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December- January 2018 DIY: Drop-in Beaded Snowflakes Fridays, 2 to 6 p.m., and Saturdays, 2 to 5 p.m., through December 22, Bead in Hand: Create a beaded snowflake in a choice of three sizes. $6, $12, $15, based on size. Also, visit during winter break drop-ins to make snowflakes or memory-wire bracelets, 2 to 6 p.m. on select dates from Dec. 27 to Jan. 5. Info: beadinhand.com/holiday-extravaganzas.html. 145 Harrison St., Oak Park.

Boar’s Head Feast Friday, Dec. 7, and Saturday, Dec. 8, 7 p.m. Grace Episcopal Church: In period costumes, the Madrigal singers present a program of song. In addition, the Middle English narrative of a Lord and Lady and silly antics of court jesters

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“It’s A Wonderful Life” Saturday, Dec. 8, 10 a.m., Lake Theatre: Jimmy Stewart’s character may not ever get out of the small town where he grew up, but his angel, Clarence, will show him that life is worth living, no matter where that might be. Pick up free movie tickets from Community Bank of OPRF at 1001 Lake St., Oak Park. Attendees are encouraged to bring an item for the New Moms organization - diapers (all sizes), winter clothing for newborns to 8-year-olds; new and unwrapped. 1022 Lake St., Oak Park. C O N T I N U E D

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Saturday, Dec. 8, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Downtown Oak Park: Catch the old-fashioned holiday spirit and shop local in Oak Park. • Horse-drawn sleigh rides - board at 110 N. Marion • Hot cocoa, hospitality tent on Westgate • Santa on Marion Street (noon to 3 p.m.) • Carolers perform holiday favorites (noon to 2 p.m.) Free. On Marion St. between Lake St. and North Blvd.

“It’s a Wonderful Life” - The Making of a Holiday Classic Order Holiday Pies, Cookies & Peppermint Bark from Buzz Cafe this Holiday Season! Call 660-0894 or stop in to place your order TODAY!

Saturday, Dec. 8, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Meeting Room, River Forest Library: Did you know Cary Grant was supposed to star in “It’s a Wonderful Life”? Or, that the gym floor turned swimming pool was real? Explore the movie’s creation with Dr. Leslie Goddard, including how the script evolved, how the cast was chosen, and technical challenges that were overcome. Enjoy rare photographs and find out what happened to the cast. Brought in partnership with River Forest Township. 735 Lathrop Ave., River Forest.

Ballet Légere’s Nutcracker Saturday, Dec. 8, 2 and 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 9, 2 p.m., Lund Auditorium, Dominican University: Local students of Légere Dance center in River Forest join other dancers and professional adult dancers from The Cincinnati Ballet for the 34th annual production of this holiday ballet. $34, premium seating; $29 premium children/senior or general seating; $24 children/seniors general seating. $7, backstage tour following the Saturday, 2 p.m. performance. Tickets: balletlegere.org/tickets, 708-488-5000. 7900 W. Division St., River Forest.

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Season of Light Saturday, Dec. 8, 4 p.m., Pilgrim Congregational Church: The Oak Park/River Forest Encore Choir performs arrangements for mixed chorus with piano with a theme of light, including “Bring a Menorah, Jeanette, Isabella,” “Keep Your Lamps”“Calypso Christmas,”“Gesu Bambino” “Allundé, Alluia” and more. The choir is made up of older adults. Seven Encore Choirs perform in the Chicago area and they will join in song at the downtown Chicago Fourth Presbyterian Church’s historic main sanctuary on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2 p.m. Both performances are free. More: encoreillinois.org. Pilgrim: 460 Lake St., Oak Park.

Sing We Joyous Saturday, Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 9, 4 p.m., First United Church: With The Oriana Singers, City Voices, Pro Musica Youth Chorus, and the Sing We Joyous Orchestra, enjoy The Twelve Days of Christmas, audience sing-alongs, “hilarious hijinks” and more. Saturday party/silent auction (6:30 p.m.) precedes the concert. $25; free, ages 18 and under. Tickets: singwejoyous.brownpapertickets.com. 848 Lake St., Oak Park.

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“A Child’s Christmas in Wales” by Dylan Thomas Sunday, Dec. 9, 2 p.m., Hamburger Mary’s: Come for Play + A Pint, a play reading by Oak Park Festival Theatre. Hear a Christmas reminiscence from the viewpoint of a young boy, portraying a nostalgic and simpler time. The comedic dissertation, with exaggerated characters for comedic effect, show how childhood memories are enlarged through youthful interpretation. $12, includes choice of drink. Doors open 2 hours prior for seating and dining. More: oakparkfestival.com, 708300-9396. 155 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.

