Sunday December 24 Small world: A better alternative to the usual choir-laden, bell-ringing Christmas service can be found at the delightfully downsized Christmas Eve Candlelighting Service at First Divine Science Church. Local musicians Linda Maich and Michael Stanwood will be joined by the musical group Aurora, candles will be lighted, and you'll all smile at one another and go home to your trees and family circles. The service will be held only at 7:30 at 1400 Williams St.; for information call 322-7738.

Monday December 25 Eat, drink and be merry: Anyone who's hungry can have a feast today--with all the holiday fixings. More than one Christmas Day Meal, dispensed and prepared by volunteers using donated food, will be hosted in the downtown Denver area. The Denver Salvation Army annually serves as many as a thousand homeless and needy people at Currigan Hall, 1324 Champa St., where diners sit down to a hearty turkey and pumpkin-pie dinner between noon and 1 p.m. Though volunteer servers are usually lined up by this time, donations are always handy; call the Salvation Army, 861-4833, for general information. The Volunteers of America will dish out meals at two locations--from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Champion Brewing Company, 1442 Larimer Square, where guests will also be treated to Christmas carols, and beginning at noon at Sunset Park, 1865 Larimer St. Families and individuals needing free transportation can call Metro Taxi, 333-3333; those requiring home-delivered meals can put in a request by calling 294-0111. Just want to help? Call 297-0408.

Tuesday December 26 Soul man: First, funny man Jim Carrey went totally evil as Batman's Joker. Now Jerry Lewis--the original nutty professor and rubber-faced icon to French people everywhere--plays the Devil. Where will it end? And are there any "ni-ice la-adies" in hell? The irrepressible Lewis, who surfaced last year on Broadway to enthusiastic notices in a refurbished version of Damn Yankees, joins the touring cast in a reprise of his role as "Mr. Applegate" (aka Lucifer) for a sojourn at the Buell Theatre, 14th and Curtis in the Plex. The run opens tonight with an 8 o'clock performance; shows are scheduled daily through January 7. For tickets, $15 to $49, or reservations, call 893-4100 or 830-

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