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June 4, 2010

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The weekly newsletter of Staten Island North activities to entertain,

stimulate and exhaust your kids.

By: Nanine Iengo Blomstrom

So much is Happening this Week!!!!

What to do first?

Laquer and Estrogen

or Sex and the City 2’s opening weekend

I didn’t read any reviews before going to see Sex and the City 2. I didn’t even Google it, I didn’t need to. The hype that surrounds these types of things is blinding so I was already pretty amped up to see it. We were going to the late show on the weekend that it came out, I was meeting a few friends and last minute dragged another friend along who was equally excited—just to get out of the house as well as to see the show. We were the perfect audience: ready, willing and able. We had bought our tickets in advance on Fandango, knowing the lines were going to be outrageous and got to the theater early. By a twist of good parking Karma, we got a great spot and, armed with popcorn, chocolate and sugar, got on line. The estrogen levels in the theater grew exponentially every time the doors opened, and we waited for my friends and for the show to start. 75 previews later, it did.

Before I go any further, I want to make it clear that I am not a movie critic. By no means. I love movies; I like to write about movies, but I am not going to write a shot by shot critique of what this movie was about. What I am going to do is tell you just how disappointed I, as a fan of the show as well as of the movie going process as a whole, was. If you haven’t seen it yet, you can safely read this article knowing that I will not reveal any of the ‘secrets’ of the plot.

The movie opens with a flashback and then quickly moves to the most over-the-top, insanely lavish, glitzy and artificial wedding scene that has ever been filmed. Think the end of Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles, where they interupt the dance number and all hell breaks loose. Add on a little more gay bashing, geese and Liza Minelli (doing a rather surprisingly fantastic version of Beyonce’s “Single Ladies”—who knew she still had such great legs? Go Liza!) Michael Patrick King (the director/writer/ producer) is no Mel Brooks. The obvious, overtly sexist and gay-ist, racy one liners were predictable and beneath the characters and frankly pissed me off. I was assaulted with so much white, silver and reflective surfaces I needed sunglasses. That scene alone turned the whole ‘franchise’ into the vapid, superficial fluff my husband always complained it was, but it didn’t stop there. The women spend very little time in the City, and their fabulousness is replaced by sheer selfishness, except for Miranda—she actually seems chipper—which is so not like her. No one developed as a character, no one learned anything and no one matured—they just got older. It made me sad. I got even sadder as the night wore on.

After the wedding spectacle we heard a little cough in the back of the theater. It became persistent and

alarming. It sounded like a child choking on popcorn. The estrogen circus that made up the audience began to get verbal and started ssshing and then commenting loudly which made the friends of the cougher angry and just as verbal. It turns out someone who was desperate to see the movie brought their 4 year old daughter who was clearly suffering from bronchitis. A 4 year old in a rated R movie at 10:30 pm on a Friday night. Heavy sigh. The back and forth comments got so bad that someone went to get a security guard who had to remain in the theater until the end of the movie. After that incident died down the woman behind us, decided that she had to call her 11 year old son to see if he was asleep. He wasn’t. “Justin, you need to get in bed now!” “Why aren’t you asleep?” This woman not 10 minutes ago was getting annoyed at the little girl who was doing nothing but choking to death while watching this awful movie, now she is on the phone with Justin? Justin isn’t sleeping because you are on the phone with him. Get off. After I yelled this loudly (in my head), glass bottles started rolling down through the seats. I kid you not. A group of people (way more prepared for this craziness than I) were apparently done drinking and accidentally dropped their inebriating provisions. As I was listening to the bottles rolling by it struck me that I was jealous. Jealous of the good time the women with the bottles were having (and from the stifled giggles, you could tell they were having some fun.) But I wasn’t and isn’t that what you really want when you go to see a movie called Sex and the City 2? The selfishness of the woman who brought her daughter; the selfishness of the women who ssshhed her daughter when she was coughing; and the woman on the phone with the not sleeping Justin was mirrored by the selfishness that was playing out on the screen. The characters were horribly self-centered and ugly. Not physically–though maybe it is a little late in the game for such severe close-ups. But ugly in their gross displays of wealth and entitlement. With the way the world is going, the ups and mostly downs of the stock markets, the BP oil spill, the wars, the intolerance, the myriad other hideous things going on, what is the big deal that a mother wants a break, but has no choice. The deeply hidden message that this movie feebly attempted to make was the world’s treatment of women. But at the slightest inconvenience to ourselves, we got just as ugly. Thankfully we didn’t have to do it in 119 degree heat though!

This Week’s Picks:

June 4th through June 12th

Friday, June 4 – Library at Clove Lakes Park

Come say hi at Library information table at Clove Lakes Park near the playground where you can pick flyers for upcoming events and ?register for a library card.

Where: Clove Lakes Park Playground, Clove Road and Victory Blvd.When: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PMWho: West New Brighton LibraryHow: Stop on byCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 442-1416

Friday, June 4 through Saturday, June 5 – Drop In Young Scientists: Sun Astronomy

Ages 8 to 12. Join us on either Friday or Saturday for our Young Scientists program, where we explore a different science-related topic each month. Topics will vary, but will always be hands-on and fun.

Where: 2351 Veterans Road West, staten Island 10309When: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM (On Saturday the times are 10:00 am -11:00 am)Who: Clay Pit Ponds State Park PreserveHow: Just Drop on in.Cost: *A $5 donation for materials would be greatly appreciated in the form of a check payable to “Natural Heritage Trust”.For more info: please call 718-605-3970

Saturday, June 5 – Zion Lutheran Preschool Flea Market

Come and check out the good foods at Zion Lutheran Church and Preschool’s Flea Market. If the Mother’s Market in May was any indication, these folks sure do know how to put on a good Market!!!

Where: 505 Watchogue Road, Staten Island 10314 When: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PMWho: Zion Lutheran Church and PreschoolHow: Just come on by!!!Cost: Free to enter but bring lots of money if you plan on buying!!!For more info: 718-981-3151

Monday, June 7 – BeFitNYC Free Fitness Mondays

Parents and Kids: Stop in for a FREE day of fitness at one of New York City’s 30 Parks recreation…

Location: Chelsea Recreation Center, Manhattan, Owen Dolen Golden Age Center, Bronx, Red Hook Recreation Center (in Red Hook Park), Brooklyn, J. Hood Wright Recreation Center (in J Hood Wright Park), Manhattan, Greenbelt Recreation Center (in Blood Root Valley off of Brielle Ave.), Staten Island

Where: Off of Brielle Avenue at the Rec CenterWhen: 6:30 AM – 9:30 PMWho: Greenbelt Recreation CenterHow: Just come on by and bring a book, there may be a waitCost: FREE!!!!For more info: http://www.sigreenbelt.org/events/Upcoming.html#June

Wednesday, June 9 – Make a Belt Buckle with Susan Hale

For ages 12 to 18. Add extra bling to your favorite outfit with a personalized belt buckle. We’ve got the leather, rivets, studs, and accessories, you’ve got the creative genius to make it happen.?All materials will be provided.

Where: 21-25 Robin Road (at Ocean Ave. & Father Capodanno Blvd.), Staten Island, NY 10305When: 3:00 PMWho: South Beach LibraryHow: Please call to registerCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 816-5834

Thursday, June 10 – A Summer Reading Kick-off Celebration

For all ages. Come and sign up for the NYPL?Summer Reading Program!

Where: 1617 Richmond Road (between Seaview & Liberty Aves.), Staten Island, NY 10304When: 10:00 AMWho: Dongan Hills LibraryHow: Please Just come on by!Cost: FreeFor more info: (718) 351-1444

Thursday, June 10 – Bedtime Stories in Pajamas

For ages 4 & up. To Celebrate the Library’s Kick -Off to the Summer Reading Program, come to the PJ Story time! Enjoy hearing stories, action rhymes & more, while dressed in your pajamas! Bring your favorite stuffed-toy friend. BONUS : Join the “2010 Summer Reading Program”, & get a prize!

Where: 309 New Dorp Lane, Staten Island, NY 10306When: 6:00 PMWho: New Dorp LibraryHow: No registration is necessaryCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 351-2977

Saturday, June 12 through Sunday, June 13 – Staten Ireland Fair

The 12th Annual Staten Ireland Fair. With continous Irish music, Food Beverages, Kiddie Rides, Irish Dancing , Vendors, Sunday Mass, Historical Displays, fun for all ages, meet new friends and old. Something for everyone of all ages. FUN -FUN- FUN

Where: The Fairgrounds at South Beach Psychiatric Center, 777 Seaview Ave. at Father Cappodanno Blvd.When: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PMWho: Staten IrelandHow: Come on down and bring your whole family!!!Cost: $10, children under 12 are FREE!For more info: www.statenirelandfair.com

Saturday, June 12 – Forest Tunes in the Greenbelt

Clap your hands, stomp your feet! Musician Patrick Raftery has a unique beat. Enjoy a kid-friendly acoustic guitar and vocal performance, featuring familiar and new songs about plants, animals, hiking, and having fun in the forest. Fun for the entire family, and especially the wee ones. Part of Greenbelt’s Talent on the Terrace series.

Where: 700 Rockland Ave SI, NY 10314When: 1:00 PMWho: Greenbelt Nature CenterHow: Please call to registerCost: FreeFor more info: (718)351-3450 or visit www.musicwithpatrick.com

Saturday, June 12 – Wellness as a Lifestyle for the entire Family and Community

PARENTS: For many deciding to embark on a wellness journey can be a lonely one, however with the assistance of family and community it can be an extremely joyous and rewarding occasion for all.? Learn how to get the family on a wellness plan. Then take your plan to members of your community to get them excited about being well.? You have nothing to lose! You have only to gain, a healthier you, family and community. Who could ask for anything more than that.

Where: 1617 Richmond Road (between Seaview & Liberty Aves.), Staten Island, NY 10304When: 2:00 PMWho: Dongan Hills LibraryHow: Call to Pre-RegisterCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 351-1444

This Week’s Calendar:

June 4th through June 28th

Friday, June 4 – Toddler Story Time

Toddlers from 18 months to 3 years old with their parent/caregiver can enjoy interactive stories, action songs, fingerplays, and interact with other toddlers in the neighborhood.

