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Maybe CHRISTMAS HE THOUGHT doesn’t come from a store

MAYBE CHRISTMAS **** P E R H A P S ****

means a little bit more! MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY, HEALTHY, PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR TO ALL OF OUR NEIGHBORS


Christmas Cookie Exchange! Wednesday, December 6 01 1:30 - 3 p.m. Get in the holiday spirit at Casa San Carlo's cookie exchange. Come anytime between 1:30-3 p.m. to see our culinary team in action as they prepare your holiday favorites and take home a box of fresh baked holiday cookies! Please bring in a copy of your favorite cookie recipe, we are always looking for need to be present to win.

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tina valentino What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. —Agnes M. Pharo

Everything changes when kids start to question Santa Claus. I remember recognizing my grandfather’s shoes and even the smell of his aftershave. I was surprised but not all that sad, as I remember. As a much-loved only grandchild and niece, every day was Christmas as far as they were concerned. My aunt took great pride in making sure that all my holiday clothes and presents, from the day I was born until the day she died, were the best— from Bonwit Teller, Saks, Field’s. My grandparents made sure every day was a special occasion. I’m quite confident that I was the only one who walked home from grade school for lunch to find a hot lamb chop and chicken noodle soup waiting for me on a TV tray set up in front of the Bozo Show. It’s no wonder I was devastated when the school decided everyone had to eat in the classroom. We played Yahtzee and Pokeno for hours and ate ice cream on sleepovers; we went fishing, golfing and for long rides to see houses lit up all over the suburbs. And my mom filled in all the blanks—cooking, cleaning, decorating our old white flocked tree, making our little apartment the best home and managing to fill my wish list even though I’m not sure how she did it. Looking back, which I do alot, it’s always the simple things that stand out. It’s not the closet that was once full of my preppy Polo and Izod and J.Crew must-haves—it’s the wax paper-lined tins of crescent cookies, nut cups, peanut butter bars and chocolate chips my grandmother stacked up in the “spare room”; the perfect matching bows my aunt would make for each perfectly-wrapped present; Midnight masses; and the steamed up windows and the smell of the calamari gravy that I never learned to make. It was never about the things or the money. It was always about giving from the heart. Bob Hope said once, “When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things—not the great occasions—give off the greatest glow of happiness.” How true is that? Then again, if you have a spare $1.6 million, Neiman Marcus will gladly arrange for a pretty spectacular occasion: 150 luxury rooms for your closest friends to spend New Year’s Eve overlooking Times Square. For as little as $300,000, you can explore an emerald mine in Zambia; or for a mere $40,000, you’ll get six designer purses and a trip to Paris. At this point in my life, none of that has any appeal for me. You can’t put a price tag on the talking Christmas frame my godchild made for me when she was just a little girl, the red and green bells my grandmother crocheted in the months before she passed away or even the one very special gift I received just last week. After learning that one of my dearest friends and mentors from Rosary College (Dominican University) had been given an unpromising prognosis, one very accommodating Sister at Sinsinawa Mound in Wisconsin made a little miracle happen: Facetime. Sr. Clemente and I reminisced about all the years I would haul a real Frazier fir Christmas tree up to the second-floor chapel to adorn the baby in the manger and how absolutely thrilling it was for her to see the pictures of us together on my office wall via Facetime. What a gift that was. Now when I think of Christmas, I think of simple shepherds not wisemen; the drummer boy; the Dutch girl in A Miracle on 34th Street; of no room in the inn for Mary and Joseph traveling on a donkey; of a silent, holy night and not an elaborate gift-giving extravaganza. Wishing all of you a simple, peaceful, kind and unselfish Christmas and coming new year. Neighbors • 3


tm everybody has one. NEW drop sites added! Pick up your Neighborstm BELLWOOD � NEW! Save-A-Lot Food Store (25th Ave.) � Bellwood Public Library � West Suburban Senior Services � Mickey’s Drive-In � Gioacchino’s Ristorante � Bellwood Village Hall � Currency Exchange on Mannheim � Center at Stevenson Park BERKELEY � Republic Bank � JK Restaurant � Berkeley Village Hall � Berkeley Library � Berkeley Finer Foods BROADVIEW � Lucky Dog on Cermak � Dunkin Donuts on Roosevelt ELMHURST � Silverado Grill � Lezza Spumoni & Desserts � Zanzi’s Italian Deli � Elmhurst Metra Station ELMWOOD PARK � Gambino’s Fresh Market � Elmwood Park Village Hall � Elmwood Park Public Library � Elmwood Park Recreation Center FOREST PARK � Brown Cow Ice Cream Parlor � Famous Liquors on Madison � Ed’s Foods � Forest Park Library � Forest Park Community Center � Starship Restaurant FRANKLIN PARK � NEW! Lulu Belle’s Pancake House � The Underpass Restaurant & Lounge � Shelby’s Gaming Cafe � Romano’s on Grand Avenue � Al and Joe’s Deli � American Legion Post #974 � Smart Wash Laundromat � Franklin Park Public Library � Park District of Franklin Park � Franklin Park Village Hall � Leyden Township & Community Center HILLSIDE � Home Run Inn Pizza � Eisenhower Park � Hillside Village Hall � Russo’s Chapels � Holiday Inn Express & Suites � Q’s Restaurant & Pizza � Hillside Public Library MAYWOOD � Poor Boy, 1st & Roosevelt � Maywood Village Hall � Maywood Public Library MELROSE PARK � NEW! ACES Gaming on Broadway � NEW! Village Jewelry & Loan on North Avenue � Lucky Dog on Lake Street � Melrose Park Public Library

