I am still not ready to run outside in the morning wearing more than a t-shirt and shorts.  By the afternoon, it becomes warm again and by evening, it is great sleeping with open windows.  I am beginning to miss summer, though.  How did you spend the weekend?  Did you visit the many art exhibits and galleries on Staten Island? Did you meet someone special at the St. Francis Catholic Singles Wine & Cheese Social, take a Belly Dancing class with Rachel or go on a hike or walk through the Island’s many parks?  A great time was had by all at the Westerleigh Folk Festival 2016 on Saturday.  The rain was a downer in the morning but soon cleared up to a perfectly mild sunny day.  Continuous musical acts entertained the visitors as well as free pony rides and activities for the kiddies and craftspeople displaying their wares for sale. 



Join the Bird and Nature Walk at Wolfe’s Pond Park on Wednesday, 9/28 from 10-12 and search for southbound migrants and other birds. Meet in the main parking lot near the field house at Hylan Blvd. and Cornelia Ave. Call 718-984-8266 for info or visit http://nycgovparks.org

Calling all readers ages 10-14! Come join the Book Club on Wednesday at 4 at the Mariners Harbor Library, 206 South Ave. This month the club is reading, "It Ain't So Awful, Falafel." Visit https://www.nypl.org/ for info.

The Anti-Bullying Support Group meets on Wednesday from 4-6 at Projectivity Space, 51 Broad St.  This group is for kids/teens who have been teased, bullied or physically harassed. Free refreshments are provided by State Senator Diane Savino. Open to all kids/teens and parents. Call 646-765-6531 for details.

Attend a Poetry Reading and discussion with Maria Mazziotti Gillan, winner of the 2008 American Book Award on Wednesday at 6 at Wagner College, 1 Campus Rd.  For info, contact giuseppe.sorrentino@wagner.edu

The National Lighthouse Museum presents a lecture about the History of St. George by David Goldfarb on Wednesday at 6:30 at The National Lighthouse Museum, 200 Promenade at Lighthouse Point (behind St. George Post Office. He will present a slideshow of rare illustrations and early photographs, both from the Staten Island Historical Society and from his private collection.  Admission is $10.00 (non members); Members are Free.  For info, call 718-390-0040 or visit http://wwwlighthousemuseum.org  

The SIUH Northwell Health Medical Van will be at the Cassidy Coles Senior Center, 125 Cassidy Pl. on Thursday, 9/29 at 10. The 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. Call 718-273-6808 for info.

The Teen Café meets on Thursday at 5:30 at the Mariners Harbor Library, 206 South Ave. Hang out with friends, draw, write, chat, eat, browse the internet and do homework. Also make sure to bring your snacks, coffee and beverages. Teen Café is exclusively for ages 12-18, so come make it your own! For details, visit https://www.nypl.org/

Bring or send the man in your life with some of his friends for a 60 minute FREE yoga practice on Thursday at 7:15 at 5 Boro Power Yoga, 176 Rose Ave. This class is open to ALL!  $17 drop-in for women. Call 718-667-5279 for details or visit http://www.5boropoweryoga.com

Staten Island OutLOUD hosts its special program for very young readers, Paws & Read OutLOUD for Kidz on Thursday at 4 at the Richmondtown Library, 200 Clarke Ave.   Children ages 5-10 can practice their skills and have fun reading aloud to a gentle, licensed therapy dog. Their younger siblings can just sit back & enjoy being read to. For the special Big Read for Little Readers OutLOUD event, the focus will be on age-appropriate adaptations of “The Maltese Falcon”, including “The Malted Falcon”, stories about falcons, and other fun surprises. Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. FREE parking is available in the library’s parking lot and on surrounding streets.   

A Car Seat Safety Check presented by Richmond University Medical Center's Trauma Department and the NYC Department of Transportation will take place on, Friday, 9/30, 9:30-11:30 at Richmond University Medical Center, 355 Bard Ave. Appointments are strongly recommended.  Call 212-839-4750 for an appointment or more info.

