See the story of A Christmas Carol from Charles Dickens' point of view, based on real-life events.

Winter Break Drop-ins: Beaded Snowflakes and Bracelets

Weekdays, 2 to 5 p.m., and Weekends, 1 to 4 p.m., Dec. 26 through Jan. 4, Bead in Hand:

Create a beaded snowflake in a choice of three sizes ($6, $12, $15) or a memory-wire bracelet. ($6). Closed Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. Info: 145 Harrison, Oak Park.

Kwanzaa Celebration 

Sunday, Dec. 29, 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: 834 Lake St., Oak Park.

Noon Year’s Eve

Monday, Dec. 31, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., River Forest Public Library: 

Be the first to celebrate; countdown to 2020 with activities, dancing and snacks with a festive flair. Children of all ages with caregivers. 735 Lathrop Ave., River Forest.

New Year’s Eve Countdown 

Tuesday, Dec. 31, Noon to 4 p.m., Wonder Works Children’s Museum:

Countdown to 2020 with games, crafts, refreshments and more at this event geared to families with young children. $13; $5, members. Not part of regular museum admission. More: 6445 W. North Ave., Oak Park.

Welcome 2020 as Tributosaurus becomes The Eagles 

Monday, Dec. 30, and Tuesday, Dec. 31, 8 p.m., Wire:

See the local band morph into a classic rock legend as you say goodbye to 2019 at this New Year’s Eve celebration. Doors open at 7 p.m. 21+. $35, Dec. 30; $45, Dec. 31. Tickets/more: 6815 W. Roosevelt Rd., Berwyn.

Ring in the New Year at FitzGerald’s

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 9 p.m.:

Celebrate with Expo ’76 & the Total Pro Horns plus Robert Cornelius. Hear ’70s AM radio ear candy to road house dance tunes, New Wave to jazzy blues, folk and more. $40, includes party hats, favors and champagne toast. Tickets/more: 6615 Roosevelt Rd., Berwyn. 

Oak Park Winter Warming Centers

Get shelter from the cold at the following locations throughout the winter:

24 hours a day, 7 days a week, Rush Oak Park Hospital, 500 S. Maple Ave. 

5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., daily, West Suburban Medical Center, 3 Erie Ct. Find out if the warming center is open after hours: 708-763-6200.

8 a.m. to 2 p.m., weekdays, Oak Park Township, 130 S. Oak Park Ave., for ages 60 . 

8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays, Village Hall, 123 Madison St.

For transportation, call the Oak Park Police Department’s non-emergency number: 708-386-3800. 

NASA 2020

Thursday, Dec. 26, 7 to 8 p.m., Veterans Room, Main Library:

Mark Benson, NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador, is presenting on what NASA has planned for next year – new rovers on Mars, final tests on the craft that will replace the Shuttle and more.

Info: 834 Lake, Oak Park.

Medical Lending Closet – Equipment to Borrow

Call to arrange a pickup, Oak Park Township: 

Anyone in need of a walker or cane, the Medical Lending Closet is well stocked. There are also limited supplies of transport wheelchairs, commodes and other medical equipment. Items can be borrowed as long as needed without any restrictions thanks to the community’s generous donations. Request equipment: 708-383-8005. 105 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.

Last Weekend: “A Dickens Carol”

Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., Saturdays, 4 p.m., and Sundays, 2 p.m., through Dec. 29, Madison Street Theatre:

See the story of A Christmas Carol from Charles Dickens’ point of view, based on real-life events. Set in London in 1842, this ghost story could melt the heart of any Scrooge. In collaboration with Ovation Academy. $35; $28, seniors; $15, students/children. Tickets:,, 708-222-7564. 1010 Madison St., Oak Park.

See it Before it’s Gone: “A Xmas Cuento Remix”

Fridays, 7:30 p.m., Saturdays, 4 p.m. 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: 6420 16th St., Berwyn.

Holiday Cover Show

Sunday, Dec. 29, 6:30 p.m., Wire:

See bands performing music of the Foo Fighters, Say Anything, New Found Glory, Joyce Manor and Turnover. $10, advance; $13, at door. Tickets/more: 6815 W. Roosevelt Rd., Berwyn.

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