MORE MELROSE PARK � NEW! Dunk Donuts on Lake Street � All Kids Dental & Orthodontics � Sacred Heart Church and School � Harlo Grill at 24th and North Avenue � Café 23, 23rd and Lake Street � Veterans Park District Leoni Complex � 7-11 on Broadway � Stella’s Place/Shelby’s, Melrose Crossing � PNC Bank, Winston Plaza � Scudiero’s Bakery � Melrose Park Village Hall/Senior Center � Pan American Bank � Monkey Island on Armitage � Westlake Community Hospital � Melrose Currency on Broadway � Caputo Cheese Market � St. Paul Lutheran Church NORTHLAKE � Shelby’s Gaming Cafe � Howard H. Rohde Legion Post � Grant Park Recreation Center � Northlake Public Library � Villa Scalabrini and Casa San Carlo NORTH RIVERSIDE � North Riverside Village Commons � North Riverside Public Library OAK PARK � Community Bank Oak Park/River Forest � Prairie Bread Kitchen � Rush Oak Park Hospital � Oak Park Public Library RIVER FOREST � River Forest Community Center � River Forest Chocolates � Trailside Museum � TCF Bank in River Forest � Whole Foods � River Forest Library RIVER GROVE � Quasthoff’s Florist � Catie’s Gaming Parlor � Triton College � Rich’s Fresh Market � Dunkin’ Donuts on River Road � Dunkin’ Donuts on Belmont � Bargains in a Box � Blondie’s Diner � St. Cyprian Church & School � River Grove Public Library � River Grove Village Hall � River Park Moose Lodge SCHILLER PARK � Al & Andy’s Restaurant � Marathon Station, 25th & Irving � Jay’s Beef � Gambino’s Fresh Market, 25th Avenue STONE PARK � Shwings Shrimp & Hot Wings WESTCHESTER � Stella’s Place on Roosevelt � State Rep. Welch District Office � Le Petite Cafe on Mannheim � Westchester Village Hall

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The Neighbors Magazine circulation area is full of worthwhile schools, organizations, clubs and non-profits that would appreciate your help at the holidays and throughout the year. See pages 6 and 8 for just a few ideas or call the office at 708-343-0205 and we’ll gladly help point you in the right direction!


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GIVING

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Looking for ways to spread some holiday cheer?

BERKELEY GIVING TREE The Village of Berkeley Giving Tree aims to bring smiles to others during the holidays. Once again this year, the Village of Berkeley has partnered with the Berkeley Public Library and Republic Bank to sponsor the Giving Tree to bring cheer to families in need within Berkeley School District #87. Currently, raffle tickets are being sold until December 8 with all proceeds going toward the Giving Tree. Raffle tickets are $1 each or 5 for $5 and can be purchased at the Berkeley Village Hall, Library or Republic Bank during regular hours. Prizes include a first prize of a 55” TV, second prize is a tablet and 3rd prize is a double chair with cooler and umbrella.

The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program is to collect new, unwrapped toys each year and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. Through this message of hope to these less fortunate youngsters, the goal is to assist them in becoming responsible, productive and patriotic citizens through the joy of Christmas. Deadline for donations varies; contact these official drop sites for more information or visit www.toysfortots.org. U-Stor-It Self Storage, 4501 W. North Avenue in Melrose Park. Deadline is December 16. Call Blake at 315-2566 for details. Wireless Central West, 75 W. North Avenue, Suite 600 in Northlake. Deadline is December 13. Call 409-0700. Grace Lutheran Church, 1101 Manchester in Westchester. Deadline is December 20. Contact person is Lynn Peters, 345-1375. CubeSmart Self Storage, 2801 Harrison Street, Bellwood. Deadline is December 13. Contact person is Tatianna January, 544-7100. Firehouse Subs Stone Park, 3124 W. North Avenue (across from Menard’s). Contact Sam Stanovich at 708-397-5244. Centuries and Sleuths Bookstore, 7419 W. Madison in Forest Park. Deadline is December 16. Contact person is Augie Aleksy at 771-7412.