The Anime and Manga Club, for ages 13-18, meets on Friday at 4, at the Mariners Harbor Library, 206 South Ave. Come meet up and talk about your favorite Anime and Manga series with your fellow Otaku! Snacks are included.

Attend Pumpkins for Patients, sponsored by Jaime's Lilac Foundation, on Saturday, 10/1 at 9 at the Oakwood Heights Community Church, 345 Guyon Ave.  All sales' income for the first annual pumpkin patch sale goes towards creating care packages for cancer patients. Refreshments and snacks for sale, free pumpkin decorating and games for the kids.  A professional photographer will be available to take family photos so wear a costume. For info, call 346-201-9845 or visit http://jaimeslilac.org

Join the Friends of Kivlehan Park for a Flag Raising on Saturday at 11 at Corporal Allan F. Kivlehan Park, Cedar Grove Ave. and New Dorp Ln.  The Kivlehan Chapter of Korean War Veterans are at the heart of this ceremony, and we look forward to the opportunity to thank them, and all our local veterans, for their courage, sacrifice and service.  For info, visit http://Friends of Kivlehan Park Facebook page

The Lighthouse Point Fest 2016 takes place on Saturday at 11 at the The National Lighthouse Museum, 200 Promenade at Lighthouse Point (behind St. George Post Office).  Included in the Fest will be a National Juried Arts and Crafts Exhibition, Off-Broadway stage excerpts, local non-profit and cultural organizations, merchants, food vendors, musicians and bands performing on the pier, local writers and poets reading their work in a spoken word and tours of the Museum. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children.  For info, call 718-390-0040.

A FREE film screening of "The Maltese Falcon" will be at the St. George Library, 5 Central Ave. on Saturday at 1.  Parking is available on the surrounding streets.  The Library is just a half block from the ferry terminal and close to all Staten Island public transportation.

A film screening of Tibet in Song, a documentary by Ngawang Chophel, will be on Saturday at 2 at the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, 338 Lighthouse Ave. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for students and seniors. For details, call 718-987-3500 or visit http://www.tibetanmuseum.org/events-calendar

Craig Donovan, a native Staten Islander and a Washington-DC based singer-songwriter, guitarist and mandolinist will perform his original songs on Saturday at 7:30 at the Everything Goes Book Café, 208 Bay St. Sharing the evening with Craig will be singer-songwriter and progressive bluegrass banjoist Nick Lantigua from The New School's Performing Arts Program, Department of Jazz, NYC.  For info and a schedule of events, call 718-447-8256 or visit http://www.etgstores.com/bookcafe/events.html

The 2016 CaringKind Alzheimer’s Walk – SI will be on Sunday, 10/2 beginning at 9 at South Beach-Zone 1, Father Capodanno Blvd.  Friends, family, caregivers, sponsors, volunteers and community leaders will all gather together for a day full of remembrance, promise and hope and raise awareness and critical funds to support the 265,000 New Yorkers living with an Alzheimer’s or dementia diagnosis here in NYC as well as those who care for and support them. To register to walk, call 646-744-2992 or visit http://www.caringkindnyc.org/statenislandwalk

ATTENTION ST. PETER’S HIGH SCHOOL FOR GIRLS ALUMNAE!  There is still time to attend the Annual Alumnae Brunch—“Still Flying like an Eagle!” this Sunday 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.  Below are photos from last year's Brunch. Please contact Christine Thomson at 718-980-1023 if you would like to attend. 






Did you reserve your produce bounty yet?  Every Tuesday from 4-6 at Goodhue, 304 Prospect Ave. (up the street from St. Peter’s Boys H.S.) at 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. This week, we tasted and received a recipe for Butternut Squash with Collard Greens with an option of Winter Squash Succotash.  My food box includes: butternut squash, collard greens or kale, lettuce, bell peppers, sweet corn, eggplant, red onions and parsley.  See you next week!

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 joan.coogan@gmail.com

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