Did you attend the Staten Island New Teacher Job Fair at Petrides, Wine Tasting at Honor Wines at their new location at 104 Beach St., the Third Annual Greenbelt Outdoor Adventure Day at Willowbrook Park, Historian Pat Salmon’s talk and discussion about the history of The Oystermen of Captain's Row at The Noble Maritime Collection or the 52nd Annual Art Exhibit, presented by The South Shore Artist Group at Conference House Park or the Victory Boulevard Merchants Association’s Annual Restaurant and Merchant Stroll?   So many things to do but so little time… I often say that, never the opposite--“I’m bored”. If we ever dared to utter those words, my parents would tell us, “Pick up a book and read!” Life can be exciting as you visit other places, other worlds or universes by simply reading a book. Would you care to share the title of the last book you read whether a golden oldie or newly published? Did you like it, hate it, were confused, bemused and why? It would be great to share your comments with my Gentle Readers.

Below are photos from the 52nd Annual Art Exhibit presented by the South Shore Artist Group. What a lovely afternoon of art, viewing the exhibit, mingling with the artists, meeting old friends, making new friends and arts and crafts for the kiddies! Rain was predicted for late afternoon, but it held out till the end of the show. A perfect spring day!











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Spring migration is ending, and nesting has begun. On Wednesday 6/5 from 10-12, participate in a Bird and Nature Walk at Buck’s Hollow, searching for nesting chickadees, catbirds, woodpeckers, and others. Meet at the intersection of Manor Rd. and 700 Rockland Ave., near the DEP storm water management pond.

Join the Evening Group Hike on Wednesday from 67:45, covering 4-5 miles. There are some small climbs, but it's fairly easy. You will see parts of the Greenbelt and the trail system that you have never seen before! Dress for the weather and trail conditions. Proper footwear is essential. Bring water and a snack if you think you'll need it. Always check the Greenbelt Conservancy's Facebook page for updates on changes or cancellations. Meet at the Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Ave. at Brielle Ave.

Attend World Oceans Day Talk on Wednesday from 6-8 at Ocean Breeze Track & Field Athletic Complex, 625 Father Capodanno Blvd. The cleaner ocean waters through the efforts of Federal, State and private agencies and organizations conversely have attracted a growing number of marine mammals and sea turtles to our nearby waters.  You will hear about the important marine wildlife preservation and protection efforts the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society is conducting along our region’s most valuable natural resource.

On Thursday 6/6 at 1 at the Dongan Hills Library, 1617 Richmond Rd., explore the science involved in rocket construction at Summer Reading Kick-Off: Rocket Building as you build your own Skyblazer Rocket that you can take home! Best for children ages 5+. Presented by Mad Science.

Join CloseKnit, the longest-running public program, on Thursday from 2-4 at the Noble Maritime Collection, 1000 Richmond Terr. It is free and open to knitters of all skill levels. The goods members make are donated to community charities including The Seamen’s Church Institute’s Christmas at Sea program and the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless.

Come to the Todt Hill-Westerleigh Library, 2550 Victory Blvd. on Thursday at 4 for Family Story Time told by your favorite librarians! All ages are welcomed.

On Friday 6/7 at 3, the Summer Reading Kick-Off: Tommy and Tommy Juggling Time will be at the Great Kills Library, 56 Giffords Ln. They will perform for you and you will spend some time learning how to juggle together. This session includes a juggling ball-making workshop which you can take home. If you've ever wanted to step right up and join the circus, now's your chance! Best for ages 10-18. Presented by Urban Stages.

Spend a fun evening with your child creating a piece of art at Parent & Me Paint Night on Friday, from 6-8 at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex, 625 Father Capodanno Blvd. All parent/child teams will create a canvas painting to take home. This instructional class will be led by Painting with a Twist. All canvas and painting supplies will be supplied. Spots are limited and registration is required by calling 718-351-7923.

Meet your friends at the Tavern Terrace Outdoor Concert Series on Friday from 611 at Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Ave. Staten Island’s biggest backyard barbecue returns for another fun-filled season at Historic Richmond Town’s Main Village site. The Tavern Terrace Beer Garden features a selection of hand-crafted ales and lagers from Staten Island's famed Flagship Brewery, and delectable smoked classics from Corner House BBQ. The Terrace will be open Friday and Saturday evenings all summer long, featuring live music each Saturday! Bring a blanket and have a picnic! Enjoy classic outdoor games and cool down at Egger’s Ice Cream Parlor with a sweet treat!

