Teens invited to winter wonderfest

West Side teens are invited to a holiday celebration from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 17 at La Follette Park, 1333 N. Lararmie Ave. There will be free food and giveaways as well as a winter clothes drive. For each piece of clothing a teen brings, they will get one raffle ticket.

Attend Christmas tree lighting Saturday

The tree lighting will be Dec. 4 at Assumption Church, 601 S. Central. Refreshments will be served at 5:30 p.m. followed by the lighting at 6 p.m. All are welcome at this free event, which will include Christmas carols.

Celebrate Nelson Mandela Friday in Austin

Celebrate the birthday of peacemaker Nelson Mandela from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 16 at 5300 W. Chicago Ave. Two community leaders – Chicago Police Sgt. Jermaine Harris and state Sen. Kim Lightford – will be honored. Friday’s celebration is sponsored by state Rep. La Shawn Ford, the Westside Health Authority and SSA 72.