Did you purchase a Koi at the Tri-State ZNA Koi Show at Snug Harbor this past weekend?  One of my gentle readers, Cecilia, submitted photos from the show that her daughter took.  Never realized how beautiful these fish are.  Now, if I only had a backyard pond. . .


How many of you attended the Borough President's Summer Concert last Thursday at Wolfe's Pond Park featuring Charlie Poveromo and Vinnie Medugno?  These great voices, introduced by Cousin Brucie, WCBS, entertained their audience with songs from yesteryear, including Humperdinck, Sinatra, Dean Martin, Andy Williams, just to name a few.  If you missed this performance, check it out live on Facebook at the following link:  https://www.facebook.com/VinnieMedugnoOfficial/#

Did you reserve your "Go Healthy Food Box" for this week?  I reserved my sack of freshly harvested produce and picked it up on Tuesday.  Check out this bounty which included Romaine lettuce, tomatoes (vine & cherry), squash, corn, cucumber, onion, frying peppers and oregano sprigs--all for only $10.

If you missed the info from my "Events" last week, go to Goodhue Center, 304 Prospect Ave. on Tuesday from 4-6 and every week until November to reserve your sack for the following week.  You can sign up, reserve and pay for a sack to be picked up the next week.  Payment is by credit card, cash, NYS Health Bucks and soon by EBT.  Each week you will receive a new recipe.  Last week's recipe was  "Zucchini and Corn Salad with Fresh Herbs".  Samples of the recipe are available as well as helpful hints about how to freeze your favorite produce, how to store for the longest life and much more.








Bring the family to the "Puss in Boots" Puppet Show today, Wednesday, 8/3 at 10:30 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Hall, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, 1000 Richmond Terr.  The CityParks PuppetMobile presents the classic tale with a twist.  The PuppetMobile, one of the only traveling puppet theaters in the country, brings Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre productions and puppet-making workshops to all corners of the City, FREE of charge.

Are you looking to get your hands dirty?  Learn how to make compost by volunteering with the NYC Compost Project to assist our community partners. On Wednesday from 1-3 meet at the West Brighton Community Garden (Henderson Ave. and Chappell St.) Bring a water bottle, wear closed-toe shoes and clothes you don't mind getting dirty.  Rain or shine so dress appropriately.

NAMI is a family support group for relatives and friends of people living with mental illness.  The NAMI Family Support Group meets Wednesday at 6 at Curtis High School, 105 Hamilton Ave.  For info, call 718-477-1700 or visit http://www.namistatenisland.org

Have your children participate in a Summer Sports Experience at various dates and locations.  On Wednesday at 3 at Corporate Thompson Park on Broadway, Wednesday at 11 at the Midland Beach playground, Thursday at 11 at Clove Lakes Park, Thursday at 3 at the Grandview Playground at Continental Pl., Friday at 12 at Faber Park Field House in Faber Pool and Park and Saturday at 11 at Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Ave.  Sponsored by the NYC Parks Dept., staff trains children of all ages on basic and more advanced sports techniques.  It's a drop-in program, so participants can stop by for one or more sessions, but those who stay for the whole program will get the most benefit from it.  Visit the website for updates:  http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/summer-sports-experience

The Borough President's sponsored Summer Concerts Series continues on Thursday at 7 at Willowbrook Park, 1 Eton Pl. and features London Fogg and Joan Caddell and the Midnight Choir.  Bring lawn chairs, blankets, snacks and enjoy the concert under the stars.

The Youth Empowerment Festival takes place Saturday, 8/6 at 10 at SIABC, 73 Wave St.  Local businesses of Staten Island bring performances, inflatables, music, horse and pony rides, raffles, clowns and face painting and more.  If you have any slightly used clothing and would like to donate, feel free to bring them  Your clothing will go directly to those in need.  For info, visit facebook.com/revivtheyouth.

Free NARCAN training will be held on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. at the Staten Island Mental Health Society, South Shore Center, 3972 Amboy Rd., 3rd Fl.  For info, call 718-781-7816 or visit http://southshore@simhs.org

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 8/7, you will hear Airtite Classic Rock/Motown.  Bring a chair, throw a blanket on the sand and enjoy the music.

If you are thinking about getting a pet, you can adopt a dog or a cat at the Animal Care Centers of NYC, 3139 Veterans Rd. West on Monday through Friday noon-8 and 10-6 on weekends.  Capt adoptions, in the care of the Staten Island Council for Animal Welfare are in the adoption room at PetSmart, 1520 Forest Ave.  Cat adoptions in the care of P.L.U.T.O. are at Merry Mutts Play-and-Stay, 654 Sharrotts Rd. 10-8.

The Summer Meals Program has returned this year providing FREE, healthy breakfast and lunch to children 18 and under and is available at hundreds of public schools, pool centers, NYCHA complexes and other locations around NYC.  To find a location near you, text "NYCMEALS" to 877-877, call 311 or visit their website at http://www.schoolfoodnyc.org/sch_sarch/summermeals.aspx

Have you ever tried camping with your family?  The Urban Park Rangers celebrate the tradition of camping and will give you the opportunity to camp out on Staten Island.  Tents are provided. Space is limited, and participants are chosen by lottery.  To apply for a chance at a fun camping experience, call 718-967-3542 or visit the website at https://www.nycgovparks.org/reg/rangers/2266

If you would like me to post photos from your weekend events, please forward them at my e-mail below.  If your organization would like to promote their event or if you have events specifically for children or volunteer opportunities, please call me at 646-258-9696, leave a comment or e-mail me at joan.coogan@gmail.com

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