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Tuesday, December 14 - Sunday, December 30

Museum Exhibit: The Louis Armstrong House Museum is offering a special 40-minute, guided interpretive tour. The Historic Holiday House tours began on Dec. 4 and ends on Dec. 30 with regular museum admission. The Historic Holiday House Tour is the only preserved home of a jazz legend in the world, all of the furnishings are original.The Louis Armstrong House Museum is located at 34-56 107th St. in Corona, New York. Admission is $10.00, $7.00 for seniors, students and children and free for LAHM members and children under four. Groups with reservations enjoy a discount on admission.

Kwanzaa Celebration: AYA, Inc. and Omo Obatala Egbe, Inc. present their Annual Pre Kwanzaa Celebration and African Market Place. We are accepting vendor applications. Vendors call 718-841-7886 or email: info@OmoObatalaEgbe.org or info@AYA-ERE.org.

Saturday, December 15

Musical: Vy Higginsen’s Mama Foundation for the Arts presents: Mama, I Want to Sing: The Next Generation, a revival of classic 1983 gospel musical before it goes on winter hiatus. The performance will take place on Dec. 15 at 4:30 p.m. at the Dempsey Theater located at 127 West 127th St., between Lenox and 7th avenues, in Central Harlem. Tickets priced from $20-$35, are available via SmartTix.com (212)868-4444 or by calling the Mama Foundation for the Arts at (212)280-1045.

Christmas Caroling: Bronx Terminal Market is kicking off the holiday season with an exciting celebration for the entire family. Join caroling by The Bronx Opera, free hot Chocolate courtesy of of Applebee’s, Home Depot’s Kids Workshop, and Coca-Cola beverages samples and raffle giveaways! Also pick up Bronx Terminal Market’s Official Holiday Shopping Guide for a list of the hotttest gifts of the season and tons of promotions and offerings exclusively available at Bronx Terminal Market stores and restaurants. Located at 610 Exterior St., Bronx, N.Y.

Holidays at the Apollo, Coca-Cola Winterland: Join the fun at the Apollo from 2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Coco-Cola will be partnering to bring the magic of holiday season to Harlem. Coco-Cola will offer a variety of holiday-themed activities and the performances are free and open to the public. The festivities include: taking pictures with Santa Claus, performances by two of New York City’s best choirs, ARC Gospel Choir and Refining Faith. In the spirit of giving, the Apollo will be a designated location for a toy drive benefiting HELPUSA, a non-profit dedicated to providing housing and the supportive services necessary for the homeless.

Holidays at the Apollo, Amateur Night Holiday Special: The legendary theater lights up the holidays with its third annual Apollo Amateur Night Holiday Special showcasing recent winners of the show’s “Apollo Stars of Tomorrow” category and a special performance from guest artist the OMG Girlz. The show begins at 7:30 p.m., tickets are $19, $25 and $29. Groups & families (four or more): $9.50, $12.50, and $14.50. Tickets are available at The Apollo Theater Box Office: (212) 531-5305, 253 West 125th St. and Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets on sale now!

Sunday, December 16

FEMA: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will present information to community leaders and indiviuals affected by Hurricane SANDY on how to handle next year’s income tax filings, FEMA benefits along with other topics at 2:00 p.m. Brown Memorial Baptist Church, 484 Washington Ave. at the corner of Gates Ave., Brooklyn. Refreshments will be served. For more information, please call (718)638-6121.

MUSEUM EXHIBIT: The Bahamian American Cultural Society, Inc. in collaboration with Museum of African American Cinema & Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Art Gallery and Honorable Authur O. Eve, Sr. former duty speaker, New York State Assembly as honorary sponsors presents BAHAMIAN ART EXHIBITION. Admission is free and open to the public on Monday, Dec. 17, Sunday, Dec. 23, Saturday, Dec. 29 and Sunday, Dec. 30. A photo ID is required to enter ACP state office Building. Other times by appointment throughout the admission. Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building Art Gallery - 163 West 125th St., 2nd Floor, Harlem, N.Y. 10027.