Mutts’ Holiday Party and Adoption Event

Don’t miss the Holiday Party and Adoption Event on Saturday, December 16 at Elmhurst Animal Care Center, 850 S. Riverside Drive in Elmhurst. All proceeds from the day benefit Hillside-based Magnificent Mutts & Meows Rescue. From 9 am to 1 pm, there will be an opportunity to take photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus; from 10 am until 2 pm, pets looking for their forever home will be available for adoption. Throughout the day there will be vendors, a bake sale, refreshments and much more. Area residents can also support Magnificent Mutts in a variety of ways: through Wooftrax Walk for a Dog, ResQwalk for Animals, by becoming a member, volunteering or donating items on the wish list which include puppy pads, Natural Balance Cat/Kitten or Dog/Puppy food, canned cat/dog food, Nylabones, paper towels, Clorox wipes, kitty litter, stuffed toys and other items such as a dog or cat bed. For all the details, visit the website at www.magnificentmutts.org or follow the non-profit on Facebook. Neighbors • 6


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Help Hines VA help veterans

The Voluntary Service Office at the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital located at 5000 S. Fifth Avenue accepts items throughout the year to support the thousands of veterans who are patients and outpatients at the facility. The Comfort Needs List can be downloaded from www.hines.va.gov/giving. Individual/travel sizes of toiletry items are preferred. Currently, items needed include: combs, puzzle game books, deodorant, disposable razors, hand and body lotion, new undershirts (all sizes), new underwear (all sizes), playing cards, shampoo, shaving cream, new winter gloves and winter hats. Items can be dropped off at Voluntary Service, Building 9, Monday-Friday, 7 am to 3 pm. Call the Voluntary Service staff at 708-202-2523 for more info.

GIVING

a time for

Looking for ways to spread some holiday cheer?

Sweet Gift-Giving from Misericordia

This holiday season, enjoy and share delicious sweet gifts baked and packaged by adults with disabilities at Misericordia’s Hearts & Flour Bakery that are truly gifts made with love! Staff, family and friends will love these goodies baked and packaged by adults with disabilities at Misericordia’s Hearts and Flour Bakery. Baked goods will arrive fresh at the recipient’s doorstep anywhere in the United States. The easiest way to order 24/7 and see the full selection of items that are available is to visit the website at www.misericordia.com and please reference MFA Ester #6138A on your orders. Of course, anyone can call 773-273-2038 M-F to place an order.

Hephzibah Home Children’s Wish List

Hephzibah Home in Oak Park is currently gathering gifts for the children living in its group home and foster homes as well as kids receiving family services and those in the Head Start Program. Donations are still needed and must be delivered to 946 North Boulevard in Oak Park by December 16. Some wishes include: remote control cars, trucks and animals, Fur Real Friends, Air Hogs Remote Helicopters, Zoomer Zuppies animals, kid walkie talkies, Lego kits for boys and girls, AA and AAA batteries, Minecraft toys and action figures, Disney Pixar Cars 3 talking vehicles, Shopkins sets, Klutz craft kids, Bop-it game, Magnatiles and more. Also, Hephzibah has an ongoing wish list of necessities that includes soaps, hair products, etc. For more information on how you can help, send an email to dpoe@hephzibahhome.org for guidelines and more details. On December 6, join Hephzibah’s annual Bring-A-Gift Party at Healy’s Westside, 7321 Madison in Forest Park starting at 6 pm. Donate a gift for a child of any age; gift cards and cash are welcome. This event is for adults only.

Food Drives, Toy Drives, Food Pantries

Veterans Park District invites local residents and businesses to bring nutritious, nonperishable canned or packaged food items (no glass, please) to Grant Park, 44 W. Golfview Drive in Northlake or the George Leoni Complex, 800 N. 17th Avenue in Melrose Park through December 12. New toys/games can also be dropped at these locations through December 12. Sacred Heart School, 815 N. 16th Avenue in Melrose Park, is collecting canned food and unwrapped toys for Ronald McDonald House in December. For more details about how you can participate, call the school at 681-0240. Several local municipalities, including the Village of River Grove and the Village of Forest Park, have food pantries and gladly accept donations throughout the year. The Village of North Riverside also has collection boxes for various items through the holiday season (442-5515). Contact your Village Hall by phone or through their website for more details.

