Holiday Happenings

Can someone tell me where the year went? It’s almost December and that means it’s just about time to kiss this year good-bye. Now we have to start concentrating on our holiday shopping and New Year’s resolutions. Luckily, there are sample sales all over the city that’ll help us all out.

[b]Carmen Marc Valvo[/b] is having a one day sample sale – TODAY! Sizes range from two to plus; dresses, gowns, suits, accessories and separates, all up to 75% off. Cash and credit cards accepted. 530 7th Avenue, (between 38th & 39th St), 23rd Floor. From 10 AM- 5 PM, 212-944-7370

[b]Frette Linens[/b] is having a wonderful sale, with up to 70% off their deliciously soft bedding. It’s going on until December 3rd. Hours Tues thru Thursday 9 AM – 6:30 PM, Friday 9 AM – 5 PM. 560 7th Avenue at 40th Street, second floor.

The holidays are a perfect time to give someone cashmere and they don’t have to know that you bought it at the [b]Autumn Cashmere[/b] sale. At this sale you can even buy dog sweaters for up to 75% off! It’s going on until Friday, December 3rd at 231 West 39th Street, (between 7th and 8th Avenues), suite 1006. Hours are 9 AM – 6 PM. 212-398-2244

Tonight at 8 PM, the [b]Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting[/b] ceremony starts. There’s going to be performances by Jessica Simpson, Nick Lachey and Clay Aiken. Need more information, go to [url=][/url]

Muhammad Ali and his daughter Hanna Ali will be at the Hue-Man bookstore, signing copies of his book, The Soul of the Butterfly: A Memoir at Noon today. It’s a free event, but seating is limited to 200. The Hue-Man Bookstore is located at 2319 Fredrick Douglass Blvd., (at 125th Street & 8th Avenue) 212-665-7400. If you can’t make that appearance, Muhammad Ali will also be appearing at Barnes & Noble, 1972 Broadway (at 66th Street), December 2nd at Noon 212-595-6859.

Looking for something a bit avant guard? Check out [b]Joemca and Poets[/b] at The Mercury Lounge, 217 E. Houston Street (corner of Avenue A & Houston) Wednesday, December 8th at 8 PM. Joemca is classically trained in violin and piano. He recently composed and conducted an original score for an ancient Chinese opera that was chosen and ran in this past summer’s Fringe Festival. His music combines strings, guitars and electro beats. Also on the bill are Jeff Klein at 7 PM, Elizabeth Harper at 9 PM, and David Garza at 10 PM.

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We love parties, good information and goodie bags! It’s even nicer when there’s an event that combines all three. Marta Kagan of Lifeline Coaching and style consultant, Bridgette Reas of Bridgette Raes Style Group are having their [b]New Year, New You Party[/b], on December 13th. The party will feature 15 health, beauty and lifestyle experts who will give advice, provide free consultations, mini makeovers and everyone will be helping to raise fund for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, while sipping drinks, munching on hors d’oeuvres at the same time.

The party is being held at the Lovella Salon, 68th and 2nd Avenue. The party starts at 7 PM with live jazz and complimentary cocktails. Lovella stylists will be offering blow-outs and hairstyle consultations for the first hour and the first 50 guests will receive goody bags worth over $100. At 8 PM, Ms. Kagan will deliver a brief address. Throughout the night, guests will be able to speak one on one with a variety of experts, including an astrologer, nutritionist, make up artist, financial planner and more.

Tickets to the event are $5.00 in advance and $10.00 at the door. Each ticket grants the holder an entry to the party as well as entry to the Extreme Life Makeover Contest. The winner of the contest will receive over $5,000 in prizes, including a complete makeover and wardrobe.

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