After a few weeks of sultry days and nights, we are finally experiencing relief! Vito Picone and the Elegants highlighted Saturday’s Borough President-sponsored concert at Midland Beach.  Always on top, these gentlemen made us laugh, tap our feet, dance and brought back the memories of our younger lives with their wonderful doo-wop vocals ending with their hit "Little Star".

The two warm-up acts included the 50’s Band--the Expressions and a very talented Lina Fiscardi who sang all the hits we love.  Read all about Lina at: 

This past Sunday, I attended the Ballroom Dancing Social at the Y and never sat down.  It is always a pleasure to practice and learn new steps with Blanny Couto and other experienced dancers.  There was a good turnout with many different dancers willing to take the newbies under their wings with the Hustle, Tango, Waltz, Salsa and the Fox Trot.  The Social continues on 9/11 at 7 at the Y at the Broadway Branch.  You do not need to be a Y member to attend, and it’s FREE! Come join us and have some fun! 

Before the summer ends, be sure to participate in Boogie Woogie Wednesdays today, 8/24 at 5 at the Staten Island Children's Museum, 1000 Richmond Terr.  Sponsored in part by the Staten Island Delegation to the NYC Council and Dunkin Donuts, Boogie Woogie Wednesday, a FREE outdoor Wednesday evening music and dance program, is a great way to sneak some family time into a busy week. Pack a picnic dinner, dine under the tent on the Meadow and then dance the night away. At 5, Free admission begins and Exhibits open for play 5:30 p.m. Story time with Literacy INC.  6:30 p.m. Snacks (while supplies last) 7:00 p.m. Dancing Begins! 8:00 p.m. Museum closed. For info, call 718-273-2060 or visit

Enjoy the cool breezes from the beach and 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.

Kars4Kids, in conjunction with the Children’s Aid Society, will host a Backpack and School Uniforms Giveaway on Thursday, 8/25 from 1-3 at Goodhue Center, 304 Prospect Ave. Community schoolchildren of all ages are invited to the Children’s Aid Society’s beautiful Goodhue Center, where the brand-new backpacks will be available FREE of charge, along with an assortment of classic school uniforms while supplies last. For info, call 732-730-1000 x 291 or visit

Bring the kiddies ages 3 and up to Elephant & Piggy Picnic, Thursday at 4 to the New Dorp Library, 309 New Dorp Ln. Enjoy stories, a fun craft and some snacks. For info, call  718-351-2977. 

Be sure to attend the Staten Island Philharmonic Centennial on Thursday at 6 in the Fr. Capodanno Chapel at Ft. Wadsworth, 120 New York Ave. Conducted by Army Bandmaster Maestro Russell Houser, music selections will include John Williams “Liberty Fanfare,” the beloved American folk song “Shenandoah,” “A New Birth of Freedom,” and a musical setting of a prayer written by Eleanor Roosevelt. Narration will be provided by SI OutLOUD. This outdoor performance is family-friendly, FREE and open to all. Bring your own lawn chair. For more information, please email us—

The Borough President's Sunset Summer Concert series continues Thursday at 7 at Historic Richmond Town, 411 Clark Ave. with The Rock-A-Silly Band and Grounded4Life.

Men are FREE for this new monthly yoga practice!  Bro Night - Free Yoga For Men will take place on Thursday at 7:30 at 5 Boro Power Yoga, 176 Rose Ave. Admission for Men is FREE/$17 drop in for everyone else.  Snacks along with beer from Flagship Brewery and Bubbles for the ladies will be served after practice. No babysitter? No worries! Drop the kids for kids yoga class at 5BPY Kids!  For info, call 718-667-5279 or visit

Attend an Art Exhibit "Earth, Wind and Fire", featuring works by dozens of Staten Island artists in various mediums at the J Gallery of the Joan and Alan Bernikow Jewish Community Center, 1466 Manor Rd. Each artist selected 2 pieces to be shown at the gallery. The exhibit will be on display through August.  For information, contact Ela Seeley 718-475-5263

On Friday, 8/26 at sundown, enjoy a FREE movie, “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of the Justice” at the South Beach Dolphin Fountain, Fr. Capodanno Blvd. and Sand Ln., Softball Field #2. This is sponsored by the NYC Parks Department as part of Boardwalk Days.