Carols, Past & Present: The Bach + Beethoven Experience Monday, Dec. 10, 1:15 to 2:30 p.m., Nineteenth Century Club: Carols are not exclusive to the Christmas season. For centuries, they were sung at weddings, birthdays and other occasions. Christmas carols known today have gone through melody and lyric changes. Learn more with Leighann Daihl Ragusa and other members of the ensemble. $15, requested donation. Questions/more: 708-386-2729, nineteenthcentury.org. 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park.

Creating Winter Holiday Fresh Floral Arrangements Wednesday, Dec. 12, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Cheney Mansion: The gathering starts with refreshments and a Holiday Boutique. At 1 p.m., hear from Theresa Kyriazes of Urban Girl Flowers on how to decorate for the holidays with fresh-flower arrangements. These will be raffled. Free; all welcome at this Garden Club of Oak Park and River Forest event. More: gcoprf.org. 220 N. Euclid, Oak Park.

Holidays Around the World Wednesday, Dec. 12, 4 to 5 p.m., Meeting Room, Dole Library: Discover world holidays through crafts, games, books and artifacts from the Multicultural Collection. Ages 4+. Questions: 708-386-9032. 255 Augusta St., Oak Park.

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Thursday, Dec. 13, 8 p.m., Grace Lutheran Church: Music of the Baroque presents “joyful carols, solemn chant and jubilant works for brass” in a program celebrating Christmas Around the World. $27 to $64. Tickets/ more: baroque.org, 312-551-1414. 7300 Division St., River Forest.

DIY: Calligraphy Thursday, Dec. 14, 4 to 6 p.m., Expressions Graphics: Learn how to use chisel markers and nib pens to craft a message on holiday cards and invitations. Instructor demos on ink and tool handling, and font characteristics. Selection of fonts available. 14+. $35; $25, members. Register: expressionsgraphics.wordpress.com/fall2018-classes. Questions: 708-447-9262. 29 Harrison St., Oak Park.

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DIY: Carve Your Own Festive Stamp Friday Dec. 7, 7 to 9 p.m., and Thursday, Dec. 14, 4 to 6 p.m., Expressions Graphics: Using linocut tools and special carving material, create a unique stamp to use on thank you cards, holiday greetings and more. Bring in a copy of artwork (3 X 3 or smaller). Wording needs to be reversed. 12+. $35; $25, members. Register: expressionsgraphics.wordpress.com/ fall-2018-classes. Questions: 708-447-9262. 29 Harrison St., Oak Park. C O N T I N U E D

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Saturday, Dec. 15, 9 a.m. to noon, SMG Athletic Facility, Trinity High School: Enjoy a continental breakfast along with a crafts, caroling and professional photos with Santa for the kids. $13; $6.50, children. After Dec. 11 and at door: $14.50; $8, children. Reservations: trinityhs.org/santa. Questions: 708-453-8328, mharrington@trinityhs.org. 7574 W. Division St., River Forest.

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“A Christmas Carol” Community Reading Sunday, Dec. 16, 2 to 4 p.m., Pleasant Home: Gather around the fire and listen to Charles Dickens’ classic read by community members. Selected children invited to read lines from “A Visit from St. Nicholas” before the main story. Free; includes hot chocolate and cookies inside the historic home decorated for the holidays. Both self-guided and docent-led tours of the National Historic Landmark in its holiday splendor are also available, Thursday through Sundays; more: http://pleasanthome.org/visit. 217 Home Ave., Oak Park.

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“Home Alone” Saturday, Dec. 15, 10 a.m., Lake Theatre: A young boy is accidentally left behind when his family takes off for a vacation in France over the holiday season. Follow his adventures in this family comedy. Free. Sponsored by Downtown Oak Park. 1022 Lake St., Oak Park.

“A Dickens Carol” Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays, 3 p.m., Dec. 16 through 30, Madison Street Theatre: Oak Park Festival Theatre re-imagines the story of Scrooge from Charles Dickens’ point of view and real-life events. Set in London in 1842, it’s a ghost story that promises to melt the heart of any Scrooge. Ages 10+. Previews Friday, Dec.