Where: 7430 Amboy Road, Staten Island, NY 10307When: 10:00 AMWho: Tottenville LibraryHow: Pre-registration required.Cost: FreeFor more info: (718) 984-0945

Friday, June 4 – Toddler Story Time

For ages 2 1/2 to 5 years and their caregiver. Enjoy simple books, rhymes, movement and songs, and interact with other toddlers in the neighborhood

Where: 309 New Dorp Lane, Staten Island, NY 10306When: 10:30 AMWho: New Dorp LibraryHow: Please call to registerCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 351-2977

Friday, June 4 – Toddler Story Time

Toddlers from 18 months to 3 years old with their parent/caregiver can enjoy interactive stories, action songs, fingerplays, and interact with other toddlers in the neighborhood.

Where: 830 Huguenot Avenue (at Drumgoole Rd., East), Staten Island, NY 10312When: 10:30 AMWho: Huguenot Park LibraryHow: Please call to pre-registerCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 984-4636

Friday, June 4 – Tibetan Portrait: The Power of Compassion

Photographic portraits of Tibetan people by renowned contemporary artist Phil Borge. Introduces viewers to individuals from a deeply spiritual culture who have been marginalized and displaced by the occupation of their homeland.

Where: 338 Lighthouse Ave. Staten Island, NY 10306When: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM (Sunday’s last admission is 4:30 pm)Who: Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art How: Come on by–this is an ongoing event.Cost: Adults $6/ Children under 6 are FreeFor more info: 718-987-3500

Friday, June 4 – Reading Aloud

For ages 5 and older. Come and listen to your favorite stories being read aloud.

Where: 200 Clarke Avenue (at Amber St.), Staten Island, NY 10306When: 3:30 PMWho: Richmondtown LibraryHow: Pre-Registration is required.Cost: FreeFor more info: (718) 668-0413

Friday, June 4 – Game Day

A variety of board games and other games for ages 5 to 11

Where: 5 Central Avenue (near Borough Hall), Staten Island, NY 10301When: 4:00 PMWho: St. George LibraryHow: Pre-Registration is requiredCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 442-8560

Saturday, June 5 – Beginning Birders

Anytime is a good time to pick up birding. Learn the basics of binoculars, field guides and Clay Pit’s birds. Enjoy birding with the early birds of Clay Pit Ponds and Seth Wollney of the Staten Island Museum.

Where: 2351 Veterans Road West, Staten Island 10309When: 8:30 AM – 10:00 AMWho: Clay Pit Ponds State Park PreserveHow: Call to registerCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 605-3970 or www.statenislandmuseum.com

Saturday, June 5 – Natural Trails Day

Great for families of all ages! Help improve the trails of the Greenbelt. Refreshments and gratitude provided.

Where:

700 Rockland Avenue (at the intersection with Brielle Avenue)

Staten Island NY 10306

When: 10:00 AMWho: Greenbelt Nature CenterHow: Please call or email to registerCost: FreeFor more info: 718-667-2165 or jeanne.paliswiat@parks.nyc.gov

Saturday, June 5 – You & Your Dog

This program is a great opportunity for pre-teens and teens with a new dog in tow (accompanied by a parent). Dog must be non-aggressive, size appropriate and must be on a leash.

Where: 222 Poillon Avenue, mid-way between Hylan Boulevard and Amboy Road, Annadale. The training will take place in the field adjacent to the Nature Center.When: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PMWho: Blue Heron Park Nature CenterHow: REGISTRATION IS A MUST!!!Cost: FreeFor more info: 718-317-7243

Saturday, June 5 – Kids and Kritters

For ages 5-7 with Parent. Dress your child weather appropriate. (Coats, hats, gloves and shoes you don’t mind getting dirty) Part of these programs will take place outdoors. All programs will include a craft, story or game indoors. This weeks theme: Pond Dip – The pond is full of life…join us for a hands-on exploration.

Where: 222 Poillon Avenue, mid-way between Hylan Boulevard and Amboy Road, AnnadaleWhen: 11:00 AM – 12:30 PMWho: Blue Heron Nature CenterHow: Please call to registerCost: Free or small donation.For more info: 917-751-0071

Saturday, June 5 – Krafty Kids

For ages 4-10 with care giver. Join Nancy Zawada Clair and wiggle, hop or fly over to the Nature Center and join us for some Saturday after school crafty fun. This week’s craft is: Pet Rocks!!!

Where: 222 Poillon Avenue, mid-way between Hylan Boulevard and Amboy Road, AnnadaleWhen: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PMWho: Blue Heron Nature CenterHow: Please call to registerCost: Materials fee is $1 per child.For more info: 917-751-0071

Saturday, June 5 – Natural Science Club

Programs for curious nature-oriented students ages 8-12. This Club will meet with Clay Wollney, this weeks topic: Amphibians: Living in Water and on Land – The adaptations of frogs, toads and salamanders will be explored. Living specimens including some of those that are native to the Park will be examined and their habitats explored.

Where: 222 Poillon Avenue, mid-way between Hylan Boulevard and Amboy Road, AnnadaleWhen: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PMWho: Blue Heron Nature CenterHow: Please call to registerCost: FreeFor more info: 718-967-3542

Monday, June 7 – Reading Aloud

A librarian will share favorite picture books, providing children with the wonder of books and the joy of reading.

Where: 5 Central Avenue (near Borough Hall), Staten Island, NY 10301When: 4:00 PMWho: St. George Library CenterHow: Please call to registerCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 442-8560

Monday, June 7 – Presley & Melody

An interactive musical concert for children of all ages

Where: 21-25 Robin Road (at Ocean Ave. & Father Capodanno Blvd.), Staten Island, NY 10305When: 4:00 PMWho: South Beach LibraryHow: Please call to RegisterCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 816-5834

Monday, June 7 – Reading Aloud

For ages 5 and older, enjoy your favorite stories being read out loud.

Where: 830 Huguenot Avenue (at Drumgoole Rd., East), Staten Island, NY 10312When: 4:00 PMWho: Huguenot Park LibraryHow: Please call to registerCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 984-4636

Tuesday, June 8 – Pre-School Story Time

Preschoolers from 3 to 5 years old with their parent/caregiver can enjoy new and classic picture books, action songs, related activities and meet other preschoolers in the neighborhood.

Where: 200 Clarke Avenue (at Amber St.), Staten Island, NY 10306When: 10:30 AMWho: Richmondtown LibraryHow: Please call to registerCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 668-0413

Tuesday, June 8 – Pre-School Story Time

Preschoolers from 3 to 5 years old with their parent/caregiver can enjoy new and classic picture books, action songs, related activities and meet other preschoolers in the neighborhood.

Where: 2550 Victory Boulevard (past Willowbrook Rd.), Staten Island, NY 10314When: 10:30 AMWho: Todt Hill-Westerleigh LibraryHow: Pre-registration is requiredCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 494-1642

Tuesday, June 8 – Baby Space

Library time for babies up to 18 months and their caregivers.?Have fun with songs and rhymes you can share with babies and introduce them to simple board books and early literacy. Meet other parents in the neighborhood.

Where: 976 Castleton Avenue (at N. Burgher Ave.), Staten Island, NY 10310When: 10:30 AMWho: West New Brighton LibraryHow: Baby program runs 4 Tuesdays in May. Please sign up in advance.Cost: FreeFor more info: (718) 442-1416

Tuesday, June 8 – Toddler Story Time

Please join us for our weekly toddler storytime. Every week we read different books and sing songs. This storytime takes place every Tuesday morning. Please contact the Children’s Department if you have questions.

Where: 2245 Richmond Avenue, Staten Island, NYWhen: 10:30 AMWho: Barnes and Noble BooksellersHow: Pre-Registration is not necessary.Cost: FreeFor more info: 718-982-6983

Tuesday, June 8 – Pre-School Story Time

Preschoolers from 3 to 5 years old with their parent/caregiver can enjoy new and classic picture books, action songs, related activities and meet other preschoolers in the neighborhood.

Where: 830 Huguenot Avenue (at Drumgoole Rd., East), Staten Island, NY 10312When: 10:30 AMWho: Huguenot Park LibraryHow: Please call to Pre-RegisterCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 984-4636

Tuesday, June 8 – Drop-In Story Time

Ages 2 and Up Join Clay Pit Ponds staff as we read nature-themed stories aloud to youngsters. We will learn and enjoy our plant and animal friends with puppets and a song.

Where: 2351 Veterans Road West, Staten Island 10309When: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PMWho: Clay Pit Ponds State Park PreserveHow: Just drop on inCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 605-3970

Tuesday, June 8 – Reading Aloud

For all ages. COme and join us as we read your favorite stories out loud.

Where: 21-25 Robin Road (at Ocean Ave. & Father Capodanno Blvd.), Staten Island, NY 10305When: 5:00 PMWho: South Beach LibraryHow: Pre-Registration is required.Cost: Free For more info: (718) 816-5834

Wednesday, June 9 – Greenbelt Tree Tots

The Greenbelt Tree Tot program is a dynamic exploration of the wonders of the forest.…

Where: 700 Rockland Avenue, at Brielle Avenue.When: 9:30 AM – 10:15 AMWho: Greenbelt Nature CenterHow: Please call to register…the Center is not open on Mondays or Tuesdays so call before then.Cost: For more info: 718-351-3450.

Wednesday, June 9 – Pre-School Story Time

Enjoy stories, fingerplays, action rhymes, pre-reading activities and coloring, meet other preschoolers in the neighborhood.

Where: 309 New Dorp Lane, Staten Island, NY 10306When: 11:00 AMWho: New Dorp LibraryHow: Preregistration is required and will start June 2nd.Cost: FreeFor more info: (718) 351-2977

Wednesday, June 9 – Greenbelt Peepers

A new program to introduce two-year-olds and their caregivers to the fun and wonder of nature.

Where: 700 Rockland Avenue, at Brielle Avenue.When: 1:30 PM – 2:00 PMWho: Greenbelt Nature CenterHow: Please call to register…the Center is not open to the public on Mondays and Tuesdays, so please call beofer then.Cost: $6.00 non-members;$4.00 Greenbelt Conservancy members.For more info: 718-351-3450.

Wednesday, June 9 – Computers & Technology

An introduction to the computer and the Internet for children ages 5 to 12 years old and their parents/caregivers. Hands on class.

Where: 5 Central Avenue (near Borough Hall), Staten Island, NY 10301When: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PMWho: St. George Library CenterHow: Please call to registerCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 442-8560

Wednesday, June 9 – Presley & Melody

An interactive musical concert for children of all ages.