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Brookfield Zoo/Holiday Magic Visit Chicagoland’s longest-running and largest lights festival with over one million twinkling LED lights at Brookfield Zoo, Saturdays and Sundays, December 2-3, 9-10, 16-17 and Tuesday-Sunday, 26-31. Don’t miss the 41-foot talking tree, train display, carolers, ice carvers plus there will be Singing to the Animals and special Zoo Chats. Restaurants, food stands and gift shops will be open. While the Zoo is open from 10 am to 9 pm, festivities begin at 4 pm. Maywood/Park District brings “Books to Life”

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The Maywood Park District invites community residents to experience the first in its “Bringing Books to LIfe” series as it unveils this year’s theme “Rejected Princesses” by author Jason Porath. Proviso Math and Science Academy (PMSA) high school art students are the creators of the artwork for this special event set for Monday, December 4 at 4 pm at Burton Park, 1616 Washington in Maywood. An area of Burton Park has now been dedicated “Storybook Park,” which will continue to feature art exhibits from Districts 89, 209, PAEC and other organizations throughout the year. The book tells the tales of 100 of history’s boldest heroines, hellions and heretics. Dawn Rone, Maywood Park District President, Kathleen Maltese, Visual Arts Instructor at PMSA and Park District Executive Director Lonette Hall, all instrumental in bringing this project to fruition, invite everyone to celebrate the season and applaud these ambitious and talented students. See page 27.

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Maywood/Library’s 4th Annual Sing-Along On Saturday, December 9, 6:30 to 9 pm, Maywood Public Library District will hold its 4th annual Christmas Holiday SingAlong event, which is free to the public. There will be live music, free food and giveaways, a Chicago Bulls ticket raffle drawing, and split-the-pot drawing. Raffle tickets are currently on sale at the Library’s Lending Services Department and can be purchased during Library hours. The Library is located at 121 S. 5th Avenue in Maywood; call 343-1847 for information.

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Visit with the U.S. Marines when they pick up the new toys on Dec. 6 from Noon to 2 pm!

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Melrose Park/St. Paul Lutheran Rummage Sale St. Paul Lutheran Church will hold a Vendor, Craft & Rummage Sale on Saturday, December 9 from 10 am to 4 pm at the Church, 1025 W. Lake Street in Melrose Park. Check out the various vendors, home-baked goods and attic treasures; shoppers can also enjoy lunch and singing some Christmas carols, too. Contact Darlene at 708-506-5515 or the church office at 343-1000 for availability. Melrose Park/Evening of Recollection On Thursday, Dec. 7, Fr. Dan Brandt, Chicago Police Department Chaplain will celebrate Mass at 6 pm with dinner and a reflection to follow. Tickets are $15. Call 344-4140 for tickets. Oak Park/Home for the Holidays The annual Home for the Holidays festival in Downtown Oak Park offers everyone the opportunity to catch the oldfashioned holiday spirit and enjoy the season. Take a horsedrawn sleigh ride through the glistening tree-lined streets (boarding outside Sugarcup Trading), pose for pictures with Santa (roaming Marion Street) and sip hot cocoa (in the hospitality tent). Don’t miss everyone’s holiday favorite movie— A Miracle on 34th Street—at Classic Cinemas’ Lake Theatre. All events are free. The movie begins at 10 am and other festivities will be held between 11 am and 3 pm. Oak Park/Back to Bach Concert The Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest will present an all-Bach program on Sunday, December 10 at 4 pm at Concordia University’s Chapel of Our Lord, 7400 W. Augusta Street in River Forest. The concert will feature Chicago Symphony Orchestra bassoonist Dennis Michael, John Gerson on violin, Laurel Tempas on flute and David Leehey on harpsichord. The concert is dedicated to the late Concertmaster Emeritus Donald Schmalz. A free pre-concert conversation begins at 3 pm and a reception will follow the concert. Tickets are $28; students through college are admitted free of charge. For info, visit www.SymphonyOPRF.com or call 708-218-2648. Oak Park/Fire & Ice Holiday Flower Show Through Sunday, January 7, 2018, holiday plants will be front and center at the Garfield Park Conservatory’s Holiday Flower Show. The regular gardens, boasting everything from tropical palms to lush ferns, remains open for visitors. The Conservatory is located at 615 Garfield in Oak Park.