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Art Deco Chicago: Designing Modern America edited by Robert Bruegmann Yale University Press Our Price: $59.99 (List Price $75) Art Deco Chicago is the gift for the architecture and design enthusiast on your list. This lavish cloth-bound production will look great on anyone's coffee table, but it is also the definitive, and long-awaited only book-length examination of Chicago's many contributions to the Art Deco movement, covering architecture, graphic design, and product design. The Book Table, 1045 Lake St., Oak Park


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Elephant Journal: leather journal with embossed elephant on the cover. The back cover features an embossed mandala design. Handmade in India  $34.99 Sacred Sari Throw: Recycled Sacred Sari Throws. Handmade by artisans of Sacred Mark in Bangladesh  $79.99 Ten Thousand Villages, 121 N. Marion St., Oak Park

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Queerios Holiday Party Thursday, Jan. 3, 4 to 7 p.m., Meeting Room, Maze Library: This new LGBTQ+ group (named Queerios by the teens) provides a space for those in grades 6 through 12 to get together. Come celebrate the holidays with a potluck (bring a favorite holiday dish). Also, make buttons and play games like The Escape Closet. Held in partnership with OPRF High School’s A Place for All and the Rainbow Tribes of both Julian and Brooks Middle Schools. Future meetings will include discussing different issues, sharing favorite books, sponsoring and providing support for activism, planning outings, and more. Question: jvaughn@oppl. org. 845 Gunderson Ave., Oak Park.

Sunday, Dec. 30, 2 to 5 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library: Join members of the community to celebrate Kwanzaa, a celebration of family, community and culture. All ages. Inquire: npriddy@oppl.org. 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Noon Year’s Eve Monday, Dec. 31, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Meeting Room, River Forest Public Library: Be the first to celebrate; countdown to 2019 with activities, dancing and snacks with a festive flair. Children of all ages with caregivers. 735 Lathrop Ave., River Forest.

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fter 23 years in business, owner Augie Alesky of Centuries and Sleuths in Forest Park has cultivated not only a loyal group of customers and book club attendees, but authors as well. Author visits and regular monthly events including a local Mystery Discussion Group are part of the core of of the culture at Centuries and Sleuths. The store itself is a carefully curated selection of some of the best mysteries and histories available with a special nod to award winning local authors and thrillers set in and about Chicago. Shoppers who may need a few suggestions to find just that perfect book for their loved ones won’t be disappointed after quick conversation with Augie. *This is just a few of Augie’s top picks representing all ages for this holiday season featuring Chicago lore, local authors all chosen through Augie’s lens and his personal passion for showcasing the human side of history. Each one is a captivating read, perfect for a midwest winters day.

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Centuries & Sleuths AUGIE'S TOP PICKS FOR THE HOLIDAYS: histories with a human side, talented local authors, and mysteries and suspense set in and around Chicago. Photo by Sarah Corbin


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The Holistic Home Company candle. $56 Handcrafted holiday fir tree made with glitter adorned bay leaves. $78

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Kristen and Mark Coe launched the Be the Boat Fund in Spring 2016, in loving memory of their son, Hunter.

“We wanted to create a charitable legacy. The Foundation was so caring. They made it very easy for us to do.” In addition to the Foundation’s help, Hunter’s friends and siblings have helped the Coe’s harness the power of social media to raise awareness and fundraise for the fund, which benefits local nonprofits. “Facebook is great for mobilization of a group around a cause. The ability to share information quickly across multiple networks is powerful, and the platform has helped Be the Boat build a following as well, which can be a struggle for a smaller organization.” -Ben Schmidt (Hunter’s friend) “Instagram was a perfect platform for fundraising. Aligning my friends with our fundraiser—the 50 mile Ultra Marathon, we were able to raise nearly $12,000 for Be the Boat!” -Lawlor Coe (Hunter’s brother) Working together, there is so much we can do to transform lives and grow prosperity in and around Oak Park and River Forest, now and for generations to come.

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We connect giving to impact!

AgeOptions AgeOptions helps to empower older adults in Suburban Cook County by connecting them to information and resources so they can thrive as they age. AgeOptions has served older adults since 1974 reaching more than 155,000 older adults and caregivers last year alone. AgeOptions partners with community-based nonprofits serving older adults and their caregivers to ensure that every aging person has access to in-home care, adult day services, nutritious meals, intervention and prevention of fraud, abuse, and neglect, and advocacy to protect their right. To donate, volunteer, or simply find out about the many services and programs available to you or your loved ones, go to www.ageoptions.org or call us at 708-383-0258.

Animal Care League Animal Care League offers a safe haven for pets in need. Founded in 1973, Animal Care League takes a proactive approach to animal care and adoption as well as preventative measures to help reduce the number of homeless animals in our communities. With over 1000 pets coming to our doors each year, Animal Care League counts on supporters to ensure that we can provide what is needed from routine vaccinations to life saving surgery. Make a difference in the life of a homeless animal by visiting www.animalcareleague. org where you can sign up to volunteer, make a donation, view our adoptable pets, and learn about upcoming events.

