I don’t know about you, but when the weather gets into the 90’s with real feels above 100, I become listless and lazy.  It’s a good time to get involved with anything air conditioned like libraries, museums, gyms or if outside the beach, pools, reading underneath a tree in the park, family picnics or hanging out with the kiddies at the sprinklers.  You can’t just stop exercising?  Did you take a Zumba class this week or practice your Ballroom Dancing at the Social at the Y on Sunday? Did you take your children to one of the events at the many libraries on Staten Island?  I know we will soon be complaining about the chill in the air, so let us enjoy our gardens and the outdoors, do a bit of weeding in the early evenings and pick those juicy tomatoes, cukes, lettuce and perhaps make some refreshing salads.  If you have mint growing in your yard, pick a bunch and make iced mint tea.  The family will love it!

Attend a FREE Summerstage performance: Ephrat Asherie Dance on Wednesday, 8/17 from 10:30-11:30 at Snug Harbor Cultural Center, 1000 Richmond Terr. Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie is a New York City choreographer and dancer. As artistic director of Ephrat Asherie Dance (EAD), she has presented work at the Apollo Theater, Jacob’s Pillow, New York Live Arts, Summerstage and the Yard, among others. For info, visit http://snug-harbor.org

A Bird and Nature Walk at Great Kills Park takes place Wednesday at 1 at the Gateway National Recreation Area at Great Kills Park, Hylan Blvd and Buffalo St. For info, call 718-987-6790.  Encourage your children ages 8-12 to participate in Tween Crochet at the West New Brighton Library, 976 Castleton Ave. on Wednesday at 3:30.  This is a great skill for your child to learn; the possibilities are endless.  Just think ahead to winter—mittens, scarves, booties, blankets! 

Enjoy the cool breezes from the beach and watch the spectacular Fireworks on Wednesday at 9 at the South Beach Dolphin Fountain, Fr. Capodanno Blvd. and Sand Ln. The Boardwalk Grill is open, Uncle Louie G’s ices are cooling, the cotton candy and popcorn carts are at your service.

Bring your children ages 5 and up to Super Hero Training Academy on Thursday, 8/18 at 2 at the New Dorp Library, 309 New Dorp Ln.  Your children should wear a super hero costume. Upon completion of super hero training, they will receive an official super hero training certificate! For info, call 718-351-2977. 

The Borough President’s sponsored Summer Concert Series continues on Thursday at 7 at Bloomingdale Park (at Ramona Ave. and Lenvar Ave.) with All Hands on Deck, who will entertain with folk songs and groove music, and Cause and Effects, a group of young musicians singing old favorites form the 1940’s to today’s Top 40.  Bring lawn chairs, snacks and enjoy the concert under the stars. 

Attend a Prophetic Prayer/Healing Meeting on Thursday at 7:25 at the Hampton Inn and Suites, 1120 South Ave. Miracles still happen today! If you need a miracle, then this meeting is for you! If you are a prayer warrior, then this meeting is for you! If you need a change in your life, then this meeting is for you! For details, call 918-527-9996.

On Thursday at sundown, enjoy a FREE movie, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” at the South Beach Dolphin Fountain, Fr. Capodanno Blvd. and Sand Ln., Softball Field #2, sponsored by the NYC Parks Department as part of Boardwalk Days.

Toddler Time is Friday, 8/19 at 11:15 at Tottenville Library, 7430 Amboy Rd.  Your children ages 18-36 months will enjoy stories, songs and playtime and meet other toddlers in the neighborhood!

Saturday 8/20 from 10-12 take your children ages 8-13 to Super Science Saturday: Marine Biology at the Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor, 1000 Richmond Terr., Building A.  They will learn about the creatures that are in the New York Harbor and look through microscopes to observe some of the smaller creatures found in our water. Admission is $10/$5 for Members and includes Museum Admission.

Attend a FREE Health Fair on Saturday at 11:30 at the Fellowship Baptist Church, 3036 Richmond Terr. SIUH's Community Outreach team has information on healthy living/healthy aging, blood pressure, weight, nutrition, cholesterol, stroke, cancer prevention, smoking cessation and more.

Boardwalk Days at South Beach 2016 is presenting a series of FREE concerts every Sunday continuing through 9/4 from 3-6 under the Gazebo.  On 8/21, you will be entertained by the London Fogg/British Invasion Revue. Bring a chair, throw a blanket on the sand and enjoy the music.

Join Kayak Staten Island for FREE public kayaking off the shore of South Beach on Sunday 8/20 from 12-3. For details, visit https://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/08/20/kayaking    

Shape Up New York offers FREE Zumba classes on the Boardwalk at Parking Lot 5 Fishing Pier at Seaview Ave. on Sunday, Tuesday and Saturday from 9-10.  For other FREE classes, visit https://www.nycgovparks.org/programs/recreation/shape-up-nyc

The Dinosaur skull replica exhibit continues each day and on Sundays at the Huguenot Library, 830 Huguenot Ave. See 21 Dinosaur skull replicas and test your dinosaur knowledge with the Dino game.

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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