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This weekend in Staten Island

Get up and do something! Here is a great list of events happening in Staten Island this weekend.

  1. Jr. Science Club: Making Light of Optics

    Build kaleidoscopes and use lasers to study the reflection and refraction of light while having fun and honing skills in construction & alignment. For more information call Seth Wollney at (718)483-7105.

    When: March 17, Sat. 10AM – 12PM
    Location: Staten Island Museum – 75 Stuyvesant Place
    Tickets: $8 non-members/ $5 museum members

  2. Teen Environmental Club: Beach Clean-Up

    Bags, gloves and warm refreshments will be provided. Meet near the brick bathroom house in the main parking lot at the end of Cornelia Avenue. For more information call Seth Wollney at (718)483-7105.

    When: March 18, Sun. 10AM – 1PM
    Location: Wolfe’s Pond Park – 420 Cornelia Avenue
    Tickets: All teens 13-18 welcome Free

  3. Yoga in The Greenbelt

    This event repeats every week on Saturday between 1/7/2012 and 3/31/2012.

    Join certified yoga instructor Nancy Kaufman for yoga sessions overlooking our beautiful and inspiring woodlands. All fitness levels are welcome. For more information call (718)351-3450.

    When: March 17, Sat. 9:30AM – 11AM
    Location: Greenbelt Nature Center – 700 Rockland Ave at Brielle Ave
    Tickets: $15 non-members/ $13 Greenbelt Conservancy members

  4. Adult Art Workshop: Botanical Paper Making

    Join Greenbelt residence artist Kathy Trimarco for a relaxing afternoon of the ancient art of papermaking using a variety of botanical accents. Participants will learn how to make several sheets of paper and create a decorative date book cover embellished with pressed leaf specimens. For more information call (718)351-34509.

    When: March 17, Sat. 1PM – 2PM
    Location: Greenbelt Nature Center – 700 Rockland Ave at Brielle Ave
    Tickets: $20 non-members/ $17 Greenbelt Conservancy member

  5. The Night Sky

    The wonders of the universe are ready to be discovered, and New York City parks are the perfect place to stargaze and explore the night sky. The Urban Park Rangers will be your guides to the solar system as they discuss the science, history, and folklore of the universe. Astronomy is consistently rated as a favorite science topic for children and these programs are the perfect gateway for furthering science education. Fall and winter are the best times to observe meteor showers, the phases of the moon, and many planets of the Milky Way. For more information call (718)967-3542.

    When: March 17, Sat. 7PM
    Location: Wolfe’s Pond Park Comfort Station – Cornelia Ave
    Tickets: Free

  6. Nature Exploration (Light)

    Hiking is the ultimate way to enjoy the outdoors and reduce stress. Regardless of the intensity level, it is a great way to burn calories and stay fit. Urban Park Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City and places often off limits to the general public.

    On Nature Exploration Hikes you will discover the plants and animals that inhabit the urban forest. Learn to navigate using a map and compass with our Orienteering programs, and learn to use a GPS to search for hidden prizes. Hiking and Orienteering programs feature intensity levels ranging from light to vigorous. For all hiking programs we recommend wearing comfortable shoes or boots, and packing water and a light snack. For more information call (718)967-3542.

    When: March 18, Sun. 11AM
    Location: Bloomingdale Park Playground – Ramona and Lenevar Ave
    Tickets: Free

  7. Staten Island OutLOUD: Tom-Becky-Huck look-alike Contest

    Staten Island OutLOUD continues its Island-wide celebration of Mark Twain’s classic “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”. And what better way to bring Tom, Huck and Becky Thatcher to life than with a look-alike contest? There will be prizes for kids who dress up as Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, Becky Thatcher or other characters from Mark Twain’s novel. Adults can get into the act too!

    Staten Island OutLOUD presents this event as part of The Big Read, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Arts Midwest. For more info on Staten Island OutLOUD’s “Tom Sawyer” events visit or call (718)351-3450.

    When: March 18, Sun. 2PM – 4PM
    Location: Greenbelt Nature Center – 700 Rockland Ave at Brielle Ave
    Tickets: Free

  8. Protectors of Pine Oak Woods

    Forest Restoration Workshop Moses Mountain to SeaView- If you come late, walk to the first bend of the entry road, follow the Yellow Trail past Moses Mountain and take the unmarked trail to the right toward SeaView where we will be removing plants and cutting alien vines. Protectors will supply tools, gloves and refreshments. After a two hour work session, we will take a short walk over nearby trails. For more information call Don Recklies at (718)768-9036 or Chuck Perry at (718)667-1393.

    When: March 17, Sat. 10AM – 2PM
    Location: Meet in the Nevada Avenue parking lot at High Rock Park
    Tickets: Free

  9. CPG’s “Black & White” Exhibit at St. John’s University

    The Creative Photographers Guild’s “Black & White” Show – a juried exhibition, curated by Dr. Mark Meng, Professor Linda Butti, and Professor Connie J. Frisch-Cherniak – will be on view at St. John’s University’s Loretto Memorial Library Gallery. Refreshments will be served.

    When: March 17, Sat. 2PM – 5PM
    Location: Loretto Memorial Library Gallery at St. John’s University – 300 Howard Avenue
    Tickets: Free

  10. Cavalleria Rusticana and the Beginnings of Verismo in Italian Literature and Opera

    In his presentation, Mr. Spilotro will explain the origin of the Italian Verismo movement, and screen a performance of the definitive Verismo opera “Cavalleria Rusticana” (“Rustic Chivalry”).

    Verismo (meaning “realism,” from the Italian word “vero” meaning “true”) was an Italian literary movement that was very popular between 1875 and the 1920s. Instead of depicting the actions of “noble” characters, the heroes of verismo opera are common, unsophisticated people of the lower class. The operas have melodramatic, highly passionate and sometimes violent plots.

    When: March 18, Sun. 1PM
    Location: Garibaldi-Meucci Museum – 420 Tompkins Avenue
    Tickets: $10 non-members / $5 members

  11. 1st Annual Home Remodeler’s Showcase

    The Home Improvement Contractors of Staten Island, the local chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, (NARI-HIC of Staten Island) will be presenting their 1st Annual Home Remodeler’s Showcase. Please save the date and meet with our contractors personally to discuss any and all of your home improvement needs.

    When: March 17 $ 18, Sat. & Sun. 10AM – 6PM
    Location: Staten Island Mall
    Tickets: Free

Have a Great Weekend Everyone and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!