Where: 1617 Richmond Road (between Seaview & Liberty Aves.), Staten Island, NY 10304When: 4:00 PMWho: Dongan Hills LibraryHow: Call to Pre-registerCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 351-1444

Wednesday, June 9 – Staten Island Mothers of Multiples – General Meeting

SIMOMC General meeting – New and expecting MOMS Welcome! SIMOMC meets the 2nd Wed of every month except in July and August.

Where: Knights of Columbus Hall, 22 HIllside Terrace, 10308When: 8:00 PMWho: Staten Island Mother of Multiples ClubHow: Come on byCost: FreeFor more info: Francine (917) 841-8218

Thursday, June 10 – Summer Reading Kick-off Open House

Sign up for the Summer Reading Program. Read great books. Earn great prizes. And attend great events. For all ages.

Where: 309 New Dorp Lane, Staten Island, NY 10306When: 10:00 AM (Or when the Library opens)Who: New Dorp LibraryHow: No pre-registration is necessaryCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 351-2977

Thursday, June 10 – Summer Reading Kick-off Open House

Sign up for the Summer Reading Program. Read great books. Earn great prizes. And attend great events. For all ages.

Where: 56 Giffords Lane (at Margaret St.), Staten Island, NY 10308When: 10:00 AMWho: Great Kills LibraryHow: Just come on inCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 984-6670

Thursday, June 10 – The Story Museum

Step inside a world filled with the magic of stories, crafts, music, dancing and singing. This is an event for preschool children up to age 5 that takes place every Thursday in the Historical Museum.

Where: 441 Clarke Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10306When: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PMWho: Historic RichmondtownHow: Please call to registerCost: $3.00 per child, adults are freeFor more info: (718) 351-1611

Thursday, June 10 – Summer Reading Kick-off Open House

Sign up for the Summer Reading Program. Read great books, earn great prizes, attend great events. For all ages.

Where: 7430 Amboy Road, Staten Island, NY 10307When: 2:00 PMWho: Tottenville LibraryHow: Just come on by.Cost: FreeFor more info: (718) 984-0945

Thursday, June 10 – A Summer Reading Kick-off Celebration: Tunes & Tales with Bobaloo

Recommended for children ages 5 to 12 years old. Stories with Bob-a-Loo and his flute and drums.

Where: 830 Huguenot Avenue (at Drumgoole Rd., East), Staten Island, NY 10312When: 2:30 PMWho: Huguenot Park LibraryHow: Pre-RegisterCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 984-4636

Thursday, June 10 – A Summer Reading Kick-off Celebration: Crafts with Linda DeCresenzo

Recommended for children ages 3 to 8 years old.

Where: 976 Castleton Avenue (at N. Burgher Ave.), Staten Island, NY 10310When: 3:00 PMWho: West New Brighton LibraryHow: Please call to registerCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 442-1416

Thursday, June 10 – A Summer Reading Kick-off Celebration: Striking Viking Story Pirates

Stories written by children brought to life on stage. Presented by Urban Stages. For children ages 4 and older.

Where: 5 Central Avenue (near Borough Hall), Staten Island, NY 10301When: 4:00 PMWho: St. George Library CenterHow: Please call to registerCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 442-8560

Thursday, June 10 – GAME ON!!!!

12-18 years old. Challenge your friends to Naruto, Bowling, Boxing, and more on Wii.

Where: 976 Castleton Avenue (at N. Burgher Ave.), Staten Island, NY 10310When: 4:00 PMWho: West New Brighton LibraryHow: Just come on byCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 442-1416

Thursday, June 10 – Click on the Web

An introduction to the computer and the Internet. For ages 5 and older.

Where: 200 Clarke Avenue (at Amber St.), Staten Island, NY 10306When: 4:00 PMWho: Richmondtown LibraryHow: Please call to registerCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 668-0413

Thursday, June 10 – A Summer Reading Kick-off Celebration: Children Sing and Celebrate All Over the World

Recommended for children of all ages. Presented by Emily Ellison.

Where: 2550 Victory Boulevard (past Willowbrook Rd.), Staten Island, NY 10314When: 4:30 PMWho: Todt Hill-Westerleigh LibraryHow: Please call too registerCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 494-1642

Friday, June 11 – Toddler Story Time

Toddlers from 18 months to 3 years old with their parent/caregiver can enjoy interactive stories, action songs, fingerplays, and interact with other toddlers in the neighborhood

Where: 56 Giffords Lane (at Margaret St.), Staten Island, NY 10308When: 10:30 AMWho: Great Kills LibraryHow: Pre-registration required.Cost: FreeFor more info: (718) 984-6670

Friday, June 11 – Pre-School Story Time

Preschoolers from 3 to 5 years old with their parent/caregiver can enjoy new and classic picture books, action songs, related activities and meet other preschoolers in the neighborhood.

Where: 21-25 Robin Road (at Ocean Ave. & Father Capodanno Blvd.), Staten Island, NY 10305When: 11:30 AMWho: South Beach LibraryHow: Please call to registerCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 816-5834

Friday, June 11 – Doodlebug FunTime

Kick off the weekend early with some Friday afternoon fun. Join Kathleen Hagen for storytelling, music & crafts.

Where: 222 Poillon Avenue, mid-way between Hylan Boulevard and Amboy Road, Annadale When: 1:00 PMWho: Blue Heron Nature CenterHow: Registration is a must in order for us to have a craft project for each little one.Cost: Materials charge is $1.00 per child.For more info: 718-227-8839

Friday, June 11 – Evening Wildlife Walks

Ages 8 to Adult Naturalist Seth Wollney joins Clay Pit Ponds for these evening walks. Prepare to be awestruck as you observe which animals and sounds appear at dusk.

Where: 2351 Veterans Road West, Staten Island 10309When: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PMWho: Clay Pit Ponds State Park PreserveHow: Come on byCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 605-3970 or www.sethwollney.com

Saturday, June 12 – Birding with Friends of Blue Heron

Young birders & enthusiastic “bird people” will learn about how birds behave & migrate. Howie Fischer will emphasize bird identification. Please dress weather-appropriately, wear walking shoes and bring your binoculars! This weeks location: High Rock Park – We will look for breeding birds in the Greenbelt and walk the trails of High Rock and the adjacent Pouch Camp. Hopefully we will be able to locate some of the hard-to-find breeding birds, or maybe the Scarlet Tanager and Yellow-billed Cuckoo may be present as they were in former years.

Where: We will meet in the parking lot of High Rock Park located on Nevada Avenue off of Rockland Avenue.When: 8:00 AM – 10:00 AMWho: Friends of Blue Heron ParkHow: Please call to registerCost: FreeFor more info: cotingas@aol.com and 718-981-4002

Saturday, June 12 – Saltwater Fishing

Ages 8+. Ahoy! When it comes to catching the big one, nothing compares to saltwater fishing. Instructions, poles, and bait provided.

Where: Sharrot Street and Hylan Blvd.When: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PMWho: The Fishing Pier at Lemon Creek Park (presented by the Urban Rangers)How: First-come, first-served.Cost: Free For more info: 718) 967-3542

Saturday, June 12 – What Makes A Good Pet?

Do your children ask you for a pet? Maybe you are looking for yourself. Meet some of the educational animals. Come and talk to the educators at the zoo to find out what pets are illegal in NY and what pet would make sense in your household. Outside vendors participating include:”Fetch Pet Care.”

Where: 614 Broadway , Staten Island NY 10310When: 1:30 PM – 3:30 PMWho: Staten Island ZooHow: No Pre-registration is necessaryCost: Free with Zoo AdmissionFor more info: www.statenislandzoo.org

Saturday, June 12 – Incredible Insects

What vital role do insect play in the natural world? Hike with us through the woods, learn what creepy crawlers can do besides give us the creeps!

Where: 222 Poillon Avenue, Staten Island, off of Hylan Blvd.When: 2:00 PMWho: Blue Heron Nature CenterHow: Just come on by.Cost: FreeFor more info: (718) 967-3542

Saturday, June 12 – Animal of the Month Club: Insect Investigation

Ages 4 and Up Come see how many insects you can find at the Preserve. Get up close and personal with your six legged friends on our nature hike.

Where: 2351 Veterans Road West, Staten Island 10309When: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PMWho: Clay Pit Ponds State Park PreserveHow: Please call to registerCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 605-3970

Sunday, June 13 – Gone Fishing

For ages 6 and over. Remember how nice it was to fish on those lazy days of summer? This series of classes is a primer on fishing in Staten Island. Step-by-step you will learn about our local fish, the art of fishing, the places to fish legally and local fishing laws. This series will culminate with a fishing trip to one of the local parks. Purchasing fishing equipment will the responsibility of the participants.

Where: 614 Broadway 10310When: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PMWho: Staten Island ZooHow: Pre-registration RequiredCost: Free with regular zoo admissionFor more info: www.statenislandzoo.org

Sunday, June 13 – Flutter by Butterfly

All ages. Cliff Hagen will share practical tips for identifying the many similar species of skippers and brushfoot butterflies that find solace in the gardens of Blue Heron Park. This is a prelude to the annual Butterfly Census scheduled for the last Saturday of June.

Where: 222 Poillon Avenue, mid-way between Hylan Boulevard and Amboy Road, AnnadaleWhen: 3:00 PM – 4:30 PMWho: Blue Heron Nature CenterHow: Please call to registerCost: Free For more info: 718-948-2662

Monday, June 28 – Kids and Kritters

Calling all Pre-K and Kindergarten adventure seekers. Meet and learn about animals and their unique adaptations, enjoy snacks, take special tours and make crafts. This is a drop-off program. Registration is limited, so sign up right away. Each session will explore a different topic.

Where: 614 Broadway, Staten Island, NY 10310When: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AMWho: Staten Island ZooHow: Please call to registerCost: $13 non-members; $10 memberFor more info: www.statenislandzoo.org, (718)442-3100

Teen Scene:

June 4th through June 12th

Friday, June 4 – Anime Night

Want to see the hottest new anime? Come check out what’s on screen at the library. Bring your friends, your pocky, and your anime and manga fandom!

Where: 5 Central Avenue (near Borough Hall), Staten Island, NY 10301When: 3:30 PMWho: St. George Library CenterHow: Come on downCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 442-8560

Friday, June 4 – Anime Night

Want to see the hottest new anime? Come check out what’s on screen at the library. Bring your friends, your pocky, and your anime and manga fandom!

