Did you catch the performance by the Yankee Rebels Bluegrass Band at Everything Goes Cafe, take the Richard Buegler 10-Mile Spring Walk, attend Stop ‘N’ Swap at CSI, shop the Open Garden and Plant Sale at the home of Sage Reynolds? Below are some photos from Sage’s wonderful garden of unusual plants and flowers and happy shoppers.

Did you shop for Mother’s Day at the Craft Fair at the Art on the Terrace Gallery and view their art exhibit: “Good Earth” or at the Spring Fair at Stapleton UAME Church? Did you attend the Staten Island Giving Circle’s Basket Bash on Tuesday? For more information or to volunteer your services, visit statenislandgivingcircle.org

The Walking Tour of Livingston's Bard Avenue neighborhood took place on Saturday and was hosted by the historians and preservationists of the Preservation League of Staten Island--John Kilcullen, President, and Joe. As part of May's Municipal Art Society/Jane's Walk series (https://www.mas.org/janes-walk-nyc/) we explored the Bard Avenue neighborhood, home to a number of wonderful NYC landmark designated buildings, vintage, turn of the century architecture and the rich Abolitionist Movement history. We also visited the proposed “St. Austin's Place Historic District”. Thank you John and Joe for educating us on the homes we may pass every day but never knew about the extensive history and their architectural nuances. Not only did we learn about the older homes but also the newer apartment developments that were aesthetically planned for that neighborhood. Also, thank you Lorraine Danischewski, for sharing the history of your home—the former The George and Anna Curtis House, and a bit of refreshment, with us.


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On Wednesday, 5/8 at 12:30, at Everything Goes Café, 208 Bay St. participate in the Ellen Lytle Poetry Workshop. Everyone is welcome to attend the cozy workshops where you write from your hearts memories minds and everyday life. Ellen Lytle has been teaching writing since 1980 predominantly on Staten Island and is currently working on 'travels w/myself' prose/fiction/ and poetry for her publisher NYQ Books. Her last book, "Homefront" can be found on amazon.com

The Anti-Bully Support Workshop takes place on Wednesday from 4-6 at the Rossville A.M.E. Zion Church, 584 Bloomingdale Rd.All children and parents are welcome to participate in this workshop for children/teens experiencing any type of bullying (in-school, cyber -bullying, food allergy, etc.), parents looking for resources, bringing children/teens together who have lived through this experience and offering a safe place to share stories and brainstorm on how to handle the problem. Free refreshments.

On Wednesday, at 6 and 7, the MTA is hosting an Open House at Snug Harbor Cultural Center, 1000 Richmond Terr., Building P, to share the results of the Staten Island North Shore Alternatives Analysis Study and discuss transit service between West Shore Plaza and St. George Terminal. Please feel free to arrive at any time during the open house period. Snug Harbor Cultural Center is served by the S40 and S44 bus routes.

Meet other babies in the neighborhood at Baby Storytime: Baby & Me on Thursday 5/9 at 10:15 at Tottenville Library, 7430 Amboy Rd. You will enjoy songs, rhymes, stories and playtime for infants ages 0-18 months along with a parent or caregiver. No pre-registration required!

Participate in Nature-inspired programs for 3 and 4 year olds--Tree Tots on Thursday from 11-11:45 at the Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Ave. Through hands-on activities, crafts, and stories, children will become familiar with the sights and sounds of the forest. Classes take place indoors but will venture outside if weather permits. Space is limited. Registration is required; $3 fee or Free for Greenbelt Conservancy members.

On Thursday at 11, Dolores Reig from the Staten Island Early Childhood Direction Center will be at the Todt Hill-Westerleigh Library, 2550 Victory Blvd. during our Toddler Story Time to answer questions about and discuss early childhood development as part of the Family Literacy Workshop. Refreshments will be provided.

The Richmondtown Library, 200 Clarke Ave. will host Animals of the Himalayas with the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art on Thursday at 3:30. Come after school when you will be introduced to the beautiful landscape of the Himalayas and learn about snow leopards, yaks, and monkeys with your little ones! Kids can engage with sensory items from the Museum’s teaching collection and explore their creativity with crafts.

This year is the 50th anniversary of The Who's smash hit rock opera, “Tommy”, released in 1969. On Thursday at 7:30, at Everything Goes Café, 208 Bay St.,join the Frank Grail Group tribute to The Who’s “Tommy” along with Robert Ciccone and Joey Pinto who perform many of the songs from this rock n roll classic. A $5 donation is suggested.

On Friday, 5/10 at 11, come to the St. George Library Center, 5 Central Ave. for TechConnect: Computer Help. Are you having trouble with your email? Don't know how to cut and paste? Curious about Twitter? Bring your technology questions and get one-on-one assistance! No registration required. First come, first served.

Join a Book Discussion Group: "Love and Ruin" by Paula McLain on Friday at 2:30, at the New Dorp Library, 309 New Dorp. Ln. Books will be loaned to participants; contact the Library to reserve your copy. Participants are expected to read the book in advance of the meeting and come prepared to take part in the discussion. The bestselling author of “The Paris Wife” brings to life the story of Martha Gellhorn—a fiercely independent, ambitious woman ahead of her time, who would become one of the greatest war correspondents of the twentieth century.

