Calendar of Events

Gingerbread House

Make this holiday season special by creating a gingerbread house with your child at the Oak Lawn Park District’s Stony Creek Restaurant & Banquets, 5850 W. 103rd St., on Tuesday, Dec. 17, from 6 to 8 p.m., for ages 2 and up.

Instructions and materials will be included. There will be one gingerbread house per child. The fee is $20.

For more information or to register, call (708) 857-2200.

Mt. Greenwood Branch Library

Toddler Story Time will be held on Mondays, Dec. 9 and 16, from 11 to 11:30 a.m., at the Mt. Greenwood branch library, 11010 S. Kedzie Ave.

This program of stories, songs, stretches and a craft is for children ages 18 to 35 months.

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Join the Rube Goldberg Club and create some wild inventions to solve everyday problems on Monday, Dec. 9, from 4 to 5 p.m.

A new challenge is given each month. All supplies will be provided.

This program is for ages 10 and older.

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The Junior League of Chicago Mad Hatters will perform stories, skits and poems on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 1 to 2 p.m.

Wear a favorite hat and join the fun. American Sign Language interpretation will be provided. The program is recommended for ages 1 to 7.

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People who are feeling creative can drop in and get busy at the Art Buffet on Monday, Dec. 16, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

All materials will be provided; be prepared to get messy.

The program is for all ages, and no registration required.

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A scrapbooking class for ages 9 and older will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 17, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Participants will create several 12-inch-by-12-inch sheets, and they should bring 15 to 20 photos. All other supplies will be provided.

There will also be a raffle for a 12-inch-by-12-inch scrapbook.

Refreshments will be served.

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“Skipping Christmas,” by John Grisham, will be the monthly book with a movie tie-in discussion in American Sign Language (ASL), on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The discussion will be facilitated by an ASL-fluent librarian.

Imagine a year without Christmas: no crowded malls, corny office parties, fruitcakes or unwanted presents. In “Skipping Christmas,” that’s just what Luther and Nora Krank have in mind when they decide that, just this once, they’ll skip the holiday.

However, as the weary couple is about to discover, skipping Christmas brings enormous consequences and isn’t half as easy as they’d imagined.

A classic tale for modern times, “Skipping Christmas” offers a hilarious look at the chaos and frenzy that have become part of the holiday tradition.

Books are available for checkout at the front desk.

For more information about library activities, call (312) 747-2805.

Pancake Breakfast with Santa

St. Walter Catholic Elementary School, 11741 S. Western Ave., will hold its annual pancake breakfast with Santa on Sunday, Dec. 8, from 7:30 a.m. to noon, in Peterson Hall.

Pictures with Santa will be available.

Tickets are $5 for seniors 65 and over and children ages 5 to 12 and $7 for adults; children ages 4 and younger are free.

Tickets will be available at the door.

Evergreen Park Library

Krista August will take visitors on a virtual tour of popular holiday attractions in the Chicago area as she presents “Chicago Holiday Traditions: Old and New” on Thursday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., at the Evergreen Park Library, 9400 S. Troy Ave.

Registration is requested.

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Teen Tech Club will be held on Saturdays, starting Dec. 7, at 1 p.m.

Join other techies to learn about a variety of tech-related topics including coding, working with green screens, and editing audio and video. A different topic will be covered each week.

Registration is requested.

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Children can experience the magic of the holidays with magician Keelan Wendorf on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 2 p.m.

No registration is required.

For more information, call (708) 422-8522 or visit the website at