Where: 5 Central Avenue (near Borough Hall), Staten Island, NY 10301When: 3:30 PMWho: St. George Library CenterHow: Just come on in!Cost: FreeFor more info: (718) 442-8560

Friday, June 4 – Games

Teens and Tweens. Board games of all types and all skill levels

Where: 5 Central Avenue (near Borough Hall), Staten Island, NY 10301When: 4:00 PMWho: St. George Library CenterHow: Just come on downCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 442-8560

Friday, June 4 – Teen Book Discussion Group

Ages 12-18. Got anything good to read? Check out what the librarian has recommended, and hear what your friends think about it.?We’ve got the books, now we need you to talk!

Where: 5 Central Avenue (near Borough Hall), Staten Island, NY 10301When: 4:00 PM (This also occurs on May 28th)Who: St. George Library CenterHow: Just come on in.Cost: FreeFor more info: (718) 442-8560

Friday, June 4 – Culture of the Plains Indians

For children studying the lives of Native Americans. Tweens and teens as well. Join Leonard Warner for a fascinating slide lecture on the way of life of the American Indian tribes that once lived across the open grasslands of the Great Plains. We will take a detailed look at a number of aspects of their culture including warfare, puberty rites, vision quests, courtship and marriage, death rites, political systems and religion. Tribes such as the Sioux, Cheyenne, Araphao, Kiowa and Comanche will be featured.

Where: 222 Poillon Avenue, mid-way between Hylan Boulevard and Amboy Road, AnnadaleWhen: 7:30 PM – 9:15 PMWho: Blue Heron Naure CenterHow: Please call to registerCost: FreeFor more info: 718-948-0230

Monday, June 7 – Teen Cafe

Come hang out with your friends in a cool, casual environment. Bring snacks to enjoy while you listen to the radio & chat with your friends. Use laptops to do your homework, watch videos, play games, & more! Ages 12-18.

Where: 309 New Dorp Lane, Staten Island, NY 10306When: 2:30 PMWho: New Dorp LibraryHow: Just come on inCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 351-2977

Monday, June 7 – Retro Gaming

It’s back to the good old days. Join your friends and roll the dice. Move pieces by hand instead of with a mouse click. Join us for some old fashion board game fun. For ages 12 to 18.

Where: 5 Central Avenue (near Borough Hall), Staten Island, NY 10301When: 3:00 PMWho: St. George Library CenterHow: Come on downCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 442-8560

Monday, June 7 – Retro Gaming

For ages 12 to 18. It’s back to the good old days. Join your friends and roll the dice. Move pieces by hand instead of with a mouse click. Join us for some old fashion board game fun.

Where: 5 Central Avenue (near Borough Hall), Staten Island, NY 10301When: 3:00 PMWho: St. George Library CenterHow: Just come on in.Cost: FreeFor more info: (718) 442-8560

Monday, June 7 – YA Study Night

Join us each Monday Evening, from April 26 through June 21 for Study Night in the Teen Library. From 6pm top 8 pm, catch up on your homework, study for an upcoming test or do some research! Study Night is a quiet time in the Teen Library for Young Adults to do homework and school related projects.

Where: 5 Central Avenue (near Borough Hall), Staten Island, NY 10301When: 6:00 PMWho: St. George Library CenterHow: Come on downCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 442-8560

Tuesday, June 8 – Teen Lounge

Ages 12-18 Leave the velvet ropes behind & come hang out with your friends in a cool, casual enviornment. Bring snacks to enjoy while you listen to the radio & chat with your friends. Use laptops to do your homework, watch videos, play games, & more!

Where: 7430 Amboy Road, Staten Island, NY 10307When: 2:30 PMWho: Tottenville LibraryHow: No pre-registration necessary.Cost: FreeFor more info: (718) 984-0945

Tuesday, June 8 – Game on @ St. George

For ages 12 to 18. PS3, Wii, 360 – Got the gaming moves? Show off your skill with the Wii remote, Sixaxis controller, or Controller S and challenge your friends to a game in the library. Take part in our tournaments!

Where: 5 Central Avenue (near Borough Hall), Staten Island, NY 10301When: 3:30 PMWho: St. George Library CenterHow: Just come on in.Cost: FreeFor more info: (718) 442-8560

Wednesday, June 9 – Forest Stewardship Volunteering

Enjoy the outdoors and be a steward of your local natural areas! To assist the ongoing forest restoration project at Conference House Park, we will spend this afternoon planting native grasses and flowers, and removing invasive plants. This is a great task for children to help with. We will gather at or just outside the Visitors’ Center (not the Conference House) at?3:00 p.m. Sturdy shoes and long pants are strongly recommended. If you’re sensitive to poison ivy, a long-sleeve shirt to cover your wrists is a good idea, just in case. Gloves and any needed tools will be provided. Tap water and restrooms are available at the Visitors’ Center. This event is typically held rain or shine. Hope to see you there!

Where: 298 Satterlee Street, Staten Island 10307When: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PMWho: Conference House ParkHow: Please RSVP to ensure you hear about alterations or cancellations. Cost: FreeFor more info: Cheri Brunault at (718) 390-8021, or email NatureCHP@parks.nyc.gov.

Saturday, June 12 – Forest Stewardship Volunteering

Enjoy the outdoors and be a steward of your local natural areas! To assist the ongoing forest restoration project at Conference House Park, we will spend this afternoon planting native grasses and flowers, and removing invasive plants. This is a great task for children to help with. We will gather at or just outside the Visitors’ Center (not the Conference House) at?3:00 p.m. Sturdy shoes and long pants are strongly recommended. If you’re sensitive to poison ivy, a long-sleeve shirt to cover your wrists is a good idea, just in case. Gloves and any needed tools will be provided. Tap water and restrooms are available at the Visitors’ Center.

Where: Conference House Park, 298 Satterlee St. Staten Island, NY 10307When: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM (***It will also be held 2:00-5:00 pm)Who: Conference House MuseumHow: Please call to registerCost: FreeFor more info: Cheri Brunault at (718) 390-8021, or email NatureCHP@parks.nyc.gov.

Plan Ahead:

Saturday, July 10 – Freshkills Tours

The Parks Department operates tours of the Freshkills Park site from April through November of each year. Tours are conducted by bus, guided by NYC Urban Park Rangers and last approximately an hour and a half. Witness the dramatic transformation for yourself, as well as the turkey vultures, red-tailed hawks, and more…

Where: All tours depart from the Eltingville Transportation Center/Park & Ride on Staten IslandWhen: 10:00 AM (There are two tours per date, 10 am and 1 pm)Who: Freshkills Park/Willian T. Davis Wildlife RefugeHow: You must call in advance to register. Go to the website and click on the Tours and Programs Tab…the highlighted dates are the only ones left. Cost: FreeFor more info: http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_your_park/fresh_kills_park/html/fresh_kills_park.html

The 3rd Annual ART by the Ferry grass root festival is presenting Visual Arts, Live Music, Performance Art, Street Performances, Crafts, Literary Readings, Children’s Workshops, Circus Performances, and more.

Dates: June 5,6,12&13 (first 2 weekends, in June)

Time: 12noon to 8pm.

“Literary Readings” are scheduled for Friday, June 11th, 2010 from 8pm-10:30pm at the Building 11 on the Lighthouse Plaza (enter at 1 Bay St.)

Visual Arts Venues: Building 11 at The Lighthouse Plaza (enter at 1 Bay Street), ART at Bay Gallery at 70 Bay St., Fishs Eddy at 139 Bay St., E.T.G Café at 208 Bay St.

Music Venues: Main Stage at Lighthouse Plaza (enter at 1 Bay Street), Overlook Stage by 911 Memorial Monument (near the SI Yankee’s Ball Field), ART at Bay Gallery – Soloists

Performance and Workshop Venues: Lighthouse Plaza enter at 1 Bay Street, Overlook at the 911 Memorial Monument near the SI Yankee’s Ball Field, Fishs Eddy at 139 Bay Street, E.T.G Cafe at 208 Bay Street, On the grass by the 911 Memorial (Bank Street), Show Gallery at 156 Stuyvesant Place.

Festival Admission is Free. All musicians and street performers are volunteers, donations are encouraged. The Art is for sale unless otherwise noted. Workshops are $5 per person.

The 12th Annual Staten Ireland Irish Fair will be held on Saturday June 12th and Sunday June 13th 2010 at 777 Seaview Ave and Fr. Capodanno Blvd, South Beach Staten Island.

Our festival is always a big hit with the Irish of New York with at least 5,000 people passing through the gates every year. Admission is $10 at the gate or $8 advance purchase. Children under 12 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. The entertainment line up is very impressive this year with Derek Warfield and the Young Wolfetones coming all the way from Ireland, while from the Ottawa Valley in Ontario Canada we have “Searson”. Kiara from Haiwaii will be performing during the opening sashing ceremony. We also have local band “The Moonshiners”, and from the Jersey shore we have “The Snakes”. Brooklyn boys the “Canny Brothers Band” will also be entertaining the crowds. Paddy Noonan will be there again this year, and Fiona Molloy will be acting as the Fair Hostess.

Festivities begin Saturday at Noon with opening ceremonies being kicked off by the Staten Island Pipes and Drums, one of three Pipe Bands participating this year. The fair runs from 12 Noon to 8pm on Saturday, and continues again with Mass at 10:30 am on Sunday. Gates will open at 10am on Sunday to accommodate those wishing to attend Mass.

Our festival is a family centered event so there will also be a “Land of the Leprechauns” kids area where a $10 ticket entitles the kids to ride all the rides as many times as they want from 1pm and 5pm.

There will be over 40 Irish vendors attending to provide a huge array of Irish food and Imports. The event is sponsored by the St Columcille Irish Cultrual Center and is the main fundraiser for their Irish American efforts in the NY area.

Just For Kids,Staten Island Reviews

May 14, 2010

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Elk Licking at the Turtleback Zoo

The weekly newsletter of Staten Island activities to entertain, stimulate and exhaust your kids.


Trip to the Turtleback Zoo


or What I did for Mother’s Day

So my Mother’s Day wish was granted.  I spent the day with my men and had a stress free time. And I watched my husband get licked by an Elk.  His first. It was quite fascinating.  We were just standing there, not paying attention to it, talking about how we have never seen an Elk up close, marveling at how calm it looked in the midst of all the Buffalo–who were shedding in unfortunate patterns which made them look like they had pieces of old, water logged rugs on their backs.  Teddy wanted to show us the Penguins and when we turned around we came face to face, or in my husband’s case, hand to tongue, with an Elk.  We have been calling him Carl.  His antlers are fuzzy and look like they are covered with beige moss.

