Toys for Tots
Mondays through Saturdays, 5 to 10 p.m., Sundays, 4 to 9 p.m.,
through Dec. 23, Trattoria 225: For every toy donated, the restaurant
will match the donation with another toy. 225 Harrison, Oak Park.
Member Art Exhibit and Holiday Boutique
Fridays, Saturday and Sundays, 1 to 3 p.m., through Sunday, Dec. 31,
Expressions Graphics: See work created at this co-op while browsing for prints, textiles and art. 29 Harrison, Oak Park.
DIY: Drop-in Beaded Snowflakes and Bracelets
Fridays, 2 to 5 p.m., and Saturdays, 1 to 4 p.m., through Dec. 21,
Bead in Hand: Create a beaded snowflake in a choice of three sizes ($6, $12, $15). And during winter break drop-ins, make snowflakes or memory-wire bracelets ($6), on select dates, Dec. 22 through Jan. 4. Info: beadinhand.com/holiday-extravaganzas.html. 145 Harrison, Oak Park.
Celebrate with Live Music
Friday, Dec. 20, 8 p.m.:
Hear The Redmonds Holiday Show along with Petty Union (Tom Petty tribute band) and 24/7 (Kid Rock band). $12, advance; $10, at door with a non-perishable food item. Also, Christmas with The Beatles in
the SideBar. $10.
Saturday, Dec. 21, 9 p.m.:
At The Heavy Sounds Stax Holiday Revue, experience
a holiday blast of soul and funk. $15. Also,
Lovehouse’s Rockin’ Holiday Party show in the SideBar. $5.
Sunday, Dec. 22, 7 p.m., SideBar:
See the Anderson Holiday Jamboree, benefiting Ascend Together, of Gambia. $15. 6615 Roosevelt Rd., Berwyn
“On My Mind”
Through Dec. 30, Art Gallery, Main Library:
Take in the art of Oak Park painter Christine Baumbach. “Captivated by the beauty of the natural world,” Baumbach combines images on her mind, including “observations, that for some women in America, the tools of oppression come in the form of the %uFB01ner things in life, things of beauty and grace.” Her works are influenced by travels to Wyoming and Colorado as well as her husband’s “exquisite bird photography.” 834 Lake St., Oak Park.
Holiday Brass and Choral Concert
Thursday, Dec. 19, 8 p.m., Grace Lutheran Church:
Music of the Baroque presents “joyful carols, solemn chant and jubilant works for brass” in a program with music dating from the 300s to the 17th century. $25 to $70. Tickets/more: baroque.org, 312-551-1414. 7300 Division St., River Forest.
“A Xmas Cuento Remix”
Fridays, 7:30 p.m., Saturdays, 4 and 8 p.m., Sundays, 3 p.m., and Thursday, Dec. 26, 7:30 p.m., through Dec. 29, 16th Street Theater:
Celebrating Latinx culture and modern music, see a new Christmas Carol (Cuento). To Dolores, who runs a pub, Christmas is a scam. When her niece Anita faces eviction, Dolores turns her away into the cold. Can three sassy spirits turn this female Scrooge from bad to good? $25 to $32. Tickets/more: 16thstreettheater.org/. 6420 16th St., Berwyn.
Home for the Holidays
Saturday, Dec. 21, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.,
Downtown Oak Park:
Catch the old-fashioned holiday spirit and shop locally.
Horse-drawn sleigh rides – board at 106 N. Marion
Hot cocoa and cookies – warming tent on Westgate,
Santa roaming the streets and posing for photos (noon to 3 p.m.). Carolers perform holiday favorites (noon to 2 p.m.). Free. On Marion St. between Lake St. and North Blvd.
Monday, Dec. 23, 6 to 9 p.m., Buzz Café:
There are two seatings. First, 6 to 7:15 p.m., for families and children; second, 7:30 to 8:45 p.m., for teens and adults. Buzz provides latkes, salad. Guest provide singing and Freylach. $8.50 per person.
Reservations: goo.gl/cjLrvw. Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org. 905 S. Lombard Ave., Oak Park.