The U of I Extension will host its first Pumpkin Smash on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Chicago High School For Agricultural Sciences, 3857 W. 111th St. Residents can drop off their jack-o-lanterns at the one-day-only composting collection. Gourds, corn stalks and straw bales will also be collected. Natural materials only will be accepted. For more information, call Sarah at (773) 233-2900 or email

Morgan Park United Methodist Church invites the community to join in knitting, or crocheting hats and scarves to be given as Christmas donations to homeless shelters, as part of its Advent Outreach Program. The program will run from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. Items may be dropped off at the church, 11030 S. Longwood Dr. For more information, email

The Beverly branch library, 1962 W. 95th St., will host a Home for the Holidays Military Toy Drive one day only on Saturday, Nov. 9. New, unwrapped toys for children ages 1 to 16 can be dropped off at the library from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (773) 828-8195.

The Evergreen Park American Legion Auxiliary 854 will host a spaghetti dinner fund raising event on Friday, Nov. 8, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the American Legion Post, 9701 S. Kedzie Ave. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 5 to 12, and children under 5 are free of charge. Tickets are available at the post in advance or at the door. There will also be a bake sale and raffles. For more information, call (708) 422-9315.

Registration for the Mt. Greenwood Hockey League will be held on Friday, Nov. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Mt. Greenwood Park, 3721 W. 111th St. The season begins Dec. 14 and runs through Feb. 15, 2020. For more information, visit or its Facebook page. For information, call Jack Duffy at (773) 575-1101 or Devan Lesch at (773) 858-6802.

Smith Village, 2320 W. 113th Pl., will offer tips for handling upcoming holiday events with dependent older adults who have dementia or Alzheimer’s disease at a free support group on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 6:30 p.m. Diane Morgan, Smith Village social service director of long-term care, will discuss a variety of topics. There will be time for questions, and light refreshments will be served. For reservations, call (773) 474-7300 or email

Advocate Christ Medical Center, in Oak Lawn, is accepting applications for its four-month Emergency Medical Technician training course. The course is scheduled to meet two times per week at the EMS Academy, 5220 W. 105th St. The day session meets on Monday and Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., beginning Jan. 13, 2020; and the evening session meets on Tuesday and Thursday, from 6 to 10 p.m., beginning Jan. 14. The course consists of 110 hours of classroom work, 24 hours of clinical rotations in the medical center’s emergency department and labor and delivery room, and 36 hours of ambulance training. The cost is $1,300, which covers books, uniform shirt, AHA Healthcare Provider CPR class, required background check, classroom lab fees and course instruction. An informational session will be held on Thursday, Dec. 5, at the EMS Academy at 7 p.m. For more information, call Lisa Krch, at (708) 684-3759 or Kevin Forney, at (708) 684-3799.

A free support and education group for adults with diabetes, their family members and friends meets on the first Thursday of every month from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Advocate Christ Medical Center, 95th Street and Kilbourn Avenue, in Oak Lawn. The next meeting will be held on Thursday, Nov. 7. Certified diabetes educators facilitate the group. Each month will focus on a different diabetes topic with the opportunity to learn, share and get questions answered. Refreshments will be provided. Free valet parking is available. For more information or to register, call (708) 684-5182.

Marist High School Hockey will host Skate with the Marist Coaching Staff on Sunday, Oct. 27, from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m., at the Morgan Park Sports Center, 11505 S. Western Ave. For more information, call Coach Bandzi at (708) 845-0638 or email