Saturday, Dec. 22
The Snow maiden: Enjoy this magical Christmas tale in which a worthy young girl is transformed by Grandfather Frost (Russian Santa Claus) into the beautiful Snow Maiden. Traditional Russian songs, dances and elaborate costumes create a winter wonderland in this delightful children’s extravaganza. Performed in Russian with English subtitles. Show starts 6:00 p.m.; recommeneded for ages six and up. Tickets: $35-$50
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 St.). For more information, please contact Akeem @718-270-4902; [email protected].
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 five & 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; [email protected].
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, Dec. 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, Dec. 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 and vendor rental, call: 718-523-3312, www.afrikanpoetrytheatre.org.
Sunday, Dec. 30
Music: Come out and enjoy Holiday Jazz Vespers featuring The Jimmy Heath Quintet from 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 279 LaFayette Ave., Brooklyn.
Holiday Train Show: All Aboard! Grand Central Terminal turns 100 in 2013! Our brand new Lionel layout features New York Central, Metro-North and the latest Grand Central Express trains racing North! Kids can join the Great Grand Central scavenger hunt! Meet the challenge weekdays 10:00 a.m. to noon. New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex and Store is located at Grand Central Terminal, Shuttle Passage, next to Station Master’s Office Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Admission is free.
Donations: St. Robert Bellarmine Church is joining efforts with the Dioceses of Trenton to bring relief to victims in the hardest hit areas. The church has organized a sorting sub station in the parish and will be delivering donations to various locations shortly. The church is seeking donations of cardboard shipping boxes for packing or rubbermaid bins for storage for victims. Donations are tax deductible and the church will provide you with a receipt upon request. Feel free to contact St. Robert Bellarmine Church at any time Attn: SRB Hurricane Relief Effort, 61 Georgia Rd., Freehold, NJ 07728 or [email protected], Pam Stengel (732)580-0075, Linda Altini (917)578-4852. Phone: (732)462-7429 or Fax: (732)409-3496.
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 [email protected].
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.
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.
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.
Compiled by Natalie Y. Henry