The Annual Conference on Aging last Friday at the Joan & Alan Bernikow JCC was informative and helpful.  Sessions on physical, emotional, creative, cognitive and long-term wellness, as well as sessions aimed to combat memory loss and even tap dancing, were held. Free hearing, vision and BMI screenings were performed by medical professionals. We enjoyed a healthy lunch with the chorus and the band entertaining the crowd.

Did you display your American flag on Flag Day?  In my travels throughout the Island, I noticed that of the flags displayed a third of them were in poor condition and should be retired. To learn of the correct way to display your flag and to properly retire the flag, visit The American flag should be taken in each day at sunset and returned to be displayed at sun up.  My non-scientific poll led to the following conclusion: The most patriotic neighborhood in Staten Island is West Brighton above Forest Ave.  More houses display their flags on Morrison Ave. and Harvest Ave. than in any other neighborhood I have seen with Travis being a close second! Folks: Take care of your flags, replace them when they are worn or faded and continue to FLY THEM WITH PRIDE!  GOD BLESS AMERICA!  Below are just some of the flags I saw displayed on Flag Day. 


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Participate in a Bird and Nature Walk: Mount Loretto Unique Area on Wednesday 6/19 from 10-12 at Mount Loretto,  6581 Hylan Blvd.  Search for nesting Baltimore and orchard orioles, indigo buntings and others as you walk along the open fields and meadows of Mt. Loretto.  A good variety of butterflies will also be present! Meet in the DEC parking lot off Hylan Blvd.

Bring your kiddies ages 3+ to Camp Creativity Zoo Adventures on Wednesday from 10-12 at all Michael’s Staten Island stores. Let their imagination run wild with popular zoo animals. Kids will enjoy creating a lion out of a clay pot. $3 admission; supplies included. Parent or guardian must remain on premises.  To register, call:

718-720-0377 for 30 Barrett Ave. (Forest Ave. Shoppers Plaza)

718-697-0252 for 2795 Richmond Ave. (Pergament Mall)

347-694-7203 for 245 Bricktown Center (Charleston)

Send your teens ages 13-18 to Name Mandalas, presented by Community Word Project, on Wednesday at 3:30 at the Richmondtown Library, 200 Clarke Ave. Participants will create a colorful mandala vision using the letters and shapes of their name. All materials will be provided and each participant will have their own personalized mandala to take home!

Children ages 5+ can participate in Misterios de la Máscara: Lucha Libre Mask Making, presented by Urban Stages, on Wednesday 6/19 at 4 at the Stapleton Library, 132 Canal St. Have you ever wondered what it was like to be a luchador? Join the Library staff for a brand-new mask making workshop where you jump into the world of Lucha Libre. Come learn about the history of Mexican wrestling through storytelling while creating our own unique máscaras (masks).

The Summer Reading Kick-Off: The Universe takes place on Wednesday at 4 at the Tottenville Library, 7430 Amboy Rd. You will explore the universe; every song, beginning with our introduction “Hello Song” will be altered to include a mention of galaxies, stars, the sun, moon and planets. During our Adventure song you will visit the milky way, visit Martians, see satellites and spaceships.  Best for ages 0-8 years old with their parent/caregiver.

Attend the Summer Reading Kick-Off: Mutt-i-grees on Thursday 6/20 at 3:30 at the South Beach Library, 21-25 Robin Rd. The North Shore Animal League brings in a shelter animal to show the wonders of empathy. Working together to create an adoption poster, you will help an animal to find a forever home. This is a great resource for families who want their children to grow up to be caring and compassionate. The program will also include a guideline for parents/guardians on how to enhance your child’s social emotional skill, increase their ability to communicate and manage emotions, foster empathy bridged with humane education. You will be briefed on Animal League America, which is the world’s largest no-kill adoption shelter and the origin of the word Mutt-i-gree. This program is open to all ages.

Join the monthly book discussion group on Escaping Gilead: “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood on Thursday at 7 at Barnes & Noble, 2655 Richmond Ave.  Meet other fans and discuss the acclaimed book and TV series ”The Handmaid’s Tale”. 

Meet your friends at Family Game Time on Friday 6/21 at 3 at the Todt Hill-Westerleigh Library,  2550 Victory Blvd.  Play tabletop games with friends and family! Ages 3 and up.

On Friday at 6:30 at Conference House Park, the Staten Island Snugs will perform both original songs and old favorites.  A guided walking tour along the shoreline will follow the performance.


The “Movies Under the Stars” series featuring “Aquaman” continues on Friday from 8:30-11:30 at Willowbrook Park Archery Range, 1 Eton Pl.  The film reveals the original story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime—one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be… a king. Bring a chair, a blanket.  Meet your friends for a fun night!  Also on Friday at 8:30, “Mary Poppins Returns” will be shown at Von Briesen Park, School Rd. and Bay St.

Gentle Flow Yoga takes place on Saturday 6/22 at 10 at Alice Austen House Museum, 2 Hylan Blvd.  The lawn of Clear Comfort is the perfect serene environment for yoga two Saturdays a month this summer. Led by Be Yoga & Dance in partnership with Shape Up NYC. Bring a yoga mat, water and a towel. All Sessions start at 10. These free yoga sessions continue on the following dates: 7/13, 7/27, 8/10 and 8/24.

Kids 3+ can attend Kids Club Birdhouse and enjoy making a patriotic bird house on Saturday from 10-12 at Michael's Staten Island locations. Admission is $3. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event. To register, call:

718-720-0377 for 30 Barrett Ave. (Forest Ave. Shoppers Plaza)

718-692-0252 for 2795 Richmond Ave. (Pergament Mall)

347-694-7203 for 245 Bricktown Center (Charleston)

The Pawz & Clawz Information & Adoption Fair is on Saturday from 10-2 at the Midland Beach Splash Plaza, Fr. Capodanno Blvd. & Seaview Ave.  Enjoy a pet friendly day including: Pet adoption opportunities, local veterinarians, Obedience trainers, Groomers and more. NYC Parks requires all animals be on a 6’ leash while in the parks; please abide by these rules and regulations.