Queens Sickle Cell: Cordially invites you to our 12th annual scholarship & awards banquet from 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. at Antun’s Caterers 96-43 Springfield Blvd. Queens Village, N.Y. For more information, please contact (718)712-0873. You can also visit www.qscan.org or www.qscan.eventbrite.com.

Thursday, December 20

Holidays at the Apollo, Sweet Honey In The Rock: Celebrating The Holydays: The all-female a capella ensemble will celebrate music from many faiths and religions around the globe through stunning vocals rooted in the rich textures of African legacy and traditions. Showtime begins at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are available at The Apollo Theater Box Office: (212) 531-5305, 253 West 125th St. and Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com.

Special Live Performance By Holiday Circus: Showtime 4:30- 5:00 p.m. & 5:30- 6:00 p.m. HOLIDAY CIRCUS is a unique production appearing at Brighton Beach’s Millennium Theatre that combines world-class circus performers together with the magic of the holiday season. Don’t miss this special advance highlight from the show at Brooklyn Children’s Museum with clowns and magic! HOLIDAY CIRCUS will enchant, astonish and thrill audiences with amazing displays of circus artistry. Due to popular demand we recommend arriving early as seating is on first-come, first-served basis. All ages welcomed. Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. 11213

SANTA VISIT AND HOLIDAY PHOTO OPP!: 5:30-6:30 p.m. (Lobby Sleigh) Visit with Santa and tell him all the things you want for Christmas! This special photo opportunity costs only $5 and allows you some personal up-close and personal time with our special visitor from the North Pole. Have a Holly Jolly Holiday! All ages welcomed. Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. 11213

W.O.R.D. UP! Words of Real Distinction Reading featuring SANTA AND MRS. CLAUS: 6:30 p.m. (Lobby Sleigh) W.O.R.D. UP! presents a unique opportunity for lifelong learners to share and enjoy the power of literacy. Join us for a special holiday reading with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Due to popular demand we recommend arriving early to W.O.R.D UP! as seating is on first-come, first-served basis. All ages welcomed. Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. 11213.

Saturday, December 22

Feeding Homeless: The Collective will host a Feed the Needy & Homeless event for our community. Food will be served and clothing and children’s gifts will be distributed. This event will begin at 2:30 p.m. and be held in the Carroll Street Gym (1150 Carroll Street). For more information, please contact: Akeem @718-270-4902; akeem827@yahoo.com.

Christmas Carol: To celebrate the return of BMCC Tribeca PAC’s operations after being impacted by Hurricane Sandy, A Christmas Carol is being presented. A Christmas Carol captures both the humorous and touching moments of the classic story with witty dialogue and fresh new songs, conveying Dickens’ original message that the holiday season should be a “kind, forgiving, charitable time,” a sentiment which still rings true today. For ages 5 & Up. Admission is FREE, seating is limited and on a first come, first served basis. Box office opens 12:00 p.m. Call 212 - 220 - 1460 for more information. BMCC Tribeca PAC is located on 199 Chambers St., NYC.

Kwanzaa Celebration: The People of the Sun Middle Passage Collective will hold its annual Kwanzaa celebration. The Kwanzaa celebration will feature spoken word, song, and dance. Performances by: Shanto, Kow Teff, Imani Dance & Drum Ensemble, Wayne Russell, and a Fashion Show by Lama. There will be a special Tribute to Queen Mama Dr. Mary Umolu. Vendors will provide an array of items to purchase. The celebration will be held in the Carroll Street Gym (1150 Carroll Street) from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. For more information, please contact: Akeem @718-270-4902; akeem827@yahoo.com.

Pre Kwanzaa Celebration / African Market: Join AYA, Inc. and Omo Obatala Egbe, Inc. for their Annual Pre Kwanzaa Celebration and Afrcan Market Place fro 1:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. The afternoon will be filled with games, face painting, storytelling, arts and crafts and free gifts for the children. Bring the family and enjoy the community Karamu (feast). All are welcome, come and enjoy the festivities at Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building 163 West 125 St., 2nd floor (Art Gallery) Manhattan, New York 10027. Admission: Free.