If I were giving out stars for kid’s zoos I would probably give the Turtleback Zoo 3.5 out of 5 stars.  A zoo with 5 stars would have to include an Elephant, some major apes and a giraffe.  We really enjoyed it though. There are a nice variety of animals, such as Carl, the aforementioned Elk, Bison, two Bald Eagles, two Leopards, a Red Panda, Kangaroo, White Wolves, Mountain Lions, two depressed looking Gibbons, Penguins, Prairie Dogs with a tunnel underneath their area so that we can pop our heads out to see them up close, and a petting zoo with Llama, Sheep, Horses, Goats, etc. etc.  Nothing ground breaking, but the Eagles were really cool to see and my husband loved the wolves.  The designers of the Zoo seem to have put some effort into constructing their enclosures so that we could get close to the animals obviously without harm to the animals or us, but it felt more intimate and definitely kid friendly.

Other added attractions to the Zoo are an Endangered Species Carousel that is inside and a play area with some fast moving slides!  They also have an eating area, but try to bring your own food, theirs is a little lacking.  It is not far at all, which is good as we did not sit in any traffic and were there way before I thought we would be.  It was a great day regardless of the windy weather and I would recommend taking the trip if you feel like getting off the island.  For more info their website address is: http://www.turtlebackzoo.com

This Week’s Picks:


May 15th through May 22nd

Saturday, May 15 – Cool Rainforest Connections

Recommended for children ages 4 to 10.  Join super hero, Captain Cocoa on an adventure to save the rainforest and discover that it might be the average person who can really save the day. Presented by the Wildlife Theater from the Central Park Zoo.

Where: 200 Clarke Avenue (at Amber St.), Staten Island, NY 10306When: 11:00 AMWho: Richmondtown LibraryHow: Pre-Registration is requiredCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 668-0413

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Saturday, May 15 – Adopt-a-Soldier Day

The zoo is celebrating Armed Forces Day by accepting donations for soldiers. Donations of toiletries, snacks, stationary, recreation/entertainment items and most important, letters of encouragement will be accepted. Please call the Zoo, or see the Zoo’s website, for a complete list of supplies for soldiers. Does your child (at least 14 years) need Community Service? If they do, please call to register your child to help pack the soldiers’ items.

Where: 614 Broadway, Staten Island NY 10310When: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PMWho: The Staten Island ZooHow: Drop-off items will also be accepted.Cost: Free with regular Zoo admission – $1.00 will be taken off price of admission if making a donation and visiting the zoo.For more info: www.statenislandzoo.oeg

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Saturday, May 15 – Japanese Paper Folding – Free Origami Workshops

Learn basic origami techniques & fun projects. Help choose future projects. Materials provided. Great for teachers, seniors, families, curious kids – all enthusiasts. Please Note: Younger children should be accompanied by a participating adult – projects are high beginner to intermediate and the pace is brisk. Beginners are welcome.

Where: 5 Central Avenue (near Borough Hall), Staten Island, NY 10301When: 2:00 PMWho: St. George Library CenterHow: Visit the library or call to sign up. Space is limited.Cost: FreeFor more info: (718) 442-8560

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Saturday, May 15 – Alice Austen House Museum 25th Anniversary

This Saturday, May 15, the Austen House is celebrating its 25th Anniversary by opening a new exhibit and throwing a party. There will be food, refreshments, music, games, and lots of fun We begin at 2 pm and run till 7 pm.

Where: 2 Hylan Boulevard,  Staten Island, NY 10305When: 2:00 PM – 7:00 AMWho: The Friends of Alice Austen House, Inc.How: Come on down!Cost: There may be an entrance fee, but at press time we were unable to confirm the price.  Please call for more info.For more info: (718) 816-4506 or  eaausten@aol.com

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Sunday, May 16 – Family Workshop on Himalayan Architecture

For older children, but will adapt their project to suit the age of your child. Celebrate Preservation Month and learn about traditional Himalayan Architecture. Participants will take a tour of our buildings and grounds and make a small model of their own.

Where: 338 Lighthouse AvenueWhen: 2:30 PM – 4:30 PMWho: Jacques Marchais Museum Of Tibetan ArtHow: Pre-Registration is requiredCost: $12 for a Family admissionFor more info: ahitchcoff@tibetanmuseum .org

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Wednesday, May 19 – Pajama Story Time

For all ages.  A librarian will share favorite picture books, providing children with the wonder of books and the joy of reading. Pajamas and teddy bears are encouraged to attend.

Where: 56 Giffords Lane (at Margaret St.)   Staten Island, NY 10308When: 6:00 PMWho: Great Kills LibraryHow: Pre-Registration is required.Cost: FreeFor more info: (718) 984-6670

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Thursday, May 20 – Lanyard Making

Older kids-teens.  Join us for lanyard making! Learn how to make different styles of lanyard from the cobra to the corkscrew! Materials will be provided.

Where: 5 Central Avenue (near Borough Hall), Staten Island, NY 10301When: 3:30 PMWho: St. George Library CenterHow: Pre-Registration is requiredCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 442-8560

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Friday, May 21 – Random Club Meeting

For ages 12 to 18. No, we do meet on a regular basis, but we’re always planning wacky and fun things to do. From expressive art sessions to potato chip eating contests, you never know what we’ll think of next.

Where: 830 Huguenot Avenue (at Drumgoole Rd., East)   Staten Island, NY 10312When: 10:30 AMWho: Huguenot Park LibraryHow: Just come on inCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 984-4636

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Friday, May 21 – Tunes & Tales with Bobaloo

Stories with Bob-a-Loo and his flute and drums. Recommended for children ages 5 to 12 years old.

Where: 976 Castleton Avenue (at N. Burgher Ave.), Staten Island, NY 10310When: 3:00 PMWho: West New Brighton LibraryHow: Pre-Registration is requiredCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 442-1416

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Saturday, May 22 – Endangered Species Day

Find out about the animals that need your help. Not only the animals from the rainforest, coral reef, or polar caps, but animals right here in NY. Animal encounters, keeper talks, and crafts for the children.

Where: 614 Broadway, Staten Island NY 10310When: 10:30 AM – 3:30 PMWho: Staten Island ZooHow: Just come on byCost: Free with zoo admissionFor more info: www.statenislandzoo.org

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This Week’s Calendar:


May 14th through May 22nd

Friday, May 14 – Nursery Romp

For Ages 2-5, get together with toddlers and families in your neighborhood.

Where: 1617 Richmond Road (between Seaview & Liberty Aves.)   Staten Island, NY 10304When: 10:30 AMWho: Dongan Hills LibraryHow: Pre-Registration is requiredCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 351-1444

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Friday, May 14 – Baby Story Time

Babies from birth to 18 months old with their parent/caregiver can enjoy great books, lively songs, rhymes, and meet other babies in the neighborhood.

Where: 309 New Dorp Lane,    Staten Island, NY 10306When: 10:30 AMWho: New Dorp LibraryHow: Pre-Registration is requiredCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 351-2977

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Friday, May 14 – Tibetan Portrait: The Power of Compassion

Photographic portraits of Tibetan people by renowned contemporary artist Phil Borge. Introduces viewers to individuals from a deeply spiritual culture who have been marginalized and displaced by the occupation of their homeland.

Where: 338 Lighthouse Ave.   Staten Island, NY 10306When: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM (Sunday’s last admission is 4:30 pm)Who:   Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art How: Come on by–this is an ongoing event.Cost: Adults $6/ Children under 6 are FreeFor more info: 718-987-3500

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Friday, May 14 – Doodlebug FunTime-Series I

For ages 18 mos to 4  yrs  old.  Join us for some stories, music & crafts,

Where: 222 Poillon Avenue, Staten IslandWhen: 1:00 PMWho: Blue Heron ParkHow: You need to pre-register with the teacher, Katheleen HagenCost: $1 materials feeFor more info: 718-227-8839/(718) 967-3542

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Friday, May 14 – Reading Aloud

For Ages 5 and Older.  Join us as we read your favorite books out loud.

Where: 200 Clarke Avenue (at Amber St.), Staten Island, NY 10306When: 3:30 PMWho: Richmondtown LibraryHow: Pre-Registration is requiredCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 668-0413

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Friday, May 14 – Reading Aloud

For ages 5 and older. Come and listen to your favorite stories being read aloud.

Where: 200 Clarke Avenue (at Amber St.), Staten Island, NY 10306When: 3:30 PMWho: Richmondtown LibraryHow: Pre-Registration is required.Cost: FreeFor more info: (718) 668-0413

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Friday, May 14 – Game Day

A variety of board games and other games for ages 5 to 11

Where: 5 Central Avenue (near Borough Hall), Staten Island, NY 10301When: 4:00 PMWho: St. George LibraryHow: Pre-Registration is requiredCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 442-8560

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Saturday, May 15 – It’s My Park Day

Help make the Greenbelt even greener by planting trees. Refreshments and gratitude provided. Registration required.

Where: 200 Nevada Avenue
Staten Island NY 10306When: 10:00 AM (until closing)Who: High Rock ParkHow: Please call to confirm timeCost: FreeFor more info: For more information, or to register, call Jeanne Paliswiat at (718) 667-2165 or email jeanne.paliswiat@parks.nyc.gov.

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Saturday, May 15 – Junior Science Club: Geodesic Domes

For children 8-13.  Parents may observe.  Join Clay Wollney in learning how to build big buildings with the least amount of materials!

Where: 75 Stuyvesant Place Staten Island, NY 10301When: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PMWho: Staten Island MuseumHow: Pre-RegisterCost: $8./$5For more info: Call Seth Wollney at (718) 483-7105 for more information

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Saturday, May 15 – Learn to Ride – Kids: Bike New York

Most Learn to Ride – Kids classes are held for three hours. Participants are welcome to arrive and leave at any point during the class.  The program works best for children ages 5 and up.

As long as a student brings an appropriate-size bike (see above), chances are good that he or she will learn how to ride over the course of one class session. Those who do not, though, are welcome to register for a second class or should use the technique taught at Learn to Ride to practice at home.

