As I sit here watching my daughter’s bedroom wall hoping that finally these crazy rains and weather patterns we’ve been privvy to will finally prove that the last job done on her wall has at long last fixed the leak that has not stopped gushing for several months (I’m crossing my fingers Mike)- I’m trying to conjure up thoughts of blue skies, sunshine and map out activities for what I hope will be a rain-free weekend.
So what are you doing this weekend? Check out these cool, family friendly happenings that should be on your radar!
SATURDAY SPOTLIGHT EVENTS OF THE DAY
CycloCross Racing New York City’s only cyclocross race, Staten CX is set to ride for the 4th time. This year’s race is being held in conjunction with NY State Senator Andrew Lanza’s office and will have a strong community focus. Cyclocross is similar to mountain biking, but the race features short, technical courses of variable terrain, that is fun for racers and spectators alike. The Race will feature a race village full of local food, companies and cycling brands. Children’s races will be held alongside the adults’ races. Cyclists of all ages and abilities, including newbies, kids, amateur competitors, and professionals will engage in a race winding around beautiful Wolfe’s Pond Park. This event, produced and promoted by Sparkify, is free for spectators to attend. Partnering with the race gives Senator Lanza the opportunity to mix his love of bicycles with an event that enriches the community. Profits from the race will be donated to various Staten Island-based charities.
Where: Wolfe’s Pond Park Hylan Blvd & Cornelia Ave
Age Appeal: All ages
Cost: $15 & up
Information: 718-984-4073 To register, go to the website www.statencx.wordpress.com
Nature Hike; This will be an easy peasy hike. Participants should wear comfortable shoes and bring water.
Where: Blue Heron Park 48 Poillion Avenue
Age Appeal: All ages
Information: 718-967-3542 www.nyc.gov/parks
Autumn Botanical Watercolors-Art Workshop Using the inspiration of the Greenbelt during the autumn season, participants will learn how to use the watercolor medium to create an accurate. Life-like illustration of woodland wildflowers or fall foliage.
Where: Greenbelt Nature Center 700 Rockland Avenue
Cost: Adults $20
Information: 718-351-3450 www.sigreenbelt.orgPrepayment and registration required.
The Most Well-Traveled Squirrel in the World: Story and slide show. 15 minute reading followed by fun Q&A.
Where:Everything Goes Book Cafe 208 Bay Street
Age Appeal: 5-8
SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT EVENT OF THE DAY
Teen Environmental Club: Beach Clean-up Join the Teen Environmental Club for a clean-up at one of our favorite beaches. Gloves, bags and lite-refreshments provided.
Where: Prince’s Bay Corner of Bayview Ave & Johnston Terrace
Age Appeal: 13-18
Information: 718-483-7105 http://sim-teenevnironmentalclub.ning.com
The Alice Austen House Museum is delighted to present a Photography Workshop: Shoot your dog, with a camera, of course.
AliceAusten Author/photographer Joel Heffner will
teach families how to take better photos of their beloved pets. Kids will learn how to combine the classic techniques Austen used to capture her dogs and cats, with modern digital technology.
Cost: Free with a $3 suggested admission.
Where: 2 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island, NY
Please call to reserve (718) 816-4506 ext. 10This program is made possible by the generous support of Complete Care Veterinary Center.
The Poetic Works of Tagore This Staten Island OutLOUD bilingual event will feature several of Tagore’s poems set to music, and sung in the original Bengali by Priyanka Pal, a temple member who has a special expertise in Tagore’s compositions – Rabindra Sageet. She will give participants a fascinating insight into Tagore’s work, in both his native language and in English translation. Everyone who attends will also have an opportunity to read aloud in English; copies of the literature will be provided for guests to borrow.
Where: Staten Island Hindu Temple 1318 Victory Blvd.
Age Appeal: All
Information: 718-907-0907 www.statenislandoutloud.org.