I hope you enjoyed the photos that my gentle readers shared last week of their mothers.  If you wish to send in a photo, I will post any and all of them.  This week, I took a long road trip with my son, daughter-in-law and two precious grandchildren.  It was trying at times and  filled with activity, but I was glad to spend four entire days with my loved ones.  I was also amazed how the parents were able to get the kiddies washed, dressed, fed and on the road to each of the events we attended without much ado.  Wow! Was I ever that good?  Kudos to Jeff and Divonne on their excellent parenting skills!

Read about a young writer, Joseph S. Pidoriano, who has just published his second novel in his science-fiction series called “The Dimension Travel Trilogy” and see my blog entry below for Saturday with info on his book signing event.  http://www.ny1.com/nyc/staten-island/news/2016/05/16/disability-not-an-obstacle-for-young-writer.html

Did you attend Discovery Day on Sunday at Freshkills Park?  If you were there and took photos, submit them to the photo contest sponsored by the Freshkills Park Alliance.  Check out the details at Freshkills Photo Contest Rules.pdf and mail submissions to photo@freskillspark.org  Did you bike, hike, watch the stars or check out the Art Expo at the Conference House and/or at the Creative Photographers' Guild Gallery?  Send me your photos.  I would love to see how much fun you had this weekend. 

Participate in a Bird and Nature Walk at the Mt. Loretto Unique Area, 6450 Hylan Blvd. today, Wednesday 5/18 at 10 a.m.  The open fields of Mt. Loretto attract such species as bobolink and eastern meadowlark, in addition to a variety of raptors and a variety of wading birds and waterfowl in the wetlands. Meet in the DEC parking lot off Hylan Blvd. Call 718-482-6404 for details or visit http://www.statenislandmuseum.org

Bring your children ages 15 months to 3 years to Toddler Time, today at 11 at the Mariners Harbor Library, 206 South Ave. Toddler Time is geared toward early literacy and advancement of the learning abilities through age appropriate books, songs, and fingerplays.

The CSI Jazz Ensembles Recital is tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Williamson Theatre, 2800 Victory Blvd. and includes the The CSI Jazz Combo under the direction of Professor Justin Keller, The CSI Repertory Jazz Combo and the CSI Big Band, both under the direction of Professor Michael Morreale. Call  718-982-2545 for tickets. Admission is $5.

Wellness Practices for Better Health of Mind and Body, a non-denominational, holistic program of interactive workshops to promote and enhance overall health and well-being with imagery, mindfulness, Tai-Chi, music, yoga takes place on Thursday, 5/19 at 9 a.m., at Holy Family Church, 366 Watchogue Rd. Call for info 917-597-4133.

The North Well Health Medical Van will be at the Food Pantry, 984 Post Ave. on Thursday from 10-2:30. The van is designed to provide improved access to care, provide screenings (blood pressure, body mass index) and information on healthy living, cancer services, nutrition, behavioral health, rehabilitation, cholesterol, diabetes, stroke, blood pressure, healthy aging, nutrition and smoking cessation.

Attend an Artists' Reception - Arlene Ajello & Christine Fiore on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Joan and Alan Berkinow JCC, 1466 Manor Rd.  The reception and show is open to the public.

Participate in the Bay Street Corridor Draft Neighborhood Strategy Workshop, Thursday at 7 p.m. at 5050 Skatepark, 354 Front St. This is an opportunity for residents, businesses and local neighborhood groups to work with the City to craft a comprehensive neighborhood plan. Call 347-857-6007 or visit http://www.nyc.gov/baystreetcorridor for more information.

Staten Island D.A. Michael McMahon will be the guest speaker at Congregation B'nai Israel, 45 Twombly Ave. on Friday, 5/20 at 8 p.m. and will discuss his vision for a safer Staten Island.  The talk is FREE and open to the general public.

Students from Curtis High School, McKee Career &Technical High School, Port Richmond High School and Susan B. Wagner High School will be showcasing their talents at: Giving Back Series Presents: Atlas Performing Arts Concert, Friday at 7 p.m. at Labetti Post, 390 Hylan Blvd. The admission of $10 is a $10 donation to the Doctor Atlas Foundation. Seats are limited, so visit http://www.dratlasfoundation.com/donations to purchase your tickets today!

Operation Safe Child & Bike and Electronics Registration is on Saturday, 5/21 at 9 a.m. in Kivlehan Park on Cedar Grove Ave. in New Dorp Beach. Bring the kids for a Meet ‘n Greet with community affairs officers and a tour of a squad car. The NYPD Crime Prevention Unit will provide Operation Safe Child cards and register bikes and personal electronic devices. The SafeChild cards and database allow essential missing child information to be electronically disseminated, statewide if necessary, within minutes, and dramatically increases the chances of bringing a missing child home. Refreshments will be served.  For more info, call 904-415-3849 or visit http://Friends of Kivlehan Park.

Baby and Me: Weekend Edition takes place at the Tottenville Library, 7430 Amboy Rd. on Saturday at 11.  Infants from birth to 18 months old with a parent or caregiver can enjoy great books, lively songs and play time and meet other babies in the neighborhood.

Bring your children ages 8-13 to Super Science Saturdays: Exciting Ecosystem, Saturday from 11-12 at the Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor, 1000 Richmond Terr., Bldg. A.  You will explore the grounds and discuss the life cycle of the different varieties of local flora.  Plant seeds will be given to take home.  Admission of $10/$5 Members, includes Museum Admission.  For details, visit http://www.statenislandmuseum.org

Fighting4Anthony, a fundraiser to help a local 3 year old boy named Anthony who is battling cancer takes place Saturday, 5/21 from 2-5 at Rab’s Country Lanes, 1600 Hylan Blvd. More than 220 bowlers are participating and another 200 people coming to help spread awareness and help raise money for Anthony. Admission for bowlers only is $35.

Joseph Pidoriano will host a book-signing of his newly published second science-fiction novel entitled “The Dimension Travel Trilogy” at Bario’s Pizza, 446 Nome Ave. in Heartland Village on Saturday from 2-6.  The books can be purchased on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/go/aw/d/099688890X/  You can R.S.V.P. at https://www.facebook.com/events/107919639621964/  Hope to see you there!

The City Harvest Mobile Market is held twice a month at Mariner’s Harbor in the basketball court in front of the Senior Center at 22 Roxbury St. and at Stapleton in the tennis courts at the Stapleton Houses behind 75 Hill St. from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. 

At Mariner’s Harbor, the dates are as follows:

Saturday, 5/21

Wednesday, 6/1

Saturday, 6/18

At Stapleton, the dates are:

Saturday, 5/21

Tuesday, 6/7

Saturday, 6/18

Don’t miss the Richmond County Orchestra Rocks, a FREE Pop concert celebrating music primarily of the 60s, paying tribute to the many music icons of the era, on Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Music Hall, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, 1000 Richmond Terr.  The program is made possible by a CASA grant (Cultural After-School Adventures) from Councilwoman Rose and NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. 

Find out about all the fun that summer can offer your children ages 3 to teens at the JCC Summer Camp Open House on Sunday, 5/22 at 2 at Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds, 1131 Manor Rd.  Meet the camp directors, tour the grounds and see the pools.  For more details, call 718-475-5231 or visit http://camp.sijcc.org

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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