Where: Midland Beach, Jefferson Ave & Father Capodanno Blvd.When: 10:30 AM – 3:00 PMWho: Bike NYHow: All cyclists must wear a helmet and have a bicycle that fits. The cyclist must be able to rest his or her feet entirely flat on the ground while sitting comfortably on the bicycle seat. Parents should pump up tires until they are rock hard and are encouraged to remove training wheels prior to the class, if possible.Cost: Participation is Free but Pre-Registraion is a MUST.  There will be no day of walk ins allowed to participate.For more info: http://www.dmarkevents.com

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Saturday, May 15 – A-Z Nature Hike

Test your knowledge to see if you can find something to cover every letter fo the alphabet while hiking your way thourgh Blue Heron trails. Wear hiking boots and bring a snack and water.

Where: 222 Poillon Avenue, Staten IslandWhen: 11:00 AMWho: Blue Heron ParkHow: Organized by Urban Park RangersCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 967-3542

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Saturday, May 15 – You & Your Dog

Great for Pre-teens and teens.  Learn how to train your dogs in the Natural setting of Blue Heron Park.

Where: 222 Poillon Avenue, Staten IslandWhen: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PMWho: Blue Heron ParkHow: Pre-Registration is a must!Cost: Possibly Free, but check when you registerFor more info: (718) 967-3542

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Saturday, May 15 – Cross, Farrell, Cohen and Wright: The Bluegrass Hit Parade-1946 to 2010

Band members Vincent Cross, Mark Farrell, Allen Cohen and Bob Wright will present the “signature songs” of the first generation of Bluegrass performers, continue with the most popular songs from the “middle years” and end with two new songs, written by band members. Hear songs that were made famous by Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs, Jim and Jesse, Jimmy Martin, Reno and Smiley, the Stanley Brothers and the Osborne Brothers, along with those that followed in their footsteps, like JD Crowe, Del McCoury, and the Country Gentlemen. Funding provided by Council on the Arts and Humanities for Staten Island and the New York State Council on the Arts.

Where: 7430 Amboy Road, Staten Island, NY 10307When: 2:00 PMWho: Tottenville LibraryHow: Come on byCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 984-0945

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Sunday, May 16 – Celebrate Spring: Picture This! Photography Hike

Join us for a journey to a variety of picturesque vistas throughout the forest, including trails,ponds and much more. We will provide the inspirational scenery; you provide the digital camera and your best shots. Free program. Registration required. Great opportunity for NYC middle, high school, and college students to take photos for “Greenbelt Naturally” photo contest.

Where: 700 Rockland Avenue
Staten Island NY 10314When: 10:00 AMWho: Greenbelt Nature CenterHow: Call for infoCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 351-3450.

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Sunday, May 16 – Secret Places of Fort Wadsworth Hike

All ages.  A national park ranger leads this hike areas off the beaten trails; wear sturdy footware, bring water and sunscreen

Where: 120 New York Ave., Staten Island, NY, 10301When: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PMWho: Fort Wadsworth Visitors Center ParkHow: Just drop on byCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 354-4500

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Sunday, May 16 – Pond Ecology

What animals can you find living in Spring Pond? Fish, frogs, turtles, oh my! Learn all about these residents as well as the ecological role they play in the pond.

Where: 222 Poillon Avenue, Staten IslandWhen: 2:00 PMWho: Blue Heron ParkHow: Bring your sunscreen!Cost: FreeFor more info: (718) 967-3542

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Monday, May 17 – Reading Aloud

For ages 5 and older.  Come by and listen to some of your favorite stories being read out loud.

Where: 830 Huguenot Avenue (at Drumgoole Rd., East)
Staten Island, NY 10312When: 4:00 PMWho: Huguenot Park LibraryHow: Pre-Registration is requiredCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 984-4636

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Monday, May 17 – Reading Aloud

For ages up to 7 years old.  Join us as we read your favorite stories out loud.

Where: 5 Central Avenue (near Borough Hall), Staten Island, NY 10301When: 4:00 PMWho: St. George Library CenterHow: Pre-Registration is required.Cost: FreeFor more info: (718) 442-8560

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Tuesday, May 18 – Toddler Story Time

Please join us for our weekly toddler storytime. Every week we read different books and sing songs. This storytime takes place every Tuesday morning. Please contact the Children’s Department if you have questions.

Where: 2245 Richmond Avenue, Staten Island, NYWhen: 10:30 AMWho: Barnes and Noble BooksellersHow: Pre-Registration is not necessary.Cost: FreeFor more info: 718-982-6983

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Tuesday, May 18 – Baby Space

Library time for babies up to 18 months and their caregivers.  Have fun with songs and rhymes you can share with babies and introduce them to simple board books and early literacy. Meet other parents in the neighborhood. Baby program runs 4 Tuesdays in May.

Where: 976 Castleton Avenue (at N. Burgher Ave.), Staten Island, NY 10310When: 10:30 AM (Baby program runs 4 Tuesdays in May.)Who: West New Brighton LibraryHow: Please sign up in advance.Cost: FreeFor more info: (718) 442-1416

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Tuesday, May 18 – Pre-School Story Time

Preschoolers from 3 to 5 years old with their parent/caregiver can enjoy new and classic picture books, action songs, related activities and meet other preschoolers in the neighborhood.

Where: 2550 Victory Boulevard (past Willowbrook Rd.), Staten Island, NY 10314When: 10:30 AMWho: Todt Hill-Westerleigh LibraryHow: Pre-registration is requiredCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 494-1642

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Tuesday, May 18 – Baby Space

Library time for babies up to 18 months and their caregivers.?Have fun with songs and rhymes you can share with babies and introduce them to simple board books and early literacy.  Meet other parents in the neighborhood.

Where: 976 Castleton Avenue (at N. Burgher Ave.), Staten Island, NY 10310When: 10:30 AMWho: West New Brighton LibraryHow: Baby program runs 4 Tuesdays in May. Please sign up in advance.Cost: FreeFor more info: (718) 442-1416

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Tuesday, May 18 – Pre-School Story Time

Preschoolers from 3 to 5 years old with their parent/caregiver can enjoy new and classic picture books, action songs, related activities and meet other preschoolers in the neighborhood.

Where: 2550 Victory Boulevard (past Willowbrook Rd.), Staten Island, NY 10314When: 10:30 AMWho: Todt Hill-Westerleigh LibraryHow: Pre-registration is required.Cost: FreeFor more info: (718) 494-1642

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Tuesday, May 18 – Baby Space

Library time for babies up to 18 months and their caregivers. Have fun with songs and rhymes you can share with babies and introduce them to simple board books and early literacy. Meet other parents in the neighborhood. Baby program runs 4 Tuesdays in May.

Where: 976 Castleton Avenue (at N. Burgher Ave.), Staten Island, NY 10310When: 10:30 AM (Running for 4 tuesdays in May)Who: West New Brighton LibraryHow: Please sign up in advance.Cost: FreeFor more info: (718) 442-1416

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Tuesday, May 18 – Teen Lounge

Ages 12-18.  Leave the velvet ropes behind & come hang out with your friends in a cool, casual enviornment. Bring snacks to enjoy while you listen to the radio & chat with your friends. Use laptops to do your homework, watch videos, play games, & more!

Where: 7430 Amboy Road, Staten Island, NY 10307When: 2:30 PMWho: Tottenville LibraryHow: Come on inCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 984-0945

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Tuesday, May 18 – Drop-in storytime

For ages 2 and older. Clay Pit Ponds staff read nature-themed stories aloud. Plus: Kids learn and enjoy plants and animals with puppets and songs

Where: 2351 Veteran’s Road West,  Staten Island, NY 10309When: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PMWho: Clay Pit Ponds State Park PreserveHow: Drop InCost: FreeFor more info:  (718) 967-1976

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Tuesday, May 18 – Game on @ St. George

For ages 12 to 18.  PS3, Wii, 360 – Got the gaming moves? Show off your skill with the Wii remote, Sixaxis controller, or Controller S and challenge your friends to a game in the library. Take part in our tournaments!

Where: 5 Central Avenue (near Borough Hall), Staten Island, NY 10301When: 3:30 PMWho: St. George Library CenterHow: Pre-Registration is requiredCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 442-8560

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Tuesday, May 18 – Story Time @ the Library

For ages 5 and older.  Stories from around the world presented by the children’s librarian.

Where: 200 Clarke Avenue (at Amber St.), Staten Island, NY 10306When: 4:00 PMWho: Richmondtown LibraryHow: Pre-Registration requiredCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 668-0413

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Tuesday, May 18 – Reading Aloud

For all ages.  Join us as we read your favorite stories out loud.

Where: 21-25 Robin Road (at Ocean Ave. & Father Capodanno Blvd.), Staten Island, NY 10305When: 5:00 PMWho: South Beach LibraryHow: Pre-Registration requiredCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 816-5834

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Tuesday, May 18 – Reading Aloud

For all ages.  COme and join us as we read your favorite stories out loud.

Where: 21-25 Robin Road (at Ocean Ave. & Father Capodanno Blvd.), Staten Island, NY 10305When: 5:00 PMWho: South Beach LibraryHow: Pre-Registration is required.Cost: FreeFor more info: (718) 816-5834

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Wednesday, May 19 – Drop-in Budding Artists

For children ages 4 and up will use the natural world as inspiration to draw, paint write or create artwork to take home.

Where: 2351 Veteran’s Road West  Staten Island, NY 10309When: 2:30 PM – 4:00 PMWho: Clay Pit Ponds State Park PreserveHow: Please pre-register.Cost: $5 donation for materials in the form a check payable to “Natural Heritage Trust”For more info: (718) 967-1976

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Wednesday, May 19 – Nerd Connection: High School Teen Study Group

Is school wearing you down and out? Do you feel like you have more on your plate than you can chew? Well, you’re not alone. Many teens feel this way entering their later and more stressful high school years. So join our study group where we can help each other to study for tests like SATs, Regents and Advanced Placement exams, plus the regular classes of high school. For more information, log on towww.nerdconnection.webs.com

Where: 830 Huguenot Avenue (at Drumgoole Rd., East)
Staten Island, NY 10312When: 3:00 PMWho: Huguenot Park LibraryHow: Pre-Registration is not required, but check out the webste for more info.Cost: FreeFor more info: (718) 984-4636

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Wednesday, May 19 – Teen Tech Time

For ages 12 to 18.  Need extra computer time? Want to add some bling to your myspace? Research colleges? Edit video? Just search the web? Learn about our electronic services and play with the library laptops.

