The 66th Annual Fence Show took place on Saturday at Snug Harbor, and the order of the day was sunshine and a light breeze—perfect for perusing art and enjoying the music.



Met some friends and made some new ones as I strolled through the Harbor snapping pictures of the remaining flowers still blooming in the gardens.  Snug Harbor is a great place to have a picnic, people watch, visit museums, join your children in the Secret Garden maze, read a book or just chill out on a bench. 









Attend the ongoing Mother/Daughter Art Exhibit on Wednesday, 9/21 at the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum, 420 Tompkins Ave. Mary Mondello will show her pastels and Mary Rose will show her abstracts. Admission is $10/$5 for members.For info, call 718-442-1608 or visit

Catch the last week of the performance: “Sicilians in The Basement” Wednesday thru Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2 at The Little Victory Theater, 4089 Victory Blvd.  A middle aged couple and their millennial daughter open a "Swiss Restaurant," in the heart of Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Much to their surprise, the eatery struggles until two Sicilians arrive to 'change up' the menu. General admission is $20/Seniors/Students is $17.  Admission for weeknight performances (Wed. Thurs.) is $15.  Although walk-ins are welcome, advanced reservations are strongly suggested. Call 718-524-8467 for more info and reservations or visit

On Thursday, 9/22 at 10 at Shop Rite Supermarket, 985 Richmond Ave., the SIUH Medical Outreach Team will be on hand with healthy lifestyle/healthy aging information on nutrition, cholesterol, blood pressure, body mass index (BMI) and smoking cessation. Educational materials will be available on detecting and managing cancer, stroke, diabetes and more.

The St. Francis Catholic Singles will host a Wine & Cheese Social on Thursday after 7:30 Mass at Holy Family Church, 366 Watchogue Rd. The social will be held in the lower level of the church.  Admission is $10. For more information about the social or to become a member of the St. Francis Catholic Singles, call 718-761-6663 or visit

Addiction Angel Parents Support Group meets on Thursday at 7 at Our Lady Star of the Sea, 5371 Amboy Rd. If you know of a family currently struggling, be a friend and take them to this meeting. You are not alone! Share your story, offer advice to others going through it or just listen. The first step to helping a loved one is to help yourself! The event takes place in the auditorium. For info, call 646-404-0637 or visit

View Freshkills--Landscape in Motion, a photography exhibition and accompanying calendar of programs that will illustrate Freshkills’ transformation from landfill to park, on Thursday through 11/26 at the Culture Lounge (at the St. George Ferry Terminal) which is opened Monday thru Friday 11-7; Saturdays 12-5; closed on Sundays.

The SINFPA's 3rd Annual Self Care Conference is on Friday, 9/23 from 10-3 at the Staten Island Children's Museum, 1000 Richmond Terr. The purpose of this event is to recognize the work of the helpers in our community (case managers, advocates, counselors and anyone who works in the field of social services) with a focus on their own well being.  Presentations will include Worker Resiliency, Psychological First Aid, Benefits of Art Therapy, Networking, and more.  A light breakfast and lunch will be served. There is limited seating so you MUST RSVP to attend this FREE event.  Reply to Laura: or: (718) 355-6229 or visit

For ages 12-18, attend Teen Coloring on Friday at 3 at the Mariners Harbor Library, 206 South Ave. Coloring is no longer just for kids! It is a fantastic way to relax and just be creative. So join your friends for an hour or more as you unwind and relax from the stresses of school. All materials are provided!

The 3rd Annual URGENT GOWalk Your Dog or 5K Run/1 Mile Dog Walk is on Saturday, 9/24 at 10 (registration at 9) at Wolfe's Pond Park, Hylan Blvd. and Cornelia Ave. Race the timed 5K run or walk a leisurely one mile with your pooch! Enjoy a day of family fun with raffles and prizes to help raise money and awareness for the shelter animals of NYC, or you can donate online at! Admission is $5 kids, $20 adults.  For details, call 914-552-7089 or visit 

Participate in a Belly Dancing class with Rachel on Saturday at 10:15 at the Mariners Harbor Libary, 206 South Ave. Learn something new and shimmy up a sweat! Wear comfortable clothing and bring a water bottle. Class is for ages 12 and up. (Participants under 18 years of age require parental consent.)  For info, visit

The Westerleigh Folk Festival 2016 takes place this Saturday from 11:30-7 at Westerleigh Park, Maine and Neil Dow Avenues. This family friendly event has just been voted "Staten Island's Favorite Festival" by readers of the Staten Island Advance. There will be 17 musical acts on 3 stages, over 30 craftspeople, local artists, free pony rides, children's activities and loads of fun. So bring your chair or blanket and enjoy a great day in the park.  For info, call 718-720-0458 or visit

Join in a hike through Bloomingdale Park on Saturday at 2. Meet at the corner of Maguire Ave. and Drumgoole Rd. West. For info, contact Clay Wollney at 718-869-6327.

