Broadway in the Boros returned to Staten Island at the Empire Outlets in St. George presenting performances by the current cast and musicians from “Beetlejuice” and “Chicago”.  I grabbed the first available seat near the photo booth so was able to see all the actors before they went on. The Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment organizes this event each year. We participated in trivia contests, and a number of tickets to the shows were awarded to those winners. Below are some photos.

Members of Staten Island OutLOUD 2019 read parts of Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick” on Saturday at the historic H.H. Biddle House with maritime music played by the Brass Ensemble of the Staten Island Philharmonic Orchestra. This wonderful performance in such an idyllic setting near the Raritan Bay brought Captain Ahab alive as well as the crew and especially the Great White Whale.

Did you sign up for Go!Healthy food box at Goodhue last week? Check out the last entry below with info on how to sign up. We tasted a sample of Zucchini and Corn Salad with fresh herbs this week. Check out what we received this week—nectarines, green zucchini, corn, green beans, peppers, cilantro, swiss chard and red onions.

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On Wednesday 7/31 at 10, treat the kiddies to $1 movies at the Regal UA Cinemas, 2474 Forest Ave. featuring “Sing” and “How to Train Your Dragon 2”.

Bring the family to Movies Under the Stars: "Smallfoot" on Wednesday from 8:3010 at Von Briesen Park, School Rd. and Bay St. Smallfoot turns the Bigfoot legend upside down when a bright young Yeti finds something he thought didn’t exist—a human. Arrive before 8:30 p.m. to get your spot. Feel free to bring a blanket or a chair to sit on. All are welcome!

Lace up your shoes for a Nature Walk on Thursday, 8/1 at 10 at Freshkills Park, 350 Wild Ave. Learn about the different plants and animals found in the park.

For beginners and non-beginners, create a Collage from unique and interesting g materials at the historic H.H. Biddle House in Conference House Park, 70 Satterlee St. on Thursday from 10-12. Experiment with different papers, techniques, and ideas to create spirited and innovative collages while learning about color, composition, texture, shape, and execution. Develop your own personal style and become inspired by viewing works from modern masters: Pablo Picasso, Kurt Schwitters, Hannah Hoch, Henri Matisse, Jane Frank and more. Materials will be provided. Space is limited, pre-registration is suggested. To register, please email

Participate in  Nature Center Adventures on Thursday from 11-1 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.

The Builder's Club meets on Thursday at 2 at the South Beach Library, 21-25 Robin Rd. This fun program that invites you to plan, collaborate, and create with other builders using Lego bricks, magnetic tiles, craft sticks, cardstock paper and other surprise materials to further challenge your imagination.

Try your hand at knitting at Close Knit on Thursday from 2-4 at the Noble Maritime Collection,  1000 Richmond Terr. CloseKnit, the longest-running public program, is free and open to knitters of all skill levels. We donate the goods members make to community charities including the The Seamen's Church Institute's Christmas at Sea program and the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless. Consider joining us, or tell a knitter that you know.

Children of all ages are welcome to listen to amazing stories from around world at Folktale/Fable and Art on Thursday at 3:30 at the South Beach Library, 21-25 Robin Rd. Afterwards you will create art based on what was heard and seen in the story to enhance children’s imagination.

Ever wanted to visit Argentina, the home of the romantic Tango? Come spend a special evening with a Taste of Tango on Thursday, 8/1 and 8/15 from 68 at the Greenbelt Recreation Center in Blood Root Valley, 501 Brielle Ave. Enjoy tango stories, dance demonstrations, and tango classes! Sergio Segura, Director of Strictly Tango NYC, is pleased to bring you that authentic Buenos Aires Tango feeling. Everyone will learn, dance, and have fun. You don’t need a partner. Taste of Tango is for all levels of ability. Don’t miss out! Sign up for one or two classes on Eventbrite at 

On Thursday 8/1 at 6:30 join the United States Coast Guard Appreciation Night with a special thank you to our military service members, featuring 42nd Division Infantry Band at Fort Wadsworth, 210 New York Ave.  

