Did you cool off at High Rock listening to the sweet sounds of Viva Voce Brass--Old, New, Borrowed, Blue, try Freshwater Fishing at Clove Lakes Park or attend the talk by Pat Salmon “Institutionalized on Staten Island” at Alice Austen Park? Did you participate in the Taste of Tango at Greenbelt Recreation. You will get another chance to do so on 8/15.

Did you join Staten Island OutLOUD on a stroll up St. Paul’s Ave. to celebrate the life and work of The Poetry of Audre Lorde? Congratulations to Beth Gorrie and Staten Island OutLOUD for receiving the National Endowment for the Arts Endowment award for the 10th straight year! Staten Island OutLOUD has been chosen to present The Big Read in our community this autumn. For more info and upcoming events, visit https://www.statenislandoutloud.org/

Below are some photos of the afternoon of the participants reading the poetry of Audre Lorde as we strolled, hearing from friends and fans the story of her life and ending at the Audre's last abode before she passed.  

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. 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. We tasted a sample of Ensalada Chilena this week. Check out what we received this week—peaches, red beets, corn, tomatoes, Kirby cucumbers, basil, fresh candy onions, lettuce mix.

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On Wednesday 8/7 at 10, treat the kiddies to $1 movies at the Regal UA Cinemas, 2474 Forest Ave. featuring “Penguins of Madagascar” and “Boss Baby”.

Teens ages 13-19 can participate in My Manga Universe on Wednesday at 2:30 at Richmondtown Library, 200 Clarke Ave.  This workshop will teach the fundamentals of storytelling and universe-building by having participants create their own comic universe filled with its own set of moral and physical laws. This is an introduction to comics, animation and world-building as participants learn to tell stories and create characters based on their imaginings of what makes a universe work. Presented by Ivan Velez.

A Librarian will share Favorite Picture Books, providing children with the Wonder of Books and the Joy of reading at Family Story Time on Wednesday at 4 at Richmondtown Library, 200 Clarke Ave.

Children ages 8-14 can participate in the Lego Club on Wednesday at 4 at the Todt Hill-Westerleigh Library, 2550 Victory Blvd. The library will supply Legos, while you provide the imagination. All materials must stay at the library, so bring a camera to document your creations!

Bring the family to Movies Under the Stars: Captain America: Civil War on Wednesday from 810:30 pm at Cornelia Ave. and Chester Ave. in Wolfe's Pond Park. Former Avengers teammates Iron Man and Captain America clash over ideological differences. Soon, the rest of the Marvel heroes take sides in the conflict. Come early and bring a blanket or chair.

Join in the fun at Bessie’s Big Shot on Thursday 8/8 from 11-11:45 at Snug Harbor Cultural Center, 1000 Richmond Terr.  Bessie the cow dreams of joining the circus. But can she lift more than Ziegfried, the strongest man in the world? Fly on the trapeze high above the crowd? Come root Bessie on in this variety show as she attempts the impossible and searches for her special talents.

Attend the 'Touch and Feel' Tour of the Colonial Herb Garden at the Historic Conference House Thursday from 1112 at the Conference House Park Visitor Center in Conference House Park, 298 Satterlee St. Join the Staten Island Herb Society to learn about the many fragrant, culinary and health beneficial plants that are easy to grow and use. The garden, which is maintained by volunteers, is adjacent to the historic Conference House. The SI Herb Society is committed to preserving and retaining an authentic representation of herbs that might have been used by Native Americans of the eastern United States, and herbs commonly used in Colonial America.  Light refreshments will be served

Grow our library garden with us this summer. Learn about nature and grow fresh fruits and vegetables at Busy Bees Gardening Club on Thursday at 3 at Stapleton Library, 132 Canal St.

The Westerleigh Parks Coalition invite Volunteers to clean and beautify at It's My Park at Westerleigh Park on Thursday from 58. We look forward to cleaning up the park with you!

Come to Westerleigh Park, Neal Dow Ave. and Maine Ave. on Thursday at 7 as part of the 2019 Sunset Summer Concert Series featuring Julia Gargano and JD & the Allstars.

Bring the kiddies to a free Play Café on Friday, 8/9 from 10-11 at the SI Children's Museum, 1000 Richmond Terr.  Parents and caregivers can socialize in our pop-up Cafe while children, ages 3–6, do fun activities with our staff. Pre-registration required; email jdudley@sichildrensmuseum.org

Have fun on Game Day on Friday at 4:30 at the South Beach Library, 21-25 Robin Rd. We know that Friday means time for fun. Join other families to play Wii games, PS4, Lego Bricks or any of our many board games to start off the weekend!

