Community Briefs

Morgan Park United Methodist Church invites the community to join in knitting or crocheting hats and scarves to be given to homeless shelters as part of church’s Advent Outreach Program. Purchased hats, scarves and socks are also welcome. Items may be dropped off at the church, 11030 S. Longwood Dr., on Thursday, Dec. 9, and Friday, Dec. 10, from 12 to 5 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call (773) 238-2600 or email

The 2021-22 Emergency Heating Repair Program, a grant program to income-eligible Chicago homeowners for service to repair or replace their furnace or boiler heating system, is accepting applications through April 1, 2022. Residents can call (312) 744-3653 to request an application or visit to download the application package.

Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi and members of his staff will virtually meet with local business owners to answer their questions about recent property assessments on Monday, Nov. 29, at noon. Kaegi and his team will explain how the assessments are calculated and explain the appeals process. Appeals must be filed by Dec. 6. To register, visit or email Caroline Connors at

The Chicago Police Department 22nd District will host “Vehicular Hijacking–What You Should Know” on Wednesday, Dec. 8, at 6:30 p.m., as part of its Webinar Wednesday series. The series provides useful resources to keep the community safe. To register, visit For more information, call the 22nd District Community Policing Office at (312) 745-0620.

19th Ward Ald. Matt O’Shea, state Rep. Fran Hurley and state Sen. Bill Cunningham will host a public health and public safety telephone town-hall meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 7, from 7 to 8 p.m. Special guests will include Dr. Jennifer Seo of the Chicago Department of Public Health and Chicago Police Department 22nd District Cmdr. Sean Joyce. To register, visit