BAREFOOT BOOKS EXHIBITION
Children's publishing co. exhibits original artwork to benefit the Children's Museum of Manhattan, prices range from $100-$1600; 37 W. 17th St. (betw. 5th & 6th Aves.), 604-0505; 10-6, free [repeats Thurs. 10-6].
A HA CHRISTMAS
Exhibition of books & printed matter from the collection of Jock Elliott documents the last four centuries of Christmas; Groiler Club, 47 E. 60th St. (betw. Park & Madison Aves.), 838-6690; 10-5, free [continues Thurs. & Tues. 10-5, through 1/29].
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 (Weds.-Sat., Mon. & Tues. 10-8, Sun. 12-6); Grand Central Terminal, 340-2210 or www.grandcentralterminal.com for info, free [through 12/24].
NEW YORK CARES COAT DRIVE
Adult & children's coats needed for 11th annual coat drive, over 600 drop-off sites throughout the city; 223-CARE or www.ny.cares.com for info [through 12/31].
Abstract jazz portraits of Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, John Coltane & the likes in Portraits Lost in Space exhibit at Deitch Projects, 76 Grand St. (betw. Greene & Wooster Sts.), 343-7300; 12-6, free [through 1/15].
POTPOURRI OF SPECIAL EVENTS
Weekly events for those ages 55 & over. Today, screening of the Nutcraker; Jewish Women's Senior Center, 241 W. 72nd St., 2nd Fl. (betw. B'way & West End Ave.), 799-7205; 1:30, call for price.
BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS
Bring your pet or stuffed animal to get blessed at Central Presbyterian Church, 593 Park Ave. (64th St.), 838-0808; 4:30-5:30 & 6:30-7:30, contrib.
CHRISTMAS CAROLING LESSONS
Lessons, anthems & readings about the birth of Christ with The Riverside Choir, Chamber Singers & Ringers; Riverside Church, 91 Claremont Ave. (121st St.), 870-6722; 8, free.
Join New York University's Brass Ensemble in traditional holiday caroling?songbooks will be distributed; arch at Washington Sq. Park, 5th Ave. (Washington Sq. N.), 5, 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].
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].
BECOME A FOSTER PARENT
Call 1-800-4-KIDS-27 for information.
BROOKLYN 2000 MILLENNIUM WEEK
Celebrate the new year with music, live DJs, nightly events & art. Highlights incl. Ron Baron's 25-foot sculpture made by more than 1000 Brooklyn students & "Brooklyn in Song" exhibit of sheet music documenting Brooklyn music from the past century. Participating locations incl. BAM, BMA & Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza, 718-230-2020 or www.brooklyn2000.org; call for times & locations [through 1/1].
Social group for lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender vegetarians?bring a vegan dish; Lesbian & Gay Community Center, One Little West 12th St. (betw. Hudson St. & 9th Ave.), 802-8655; call for time, $5 contrib.