Did you Kick Butts on Thursday and learn some tips from RUMC and friends?  I hope you didn't miss the self-guided grocery store tour sponsored by City Harvest at Met Food on Saturday.  If you did, stay tuned to this blog for future events by City Harvest!  I met some of my gentle readers on Saturday at the Spring Fair at Christ Church in New Brighton--Richard Xuereb, photographic artist and creative woodworker extraordinaire (Check out his website: http://richard-xuereb.artistswebsites.com) and Karen Goode of Doorpost Blessing, a unique crafter of bible verses made into doorpost hangings (Visit her site at www.doorpostblessing.com). 

I also met some friends, Joelle and Virginia at their garage sale nearby.  How wonderful to finally put the faces to the FAB writers I have followed for so many years!

The VCA Charities Pet Food Pantry for dogs and cats, whose families are in need, is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 6/7, 8 and 9 from noon to 2 at the Council of Jewish Organizations of Staten Island headquarters, 984 Post Ave.  First time visitors need to provide ID with proof of address and may receive one bag of Hill’s Science Diet dog food or cat food or both each month.  Contact Warren Niu, hospital manager, Gateway Animal Hospital at 718-984-1000 for info. 

Are you ready for the Staten Island Economic Development Corp’s (SIEDC) SI Green & Clean Festival today, Wednesday 6/8 from 10-2 at the Grand Oaks Country Club, 200 Huguenot Ave.  This is your opportunity to connect all aspects of business with the environment. This Festival brings together over 400 sustainable businesses, green innovation and technology companies, efficient energy experts and local residents interested in sustainable living. The event will feature both indoor and outdoor space with a green market, unique vendors and much more. 

Tween Crafters Wednesday is today at 4, Mariners Harbor Library, 206 South Ave. Geared towards ages 10-14, join in a fun craft or art activity once a month. Today’s craft will be creating sun catchers.  For info, call 212-621-0690 or visit http://www.nypl.org/ 

SI Family Fun Day Olympics takes place on Thursday, 6/9 from 12-3 at Clove Lakes Park, 1150 Clove Rd. You can participate in soccer, relay races, prizes, volleyball, fitness class, healthy eating demo, free health screenings and much more. Sponsored by Empire BlueCross BlueShield HealthPlus, NYC Parks, and NYC Football Club, admission is FREE.  Call 718-390-8000 for info.  RSVP at http://bit.ly/0609FFD  

Bring your children ages 5 and up to the New Dorp Library,  309 New Dorp Ln. and make a fun Father's Day Craft on Thursday at 4.  Please register at http://NYPL.org  or call 718-351-2977. 

Richmond University Medical Center, 355 Bard Ave., will be celebrating National Cancer Survivors Day with the theme of “Life’s A Party!” in the hospital's Lobby Conference Room on Friday, 6/10 at 11. Light refreshments and giveaways will be available. All cancer survivors and their families are encouraged to attend. RSVP at 718-818-1084.  

Participate in a Fatherhood Empowerment & Well-Being Forum on Friday, 6/10 at 6 at Olivet Presbyterian Church, 97 Myrtle Ave.  Admission is FREE; donations are welcomed.  SIUH and SICPP bring the tools of empowerment to fathers engaged in improving the health and well-being of their children. Enjoy the 6th Annual Fatherhood Resource Fair & Family Fun Day on Saturday, 6/11 at 11 at Clove Lakes Park, 1150 Clove Rd.  For details, call 718-390-8000.  

Attend a Christian Music Concert on Saturday, 6/11 at 6 at Zion Lutheran Church, 505 Watchogue Rd. featuring some of the best performers from local churches. Music styles will include traditional, gospel, jazz, blues, folk and orchestral. 

To celebrate the feast day of St. Anthony (June 13), a special Mass at St. Anthony of Padua, 4055 Victory Blvd. will take place on Saturday 6/11 at 4. A procession through the neighborhood streets ensues with priest and parishioners distributing bread.  A small reception with food and beverage follow the festivities in the parish hall.  If your name happens to be any derivative of Anthony, you probably know all about your patron saint.  If you would like to discover more about St. Anthony, read Pamela Silvestri’s article:  http://www.silive.com/dining/index.ssf/2016/05/whats_special_about_st_anthony.html#1

The 18th Annual Staten Ireland Irish Fair will be on Saturday 6/11 and Sunday, 6/12 from 12-7:30 at Mount Loretto CYO, 6581 Hylan Blvd.  An open-air Catholic Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. The St. Columcille Irish Cultural Center (a 501c3 Non-Profit) invites you to their fundraiser featuring live music on 2 stages, Bagpipe Bands throughout both days, kiddie rides with Story Teller, Face Painter and balloons, 20 Vendors, 8 food stands, raffles and more. Admission is $15 at Gate, $10 in advance, Children under 12 Free.  For more details, call 718-317-2600 or visit http://www.statenirelandirish.com/staten-ireland-irish-fair.html  

Join the Pug Dog Club of Greater New York, Inc. for their Annual Pug Fun Day on Sunday, 6/12 from 9- 5 at Alice Austen House Museum, 2 Hylan Blvd.  BYOP--(Bring your own pug [or pup]). Admission is $5. Call 718-816-4506 for details.  

Bring your children ages 5-12 to Castles: A Medieval Building Series beginning Monday, 6/13 at 4 at the New Dorp Library, 309 New Dorp Ln. Week 1: Castle Curtain Walls- Children will be introduced to the idea of a medieval castle and focus on discovering the components of the exterior wall of a castle’s compound-- the curtain wall! They will also learn about its various architectural features such as battlements and arrow loops; AND, if there’s time, they will use LEGO® simple machines to add on a moving drawbridge. Week 2: Towers -- Children will continue their exploration of castles, focusing this time on a castle tower, or a keep. As they create, they will learn about the architectural features, as well as the function and evolution of towers. For an extra challenge, children will be invited to add on a mobile element. Week 3: The Great Hall -- Participants will explore the interior of a castle. Call for registration: 718-351-2977 or visit http://NYPL.org   Admission is FREE. This sounds so COOL! 

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.

The 8th annual Polish Festival, which annually attracts thousands of visitors, takes place on Sunday, 6/26 from 12-8 at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center.  You can be a sponsor and receive a tax deduction, purchase a prize for the lottery or sweepstakes and your name will be announced from the stage during the festival or participate in the Festival as a vendor.  If you are interested, please call the Parish office of St. Stanislaus Kostka Church from Tuesday to Friday at 718-447-3937.   

If you would like me to post events that yur 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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