Austin Coming Together (ACT) Austin Coming Together (ACT) exists to create a thriving Austin community. ACT’s mission is to increase the collective impact of our member organizations on improving education and economic development outcomes in the Austin community. ACT provides backbone support for a network of more than 50 non-profit, faith-based, public, and private entities committed to improving

the quality of life in the Austin community. Since 2010, we have helped our members take a strategic and collaborative approach to achieving outcomes together.

For more information about membership, volunteering, or to make a donation please contact Executive Director, Darnell Shields, at 773-417-8613 or dshields@ austincomingtogether.org

BUILD, Inc. Since 1969, Austin-based BUILD, Inc. has helped thousands of Chicago youth escape gang violence to become positive community leaders. BUILD is a second family to young people who face steep obstacles, yet succeed every day with the help of caring mentors who share similar backgrounds. Programs like the Block 51 Arts Academy, Austin Summer of Opportunity, and BUILDing Girls 2 Women foster creativity, social-emotional health, and academic success of youth ages 6 to 24. Gifts to the Attitude of Gratitude campaign support expansion of programs in Austin, Garfield Park, Humboldt Park, Hermosa, Logan Square, and Fuller Park. Visit www.buildchicago.org or call 773-227-2880.

Celebrating Seniors In May 2011 Celebrating Seniors launched its first Celebrating Seniors Week, which has since become a vibrant annual tradition in Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park. Celebrating Seniors is dedicated to honoring, recognizing and serving local seniors. The organization concentrates on four main objectives: • To facilitate cooperation between the business community, government agencies and non-profit organizations for the benefit of the senior population. • To promote senior groups and organizations that serve persons 60 and older. • To raise public awareness of issues affecting seniors. • To generate funds to support at-risk and vulnerable elders. To volunteer to support our Celebrating Seniors Week or to contribute financially to our community mission, visit us at www. celebratingseniors.net.

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The Children’s Clinic/ Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society Will you join us? We’re on a mission to advance the health and well-being of children in need. When you support the OPRF Infant Welfare Society, you help vulnerable children in our community and surrounding areas access critical healthcare, including pediatric, dental and behavioral health services. Our Children’s Clinic is an important safety net for 3,500 children each year, and your generosity is key. Your gift of $50 will provide a toddler with two essential vaccines. Or for $150, a young patient with autism can receive specialized preventive dental services. Make a gift at www.oprfiws.org or call 708406-8661.

Cluster Tutoring For more than 27 years, the Cluster Tutoring Program has been providing free one-to-one tutoring to students in grades K through 12 who primarily come from the Austin neighborhood of Chicago. Our dedicated volunteers meet with students for 30 weeks throughout the school year to provide literacy instruction, homework help, and mentoring. We also offer a summer reading program and additional academic enrichment opportunities through community partnerships with Concordia University and the Mathnasium in Oak Park. Your support of Cluster assists us in fulfilling our mission, which is to help young people realize their potential through the power of learning in an environment that strengthens the student, the tutor, and the community. For more information or to make a donation, please go to our website: www. clustertutoring.org or contact Executive Director, Kara Kalnitz, at 773-378-5530.

The Collaboration for Early Childhood The Collaboration for Early Childhood is your resource for early childhood information in Oak Park and River Forest. We provide the connections vital to every child’s opportunity for success in learning and in life. We work with more than 60 organizations so that parents and their children receive critical information and support services, children are screened for developmental delays, teachers in child care centers, preschools and family child care homes provide high quality programs and our most vulnerable children and their families experience a strong web of support. For more information, or to make a donation, please visit us at collab4kids.org or follow us on Facebook.

Concordia University Chicago Founded in 1864, Concordia University Chicago is an affordable, comprehensive liberal arts-based Christian university based in the Lutheran tradition. Through its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, College of Education, College of Graduate Studies, and College of Innovation and Professional Programs, Concordia-Chicago offers more than 100 areas of study through traditional, blended or online classes leading to a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree. Classes are taught by professors who are passionate about teaching and student success. Currently, more than 6,000 full-time undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled at Concordia-Chicago, River Forest. Make your secure donation by visiting www. cuchicago.edu/givenow. Your support ensures the best and brightest programs for our next generation of teachers, church workers, business leaders, gerontologists, and a host of other vocations!

