HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS AT GRAND CENTRAL STATION
For the next month Grand Central's ceiling becomes a "dancing constellation" with their 3 minute animated laser light shows (every hour on the hour, 11-9) set to holiday-themed music. While viewing the "giant snow globe" pick up some gifts from more than 70 vendors exhibiting their wares at the Holiday Fair (Mon.-Sat. 10-8 & Sun. 12-6); Grand Central Terminal, 340-2210 or www.grandcentralterminal.com for info, free [through 12/24].
NATIONAL ARCHIVE OF LESBIAN & GAY HISTORY
Button exhibit, "Stuck on You: Buttons Celebrating Liberation & Diversity" curated by Greg Herringshaw; Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center, 1 Little W. 12th St. (Hudson St.), 620-7310; call for times, free.
This is what everybody's mother has been talking about?join Upper W. Siders as they watch the balloons come to life; American Museum of Natural History, 79th St. (Central Pk. W.), 769-5800; 6-11, free.
FEED OUR OWN CAMPAIGN
Donations needed for third annual dinner that feeds the homeless & elderly; 718-771-7469 for info.
THE ROLLING STONES: BOB GRUEN PHOTOGRAPHS
Exhibit of Gruen's photographs of rockstars, incl. Mick Jagger & Keith Richards; Great Modern Pictures, 17 W. 24th St. (B'way), 242-2581; 10-6, free [through 1/9].
BUY NOTHING DAY STREET FESTIVAL & PROTEST
Reclaim the streets dance party; meet at south end of Union Sq., 539-6746 for info; 2, free.
Four days event of everything chocolate incl. tastings, demonstrations, lectures & appearances by chefs & authors; Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St. (betw. 6th & 7th Aves.), 877-246-2638; 2-7, $12, $8 child/s.c., $10 st. [repeats Sat. & Sun. 11-7, Mon. 11-9].
CONTRA & SQUARE DANCE
Beginners welcome, no partner needed, live music, wear soft-soled nonstreet shoes; P.S. 199, 250 W. 70th St. (betw. Amsterdam & West End Aves.), 459-4080; 8, $13.
CONVERSATIONAL SPANISH GROUP
Weekly meetings held near NYU; 397-0949 for info; 6.
FUR FREE FRIDAY
Animal Defense League protest at Macy's Herald Square; 917-285-6295 for info; 10 a.m.
Everybody knows parking in NYC sucks, especially on the busiest shopping day of the year so Yahoo.com is offering free parking (starting at 8 a.m.) to the first 250 cars that arrive at Central Parking Systems, 1 Penn Plaza, 33th-34th St. from 7th-8th Aves.
HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW
Four weekends of ceramics, pottery, jewelry, wood works & other goods; Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, 980 Park Ave. (84th St.), 866-2239; 12-6, $4, $6 for 3-day pass [repeats Sat. & Sun. 11-6].
DAY IN SOLIDARITY WITH SWEATSHOP WORKERS
Meet at Disney & Gap stores; 42nd St. (7th Ave. & B'way), 645-5230 for info.; 4, free.
Celebrate Thanksgiving weekend with big, beautiful women & men, & the men & women who love them; China Cafe, 205 Pearl St. (Maiden Lane), 718-456-9119; 9-3, $20 incl. 2 drinks.
ISRAELI FOLK DANCING
Special Thanksgiving weekend circle & line dance lessons with Danny Uziel & Danny Pollock at Bridge for Dance, 2726 B'way (104th St.), 620-0535; 7, $10 [repeats Sun. at 7].
NATIVE AMERICAN AUCTION
Annual Fall auction of jewelry, pottery & other goods at American Indian Community House, 404 Lafayette St., 8th Fl. (betw. Astor Pl. & E. 4th St.), 201-587-9633; 8, preview at 7, free.
PORTRAIT OF A CHANGING NEIGHBORHOOD
Photo-documentary exhibition of 28 locals from Ft. Green & surrounding neighborhoods; Tillie's of Brooklyn, 248 DeKalb Ave. (Vanderbilt), 718-783-6140; 9-10, free [through 1/2].
SINGLES UPBEAT SOIREE
Introductions, buffet, conversation & drinks; Penthouse at Sutton Pl. Suites, 300 E. 58th St. (betw. 1st & 2nd Aves.), 718-875-3878 res. req.; 9:30, $38.
Four days event of everything chocolate incl. tastings, demonstrations, lectures & appearances by chefs & authors; Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St. (betw. 6th & 7th Aves.), 877-246-2638; 11-7, $12, $8 child/s.c., $10 st. [repeats Mon. 11-9].
Rikuday Dor Rishon hosts traditional dancing at Bridge for Dance, 2726 B'way (104th St.), 620-0535; 8, $5.
COUNTRY LINE DANCE
Lessons & music by Pure Country & Tennessee Mountain; 121 W. 45th St. (betw. 6th Ave. & B'way), 869-4545; 6:30-11, $10.
FRIENDLY FRENCH CONVERSATION GROUP
Moderate & advanced French speakers gather to read & chat; 54 Carmine St. (betw. Bedford & Bleecker Sts.), 914-776-7723; 7, free.
THE HANUKAH FEAST
Instructional Festival of Lights cooking workshop, incl. potato & zucchini pancakes; Culinary Arts at the New School, 100 Greenwich Ave. (betw. 12th & 13th Sts.), 255-4141; 1:30-5, $75.
Study group convenes to discuss Samuel Yellen's American Labor Struggles, 1877-1934; Radical Women, 32 Union Sq. E., rm. 907 (16th St.), 677-7002; Mon. at 7, free.
Beginner classes for senior citizens at the National Council of Jewish Women's Senior Center, 241 W. 72nd St. (betw. B'way & West End Ave.), 799-7205; 10-12 p.m., call for price [through 12/21].
ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE
Beginners welcome, no partner needed, live music, wear soft-soled, non-street shoes; Metropolitan Duane Church, 201 W. 13th St. (7th Ave.), 459-4080; 7, $10.
MILLENNIUM TREE OF NATIONS
Fund raiser gala benefits United Nations Women's Guild Children's Fund; BMW, 555 W. 57th St. (11th Ave.), 582-0316; 6, $150.
WORLD AIDS DAY
Designer Isaac Mizrahi, actress Julianne Moore & artists Louise Bourgeois, Chuck Close, Joy Episalla, Richard Serra & Sol LeWitt donate original artwork for benefit; The Paula Cooper Gallery, 521 W. 21st. St., 2nd Fl. (betw. 10th & West St.), 463-0885; 6-9, call for info.