Ascension choir releases its first holiday CD

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Ascension Catholic Church has released its second CD, Let Us Be Merry, featuring 20 Advent and Christmas hymns from the 16th through the 20th century. The 66-voice Ascension Choir and the 33-voice Ascension Schola are under the direction of Music & Liturgy Director David J. Anderson. Proceeds from the sale of the CD, available from the parish office for $17, benefit the Ascension Organ Fund. For more information, call 848-2703 of see

At Tangled Web, they weave
Members of the Oak Park Women's Guild spent the evening of Nov. 6 at the Tangled Web in Oak Park learning how to knit as part of a project entitled Warm Up America. All participants knitted 7-by-9-inch rectangles that will be sewn together to make an afghan that resembles a patchwork quilt. "This is another way for our group to reach out and support additional organizations during this holiday season," said Marci Battersby, vice president of membership for the guild and organizer of the event. The Oak Park Women's Guild is a non-profit community service organization made up of women whose mission is to serve the community, educate its members and provide a social network. Other community service projects include creating bundles of newborn necessities for moms who can't afford them; providing backpacks and school supplies for children living at Hephzibah House; and serving food to the homeless.

Welcome at the Inn
In October, Pat Prinzevalle joined Sarah's Inn as its new executive director. Sarah's Inn provides comprehensive supportive services to abused women and their children. Prinzevalle has more than 27 years of service to the domestic violence community. She was the executive director of Alexandra House, a domestic violence shelter in Minnesota, for 14 years. She also founded The Day One Center, which worked with shelters throughout Minnesota to develop an online database service that tracks the availability of bed space, allowing a woman to find room in a shelter with one phone call.

Laudatory landscaping, prize plaza
The Oak Park landscape architectural firm of CYLA Design Associates, Inc. has received an Award of Merit from the Chicago Building Congress for its participation in the Oak Park Public Library construction. The award, for leaders in the Chicago building industry, recognizes CYLA's significant contributions to the community. CYLA's work on the new main library included planning and design for the landscape and public plaza. The plaza, created out of a vacated avenue, serves as the main entrance and includes a transition between adjacent Scoville Park and the library. A green roof on the building also enhances the environmental qualities of the building.

Cyclical soldier celebration
Army National Guard Pfc. Christopher L. Eaton has been named soldier of the cycle. Selection is based on an individual's exemplary duty performance, job knowledge, leadership qualities, significant self-improvement and other specific achievements and notable accomplishments. Eaton, a 2002 Oak Park and River Forest High School graduate, is assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 13th Infantry, Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. His parents are Jeffrey G. and Claudia B. Eaton of River Forest.

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