For children ages 3 and up, attend Singin' Stories with Caroline Cutroneo at the Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Ave. on Friday at 2.

Don’t miss the Staten Island Shakespearean Theater production of "The Trojan Women" on Friday, August 26 and Saturday, 8/27 at 6, at Gateway National Recreation Area at Ft. Wadsworth at the walls of Battery Weed, 120 New York Ave. Shuttles will be available at Fort Wadsworth Overlook.  This FREE production is made possible in part by a New York State Council on the Arts Encore Grant from Staten Island Arts and funding from Richmond County Savings Foundation and the Lois and Richard Nicotra Foundation.

If you always wanted to try yoga but never made the move, now is your chance.  Participate in FREE yoga on the Beach on Saturday, 8/27 at 9 at Midland Beach (near the Turtle Fountain), Midland Beach and Fr. Capodanno Blvd. Sponsored by Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis and the City Parks Department and led by the team from 5 Boro Power Yoga, the class is open to ALL - especially those new to yoga! Kids Yoga too!! Bring a towel or mat and wear sunscreen!

"Love Yourself--Transform Your Life!” a Healing & Wellness Festival takes place on Saturday from 10-6 at Tompkinsville Park, Bay St. and Victory Blvd.  Practitioners will offer Wellness Services including Chair Massage, Foot Reflexology, Reiki, & Thai Massage. There will be workshops on Fitness, Meditation 101, Yoga, Womb Wellness and more. Healing Marketplace will feature vendors with Natural Bath & Body Products, Essential Oils, Nutritional Products, Books, and more.

A Memorial Show for Richard Capuozzo“All you Need is Love and a Camera” will begin on Saturday, at the CPG Gallery (Creative Photographers' Guild), 814 Richmond Terr. Gallery Hours are Saturday & Sunday 1-5; closed 9/3 and 4. Exhibiting Photographers are Willie Chu, Bruce Cohn, Joyce Coletti, Connie J. Frisch-Cherniak, Robin George, Robert Haber, Marilyn Kiss, Jeff Mason, Gail Middleton, Paul Nueckel, George Roos, Virginia Ross, Doug Schwab, Joan Velazquez, Fritz (Steven) Weiss and Richard Xuerub.  For more info, visit

Enjoy a Film Screening: Walking in Circles on Sunday, 8/28 at 2 at the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, 338 Lighthouse Ave. The film takes place in the summer of 1958. Three English housewives drove 8,000 miles to India. All married to mountaineers, they decided to have an adventure of their own. Eve Sims, Anne Davies and Antonia Deacock set their sites on Zanskar; a remote Tibetan Buddhist Kingdom in the North West Himalaya, the highest inhabited valley on earth and one of the last unexplored regions on the map.  FREE with museum admission: $6 Adults $4 Students and Seniors. For info, call 718-987-3500 or visit 

Boardwalk Days at South Beach 2016 will present a series of FREE concerts every Sunday continuing through 9/4 from 3-6 under the Gazebo.  This Sunday, you will be entertained by the Paul Corn Jazz Collective. Bring a chair, throw a blanket on the sand and enjoy the music.

Communities United For Respect and Trust is holding its 12th annual Solution Making Summit on Sunday, from 5-8 at the Brighton Heights Reformed Church, 320 St. Mark's Pl. It is open to the public and a buffet supper will be served.  Police, criminal justice, street violence and our communities will be discussed.  Co-sponsors are NAACP-SI Chapter, National Action Network, SI Council of Churches, SI Inter-Religious Leadership, Occupy the Block, Mothers Against Senseless Killing, Park Hill Empowerment Zone, Eye-Openers Youth Against Violence, Staten Island Immigrants Council, Mt. Sinai Community Enrichment Center, St. Philip’s Baptist Church, Mt. Sinai United Christian Church, Brighton Heights Reformed Church.

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

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