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Your Weekend: Community Holiday Gatherings; Benefit Concert for Japan

Briarcliff synagogue to screen "Jews and Baseball" this weekend.

Enjoy a night away from the kids with Pleasantville's Parents' Night Out or support earthquake relief in Japan by attending a benefit concert and auction in Briarcliff Manor this weekend.

Where/When: Tree Island (Great Oak Lane at Manville Road) on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m.

Why go: Get to the annual holiday gathering early to enjoy free hot chocolate and donuts, courtesy of the Chamber of Commerce. Holiday songs will be led by the chorus as the tree is lit for the holiday season.

Pricing: Free 

Where/When: on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 5 p.m.

Why go: Stay warm next to a bonfire while joining in on the annual sing-a-long in Briarcliff Manor this weekend. The holiday decorations in the park will be lit up at the event, while the Lubin Singers will perform. Refreshments will be served.

Pricing: Free

Where/When: on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2 p.m.

Why go: Enjoy a program by Soprano Briana Sakamoto, Pianist Pej Reitz, Bassoonist Devon Tipp and Flutist Elyse Knobloch; preceded by a raffle and silent auction (featuring items from several local businesses). All proceeds from the concert, raffle and auction will benefit the Japanese Medical Society of America, which is focused on mental health relief in Japan.  

Pricing: $20 suggested donation 

Where/When:  on Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Why go: The annual Christmas Fair at St. Theresa School features Breakfast with Santa and a Pick-a-Ticket table. There will be local vendors, a Scholastic book fair, bake sale and Christmas Tree and poinsettia sales. There will be a babysitting room available. The Little Flower Café will serve a continental breakfast, hot lunch and snacks all day. Contact 502-0336 or hsa@sttheresa.net for additional information. Email petpal@optonline.net for Breakfast with Santa reservations.

Pricing: Free to browse; $10/child and $12/adult for Breakfast with Santa

Pleasantville Holiday Open Houses

Where/When: Downtown Pleasantville on Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4 all day.

Why go: Stroll the town and do some holiday shopping at local shops, which will be offering sales and special events all weekend. There will also be music throughout the downtown area and Old Village, as well as a visit from Santa Claus. On Saturday, 's Camerata singers will tour the downtown singing holiday tunes. High school instrumentalists will also perform at the Memorial Plaza gazebo, adjacent to the farmers' market.

Pricing: Free to browse

Where/When: Briarcliff Manor on Sunday, Dec. 4 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Why go: The synagogue will be offering a screening of Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story, followed by a discussion with Ira Berkow, the film's writer, and Adam Greenberg, a former Chicago Cub. There will also be a silent auction, featuring luxury suite Yankee tickets, autographed memorabilia and more. The first 100 kids at the event will receive a goodie bag. Contact Rob Berkenblit at rgberkenblit@optonline.net for tickets.

Pricing: $10 CSI members; $12 nonmembers; $5 kids and seniors; $25 family

Where/When: on Friday, Dec. 2 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Why go: Drop off the kids (kindergarten through fourth grade) at the Senior Center and enjoy a night out, or just alone, on Friday. Kids will enjoy a pizza dinner, make their own pretzels and keep busy with crafts and games.

Pricing: $20 per child, register in advance

Where/When:  on Friday, Dec. 2 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday Dec. 4 from 12 to 6 p.m. (same times the following next weekend)

Why go: The annual tree sale at All Saints' features Fraser and Douglas firs in all sizes, along with wreaths. If you stop by on Saturday, there will also be a café and bake sale in the parish hall. 

Pricing: Varies (free to browse)

Where/When:  on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2:30 p.m.

Why go: Enjoy crafts with a mission focus, followed by the annual Christmas Pageant at 5 p.m. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call the church office at 769-0458 or visit www.pvillepresby.org.

Pricing: Free

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