1 friday
Flu Shots.
'Tis the season to be jolly, but not if you catch the flu. Nassau and Suffolk counties offer influenza and pneumococcal vaccination clinics throughout the month (Nassau County's program ends Dec. 18.) Immunizations are available at several locations, and there is no out-of-pocket expense. For further information in Nassau County, call 516-227-8967 or visit nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/Health/Docs/PDF/Master_List.pdf. At press time, Suffolk County was still awaiting delivery of vaccine, but you can call the Influenza Hotline at 631-853-8405 or visit co.suffolk.ny.us for the most up-to-date information.

Achieve a Natural Look for the Holidays.
Make-up artist Linda Stasiak, representing the Dr. Hauschka skincare line, will show you the quick, easy way to achieve holiday beauty. Reserve now for complimentary, 30-minute beauty makeovers taking place from. 4-7pm on Dec. 14 at the Wild by Nature Market, 190 Main St., East Setauket. 631-246-5500. Also, on Dec. 15 at the Wild By Nature Market in Hampton Bays, 260 W. Montauk Hwy. 4-7pm. 631-723-3071.

Winter Run Series.
The Long Island State Park Region hosts its 12th annual running event. Registration deadline is Dec. 27 or as soon as 1,000 full-series registrations are received. Series begins Jan. 7 at Heckscher State Park, then continues Jan. 14 at Governor Alfred E. Smith/Sunken Meadow State Park; Jan. 21 at Caumsett State Historic Park and Jan. 28 at Jones Beach State Park. All races begin at 11am. Entry fees are $40 for full-series registration; $15 per race for day-of-race registration. For an application, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to: Winter Run Series, P.O. Box 247, Babylon NY 11702 or register online at.flrrt.com or active.com. For additional information, call 631-321-3510. nysparks.com.
4 monday
Yoga.
Utilizing traditional postures, develop strength, balance and flexibility while experiencing deep relaxation. $15. 11:30am-12:30pm each week. Also 11am-noon, Wednesdays and 8-9pm Thursdays 8-9pm. Sid Jacobson JCC, 300 Forest Drive, East Hills. 516-484-1545. sjjcc.org
5 tuesday
Senior Fitness.
A muscular strength and range of movement class using hand-held weights, tubing and balls for resistance and chairs for support and stretching. 9:30-10:15am (advanced) or 10:15-11am (beginner) Tuesdays and Thursdays. $5 per class (membership not required). Brookhaven-Roe YMCA, 155 Buckley Road, Holtsville. 631-289-4440. ymcali.org.
6 wednesday
Wellness Wednesday
An experienced yoga instructor guides class participants toward health and balance. 10:30-11:30am. Also Dec. 13 and 20. $12 per class. Reservations required (15 persons must register for class to be held). Ward Melville Heritage Organization, Educational and Cultural Center, 111 Main St., Stony Brook. 631-689-5888. wmho.org.
7 thursday
Chair Yoga
If you are currently coping with cancer, you can attend this class. You don't need to be flexible or strong or even ambulatory, and no yoga mats are needed. 1-2pm each week. Free. Hewlett House, 86 East Rockaway Road, Hewlett. 516-374-3190. hewletthouse.org.

Diabetes Update.
Howard Goldstein, M.D., Division of Endocrinology, Department of Medicine, is the speaker. Free; registration required. 7-8:30pm. Refreshments and blood pressure screenings available 30 minutes before the lecture. North Shore-LIJ Health System, Plainview Hospital, Lecture Hall, 888 Old Country Road, Plainview. 516-465-2500
9 saturday
Basic Life Support.
Learn adult, child and infant CPR skills and receive training in AED use (defibrillator use for someone who has stopped breathing) and the Heimlich maneuver for choking emergencies. $75. 9am-5pm today and Dec. 16. Registration required. South Nassau Hospital, Conference Room #4, Oceanside. 516-377-5333.

Holiday Cooking Class at Wild By Nature Market.
Betty Moore, a certified holistic health counselor and Tracy Jorge, a natural food chef demonstrate how to make healthy, traditional holiday side dishes. 1-2pm. Free, call for reservations. 260 W. Montauk Hwy., Hampton Bays. 631-723-3071

Bloomingdale's Holiday World Tour Celebration.
Nix the stress of finding something to wear for the holidays by attending this special event, showcasing exclusive looks from such makers as DVF, Ella Moss, Juicy Couture and Marc Jacobs. Music and holiday treats to boost your holiday spirit. 1-4pm. Free. Bloomingdale's Roosevelt Field and Walt Whitman locations.
11 monday
SYNTHESIS™ Body Reshaping Seminar.
Learn more about this patented program, designed to burn calories and reduce fat without exercise. Free; please RSVP three days prior to event. 6:30-8pm. VivinLinea Spa, 200 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck. Call Annalisa, 516-466-3636. vivinlinea.com.
12 tuesday
Medicare's New Prescription Drug Program.
Part D. Donut hole. What does it all mean? Diana Graham and Betty Bohnert of The Health Insurance Information Counseling and Assistance Program (HIICAP) discuss the new premium and deductible amounts and new income guidelines. Question-and-answer session follows. 2pm. Free; residents seated first. Bethpage Public Library, 47 Powell Ave., Bethpage. 516-931-3907. To find events at your local library, contact Nassau Library System (516-292-8920; nassaulibrary.org) or Suffolk Cooperative Library System (631-286-1600; http://scls.suffolk.lib.ny.us).
14 thursday
Cervical Cancer.
Diana N. Contreras, M.D., Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, is the speaker. Free; registration required. 7-8:30pm. Refreshments and blood pressure screenings available 30 minutes before the lecture. North Shore-LIJ Health System, Long Island Jewish Medical Center/Phyllis & Joseph Gurwin Teaching Center, 125 Community Drive, Great Neck. 516-465-2500.