Friday, December 28

Holidays at the Apollo, Kwanzaa Celebration: Regeneration Night: The annual Kwanzaa celebration, featuring Abdel Salaam’s force of Nature Dance Theatre, guest performances by Songhai Djeli and Flute Visions and Queen GodIs and members of the Harlem Children’s Zone/Forces of Nature’s Youth Academy. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $16; Groups (five or more):$13. Tickets are available at The Apollo Theater Box Office: (212)531-5305, 235 West 125th street and Ticketmaster at 1(800)745-3000, ticketmaster.com.

Saturday, December 29

Kwanzaa: Afrikan Poetry Kwanzaa 2012:Umjamaa (Cooperative Economics), Springfield Gardens, High School, 143-10 Springfield Boulvevard, Springfield Gardens, N.Y. (1 block off of North Conduit Avenue), Springfield Blvd. & N. Conduit For information & vendor rental, call: 718-523-3312, www.afrikanpoetrytheatre.org.

OnGOING

Queens Sickle Cell: The Queens Sickle Cell Advocacy Network, 207-08 Hollis Ave., Queens Village, N.Y., presents a Parent to Parent Support Group meeting every first Monday of every month, 7:00 p.m. For directions and registration, call (718)712-0873 or email Qscanorg@verizon.net.

Fairway Market Shuttle: Fairway Market is now offering a free group shuttle bus to its Red Hook, Brooklyn store at 480-500 Van Brunt St., Mondays thru Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. For pick-up reservations for groups of 10 or more, within a five-mile radius of the store, call Viola Williams or Marcy Rosenblum at (347) 750-1251. There will also be pickups on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at 589 Prospect Ave., between 11 and 10 avenues. All seniors get a five percent discount in the store. Each group will have an hour and a half to shop and/or enjoy a bite to eat in the picturesque cafe by the waterfront.

Farmers Market: Seeds in the Middle is sponsoring The Crown Heights Farmers Market offering fresh fruits and vegetables, including calaloo and Caribbean favorites and accepting EBT,WIC, Snap, FMNP, Health Bucks, and Fresh Connect. The market will be operating every Thursday from 12 noon to 7:00 p.m. at Hamilton Metz Park at Albany and Lefferts avenues, Brooklyn. For more information, visit www.seedsinthemiddle.org.

Food Stamp Outreach: Find out if you are eligible to receive Food Stamp benefits! A representative from the NYC Human Resources Administration will be available to assist you with eligibility pre-screening and to answer any questions every Tuesday and Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Community Board 12, 4101 White Plains Road at 229 St., Bronx. For more information, call (718) 881-4455.

Computer Training: Mount Carmel Worship and Outreach Center is holding adult and children computer training programs, 10:30 a.m 12:30 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Call (917)609-0909 for registration details.

Financial Coaching: The NHS of East Flatbush is offering The Financial Capabilities and Coaching Program focusing on helping you reach your goals such as paying off bills, saving for a home, improving credit scores and more. For more information, call (718) 469-4679.

Reverse Mortgage Counseling: Are you a senior homeowner struggling to make ends meet? A reverse mortgage may be an answer. NHS can help determine if this is the best option for you. All programs discussed are backed by the federal government. For information, call (718)469-4679.

Foreclosure Services: Are behind in your mortgage or seeking a modification? The Flatbush Development Vcorp, NHS of East Flatbush and the Center for N.Y.C. Neighborhoods are offering free services and assistance. Referrals for free legal assistance are also available. To schedule an appointment, call (718)469-4679.

Home Improvement: Did your roof collapse? Does your brolier need replacement? Do you need major repairs done but lack the finances? NHS of East Flatbush can assist you. For information on home improvement programs, call (718)469-4679.

Tai Chi: Stop. Breath. Relax. Join Tai Chi Easy, a wellness practice combining Tai-chi, Qigong, meditation and Chinese healing, taught by Daniel Weicher, certified teacher in Integral Qigong and Tai Chi, every Sunday, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at the Moore Street Market, 110 Moore St., entrance on Humbolt St., Brooklyn. Donations are appreciated. Call (914) 673-6016 for information.

Compiled by Natalie Y. Henry

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