The weather was brutal through the week and beyond, but we New Yorkers dealt with it, hopefully attending free concerts, movies, fun times at the New York Public Libraries, at Community Days or Sprinklerfest at Snug Harbor. I worked in my garden, weeded, cut down branches from dead trees and bushes. It’s hot anyway so why not be productive! I enjoyed the breezes on my porch and chatted with neighbors. What did you do?

The 116th Anniversary Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Society continued through last weekend.   It didn’t disappoint with games of chance, live music and yummy Italian food especially the smell of zeppoles that beckoned the crowds.  Make it a point to visit the National Landmarked shrine on the grounds at 243 Virginia Ave.  Visit: to learn about how the grotto was built.  Below are some photos I took after feasting on a sausage and pepper hero.

Did you sign up for the Go!Healthy food box at Goodhue last week? Check out the last entry below with info on how to receive your box. We tasted a sample of Peach Cucumber Salad this week. Check out what we received in our box--Nectarines, Kirby cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, eggplant, basil, jalapeno peppers and arugula lettuce.


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On Wednesday 7/24 at 10, treat the kiddies to $1 movies at the Regal UA Cinemas, 2474 Forest Ave. featuring “Lego Movie” and “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie”.

Attend the Fishing Clinic on Wednesday at 11 at Great Kills Park, Hylan Blvd. & Buffalo St. Learn the sport of angling through a variety of different approaches with experts from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. Reservations are required: call 718-354-4655. Great Kills Park-Lot E (park at end of Lot E next to the Boat Ramp)

Calling all readers! Come join the Tween Book Club at the Mariners Harbor Library, 206 South Ave. on Wednesday at 4 for a book discussion, activity, and snack. This month, we will be discussing The Strangers, The Storm Runner and Front Desk. Make your book choice and see you soon! Good for ages 10-15.

Boogie Woogie Wednesdays continues through August from 5-7 at the SI Children's Museum,  1000 Richmond Terr. with FREE admission. Explore exhibits, hear a story and enjoy a music or dance performance.

Join the Ocean Breeze Twilight Runs: Neon Dress Theme Night on Wednesday from 7-8 through 8/28. This free event features a two-mile, fast and flat course on the scenic Midland Beach Promenade. The Runs are designed for runners of all levels and everyone is welcome to participate. Please note: Registration takes place from 6:15–6:45 p.m., on the day of each run. Runs will start at 7 p.m. at the Midland Beach Splash Plaza in FDR Boardwalk and Midland Beach.

Camp Creativity Sea Treasures takes place on Thursday 7/25 from 10-12. You never know what you will come across in the ocean. Kids will enjoy making mermaids and pirates for a $3 fee.   Good for ages 3+; supplies included. Parent or guardian must remain on premises. To register, call:

718-720-0377 for Barrett Ave. (Forest Ave. Shoppers Plaza)

718-692-0252 for 2795 Richmond Ave. (Pergament Mall)

347-694-7203 for 245 Bricktown Center (Charleston)

Study Drawing Fundamentals at the historic H.H. Biddle House, 70 Satterlee St. in Conference House Park on Thursday from 10-12:30. Perspective, shading, and observing the form are crucial tools to a successful draftsperson. The three-week class will balance the study of traditional drawing techniques as well as learning how to apply these techniques to personal work and in-class studies such as portraiture, still life, and landscapes. All ability levels are welcome, materials provided. Space is limited and pre-registration is suggested. To register, email

Bring your kiddies ages 18-36 mos. to the Toddler Story Time at Todt Hill-Westerleigh Library
2550 Victory Blvd. on Thursday at 11 for stories, songs and fun!

Join the Urban Park Rangers at Nature Center Adventures on Thursday from 11-12 at Blue Heron Nature Center, 222 Poillon Ave.  Nature Center Adventures connect New Yorkers of all ages to nature through experiential learning including scavenger hunts, nature crafts and games, and getting up close and personal with our nature center animals.

