Sun Kulcha

Friday, Dec. 30

Holiday at the Apollo

The Apollo Theater celebrates Kwanzaa with its popular annual show featuring Abdel Salaam’s Forces of Nature Dance Company, trombonist Craig S. Harris & the Nation of Imagination honoring the principles of Kwanzaa – family, community & culture, 7:30 p.m. Tickets available at the Apollo Theater Box Office, 253 West 125 St., or by calling (212) 531-5305 or via Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com.

Saturday, Dec. 31

New Year’s Eve Service

The Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive, between 120 & 122 streets, N.Y., presents New Year’s Eve Watch Night Service featuring Recital on the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial Carillon at 10:00 p.m.; Organ recital at 10:30 p.m. & Festival Service of Worship at 11:00 p.m. Admission free. For more information, call (212) 870-6784 or logon to www.theriversidechurchny.org.

Soca Reggae

Agape Promotion presents Old Scool, New School, Soca, Reggae, featuring Adrian, Foundation Band, Scrunter, Crazy, DJ Big D w/ MC Washington, 9:00 p.m. at the new PULSE 48, formerly C-PAC Night Club, 1020 East 48 St., Brooklyn. For tickets, call Fritzroy at (347) 261-9177 or available at door First 50 ladies free.

Sunday, Jan. 1

New Year’s Day

Jammins Entertainment & Shell Cartel presents Reminisce 9, The Way A Party Used To Be featuring a live performance by Reggae song bird Barrington Levy at the new PULSE 48, formerly C-PAC Night Club, 1020 East 48 St., Brooklyn. Doors open 10:00 p.m.; Showtime 12 midnight. Tickets available online at www.tix4me.com or www.shellcartel.com. For more information, call Jammins at (718) 282-8041 or Shell Cartel at (6464) 434-5390.

Monday, Jan. 2

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Jazz at Lincoln Center presents The Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band Frank Wess 90th Birthday Celebration conducted by Roy Hargrove with Jimmy Health, Cyrus Chestnut, Lewis Nash & Roberta Gambarini, at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, 5th Fl., Broadway at 60th St., NY, 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. For reservations & tickets, call (212) 258-9595 or visit jalc.org.

Jazzy Mondays

Jazzy Mondays presents Mavis “Swan” Poole and her Trio plus a Capricorn birthday bash for Makini, Kojo, Uncle Job, Rodney Deas & all Capricorns, 7:15 p.m. & 9:15 p.m. at For My Sweet, 1103 Fulton St., between Classon Ave. & Claver Pl. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Food & drinks available. RSVP to [email protected]. For information, call (718) 857-1427, (917) 757-0170 or (718) 753-3302.

Tuesday, Jan 3

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Jazz at Lincoln Center presents Jimmy Owens: The Monk Project w/Wycliffe Gordon, Marcus Strickland, Howard Johnson, Kenny Barron, Kenny Davis, & Winard Harper, Jan. 3 – 8, 7:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m. plus 11:30 p.m. on Fri. & Sat. at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, 5th Fl., Broadway at 60th St., NY, 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. For reservations & tickets, call (212) 258-9595 or visit jalc.org.

Saturday, Jan. 7

Grand Opening

Cumbe: Center for African & Diaspora Dance Studio located at 558 Fulton St., near Flatbush Ave., 2nd Fl., Fort Greene, Brooklyn, is having a free Grand Opening weekend event on Sat. & Sun., Jan. 7 & 8 & will be offering free dance & drumming classes for children & adults, 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., as well as a family friendly live concert by Brown Rice Family Band, on Sat., Jan. 7 only, at 8:00 p.m. For scheduling information, call (718) 935-9700 or visit [email protected].

Sunday, Jan. 8

The Big Red Dog

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, Walt Whitman Theatre at Brooklyn College, 2900 Campus Road, presents Clifford The Big Red Dog featuring memorable songs & fun choreography celebrating the timeless values of sharing, respect & cooperation, 2:00 p.m. Tickets available online at www.BrooklynCenterOnline.org or by calling the Box Office at (718) 951-4500, Tues.-Sat., 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 9

Home Health Aide

Fresh Start Training Program, 4006 18th Ave., Brooklyn, a project for displaced homemakers, (single parents, married low income, widowed, divorced, separated, must have a child under 19 years of age) is holding orientation for free training for Home Health Aide (H.H.A.), 1:30 p.m. Free Metro Card. To register, call (718) 506-0500 ext. 219.

Wednesday, Jan. 11

Computer/Job Readiness

Fresh Start Training Program, 4006 18th Ave., Brooklyn, a project for displaced homemakers, (single parents, married low income, widowed, divorced, separated, must have a family member receiving food stamps), is holding orientation for free classes for Computer & Job Readiness Training, 1:30 p.m. To register, call (718) 506-0500 ext. 219.

ONGOING

Theatre Festival

The Midtown International Theatre Festival is seeking submissions for its 13th season running from July 8-Aug. 5, 2012 for all genres of stage plays, musical or otherswise, new or revived, mainstream or focused on an ethnic or culural niche. To be eligible, each show must have a producer & production team attached to the project. Applications forms & more information available online at www.midtownfestival.org. Completed applications, scripts, production materials & a non-refundable reading fee of $30 must be mailed to The Midtown International Theatre Festival, 2578 Broadway, #145, New York 10025 by Mon., Jan. 20, 2012

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 & to answer any questions every Tues. & Wed., 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.

Adoption

“You Gotta Believe!,” a community based older child adoption agency is looking for families (regardless of age, marital status, gender or income) who would be willing to provide love & nurturing to a child in the foster care system. Classes held on Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Church, 2801 W 8 St., in Coney Island & Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. at Church of the Holy Redeemer, 2424 Linden Blvd. in East New York. For information, call (718) 372-3003.

Children’s Program

The Mount Carmel Worship & Outreach Center, 788 East 46 St., between Clarendon & Ave. D, Brooklyn, is offering a children’s tutoring/computer training program, standardized test preparation & job skills training program, Saturdays, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. For registration details, call (971) 609-0909.

Foreclosure Services

Are you behind in your mortgage or seeking a modification? Come in for free services & assistance to our Open House every Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. To RSVP or for more information, call the Neighborhood Housing Service of East Flatbush at (718) 469-4679.

Home Improvement

Did your roof collapse? Does your boiler need replacing? Do you need major repairs done? NHS of East Flatbush can assist you. Ask about the 5-3-5 Program & Emergency Repair Program. For more information, call (718) 469-4679.

Winter Aches & Pains

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Compiled by Ida Eisenstein

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