Did you try those ribs at the Sandy Ground Festival last Saturday?  Aren't they to die for?  Even though there were parking glitches at the Richmond County Ballpark on opening day last Friday, how about those Staten Island Yankees?  The menu has improved and lots of fun was had that night against the Brooklyn Cyclones.  Check out Boardwalk Days at South Beach every Sunday from 4-8.  Enjoying the cool breezes off the ocean, you will have a splendid time.

Let me begin my blog today with “Has anyone seen Max”?  The heartsick family is offering a “large reward” for their silver and white Persian cat, Max, who bolted out of his carrier in the parking lot of Home Depot in Charleston Shopping Center last Sunday at approximately 10:15 a.m.  Please call Charlie at 732-546-1079 or e-mail Carol Ann Benanti at benanti@siadvance.com if you have any information as to his whereabouts.  If you are missing a pet or found one, also check out the Facebook Page: “Lost and Found Pets on Staten Island”. 

A shout out to parents of 4 year olds!  If you missed the first deadline for enrolling your child in pre-kindergarten, you have another chance.  You can apply online at www.nyc.gov/prek or call 311 or go in person to District 31 Family Welcome Center located at the Petrides School in Sunnyside. 

There is still time to sign your child up for the Summer Reading Challenge at the New York Public Library.  This program is for kids of all ages--sign them up today!

Have you tried but can’t quit?  The Smoking-Cessation Support Group meets tonight, Thursday, at Staten Island University Hospital at 5:30 at 256 Mason Ave.  For info, call 718-226-6125.

Thursday, 6/25, 7:45 p.m., learn to fight like an Israeli commando with FREE Krav Maga classes at Congregation B’Nai Jeshuran, 275 Martling Ave.  Everyone is welcome.  Call 718-981-5550 for info.

Friday, 6/26 from 3-4, participate in Friday hikes at Clay Pit Pond State Park, 2351 Veterans Rd. West.  Call 718-605-3970 for registration.

Are you a senior who wants to get involved in dancing, bingo, card games, computers, bocce and much more?  There are many groups that are interested in having you as a member and wish to give you the opportunity to STAY YOUNG!  Arrochar Friendship Club, 44 Bionia Ave., Great Kills Friendship Club, 11 Sampson Ave., Mount Loretto Friendship Club, 6581 Hylan Blvd., Todt Hill Friendship Club, 184 Schmidts Lane, are just a few that meet on Friday.  Visit sifriendshpclubs.com 

Saturday, 6/27, from 2-4, the Universal Temple of the Arts will present an End of the School Year Showcase celebrating UTA's arts programs including, jewelry, crochet, guitar, sewing, vocal and music workshops.  Showcase will be at PS 18, 221 Broadway, on the corner of Broadway and Henderson Ave. For more information, call 718 273-5610 or visit info@utasi.org 

Every Saturday, from 10-11:30 a.m. at Port Richmond H.S., enjoy FREE Yoga.  Sponsored by Emblem Health, all equipment is provided as well as free child care.  See you there! 

Saturday at 10 for ages 5 and up, join the Deer Detectives at Clay Pit Pond Staten Park, 2351 Veterans Rd. West.  Learn about the biology of white-tailed deer and how to search for a sign of their presence and walk on the trails afterward.  Call 718-3970 x 201 for registration.

Saturday, from 10-3, bring your family to the International Christian Center Community Crossover, at IS 51 Markham Playground. Enjoy entertainment, giveaways, car show, music food and lots of fun.  For more info, call 718-494-5433.

Sunday 6/28, from noon to 8 p.m., partake in the Polish Festival, sponsored by my home parish of St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, New Brighton at Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, 1000 Richmond Terr. This event is an undertaking of the Polish-American community in an effort to acquaint the Staten Island community with Polish culture, music, traditions, arts, and crafts. Traditional Polish food--Kielbasa, pierogi, golabki (stuffed cabbage), Polish baked goods and beer will be available for sale.  Raffles will be sold including a weekend in Warsaw, Poland, a flat screen TV, computer tablets, a bicycle, coffee maker plus tickets to a Broadway play of one's choice courtesy of the church.  Admission is $5 per person over 14 years old.  Hope to see you there!

Have you ever camped out?  Do you want to know what it’s like to camp out for the night?  My Mom was a Campfire Girl leader many years ago, and I helped her camp out with her troop underneath the Verrazano Bridge.  What fun we had connecting with nature!  The NYC Parks is sponsoring Family Camping Staten Island.  Camp dates and parks are 7/10 at High Rock, 7/18 at Blue Heron, 8/1 at Blue Heron, 8/8 at High Rock and 8/14 at Conference House.  The Urban Park Rangers will bring almost everything you need for a night spent alfresco, including the tent, dinner and even s'mores! The staff provides most of the equipment; all you need to pack are clothes, flashlights and sleeping bags. Space is limited and families are chosen by lottery.  To enter your family in the lottery, visit www.nyc.gov/parks/rangers/register

Next Tuesday, 6/30 at 7 p.m., the Metropolitan Opera will present a FREE outdoor concert at Clove Lake Park.  This concert is the perfect venue to leave your air-conditioned home for fresh air and an enjoyable evening.  Bring refreshments, family and/or friends for an unforgettable evening.  For more info, visit: MetOpera.org

Would you like to share your activities or events for the weekend?  I will post your photos of events you attend. You can call me at 646-258-9696, leave a comment below or e-mail me at joan.coogan@gmail.com 

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