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Friday, November 29th

Metropolitan Museum Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche

Metropolitan Museum of Art,1000 Fifth Avenue

10 a.m. - 9 p.m.


The Museum continues a longstanding holiday tradition with the presentation of its Christmas tree, a favorite of New Yorkers and visitors from around the world. A vivid eighteenth-century Neapolitan Nativity scene-embellished with a profuse array of diminutive, lifelike attendant figures and silk-robed angels hovering above-adorns the candlelit spruce. Recorded music and lighting ceremonies add to the enjoyment of the holiday display.

Saturday, November 30

The Wild Garden: Discovering Central Park Woodlands Exhibit

Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, at 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Hands-on exhibit to illuminate the history, ecology, and management of the woodlands and learn why these landscapes are so essential to the purpose of Central Park. The exhibit includes a digital interactive app highlighting historic photos and revealing hidden features.

212-860-1370; centralparknyc.org

Sunday, December 1

Grinch Day Story time

Barnes and Noble, 86th and Lexington Avenue, 150 East 86th Street

11 a.m.

Join in on a reading for you little ones of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Enjoy Grinch-themed activities, treats and more.

212-369-2180; barnesandnoble.com

Monday December 2

19th Precinct NYPD Monthly Meeting

153 East 67th Street

7 p.m.


The precinct community council meets on the first Monday of every month. One of the programs that has become particularly popular this past year is Community on Patrol. In this program participants are trained in how to be the eyes and ears of the Police Department. These volunteers patrol their block in a bright orange jacket that also acts as a deterrent to crime.

212-452-0613; nyc.gov

Love Your Enemies: A Conversation with Robert Thurman and Sharon Salzberg moderated by Uma Thurman

92y, Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street,

8:15 p.m.


Salzberg and Thurman will explain how and why "anger" and even "hatred" become addictive, hooking us into a vicious cycle that all but guarantees continuing unhappiness. They'll explain why these emotions are destructive and how to use our most unpleasant feelings to turn the key to becoming whole and happy-freeing ourselves to experience the joy that is inner peace.


Come, Stay, R.E.A.D

67th Street Branch Library

3:30 p.m.


Did you know? Dogs can't read but they sure are good listeners. Once upon a wag, there were specially trained animal assisted therapy dogs wishing that a child would read them a story. And their wish came true. For ages 5-12. RSVP recommended.

212-734-1717; nypl.org

Tuesday December 3

Leading from Behind: Book Discussion

22 East 83rd Street twrds Madison Avenue

6:30 p.m.


New York Times bestselling author and terrorism expert Richard Miniter will talk on his latest book, "Leading from Behind," sharing info and commentary on President Obama's foreign policies. Sponsored by The Gertrude and Morrison Parker Westside Republican Club and The Metropolitan Republican Club.

mail@metclubnyc.org; 212-288-8606

Musical Introduction Series: Women of the World

92y, Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street

9:45 and 11:15 a.m.


A collective of women musicians who perform original compositions and folk music in over 17 languages from across the globe. Hailing from Japan, Italy, India, Haiti, Mexico and the United States. Limited available.

212-415-5576; 92y.org

Big Lights, Big Menorah

Sutton Place at 57th Street

4 p.m.


Local residents and elected officials gather in heated tents for an annual tradition that includes hot latkes, donuts, Jewish music DJ, and holiday spirit. Exciting activities abound for children, including fantastical balloon creations, Chanukah crafts, and face painting. The Chabad Kids Choir in will be in concert and followed by the lighting of the large Sutton Place Menorah.


Wednesday, December 4

Chanukah Off Broadway for Kids

Chabad Pre-School, 336 East 53rd Street

4 p.m.


For ages 2-8. A fun family event that also includes pre-show crafts and the building and lighting of NYC's Largest Cookie Menorah


The Little Mermaid Author Event

Barnes and Noble, 86th and Lexington Avenue, 150 East 86th Street

7 p.m.

Author of the beloved under-sea-tale classic will be hosting a discussion event for your children.

212-369-2180; barnesandnoble.com

Peek-A-Boo and Books

67th Street Library, 328 East 67th Street, btwn 1st and 2nd Avenue

2 p.m.


Come, sing songs, play bouncing rhymes games, and listen to stories and begin your babies lifetime love of reading. This age appropriate program is a perfect introduction to the library for you and your baby. Story time begins at 2:00 and since babies are easly distracted and space is limited, latecomers will not be admitted. Ages 3 months to 17 months.


Thursday, December 5

Women's Writing and Discussion Group

67th Street Branch Library, 328 East 67th Street

4:30 ? 6:15 p.m.


Hannelore Hahn, who directed the International Women's Writing Guild for 37 years, hosts a monthly informal women's writing and discussion group. Non-writers are also welcome to join the discussion.

212-734-1717; nypl.org

The History of Ha! by David Misch

92y, Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street


2 p.m.

Beginning in pre-history with the mythological Trickster, David looks at how comedy went from Ancient Greece to "Modern Family", from court jesters to Groucho Marx, from Plato and Aristotle to Abbott and Costello. With stops along the way for commedia dell'arte, a French fartist, and how comedy killed Abraham Lincoln, Mr. Misch uses clips and commentary to look at what comedy is, where it comes from and where it's going (oddly enough, Philadelphia).