Did you participate in the 'Touch and Feel' Tour of the Colonial Herb Garden at the Historic Conference House and learn about the many fragrant, culinary and health beneficial plants that are easy to grow and use, volunteer to help clean and beautify Westerleigh Park or make a rag doll at the Crafting Cloth Dolls workshop at the Mont Sec House? Did you take the family to one of the Movies Under the Stars? We are so lucky on Staten Island to have so many free events!

The Opening Reception of the exhibit: DOLLS, hosted by the Staten Island Creative Community at Art On The Terrace Gallery, took place on Saturday.  Read about "The Doll Says Project" below. For more info about SICC and/or future events, visit https://sicreative.org/ or their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/SICCNY/   Following are photos from the event:


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 participate. They have instituted a New Member and Referral Discount. All brand new participants will receive $2 off of their bag. If a new member has been referred to the program by an existing member, $2 off will also be given to existing member who made the referral. That is a great incentive to sign up/and refer a friend.  The Children's Aid takes a short break from programming at the end of August so the next pick-up will be 9/10. You can, however, sign up on 9/3 from 4-6 a Goodhue.

This week the box included peaches, Swiss chard or kale, onions, cilantro, garlic scapes, green beans, corn, peppers and zucchini.  We tasted a sample of Zucchini and Corn Fritters--easy to make and delicious!

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Bring the kiddies to $1 movies at the Regal UA Theater, 2474 Forest Ave. on Wednesday 8/14 at 10 featuring “Kung Fu Panda 3” and “Lego Ninjago Movie”.

The FDNY and NYC Parks’ PlayMobile will be at Cpl. Allan F. Kivlehan Park, corner of Cedar Grove Ave. and Cedar Grove Ct. on Wednesday from 10-1 in the playground. Great fun for all!

On Wednesday at 1, Make Your Own Sparkly Moon Rocks using just water, baking soda, food coloring, and glitter at the Todt Hill-Westerleigh Library, 2550 Victory Blvd.

Learn how to turn your ideas into animated drawings at Create and Animate on Wednesday at 3:30 at the South Beach Library, 21-25 Robin Rd. Experiment and draw artwork digitally by using the various tools in an iPad drawing app and turn into an animation. For ages 13-18 years old. Presented by DJ SpazeCraft.

Bring the kiddies to Clay Date on Wednesday at 3:30 at the South Beach Library, 21-25 Robin Rd. Create, interact and play with other children using modeling dough and molding tools.

Bring the family to Movies Under the Stars: Doctor Strange on Wednesday from 8-10 pm at Walker Park, Delafield Pl. and Bard Ave. From Marvel comes Doctor Strange, the story of world-famous neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), whose life changes forever after a horrific car accident renders his hands useless. When traditional medicine fails him, he travels to remote Kamar-Taj in search of a cure, but instead discovers the mystical arts and becomes a powerful sorcerer battling dark forces bent on destroying our reality. Come early and bring a blanket or chair.

On Thursday 8/15 at 2, join the South Beach Library,  21-25 Robin Rd. for the Builder’s Club, a fun program where you plan, collaborate, and create with other builders. You will be using Lego bricks, magnetic tiles, craft sticks, cardstock paper and other surprise materials to further challenge your imagination.

Attend Salsa is Nuyorican on Thursday at 3 at the Port Richmond Library, 75 Bennett St.  The music amalgam known as salsa was created by Puerto Ricans and Nuyoricans in Spanish Harlem. Presenter, Joe Obando, will discuss the artistic, social and economic contributions to this movement. Good for ages 13-18 years old.

Build a simple device that separates light into a color spectrum (prism), a Spectroscope on Thursday at 3:30 at the Huguenot Library, 830 Huguenot Ave.  Learn about the properties of light and experiment with looking at different light sources such as incandescent and fluorescent to see how the color spectrum changes. For ages 13-18 years old. Presented by Staten Island MakerSpace.

Have you ever wanted to visit Argentina, the home of the romantic Tango? Come spend a special evening with a Taste of Tango on Thursday 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! To sign up for the class, visit: Eventbrite at tangogb.eventbrite.com 

As part of the 2019 Sunset Summer Concert Series, Cause and the Effects will perform at Silver Lake Park, Forest Ave. at Haven Esplanade on Thursday at 7.  

Bring the family to Movies Under the Stars: Star Wars Return of the Jedi on Thursday from 810:30 at Father Macris Park, Lamberts Ln. and Arlene St.  As an epic battle for the fate of the galaxy approaches, the Empire quickly finishes construction on another Death Star battle station, and the Emperor himself soon arrives to personally oversee the operation. Rescuing Han Solo from his captor Jabba the Hutt, Princess Leia helps organize the Rebel attack and Luke Skywalker prepares for final confrontation with Darth Vader to prove himself a Jedi and perhaps bring out the good within his father's soul. As the Rebels launch their offensive, Skywalker is brought before the Emperor, and after a light saber duel with Vader refuses the Emperor’s temptations. In a fateful moment, Vader chooses to save his son, destroying the Emperor and sacrificing himself, a final redeeming act as Anakin Skywalker. Come early and bring a blanket or chair.

Bring the children 8-11 for American Girl Doll Craft on Friday 8/16 at 2 at the Great Kills Library, 56 Giffords Ln. Bring your girls and boys for an afternoon of crafting, where they will make something for their special doll. Bring your own American Girl Doll (or any doll or action figure of your choosing.) Space and supplies are limited so pre-registration is required by calling 718-984-6670. 