Bring the children to the West New Brighton Library, 976 Castleton Ave. on Thursday at 4 for The Universe. Every song, beginning with the introduction “Hello Song” will be altered to include a mention of galaxies, stars, the sun, moon and planets. During the Adventure song you will visit the milky way, visit Martians, see satellites and spaceships. Other music and movement songs will be incorporated as you jump on the moon, and blast off in rocket ships. Best for ages 0-8 years old with their parent/caregiver. Presented by Rockness Music.

Cool off on Thursday at 7 with the Borough President’s Summer Sunset Concert Series at Conference House, 298 Satterlee St. featuring Midnight Mischief and The Resistance.  

Enjoy Movies Under the Stars featuring “Ferris Bueller's Day Off” on Thursday from 8:30–10:30 p.m. at Detective Russel Timoshenko Soccer Field in FDR Boardwalk at Slater Ave. and Fr. Capodanno Blvd. A charismatic high-school student convinces his repressed best friend to play hooky with him and his girlfriend and attempts to bring the young man out of his shell during a memorable day in Chicago. Arrive before 8:30 p.m. to get your spot. Bring a blanket or chair to sit on; there will be a limited supply of chairs available. All are welcome!

Bring your kiddies to Toddler Rhyme Time & Toy Time on Friday, 7/26 at 11:30 at New Dorp Library, 309 New Dorp Ln. They will enjoy an interactive program featuring, books, finger plays, songs and rhymes, followed by unstructured playtime. Network with other caregivers and provide social opportunities f or your toddler.

Broadway in the Boros is back on Friday from 12-1, rain or shine, at the Empire Outlets, 55 Richmond Terr. (next to Staten Island Ferry Terminal), with performances by current cast and musicians from “Beetlejuice” and “Chicago”. Sponsored by the Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment, bring the kids, have your lunch while taking in two Broadway shows!

Local beekeeper and educator from Beezy Bees Honey will present on his various hives and teach about different pollinators and ways to attract them at The Buzz About Bees on Friday from 2-3 at Greenbelt Nature Center in Blood Foot Valley, 700 Rockland Ave. at Brielle Ave.  Good for ages 6+.

Get your bikes ready and join the Transportation Alternatives Staten Island Activist Committee for the Harbor Ring Ride on Friday from 6-9. Meet at the entrance to the Bayonne Bridge path no later than 6:45 for a ride into Bayonne and back with a refueling stop at Mona Lisa Pizza, voted the best pizzeria in Bayonne. You will return just in time to watch the sunset over the water before returning to Staten Island.

Movies Under the Stars presents “Christopher Robin” on Friday from 8:3010:30 at Seaside Wildlife Nature Park on Nelson Ave. and Tennyson Dr. Winnie the Pooh ventures into London to turn a middle-aged Christopher Robin's life around with the help of Piglet, Eeyore and Tigger. Robin is now stuck in an oppressive white collar job that prevents him from spending time with his family.

Come to Moth Night on Friday from 9-10 to learn about the biodiversity of moths and other nocturnal insects. Please bring a headlamp or flashlight. Good for ages 8+. Meet in the Parking Lot at High Rock Park, 200 Nevada Ave.

Bring your gently used books to the Book Swap sponsored by the St. George Library at the St. George Greenmarket, St. Marks & Hyatt St. on Saturday 7/27 from 9:30-12:30. You are welcomed to take any books on the swap table.

Participate in Fastnet Observational Drawing Workshop on Saturday from 10-12 at Freshkills Park Event Entrance, 350 Wild Ave., an artist-led workshop in Fastnet, a shipping container converted into a studio and project space! This workshop will create a visual awareness of the landscape and foster an understanding of the consequences our actions have on the environment through discussion. Meet in the parking lot at the corner of East Service Rd. and Wild Ave. before entering the Freshkills Park site together. To register for this free event, visit

The South Shore Artists Group: Nature Inspired Crafts for Children takes place on Saturday from 10-12 at Conference House Park Visitor Center, 298 Satterlee St. Participants will have fun creating arts and crafts items inspired by nature that will foster their curious spirit and express their imagination. A variety of mediums will be used such as pencils, chalk, watercolor and more. Pre-registration is required; email Parents and/or guardian must remain with the children ages 5-8.

