Handmade items for 75 years at the 19th Century Club

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The Nineteenth Century Club's Social Welfare Committee has created over 500 handmade items to donate to local agencies for newborns and small children. Throughout the years, volunteers have been crocheting and knitting hats, mittens, vests, booties, tiny jackets and baby blankets, and sewing kimonos and small quilts. It's a 75-year tradition for the club; the Sewing Group of the Social Welfare Department oversees the creation and distribution of the garments and the club's Benevolence Fund buys the yarn and other materials. Recipients of the holiday bounty include Hephzibah Children's Association, Loyola Hospital, Near West Crisis Pregnancy Center, Oak Park/River Forest Day Nursery, Parent-Child Community Wellness Center and Salvation Army Emergency Center.

Co-chairs of the program are Marian Tetzlaff and Grace Rarity. If you enjoy knitting or sewing and would like to donate your talents, the group meets every Friday at 9:30 a.m. at the Nineteenth Century Club, 178 Forest Ave. Everyone's welcome. Call 386-2729 for more information.

A Lennox lass named Lucy

Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael J. Lennox, Jr. of Oak Park and his wife Melissa of Baltimore, Md. are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Lucy Ann, on June 11. Lennox, a 1998 graduate of Oak Park and River Forest High School, attended St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa and joined the United States Coast Guard in 2000. After training, he was on board the HSGC Bristol Bay out of Detroit for two years. He met Melissa in Baltimore in 2001 and they were married June 7, 2003. Lennox is now assigned in New Orleans, La. as part of the Coast Guard's new Anti-Terrorist Unit.

Avon calling

Oak Park resident George S. Peterson has joined Avon Products Inc. as a sales management associate, where he is training to manage a multimillion-dollar sales division and lead a team of district sales managers and independent sales representatives. Previously, Peterson spent 17 years at Eli Lilly and Company and most recently was director of sales for Moody Publishers. A graduate of Wayne State University with a degree in accounting, he also holds an MBA from the University of Michigan and is a Certified Public Accountant. He's a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Illinois CPA Society, National Association of Black Accountants and the National Black MBA Association.

Referential treatment

Artwork by Oak Park artist Thomas McDonald is featured in a new publication, The Sculpture Reference, the largest full-color sculpture reference available. His images were chosen from among 16,000. McDonald is an adjunct instructor at the Art Institute of Chicago. Recent solo exhibitions include "Imperial Tinknocker" at the Aron Packer Gallery in Chicago this year, and "Hopeless Romanticism" at the Triton College Art Gallery in 2003.

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