The play, “12 Angry Men", will be presented at Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Ave. on Thursday, 5/9 and Friday, 5/10 at 8, Saturday, 5/11 at 2 and again at 8. Written by Reginald Rose, this gripping drama brings us into the jury room of a murder trial, where the 12 members of the jury must deliberate, with a guilty verdict meaning death for the accused. As the dozen men try to reach a unanimous decision while sequestered in a room, one juror casts considerable doubt on elements of the case. Personal issues soon rise to the surface, and conflict threatens to derail the delicate process that will decide one young man's fate. To purchase tickets, visit https://www.tickettailor.com/events/historicrichmondtown/254111#ticket_selection

Lace up your shoes for a one-mile Family Nature Walk at Freshkills Park on Saturday 5/11 at 10.  NYC Parks staff will take you behind the scenes to visit areas that are currently closed to the public where you will learn about different plants and animals found in the woods, wetlands, and grasslands. This walk is open to families with children of all ages, but it’s recommended for children 6+. Registration is required; visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/family-nature-walk-tickets-55407994804

Attend the free Ocean Breeze Health & Wellness Fair on Saturday at 10 at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex, 625 Father Capodanno Blvd. The fair will include representation from hospitals, local clinics, insurance programs, mental health organizations as well as other health and wellness companies. There will be giveaways and free health screenings available to the public.

Celebrate the 11th annual NYC Wildflower Week with a Wildflower Hike in High Rock Park, 200 Nevada Ave. on Saturday at 11. High Rock Park is home to a variety of wildflowers. Please dress for the weather and terrain. Meet at the Nevada Ave parking lot. Good for ages 12+. Call 718-351-3450 or email naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org to register.

Participate in a Job Search Workshop on Saturday at 11 at the St. George Library, 5 Central Ave. The workshop will assist you with: Looking to find a job, Tapping the hidden job market, Expand your job search network, Preparing effective resumes, Preparing smart cover letters, Interview preparation, References, Attire and body language, E-mail correspondence, Turning rejections to opportunities, Your online profile.

All are invited to an “ Open Studio” exhibit and sale of Sage Reynold’s jewelry in his studio and a walk through his fabulous garden at 129 Tysen St. on Saturday 5/11 and Sunday 5/12 from 11-6.

Learn about the birds that vacation and pass the Park Preserve by playing games and hiking during International Migratory Bird Day on Saturday from 1-3 at Clay Pit Ponds Visitors Center, 2351 Veterans Rd W. Best for ages 5+.

Staten Island's Brookfield Park has gone from a toxic blight to a beautiful natural area with plenty of walking trails and paths for intrepid city travelers. Join the Urban Park Rangers on Saturday at 1-2:30 for the Brookfield West Mound Hike, 575 Arthur Kill Rd.

The Opening Reception with hors d'oeuvres and live music of "People & Paintings" at Art Lab, 1000 Richmond Terr., Ste. 10 will be on Saturday from 2-4.  Hosted by People & Paintings Gallery with Art Lab present the International Showcase Exhibition with the participating Artists: Evgenia Klimenko, Igor Dubovoy, Anna Drik, Vitaliy Gonikman, and Alex Chaika.

Also on Saturday from 2-5, Art Lab, 1000 Richmond Terr., is pleased to announce the gallery exhibit “My Sequential Journey from pencil to page” by Rich Perrotta, a Staten Island resident and longtime Comic Artist. Learn more about Rich:

Come down to New Dorp Lane for a Concert Series, sponsored by New Dorp Business Improvement District. On Saturday from 2-4, Graziano Lazzaro will perform at John’s Deli, 173 New Dorp Ln. and Patricia Bitondo will perform at Jade Asian Bistro, 331 New Dorp Ln. from 8-10 p.m. On Sunday, 5/12 from 4-8 p.m. enjoy Tomcat and the Whiskey Rats at the Trackside Bar and Grill. No cover! For more info, contact Niles French at niles@siedc.org

On Sunday 5/12, the Mid Island Rotary presents the Spring Meltdown Mother's Day 5K Run/Walk to benefit Staten Island non-profits and food pantries. Experience the spectacular landscapes and panoramic views of NYC's newest and largest park, while helping the Staten Island community. See the Manhattan Skyline, the Freedom Tower, the rolling hills of Staten Island and the Highlands of New Jersey. Location: The North Mound, Fresh Kills Park, entrance to park across from LA Fitness. Parking is available in the LA Fitness parking lot. Fees: Pre-entry: $30.00 • Race Day: $35.00 • H.S. Runners: $15 • Walkers: $20, children under 12 are free. Pre-Race Pickup: Thursday, 5/9 from 7-9pm at The Local (formally Pepper Jack Grill): 316 Manor Rd. To register, visit http://springmeltdownsi.com/#register

Attend the Weekend Art Studio for all ages at the SI Children's Museum, 1000 Richmond Terr. on Sunday at 1. Use ordinary materials such as egg cartons and cardboard to create assemblage guitars inspired by artist Pablo Picasso. Free w/admission.

Divine Women needs a great new design for our their T-shirt! Participants ages 11-18 can design a new T-Shirt with the words "Divine Women" and the Lotus Logo on it somewhere. If you win, you'll see it on our website, posters, mailing list, and wherever else we put our branding, and you'll get total credit for it with a grand prize of $100.00! 100% of the proceeds of the T-Shirts will 100% 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.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to all you moms, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, cousins who are mothers to all the children—big or small, who love you and who you love and care for every day. May you be blessed forever.

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