Donate toys this weekend in Austin

Mothers Ona Mission28, an Austin group that provides support to survivors of violent crime, will be collecting toys for families that have been affected by violence or COVID-19. Bring unwrapped toys and gifts from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Dec. 19th to the Michele Lark High School parking lot at 5101 W. Harrison Ave. The toys and gifts can be dropped off from the safety of your car.

Celebrate the holidays with your Austin neighbors

See Christmas trees decorated in different cultures and meet others celebrating life on the West Side. The socially distanced event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 11 at 622 and 623 N. Lorel – two vacant lots that have been transformed into community gardens with the help of Block Club President Dollie Sherman. Refreshments will be served. Please, wear a mask.

Don’t forget to get your flu shot

City health officials are advising that everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot this year. The Chicago Department of Public Health has relaunched the Chicago Flu Vaccine Finder, a web-based app that shows where you can get a flu shot. In Austin residents can go to one of two Walgreens, one at 5222 W. Madison St. and the other at 1546 N. Central Ave.

Turkey giveaways Monday

Turkeys will be distributed on a first come, first served basis starting at 11 a.m. Nov. 23 at 5713 W. Chicago Ave.; and beginning at 12 p.m. at Michele Clark High School, 5101 W. Harrison St., and 5744 W. Chicago Ave. If you aren’t able to stop by one of the Austin sites during these times, turkeys are being distributed elsewhere throughout the city.