Did you become one with nature this week?  Did you receive a FREE Rain Barrel at Snug Harbor or go on the Bird and Nature Walk on Wednesday, join the St. Francis Catholic Singles on a Hike through the Greenbelt, take a kayak tour of Fresh Kills, start seedlings on your window sill, or visit Jay Weichun’s site: http://www.growingfoodonstatenisland.com/ to see how gardeners on Staten Island enjoy their hobby?  Or did you attend the Integrated Pest Management workshop on Thursday? 

I attended the workshop at the Joe Holzka Community Garden on Castleton Ave. and Barker St. which was hosted by the Parks Dept. and attended by people from community and personal gardens.  It was very informative describing all kinds of pests such as aphids, whiteflies, slugs and simple organic methods for dealing with them.  One gardener brought two Praying Mantis Egg Cases which was then hung on one of the trees.  Just picture this!  When the babies are ready to hatch, they drop down into the garden and feed on all of the bad pests.  One gardener described his method of ridding the pests which includes tobacco, oil and liquid soap.  We were taught various methods to improve our crops and flowers.  I shared the book and handouts with my grandson; we both agreed we would start a Garden Log this year to document where and what we are planting, how successful the crops are and steps needed for improvement going forward. 

The Mobile Market of City Harvest is held twice a month year-round and provides free fruits, vegetables and recipes.  The Mobile Market is held every 1st Wednesday and 3rd Saturday in front of the Senior Center at 22 Roxbury St. from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. on the following dates:

May 3 and 20, June 7 and 17.

You are eligible if you reside in Mariners Harbor, Todt Hill or West Brighton NYCHA houses, Arlington Terr. Apts or live in the 10302, 03, 10 or 14 zip codes.  Bring proof of address and matching photo ID.

The Mobile Market is held behind 75 Hill St. at Stapleton Houses every 1st Tuesday and 3rd Saturday of each month from 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. on the following dates:

May 2 and 20, June 6 and 17.

You are eligible if you participate in programs at the Stapleton Houses Senior Center or have a student in IS 49, reside in Berry, Cassidy Coles, New Lane, Richmond Terr., South Beach or Stapleton NYCHA houses, or live in the 10301, 04, 05 or 10 zip codes.  Bring proof of address and matching photo ID.

On Wednesday 5/3 from 11-2 at Castleton Davis Medical Arts Bldg., 800 Castleton Ave., join Richmond University Medical Center in a forum, Healthy Eating & Your Colon, to learn nutritional guidelines for a healthy colon. The foods you eat can play a role in keeping your colon healthy, reducing your risk of developing gastrointestinal disorders.  Call 718-818-2102 for more info or visit http://www.rumcsi.org  

Get fit while having fun with Zumba with Gina Viola on Wednesday at 8 at St. John Neumann Church, 1380 Arthur Kill Rd., You can pay as you go--no commitment necessary. For more info, call 917- 837-6356.

Fidelis Care NY is sponsoring the 4th Annual Community Fun Day on Thursday, 5/4 from 3-6 inobservance of Mental Health Awareness Month at Tappen Park.  The event is FREE and open to the public and will include free food and giveaways, games and arts & crafts, live music, community resources, and fun for children and families.

On Thursday from 7-9 at the Noble Maritime Collection, 1000 Richmond Terr., 1000 Richmond Terr., Bldg. D, Patricia Salmon continues her Staten Island history lecture series at the museum with “Business & Industry on Staten Island”.  An array of products was made on Staten Island between the 1810’s and 1970’s—from beer to bricks to band uniforms.  Please register by calling 917-608-6437. Admission is $10, $9 for members.  For more info about the Noble Maritime Collection, visit http://www.noblemaritime.org

Attend the Bail Reform Forum on Friday, 5/5 at 7 at The Unitarian Church, 312 Fillmore St. Brooklyn Community Bail Fund Director of Court Operations Terrence Bogans speaks on the need for bail reform and how cash bail impacts communities. A question and answer session will follow.  For info, call 718-447-2204 or visit http://www.uucsi.org

The Snug Harbor Plant Sale and SI Orchid Society Show and Sale will be on Saturday, 5/6 at 10 at Carl Grillo House, Snug Harbor, 1000 Richmond Terr. The Heritage Farm will offer seedlings from their heated poly-house ready to transplant in your home garden. The NYC Compost Project will give away 15-pound bags of DSNY Compost (while supplies last).  For info, call 718-425-3504. 