Escape the Holiday Blues at Sid Jacobson JCC.
Explore positive ways to celebrate the festival of lights when you're feeling isolated and alone. Reach out to others and embrace the start of the secular New Year with greater joy and openness. 7pm. Free, but voluntary contributions are accepted. Temple Beth Sholom, 401 Roslyn Rd., Roslyn Heights. 516-484-1545, ext. 136 or email sbanco@sjjcc.org.
16 saturday
Happy Hannukah
17 sunday
Winter Solstice Hike.
Bundle up for a two-and-a-half mile walk from the ocean to the inlet and around the island to the bay. 1:30-3pm. $3. Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center at Jones Beach State Park, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. 516-679-7254. http://nysparks.state.ny.us.
25 monday
Merry Christmas
27 wednesday
Wellness Products.
Learn about non-toxic, environmentally-safe products and how to detox your home at this presentation by International Wellness Company. Free. 7pm. Pathways to Health, 77 Shore Road, Mt. Sinai. 631-642-2200. pathwaystohealth.com.
1 monday
Happy New Year

Cross-Country Skiing.
If this is your sport, pray for snow and then with your own equipment, hit the trails at parks across the Island. Bethpage State Park, Farmingdale; Caleb Smith State Park Preserve, Smithtown; Camp Hero State Park, Montauk; Caumsett State Historic Park, Huntington; Cold Spring Harbor State Park, Huntington; Connetquot River State Park Preserve, Oakdale; Governor Alfred E. Smith/Sunken Meadow State Park, Kings Park; Heckscher State Park, East Islip; Hempstead Lake State Park, West Hempstead; Hither Hills State Park, Montauk; Montauk Point State Park, Montauk; Nissequogue River State Park, Kings Park; Trail View State Park, Huntington; Valley Stream State Park, Valley Stream; Wildwood State Park, Wading River. Some parks offer only limited access to trails; several parks also have snowshoeing trails as well as designated areas for sledding and snowboarding. 631-669-1000. nysparks.com.
2 tuesday
Gentle Yoga
You might want to ease into a new exercise routine; here's an opportunity to try a yoga class. 4-5:30pm each week. (Classes are forming so call to verify and inquire about other times and days.) $13 per session. Reservations recommended. I Am Books, 315 Main St., Huntington. 631-271-5683.

Water Exercise.
Take advantage of the largest indoor pool complex on the East End. Classes are 8-9am Tuesdays and Thursdays. A trial Health and Fitness Pass is available for $45, which entitles you to five classes. YMCA East Hampton RECenter, 2 Gingerbread Lane, East Hampton. 631-329-6884. ymcali.org.

3 wednesday
Belly Dancing.
Get a full body workout while learning a centuries-old dance tradition. 6pm. $15. Long Island Center for Yoga, 107 E. Main St., Babylon. 631-893-5445. longislandyoga.com.
10 wednesday
Thyroid Disorders.
Lawrence E. Shapiro, M.D. discusses symptoms and treatment at this Community Wellness Education Program by Winthrop University Hospital. 1:45-3:15pm. Blood pressure checks and refreshments are provided from 1:15-1:45pm. Free; registration required (call no more than four weeks in advance). Mineola Community Center, 155 Washington Ave., Mineola. 516-663-3916.
11 thursday
Get Organized.
Reduce stress by learning how to manage the paper trail in your home. Professional organizer, Donna Jaroslawski shares tips on creating your own system. 10:30am-noon. $15. Liberty Organizing Gathering Place, Hicksville. Call for directions. 516-635-2007. Libertyorganizing.com.

Green Seminars.
Get help in quitting smoking or losing weight. Sessions combine hypnotic conditioning and standard behavior modification techniques. 7-9pm. $60; registration required (call 800-342-1303 for reservations). John T. Mather Memorial Hospital, Conference Rooms 1 & 2, 75 North Country Road, Port Jefferson. 631-473-1320..matherhospital.com. thegreenseminar.com.

Hockey Clinic.
Men and women are welcome to join this ongoing clinic. Power skating, hockey drills with puck movement and mini-scrimmages. Full equipment required. 9-10:30pm each week. $30 per night or $170 for six weeks. Newbridge Arena, 2600 Newbridge Road, Bellmore. 516-783-6181. newbridgearena.com.
18 thursday
Five Secrets to Permanent Weight Loss.
Learn why diets don't work and how you can regain energy and vitality in this free lecture. Reservations required. 7-8pm. Wild by Nature Market, 260 W. Montauk Hwy., Hampton Bays. 631-723-3071.
20 saturday
Tai Chi
Sifu Michael Pekor of Tai Chi of Long Island conducts classes 9-11am each week. Also, 7-9pm Wednesdays. 1752 Harton Ave., East Meadow (downstairs at St. Francis Church). 516-205-2350 or 516-542-5921.taichili.com.
24 wednesday
Guided Meditation.
Weekly classes suitable for beginners provide a basic introduction to Buddhist teachings and meditation. 12:30-1pm each week. Also on Thursdays and Fridays. Free. Dipamkara Meditation Center, 282 New York Ave., Huntington. 631-692-9594.meditationonlongisland.org.
27 saturday
Cooking Demonstration.
Sweet treats are part of life, and you can't live well without an indulgence now and then. Join pastry chef Brian Fishman, owner of Sweet Karma Bakery in East Meadow, as he shares his expertise with “Cakes and Cupcakes: How to Make 'em and How to Decorate 'em.” Part of the Third Annual Winterfest at Hicks Nurseries. Free. 11am-noon. 100 Jericho Tpke., Westbury. 516-334-0066. hicksnurseries.com.
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