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activities authors • answers Holiday Card Making. Thursday, Dec. 7, 7 to 8:30 pm and Tuesday, Dec. 12, 7 to 8:30 pm for adults. EP Play Group. Friday, Dec. 8, 9:30 to 11:30 am for ages 0-5 with a caregiver. Pop-Up Book Sale. Friday, Dec. 8, 3 to 6 pm; Saturday, Dec. 9, 11 am to 1 pm. Enjoy cookies, coffee and hot cocoa while you shop at the mini-sale featuring paperbacks, kids’ books, graphic novels and holiday specials. All proceeds go to Friends of the Library. Homebrewing Club: Brew Day. Saturday, Dec. 9, 10 am to 1 pm. Adults only, registration required. Learn basic beer brewing techniques. Christmas Show. Sunday, Dec. 10, 2 to 3:15 pm for all ages, registration required. Songs, stories and special guest. Floor Yoga. Monday, Dec. 18, 1 to 2 pm. Adults; must register. FRANKLIN PARK PUBLIC LIBRARY Located at 10311 Grand Avenue in Franklin Park; call the Library at 847455-6016; online at www.fppld.org. Holiday Centerpiece Craft. For adults only. Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2 to 3:30 pm or Wednesday, Dec. 6, 6 to 7:30 pm. Full STEAM Ahead. Science, technology, engineering, art and math on Thursdays, Dec. 7 and 21, 4 to 5 pm. Grades 1-3. Friday Flicks. This month’s movie is The Glass Castle (PG-13). Friday, Dec. 8, 2 to 4:10 pm.

Friday Family Flicks. This month’s movie is Aladdin. Friday, Dec. 8, 6 to 7:30 pm. Knit and Crochet Group. New members, all skill levels always welcome. Saturday, Dec. 9, 1 to 3 pm. Family Bingo. Wednesday, Dec. 27, 3 to 4 pm. “You Pick” Flicks. For kids of all ages. Friday, Dec. 28, 11 am to 1 pm. Family Dance Party. Bring the family for this fun, interactive program on Friday, Dec. 29, 4 to 5 pm. MELROSE PARK PUBLIC LIBRARY 801 Broadway. Call 343-3391 or visit the website at www.mpplibrary.org. Kids Care. Mondays, Dec. 4 and 18, 4 to 6 pm. Join this project to transform old grocery bags into sleeping mats for those in need. No need to register. Ages 8+. LEGO Club. Tuesday, Dec. 12, 4 to 5 pm. Library will supply the LEGOs, you just have to bring your imagination. Ages 5-12. ABC Adventures. Thursdays, Dec. 7, 14, 21 and 28, 10 to 11 am for ages 1-5. Interactive playtime with stories, music and puzzles. Master Makers. Tuesday, Dec. 19, 4 to 5 pm. Build some amazing structures with unusual materials. For ages 8-12. Wacky Wednesday. Wednesday, Dec. 27, 4 to 5 pm. Read, learn and play in crazy, unpredictable ways. Neighbors • 16

Different activities each month. Ages 7-12. Holiday Open House. Stop in on Saturday, Dec. 9, 11 am to 12:30 pm for treats to eat and drink, music and surprise visitor. All ages are welcome. NORTHLAKE PUBLIC LIBRARY 236 N. Wolf Road. Call 562-2301 or visit www.northlakelibrary.org. One-on-One Computer Classes. One-hour classes, day, night and weekend hours available for basic and intermediate classes. Call 562-2301 to schedule. Cookbook Book Club. Claim your recipe at the reference desk then get together to share and enjoy. Thursday, Dec. 14, 7 to 8 pm. Senior DIY Candy Cane Wreaths. Friday, Dec. 15, 2 to 3 pm. Teens: Finals Study Zone. A quiet place to study; drinks and snacks available. Dec. 18-21, 3 to 6 pm. Holiday Craft. For ages 8 and up on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2 to 3:30 pm. Holiday Bingo. Picture bingo for all ages on Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2 to 2:45 pm. Drop-in program. Bingo for ages 7 and up is from 3 to 4 pm. Kiddie Countdown: A Family New Year’s Eve Celebration. Celebrate as a family with music, dancing and treats on Saturday, Dec. 30 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm.


Buy A Brick And Help Support Memorial Park District! memorial park Memorialize a departed loved one or cherished pet. Honor a veteran or member of the military. Thank a First Responder. Immortalize your family’s commitment to quality parks and recreation services. These are just a few of the suggestions for participating in Memorial Park District’s Buy-A-Brick program. We’ve launched this campaign to fund state-of-the-art field lighting and the construction of sports courts at our Eisenhower Campus. Choose your location: Military and First Responders Memorial at the Gazebo in Stevenson Park, Bellwood or Memory “Ribbon” Walk along the winding paths at the Eisenhower Campus. For questions please contact Mark Flores at mflores@mempark.org or to order on line go to Polarengraving.com/MemorialParkDistrict

