Stockings for Soldiers & Veterans 

Now – Saturday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Kuratko-Nosek Funeral Home

From now until Dec. 6, you can stop in at Kurato-Nosek Funeral Home and pick up a Christmas stocking to take home. You can decorate it and fill it with Christmas cheer! Your bundle of Christmas cheer will be stocked and shipped to troops abroad or veterans at home just in time for the holiday. Christmas is a time of giving and happiness, so make sure everyone can participate and feel the love this holiday season. Once you pick up your stocking, a list of recommended stocking stuffers will be provided as a guideline. “Providing our heroes with some good tidings and holiday cheer is a great way for us to show our support and appreciation for the sacrifices they make to keep our country safe and secure,” said Frank Nosek Jr., the funeral home owner. Besides stockings, the funeral home is also looking for donations of old cell phones to give to troops, as well. 2447 S. Desplaines Ave., North Riverside.

Crafternoon: Seasonal Candles 

Saturday, Nov. 11 , 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m., North Riverside Public Library

What do you get when you cross a relaxing Saturday afternoon and crafts? Well, you get Crafternoon! Crafternoon is conducted by the North Riverside Public Library on the second Saturday of every month. Up this month are Fall Seasonal Candles. In this fun craft, you can paint whatever you’d like on your candle and watch it melt away when it’s lit. Spend a leisurely afternoon crafting with your family and neighbors. Make sure to RSVP on the library’s website.  2400 S. Desplaines Ave.

Morning Munchkins Storytime 

Monday, Nov. 13, 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m., North Riverside Public Library 

Bring your little munchkin(s) to Morning Munchkins at the library this coming Monday. Get ready for a half hour of stories, songs, show and tell, and more! While the older kids are at school, bring your little one(s) to this morning of fun at the library. To extend the fun, maybe take them out for breakfast before or after! So, attend triple M: Monday Morning Munchkins!  Children 5 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. RSVP at the library’s website. 2400 S. Desplaines Ave.

Tree Trim

Saturday, Nov. 11 – Sunday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m., Brookfield Zoo 

Who says you can’t get into the Christmas spirit before the month of December? Brookfield Zoo certainly doesn’t! Join your community at the zoo Saturday and/or Sunday for this preparation of Holiday Magic by participating in their Tree Trim. Even though all the trees are sold out, you and your family can still attend the event! Holiday Magic occurs in the month of December but sponsoring a tree is the best way to support the zoo for the big event! Everyone is welcome: school groups, scout troops, families, and companies. To buy tickets visit Brookfield Zoo Tree Trim. 8400 W. 31st St.

Annual Turkey Shoot 

Sunday, Nov. 19   10:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Mater Christi, Menarik Hall 

Are you in need of a Thanksgiving turkey? Well, you’re in luck! The St. Paul VI Holy Name Society will be holding their annual Turkey Shoot this Sunday in Menarik Hall on the Mater Christi Campus in North Riverside. This Turkey Shoot will include 50 turkey raffles, games, pull tabs, split-the-pot, food, and more. Every five minutes, attendees have a chance of winning a turkey. Games of chance will be played in which you can win more than 1,000 grocery items, along with pumpkin pies, cakes, kolacky, houska, panettone, rye bread, ham, prasky, and salami. While events occur, multiple televisions will be playing various NFL games, as well. Food and drink, such as hot dogs, pumpkin pie, ice cream, beer, and soda will be on site to fill empty stomachs. For more information, call 708-602-1927. 2400 S. 10th Ave., North Riverside.

Guardian Angel Players, The Sound of Music

Thursday, Nov. 9 – Sunday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m., St. Louise De Marillac-Holy Guardian Angels Parish 

The Guardian Angel Players are back and ready to perform The Sound of Music. This classic musical includes a range of genres such as romance, drama and even suspense. The Players are a theater group composed of everybody: parochial and public-school students, parish members and community members. Their main mission, as a parish-based community theater group, is to perform collaborative art and bring people together. So, bring your friends, family, coworkers, and classmates to this production! Seats are general admission and doors open 30 minutes before curtains open at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Be there or be square! 1155 Harrison Ave., La Grange Park