Friday, Dec. 9
Men on the Move: Men on the Move is holding a three-day men’s service at Mt. Horeb Holiness Church of God, Inc., 1788 Townsend Ave., Bronx, N.Y. on Fri., Dec. 9, 8:00 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 10, 10:00 a.m. & Sun., Dec. 11 at 4:00 p.m. The service includes workshops & fellowship. For more information, call Deacon Edmund Davis, chairperson at (917) 626-2786.
Tree Lighting: Community Board 17 & NYC Parks & Recreation present their Annual Concert & Lighting Ceremony with a special appearance by Santa Claus along with caroling, refreshments & music by DJ Madd Fyre, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Paerdegat Park, East 40 St. & Albany Ave. Entrance on 40 St. For information, call the Board’s office at (718) 467-3536.
Saturday, Dec. 10
Stars of Tomorrow: Apollo Theater presents Apollo Stars of Tomorrow: An Amateur Night Special showcasing recent winners of the show’s child stars of tomorrow category featuring instrumentalists, singers & dancers ages 10-15 with special performances by ICONic Boyz. Tickets available at Theater Box Office, 253 West 125th St, N.Y., or by calling (212) 531-5305 or Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.
Santa Is Coming: Santa is coming to Fairway in Red Hook, 145-500 Van Brunt St., Brooklyn, Sat. & Sun., Dec. 10 & 11, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. featuring a photographer taking photos of the children with Santa. Candy canes for all. For information, call (718) 694-6868.
A Caribbean Christmas: Heat Wave Productions is holding a Caribbean American Christmas Fair, 3:00 p.m. at 111 East 51 St., between Winthrop & Rutland Rds., Brooklyn, featuring vendors with an array of gift items for sale, along with food & drinks & including an entertainment showcase at 7:00 p.m. with Parang singers, soloists & dancers. For information, contact Hemish Gervis at (347) 692-9428.
Conference & Luncheon: Place for Women, Men & Children Ministry is holding its 2nd Annual Conference & Luncheon, with the theme “Now Is Your Time,” 12 noon – 5:00 p.m. at its new church location, 1583 Albany Ave., Brooklyn, featuring distinguished members of the clergy, gospel singer Gerard Placide along with musicians & praise dancers. For registration & information, call (718) 444-4220 or (347) 251-1659.
Manhattan Movement & Arts Center presents Save the Children benefit performances featuring Amazing Max at 2:00 p.m. followed by a performance of Freckleface Strawberry The Musical at 3:00 p.m. & a special performance of PETER PANtomime at 5:30 p.m. a the Center, 248 West 60 St., between Amsterdam & West End avenues, N.Y., in the Lincoln Center area. To RSVP & for ticket information, call Sarah McLoughlin at (203) 221-4181 or visit www.savethechildren.org or manhattanmovement.com.
Impressions Dance Theatre, a Cambria Heights academy, offering classes in Classical Ballet, Modern, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Liturgical, African and Indian Classical Kathak, will hold its first Open House at the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 225-17 115 Ave., Queens, 3:00 p.m. A demonstration for aspiring dancers will be available for an admisson fee. Refreshments will be served. For information, call (347) 432-2857 or (718) 785-9147.
The Soundview Library, 660 Soundview Ave., Bronx, presents The B.A.M. Freestyle Jam with host Bob McNeil & three talented spoken word artists & for gifted rappers & singers an Open Mic segment will be available. For information, call the library at (718) 589-0880.
Breakfast & Auction
The Organization For Social Health & Advancement for Guyana & The Caribbean is hosting a delicious home-style Guyanese breakfast & Dutch Auction, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Green Leaf Cafe, 2412 Snyder Ave. between Bedford & Rogers avenues, Brooklyn. For tickets & more information, call Lorna at (646) 522-8005, Ramona at (646) 246-7362 or Barbara at (718) 288-2060.
Black Spectrum Theatre Co., located inside the Roy Wilkins Park, entrance at Baisley Blvd. & 177 St., Jamaica, Queens, presents A Caribbean Christmas Carol, featuring Scrudge, a miserly plantation owner, who is visited by three “duppies” (spirits) who show him his selfish ways & who then becomes a new man respected by all. Sat., 12/10 & 17, 8:00 p.m. For tickets and information, call (718) 723-1800 or visit www.blackspectrum.com.
Sunday, Dec. 11
The Bronx Concert Singers present their annual Holiday Concert featuring the BCS chorus, with professional soloists & chamber ensemble, at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1891 McGraw Ave., Parkchester, Bronx, 4:30 p.m. Tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets by phone at (800) 838-3006 or at the door. For additonal information, call (917) 743-4641 or visit www.bronxconcertsingers.org.
Iland GlamSense presents Fashionista Runway Show 2011 at Cascades Mansion, 1055 E. 45 St., between Farragut & Glenwood roads, Brooklyn, 7:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. Elegant attire; no sneakers or jeans. ID a must; 18 to party; 21 to drink. For ticket & general information, call Diva Madona (347) 302-1687, Butterfli Tia (757) 232-9959 or Jin Jin (917) 776-4003.
Monday, Dec. 12
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 Aides (H.H.A.), 1:30 p.m. Free Metro Card. To register, call (718) 506-0500 ext. 219.
Friday, Dec. 16
Winter Solstice Feast
The Brooklyn Fire Proof, 120 Ingraham St., Brooklyn, is hosting, The Winter Solstice Feast 2011, a party & benefit for Bushwick Farmers’ Market featuring local restaurants preparing food grown by the students at Bushwich Campus Farm, 7:00 p.m. – midnight. For reservations, donation suggestions & volunteer information, visit www.BushwickFarmersMarket.org.
No Name Comedy/Variety celebrates the holiday season at Otto’s, 538 East 14 St., between Avenues A & B, N.Y., with shows on Fri., Dec. 16 & 23, 7:00 p.m., featuring the sounds of The Sunmmner Replacements with Carl Fortunato & Seth Sugarfingers Foster. No cover, no minimum. For more information, call (212) 228-2240.
HABNET Chamber of Commerce, responding to the Haitian community’s need for business education, cultural functions, TPS assistance & more is hosting the Tax Savings Strategies for the Small Business workshop at Crystal Manor, 1460 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. For information, call (877) 278-9143.
Holiday Toy Drive
Dawson Promotions & Mary Hobson/Community Outreach are coordinating their annual holiday season toy drive. You may drop off unwrapped donations at the following sites in Brooklyn: Tilden Hall Residence, 2520 Tilden Ave., (718) 210-1359; PS 399, Stanley Clark School, 2702 Albermarle Rd., (718) 639-3023; Woodruff Family Residence, 155 Woodruff Ave., (718) 287-7740; & in Queens: Little Flower Children’s Services, 89-12 162nd St., (718) 526-9150. For more information & other locations, call (917) 412-4174 or (718) 258-5569 or email [email protected].
The Carter Burden Center for the Aging is asking for donations of craft supplies, unopened gifts for men & women, books including large print editions, photo frames, candles & most of all, your time to volunteer for filing, telephone coverage & delivering meals to homebound seniors. Donations can be sent to the Center at 1484 First Ave., N.Y. 10075. For more information, log on to www.carterburdencenter.org or contact the Development Office at (212) 879-7400 ext. 204.
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.
Winter Aches & Pains
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Compiled by Ida Eisenstein