Oak Park Festival Theatre Since 1975 Oak Park Festival Theatre, the Midwest’s oldest professional outdoor classical theatre, has brought the magic of dramatic masterpieces to generations of our neighbors. Whether performing under the stars in beautiful Austin Gardens as we do each summer or at any of the many local venues where we partner with local philanthropic agencies (such as Housing Forward, Oak Park Housing Authority or Nineteenth Century Charitable Association), Festival Theatre breaths fresh air into timeless texts for Oak Park and beyond. With ticket prices kept friendly for every budget and free admission for all under 13, we rely on the generosity of our audiences to continue our dynamic community dialogue. Donations can be made on-line at oakparkfestival.com or mailed to us: Oak Park Festival Theatre, P.O. Box 4114, Oak Park, IL 60303.

Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory Since 1986, the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory has been inspiring and educating visitors. We manage over 150 volunteers. We offer free tours through the showrooms and free educational programs for kids. We sponsor two free events at the Conservatory KidsFest and FallFest. We host the Uncorked summer-series and we are celebrating the 30th annual plant sale this coming spring. We give grants to the park district to make improvements to the Conservatory. We rely on volunteers, members and donors to make these events, programs and grants possible. Please consider helping us grow. Join. Donate. Volunteer. For more information about membership, volunteering, or to make a donation please contact Executive Director, Beth Cheng, at 708.725.2460 or director@fopcon.org.


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Staff and friends of Way Back Inn celebrate together at annual Gratitude Dinne Way Back Inn provides people with addictions an opportunity for a second chance

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athy was a licensed registered nurse working in a hospital oncology department. The pressures of working with terminally ill patients began wearing on her, and she felt like she was losing control of her life. She took some Oxycontin and became addicted. Cathy’s life was spiraling downward, when she was referred to Way Back Inn. With much hard work, she has been able to establish and grow her sobriety. She attended clinical therapy sessions, and in time, began

working as a nurse again. Speaking from her heart, Cathy affirms, “Way Back Inn changed my life in a dramatic fashion.” Cathy has since become a 12-step sponsor and is now sharing her recovery with other women who are new to sobriety. Every day, Way Back Inn is helping people like Cathy rebuild their lives. You can help people struggling with addiction by supporting Way Back Inn. Make a donation at www.waybackinn.org.

Green Community Connections The most recent United Nations report shows that the worst effects of climate change will hit by 2040 if we don’t act now. Go “all in” for the planet with your donation to the 8th annual One Earth Film Festival, an OPRF grass-roots effort that inspires climate action, resilience and environmental justice in communities throughout Chicagoland. In 2018, we hosted 60 film screenings, and 95% of surveyed attendees reported being inspired to get involved in issues or solutions. Protect the planet by joining One Earth today: oneearthfilmfest.org/give. Memberships start at $25. Bill Reilly of The Reilly Group at Merrill Lynch will generously match your donation now through #GivingTuesday.

Ernest Hemingway Foundation Of Oak Park The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park is a non-profit 501(c)(3) literary arts and educational foundation dedicated to thoughtful reading and writing. The foundation offers a wide variety of programming, all open to the public, to nurture and encourage creative expression for students and for people of all ages. Through tours and exhibits at Ernest Hemingway’s birthplace museum, the foundation fosters an understanding of his life and work, his Oak Park origins and his impact on world literature. Your gift supports creative outlets for people of all ages through professional teacher development, local author and performing artist programs, inter-generational engagement, a writer-in-residence program, as well as student writing workshops, mentorships, and scholarships. For more information about us or to donate online go to www.hemingwaybirthplace.

com or mail us at: Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak ParkP.O. Box 2222. Oak Park, IL 60303

Hephzibah

Hephzibah Children’s Association was founded in 1897. We serve more than 1,000 children and families each year through innovative, community-based programs. Hephzibah provides a Group Home for children who have been taken from their families due to profound abuse or neglect. Our skilled staff recruits and trains foster parents, and offers ongoing support to help all family members navigate challenges. Our after-school Day Care operates on a sliding scale to serve working parents in Oak Park, with programs based at each elementary school. To make a real difference in the lives of children and families, please donate today at hephzibahhome.org.

Historical Society Forest Park

The Historical Society Forest Park was founded in 1975 for the purposes of “collecting and preserving the rich heritage of Forest Park.” The historical society offers tours of Haymarket Martyr’s Monument in Forest Home Cemetery every Saturday in the summer, collect oral histories of Forest Park Veterans of Military service, hosts several historical events a year and celebrates Forest Park. For more information about us or to donate visit us at www.forestparkhistory.org or mail us: Historical Society of Forest Park PO Box 311  Forest Park IL  60130 Search our website for exciting events and programs  You can also become a member of the Society and/or volunteer.