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NORTH RIVERSIDE LIBRARY Located at 2400 DesPlaines Avenue; register by calling 447-0869 or online at www.northriversidelibrary.org. Messy Mornings. For ages 2 and up with adult. Tuesdays, Dec. 5, 12, 19 and 26, 10:30 am. Preschool Programs. Ask about Lapsit Storytime on Dec. 7, 14, 21 and 28; Pajama Storytime on Dec. 12 and Stuffed Animal Sleepover on Dec. 21. LEGOs Mega-Build Challenge. For 1st grade and older. Friday, Dec. 8, 3:45 to 4:45 pm. Do not bring LEGOs. Frosty’s Winter Wonderland. Dave Herzog’s Marionettes plus a visit from Santa are on the agenda for Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 6:30 pm. All ages welcome. RBHS Finals Survival Kits. Available all day at the YS Help Desk to North Riverside high school students with ID. Monday, Dec. 18 through Wednesday, Dec. 20. Wii Play Games and Watch Movies. Movies, video games, iPads, pizza and snacks. Saturday, Dec. 16 from 1 to 3 pm. RIVER FOREST PUBLIC LIBRARY 735 Lathrop Avenue; 366-5205, or visit www.riverforestlibrary.org. Coffee Monday. For adults. Enjoy coffee, breakfast snacks and conversation. Dec. 4 from 10 to 11 am. Special guest: Dorothy Houlihan.

Connect with Tech. Are you a local senior who wants to get more out of your smartphone, eReader, tablet or computer? Bring your questions. No need to sign up. Upcoming sessions are: Dec. 6 and 13, 10 to 11:30 am. Stories with Santa. Saturday, Dec. 9, 10 am to 3 pm for 0-8 years. Santa will be at RFPL for stories, crafts, photos by the fireplace. Drop-in, free, fun, family program for all (ages 8 and under must be with a parent/caregiver). Christmas at Marshall Field’s. For many Chicagoans, no Christmas season was complete without a visit to Marshall Field’s, including the Walnut Room Christmas tree, window displays and more. Enjoy this fun, fascinating program on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2 to 3:30 pm. Interactive Movie: Home Alone. Don’t miss the opportunity to snack, prank and shout along with this movie on Friday, Dec. 15, 6 to 8 pm for grades 5-10. Registration required. Family Gingerbread House Party. Families work together to make a gingerbread house. Library provides one kit with candy supplies per family. Adult caregiver is required to assist children. Advanced registration required. Ages 3-10 with parent/caregiver. Sunday, Dec. 17, 2 to 3 pm or 3 to 4 pm. Gingerbread Houses. For grades 5-8, make a gingerbread house that is great to look at and tasty, too. All materials provided. Advanced registration required. Friday, Dec. 22, 2:45 to 4 pm. Neighbors • 18

RIVER GROVE PUBLIC LIBRARY Located at 8638 W. Grand Avenue in River Grove; phone: 453-4484. Website: www.rivergrovelibrary.org. Open Gaming. Wednesdays, Dec. 6 and 13 from 3:30 to 7 pm for ages 9-17. No registration required. Family Adult Coloring Night. Wednesday, Dec. 6, 6 to 7 pm. Color for fun and relaxation with pencils, crayons, etc. Library supplies materials for all ages. No registration required. Visit with Santa. Saturday, Dec. 9, 11 am to 2 pm. A great event for all ages. Gingerbread House. Wednesdays, Dec. 13 and 16, 5 to 7 pm, create a graham cracker gingerbread house. Reserve your spot and use library supplies for your creation. This is a family event; one house per family. Contact Mrs. Tucker at 453-4484 or send an email to youth@rivergrovepubliclibrary.org to make a reservation. Make Your Own Gift. Create a gift for someone you care above and hang out with your friends. For ages 9-17 on Thursday, Dec. 14 from 4:30 to 5:30 pm. Movie Night. Watch the classic movie Beauty and the Beast on Monday, Dec. 18 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. For all ages. No registration required. Holiday Magic Show. Wednesday, Dec. 20, 6 to 7 pm. An evening of magic performed by magician and balloon artist Magic Matt. For ages 2-8. Registration is required.


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Stone Park/CuccidatiFest at Casa Italia The Chicagoland Italian-American Professionals will present the second annual CuccidatiFest (La Festa Dei Cuccidati) at the Casa Italia Chandelier Room, 3800 Division in Stone Park on Sunday, December 10 from 1:30 to 4:30 pm. The event will present awards for homemade cuccidati, local bakery-made and the best from the internet. There will also be a baking demonstration of this traditional Sicilian fig cookie, as well as a discussion of its history and origins. The event is intended to recognize individuals who have preserved the tradition. Tickets are $20 and will include refreshments and cuccidati tastings from contest entrants. In addition, platters will be available for purchase. For more info, call the Cuccidati Hotline at 630-849-6005 or www.chicagolandItalians.com.

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What started nearly a decade ago in Ramon Guerrero’s garage has grown from a small family business to eight extremely popular restaurants in California, one in Texas, one opening soon in Las Vegas and one recently opened in Stone Park, Illinois. Culichi Town features an authentic Sinaloan-style menu (from Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico), including Mexican sushi and seafood as well as other traditional dishes such as tacos, and quesadilla. Located at 3600 W. North Avenue in Stone Park, hours are Mon-Thurs, 11-11, Fri-Sat, 11am1pm and Sun, 11-11. For more info, call 708-397-4603. Follow CulichiTown Chicago on Facebook.

