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.

Visit Santa room at Legal Prep

Elementary-age youth from South Austin and Garfield Park are invited to stop by the Santa room at Legal Prep Charter Academy, 4319 W. Washington Blvd. from 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 9 and Dec. 10.

Register for toy giveaway

Wednesday, Dec. 8th is the deadline to register for the 37th Ward annual toy giveaway. The event is hosted by Ald. Emma Mitts and Global Outreach MInistries. Call (773) 379-0960.

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.

CTA holiday train, bus visiting Austin the next few weeks

Watch for the CTA’s holiday train and bus, which will be traveling throughout the city in coming weeks. The tradition – in its 30th year – is sponsored by Allstate. The holiday train will be traveling through Austin on Nov. 30, and Dec. 16-18. The holiday bus will be in Austin Dec. 7-9.

Free turkey giveaway Tuesday

At 1 p.m. Nov. 16, 1,000 turkeys will be given away by the Black Village Foundation, Chicago Bears player Tarik Cohen and Lil Durk’s Neighborhood Heroes. Stop by Dearborn Wholesaler Grocers, 4525 W. Madison St. There will also be free COVID testing.