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Housing Forward The mission of Housing Forward is to transition people from housing crisis to housing stability. By emphasizing homelessness prevention, supportive services, employment readiness and supportive housing, we are able to offer a comprehensive, long-term solution that moves clients into housing quickly and keeps them there. Housing Forward is the only nonprofit organization in west Cook County with a comprehensive, long-term solution for preventing and ending homelessness. Founded in 1992, the agency provides integrated services to at-risk and homeless individuals and families in six areas: emergency assistance, employment readiness, supportive housing, outreach and engagement, supportive services, and emergency shelter. To learn more, visit www.housingforward. org or to donate, www.housingforward. org/give, or contact Janet Gow, Director of Development & Communications, at 708.338.1724 ext. 262.

L’Arche Chicago L’Arche Chicago is a community where people with and without intellectual disabilities share life together in homes, as family. In our group homes in the OPRF neighborhoods, we strive to merge the highest quality of care and genuine friendship. We seek to create a world that welcomes difference and celebrates the unique gifts of all people, where each person has a genuine place of belonging. Support L’Arche Chicago and help us to create that kind of world right here in Oak Park River Forest. larchechicago.org/2018

New Moms Since 1983, New Moms has been interrupting the cycle of poverty for two generations: young moms and their children, by offering supports in the most important areas of the life of a family – stable housing, job training, and family support. These supports, along with a loving environment, equip young moms as they work to create strong families. Through our holistic approach, young moms experience a transformation of heart and mind as their life stories change from ones of hopelessness to lives filled with stability, health and vision for a strong future. Learn more at newmoms.org.

Nineteenth Century Charitable Association

The Nineteenth Century Charitable Association strengthens our community through learning, giving, and sharing our landmark building. We provide community outreach, scholarships, and public programming in five areas: music, art, literature, science, and social sciences. The NCCA is the owner of 178 Forest Avenue, commonly referred to as the Nineteenth Century Club. Our charitable and cultural activities are supported by our members, volunteers, donors, and by the events held at the Club. Programs are open to all and we welcome all ages to join. If you would like information about volunteering, joining or donating, please call us at 708-386-2729 email to info@ nineteenthcentury.org.


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or the children living at Hephzibah Home, many of whom have lived more places than they can recall, having something that they helped to create become a permanent fixture in the community is an entirely foreign concept. However, now children from Hephzibah have their work proudly on display as a part of the Oak Park Art League’s permanent collection. As part of a collaborative project, the children created a beautiful one-of-a kind mosaic patio table entitled “The Giving Tree.” “You mean that I can come and see it when I’m all grown up?” was the comment of one young artist as her little fingers delicately placed tiles on her mini-mosaic. Her eyes beamed with pride when she later came to see the completed work at its final home. Working with acclaimed mosaic artist Ahmed Ibraham, the children created their own

Oak-Leyden Developmental Services The mission of OakLeyden Developmental Services is to help children and adults with developmental disabilities meet life’s challenges and reach their highest potential. The organization offers life-changing support in three areas: Children’s Services, Residential Services, and Lifelong Learning. Empower people with developmental disabilities today at https://www.oak-leyden. org/get-involved/donate.

Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry $1 = 3 meals, is an equation only you can make possible. With your help, Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry has been reducing local hunger for nearly 40 years. Your support means we are able to meet the needs of nearly 16,000 families struggling with hunger each year. It means we can provide over 50 pounds of nutritious food plus access to vital programs and services to help people stretch limited food budgets in healthy ways. It means that even a little goes a long way: every $1 donated can feed a neighbor for an entire day. To make a donation, visit oprffoodpantry. org or send checks payable to OPRF Food Pantry to Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry, 848 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL 60301.

individual mosaics, which he then fashioned into a mosaic patio table. The mosaic medium gave the children an opportunity to discuss how something beautiful and new can come from something that seems broken. The piece was unveiled at Hephzibah’s newest event, Oak Park After Dark, which was held in October. “The children have their own personal experiences with creating something new from a past that can seem shattered,” says Juliet Yera, development director at Hephzibah. “We can’t un-do the past for these children, but much like the creation of this table from once broken pieces, we can do our best to help ensure that they have a beautiful future.” Be a part of helping to make beautiful futures for our Hephzibah children. Learn more, donate or sign up to volunteer at www.hephzibahhome.org.

Oak Park River Forest Community Foundation The Oak Park – River Forest Community Foundation is based on a powerful promise: to create an enduring institution where people can come together and pool their resources to meet our community’s most pressing needs; not just now, but forever. For sixty years, generations of thoughtful and caring donors and residents have empowered the Foundation’s work to safeguard and advance the community in which we live, raise our families and work. From helping donors with legacy gift planning, to managing donor advised funds, to strengthening local non-profits, we connect. Visit oprfcf.org or call 708-848-1560 (ask for Rhea Yap) to start a fund, discuss your charitable estate plans, or make a donation today.

