Free Ride for Fashionistas The East Midtown Partnership is sponsoring a free trolley for shoppers on Fashion's Night Out, Thursday, Sept. 6, from 6 to 10 p.m. The annual evening of nighttime retail parties and shopping was created in 2009 and has become a popular event for the city, spurring spending at local shops. The trolley will run along Madison, Park, Lexington, Third and Second avenues, letting people hop on and off at store destinations. For information on participating stores and specials, visit fashionsnightout.com. German-American Steuben Parade The 55th annual Steuben Parade will hit the Upper East Side on Saturday, Sept. 15, at 12 noon, traveling up Fifth Avenue from 68th to 86th streets. The parade marks the finale of a week of German-American heritage festivities around the city. Other events include a pub crawl of German watering holes in Manhattan on Sept. 8, a Kinderfest for kids on Sept. 13, and a three-course dinner and lecture about Baron von Steuben at the historic Fraunces Tavern downtown. The day before the parade, there will be a welcome ceremony and gala, and after the parade, Oktoberfest kicks off in Central Park at the Summerstage Area, near the East 72nd Street entrance, with exclusively German beers on tap, musical acts and a traditional "strong man" contest. Zion St. Mark's Church, at 339 East 84th St., will also be holding a fundraiser after the parade, with beer, bratwurst, German potato salad, sauerkraut and their famous butter cake, for a $5 fee. Visit www.germanparadenyc.org. Madison Ave. Support Charity A group of restaurants on Madison Avenue is teaming up with Citymeals-on-Wheels to offer discounts to diners that will also benefit the organization that delivers meals to homebound elderly throughout the city. Sponsored by the Madison Avenue Business Improvement District, the event will allow people to donate $64 in exchange for a "Take Two" restaurant pass, which can be redeemed for two-for-one cocktails or desserts for the entire month of September at participating restaurants. Each donation supports an Emergency Food Package with 77 non-perishable food items, and 100 percent of the proceeds will go toward the delivery of meals to the 16,500 homebound elderly New Yorkers who rely on Citymeals. Participating restaurants include Café Boulud, The Carlyle Restaurant, Serafina Osteria and Bistro Chat Noir, among many others. To purchase a pass, visit citymeals.org/TakeTwo.
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