Tip Sheet: Dec. 23-Dec. 29

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WEDNESDAY: Holiday Helpers
Help out your local independent bookstore, meet other locals in the holiday spirit, snack on seasonal treats, and get a discount while you’re at it! Greenlight Bookstore needs your help gift wrapping, today and tomorrow from 1-3 and 3-6. They’re donating the money from the wrapper elves’ tip jar to the Ronald Edmonds Learning Center, also in the neighborhood, and you’ll get a 20% discount for the bookstore after your shift. To sign up, email Greenlight with the subject “wrapping” and indicate the shift you’d like.

THURSDAY: Jewltide Greetings
Find the traditional Jewish Christmas plans of Chinese food and a movie a bit on the boring side? We’ve got a couple ideas for you. JDub Records, home of Jewish indie artists Balkan Beat Box and Girls in Trouble, and Jewcy magazine host their 7th annual Christmas Eve alternative Jewltide at Southpaw, featuring music by JDub’s own Dan Saks and the Funkadeli All Stars. Get advance tickets or buy them at the door. Meanwhile, Brooklyn Bowl is throwing its first annual Matzah Ball, promising a variety of “Bands of the Tribe,” including Israeli performers Days Like Months and Pey Dalid. Expect drink and bowling specials and menus from local kosher restaurants.

Lonely Christmas
Bruar Falls is the location for Rachel’s Lonely Christmas Eve Party, where the festivities have been put together by the blogger/BK music scenester also known as Pop Jew; DJs spinning indie-friendly Christmas tracks and mistletoe will be among the free entertainment.

FRIDAY: Christmas Giving
Organizers of a sit-down Christmas-day meal for those in need, at the Prospect Park YMCA, are looking for volunteers. Interested? Call 212-259-0730 or email kaurman@gnyha.org.

SATURDAY: Post-Christmas Workout
Work off all those Christmas calories with this day-after dance party. The Brooklyn-based band Charanga Soleil, made up of bandleaders and career musicians, is bringing their unique blend of dance genres from Cuban salsa to Congolese rumba-soukous and Haitian compas to BAMcafe’s free concert series.

Going, Going…
Limited tickets are still available to this weekend’s performances of Noel Coward’s Brief Encounter, currently in its New York premiere at St. Ann’s Warehouse. Get yours before they’re gone.

SUNDAY: Porn 101
Like everyone else in the neighborhood, we’re awfully sad to see MonkeyTown go, and it’s events like this one that remind us what a fabulously unique place it is. Tonight, learn how to avoid the mistakes of Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian (night vision anyone?) with Babeland’s DIY Porn workshop, the final event in MonkeyTown’s Porn Week. Experts from the sex shop mainstay Babeland will be talking attendees through the whole process, from conceptualization to enjoying your handiwork. The workshop is billed as interactive, so show up ready to get your hands dirty.

TUESDAY: Sparkling Surprises
Break out the bubbly in a whole new way on New Year’s with the help of the Greene Grape. Tuesday evening, the Fort Greene wine shop will be hosting a tasting of five sparkling wines under $22 that go beyond champagne and prosecco. For those still attached to the pop of the cork, next Wednesday night’s tasting is of five grower champagnes, which are more terroir-centric than traditional champagnes.

Date Night
Find your soul mate–or maybe just a date for New Year’s Eve–at I Heart Nerds Speed Dating Night at Union Hall. $4 drinks for liquid courage; 7:30pm check in, 8:30pm speed dating. RSVP heartspeeddating@gmail.com

PLAN AHEAD: Wedding Crashers
‘Tis the season to get engaged, and January 9, 2010 is the day to begin wedding planning at our big Brooklyn fair, Wedding Crashers. Wedding bands, tastes of cake and caterers, champagne, bridal fashion show, and so much more. Advance tickets are on sale now!

Bocce + Brats
Teams are now filled for the Union Hall Bocce Bailout next Wed., Dec. 30, but there are $4 beers + brats to make it fun for spectators too. We’ll be there from 2pm-3pm selling our Brooklyn Based coupon book: 30 Deals for $30.

Sent by Chrysanthe, Nina, Casey, and Nicole. Photos courtesy of Brooklyn Museum and Monkey Town.

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