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Notices CALIENDO, Louis, formerly of Melrose Park. Husband of Eve and the late Nona; father of Jeffrey and Lenore Caliendo; stepfather of Stephen, Vincent and the late Phil; grandfather of Miles (Sarah) Millicent and Louie; stepgrandfather to many; brother of Frank Caliendo; uncle of many nieces and nephews. Interment at Mount Emblem Cemetery. CANO, Desi. Husband of Leticia, nee Palacios; father, grandfather, son, brother and uncle. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. CLARK, Kerry Dewayne. Son of Johnnie (Motley) Byrd and the late Charlie Clark Jr.; brother of Linda (Joe) Clark, Kerron (Michael) MotleyHoover, Keran (William) Motley and Keryun (Quincy) Jackson; stepson of Julia (Hershel) Burnett; special friend of Carlyon Lewis. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. CUTRO, Joseph M. Sr. Husband of Bette, nee Parrish; father of Joseph (Trish) Cutro Jr., Michael Parrish, Tyler Cutro, Hali Cutro and Nicholas Cutro; grandfather of Aubrey, Arianna and Laila; brother of Dominic (Sue) Principe; uncle of many. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. DEL PERCIO, William. Father of Gina (Ron) DeAngelis, William J. (Kelley); Lisa (Vince) DelVescovo; grandfather of Samantha, Cassie, Gianna, Juline, Jenna and Vinnie; great-grandpa of Emma; brother of Darlene Del Percio Bowman, Robert (Bella), Joseph, Lou (Janet), Tony (Karen), Denise (Charlie) Feeney. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. DEL RIO, Francisco R. “Paco.” Husband of Irma, nee Cuevas; father of Fernando, Francisco “Fabian” and Erika; grandfather of David and Delilah; brother, uncle and friend of many. Interment private. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. DOOLEY, Margaret, nee Tucci. Wife of the late Raymond Dooley Sr.; mother of Patty (Bob) Evans, Diane (Alex) Piagnarelli, Peggy (Eddie) Lorenzetti, Nancy (Al) Medor, Barbie (Tony) Quattrochi and the late Raymond Dooley Jr.; grandmother of Brandon, Scott, Adam, Amanda, Lauren, Gianna, Eric and Donnie; great-grandmother of Siena, Raymond, Maddie, Miya, Lewie, Sofia, Isla, Emmett, Stella and Sammy; sister of eight; aunt and great-aunt of many. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. DORIO, Peter. Husband of Michelle, nee Palello; father of Stephanie (Thomas) Lowe and Samantha Duffy; papa of Hannah, Kayla and Liam; brother of Shirley (the late Tom) Pullia and the late Phyllis (the late William “Billy”) Pascente; uncle of many. Interment at Mount Carmel Cemetery. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. ENSALACO, Angeline C., nee Cane, 104. Wife of the late James; mother of the late Sam (Anna Marie); grandmother of James (Meg) Ensalaco and Gina (Victor) Gasbarre; great-grandmother of Jenna (fiance A.J. Goworowski) and Angela, Kathleen and Colin; sister of the late Sam (late Louise) Cane, Helen (Dominic) Raimondo, the late John Poulos and the late Frances Felengeri; aunt and great-aunt of many. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. GRANO, Pierina A. Sister of Rosetta, Joseph (Eileen) and Joanne Grano and Mariapia (James) Van Duern; aunt of Joe, John, Edimondo Grano, Frank, Christopher (Jordan) and Daniel (Michelle) Van Duern; great-aunt of Mathew and Emmeline Van Duern; cousin and friend of many. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside.

