Normally I don’t talk about this subject until after Thanksgiving, but I thought I would give you a heads up in case you wanted to get started — you know what I’m talking about.

Here are some ideas so you can get cracking to find that perfect item for yourself or that special someone. The best part is that it’s all right here and you will be helping others.

First there is the Riverside Arts Center Holiday Harvest 2021, a silent auction fundraiser that will take place on Saturday, Nov. 6. You will have a chance to bid on many items that can be viewed now by going to

You can bid on everything from original artwork to Chicago Bears tickets to some local bourbon from Quincy Street Distillery to gift certificates at local businesses to a two-night stay at and Airbnb that doubles as an art museum.

The proceeds help support RAC, which offers art classes as well as art exhibits in various media. Give this fundraiser a look and help the advancement of art in Riverside.

Here’s a yummy one. The Riverside branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is having a fudge sale to further their philanthropic endeavors, including college scholarships for local girls. 

This tasty fundraiser is easy. Just place your order now by calling Christine Zogas at 708-313-9173. You’ll get a 10-ounce box of fudge (plain or with nuts) from Aunt Diana’s in Riverside for only $7.

The last day for ordering is Nov. 23, which gives you plenty of time to make your list of deserving recipients. Don’t know of any teacher that wouldn’t be happy to get Aunt Diana’s fudge. Of course, there’s no rule that says you can’t buy some for yourself and indulge while knowing you are helping a local group.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, local philanthropic groups have had to be creative with their fundraising the last couple of years and we applaud their efforts to keep up their good works.

Going global: If you don’t think the Landmark is read worldwide, well it is! My last column about a member of the Denniston family in Riverside was read by a family member in Boston, who sent it to another family member with the column eventually winding up in Michigan with Debbie Denniston McBride, whose mother was the subject of the column. I suspect there will be more historical facts to come.