Cosmopolitan Review

Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 12/14/2011, 5:57 p.m.

The Harlem Opera Theatre will host a Holiday Community Sing at the Studio Museum of Harlem on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 3 p.m. Performances promise to be spectacular and will most definitely get you in the mood.

Already in the mood was Cyril Poindexter and friends, who celebrated his birthday with holiday cheer. Happy birthday as well to David Hurd Sr., who celebrated his 90th birthday.

Marcus Samuelsson not only cooks-did you know that he is a UNICEF Ambassador? Well he is, and in that capacity he was the keynote speaker at Foundation Rwanda's inaugural "Color Rwanda with Hope" benefit and art exhibition held at Sun West Studios.

There are approximately 20,000 children who were born of rape during Rwanda's most turbulent years. Most of these children are now turning 16, and while the country provides free primary school education, it costs approximately $350 for each child to attend secondary school. Foundation Rwanda provides a myriad of services for the children and their mothers, who still suffer the trauma and nightmares of what genocide and war have done to them. Count your blessings.

Helping children on this side of the globe is the New York Botanical Garden, which hosted its annual Winter Wonderland Ball. Proceeds from the ball support the New York Botanical Garden's world-renowned children's education program. Blossoming from this endeavor is the most engaging Everett Children's Adventure Garden, a 12-acre indoor/outdoor facility featuring themed galleries, interactive exhibits and a changing seasonal landscape that provides a living and dynamic setting for children to explore plant science up close.

In attendance were Arielle Patrick and Eric Taylor, so if you know either of them, call them and let them tell you what a wonderful evening it was.

Also quite wonderful was Edith Matthews, who rocked the house with her annual Christmas party, to which people are now clamoring for invitations. The food, all prepared by Edith's two little hands, was delicious and tastefully set up, allowing guests to circle around the table, helping themselves and keeping it moving. While Valerie Dargan wasn't there and we missed her terribly, everyone else was. There was holiday singing, gifts for the men and women and plenty of good cheer.

Until next week...kisses.