Where: 200 Clarke Avenue (at Amber St.), Staten Island, NY 10306When: 3:30 PMWho: Richmondtown LibraryHow: Just come on inCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 668-0413

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Wednesday, May 19 – Reading Aloud

For ages 3 and older. Join us for your favorite stories being read out loud.

Where: 976 Castleton Avenue (at N. Burgher Ave.), Staten Island, NY 10310When: 3:30 PMWho: West New Brighton LibraryHow: Pre-Registration is requiredCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 442-1416

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Wednesday, May 19 – After-school Book Club

For grades 4 through 7.  Come read and discuss selected books covering major periods in history such as the Civil War and the War of 1812.

Where: 441 Clarke Ave.  Staten Island, NY 10306When: 3:30 PMWho: Historic RichmondtownHow: Please call to pre-registerCost: Free, cost of book additional.For more info: (718) 351-1611

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Wednesday, May 19 – Reading Aloud

For ages 3 and older.  Enjoy hearing books read aloud, finger-plays, action rhymes and a coloring activity.

Where: 309 New Dorp Lane
Staten Island, NY 10306When: 4:00 PMWho: New Dorp LibraryHow: No Pre-Registration neededCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 351-2977

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Wednesday, May 19 – Picture Book Time

Children ages 3 and older can enjoy a variety of picture books read by the Children’s Librarian.

Where: 7430 Amboy Road, Staten Island, NY 10307When: 4:00 PMWho: Tottenville LibraryHow: Pre-Registration is required.Cost: FreeFor more info: (718) 984-0945

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Thursday, May 20 – Greenbelt Tree Tots

Good for ages 2-4 years old,  join us at the Greenbelt for hands-on activities, stories, songs and more.

Where: 700 Rockland Avenue
Staten Island NY 10314When: 9:30 AM – 10:15 AMWho: Greenbelt Nature CenterHow: Pre-Registration is requried.Cost: $6For more info: 718-351-3450

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Thursday, May 20 – Toddler Story Time

Toddlers from 18 months to 3 years old with their parent/caregiver can enjoy interactive stories, action songs, fingerplays, and interact with other toddlers in the neighborhood.

Where: 5 Central Avenue (near Borough Hall), Staten Island, NY 10301When: 10:30 AMWho: St. George Library CenterHow: Pre-Registration is requiredCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 442-8560

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Thursday, May 20 – Toddler Story Time

Toddlers from 18 months to 3 years old with their parent/caregiver can enjoy interactive stories, action songs, fingerplays, and interact with other toddlers in the neighborhood.

Where: 5 Central Avenue (near Borough Hall), Staten Island, NY 10301When: 10:30 AMWho: St. George Library CenterHow: Pre-Registration is requiredCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 442-8560

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Thursday, May 20 – Baby Story Time

Babies from birth to 18 months old with their parent/caregiver can enjoy great books, lively songs, rhymes, and meet other babies in the neighborhood.

Where: 7430 Amboy Road, Staten Island, NY 10307When: 10:30 AMWho: Tottenville LibraryHow: Pre-Registration is requiredCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 984-0945

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Thursday, May 20 – Story Museum

For toddlers and preschool children up to age 5. Stories, crafts, music, dancing and singing in the Historical Museum.

Where: 441 Clarke Ave.   Staten Island, NY 10306When: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PMWho: Historic RichmondtownHow: Call for reservationsCost: $3/per child; adults/freeFor more info: (718) 351-1611

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Thursday, May 20 – Introducing…Peepers

Appropriate for 2-yr-olds. The fun and wonder of the forest through nature exploration, stories, finger plays, music & more.

Where: 700 Rockland Avenue  Staten Island NY 10314When: 1:30 PM – 2:00 PMWho: The Greenbelt Nature CenterHow: Pre-Registration is requiredCost: There is a small fee.For more info: 718-351-3450

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Thursday, May 20 – Reading Aloud

For ages 3 and older.  Listen to us read a few of your favorite stories out loud.

Where: 1617 Richmond Road (between Seaview & Liberty Aves.)
Staten Island, NY 10304When: 4:00 PMWho: Dongan Hills LibraryHow: Pre-Registration required.Cost: FreeFor more info: (718) 351-1444

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Thursday, May 20 – Reading Aloud

For all ages.  Come and listen to your favorite stories being read out loud.

Where: 56 Giffords Lane (at Margaret St.)
Staten Island, NY 10308When: 4:00 PMWho: Great Kills LibraryHow: Pre-Registration requiredCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 984-6670

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Thursday, May 20 – Game Time

Children ages 5 and older can play a variety of board games as well as virtual Wii games.

Where: 200 Clarke Avenue (at Amber St.), Staten Island, NY 10306When: 4:00 PMWho: Richmondtown LibraryHow: Pre-Registration is requiredCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 668-0413

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Thursday, May 20 – Reading Aloud

For ages 3-11.  Join us as we read your favorite stories out loud.

Where: 2550 Victory Boulevard (past Willowbrook Rd.), Staten Island, NY 10314When: 4:00 PMWho: Todt Hill-Westerleigh LibraryHow: No registration is required.Cost: FreeFor more info: (718) 494-1642

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Thursday, May 20 – Family Film Night at Huguenot Park

Parents bring your children for a relaxing night out at the library. Free popcorn, snacks, beverages and an extra basket of fun!!!!!   This week’s Movie:  The Mask

Where: 830 Huguenot Avenue (at Drumgoole Rd., East)
Staten Island, NY 10312When: 5:00 PMWho: Huguenot Park LibraryHow: Pre-Registration is requiredCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 984-4636

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Friday, May 21 – Pre-School Story Time

Preschoolers from 3 to 5 years old with their parent/caregiver can enjoy new and classic picture books, action songs, related activities and meet other preschoolers in the neighborhood.

Where: 56 Giffords Lane (at Margaret St.)
Staten Island, NY 10308When: 10:30 AMWho: Great Kills LibraryHow: Pre-Registration is requiredCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 984-6670

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Friday, May 21 – Toddler Story Time

Toddlers from 18 months to 3 years old with their parent/caregiver can enjoy interactive stories, action songs, fingerplays, and interact with other toddlers in the neighborhood.

Where: 830 Huguenot Avenue (at Drumgoole Rd., East)
Staten Island, NY 10312When: 10:30 AMWho: Huguenot Park LibraryHow: Pre-Registration is requiredCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 984-4636

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Friday, May 21 – Doodlebug FunTime Series II

Perfect for kids aged 18  months to 4 years old.  Join us for stories, crafts and fun!

Where: 222 Poillon Ave., Staten Island NYWhen: 1:00 PMWho: Blue Heron ParkHow: Pre-Registration is required.Cost: FreeFor more info: 718-227-8849

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Friday, May 21 – Reading Aloud

For ages 5 and older.  Join us as we read your favorite stories out loud.

Where: 200 Clarke Avenue (at Amber St.), Staten Island, NY 10306When: 3:30 PMWho: Richmondtown LibraryHow: Pre-Registration is requiredCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 668-0413

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Friday, May 21 – Game Day

A variety of board games and other games for ages 5 to 11.

Where: 5 Central Avenue (near Borough Hall), Staten Island, NY 10301When: 4:00 PMWho: St. George Library CenterHow: Pre-Registration is required.Cost: FreeFor more info: (718) 442-8560

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Friday, May 21 – Teen Book Discussion Group

12-18 years old.  Got anything good to read? Check out what the librarian has recommended, and hear what your friends think about it. We’ve got the books, now we need you to talk

Where: 5 Central Avenue (near Borough Hall), Staten Island, NY 10301When: 4:00 PMWho: St. George Library CenterHow: Just come on in.Cost: FreeFor more info: (718) 442-8560

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Friday, May 21 – Game Day

A variety of board games and other games for ages 5 to 11.

Where: 5 Central Avenue (near Borough Hall), Staten Island, NY 10301When: 4:00 PMWho: St. George Library CenterHow: Just come on in.Cost: FreeFor more info: (718) 442-8560

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Saturday, May 22 – Earthcrafting

Suitable for children 8 and up.  Earth provides us with many useful materials. With a little imagination we will use these gifts to create a beautiful, practical piece of art.

Where: 700 Rockland Avenue
Staten Island NY 10314When: 1:00 PMWho: Greenbelt Nature CenterHow: Registration and pre-payment required.Cost: Material fee per participants: $5 non-members; $4 Greenbelt Conservancy members.For more info: Call (718) 351-3450.

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Saturday, May 22 – The Harbortown Revue with Bob

All Ages.  Bob Wright will be joined by the members of the Harbortown Revue to present an acoustic Americana concert of original music about Staten Island and the Greater New York area. It will include many of the tunes from his cds, Harbortown, The Diver and much more.

Where: 56 Giffords Lane (at Margaret St.)
Staten Island, NY 10308When: 2:30 PMWho: Great Kills LibraryHow: Just come on by.Cost: FreeFor more info: (718) 984-6670

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Saturday, May 22 – Clay Pit Time Travel

For ages 8 to adult.What was life like at Clay Pit Ponds when your grandparents were your age? What about their grandparents time? Travel back in time learning cultural history of Clay Pit Ponds.

Where: 2351 Veteran’s Road West Staten Island, NY 10309When: 3:00 PM – 4:30 PMWho: Clay Pit Ponds State Park PreserveHow: Pre-Register please.Cost: FreeFor more info: 718-605-3970

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Teen Scene:


May 14th through May 22nd

Friday, May 14 – Anime Night

Want to see the hottest new anime? Come check out what’s on screen at the library. Bring your friends, your pocky, and your anime and manga fandom!

Where: 5 Central Avenue (near Borough Hall), Staten Island, NY 10301When: 3:30 PMWho: St. George Library CenterHow: Just come on in!Cost: FreeFor more info: (718) 442-8560

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Friday, May 14 – Teen Book Discussion Group

Ages 12-18.  Got anything good to read? Check out what the librarian has recommended, and hear what your friends think about it.?We’ve got the books, now we need you to talk!

Where: 5 Central Avenue (near Borough Hall), Staten Island, NY 10301When: 4:00 PMWho: St. George Library CenterHow: Just come on in.Cost: FreeFor more info: (718) 442-8560

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Saturday, May 15 – Wagner College ACT Children’s Theatre

Parents & children discuss summer stock & auditions for Beauty and the Beast.  Auditions for children 6-15

Where: Campus Hall Music Performance Center, One Campus Drive, Staten Island, NY 10301When: 1:15 PMWho: Wagner College ACT Children’s TheaterHow: Pleas call before comingCost: FreeFor more info: call (718) 390-3221

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Sunday, May 16 – Retro Gaming

It’s back to the good old days. Join your friends and roll the dice. Move pieces by hand instead of with a mouse click. Join us for some old fashion board game fun. For ages 12 to 18.

