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The holidays are just about in full swing, and the Park Slope Civic Council is involved with many fun events that help bring our community together this time of year. Whether it’s helping those in need, singing along with friends and family, or shopping at our local businesses, there is something just right for you and your wintertime spirit.


Toys for Tots NOVEMBER 25 – JANUARY 1

Brighten the holidays for a needy child by donating a book or toy to the Civic Council’s 16th Annual Toys for Tots drive. All through the holiday season, the Civic Council will collect new and gently used, unwrapped gifts for children ages 12 and under at many locations around the Slope. All toys collected are given to local organizations that work with families in need.

Toys and books will be collected starting on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010, all the way through to New Year’s Day, Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011. You can drop off your donations around the neighborhood:

  • Astoria Federal Savings (two locations)
  • Back to the Land Natural Foods
  • Baluchi’s
  • The Church of St. Saviour
  • Citibank
  • The Community Book Store
  • Has Beans
  • Little Things Toy Store
  • Melt
  • New Millennium Real Estate
  • Orrichio Anderson Realty
  • Park Slope Armory — YMCA Sports Complex
  • Picada y Vino Wine Shop
  • Prospect Park YMCA
  • Scottadito Restaurant

Toys will also be collected at the Jingle Bell Jamboree (see below)], on Saturday, Dec. 18, at Old First Reformed Church.

Also, if you are interested in offering your business as a collection center or need more information, contact the event chair, Civic Council Trustee Thomas Miskel, at


Civic Council Holiday Party DECEMBER 2

Join the Civic Council for our annual Holiday Party on Thursday, Dec. 2, starting at 7 p.m. at the Novo, 343 Fourth Avenue and Fifth Street. Admission is free and open to all members. Everyone should bring a dish and a “bottle” to share at this potluck event.

The evening will begin with a bit of business — a full board meeting, which will include a vote on some changes to the Civic Council’s by-laws. (The Council Trustees approved these changes at their July 2010 meeting.) More details and a full agenda will be posted to the Civic Council’s online calendar [INSERT LINK] as the date draws near. Then it’s on to the holiday cheer!


Snowflake Celebration DECEMBER 9 & 16

Park Slope businesses offer even more holiday merriment for more hours at the Fourth Annual Snowflake Celebration. Stores all around the neighborhood will stay open a few hours later than usual for shopping discounts, free food and drink, and fun with neighbors, family, and friends. You’ll also find live music, roaming carolers, and other winter festivities along Seventh Avenue.

The festival, sponsored by the Park Slope Chamber of Commerce, is set for two consecutive Thursdays, Dec. 9 and 16. Stores will start offering discounts at 7 p.m., and will remain open until 9 or 10 p.m.

Maps of all participating business will soon be available throughout the Slope and at Any storeowner who wants to join in the fun should contact event coordinator Jo-Ann Kalb at 347.277.0899.


Jingle Bell Jamboree December 18

For nearly a decade, the Jingle Bell Jamboree has helped the Park Slope community rejoice in the song and spirit of the holiday season. This year’s festivities — on Saturday, Dec. 18, 7 p.m., at the Old First Reformed Church, 729 Carroll St. — will feature performers from around the borough, including the Brooklyn Tech High School Choir, the Old First Family String Band, St. Joseph’s High School Step Team, the P.S. 97 Show Choir, and the Brooklyn Community Chorus.

Jingle Bell Jamboree founder and producer Ethan Schlesser and Rev. Daniel Meeter, pastor of the Old First, host a joyful sing-a-long throughout the show.

Schlesser created the Jamboree during the 2001 holiday season to help the Park Slope community unite after the tragedy of Sept. 11. Sponsors for this year’s event include the Civic Council, Park Slope Parents, and the Old First Reformed Church.

Suggested admission for the 10th annual performance is $10 for adults, $5 for children. All proceeds go to cover any further expenses of the show and to help participating nonprofit groups. For more information, contact Schlesser at 917.514.4591 or

from the November 2010 Civic News