This weekend you can support the Lower Eastside Girls Club by buying a Christmas tree and some stocking-stuffers, too. You may have noticed that The Standard, East Village’s outdoor cafe has transformed into a winter wonderland, jam-packed with twinkling trees. Not only can you drink a hot cocoa or a spiced cider in this festive forest while nibbling on gingerbread cookies, but– as soon as all that rum kicks in and convinces you to become a foot soldier in the War on Christmas– you can take a tree home with you.
Between the hours of 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and noon to 9 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, the trees, from 4 to 9 feet tall, are being sold by Williamsburg’s Crest Hardware at $50 to $120. A portion of the proceeds go to the Girls Club.
After you’ve lugged home the tree, you’ll need to trim it, so snag an earring/ornament depicting female icons like Malala, Frida Kahlo, and Hillary Clinton by hitting up the Girls Club’s pop-up shops at Essex Street Market and at its shop at 136 Avenue C this Saturday, Dec. 12, and next Saturday, Dec. 19, from noon to 5 p.m. A flyer promises handmade gifts along with “kitchen couture, treats for your pets, and baked goods from our Sweet Things Bake Shop.” Not only will you be supporting the Girls Club, but also their sister organizations in Nepal, Haiti, Sierra Leone, Mexico and more.
By the way, if you have any doubt that the Girls Club is doing awesome work in the East Village and Lower East Side, consider its latest project, debuting tonight at its in-house planetarium: using NEA grant money, the non-profit encouraged local middle schoolers to read Ursula K. LeGuin’s A Wizard of Earthsea in order to create a film adaptation, complete with soundtrack and planetarium effects. This is especially cool given that we live in an age where many school planetariums are being abandoned and demolished.