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.
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
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 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
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
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
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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