Try out Free Public Kayaking on Friday from 5-7 at Conference House Park, 850 Page Ave. Please wear water appropriate clothing and footwear.  Dry bags will be available for purchase for cell phones and expensive eye wear.

Attend Movies Under the Stars: Pokemon Detective Pikachu on Friday from 8-10 in Cpl. Thompson Park, Broadway and Wayne St. The first-ever live-action Pokémon adventure stars Ryan Reynolds as Pikachu, the iconic face of the global Pokémon phenomenon—one of the world’s most popular, multi-generation entertainment properties and the most successful media franchise of all time. The film also showcases a wide array of beloved Pokémon characters, each with its own unique abilities and personality. Come early and bring a blanket or chair.

Participate in Gentle Flow Yoga on Saturday 8/10 at 10 at Alice Austen House Museum,  2 Hylan Blvd.  The lawn of Clear Comfort is the perfect serene environment for yoga this summer. Led by Be Yoga & Dance in partnership with Shape Up NYC. Bring a yoga mat, water and a towel.

Sensory Storytime takes place on Saturday at 11 at the Stapleton Library, 132 Canal St.Sensory Storytime is a fun, new, and interactive library literacy program designed to engage kids through movement, music, stories, and sensory activity play. This program is open to all and is ideal for children with autism spectrum disorders, sensory integration challenges, or children who have difficulty sitting still.  Pre-registration required call 718-727-0427.

Saturday at 11:30 is Family Science Saturday: Move with Science at Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Ave.Conduct hands-on experiments about motion: Explore what makes things move fast or very slow, what is attracted to or what repels a magnet, and test to see what sinks or floats. Good for ages 5-7 with chaperone. Registration is required at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/con-edison-family-science-saturday-move-with-science-tickets-64371852945?aff=ebdshpsearchautocomplete  

Come and sing along favorite children’s songs at Saturday Sing Along with Matt on Saturday at 11:30 at the St. George Library, 5 Central Ave.  No registration needed.

On Saturday at 12 at the South Beach Library, 21-25 Robin Rd. attend Watching Earth and discover the depths of our amazing world through captivating scenes that will mesmerize and inspire everyone to watch and care for earth.

Participate in the Crafting Cloth Dolls workshop on Saturday from 1-3 at the Mont Sec House, 112A Mont Sec Ave., Ft. Wadsworth. Make a traditional rag doll—choose and match fabrics and decorate to your own style.

The Flagship Brewery, 40 Minthorne St. invites all for Free Family Fun on Saturday from 1-6 including face painting for the kids. Learn how to recycle a t-shirt, make a school picture frame and other craft projects. Raffles start at 3:30--win a free basket of school supplies.

Art On The Terrace Gallery, 776 Richmond Terr. invites all to the Opening Reception: Dolls on Saturday and continuing through 9/29 from 7-9 and will include a fun activity with Everet: Do you have a worry, is something stressing you? Make a Worry Doll to tell your worries to. No crafting experience necessary. All supplies will be provided.

Bring the family to Movies Under the Stars: The Goonies on Saturday from 810 at Bedford Ave. and Laconia Ave. in Midland Field. A group of teenagers finds a map leading to a hidden treasure. They must overcome booby traps, natural obstructions and a gang of desperate thieves in their race for the loot. Come early and bring a blanket or chair.

Participate in Ecosystem Explorers: Coastline Seining on Sunday, 8/11 from 11-12:30 at Ocean Breeze Pier, Seaview Ave. and Fr. Capodanno Blvd. The Urban Park Rangers will teach the ecology of our waterways on every seining program. Get ready to get your hands wet; seining programs use nets to catch fish. All equipment is provided; this program is recommended for ages 8+. Participation is first come, first served.

Grab your bike, and join your friends on this park to park adventure from Fresh Kills Park to the Greenbelt and back (approximately 10 miles)--Trail of the Month: Biking on Sunday, 8/11 from 113:30. Meet at Arlene St. and Signs Rd.

On Sunday from 12-3, bring clean, reusable, portable items such as clothing, housewares, electronics, books and toys that you no longer need to Stop ‘N’ Swap at Staten Island MakerSpace Park, Front St. and Thompson St. You can take home something new-to-you, FREE but you do not have to bring something to take something. How cool is that?! Visit: recycle@grownyc.org or grownyc.org/swap or call 212-788-7964 for further info.

Cool off at High Rock Park, 200 Nevada Ave. on Sunday 8/11 at 3 and celebrate the 50th anniversary of Woodstock with performances by Viva Voce Chorus, Brooklyn’s Dyker Singers and many others. Audience participation is encouraged!

Early Announcement: On Saturday 8/17, 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

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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