To raise money for HIV research, the Community Research Initiative on AIDS (CRIA) has come up with an ingenious sale (which is also a find for contemporary-art lovers). Artists Kiki Smith, Donald Baechler, Pat Steir, Sandro Chia, George Condo, and others will be offering a series of original signed works on paper for $300 each. Claes Oldenburg will also donate a series of small drawings that will be sold via silent auction. Unframed VI, Charles Cowles Gallery, 420 West Broadway (924-3934); Sat. 10-4; 3/14.
Doctors of the World – a group that sends volunteer physicians and nurses all over the globe – has a fun catalogue of items to benefit the group’s humanitarian efforts. Its merchandise is going on sale: For example, black nylon tote, was $49, now $41.65; umbrella, was $59, now $50.15. Call 888-377-6363; 3/9-4/15.
The Little Orchestra Society helps to foster kids’ interest in classical music. Now, first-time ticket-buyers for their concert for 6- to 12-year-olds – “Fanny & Felix: The Mendelssohn Kids,” featuring two 13-year-old musicians, at Avery Fisher Hall – get a special price. Twenty-five-dollar tickets, now $15; $20 tickets, now $10; $15 tickets, now $8. The Little Orchestra Society, Lincoln Center; call 704-2100 to order tickets; A.E., M.C., V.; Sat. 11 and 1; 3/14.
The Tortoise and the Hair
For snappy little hair accessories at affordable prices, check out Medusa’s Heirlooms’ moving sale. Barrettes in Swarovski crystal that sell at upscale department stores, retail $20-$160, here $6-$30; a line of faux-tortoise accessories (picture frame, retail $30-$50, here $9-$15). Medusa’s Heirlooms, 385 Fifth Ave., at 36th St., Suite 501 (683-6711); A.E., M.C., V.; Mon.-Fri. 10-5; 3/9-3/13.
A Personal Tune-Up
For a jump-start on spring-cleaning your body, Faina salon is focusing on services that rejuvenate the face, body, scalp, and feet. One-hour face-and-body-renewal treatment, was $80, now $65; three-hour revitalizing treatment, was $145, now $105; all other salon services will be 15 percent off. Faina European Skin Care Center, 157 W. 57th St. (245-6557); A.E., M.C., V.; Mon.-Fri. 10-8, Sat. 9-5; 3/9-4/11.
On the Road Again
One of our favorite furniture road shows (composed of merchandise from the showrooms of the D&D Building and the New York Design Center) is having another sale. Furniture and accessories from Lewis Mittman, Rosecore Carpet, Donghia, Pratesi Accessories, Circa David Barrett are all priced at wholesale and below. The Woman’s Club of White Plains, 305 Ridgeway, White Plains (call 753-7920 for directions); A.E., M.C., V.; Thurs. 2-8, Fri.- Sat. 10-8, Sun. 10-5; 3/12-3/15.
One Price for All
The women’s-shoes wholesaler David Elliot is putting every pair on sale for $37 (retail, $79-$190). Designers include Liz Claiborne, Anne Klein, Enzo, Vera Cruz, Nine West, Charles Jourdan, and Via Spiga. Flats and heels are available, in sizes 5 1/2M to 10M. David Elliott, 7 W. 44th St., fourth floor (764-0565); M.C., V.; Mon.- Fri. 11-7, Sat. 11-5; 3/9-3/21.
A Dog’s Best Friends
to guarantee your pooch’s or cat’s safety, order a free tag from Pet Assistance. The tags read if i am lost or injured, please call 914-948-pets. Even if you can’t be reached, Pet Assistance will arrange for the pet to be taken care of until you’re found. Donations accepted. To receive a tag, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Pet Assistance, P.O. Box 304, White Plains, N.Y. 10602.