DECEMBER CALENDAR

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Throughout the month, purchase holiday gifts from local merchants and artisans … Occu-buy!THURSDAY, DEC. 1:
6:00p-9:00p Neighborhood Technical Assistance Clinic’s Champions of Bedford Stuyvesant, hosted by Valerie Oliver-Durrah, convenes neighborhood leaders, representatives, key nonprofit organizations and others to celebrate neighborhood legends and advocates, at its annual CHAMPIONS of BEDFORD STUYVESANT event. Honorees: Seth Edwards, VP, Community Relations, Brooklyn and Staten Island, JP Morgan Chase, and Ralph Bumbaca, Senior VP, Brooklyn and Staten Island Commercial Lending, TD Bank. The event theme is Nonprofits Rule: Neighborhoods Matter. Nonprofit organizations as well as their attending board staff will be introduced and recognized. Location: Victorian Mansion at 247 Hancock Street, Brooklyn. For information, contact NTAC, 718-455-3784 or email volivere@aol.com.

6:00p-8:00p Opening Reception: Her Word as Witness: Portraits of Women Writers of the African Diaspora. Photography by Laylah Amatullah Barrayn. Skylight Gallery of the Center for Arts & Culture of the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation. On view through March 31, 2012. 1368 Fulton Street, Brooklyn. Information: 718-636-6949 or 646-573-2422.

FRIDAY, DEC. 2:
7:00p-11:00p Kevin Powell’s 11th Annual Holiday Party and Clothing Giveaway to benefit The Safe Horizon Streetwork Project, a program for homeless teens and young adults in New York. Location: Le Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village, 158 Bleecker Street, Manhattan. Cash bar. Dress code: holiday or business. Free entry WITH donation of warm outerwear, primarily clean/slightly used and/or new coats. RSVP required: send first and last name to rsvp@kevinpowell.net:

SATURDAY, DEC. 3:
12:00n-7:00p Occu-buy Local Gifts for the Holidays – The Boutique Collective’s 1st Christmas/Kwanzaa Gift Expo Location: YWCA Conference & Art Center, 30 Third Avenue, Brooklyn, 2nd Floor Gallery Featuring “The Artisan’s Marketplace.” FREE ADMISSION. Entertainment, Giveaways, Raffles. Produced by Lois Brown, a former partner of Zawadi Gift Shop, and Grace Derrick, a former associate of 4W Circle of Art & Enterprise. Details: bcgiftshow@gmail.com

6:00p-11:00p Guerilla Journalism 101 Fundraiser hosted by community journalism students and their instructor Milton Allimadi, publisher of the award-winning Black Star News and creator of the “in-the-neighborhood guerilla journalism training” concept and classes. Tickets are $25. Entertainment, Refreshments. Honorees: Prof. Gloria J. Browne-Marshall, Bro. Clemson Brown, Sis Jocelyn Cooper, Sis. Betty Dopson, co-founder, Committee Media Offensive to African People. Details: 212-481-7745

FRIDAY, DEC. 9:
6:00p-until George Johnson’s Celebration Benefit for Needy Children in Association with The Tribune Society of the Courts of NY State and the Guardian’s Association of the Courts of New York State. Guest host: Ann Tripp of 107.5 WBLS. Location: Sugar Hill Restaurant and Supper Club, 609 DeKalb Ave. @ Nostrand Ave. Admission: A Great Gift for a Needy Child (per person) or a minimum $15 donation. Complimentary Buffet. Music by DJ Josef. Info: George Johnson, 646-386-4448, Crystal Daughtry, 646-386-5570, John W. Stubbs, 347-219-6222
SATURDAY, DEC. 10:
Begins 9:00a The RFK MEMORIAL HOLIDAY PARTY! Fun winter season activities for kids 5-12. The event promotes literacy and healthy lifestyles in Central Brooklyn. Sponsors: Foodtown, Applebee’s, Restoration and the Brownstoners of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Inc. RSVP by completing form online: www.restorationplaza.org.

SATURDAY, DEC. 17:
12:00n-7:00p Occu-buy Local Gifts for the Holidays – The Boutique Collective’s 1st Christmas/Kwanzaa Gift Expo Location: YWCA Conference & Art Center, 30 Third Avenue, Brooklyn, 2nd Floor Gallery Featuring “The Artisan’s Marketplace.” FREE ADMISSION. Entertainment, Giveaways, Raffles. Produced by Lois Brown, a former partner of Zawadi Gift Shop, and Grace Derrick, a former associate of 4W Circle of Art & Enterprise. Details: bcgiftshow@gmail.com

10:00p-5:00p Occu-buy JAHBULANI NATURAL HAIR and SKIN CARE PRODUCTS for Seasonal Giftgiving at the Park Slope Holiday Craft Fair. Location: John Jay HS, 237-7th Avenue, Brooklyn, (bet. 4th & 5th Avenues.) www.jahbulaniproducts.com

SATURDAY, DEC. 18:
12:00n-7:00p Occu-buy Local Gifts for the Holidays – The Boutique Collective’s 1st Christmas/Kwanzaa Gift Expo Location: YWCA Conference & Art Center, 30 Third Avenue, Brooklyn, 2nd Floor Gallery Featuring “The Artisan’s Marketplace” and Kwanzaa Candle Lighting Ceremony!!! FREE ADMISSION. Entertainment, Giveaways, Raffles. Produced by Lois Brown, a former partner of Zawadi Gift Shop, and Grace Derrick, a former associate of 4W Circle of Art & Enterprise. Details: bcgiftshow@gmail.com