Oak Park Regional Housing Center Since 1972, the Oak Park Regional Housing Center (OPRHC) has been an advocate for fair housing. Our mission is to achieve meaningful and lasting diversity in communities. The OPRHC works to counteract steering and encourages pro-integrative housing options. We promote Oak Park as a community for all races, attracting people who respond to and strengthen that kind of climate. We

The completed “Giving Tree” mosaic. The Hephzibah children work on their mini-mosaics

work with local entities to coordinate a multifaceted effort to promote and sustain the community’s rich diversity. Support our work with a donation at https:// oprhc.org/donate/ oprhc.org • 708-848-7150 info@ oprhc.org • 1041 South Boulevard Oak Park IL 60302

Opportunity Knocks Opportunity Knocks is dedicated to providing opportunities and resources for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities so they may pursue their educational, occupational and social interests. Our approach to programming is person-centered, peer-led and community-based. Due to challenges in relying on the State of Illinois as a funding partner, we rely on our community for that partnership and support. We are nearly entirely privately funded. That fact makes your support that much more important. To learn more about Opportunity Knocks or to make a donation in support of the Warrior Mission, please visit us online at opportunityknocksnow.org.

PING! PING! (Providing Instruments for the Next Generation) is an all-volunteer organization that loans musical instruments to students in need in grades 4-12 in Oak Park-River Forest school districts 90, 97, and

Coordinated by the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation

200 so that they can participate in their school band or orchestra. PING! also provides music enrichment for its students through workshops, mentoring, summer music camp scholarships, private lessons, and field trips. Founded in 1998 PING! is celebrating its 20th Anniversary and over the past two decades has served more than 600 students who would not otherwise have the opportunity to participate in the music programs at school. PING! depends on the community for donated instruments and financial contributions to maintain its instrument inventory and program funding. For more information or to make a donation, go to www.pingoprf.org. If you have an instrument to donate, send us an email at pingoprf@gmail.com.

Pro Bono Network We believe access to justice should not depend upon your ability to afford an attorney. There are simply not enough legal aid lawyers to help people in dire need of legal aid. These include issues of safety from an abuser, adequate housing, and the ability to get a job. Over Pro Bono Network’s fairly short existence we have enabled 300+ attorneys to give more than 16,500 pro bono legal hours to over 2,500 clients in need. Learn more and donate at pro-bononetwork.org. Your support will make a difference in the lives of others!


Pro Musica is the ONLY community children’s chorus in the greater Oak Park area for kids in 1st grade through high school. For over 25 years Pro Musica has brought music education, performance opportunities, and youth empowerment programming to over 1,100 children. Evidence shows that kids who sing in chorus get better grades, are happier, and become more community involved adults than their peers. Yet about half of area school children do not have access to chorus. Pro Musica is committed to reaching more children in our community by driving youth music education across socio-economic barriers.

To donate, visit donatenow.networkforgood. org/sarahsinn, or make a tax-deductible donation through postal mail by sending a check to: Sarah’s Inn, PO Box 1159, Oak Park, IL 60304

St. Angela School

• $25 provides sheet music for 1 singer for a season

At St. Angela School we have been called to serve the families of Chicago’s west side, a neighborhood that is too often underserved. We provide our boys and girls with a safe and loving environment, challenging academics, counseling services, a focus on early literacy, and the strong sense of belonging to a school family. As we prepare to begin our second century, we’re proud to voice our commitment to Austin by continuing to invest in our future here: in our people, our programs and our campus.

• $50 provides rehearsal space for our singers for 1 week

Learn more about us at www.saintangela. org; we hope that you’ll feel called to help!

• $100 provides 10 free tickets for seniors to our Spring Concert Help us make a difference in a child’s life – go to promusicayouthchorus.org and donate today!

The River Forest Public Library Foundation “A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people,” said Andrew Carnegie. That’s why he funded thousands of public libraries a century ago to help people help themselves through selfdirected learning. Today, the River Forest Public Library (RFPL) carries on that core mission by providing not just books and periodicals but also a wide array of digital resources (onsite and remotely), interactive programs, and other transformative learning opportunities. Honor a family member, a cherished teacher or mentor, a dear friend, or your own love of lifelong learning by giving to the RFPL Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, at 735 Lathrop Avenue, River Forest, IL 60305 or rfplfoundation.org/donate. Your gift will inspire others and transform the lives of so many in our community.