Where: 5 Central Avenue (near Borough Hall), Staten Island, NY 10301When: 3:00 PMWho: St. George Library CenterHow: Just come on in.Cost: FreeFor more info: (718) 442-8560

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Monday, May 17 – Teen Cafe

Ages 12-18.  Come hang out with your friends in a cool, casual environment. Bring snacks to enjoy while you listen to the radio & chat with your friends. Use laptops to do your homework, watch videos, play games, & more!

Where: 309 New Dorp Lane
Staten Island, NY 10306When: 2:30 PMWho: New Dorp LibraryHow: Come on inCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 351-2977

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Monday, May 17 – Retro Gaming

For ages 12 to 18.  It’s back to the good old days. Join your friends and roll the dice. Move pieces by hand instead of with a mouse click. Join us for some old fashion board game fun.

Where: 5 Central Avenue (near Borough Hall), Staten Island, NY 10301When: 3:00 PMWho: St. George Library CenterHow: Just come on in.Cost: FreeFor more info: (718) 442-8560

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Tuesday, May 18 – Teen Lounge

Ages 12-18  Leave the velvet ropes behind & come hang out with your friends in a cool, casual enviornment. Bring snacks to enjoy while you listen to the radio & chat with your friends. Use laptops to do your homework, watch videos, play games, & more!

Where: 7430 Amboy Road, Staten Island, NY 10307When: 2:30 PMWho: Tottenville LibraryHow: No pre-registration necessary.Cost: FreeFor more info: (718) 984-0945

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Tuesday, May 18 – Game on @ St. George

For ages 12 to 18.  PS3, Wii, 360 – Got the gaming moves? Show off your skill with the Wii remote, Sixaxis controller, or Controller S and challenge your friends to a game in the library. Take part in our tournaments!

Where: 5 Central Avenue (near Borough Hall), Staten Island, NY 10301When: 3:30 PMWho: St. George Library CenterHow: Just come on in.Cost: FreeFor more info: (718) 442-8560

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Tuesday, May 18 – Natural Resources Protective Association’s Youth Program

ages 12-17 learn the marine ecology of New York Harbor; volunteer at beach clean-ups and wetland restorations, learn water sampling techniques and saltwater fishing techniques among other techniques.

Where:     Chateau Villa Community Room 416 Maryland Ave.  Staten Island, NY 10305When: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PMWho: Natural Resources Protective AssociationHow: Pleas call in advanceCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 987-6037

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Wednesday, May 19 – Anime Addicts and Manga Mania

For ages 12 to 18.  Have a passion for drawing manga? Want to talk about Anime? Interested in Japanese culture? Come join your fellow fanatics and hang out while you talk and draw your own ideas!

Where: 309 New Dorp Lane, Staten Island, NY 10306When: 2:30 PMWho: New Dorp LibraryHow: Walk on in.Cost: FreeFor more info: (718) 351-2977

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Wednesday, May 19 – T-Art!

For ages 12 to 18. Interested in art? Want to draw your own stuff? Join us for free draw time! Talk about media, digital creation, pencil preferences, and more.  Grab your registration form for the Teen Art Contest–drawing to be held at the end of the summer—prizes for all!

Where: 309 New Dorp Lane  Staten Island, NY 10306When: 2:30 PMWho: New Dorp LibraryHow: Pre-Registration is not neededCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 351-2977

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Wednesday, May 19 – Nerd Connection: High School Teen Study Group

For High School Students.  Is school wearing you down and out? Do you feel like you have more on your plate than you can chew? Well, you’re not alone. Many teens feel this way entering their later and more stressful high school years. So join our study group where we can help each other to study for tests like SATs, Regents and Advanced Placement exams, plus the regular classes of high school.

Where: 830 Huguenot Avenue (at Drumgoole Rd., East), Staten Island, NY 10312When: 3:00 PMWho: Huguenot LibraryHow: Pre-Registration is not requiredCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 984-4636 or For more information, log on to www.nerdconnection.webs.com

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Wednesday, May 19 – small talk about BIG issues

For ages 12 to 18. What’s on your mind? What’s happening in your world? Come join in the discussion at your library.

Where: 5 Central Avenue (near Borough Hall), Staten Island, NY 10301When: 3:00 PMWho: St. George Library CenterHow: Just come on in.Cost: FreeFor more info: (718) 442-8560

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Wednesday, May 19 – Teen Tech Time

For ages 12 to 18  Need extra computer time? Want to add some bling to your myspace? Research colleges? Edit video? Just search the web? Learn about our electronic services and play with the library laptops.

Where: 200 Clarke Avenue (at Amber St.), Staten Island, NY 10306When: 3:30 PMWho: Richmondtown LibraryHow: Just come on inCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 668-0413

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Thursday, May 20 – Game on

Teens and Tweens.  Challenge your friends to Naruto, Bowling, Boxing, and more on Wii.

Where: 976 Castleton Avenue (at N. Burgher Ave.), Staten Island, NY 10310When: 4:00 PMWho: West New Brighton Library, Community RoomHow: Just come on inCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 442-1416

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Friday, May 21 – Anime Night

Want to see the hottest new anime? Come check out what’s on screen at the library. Bring your friends, your pocky, and your anime and manga fandom!

Where: 5 Central Avenue (near Borough Hall), Staten Island, NY 10301When: 3:30 PMWho: St. George Library CenterHow: Just come on in.Cost: FreeFor more info: (718) 442-8560

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Friday, May 21 – Game on @ Dongan Hills

For ages 12 to 18.  Got the gaming moves? Show off your skill with the Wii remote and challenge your friends to a game in the library. Take part in our tournaments!

Where: 1617 Richmond Road (between Seaview & Liberty Aves.)
Staten Island, NY 10304When: 3:30 PMWho: Dongan Hills LibraryHow: Pre-Registration may be required.Cost: FreeFor more info: (718) 351-1444

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Friday, May 21 – Teen Book Discussion Group

Got anything good to read? Check out what the librarian has recommended, and hear what your friends think about it. We’ve got the books, now we need you to talk!

Where: 5 Central Avenue (near Borough Hall), Staten Island, NY 10301When: 4:00 PMWho: St. George Library CenterHow: Just come on inCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 442-8560

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Saturday, May 22 – Paying For College

‘Paying for College’ is an informative program for parents and students to attend. The seminar will help parents and students understand the financial aid process. Attend this free seminar and learn: 1. Updated information about the state of financial aid   2. An overview of key terms and the variety of aid available   3. A timeline and tips to help navigate the process

Where: 1617 Richmond Road (between Seaview & Liberty Aves.)
Staten Island, NY 10304When: 2:30 PMWho: DOngan Hills LibraryHow: Just come on byCost: FreeFor more info: (718) 351-1444

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May 4, 2010

Eating Out with the Family – Adobe Blues

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Adobe Blues

By: Nanine Iengo Blomstrom

Photo By N. Iengo
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No Mas!

I am full.  Full of Enchiladas that is.  I actually can’t even think straight. Tonight we ate at a staple in New Brighton–Adobe Blues.  For those of you who are not familiar with it (and there may still be a few of you out there) Adobe Blues is located past the ferry and just a little before Snug Harbor off of Richmond Terrace at 63 Lafayette Avenue.  It serves southwestern food and boasts a humungous beer list–which is what appealed to us some years back when a hangover wasn’t something we worried about.  Now that 10 o’clock is sounding a little late, a hangover is actually making us just say no-at least a little.  It is the homey atmosphere and welcoming attitude Adode Blues has that keeps us coming back.

It is one of my husband’s favorite places on the Island.  My son Teddy and I picked him up from the ferry on the evening of his birthday and after hemming and hawing about where to go–which usually lasts about 20 minutes and ends up with two out of the three of us sulking in our warm soda and overpriced yet soggy sushi–I suggested Adobe Blues.  Teddy was excited about the prospect of guacamole and chips and I knew Pete was already thinking about which beer he would have–I think it was Newcastle this time.  We got there around 6:30 and it was relatively empty.  A couple of patrons were at the bar and a few tables were already occupied.  I didn’t intend to write about this, but after we were settled at our table and were enjoying the chips and the ambient lighting (to put it romantically)  a group of 5 parents wielding 3 infant car carriers walked in.  I thought to myself–Yikes, they may have a problem sitting down.  I’ve been there, not with three of course, but it is mildly uncomfortable walking into a restaurant with one child, thinking “I hope we can be accommodated without much fuss”.  The hostess didn’t bat an eye–They were seated right away in a comfortable table in the back where the band usually plays.  The place does have a rather interesting acoustic issue.  It is hard to hear anything there that is outside your immediate area, so that totally worked in their favor.  Then I started noticing more couples with children coming in and it was getting crowded.  There were at least 4 tables with children under 3 and some with children from 7-15.  It was nice.  A place where mommy and daddy had way too good a time working their way through the beer list has renovated itself into a family establishment. Maybe it always was, but like I said–they have great beer!

While they do not have a dedicated children’s menu, my son was more than happy with his heaping (yes, I used the word heaping) side dish of Red Beans and Rice, sour cream, chips and guacamole. His milk did come in a covered kids cup with a ‘fat’ straw.  The menu hasn’t changed that much over the years.  They usually have a few unique specials and not-your-everyday southwestern plates, as well as the standard Mexican/southwestern dishes such as the aforementioned enchiladas (the green chili sauce that accompanied them was amazing.) Overall the food has remained consistent–honestly, I can’t say I have ever had a bad meal there.  Now I can enjoy it with my family and know that family friendly doesn’t have to mean sacrificing taste and atmosphere.  They do provide a changing table in the ladies room which was a plus, since the bathroom is a bit rural looking.  Also, just to make a note of it if you are thinking of going, we were there on a Tuesday night around 6:30, it started getting full at about 7:00 and the waiting area is in the bar–which can definitely get crowded as well.  Also, Wednesday night is “Open Mic” night where many a singer and guitar hero come to play.  They also usually have a band or two on the weekend.  It can get pretty loud, so maybe call before going.  (718) 720-2583?…..http://adobe-blues.com/