounted rates.

Come to Barnes & Noble, 2655 Richmond Ave. for Kids’ Book Hangout on Saturday from 2-5 and discover your next favorite book. Enjoy games, activities and giveaways, and save 20% on featured books Also, you will receive a coupon for a $1 Blondie Bar., at Cafe stores only.

Reserve your tickets now for a performance by Joan Caddell & the Midnight Choir, Queen Tipsy and special guests: Karlus Trapp, Daniell Brancaccio and Julia Gargano on Saturday from 7-9 at the Little Victory Theater, 4089 Victory Blvd. Email joantncmusic@aol for tickets.

Protect Your Identity! Shred Fest 2019 takes place on Saturday 5/18 and Sunday 5/19 from 10 to 4. Bring old bank statements, old papers with personal identifying information, old pay stubs, credit card applications and shred your personal papers FOR FREE!

  • Saturday at South Beach–Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk and Beach, Parking Lot 8; Father Capodanno Blvd. at Lincoln Ave.
  • Sunday at Willowbrook Park, parking lot near Eton Place entrance, next to archery range.

Join the Urban Park Rangers for Birding: Warbler Watch on Sunday 5/19 from 9-10:30 at Clove Lakes Park, 626 Clove Rd. The Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle as you look for and learn about the variety of warblers during their migratory passage. To enhance your experience, we encourage you to bring binoculars and field guides, or ask an Urban Park Ranger to borrow a pair.

On Sunday at 10, learn what it takes to be an Amateur Junior Entomologist by exploring the work of insects and attending the Greenbelt Bug Club at Greenbelt Nature Center,  700 Rockland Ave.The Bug Club is an educational mini-series that explores the anatomy, life-cycles and the natural history of bugs though engaging activities, bug excursion in the Greenbelt, and live insect demos! Suitable for ages 5+. Pre-register at: naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org or call: 718-351-3450. This first meeting will explore just what makes a Bug-a-Bug! Future Bug Club Sessions will take place on Sunday, 5/26, 6/2, 6/9 and 6/16. See calendar dates for details.

The Richmond County Yacht Club Summer Junior Sailing Program Open House takes place on Sunday from 11-3 at 142 Mansion Ave. Come Sail With Us! Meet the staff and learn about the different programs. See the benefits sailing has for your children. The program runs from 7/1 to 8/15. For info, call 347.204.1748 or visit sailing@rcyachtclub.org rcyachtclub.org

On Sunday from 2-5, meet your friends and neighbors at the Taste of Forest Avenue Restaurant Stroll and Street Festival. There will be live music, children’s activities, special performances and of course, FOOD. The event is open to the public. Food tasting is $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the festival. Forest Ave. will be closed between Bard Ave. and Hart Blvd. To purchase tickets, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/430567067519203/

Attend the Sea Shanty Session on Sunday from 2-5 at the Noble Maritime Collection, 1000 Richmond Terr. Led by the Folk Music Society of New York, this program offers a great opportunity to experience authentic, time-honored maritime songs in an appropriately historic setting. The sessions are free and family friendly; you will be tapping your feet and singing along in no time! The session takes place on the third Sunday of every month.

Divine Women needs a great new design for their t-shirt! Participants ages 11-18 can design a new T-Shirt with the words "Divine Women" and the Lotus Logo in it somewhere. If you win, you'll see it on their website, posters, mailing list, and wherever else their branding is seen, and you'll get total credit for it with a grand prize of $100.00! 100% of the proceeds of the T-Shirts will go to a local charity so you are also helping your community, and fostering female empowerment through art, music, dance, spoken word and comedic performance. T-Shirt designs should be submitted as a high-resolution, 3000dpi .psd, jpg, or tiff by 5/30/19. It could be a square, rectangle, or circle (but if you want to go crazy with the shape, feel free). E-mail submissions to joantncmusic@aol.com

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