Bring the family to the Tavern Terrace Outdoor Concert Series on Friday from 6-11 at Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Ave.  Staten Island’s biggest backyard barbecue is open Friday and Saturday evenings all summer long, featuring DJ music on Friday and  live music on SaturdayYou must check out Langan’s Patties this Friday! Mike Langan, a North Shore Staten Island native, serves homemade all-American pressed patties and kid-tested, cheesy and crunchy grilled cheese sandwiches which can both be customized with a selection of toppings, and offers private event services for medium to intimate sized settings.  Check out the menu and visit his Facebook Page Langan's PattiesDeputy Dogs serves Sabrett hotdogs and recently added bratwurst to the menu. You can leave comments on Instagram @Langan_Patties and @Deputy_Dogs.Fun for the entire family! Bring a blanket and have a picnic! Enjoy classic outdoor games and cool down at Egger’s Ice Cream Parlor with a sweet treat!

Bring the family to Movies Under the Stars: Thor: Ragnarok on Friday from 810:30 at Clove Lakes Park park house in Clove Lakes Park, Clove Rd. and Cheshire Pl.  After being defeated in combat by his half-sister Hela, Thor ends up as an imprisoned gladiator on a distant world ruled by the Grandmaster. Come early and bring a blanket or chair.

The Staten Island Snugs will present 2 days of peace, love and music to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock at Everything Goes Café, 208 Bay St. on Friday and Saturday 8/16 and 17 at 8. $5 admission.

Shape Up NYC: Midland Beach Zumba on Saturday from 9-10 at the FDR Boardwalk,  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.

Participate in a Free Chess Program, run by SI Tech students, on Saturday from 9:30-11:30 at the Greenbelt Recreation Center, 501 Brielle Ave.

On Saturday at 10, the Staten Island Chapter of the Goretti Group is having its Second Annual Race for the Chaste 5K Run/Walk at Midland Beach, Fr. Capodanno Blvd. & Lincoln Ave. Walk, run, pray or cheer with friends and family. Moms, do it for your kids! Husbands, do it for your wives! Youth, do it for your friends and future spouse! Sign up today! Runners/walkers can register; for more info about the Goretti Group, visit https:www.thegorettigroup.org/new-york.html

Take a Saturday Morning Walk on Saturday from 10-11 at Clay Pit Ponds Visitors Center, 2351 Veterans Rd. W.Learn about the flora and fauna in our Park or just get out, get exercise, and enjoy the fresh air!  All ages welcome.  The hike is at least a mile each week.

Join Staten Island MakerSpace, 450 Front St, Unit B for Summer Family Day: Bird Feeders on Saturday from 10:30-12 as you make bird feeders for your home! Included in one bird feeder kit are all the essentials: a plastic bottle, string, and bird seed. Instructions will be given on how to create your own unique bird feeder and materials for decoration. Instructors are present to help you and your family make! Each kit is $5, please get multiple tickets if you need more than 1 kit. Adult involvement required. Please arrive within the first hour to ensure your seat. All ages are welcome.

AfricanFest NYC takes place on Saturday from 12-7 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel,  258 Clove Rd. featuring the celebration of African Cultural Heritage, enjoyment of different kind of African Music, folklore, fashion show, Poetry, Paintings, Sculptures, the display of African related merchandise, enjoyment of authentic African cuisine, great children play area and more.

As part of the Summer Sunset Concert Series, Vito Picone and the Elegants and Friends will perform on Saturday at 7 at the Midland Beach Splash Plaza, Father Capodanno Blvd. & Seaview Ave.

Bring the family to Movies Under the Stars: What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? on Saturday from 810:30 at Cpl. Allan F. Kivlehan Park, corner of Cedar Grove Ave. and Cedar Grove Ct. Bette Davis and Joan Crawford star as two aging sisters--both former celebrities--bound together in a psychopathic relationship by their mutual dependency, jealousy and hatred in this classic, shocking thriller. Come early and bring a blanket or chair. Stop by the Friends of Kivlehan’s welcome table for a free snack.

Experience Basic Canoeing on Sunday, 8/18 from 11-12:30 at Willowbrook Park, Eton Pl. and Richmond Ave. in Willowbrook Park.  Few experiences compare with being on the open water in New York City. Our trained Urban Park Rangers will lead you on canoe adventures that range from the gentle waters of protected lakes to the challenging open waters of rivers and bays. Participation in a mandatory safety review led by a trained Ranger is required.  First-come, first-serve. For ages 8 years old and up. The line may close prior to the scheduled program end time due to demand.

Enjoy Music with Patrick on Sunday from 1-3 at the Empire Outlets, 55 Richmond Terr. Patrick Raftery–aka Mr. Patrick–is a songwriter, musician, dad and self-styled “maker of musical mischief” who loves entertaining families with his wacky blend of absurdist comedy and catchy, sing-along-able tunes.

Join in on a Sea Shanty Session on Sunday from 2-5 at the Noble Maritime Collection, 1000 Richmond Terr. Led by the Folk Music Society of New York, this program is gaining in popularity and offers a great opportunity to experience authentic, time-honored maritime songs in an appropriately historic setting. The sessions are free and family friendly, and audience participation is encouraged.

Cool off at High Rock Park, 200 Nevada Ave. on Sunday at 3 and with performances by Viva Voce Little Big Band featuring swinging tunes from the big band era. Bench seating is available, or you are welcome to bring a lawn chair.

Do you know of a “high school student 16 or older with working papers, persons enrolled, registered and accumulating credits in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at a 2-4 year accredited institution, or Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces who possess a high school diploma or its equivalent and has served on active duty in the two years preceding the first day of internship” who would be interested in participating in the Mayor’s Office Fall/Spring Internship Program? For more information, visit https://a002-oom03.nyc.gov/nycmointernship/apply.html to apply.

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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