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 [continues Thurs., Fri., Mon. & Tues. 10-6, through 12/23].
ENVIRONMENTAL GRANTS FAIR
U.S. Dept. of Transportation, Environmental Protection Agency & other federal agencies hosts free fair with workshops on obtaining government money; EPA, 290 B'way (betw. Reade & Duane Sts.), 637-4448; 10 a.m.-7, free.
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.-Sat., Mon. & 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 (Mon.-Sat. 10-8 & Sun. 12-6); Grand Central Terminal, 340-2210 or www.grandcentralterminal.com for info, free [through 12/24].
THE "ULTIMATE" SAMPLE SALE
Sample sale for 655 clothing, prices range from $25-$45?cash only; 655 Madison Ave. (betw. 60th St. & Madison Ave.), 754-8080 ext.24, 9:30-6:30, free [continues Thurs.-Sat., Mon. & Tues., through 12/16].
BUDDHA & GOD
Discussion on "The relationship between spirituality & politics in the new millennium" with Deepak Chopra & Robert A.F. Thurman, benefit for the Tibet House; Tibet House, 22 W. 15th St. (betw. 5 & 6th Aves.), rsvp 807-0563; 7-9, $75.
NAACP HOLIDAY BENEFIT GALA
Bob Guccione from Mind & Muscle Power magazine hosts National Association for the Advancement of Color People's 10th annual black tie holiday benefit. Honorees incl. Queen Latifa, actress Lynn Whitfield, players from the New York Giants, author of Push, Sapphire & Vibe magazine's Keith Clinkscales; 16 E. 67th St. (betw. 5th & Madison Aves.), 666-9740, res. req.; 7:30-9, $100-$500.
THE NEA TAPES
Premiere of the nea tapes, a doc. about fighting for NEA funding with a discussion on the First Amendment & how it effects BMA's Sensation exhibit, followed by Q&A; NY Society for Ethical Culture, 2 W. 64th St. (Central Pk. W.), 344-3005; 7.
POTPOURRI OF SPECIAL EVENTS
Weekly events for those ages 55 & over. Today, Gino Francesconi, director of Carnegie Hall Museum talks about the history of Carnegie Hall; Jewish Women's Senior Center, 241 W. 72nd St. (betw. B'way & West End Ave.), 799-7205; 1:30, call for price.
CONVERSATIONAL SPANISH GROUP
Weekly meetings held near NYU; 397-0949 for info; 6.
Fine art from Europe, Asia & U.S. exhibited at the Armory at Gramercy Park, 68 Lexington Ave. (26th St.), 800-660-1045; 4-8, $7 [continues Sat. 11-7 & Sun. 12-6, through 12/19].
DYKE TV BENEFIT
Tara Lynn, Boys of Now, Las Nalgas, V for Vendetta, Cathie Marino & Noah Hoffeld perform along with the Backdoor Boys' "Drag King" show & screenings from Dyke tv; Dumba, 57 Jay St. (betw. Front & Water Sts.), Brooklyn, 718-343-9335; 8, $5.
Singles' outing incl. movie at Cineplex Odeon Worldwide followed by dinner & conversation at a Chinese restaurant; 201-342-8609 for info & meeting place; 6:45, $25 incl. movie & dinner.
the REAL "FIGHT CLUB"
Once-a-month open fight night feat. best amateur boxers from NY & surrounding areas, weigh-ins completed by 7 p.m.; Church St. Boxing Gym, 25 Park Pl. (betw. Church St. & B'way), rsvp 571-1333; 7:30, $20.
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 [repeats Sat.].
COCKTAILS AT LEMON
NYPress PressMatch party with music & hors d'oeuvres; Lemon, 230 Park Ave. S. (18th St.), 244-9711 ext.232; 6-9; $35, price incl. 2 drinks.
FESTIVAL OF RESISTANCE
All-day celebration with speakers, films, performances, photo exhibit & mural-making?going-ons will be documented in a zine. DJs & live music transform this "resistance day" into a dance party from 9-12; Charas Community Center, 605 E. 9th St. (Ave. C), 561-0302; 12-12, $10.
Party for 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.
RECORD & CD SALE
ARChive of Contemporary Music, a not-for-profit archive music library & research center sells popular CDs & LPs to raise money for the ARChive of Contemporary Music, 54 White St. (B'way), 226-6967; 11-6, free [repeats Sun. 12-5].
NYU professor, Marilyn Horowitz leads workshop about turning your dreams into screenplays?price incl. lunch; 60 W. 71st St., Su. 1B (betw. Columbus Ave. & Central Pk. W.), rsvp 496-9631; 12:30-6, $95.
Annual fundraiser offers designer clothing, accessories & sportswear at 50%-75% off retail price, benefits UJA Federation; Expo Center at Madison Sq. Garden, 7th Ave. (betw. 32nd & 33rd Sts.), 465-6741 or 836-1776; 10-7:30, $10 [repeats Mon. & Tues. 10-10, $6, through 12/19].
Free demonstration with Joëlle Danant; Shetler Studios, 939 8th Ave., 4th Fl. (betw. 55th & 56th Sts.), 718-783-5231 res. req.; 2-4, free.
LABOR MARCH FOR MEXICAN WORKERS' DAY
March over the Brooklyn Bridge; meet at Cadmen Plaza, Bklyn., 255-9655 for info; 7, free.
OFF THE RACK, OFF THE WALL
Housing Works Thrift Store fashion brunch/benefit at Marion's; 354 Bowery, (4th St.), 475-7621; 1, $25.
SINGLES DIVERSIONS DANCE
Dancing & romancing with food & door prizes, all ages welcome; Le Cafe Creme Madison, 165 Madison Ave. (betw. 32nd & 33rd Sts.), 744-8581; 5-9, $20.
ISRAELI FOLK DANCING
Moshe Oron from Israel hosts traditional dancing at Bridge for Dance, 2726 B'way (104th St.), 620-0535; 7, $10.
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].
Peter Lamborn Wilson gives annual "Chaos Day" presentation on radical thinkers of the 19th-century & offers anarchist approaches to the millennium; Brecht Forum, 122 W. 27th St. (betw. 6th & 7th Aves.), 979-8353; 7:30, contrib.
JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION HOLIDAY AUCTION & DINNER
Annual fundraiser with chef Daniel Boulud; Essex House, 160 Central Pk. S. (betw. 6th & 7th Aves.), 627-2308; 4:30, $300.
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].
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 [continues Weds.-Sat. 12-6, through 1/15].
DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP
Monthly meeting lead by Dr. Ira Laufer; Cabrini Medical Center, 227 E. 19th St., rm. 340 (betw. 2nd & 3rd Aves.), 995-7017; 5:30, free.