Join Nar Anon Saturday Serenity on Saturday at 10 at Holy Family Church, 366 Watchogue Rd. to share strength, experience and hope in dealing with the drug addictions of family members and friends. The meeting is held in the room off main lobby.  Visit http://www.HFPP.org or call 718-761-5154 for details.

Come out to Clear Comfort, Alice Austen House, 2 Hylan Blvd. on Saturday from 10-1 for a day of service. You will be planting, prepping beds, manicuring the lawn and sprucing up the grounds for the season. Call 718-816-4506 for info.

To help residents dispose of harmful household products safely, DSNY hosts SAFE (Solvents, Automotive, Flammables, and Electronics) Disposal Events throughout the year. Come to Midland Beach Parking Lot, Fr. Capodanno Blvd. & Hunter Ave. on Saturday from 10-4. Only NYC residential waste is accepted at these Events, and no commercial vehicles are allowed. Residents must provide proof of NYC. Visit http://www1.nyc.gov/assets/dsny/zerowaste/residents/safe-disposal-events.shtml

Help Build Up the Callaloo Patch Community Garden, 334 York Ave. on Saturday from 2-4 with hands-on creations of bird feeders and bird houses. Also, participants will be artfully decorating two podiums for future sculptures. All supplies are included in this workshop being held in collaboration with teaching artists from the Labyrinth Arts Collective, a recognized non-for-profit 501C3 organization. (Minors must be accompanied by an adult).  Rain date is 5/13.For details, visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/920714464702479/

Join the 5 Boro Bike Tour Watch Party, on Sunday, 5/7 from 11-4 at Alice Austen House Museum, 2 Hylan Blvd. Watch as thousands of cyclists ride by the museum and enjoy a prime photo opportunity!  Call 718-816-4506 for info or visit http://AliceAusten.org.

The Richmond Town Spring Fair, sponsored by the Women's Auxiliary, takes place on Sunday from 11-5 at Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Ave.  Admission is $5, children under 6 free.  Shop unique hand crafted items by the Auxiliary's Stitch in Time group. Browse other homemade baked goods, herbal gifts, soaps, jams and honey as well as vintage linens, jewelry and granny's attic items. Visit the Bennett cafe for light food and refreshments. There will be a special visit by the Richmond County Volunteer Fire Department Engine 1.  Call 718-351-1611 for details or visit http://historicrichmondtown.org

Take a hike through Long Pond Park on Sunday at 1 and look for evidence of animal life as well as signs of spring bird life.  Meet beside P.S. 6 on Page Ave. and Academy Ave.  Visit http://siprotectors.org for details or call 718-869-6327. 

Staten Island Arts invites you to raise your fiddles and tap your feet to the rousing rhythms of traditional Irish music while Honoring Our Mothers, Sunday from 2-5 at the Flagship Brewing Company, 40 Minthorne St.   Staten Island Arts Folklife will present the Staten Island Seisiún: open sessions that are informal gatherings dedicated to the practice and performance of Irish traditional music. Call 718-448-5284 for details.

Come to the First Restaurant Crawl and Street Festival on Sunday from 2-5 in the Forest Avenue Business Improvement District celebrating the amazing restaurants, cafes and eateries along Forest Ave. in West Brighton.  The street will be closed from Bard Ave. to Hart Blvd. along Forest for an afternoon of musical performances, rides and attraction.  Ticket holders can enjoy small-plates from over a dozen local restaurants for only $15 when purchased in advance online. To purchase tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-forest-avenue-restaurant-crawl-and-street-festival-tickets-32562813251

On Sunday from 2-6, participate in IT'S ALL ABOUT MOM: A Spoken Word Event celebrating Mom and the Women who have inspired us at the Labyrinth Arts Collective, Inc., 54 Pt. Richmond Ave.  Bring a picture, a story, a trinket! Sing a song, tell a neat story or recite a poem! This event is presented by Labyrinth Member, Lawrence F. Schwabacher, Playwright and Director. Call 718-887-1900 for more info or to participate.

Join W.M. Bunche, Author of "Mercy's First Semester" on Sunday at 3 for a special reading at Staten Island's Creative Incubator HUB 17, 73 Wave St.  Mr. Bunche, a 4th Generation Army Veteran, Commendation Recipient and Columbia University Graduate, will read from his book about a combat soldier’s desire and resolve to reintegrate into society and live a normal, productive life.

I welcome comments and photos at events you have attended.  If you want to share events specifically for children or adults or seniors, email or call me. 

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