Enjoy Movies Under the Stars: Anna Karenina: Vronsky's Story on Friday from 810 at Cornelia Ave. and Chester Ave. in Wolfe's Pond Park. You should arrive before 8 to get your spot. Feel free to bring a blanket to sit on; there will be a limited supply of chairs available. Bottled water is OK, but no glass. Reservations are not taken; space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. All are welcome!

On Saturday 6/8 at 10, enjoy Gentle Flow Yoga on the lawn of Clear Comfort at Alice Austen House Museum, 2 Hylan Blvd. Led by Be Yoga & Dance in partnership with Shape Up NYC, bring a yoga mat, water and a towel. Dates for this summer are: 6/22, 7/13, 7/27, 8/10 and 8/24.

Take a free tour of the historic Gericke Farm, 2876 Arthur Kill Rd. on Saturday from 10-12 to learn about keeping an organic vegetable garden. All ages welcome.

Attend the Spring Fair & Flea Market on Saturday from 10-3 at Christ Episcopal Church on 76 Franklin Ave.

On Saturday at 11, bring your children to Sensory Storytime at Stapleton Library, 132 Canal St., a fun, new and interactive library literacy program designed to engage kids through movement, music, stories, and sensory activity play. This program is open to all and is ideal for children with autism spectrum disorders, sensory integration challenges or children who have difficulty sitting still. Pre-registration is required by calling 718-727-0427.

Take a Kayak Tour at Freshkills Park, 350 Wild Ave. Kayak along Freshkills Park’s waterways on Saturday at 12 on this two-mile round-trip tour as you explore the unique engineered landscape while the site is closed to the public. For ages 16+. For info and pre-registration, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kayak-tour-registration-55789116750

Partake in the Taste of the Valley Food Festival at Conference House Park, 7455 Hylan Blvd. on Saturday from 12-3.  One price, $10, allows you to try all of the restaurants, plus rides and magic for the kids, music and more!  For $8 pre-sale tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-4th-annual-taste-of-the-valley-presented-by-the-richmond-valley-merchants-association-tickets-61824437557 

On Saturday at 6, try your hand at Family Camping at Blue Heron Nature Center, 222 Poillon Ave.  You camp to create lasting memories, connect with the natural world, and bond with our families. Camping affords us the opportunity to unplug from the diversions of everyday life and to laugh and play with our families. The Urban Park Rangers celebrate the tradition of camping and we look forward to welcoming your family. Please note: Space is limited and participants are chosen by lottery. To enter your family into the lottery, please visit the Urban Park Rangers' Event Registration page or call 718-967-3542.

Bring your family to Movies Under the Stars: Iron Man 2 on Saturday from 8-10 at Cedar Grove Beach Parking Lot in Great Kills Park, Ebbits St. and Cedar Grove Ave. Tony Stark must fend off the adversaries who seek his power, including a business rival and a Russian scientist who's constructed a similar warfare suit. You should arrive before 8 to get your spot. Feel free to bring a blanket to sit on; there will be a limited supply of chairs available. Bottled water is OK, but no glass.

Join your friends at Stargazing in Great Kills on Saturday from 8-11 at Great Kills Park, Hylan Blvd. and Buffalo St. One Saturday each month (except in winter), the Staten Island Chapter of the AAA hosts public stargazing .

On Sunday 6/9 beginning at 8:30 from New Dorp Ln. and South Railroad Ave., the SSG Michael Ollis Freedom Foundation 3rd Annual 5K Run & 2 Mile Walk takes place to commemorate the memory of SSG Ollis and raise funds for our veterans! For more info and to register for the walk, visit www.runsignup.com/ollisrace

Join the monthly hike in the Trail of the Month Series on Sunday from 111 through the Greenbelt Blue Trail South/LaTourette Park, approx. six miles. Meet at the High Rock Gate in High Rock Park, 200 Nevada Ave. Registration is recommended. Please email naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org or call 718-351-3450.

On Sunday from 12-7, attend the Staten Island Creative Community's 12th Annual Art by the Ferry Festival 2019 at MakerPark, 450 Front St. at Thompson St. including art, painting, sculpture, live music, photography, spoken word, hand crafts and more.

Take the Taste of Towns Restaurant Trolley Tour of Eltingville, Annadale & Great Kills on Sunday from 1-5. Enjoy samplings from over 20 restaurants PLUS enjoy a trolley ride which will pick you up and drop you off at a set location in each town allowing you to visit each participating restaurant. Tickets are $20 and include all food tastings plus trolley ride. For more info, visit southshorebid.org or text “SSBID” to the number 313131. 

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