Celebrate October at Catalyst Circle Rock

Anyone 50 or older is invited to enjoy a traditional German lunch and live entertainment from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 26. MatherLifeWays is sponsoring Wednesday’s event, which is in partnership with Catholic Charities and Catalyst Schools.

Fall festival set for Saturday

Beth Anne Place will be holding its fall festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 28. at 1143 N. Lavergne. There will be pumpkin carving, entertainment, arts and crafts, and more.

Independent monitor to give West Side residents update on police department

There will also be roundtable discussions to gather the perspectives of Austin residents to ensure the monitoring efforts – part of the consent decree the Chicago Police Department is under – “reflect the priorities of Chicago’s diverse community members.” Refreshments will be served at the meeting, which will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 21 at Austin Town Hall, 5610 W. Lake St.

Couple donates $1 million to support Austin

The $1 million gift from Rick and Cate Waddell, given to United Way of Metro Chicago, will be used to support economic development over the next five years in Austin through the Neighborhood Network Initiative. Austin Coming Together will play a key role in the initiative.