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Union – On Sunday, December 10, the Union Chapter of Gamblers Anonymous will hold their 44th Annual Anniversary open meeting, from 7 to 10pm at United Methodist Church, Berwyn and Overlook Streets. Started on December 9, 1973, to help those with a gambling problem, this year’s theme is “Kindness, Courage and Maintenance.” All are welcome to this free event, including refreshments, parking, literature and no membership fee. Committee contacts are Fred B. 908-403-4756; Mike G. 908-721-2006 or John I. 908-656-2258.

Whippany – Ushering in the holiday season in festive and grand style, the renowned Hanover Wind Symphony will present an uplifting concert of Christmas music titled “Christmas Presence” on Sunday, December 10, at 3 p.m., at Our Lady of Mercy R.C. Church (OLM), 90 Whippany Road. The celebrated wind band will perform traditional plus new and exciting arrangements of Christmas favorites, including “Gesù Bambino.” Matthew Paterno of Parsippany is the Hanover Wind Symphony music director and conductor. Tickets are $15 for adults; children under 12 are admitted free. For further information or to reserve tickets call 973-887-0050 or email [email protected].


Albany – The American Italian Heritage Association and Museum will present Gesù Bambino on December 10 at 3 p.m. Please join them for a glorious Christmas Concert with soprano Rosanne G. Hargrave and pianist Michael Clement. Light the Season with music in classical, sacred and traditional traditions by various composers and in the Italian, Latin and English languages. Enjoy the décor and ambiance of the Museum and its exhibits at this time of year! What a beautiful way to experience the peace and spirit of Christmas! A dessert reception will follow the program. This is a fundraiser for our Association. Tickets are $10 each and limited. Reservations will be on a first come, first served basis. On December 14, Italian Christmas Traditions” Cultural Presentation at 7 p.m. Professor Cav. Philip J. DiNovo will present slides and attendees are invited to share their family Christmas traditions. The Museum’s choir will sing several Italian Christmas carols. A dessert social follows the program. Please bring a dessert to share. Admission is free. The Museum is located at 1227 Central Avenue. Call 518-435-1979 for more information.

Brooklyn – Spend New Year’s Eve at St. Finbar Catholic Church! Celebrate the New Year beginning at 8pm at the Msgr. Scanlan Parish Center, 1839 Bath Avenue. A gala dinner, dancing and a free raffle drawing are included in the $50 ticket. (BYOB). Call 718-236-3312.

East Northport – La Villini Restaurant is sponsoring the next meeting of the Long Island Accordion Alliance (LIAA) on January 3, 2018, beginning at 6pm. The featured guest artists will be Manny Corallo and Frank Toscano. Come join the fun evening. La Villini Restaurant is located at 288 Larkfield Road. Call 631-261-6344 for more information.

Long island – Saturday, December 16 from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m., The National Organization of Italian American Women (NOIAW) will hold their Annual Holiday Luncheon at Lambrou’s Catering, 4073 Austin Boulevard in Island Park. Members $55; non-members: $65. The Long Island Network invites you to celebrate the season with your friends and meet new ones while you get in the spirit of the season and shop for holiday gifts from popular vendors. Your ticket includes, hors d’oeuvres and a three course dinner, a raffle ticket and a chance to win a beautiful prize! Gentlemen always welcome. Call 212-642-2003 or email: [email protected].

New York City – I Giullari Di Piazza, (the Players of the Square) are celebrating their 37th season with the annual Christmas benefit show on December 15th at the Italian American Museum, 155 Mulberry Street  at 7: 30pm. Included in the performance is La Cantata dei Pastori.  Refreshments after the show will be served. To be honored that night will be Gr. Uff. Matilda Raffa Cuomo, former First Lady of New York State, Founder of Mentoring USA; Uff. Joseph Sciame, president and chair Italian Heritage & Culture Committee on New York, Inc. and Ms. Carolyn Masone, Esq. I Giullari Di Piazza is the only Italian folk music, theatre and dance company in the United States, Artists in Residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City.