Calendar of Events

December 2012

Dec 7

Our Lady of Victory Parish Food Pantry Donations

Tuesday 10/25/12 - 12/26/12
Monetary and food donations are needed for Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinners for the cleints of the Our Lady of Victory St. Vincent DePaul Society Food Pantry, located at St. John Lutheran's Church.
Donations are being accepted by the
38th Ward Service Office
5817 W. Irving Park Road

Dec 7

Help O.A. Thorp Win a Playground

Thursday 11/27/12 - 12/19/12
O.A. Thorp Scholastic Academy is taking part in a contest to win a grant from Clorox to put toward a playground(they currently don't have one). They would absolutely love to be able to do this for the students and want to get the community involved.

If your phone supports text, you can text 853pbf to 95248.
You can vote every day from today until December 19, 2012.
Register Here
Vote Here

Dec 7

Homeless Point-In-Time Count

Saturday 12/1/12 - 12/30/12
The Department of Family and Support Services will be conducting the 2013 Homeless Point-In-Time Count on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
The City must conduct this homeless census every two years in order to compete for Federal funds. The data retrieved from this one night helps Chicago demonstrate the need for funding to address homelessness in the City.
If you are interested in:
�volunteering to count and survey the homeless on the street that night
�reserving a seat at one of the information sessions
�if you have questions
Please email [email protected] today for more information!

Dec 7

Collecting for a Cause

Thursday 12/6/12 - 12/19/12
The St. Robert Bellarmine School Peace and Justice Committee is creating cards and collecting items to send to the Edward Hines, Jr. VA hospital in Hines, Ill.
Needed are stationary items (paper, pens, blank note cards), new or gently used paperback books, crossword puzzle books, current magazines (September-December 2012, new or gently used), playing cards, denture adhesives and cleansers, disposable razors, lotions, toothbrushes and tooth paste.Items are being collected through Wednesday, Dec. 19.
St Robert Bellarmine School
4646 N Austin
For more information contact the school at (773) 725-5133 or


Dec 8

Holiday Tree Extravaganza

Saturday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Friends of Thorp and OA Thorp PTA will be sponsoring a Holiday Tree Extravaganza! Buy your trees, wreaths and garland. It should be a festive day with caroling from the Thorp Choir, hot chocolate and maybe even a visit from you know who!

50% of the proceeds from the sale of trees, wreaths and garland will go directly back to Thorp. It's a wonderful way to support OA Thorp and get a jump on your holiday decorating.
O.A. Thorp Scholastic Academy
6024 W. Warwick
If you have any questions, please email [email protected]

Dec 8

Visit From Santa - Irving Austin Business Association

Saturday 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
This event is being sponsored by the businesses in the Irving-Austin shopping district. Come and have your picture taken with Santa! Parents are asked to donate a new toy for a needy child aged 10 and under. The toys collected will be donated to the Maryville Crisis Nursery (4015 North Oak Park Avenue), a non-profit agency that provides free childcare for newborns to six-year-olds when their families are going through an emergency. There will also be area wide promotions and coupons for local stores.
Admission is Free
The Patio Theater
6008 W. Irving Park Road
For more information please contact Melissa at 773-283-1653 or at [email protected].

Dec 8

Friends of Portage Park "2nd Annual Holiday Tree Lighting"

Saturday 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Please join your neighbors on the northwest side for this annual Tree Lighting ceremony. Bring the whole family to the playground for some hot chocolate and caroling as we light the tree at dusk.
Portage Park
4100 N. Long Ave.
For more information please


Dec 9

Jingle Bell Express

Sunday 2:00 PM
The Irving Park Fine Arts Committee, in conjunction with American Eagle Productions, is pleased to present ?Jingle Bell Express,? a fast-paced holiday musical review. This concert features mixed quartet singing 20 of your favorite holiday songs ? including a parody of The Twelve Days of Christmas. There will also be an audience sing-along. People of all ages will enjoy this light, fun holiday enertainment.
Irving Park Lutheran Church
4100 North Harding Avenue
Admission: FREE
Donations accepted
For more information please contact Roger Bingaman at 773-267-1667 or


Dec 12

A Festive Evening

Wednesday 6:00 PM
A Festive Evening
The St. Robert Bellarmine Parents' Association and Men's Club will host their annual Christmas Party, Wednesday, Dec. 12, in Kernaghan Hall.
The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a cash bar, then follows with an Italian dinner, raffle and auction, and music from Jimmy Damon.
Tickets are $25 and will be available after masses Dec. 8 & 9, or by visiting the rectory.
St. Robert Bellarmine
4646 N. Austin
For more information call (773) 777-2666.

Dec 16

Friends of Portage Park Winter Market

Sunday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
This Indoor Farmer?s Market will be held periodically on Sundays from December to May. Additional market dates are January 20th, February 3rd, February 17th, March 3rd, March 17th, April 7th, April 21st and May 5th. Vendors will include farmers from around the region, bakeries and other local food providers. There will also be free musical entertainment at each market.
The Portage Theater
4050 N. Milwaukee Ave.

For more information

Dec 19

Baby Talk Classes

Wednesday 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Parents and children 6 and under welcome:
STAY FOR DINNER! Topic for the month is "Your Unique Child", 5:00-6:00pm, dinner from 6:00-6:30pm. Every 3rd Wednesday of the month.
Please RSVP no later than 12pm on day of class. Class closes 15 minutes after scheduled start time. Please be prompt.
Questions call 773-205-3637

Maryville Crisis Nursery
4015 N. Oak Park Ave., Building B
24 hour helpline:773-205-3637

January 2013

Jan 22

Landlord Tenant Workshop

Tuesday 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Fair Housing Laws
Landlord Rights and Responsibilities
Tenant Rights and Responsibilities
Chicago Landlord Tenant Ordinance Basics
Northwest Side Housing Center
5007 W. Addison St.
Please call the Northwest Side Housing Center at
773.283.3888 ext. 23