On Saturday at 11, bring the children ages 18-36 mos. to Toddler Sing ‘n Shake Dance Party at Todt Hill-Westerleigh Library, 2550 Victory Blvd. Let your toddler sing and dance at our dance party!

NYC Dept. of Transportation will be hosting the annual “Bike Bonanza” event at South Beach, 378 Sand Ln. on Saturday from 11-2:30 which will include a bike helmet fitting, as well as bike lessons and a bike swap for children. Check out their website for more details:

The Women’s Playwright Collective has posted an Audition Notice for Saturday from 12-4 at 60 Bay St., Room #708. They are looking for dynamic actors of all ages to play a multitude of roles in seven original pieces for the WPC 2nd “Not Forgotten Play Festival”. Bring a one-minute contemporary monologue. Be prepared to read from sides.

All are invited to attend the DIY Succulent Book Planter for Kidz on Saturday at 1 at the Pt. Richmond Library, 75 Bennett St. Create your own book planter with tiny succulents.  All families and children 3+ years old are invited. Supplies are provided and no registration is needed.  First come, first served! 

Participate in the Victorian Crazy Quilt Workshop on Saturday from 1-2:30 at Fort Wadsworth, 210 New York Ave. Victorian Crazy Quilts are a reflection of the fashion and fads of their time. Learn about the history and art of crazy quilting. No prior sewing experience needed. For information call 718-354-4500 or email Diane

Participate in Art in the Park: Pottery Workshop on Saturday from 2-3:30 at Clay Pit Ponds Visitors Center, 2351 Veterans Rd. W. Handcraft your own pottery out of clay from Staten Island with ceramic sculptor Eder Perez. Best for ages 10+. Free but you must register; call 718-605-3970 x201.

Join Staten Island OutLoud 2019 for a reading of “Moby Dick” on Saturday at 4 at the historic H.H. Biddle House, 70 Satterlee St. Enjoy the annual reading from Herman Melville’s haunting tale of the sea and an impossible mission.  Maritime music by the Brass Ensemble of the Staten Island Philharmonic Orchestra will also be performed. Bring a lawn chair.

Attend Movie Night featuring “Avengers: Age of Ultron” in Cpl. Allan F. Kivlehan Park, Cedar Grove Ave. & Cedar Grove Ct. on Saturday at 8. When Tony Stark and Bruce Banner try to jump-start a dormant peacekeeping program called Ultron, things go horribly wrong and it's up to Earth's mightiest heroes to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plan. Bring a chair or a blanket, bug spray and enjoy an evening in the park. Stop by the Friends of Kivlehan Park for a free snack and a raffle ticket.

Why wait for the busy holiday months to shop for gifts? Find unique art, handmade gifts, local honey, knitted baby sweaters and baby hats, authentic antique and vintage jewelry, and so much more at the Christmas in July Art and Craft Fair on Sunday, 7/28 at 12 at Art on the Terrace, 776 Richmond Terr. and view the current exhibit: "Artists’ Favorite Work".

Join your family and friends at the FREE Patio Parties with Maker Park Radio and Baby's Got Soul! with DJ Kitty on Sunday from 12-3 at Cottage Row, near Cottage D and Harbor Eats, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, 1000 Richmond Terr. Bring a picnic lunch, or purchase beer from Flagship Brewery, wine from Honor Wines, and food from Harbor Eats. Enjoy lawn games and classic tunes played live by MakerPark Radio DJs.

On Sunday from 4-7, participate in Free Public Kayaking at Conference House, 850 Page Ave. Please wear water appropriate clothing and footwear.  Drybags will be available for purchase for cell phones and expensive eyewear.

Want to know how to receive the Go!Healthy food box?   Every Tuesday through 11/19 between 4-6 go to Goodhue Center, 304 Prospect Ave. in New Brighton, and sign up and pay $10 Cash, Credit/Debit and Health Bucks! (or $8 with EBT or FMNP) at least one week in advance for $30 worth of fresh local produce. Come back the next week (same time, same place) to pick up your bag and taste the weekly recipe!  

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