Volume 77 / Number 27 – December 05 – 11, 2007

16th Annual Holiday Tree LightingCelebrate the lighting of the live evergreen tree that the Tompkins Square Park Neighborhood Coalition donated to the park in celebration of the East Village neighborhood and in remembrance of the community’s many neighbors who have been lost to AIDS. Sun., Dec. 9 from 4-5pm. TOMPKINS SQUARE PARK, southeast corner of the park’s central lawn, enter on Ave. A & Ave. B, near E. 7th St.

Christmas Party in the ParkThe Friends of Washington Market Park host their annual Christmas Party. Enjoy Christmas carols with Richard Younger, a performance by the Stuyvesant High School Acappella Group, arts & crafts, holiday treats and a visit from Mr. Claus. Sun., Dec. 16 from 2-4pm. WASHINGTON MARKET PARK, entrance at Greenwich & Duane Sts. www.washingtonmarketpark.org.

Festival of Light and SoundEvents include the New York Theatre Ballet performing The Nutcracker on Tues., Dec. 4; the Strauss/Warschauer Duo delivering Klezmer for Kids on Sun., Dec. 9; Basya Schechter leads her band Pharaoh’s Daughter through Hasidic chants and Mizrachi and Sephardi folk-rock on Tues., Dec. 11; Funk Filharmonik from former Tower of Power singer Tom Bowes on Fri., Dec. 14; and Ethel’s In the House of Ethel: Fri., Dec. 21. Santa will visit children on Fri. – Sun., Dec. 7, 8 & 9. WINTER GARDEN, World Financial Center, 220 Vesey St. Free.

Galleries of the Lower East SideWalter O’Neill will lead a walking tour to several contemporary art galleries in the Lower East Side in conjunction with The Educational Alliance’s new exhibit featuring a selection of artwork from these galleries. Sun., Dec. 2 from 2-4pm. EDUCATIONAL ALLIANCE ART SCHOOL, 197 East Broadway, bet Jefferson & Clinton Sts. 212-780-2300 x 463. artschool@edalliance.org. Free, but reservations are required.

Holiday Toy DriveThe United States Marine Corps will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots. Toys will be distributed to needy children in New York City. Thru Dec. 17. DOWNTOWN INFORMATION CENTER, 55 Exchange Place, Suite 401. www.toysfortots.org. 212-425-INFO.

Holistic Stress Management ProgramFree services include ear acupuncture, massage and energy work modalities. Tues. & Thurs. from 5-7pm. ST. VINCENT’S HOSPITAL, O’Toole Building, 203 W. 12th St., corner of 7th Ave., 6th floor, small conference room. No appointment necessary. 212-345-2582.

National Adoption Awareness MonthSpence-Chapin Services to Families and Children, a nonprofit, nonsectarian agency providing adoption and adoption-related services for the past century, celebrates National Adoption Awareness Month this November. For more information, visit www.childwelfare.gov/adoption/nam. www.spence-chapin.org.

Off-Broadway Performances at the Union Square Holiday MarketBrowse more than 100 festive red and white booths at the Holiday Market at Union Square and enjoy live performances by Off-Broadway performers from Altar Boyz, The Fantasticks, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, Stomp, and many other productions. Fri., Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14 & 21 at 4pm. HOLIDAY MARKET AT UNION SQUARE, Union Square West at E. 15th St. www.unionsquarenyc.org.

Philip Levine Birthday CelebrationTo celebrate the birthday of Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Philip Levine, special guests E.L. Doctorow, Galway Kinnell and Yusef Komunyakaa will read poetry at this special event. Thurs., Nov. 29 at 6:30pm. THE COOPER UNION, The Great Hall, 7 E. 7th St., bet 3rd & 4th Aves. 212-353-4195. www.cooper.edu.

Tartan Christmas FairFeatures homemade gifts, craft items by local artists, fresh holiday plants, a café serving homemade foods, a “white elephant” sale, a children’s boutique and a silent auction. Fri., Nov. 30 from 4-8pm; Sat., Dec. 1 from 10am – 5pm. THE FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, Parish House, 5th Ave. bet 11th & 12th Sts. $5 before 6pm on Fri., $2 after, $1 for seniors on Sat.

A Village ChristmasJoin Marilyn Stults for an unusual walking tour of Greenwich Village as the birthplace of many of the Christmas traditions we are familiar with today. Sat., Dec. 1 from 2-4pm. $15, $10 GVSHP members. For reservations, visit www.gvshp.org/events.htm to pay by credit card or send a check payable to GVSHP to 232 E. 11th St.; NY, NY 10003. Advance payment required by Nov. 28th. All proceeds will be donated to the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation.

Washington Square Park Tree LightingWelcome the Holiday Season with The Washington Square Association. Sing holiday songs and watch the lighting of the tree under the Arch. Complimentary songbooks provided. Tues., Dec. 4 at 6pm & Mon., Dec. 24 at 5pm. WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK ARCH, foot of 5th Ave., one block south of 8th St. 212-252-3621.

Writing As ActivismJoin Yvonne Bynoe for a writing workshop. Ideas are the catalyst to all social and political change. Before there can be a movement, someone has to spell out what the problem is and how it needs to be solved. Wed., Nov. 28 from 7-9pm. THE BRECHT FORUM, 451 West St., bet Bank & Bethune. Register by calling 212-242-4201 or online at www.brechtforum.org.