KANE, Frank “Jim.” Husband of Susan “Susie,” nee Reyes; father of Frank Jimmy Kane, Kathleen (Jim) Stillo and Kelly (Andreas) Therapos; grandfather of Dominic Kane, Skyla and Aiden Stillo, Mia, Noah and Niko Therapos; brother of the late Eileen Kane, the late Dorothy (the late George) Bates and the late Patricia (the late James) McEneany; brother-in-law, godfather, uncle and great-uncle to many. Interment at Mount Carmel Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. KIRCHHOFF, Robert W. Husband of the late Alice and the late Winnie; father of Janis Shannon, Wayde, the late Paul, the late Dawn Jelinek and the late Carl; grandfather and great-grandfather of many; brother of three. Memorial donations in Robert’s name to the American Cancer Society are appreciated. Interment at Oakridge Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. MARNELL, Clarice M., nee Marier. Wife of the late Leonard; mother of Vincent and Jacqueline (Marty) Obrecki; grandmother of Thomas, Gianna; stepgrandmother of Jessica and Madison; sister of the late David Marier; aunt of many. Interment at Mount Carmel Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. MEJERIS, Estelle, 88. Mother of Bruno Radz and Jane Fox; gradmother of Skylar Radz and Jared Hill; Longtime nurse at Cook County Hospital ER, Westlake and Gottlieb Hospitals. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. MIRANDA, Santos, 84. Companion of Estella Gonzalez; father of Luis (Ivonne), Mirna (Florentino), Santos (Megan), Laura, Edwin, Marisol (Dwayne) and Angel (Laura); brother of Oilfre, Gilberto and Olga and the late Juaquin and Rosa Maria; grandfather of 13; great-grandfather of 14; great-great-grandfather of 2; uncle of many. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. MURILLO, Rosa M. Mother of Martin Murillo, Maria Concepcion Murillo, Clara Murillo, Manuel Murillo, Rosalba Murillo and Leticia Murillo; grandmother and great-grandmother of many. Arrangements by Bormann Funeral Home, 1600 Chicago Avenue, Melrose Park. MONTGOMERY, Mable Louise. Mother of Zelma Montgomery; sister of Curtis (Beverly) Montgomery, Frank Montgomery, Barbara Montgomery, Emanuel Robinson and Joe Willie (Theresa) Montgomery; sister-in-law of Irma (the late James) Montgomery. Interment at Oakridge Cemetery. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. PERRY, Harold “007.” Husband of the late Mary, nee Roszyk; father of Greg (Jolene), Dave and Barb (Kent) Mueller; grandfather of Megan (Jamie) Landrum, Rocko Perry, Julie Mueller and the late Becca Mueller; uncle of many. Member of the American Legion Robert E. Coulter, Jr. Post No. 1941. Interment private. Arrangements by Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside. PALETTA STAGGS, Patricia M. of Melrose Park. Mother of six. For more information, visit www.gofundme.com/funeral-expensespatricia-staggs. � VALLI, Livio A. “Lee.” Veteran of the United States Army. Husband of Janet Ann, nee Pojman; father of Dina Valli (Angelina Mikrut), Livio A. “Tony” III (Colleen), Andrew H. (Mercedes Cardenas); papa of Jessica, Livio IV, Joseph, Francis, Valentino, Fontana and Amore; brother of the late William “Bill” (Dolores) and the late Rosemary (Robert) Warfield; brother-in-law, uncle, cousin and friend of many. Interment with military honors at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Memorial donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Foundation Fighting Blindness are appreciated. Arrangements by Carbonara Funeral Home, 1515 N. 25th Avenue, Melrose Park. Notices are printed free of charge upon request on a space-permitting basis. Mail and e-mail addresses appear on page 4

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Family and togetherness are key themes for the holidays. That can make the holidays awfully difficult for people who are grieving the loss of a loved one. “If the grief is fresh, holiday cheer can seem like an affront. Celebrations may underscore how alone people feel,” notes my colleague Dr. Michael Miller in the December issue of the Harvard Mental Health Letter. This special theme issue focuses on grief and loss. Although grief is nearly universal, it expresses itself in many different ways, and sometimes resembles major depression. Frequent crying spells, depressed mood, sleep disturbances, and loss of appetite are common during the bereavement process. Grief is not a tidy, orderly process, and there is no right way to grieve. Every person—and every family—does it differently. This can cause emotions to collide and overlap, especially during the holiday season when the emphasis is on rebirth and renewal. Here are the strategies recommended in the Harvard Mental Health Letter that may help you or someone you know who is grieving cope with the holidays: Start a new tradition. During a holiday dinner, place a lighted candle on the dinner table, leave an empty chair, or say a few words of remembrance. Change the celebration. Go out to dinner instead of planning an elaborate meal at home. Or schedule a trip with friends. Express your needs. People who are grieving may find it hard to participate in all the festivities or may need to let go of unsatisfying traditions. It’s all right to tell people you just aren’t up to it right now or to change plans at the last minute. I remember that my sister did not join in singing carols, the holidays after our father died. Help someone else. It may also help to volunteer through a charitable or religious organization. Make a donation to a favorite cause in memory of the person who died. In retrospect, I wish I had done this during that sad holiday. Give yourself time. The grieving process doesn’t neatly conclude at the six-month or one-year mark. Depending on the strength of the bond that was broken, grief can be life-long. Nevertheless, grief does usually soften and change over time. With time, the holidays will become easier to handle. The Harvard Mental Health Letter, written for mental health professionals and all interested readers, presents the latest thinking about howto promote a sense of well-being, and to understand, prevent, and treat mental distress.

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