How many of you attended the Staten Island Philharmonic performance of “The British are Coming...Again!” on Saturday at the Conference House or on Sunday at Alice Austen House Museum?    Conducted by Maestro Russell Houser, CW4, US Army Bandmaster, Ft. Lewis, Washington, music selections included The Beatles, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Queen and Adele.  While we awaited Hurricane Hermine’s wrath (which never arrived), the weather was perfect for listening to the fabulous music and the glorious singing group, “Voices of Experience” (formerly Helluva Choir).  We were even encouraged to sing along with the familiar songs.  By the way, if you were as impressed as I was with Voices of Experience, they meet Thursday afternoons from 1-3 p.m. at the Staten Island Museum in Snug Harbor, 1000 Richmond Terr. Under the leadership of Carolyn Clark, the group is always looking for nice people who are willing to learn songs—old and new! 

Do you want to learn how to borrow e-books on your tablet, smartphone, or e-reader?  You will be able to download e-books and take advantage of free access to new media at the Richmondtown Library, 200 Clarke Ave. on Wednesday, 9/7 at 1.  Call 718-668-0413 for info.

Are you having trouble with your email? Don't know how to cut and paste? Curious about Twitter?  Bring your technology questions and receive individualized assistance from a TechConnect instructor! Assistance is offered on a first-come first-served basis. Open Lab is on Wednesday at 3 at the Richmondtown Library, 200 Clark Ave.

Bring your infant 0-18 months old to Tottenville Library for Baby Storytime:  Baby & Me on Thursday, 9/8 at 11 for songs, rhymes and playtime. Meet other babies in the neighborhood! No pre-registration required.

Sign your child, ages 8-17, up on Thursday from 11-1 for the Citywide Flag Football League at Corporal Thompson Park, Broadway at Chappell St., West Brighton.  For more info and/or to register online, visit:

At the Port Richmond Library, 75 Bennett Street, learn MS Word 2010 for Beginners on Thursday at noon.  Learn the basic features of Microsoft Word 2010, a word processing program you can use to create documents. Topics include: entering and editing text, saving files and various formatting options. Registration is suggested by phone 718-442-0158 or in-person.

Do your children ages 5-11 need Homework Help, are they struggling with reading or writing?  They can receive assistance at the Port Richmond Library, 75 Bennett St. on Thursday at 4.

Visit the Art Exhibit: “Art Expressions: Beyond Women's Bodies” on Thursday at 7 at Every Thing Goes Book Café, 208 Bay St.  Staten Island Arts Council grant-winners Rosario Lopez-Rivera and David Kunin will host the opening of their workshop's art exhibit. The class used theater exercises to explore a wide variety of contemporary women's issues; participants painted and drew with a live model to create many unique works of art. The show is on display the entire month of September. For info, call 718-809-4316 or visit

Bring the family to Movies Under the Stars: Zootopia on Friday, 9/9 from 8-9:30 at Nelson Ave. and Tennyson Dr. (in Seaside Wildlife Nature Park).  Uptight rabbit police officer Judy Hopps is forced to work with charismatic fox con artist Nick Wilde to crack a major case involving the mysterious disappearance of some carnivorous citizens.  Admission is FREE.

The Heritage Farm Stand at Snug Harbor, open every Friday from 3-6, sells seasonally fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs produced on their 2.5-acre farm. This year, customers will also be able to drop off vegetable food scraps for composting locally, thanks to the NYC Compost Project.  

On Saturday, 9/10 from 10-2, make it a point to attend Eden II’s Fall Family Fun Day Festival at the Teleport, 2 Teleport Dr.  All Island Kiwanis is working with Eden II and 19 year old Meghan Mattei, who has autism and who has attended Eden II programs since she was 3. Meghan is in the job training program in Eden II’s development office and has been holding yard sales at her home for the past four years which have raised over $6,000 for Eden II.  The festival will feature rides, magic shows, book reading, face painting, popcorn machine, costume character visits, pumpkin patch, raffles and more. For more information about Eden II and to donate gifts for the raffles, please contact Stefanie Racano at or call her at 718-816-1422, ext. 1030.

Coloring for adults, the latest craze, has been found to be both calming and therapeutic. Visit the Tottenville Library for an informal series of coloring sessions on Saturday, 9/10 at 11 where you can relax, unwind and just color on intricate designs used to reduce stress and increase mindfulness.  All materials will be provided to participants or you can bring your own.

The YMCA Fall Fest is on Saturday from 11-3 at the South Shore YMCA, 3939 Richmond Ave. The event will feature family fun for everyone, including music, bounce house, fitness demos, and more. There will also be food for purchase from Cheech A' Cini's Italian Grill and community vendors. Event is FREE and open to the public.

Attend the Art Lab’s Open House on Saturday from 12-4 at Building H at Snug Harbor, 1000 Richmond Terr.  FREE Demo’s, Mini Classes, Food and Giveaways. You can view the Annual Faculty Exhibit and color your very own Art Lab t-shirt.

On Saturday 9/10 from 1-2, participate in a guided walk with Erik Danielson of American Forests through the Greenbelt at High Rock Park at 200 Nevada Ave.  You will learn how to identify the great oaks, tulip trees, and elms, among others. This program is suitable for children ages 9 and older.

On Saturday from 1-3, attend a performance by La Casita at the South Meadow Stage at Snug Harbor, 1000 Richmond Terr. Brought to you by Boro-Linc and hosted by poet LaTasha Nevada Diggs, you will enjoy Balkan music by Vlada Tomova at 1 and a Mexican Fandango dance workshop and performance by Jarana Beat at 2.  In case of rain, event will be moved to the Music Hall.

Catch Movies Under the Stars: Men in Black III on Saturday from 8-10 at Willowbrook Park Archery Range. Agent Jay travels back in time to 1969, where he teams up with the younger Agent Kay to stop an evil villain named Boris from destroying the world in the future.  Admission is FREE.

A Memorial Show for Richard Capuozzo—“All you Need is Love and a Camera” is open on Saturday and Sunday from 1-5  at the CPG Gallery (Creative Photographers' Guild), 814 Richmond Terr. Exhibiting Photographers are Willie Chu, Bruce Cohn, Joyce Coletti, Connie J. Frisch-Cherniak, Robin George, Robert Haber, Marilyn Kiss, Jeff Mason, Gail Middleton, Paul Nueckel, George Roos, Virginia Ross, Doug Schwab, Joan Velazquez, Fritz (Steven) Weiss and Richard Xuerub.  For more info, visit

On Sunday, 9/11 at 1, join naturalist Paul T. Lederer in a Walk and Talk of Crooke's Point where he will discuss the geology and human history of the site as well as the plants and animals that call this place home.  Meet at Gateway National Recreation Area at Great Kills Park at the Beach Center Parking Lot. Take Hylan Boulevard to Buffalo Street and drive down Buffalo Street to just where the dirt permit road begins. For more information or directions contact Paul at his cell phone 718-354-920

The 15th Anniversary 9/11 Remembrance & National Day of Service, takes place Sunday, 9/11 at 9 a.m. at the Corporal Allan F. Kivlehan Park, Cedar Grove Ave. The event begins in Memorial Garden at the corner of Cedar Grove Avenue and Ebbitts Street. Call 904-415-3849 for details.

A Healing Service will take place next Thursday, 9/15 from 7-10 at Inspiration Healing Center, 630 Arden Ave. with Padre Paul Funfsinn, a spiritual leader and co-founder of Celebrating Life Ministries.  Padre Paul works in the realms of prayer and a devotion to God to help manifest healing and miracles in people’s lives. For further information and to register, visit

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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