Sarah’s Inn

Since 1981, Sarah’s Inn has worked to improve the lives of those impacted by domestic violence and to break the cycle of violence for future generations. Our Intervention Program provides bi-lingual services for families affected by domestic violence in order to safely navigate crisis, effectively process trauma and ensure self-sufficiency. Our Training and Education Program creates a network of skilled bystanders to appropriately intervene as first responders and community advocates. Our Together Strong Project was created to prevent relationship violence by teaching youth about the impact of their choices, giving them the tools to lead healthy lives, and empowering them to make a difference in their community.

The Symphony of Oak Park & River Forest

Named “Community Orchestra of the Year” in 2018, The Symphony of Oak Park & River Forest, under the leadership of award-winning conductor, Jay Friedman, continues to bring extraordinary and accessible concerts to our community. Ticket sales provide less than half the funds needed for the Symphony’s performances. Your gift keeps the orchestra going strong and allows us to maintain affordable ticket prices, including free admission for all students through college. Please help us continue and strengthen our 86-year tradition of bringing beautiful and inspiring music to Oak Park and River Forest. Make your end-of-year tax-deductible donation at symphonyoprf.org, or: P.O. Box 3564, Oak Park, IL 60303-3564.

Thrive Counseling Center Thrive Counseling Center (formerly Family Services of Oak Park) has provided mental health services to our community for 120 years. Located in the heart of Oak Park, our mission is to build healthy minds, families and communities by empowering people to attain mental and emotional well-being. Hope, resilience and recovery form the heart of our programs and services. Last year we provided critical services to approximately 1,400 friends, neighbors and family members including… • counseling for youth and adults • psychiatric care and medication management • in-home counseling for older adults • psychosocial rehabilitation day program • 24/7 crisis intervention • Suicide Safer Community Program • adult and youth group therapy, including: • art therapy • stress management

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• coping with anxiety • grief support • Sibshops To learn more or donate, please visit www. thrivecc.org or call 708-383-7500, ext. 322.  Follow us on Facebook!

UCP Seguin Of Greater Chicago

UCP Seguin believes that all people, regardless of ability, deserve to achieve their potential, advance their independence and act as full members of the community. So we stop at nothing to provide life skills training, assistive technology, meaningful employment and a place to call home for people with disabilities, as well as specialized foster care for children. Our goal: life without limits for people with disabilities. Make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities. Donate online at ucpseguin.org or send gifts to UCP Seguin, 332 Harrison Street, Oak Park IL 60304

The Joyful Giving Catalog

TODAY’S LEARNERS. TOMORROW’S LEADERS.

Pro Musica Youth Chorus

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St. Angela School

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Way Back Inn/ Grateful House

Since 1974, Way Back Inn and Grateful House have successfully provided residential and outpatient treatment for men and women in Oak Park and surrounding communities who are trying to overcome an addition to alcohol, chemical substances such as opioids, and gambling. Our mission is to rebuild lives damaged by addiction in a personalized healing environment, where men and women’s lives are transformed and relationships are healed. Our recovery program focuses on the integration of the body, mind, and spirit. For more information or to make a donation, go to: www.waybackinn.org or call us at 708-345-8422.

West Suburban Special Recreation Association (WSSRA) West Suburban Special Recreation Association (WSSRA) provides recreational programming for individuals with disabilities who reside in Oak Park, River Forest and nine other surrounding communities. Donations to WSSRA, help provide financial assistance to those participating in our yearround programs and summer day camp. To make a donation, please visit wssra.net.

We are called to serve the families of the Austin neighborhood.

Are you called to help? To learn more about our people & programs or to support our Annual Appeal please visit www.saintangela.org St. Angela School • 1332 N Massasoit • 773.626.2655


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HOLIDAY

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WEST COOK YMCA

46th Annual

Christmas Tree & Wreath Sale

BUY A TREE CHANGE A LIFE

Joiner fee is waived with the purchase of a tree

November 23–December 24 When you buy your Christmas tree, garland, or wreath from the West Cook YMCA, you help us make sure that every family, child, or adult has access to our programming—even if they can’t afford it. We change lives every day, and you can help us make that happen. 100% of the proceeds will be used to benefit the community through scholarships at the West Cook YMCA and a portion of your purchase is tax-deductible.

WEST COOK YMCA 255 S. Marion St., Oak Park, IL 60302 | 708 383 5200 | westcookymca.org

TREE LOT HOURS Mon.–Fri.: 2–8 PM Sat. & Sun.: 10 AM–6 PM

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