Attention Anime and Cosplay fans! You are invited to the first pre ComicCon Cosplay party for all ages on Saturday at 4 at the Hub 17 at 73 Wave. St. There will be vendors, music, a photo studio, face painters, costume contest and a lot of fun. Admission is $5.  For info, call 917-558-5271 or visit

Join the Amateur Astronomers Assoc. of NYC for Stargazing on Saturday from 7:30-11 at Gateway National Recreation Area at Great Kills Park. Enter the park at Hylan Blvd. and Buffalo St., proceed one mile to large parking lot on left. Observing site is in the southeast corner near small playground. Event will be cancelled if cloudy. Telescopes will be provided. For info, call 718-727-6685 or  visit

Museum Day Live! is Saturday at the Staten Island Museum at Snug Habor, 1000 Richmond Terr., Building A. Celebrate with the Smithsonian by attending this nationwide event at the Staten Island Museum.  Admission is FREE with your reservation ticket. Visit and print your reservation ticket at

Explore Mount Loretto State Park on Sunday, 9/25 at noon.  Enjoy the early autumn in the meadow searching for wildflowers, butterflies, dragonflies and migrating birds. Along the bluffs beside the lighthouse, participants will discuss and search for marine life in the Raritan Bay. Meet at the parking lot on Hylan Blvd. across from the CYO Community Center, 6541 Hylan Boulevard. For details, call Ray Matarazzo at 718-317-7666.

Have fun at the 3rd annual New Season Celebration, sponsored by the Family and JCC Greening Committees, on Sunday from 2-4 at the Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds, 1131 Manor Rd. The Celebration is open to all and is a few hours of FREE family fun.  Enjoy activities like making your own apple trail mix, learning about honey bees and playing honey bee bingo.  Learn how to make your own shofar, a horn that lets you trumpet news and warnings. Parents will enjoy making their own apple and honey hand scrub. For info, call 718-475-5251 or visit  

The National Kidney Foundation Car Show, hosted by the Staten Island Kar Klub, takes place on Sunday from 11-2 at the Marine Corp. League Hall, 46 Ontario Ave. There will be over 100 cars, including customs, modern muscle and trucks from SI, Brooklyn and NJ, as well as raffles, 50/50 and baskets, vendors and music. Admission is FREE, $20 per car. For info, call 917-364-8190 or visit

Thinking of doing some Fall purging in your home?  Bring your clean, reusable, portable items to STOP 'N' SWAP on Sunday from 11-2 at Sea View Hospital Community Service Building, 460 Brielle Ave.  Clothing, housewares, electronics, books and toys will be accepted.  You do not have to bring something to take something.  What a deal!

The Coast Guard Appreciation Concert will take place on Sunday at 4 at the Overlook at Fort Wadsworth.  The Beatles tribute band, Love Me Do and GK5, who perform classic rock favorites, will be the featured entertainment.

ATTENTION ST. PETER’S HIGH SCHOOL FOR GIRLS ALUMNAE!  Time is approaching quickly to make your reservation to attend the Annual Alumnae Brunch—“Still Flying like an Eagle!” on Sunday, 10/2 from 11:30-3:30 at the Staaten, 697 Forest Ave.  Cost is $55.  Spread the word! You will enjoy an afternoon of food, fun and gab with your former classmates and friends.  Reserve your ticket NOW.  There will be a cash bar, 50/50 and many raffles.  Please contact Christine Thomson at 718-980-1023 if you would like to attend. (See a few pictures from last year's Brunch.) 





Did you reserve your produce bounty yet?  Every Tuesday from 4-6 at Goodhue, 304 Prospect Ave., the Children’s Aid Society presents the “Go Healthy Food Box Program”,where a sack of freshly harvested New Jersey produce will be available for $10.  You can sign up, reserve and pay for a sack for the following week and then pick up your produce. You can pay by credit card, cash, NYS Health Bucks and EBT.  Each week you will receive a new recipe and samples of the recipes.  See you next week at Goodhue! 

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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