City Pulse

By Lauren Baccus

Like the ghost of Christmas pasts, holiday time creeps up on city singles like one long painful flashback. Remember the guy who flirted with that cute model/waiter more than you did? Well I do, and it may have been one of my better dates of the year, second only to the gentleman who served a valiant attempt at a gourmet meal on paper plates. With plastic forks.

I am now thoroughly convinced that the only people in this city who have long standing and healthy relationships are those who have access to a car or frequent flier miles i.e. those lucky few who can actually broaden their dating pool beyond the tri-state area. Somewhere in North Dakota, far far away from this city, my dream man waits like an oasis in the desert, his salsa dancing trophies on the mantle piece, with a working knowledge of wines and a weekend pass to his local firing range. It’s the stuff of fairy tales.

However, facing the prospect of either continuing to go on crap shoot dates or waiting on something interesting enough to happen in North Dakota to drag me away from weekend Law & Order marathons, I’ll think I’ll choose what’s behind door #3: Meet Market Adventures. The service basically provides an opportunity for singles to enjoy their city while meeting other singles in the process. From one-time classes to all-out vacations and cruises, there won’t be a “significant other” or “life partner” in sight. All praises!

New York area events include flirting fail-safes such as wine tasting, fondue night and sushi makin but also have some less classic options as well: a singles DaVinci Code hunt at the Met, tours of the Museum of Sex and poker night. Although the most popular events seem to incorporate liquor (the next bartending night is sold out – surprise, surprise) there are so many options available, you may need to get a bigger little black book. NYC singles, let freedom reign, and have a very happy holiday!

For more local events and information, check out www.meetmarketadventures.com

Mache Madness
By Lauren Baccus

For a city so overflowing with restaurants and every type of cuisine known to man, how is it that there are so many skinny women? New York may truly be one of the few places in the world where size 0 is harder to find on the rack than the Holy Grail.

Rather than morn these state of affairs, I’ve embraced this apparent rejection of all things carbalicious (derived from the root word, booty-licious) by the “BP” with a decidedly “more for me” attitude.

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With that in mind, I plead with all svelte metropolitan ingénues, don’t use up your tiny store of energy to attend the opening of Metro Marche. Conserve those few calories you have in reserve for flicking through magazines and sighing. Instead, let those of us who truly appreciate good food be the ones to suffer through cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and the kind of light banter that only too many glasses of wine can induce. We will think of you fondly as we mingle and laugh and break bread at the Times Square bistro.

Avoid the temptation; it’s for your own good.

To RSVP or for more information
e-mail stephaniek@hallpr.com

Metro Marche
625 8th Avenue
(corner of 41st Street)
Wednesday, December 6th, 2006 at 6:00pm

Mothers Are Acting Up this season
By Irene Fogarty

Children’s wellbeing is at the top of every mother’s agenda. So why not put it on the top of your gift list this season? For only $15, you can get The 2007 Mothers Acting Up Handbook and engagement calendar. Featuring 53 individuals who are working for a better world for our children such as Jane Goodall, Nina Utne, Jeffery Sachs and Representative Lynn Woolsey. This colorful handbook/calendar is full of inspirational stories that honor the promise of our children’s lives.

For more info on this great organization, go to Support MAU by buying our 2007 Handbook! or www.mothersactingup.org.

EILEEN SHIELDS

You are invited to join Eileen Shields and company for a special party night of “shooze and booze” Come celebrate the start of the holiday season with us!

Wednesday December 6th, 5-8 pm
Grape and Grain wine bar
620 east 6th street, between Avenue B and C
To RSVP email: nicola@parishpr.com”
Select EILEEN SHIELDS foowear will be on sale for up to 70% off
Drinks will be on the house!

Ballet flats were $395 now $125. High heel lace up oxfords were $420 now $135. Signature wedges were $450, now $150. Spring Summer 2006 merchandise will also be available for up to 70% off! www.eileenshields.com.

Your Money or Your Life: Give a Little Manpower This Holiday Season
By Gillian Weeks

When it comes to charity, writing a check is a lot easier than giving your time. Don’t get me wrong – non-profits can always use the cash (their coffers aren’t exactly bloated), but the ultimate experience of giving doesn’t come from attending black-tie benefits (although a girl could be canonized for sitting through a dinner next to certain socialites). Instead, this holiday season try donating your brawn, brain, or culinary skills to those in need. I think you’ll find that serving Christmas Eve dinner at a shelter, delivering presents to the elderly, or throwing a party for ill adults is a lot more fun than the typical booze-soaked office party. Then again, you won’t catch any coworkers necking in the mailroom. I guess everything has its downside.

Grab some friends or family members and make a day of it. Give a little, get a lot.

Deliver Channukah Meals with DOROT
Make sure that those who are homebound receive hot meals and company over the Holidays. Help to call clients to make sure all of them receive Channukah meals over the holidays. (11:30am-1:30pm, 30 Vols.)
Sunday, 12/10/2006
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Holiday Party at GREENHOPE HOUSING
Help to throw a holiday bash with Greenhope Housing, which is a transitional housing development fund for formerly homeless women and children. Distribute Holiday gifts, and help to decorate and serve snacks. In Central Harlem, at 5th and 119th. (6-8pm, 7 Vols.)
Friday, 12/15/2006
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

New Year’s Eve Party at T.C.C.H.C.C
Ring in the new year with the residents of the AIDS unit at the Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center, a long term care facility for adults living with chronic illnesses on the Upper East Side. (5:45pm – 8pm: 10 vols.)
Friday, 12/29/2006
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Deliver a Holiday Package to a Manhattan Senior
Deliver a Chanukah Package to a senior on the Upper West or East side of Manhattan and visit for about an hour. Come to our East or West side location to receive a brief orientation, get matched with a senior and pick up your package. For more information, please call: 212-769-2850.
Dec 10, 2006
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Covenant House New York
Covenant House New York is the nations largest adolescent care agency serving homeless, runaway and at-risk youth. Our doors are open 24 hours a day for youth in need. Each year nearly 7,000 youth seek out our Crisis and Community Centers for safety, shelter, food, and someone to talk to and that’s just the beginning!

Volunteers will help young adults obtain the skills and tools they will need to develop into productive contributing citizens. Volunteers will help to provide structure and support. Volunteer opportunity is available to people who want to work in a shelter or community base setting. Monthly Opportunities

Holiday gift-wrapping
Barnes and Noble, Astor Place, is hosting LDRNY as we wrap gifts on December 16 and 17. All donations will benefit 9/11 recovery workers who are in need this holiday season. Many of the heroes who labored for months at Ground Zero and the surrounding area are ill or injured and unable to work to support their families. Please have some fun wrapping gifts while helping us bring a little light to their holidays. If you can wrap a gift, we’d love to meet you!
Dec 16 and 17, 2006
11:00 AM – 10:00 PM

University Soup Kitchen Holiday Food Preparation
Join us in preparing and serving a holiday meal for men and women of all ages in a respectful “restaurant-style ” environment.
December 23rd
8:30am – noon.
11:45 a.m. – 3:30 p.m

Originally published December 2006
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