Did you dispose of harmful household products at the DSNY SAFE Disposal Event?  I don’t know about you, my gentle readers, but I have the best intentions when I say I’m going to do Spring Cleaning.  I clean windows, curtains and the usual a few days at a time.  I become lackadaisical when Summer arrives and hang out in my garden.  I try to have a garage sale but visit other garage sales instead. When Fall arrives, I again promise to do major cleaning.  Yesterday, I began going through drawers, closets and discarding what I have not used or needed in many years.  It felt like a burden was lifted.  As a real estate broker, I see houses being sold every day where my clients are forced to deal with a lifetime of clothes, jewelry, furniture and unwanted “stuff” that they never knew what to do with and hesitated to give away or donate.  It becomes emotional especially if a parent or loved one has passed on.  I suggest to my clients when they list with me to start weeding through all their “stuff” little by little each day so they don’t have to pack that same “stuff” and move it to the next abode.  To that end, on Saturday, 9/19 from 12-3, attend a Stop ‘N’ Swap at Sea View Hospital Community Services Building, 460 Brielle Ave.  You can drop off clean, reusable, portable items such as clothing, house wares, electronics, books and toys.  No furniture or large items will be accepted.  It is sponsored by NYC Recycles.  For more info, visit: http://www1.nyc.gov/site/dsny/recycling-and-garbage/residents/electronics  There are also charities such as the Salvation Army, Goodwill, American Red Cross, Vietnam Veterans of America, Dress for Success, Career Gear, Big Brother Big Sister Foundation, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Donate my Dress, Community Outreach Centers and Homeless Shelters that would be happy to pick up your donations. Check out their web sites and give them a call. Good luck!

Thursday, 9/17 at 8, participate in the Sundog Theatre Fall Reading Series at Galerie St. George, 11 Phelps Pl.  Tonight’s FREE reading of an original play “Two Drink Minimum” is by Bill Balzer.  Call 718-816-5454 or visit galeriestgeorge.com for more info. 

Friday, 9/18 at Bloomingdale Park, Drumgoole Rd. West and Maguire Ave., enjoy the screening of  “Big Hero 6”.  FREE.  Call 718-984-5151 for info.

This is the last weekend for the Greek Festival, Friday 6-11, Saturday 2-11 & Sunday 2-10 at Holy Trinity-St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 1641 Richmond Ave.  Enjoy the nightly performances of Hellenic Dancers, raffles, rides for the kiddies, flea market.  Admission is $2, kids under 5 are FREE.

The Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the Staten Island Museum at Building A, Snug Harbor, 1000 Richmond Terr. takes place this Saturday 9/19 from 10-5.  Festivities will include FREE admission, the ribbon cutting ceremony (at 10AM), lawn games for the whole family, food, live music, crafts for kids, and some special surprises. The day will be full of art, science and history celebrating all things Staten Island!  Explore the exhibits throughout the museum and visit the Autumn Moon Festival from 12-4 with traditional music and dance performances, martial arts demos and much more.   For more info and schedule of events, visit http://www.statenislandmuseum.org/about/special-events/staten-island-museum-at-snug-harbor-grand-opening-weekend/

On Saturday, a City Harvest Ribbon-Cutting Event will take place at Plaza San Jeronimo, 465 Port Richmond Ave. at noon unveiling the store’s new features.  The owner, Antonio Marquez and City Harvest will offer samples of healthy recipes.  For more info on City Harvest and its programs, visit: cityharvest.org

Join Herbalist Gert Coleman on Saturday at 11 for a walk along the beach, paths and gardens at Conference House Park, 298 Satterlee St. to learn how to identify, use and harvest edible medicinal and culinary plants.  Meet in the parking lot at Hylan Blvd.

Join Staten Island OutLOUD with the staff of the St. George Library for a FREE screening of  F. Scott Firzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” on Saturday at 1, 5 Central Ave.  On Sunday, 9/20 at 2, the “Great Gatsby” Readathon, Chapters 3 and 4 will be read at beautiful Blue Heron Pond Park, 222 Poillon Ave. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. 

On Sunday, 9/20, at 11 the Vietnam Veterans of America, Thomas J. Tori Chapter 421 will play host to the annual POW-MIA Recognition Day Ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park at the corner of the Staten Island Armory, Manor Rd. and Martlings Ave.  The Honor Guard and membership will present “The Table Set for One” ceremony in honor of the two Staten Islanders, Kevin O’Brien and Gerald Crosson, who are missing in action.  All the POW-MIA’s from our nation’s wars will be honored.  Other Veterans organizations will be in attendance as well as elected officials.  The public is encouraged to attend.  Please remember the brothers and sisters from all generations of war who never came home.  These veterans made the ultimate sacrifice so we could live in the land of the free.

Celebrate the new season with a FREE family day of activities at the Joan & Alan Bernikow Jewish Community Center, 1466 Manor Rd. Sunday at 2.  Call 718-475-5232 or visit sijcc.com for further details.

If you would you like to share photos with you at events on Staten Island, I’ll post them in next week’s blog. You can call me at 646-258-9696, leave a comment below or e-mail me at joan.coogan@gmail.com

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