Did your child make an “Under the Sea” Paper Lantern at the Tottenville Library on Wednesday?  This little girl made a darling paper lantern, decorated it with stickers and was happy to hang out with Curious George afterwards.  Photowalk at Fort Wadsworth on Saturday was an eye opener!  With professional photographer, Ed Coppola, as our guide, we captured photos of all the many angles and views of the Verrazano Bridge and the many edifices—inside and out—of the Fort.  A Gateway Park Service volunteer filled us in on the background of this historic site. All of the fotogs, down to the youngest child had a ball snapping pictures.



Participate in the Bird and Nature Walk at Great Kills Park, Hylan Blvd. and Buffalo St. on Wednesday, 7/13 at 8:30 a.m. The shore birds have already started their southward migration. Meet at the north end (toward Oakwood) of the large parking lot. Bring sunscreen and something to drink.  Call  718-987-6790 for info. 

For ages 10-14, join in the Tween Crafters on Wednesday at 4 at the Mariners Harbor Library, 206 South Ave.  This month, the tweens will be making duct tape wallets. Hmmmm...sounds interesting.  For details, visit http://www.nypl.org/

The 113th Anniversary Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Society begins on Thursday, 7/14 at 7:30 each night and continues 7/15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23 and 24 at 36 Amity Pl. and Virginia Ave. Visit the beautiful Grotto which is registered as a National Landmark.  FREE entertainment, FREE admission.  There is something for everyone at this Festival! Call 346-204-5203 for info and details.

Make a Robot at the New Dorp Library on Thursday at 2 at New Dorp Library, 309 New Dorp Ln. In the first half of this program, you will learn basic robot programming. Then, you will test your knowledge by programming your robot to make it through a series of mazes that are complete with robot-swallowing holes!  For ages 12 & up.  Presented by David Peins of Robodyssey. http://NYPL.ORG 

Hang out with friends, draw, write, chat, eat, browse the internet at the Teen Café on Thursday at 5:30 at Mariners Harbor Library, 206 South Ave. Teen Café is exclusively for ages 12-18!  Also, make sure to bring your snacks, coffee and beverages. Call 212-621-0690 for info or visit http://www.nypl.org/

FREE Yoga on the Beach takes place on Thursday at 7 at Midland Beach (near the Turtle Fountain) Midland Beach ad Fr. Capodanno Blvd.  Sponsored by Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis and the NYC Parks Department and led by the team from 5 Boro Power Yoga, classes are open to ALL--especially those new to yoga! Kids Yoga too!! Bring a towel or mat.  Call 718-987-0197 for details or visit http://www.5boropoweryoga.com

The Borough President’s sponsored Summer Concert Series continues on Thursday at 7 at Lemon Creek Park (foot of Seguine Ave. and Johnston Terr.) and features Generations and Jazzout4tet.  Bring lawn chairs, blankets, snacks and enjoy the concert under the stars. 

Sprinklerfest takes place Friday, 7/15 from 12-4 at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, 1000 Richmond Terr.  Bring your family and/or friends for a fun day in the sun filled with sprinklers, food, activities, music and so much more! The event will be held in the South Meadow Lawn.

The 15th Annual West Brighton Harmony Day Festival will be on Saturday, July 16 from 9-4 at Corporal Thompson Park between Broadway and Wayne St. Presented by Brothers Care, Inc., a Staten Island community-based non-profit organization, the Festival is a FREE, fun filled day including food, educational activities and entertainment for the entire Staten Island community.     

Alex Leonard will perform the music of Harry Warren (Salvatore Guaragna), a composer of Italian descent at a Summer Concert on Saturday at 2 at the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum, 420 Tompkins Ave. Admission is $5.  For info, call 718-442-1608 or visit http://garibaldimeuccimuseum.org

Join St. Francis Catholic Singles (SFCS) Social for Singles (for ages 30’s to 50’s) on Saturday at 7:45 for a summer evening in the beer garden for drinks and live entertainment from the classic rock band Rotary Dials at Killmeyer's Old Bavarian Inn, 4254 Arthur Kill Rd.  Admission is $5 cover, plus cost of drinks.  (You must arrive at 7:45 in the beer garden; a seat cannot be saved for you.) Call 718-984-1202 or visit http://killmeyers.com

Attend the Sunday Boardwalk Concerts on Sunday, 7/17 and every Sunday through 9/4 from 3-8, Boardwalk Café,  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. On 7/17, you will be treated to a Rock concert by Wild-Hearted Son. Check www.boardwalkdays.com for a list of each week’s performers.

The GILLANI HOMES ANNUAL CHARITY BBQ takes place Friday, 7/22 at 6 at our office at 60 Sand Lane.  The event is FREE to attend. Get ready for plenty of Fun, lots of Food, Music, Dancing (as much as your feet can take) and a networking opportunity. There will be raffles and a 50/50 to raise funds for the March of Dimes.  Please RSVP to me at the email address below or to Dil Gillani at Dil@gillanihomes.com  Come join our Gillani Homes Family for this great event!

If you would like me to post photos from the weekend events you participated in, please let me know.  If your organization would like to promote their event or if you have events specifically for children to participate in or volunteer opportunities, 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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