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November 2020

Gene Siskel Film Center Virtual Screening: Fresh Perspectives

November 16, 2020 @ 6:00 pm
Virtual Event Chicago, IL + Google Map
Free

The youth are the future. In the Fresh Perspectives shorts program, we present a selection of work from Chicago’s young filmmakers. A panel conversation with select filmmakers will follow the program. Both the screening and the youth panel discussion are free. SOLEFUL by Julia Harrold, Layla Dade and Diana Mardari in collaboration with ComEd/Columbia College and previously screened at Bronzeville Film Festival. BRONZEVILLE DOCUMENTARY by Nevaeh Waller, Leslie Williams, Eanyis Billings, Monica Barlow, Sanaya Martin, Rhoeyece Lawrence, and Siara Woods…

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Book Launch: “American Gun”

November 20, 2020 @ 6:00 pm
Virtual Event Chicago, IL + Google Map
Free

A free digital copy or a free hard copy (or multiple copies) may be obtained at bigshouldersbooks.com. American Gun: A Poem by 100 Chicagoans is a collective response to the individual suffering behind the statistics. Big Shoulders Books editor Chris Green asked one-hundred poets from across the city to take turns writing a communal poem about Chicago’s gun violence. The poets range in age, gender, race, ethnicity, and poetic experience. Such well-known poets as Ed Hirsch, Haki Madhubuti, Ed Roberson,…

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Kids Off the Block Hosts 14th Annual Feed a Teen Thanksgiving

November 21, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
11618 S. Michigan Chicago, IL + Google Map
Free

With music, prizes and special guests.  Pull up and go!  Social distancing, masks and sanitizer will be available at pick up.

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December 2020

Paving the Way Project 5th Annual Toy Drive

December 5, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Greater Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church, 109 E 53rd St
Chicago, IL 60615 United States
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Free

Seeking donations of toys for children 1-16 years old. Toy Drive runs from November 1st through December 5th, 2020.

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Strides for Peace Choose Hope Film Screening

December 9, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Virtual Event Chicago, IL
Free

The Choose Hope film series transports viewers to the frontlines of communities in Chicago facing the greatest challenges, providing a window into what is happening on the ground and introducing the hidden heroes who through their actions, choose hope, no matter the odds. This event is free, but you must PRE-ORDER tickets to join.   Join us to view the series and for a panel discussion, moderated by Mary Stonor Saunders, Executive Director of Strides of Peace. Panelists Meet the Filmmakers:…

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Virtual Sip ‘N Paint! Create a Masterpiece & Support BUILD

December 11, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Virtual Event Chicago, IL
$50

Sign up to join the first (virtual) Community Art Night of the season! Friday December 11th, On Zoom 7:00- 8:30 PM (register by 12/8, Tuesday) A prepared, pre-sketched canvas and all the art supplies you need will be hand-delivered to your door, and next Friday, pour yourself a drink and settle in as Ric Miranda from BUILD’s Arts Academy walks you through your own masterpiece celebrating the iconic Frida Kahlo. $50 per kit All proceeds benefit BUILD's Arts Academy and…

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Breakfast with Santa, hosted by Paving the Way

December 12, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Greater Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church, 109 E 53rd St
Chicago, IL 60615 United States
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Free

Join us for our annual Breakfast with Santa. Even in the midst of the pandemic, we will help make the holiday cheerful and bright by sharing good food, a picture with Santa, and toys from our annual toy drive with 150 children and their families. Strict COVID-19 precautions will be followed: guest must wear masks, observe social distancing guidelines, and “grab and go” breakfast meals will be provided. Registration will be required. More details forthcoming. For information and volunteer opportunities,…

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Santa Run Community 5k and Toy Drive

December 12, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Columbus Park, 5701 W. Jackson
Chicago, IL 60644 United States
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Free

The Santa Run 5k and Toy Drive is a collaborative effort between law enforcement, private sector, community organizations, faith-based partners, and City agencies to collect Christmas gifts for deserving children on the Westside of Chicago. The 5k course through Columbus Park will provide a unique opportunity to the Santa donors. The 5k fun-run course will take place on Saturday December 12, 2020 inside of Columbus Park. For health precautions, the race will have 7 separate staggered start times taking place…

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Free Covid-19 Drive Thru Testing

December 13, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The AFC Center, 7859 S. Ashland Ave.
Free

For the uninsured and insured with their insurance cards. This free program is being offered by a collaboration of Compassionate Care Network, Jewel Osco, Dr. Osman Meah, Molecular Diagnostic Labs and the Target Area Development Corp. Questions? Call 773-956-2650 / info@ccnamerica.com Registration required. To register, call 773-775-3600

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CHAMPS Male Mentoring Virtual Fundraiser

December 17, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Virtual Event Chicago, IL

The last year has challenged all of us, but CHAMPS has persevered and is entering 2021 stronger than ever! We are hosting this virtual event to showcase our work, to thank our supporters and to secure funding that will help us accelerate our growth in the new year. Our goal is to raise at least $100,000 this month to ensure we enter the new year with the capacity to meet the growing demand for our program.  Thanks to committed partners…

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