Bringing together activities, food, entertainment and dozens of community resources, Councilwoman Debi Rose will host her fourth annual “North Shore Shares” Community Fair on Saturday, Oct. 24, from noon to 4 p.m. at Historic Tappen Park in Stapleton.
Councilwoman Rose’s event will feature the NYPD’s rock climbing wall, animals from the Staten Island Zoo, children’s games hosted by the Parks Department, the Staten Island Makerspace’s STEAM wagon, food samples, flu shots, legal advice, health screenings, a gardening workshop, library books, IDNYC appointments and a wealth of information from nonprofit and government agencies, as well as performances from St. Philip’s Heat Drumline, the Pink Diamond Steppers and Susan Wagner High School Marching Band. The Fire Department’s Get Alarmed day, which provides free fire prevention resources, and National Food Day, hosted by the Staten Island Hunger Task Force, will also be part of the Community Fair.
“This year’s expo will be bigger, better and in a new location,” said Councilwoman Rose. “Children can go rock climbing and pet zoo animals, while adults can connect one-on-one with the many organizations and government agencies who have so many resources to share. Children and adults alike will enjoy the entertainment and food samplings on what should be a beautiful fall afternoon in one of our most historic parks.”
As part of the Community Fair, the Staten Island Hunger Task Force will host several events marking Food Day, a national movement to inspire Americans to make smart dietary choices.
"National Food Day encourages us all to make changes in our own diets," said Susan Fowler, manager of City Harvest's Healthy Neighborhood program on Staten Island. "Councilwoman Rose’s annual Community Fair is a great opportunity for Staten Islanders to look at the food in their neighborhoods, their supermarkets and their kitchens, and ask themselves, 'Am I making the right choices?' The Staten Island Hunger Task Force will introduce programs at the Community Fair and explain how backyard gardeners can donate fresh produce to pantries and kitchens.”
“H.E.A.L.T.H for Youths is honored and proud to participate in Councilwoman Debi Rose's Community Fair,” said Heather Butts, co-founder of H.E.A.L.T.H for Youths, which will be hosting a workshop Saturday. “This event will bring many wonderful organizations together with the common goal of disseminating information, education and services to residents of the North Shore. We look forward to providing an informative workshop on gardening and healthy food choices and thank Councilwoman Rose for supporting our organization and the community as a whole.”
The Community Fair will include dozens of children’s activities, including a visit from Staten Island Makerspace’s brand new STEAM Wagon, which brings Science, Technology, Education, Arts and Math to local schools.
Staten Island MakerSpace is very happy to participate in Councilwoman Rose's Community Fair,” said DB Lampman, associate director of Staten Island MakerSpace. “We'll be bringing our mobile makerspace, the STEAM Wagon, with hands-on engineering projects for kids, and look forward to seeing our friends and neighbors there to celebrate our wonderful North Shore community!”
The first 200 people to sign in at the event will receive free New York Knicks t-shirts. Also, as part of the Food Day celebrations, the Staten Island Hunger Task Force will give out more than 250 apples so that participants can join the Big Apple Crunch, an event where people across the country will simultaneously enjoy an apple.
For more information, please call the office of Councilwoman Debi Rose at 718-556-7370.