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HOLIDAY SEASON HAPPENINGS

On Saturday December 20 and Sunday, December 21, starting at 10 a.m. Make Your Own Pizza with Santa is a time for fun, photos and gifts at Pizzeria Uno in Bayside at Bell Boulevard and 39th Avenue. Admission is $6 per child with a donation for Toys for Tots, $8 without (a donation will be made for you.) Seating is limited and reservations are required - call 718-279-4900.

On Saturday December 20 at 7:30 p.m. at M.S. 158, Marie Curie Middle School, 46-35 Oceania Street in Bayside, the CYCNY Youth Orchestra will perform a free Holiday Concert of Classical, traditional and modern music featuring works by Beethoven, Handel, John Williams, Shang Lang Yang and others, under the baton of Jeffrey Liang, with Shih-Hao Lin, trumpet soloist. For more information, call 718-834-8904 or visit www.YouthOrchestra.com.
On Sunday, December 21 at 2 p.m., Saturday, December 27 at 1 p.m. and Sunday December 28 at 11 a.m., The Nutcracker comes to life when Ballet for Young Audiences introduces children to Tchaikovsky at Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard. It turns into a Prince and takes Clara to visit the Enchanted Forest with its magical dancing snowflakes and the wondrously beautiful Sugarplum Fairy in the Kingdom of the Sweets. Tickets are: adults, $15, members pay $13; children, $12, members pay $10. Call the box office at 718-463-7700 Ext. 222 or visit www.FlushingTownHall.org to purchase tickets or for more information.

On Sunday, December 21 at 10:30 a.m. at Silvercrest Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, 144-45 87th Avenue in Briarwood, the CYCNY Youth Orchestra will perform a free Holiday Concert of Classical, traditional and modern music featuring works by Beethoven, Handel, John Williams, Shang Lang Yang and others, under the baton of Jeffrey Liang, with Shih-Hao Lin, trumpet soloist. For more information, call 718-834-8904 or visit www.YouthOrchestra.com.

On Sunday, December 21 at 2:00 p.m. Saint Nicholas of Tolentine Youth Ministry holds their annual Christmas Concert at Saint Nicholas of Tolentine Church, 150-75 Goethals Avenue in Jamaica. Popular winter standards, reinventions of classics like Silent Night, and even a beautiful rendition of The Prayer, a duet that was made famous by Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli. There will be a nativity pageant, a Christmas sing-a-long and a few surprises. Suggested donation: $7 for adults and $5 for children under 14-years-old. Proceeds support St. Nicholas of Tolentine Youth Ministry.
Call 718-969-3226 for more information.

On Sunday December 21 at 3 p.m., join the congregation at Forgiveness Assembly Church, located at 139-35 88th Avenue in Jamaica, for a Free Christmas Dinner and Celebration. For more information call 718-723-5860 or visit www.ForgivenessAssembly.com.

On Sunday, December 21 at 4 p.m., the Floral Park-based Glenn Mohr Chorale returns from a successful world tour to perform “Christmas in Heaven” in Bay Shore, Long Island at the Boulton Center for the Performing Arts. It tells the story of four very different angels, as they guide their various earthly families through the stress and confusion that surrounds a contemporary Christmas. Tickets are $20 for adults; $12 for children 12-and-under, available at www.boultoncenter.org, or at the door, while supplies last. For more information, visit the website or phone the Bolton Center at 866-811-4111 or visit the Chorale’s website at www.glennmohrchorale.com.

On Sunday, December 21 at 5 p.m., Chabad Lubavitch of Northeast Queens will conduct a Menorah Lighting at the Bay Terrace Shopping Center, Bell Boulevard and 26th Avenue in Bayside.

On Tuesday, December 24, at 6 p.m., Chabad of Little Neck will host a Menorah Lighting of the nine-foot symbol of faith outside of Mazur’s Market in the Little Neck Shopping Center, 254-51 Horace Harding Boulevard. In Memory of the victims of the Mumbai Massacre including Rabbi Gabi and Rivka Holtzberg. Hot Latkes, hot drinks and entertainment will be available - the entire community is invited. For more information call Rabbi Eli Shifrin 718-221-6731.

From Friday, December 26, through Monday, December 29, from noon to 4 p.m. there’s a Holiday Open House at the Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway in Glen Oaks. Enjoy tours of the decorated farmhouse as well as a craft activity and mulled cider. Free admission; call 718-347-3276 for more information.

On Friday, December 26, at 5 p.m., the Jewish Center of Oak Hills invites you to join their members for a special celebration of Shabbat and Chanukah 2008. The Shabbat service begins at 5 p.m. followed by a catered Italian/American dinner in the Ballroom, at 50-35 Cloverdale Boulevard in the Oakland Gardens section of Bayside. The cost is $25 per person, and reservations must be made by December 19. Call 718-631-0100 for more information.

Every Saturday through December 27, at 1 p.m., the Broad Hollow Theatre, 700 Hempstead Turnpike in Elmont presents the Children’s Theatre production of “Madeline’s Christmas.” This enchanting holiday musical features 12 young performers as the children who “live in the old house in Paris that is covered with vines.” Tickets are $10; Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover are accepted; call the box office at 516-775-4420, or go to www.broadhollow.org. Group rates available; call 631-581-2700 or email bhtcgroupsales@aol.com for information.

On Saturday December 27 at 1 p.m., members of the Harambee Dance Company perform Catch the Kwanzaa Beat to help explore the best of this cultural celebration at Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard. In Swahili, Harambee means “let us pull together”, so bring together your friends and family this Kwanzaa season to experience the living traditions of dance and music in African culture. Tickets are $6, members pay $4. Call the box office at 718-463-7700 Ext. 222 or visit www.FlushingTownHall.org to purchase tickets or for more information.

NEW YEAR’S EVE DOINGS
Broadway Billboards at Socrates Sculpture Park From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., marvel at preview sets from the 2009 season at Lincoln Center, at 32-01 Vernon Boulevard (at Broadway) in Astoria. Call 718-956-1819 for more information.

Night 365 at the Cradle of Aviation Museum begins on December 31 at 7 p.m. at Charles Lindbergh Boulevard in Garden City. It’s a night of family entertainment: includes IMAX show, live entertainment and games. Special rates available at local hotels. Tickets are $35; $30 for members of the Cradle of Aviation Museum or the Nassau County Firefighters Museum. Children under 3 admitted free. Tickets are all-inclusive (parking; admission, entertainment, and family-friendly all-night buffet) at the Cradle of Aviation box office or www.cradleofaviation.org. Call 516-572-4111 for more information.

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