Bring your children 8+ to Freshwater Fishing on Saturday from 11-12:30 at Willowbrook Park, 1 Eton Pl.  Catch-and-release fishing is a great way to get outdoors and discover nature. The Rangers will teach the ethics of fishing and the ecology of our waterways on every fishing program. Whether you choose to grab a simple bamboo pole at a quiet lake or join more advanced saltwater programs, there is a program to fit your skill level. All equipment is provided. Participation is first come, first served.

At Saturday at 11, treat the kiddies to Storytime and Activities Featuring Toy Story 4: Forky in Craft Buddy Day at Barnes & Noble  2655 Richmond Ave.  Featuring stylized illustrations from a Pixar artist and a hilarious story by Drew Daywalt, author of “The Day the Crayons Quit”, this picture book welcomes fans into the world of Toy Story 4 through the perspective of a brand-new breakout character. You will receive a coupon from our Café for a grilled cheese sandwich with milk or juice for $4 (Café stores only).

Join the Snug Harbor Art & Architecture Tour at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, 1000 Richmond Terr., on Saturday at 11.  Meet at Visitor Information Booth.  General Admission is $10, students/seniors, Snug Harbor Members: $9. Hear the fascinating stories behind the architecture that put the former Sailors’ Snug Harbor on the map. Learn about the people responsible for 28 historic buildings dating from 1833, including six of the first New York City Landmarks and one of the finest collections of Greek Revival architecture. Visit Snug Harbor’s Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art and learn how Snug Harbor continues its role as a major art destination on Staten Island.  BUY TICKETS HERE:

The Summer at Mont Sec House Traditions and Herbs Surrounding the Summer Solstice takes place on Saturday at 1 at Ft. Wadsworth, 210 New York Ave. Join Skye Suter for a summary of ideas surrounding the summer solstice celebration, plus a few practical summer herbs. Find out about summer solstice celebrations and why this change of seasons was an important time for agricultural communities. Discover some practical summer herbs that may be employed to deter or relieve sunburns, plant, and insect irritations. For info, call 718-354-4500 or email

On Saturday at 2:30, at the Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Ave., Staten Island OutLOUD celebrates the Year of the Greenbelt with the Nature of Poetry and Prose with community readings from William T. Davis and contemporary Island poets.

Bring your toddlers to a free Baby & Me Storytime featuring "Hello World! Dinosaurs" on Sunday 6/23 at 11 at Barnes & Noble, 2655 Richmond Ave.  Introducing their new Baby & Me Storytime for caregivers and children 0-24 months old. Join us as we read a book and participate in activities building language skills for your little ones.

Participate in Insect Exploration on Sunday from 11-12:30 at Brookfield Park, 575 Arthur Kill Rd.  Don't be afraid to get your hands dirty as you explore high and low in search of amazing insects to discover their important connection to us.

Take the New Dorp Arts-Historic Richmond Town Tour on Sunday from 11:30-1:30.  Meet at SIPS + Maker, 312 New Dorp Ln., get a free beverage, board a bus charter with a complimentary box lunch to Historic Richmond Town for a tour and then be transported back to Sips + Maker. Park your car in the New Dorp Muni Lot above New Dorp Plaza.  Funding by Steven Matteo, Corey Johnson and NYC Dept. of Small Business Services. Registration is required; visit 

Participate in Walk Up Paddling on Sunday from 12-3 at Conference House Park, 7455 Hylan Blvd.  Free Sessions generally run 2-3 hours depending on the tide. Please wear watershoes and water appropriate clothing and be mindful of your expensive cellphones and eyewear.

"Staten Island Remembers", a memorial event to honor NYPD fallen officers, will be held on Sunday at noon in front of the NYPD's 121st Precinct on Richmond Ave. in Graniteville. The NYPD Honor Guard will pay tribute to the fallen heroes and their families and a bell will ring for each officer after their name is read.  After a moment of silence, families will have the opportunity to speak about their loved ones.

The Friends of Seguine Mansion and George Burke cordially invite you to attend our Annual White Party Fundraiser on Sunday from 1-5 at the Seguine Mansion, 440 Seguine Ave. Welcome the long awaited summer season and contribute to the care and maintenance of this historic property. All white garden attire is a must! Enjoy some sangria and fun musical entertainment while exploring the grounds and admiring the peacocks. Lite fare, coffee and dessert will be served as well. $55/person, or $50/person for groups of 4 or more. Advance reservations only. Checks are to be made payable to “Friends of Seguine Mansion”, 440 Seguine Ave, Staten Island NY 10309.  For info, call 718-980-2565.

Join the Bay Street Animal Hospital for their annual block party celebrating community, neighbors and friends on Sunday from 2-7 at 999 Bay St.  Bring your family, including your furry friends.  Enjoy complimentary hot dogs, pizza, ice cream, fresh fruit and soft drinks. Tour their state-of-the-art animal hospital and meet the staff. Call 718-420-9100 or visit for info.

On Sunday from 3-5, Virginia Sherry, founder of the Native Plant Society of Staten Island, invites all to “Our Second Plant Swap".  Pot up your 'extra' native and non-native plants to swap and share with fellow gardeners at 95 Franklin Ave.  Rain or shine!  If you don't have anything to pot up and swap, please stop by anyway to meet fellow gardeners! Everyone is welcome!

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