BAREFOOT BOOKS EXHIBITION
Children's publishing co. exhibits original artwork to benefit the Children's Museum of Manhattan, prices range from $100-$1600; 37 W. 17th St. (betw. 5th & 6th Aves.), 604-0505; 10-6, free [continues Thurs., Fri., Mon. & Tues. 10-6, through 12/23].
BECOME A FOSTER PARENT
Call 1-800-4-KIDS-27 for information.
Annual fundraiser offers designer clothing, accessories & sportswear at 50%-75% off retail price, benefits UJA Federation; Expo Center at Madison Sq. Garden, 7th Ave. (betw. 32nd & 33rd Sts.), 465-6741 or 836-1776; 10-8, $10 [continues Thurs.-Sun., $6, through 12/19].
A HA CHRISTMAS
Exhibition of books & printed matter from the collection of Jock Elliott documents the last four centuries of Christmas; Groiler Club, 47 E. 60th St. (betw. Park & Madison Aves.), 838-6690; 10-5, free [continues Thurs.-Sat., Mon. & Tues. 10-5, through 1/29].
HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS AT GRAND CENTRAL STATION
For the next month Grand Central's ceiling becomes a "dancing constellation" with their 3 minute animated laser light shows (every hour on the hour, 11-9) set to holiday-themed music. While viewing the "giant snow globe" pick up some gifts from more than 70 vendors exhibiting their wares at the Holiday Fair (Weds.-Sat., Mon. & Tues. 10-8, Sun. 12-6); Grand Central Terminal, 340-2210 or www.grandcentralterminal.com for info, free [through 12/24].
NEW YORK CARES COAT DRIVE
Adult & children's coats needed for 11th annual coat drive, over 600 drop-off sites throughout the city; 223-CARE or www.ny.cares.com for info [through 12/31].
THE "ULTIMATE" SAMPLE SALE
Sample sale for 655 clothing, prices range from $25-$45?cash only; 655 Madison Ave. (betw. 60th St. & Madison Ave.), 754-8080 ext.24, 9:30-6:30, free [continues Tues., through 12/16].
Three day holiday sale; Poets House, 72 Spring St. (Lafayette St.), 431-7920; 11-8, [repeats Fri. 11-7 & Sat. 11-4].
Abstract jazz portraits of Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, John Coltane & the likes in Portraits Lost in Space exhibit at Deitch Projects, 76 Grand St. (betw. Greene & Wooster Sts.), 343-7300; 12-6, free [through 1/15].
HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE
The Rotaract Club of the UN sponsors toy drive to benefit Haitian children in need; Sweet Melissa's Bar, 1629 2nd Ave. (betw. 84th & 85th Sts.), 585-2768, 8:30-11, $5 or free with a toy.
Bliss opens a new spa on the Upper East Side; 19 E. 57th St., 3rd Fl. (betw. 5th & Madison Aves.), 219-8970; call for hours.
Fine art from Europe, Asia & U.S. exhibited at the Armory at Gramercy Park, 68 Lexington Ave. (26th St.), 800-660-1045; 4-8, $7 [continues Sat. 11-7 & Sun. 12-6, through 12/19].
DREAMS & ART
Artists inspired by Freud's Interpretations of Dreams, Sherod Duggan, Gail Scott Lowry & Tom Mann display their works at Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, Grand Ballroom, 301 Park Ave. (50th St.), 752-0450 ext.11; 11-1, free.
CONTRA & SQUARE DANCE
Beginners welcome, no partner needed, live music, wear soft-soled nonstreet shoes; Metropolitan Duane Church, 201 W. 13th St. (7th Ave.), 459-4080; 7:45, $11.
Open studio of feat. artifacts, paintings & hand-painted silk; 65 S. 11th St., 2nd Fl. (betw. Wythe & Berry Sts.), Williamsburg, 917-604-3702; 12-5, free.
Party for big, beautiful women & men, & the men & women who love them. Tonight, "Miss 1999 Sexiest Cleavage Contest;" China Cafe, 205 Pearl St. (Maiden Lane), 718-456-9119; 9-3, $20 incl. 2 drinks.
NYC RECORD & CD COLLECTORS CONVENTION
Embassy Ballrooms, Holiday Inn, 440 W. 57th St. (betw. 9th & 10th Aves.), 973-773-6067; 10-4, $5.
recordS fLEA MARKET
Thousands of LPs, 45s, 78s & v-discs; 155 W. 72nd St. (B'way), 579-0689; 10-2, free.
XMAS-CHANUKAH HOLIDAY PARTY
Dancing, music, limbo contest, vegan buffet & drinks for vegetarian singles; Grand Ballroom, rm. 207, 939 8th Ave. (betw. 55th & 56th Sts.), 718-437-0190; 7-12, $20 incl. alcohol.
NYC CAMERA SHOW & SALE
Embassy Ballrooms, Holiday Inn, 440 W. 57th St. (betw. 9th & 10th Aves.), 973-838-4301; 10-3, $6.
ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE
Beginners welcome, no partner needed, live music, wear soft-soled, non-street shoes; Metropolitan Duane Church, 201 W. 13th St. (7th Ave.), 459-4080; 7, $10.
Beginner classes for senior citizens at the National Council of Jewish Women's Senior Center, 241 W. 72nd St. (betw. B'way & West End Ave.), 799-7205; 10-12 p.m., call for price [through 12/21].