Holiday Mail for Servicemen and -Women

Until Dec. 10, the public is invited to send holiday cards tor American service members, their families, and veterans all over the world.

Anyone can send a card, or many, to the following address:
Holiday Mail for Heroes
PO Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD

Red Kettle Drive

Members of the Northwestern University Women’s Lacrosse team joined Salvation Army campers and staff to kickoff the Army’s annual Red Kettle Drive. The Drive, which helps Evanston families in need, has a goal of $175,000 this year.

Anyone wishing to volunteer as a bell ringer, package wrapper or toy sorter may contact the Salvation Army at 847-866-9770.

Fleetwood-Jourdain Holiday Bazaar 

The second annual Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center Holiday Bazaar will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 11 at the center, 1655 Foster St. The community is invited to pick up unique gifts such as books, clothes, purses, fragrances and jewelry for the upcoming holidays and birthdays.

Lake Street Church Concert

A Christmas concert will be presented by the combined choirs of Lake Street Church with chamber orchestra at 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 19 at Lake Street Church, 607 Lake St. The program includes the Bach cantata “For Us a Child is Born” as well as anthems by John Rutter, Eric Whitacre and Dan Tucker. Free-will offering. More information is available at 847-864-2181 or

Coriolis Concert

The a cappella chamber choir Coriolis will present familiar carols in the English choral tradition by Willcocks, Vaughan Williams, Holst and others; more contemporary arrangements by Walker, Whitbourn and Young; several “Christmas cards” by Alfred Burt and “Three Pieces for Chanukah” by
Bob Applebaum. The concert will take place
on Dec. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Parish Church of St. Luke, 939 Hinman Ave. Tickets: $20 at the door.

A Celebration of Kwanzaa on Stage

Award-winning playwright Gloria Bond Clunie will bring her talents back to Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center and Theatre this winter with the play “Merry Kwanzaa,” written to celebrate Kwanzaa and highlight the differences between Kwanzaa and Christmas. It features a multi-cultural and multi-generational cast of local youth and adults. Tim Rhoze, Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre’s artistic director, directs the play, which will be performed at 3 p.m. on Dec. 26 at Fleetwood-Jourdain Center, 1655 Foster St.  The performance is free; more information is available by calling 847-448-825.