Did you try kayaking with Kayak Staten Island last Saturday or ride the “Bueno Cruise”?  Did you taste the secret special sauce at the Sandy Ground Festival or attend “Midsummer Night’s Dream” at High Rock?  It was a perfect weather weekend to be outdoors, experience nature and do some people watching.  I snapped some photos this weekend while admiring neighborhood gardens,

people watching, (two very colorfully dressed couples from the Bronx in African garb),

nature--(check out Mom and baby!),

and taking in this beautiful stained glass window on a church in PA.  This window speaks a thousand words--Love one another!Bring your children to Wonderful Wednesday, at the Tottenville Library, 7430 Amboy Rd. today, Wednesday at 4 for a fun program including stories, arts and crafts, videos or even a game! For ages 4 and older. Pre-registration may be required for some events with limited seating; for info, call 718-984-0945. For events throughout the summer, visit http://www.nypl.org/locations/tottenville

Calling all readers, ages 10-14, to join the Book Club at the Mariners Harbor Library, 206 South Ave. Wednesday at 4:00. This month you will be reading “The Thickey: A Path Begins”. Call 212-621-0690 for details.

Boardwalk Days begin today, Wednesday from 5-9 on the South Beach Boardwalk with its first free fireworks show of the summer season.  The series is every Wednesday through 8/31.  There will be a DJ, and other entertainment along with sports, fun and fitness programs for all ages.  For info on events, visit www.boardwalkdays.com

Summer is finally here and a good time to get a Free Skin Cancer Screening on Wednesday at 6:30 at Staten Island University Hospital, 256C Mason Ave., 2nd floor library.  Screening is by appointment only; call 718-226-8888.

If you haven’t tried it, do it now!  Zumba on Wednesday at 8 at St. John Neumann R.C. Church, 1380 Arthur Kill Rd., with Gina Viola. Get fit while having fun.  No commitment necessary; pay as you go.  For info, contact Gina Viola (917) 837-6356.

Do you want to be involved in your neighborhood?  Join a Civic Association!  Or attend the Precinct Community Council meeting.  The 122 Precinct Community Council meets tonight (and the 3rd Wednesday of the month) at 8. at the 122nd Precinct Stationhouse, 2320 Hylan Blvd. (718) 667-2292.  The 120th Council meets the 4th Wednesday of every month at 78 Richmond Terr. at 7. The 121st Council meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7 at 970 Richmond Ave. The Council provides the critical interface between the citizen and the police through the regular monthly meetings. Check out the NYPD website, find out when your precinct Community Council meets and get involved! http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/html/home/precincts.shtml 

Check out Summerfest: Steven Lapcevic on Thursday, 6/23 at 7:00 at the Culture Lounge (St. George Ferry Terminal) One Ferry Terminal Dr. where they will be screening Chronophobia, a 45-minute video presentation retrospective of awardee Steven Lapcevic’s work of the past ten years.  Call 718-447-3329 or visit http://statenislandarts.org/event/summerfest-steven-lapcevic/ for details.

On Friday, 6/24 at 10, the SIUH Northwell Wellness Van will be visiting Cassidy Coles Senior Center 125 Cassidy Pl. for FREE blood pressure, body mass index screenings and healthy lifestyle wellness information.

Coaching for Foster and Adoptive Parents will be held on Saturday, 6/25 at 10 at the Olivet Presbyterian Church, 97 Myrtle Ave.  The six hour training on how to deal with behavioral problems in foster care will be presented by Said Clemente, M.D.  Call 718-981-5043 for details.

A Breast Cancer Support Group, designed for women or men going through the diagnosis of breast cancer, will be on Saturday at noon at Staten Island University Hospital (MAP), 242 Mason Ave., 2nd floor, Great Room. For info call 718-226-6481 or visit http://ldesimone@northwell.edu

On Saturday at 8, the University Glee Club and Ragtime Rick will perform at the New Dorp Moravian Church Sanctuary, 2205 Richmond Road (located on the grounds of Moravian Cemetery). Admission is $20.  For details, call 718-351-0090 or visit www.newdorpmoravian.org

Looking for love, companionship, activities?  Join/attend the Catholic Singles Summer Party on Saturday from 7:30-11:30 at The Mansion Grand, 141 Mansion Ave.  Admission is $65.  This group is for those in their 30s, 40s and 50s who are single or single again and wish to lead more fulfilled, empowered lives by deepening their Catholic spirituality and building community with like-minded peers. For info, make reservations, check the website: www.sgspsi.org, Facebook/ StFrancisCatholicSingles or email sfcssi@gmail.com.

Attend the Sunday Boardwalk Concerts, Sunday, 6/26 and every Sunday through 9/4 from 3-8, Boardwalk Cafe, 300 Capodanno Blvd. From country to classic rock, jazz to show tunes, an Elvis Extravaganza to a rocking Bruce Springsteen tribute band, the musical lineup offers something for everyone. Bring a beach chair or spread a blanket out on the beach to enjoy performances with the mighty Verrazano Bridge as a backdrop. Check www.boardwalkdays.com for a list of each week’s performers.

The 8th Annual Polish Festival takes place on Sunday, 6/26 from 12-8 at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center, 1000 Richmond Terr.  Admission is $10 which includes one FREE raffle ticket.  Children under 14 are FREE. Enjoy Polish food, beer, bouncey house, rides and activities for the kiddies, raffles, photo booth, singing, dancing and much more. There is still time to be a sponsor or you may purchase a prize for the lottery or sweepstakes or participate in the Festival as a vendor. Don’t forget to stop by at the Gillani Homes booth and say “hello”.  If you are interested, please call the Parish office of St. Stanislaus Kostka Church from Tuesday to Friday at 718-447-3937.  Looking forward to seeing you at the Festival!

If your children in grades 6-9 are looking for activities in the summer, check this out!  Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) Summer in the City program will provide your child with an engaging and fun summer experience featuring hands-on learning around STEM subjects.  The program runs from 7/7 thru 8/11, Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.  Girls are strongly encouraged to apply.  Deadline has been extended to Friday 6/10.  For more info and to apply online, visit schools.nyc.gov/NYCSummer STEM.

If you would like me to post events that your organization is sponsoring, please let me know. If you have  photos of you, your friends and/or family at events to share, 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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