Tap into your creative side with Fun with Finger paints--Inspired by Bees! on Friday 8/2 from 11:30- 5 at the Greenbelt Nature Center,  700 Rockland Ave. You may also add 3-D elements for additional texture. Good for ages 6+.  Registration required. Free/register at 718-351-3450 or email 

On Friday at 2 join local beekeeper and educator from Beezy Bees Honey at The Buzz about Bees: Meet a Bee Keeper at Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Ave. He will present a slideshow on various hives he maintains throughout Staten Island and New Jersey, show a demonstration hive and beekeeping equipment, and teach about different types of pollinators and how you can how you can attract them to your yard. Good for ages 6+. Free/register at 718-351-3450 or email 

Bring your child to the Home Depot DIY Rocket Pencil Box Workshop on Saturday 8/3 from 9-11:30 at all Home Depot Staten Island locations. Take school work to another galaxy in our hands-on workshop where you and your child can build a rocket pencil box. Your young aerospace engineer can study the anatomy of a rocket while you construct a handmade case together. Once your rocket pencil box is built, your child can decorate it with paint and stickers. All Kids Workshop attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron and a commemorative pin while supplies last.   Register at

Participate in Shape Up NYC: Midland Beach Zumba on Saturday from 9-10 at the FDR Boardwalk and Beach at Seaview Ave. and Fr. Capodanno Blvd. Zumba is a fusion of Latin, International and popular music dance themes creating a dynamic, exciting, effective fitness system! The routines feature aerobic, fitness interval training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body with easy to follow dance steps.

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 8/3 from 9:30-12:30. You are welcomed to take any books on the swap table.

Volunteer with Friends of Kivlehan Park, Inc. to clean and beautify the Sandy Memorial Garden, 89 Cedar Grove Ave. on Saturday from 10–12. We look forward to cleaning up the park with you!

Try your hand at Freshwater Fishing on Saturday from 11–12:30 at Clove Lakes Park, Park Dr. and Clove Rd. Catch-and-release fishing is a great way to get outdoors and discover nature. Our experienced Rangers teach the ethics of fishing and the ecology of our waterways on every fishing program. You can try to hook a pumpkinseed sunfish, carp or chain pickerel. Whether you choose to grab a simple bamboo pole at a quiet lake or join more advanced saltwater programs, we have a program that fits your skill level. All equipment is provided; this program is recommended for ages 8+. Participation is first-come, first-served.

Attend a Talk with Pat Salmon: Institutionalized on Staten Island on Saturday from 2–4 at Alice Austen House Museum in Alice Austen Park, 2 Hylan Blvd. During the 18th and early 19th centuries, Staten Island was viewed as a healing environment for the ill and those who could not care for themselves. But there was also a darker side. Off-island residents sometimes saw the island as a distant location for those with contagious diseases or for those viewed as outcasts. For these and other reasons the Quarantine station, seaman's retreat, "Old Ladies' Home", Richmond county Almshouse (later the Farm Colony), Nursery and Children's Hospital, Sea View Hospital, and others were established to house those "who required separation".

Participate in the Pein Aire Arte, Face2Face Portrait Workshop, and Inkscapes4u Workshop on Sunday, 8/4 from 1-3 at Stapleton Waterfront Park entrance on Navy Pier Court. “Walk This Way: Imagining My Staten Island” is a series of creative workshops to celebrate the diversity of Staten Island residents in relation to the waterfront and the link between its unique people, and their distinct and diverse neighborhoods.

On Sunday at 2, join Staten Island OutLOUD and Island poet Thomas Fucaloro of NYSAI Press for The Poetry of Audre Lorde who made her home on Staten Island. Staten Island OutLOUD celebrates the life and work of this pioneering poet with readings and a stroll through her neighborhood, along St. Paul’s Ave. Wear comfortable shoes. Rain or shine; if it rains, we’ll meet at Victory Blvd & St. Paul’s Ave, but we’ll stroll to a nearby indoor venue.  Special thanks to the Audre Lorde Estate for permission to present this afternoon’s readings of Ms. Lorde’s poetry.

On Sunday at 3, attend the Viva Voce Brass--Old, New, Borrowed, Blue at High Rock Park, 200 Nevada Ave. featuring world premieres by three Staten Island composers--Howard Fox, George Poppe and Michael Sirotta and more.

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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