Spirit of giving

n Greeting card fundraiser


Help the Hinsdale Central Boosters ring in the holidays with a greeting card fundraiser through http://www.minted.com. Use the promo code FUNDRAISEHINSDALEHS to receive 20 percent off an order and Boosters will receive a donation equal to 15 percent of the total purchase. Funds support Central students through fall and spring grants to activities and athletics.

n Gavin Coyle: A Celtic Christmas

Dec. 2

McAninch Arts Center

College of DuPage

421 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn


(630) 942-4000

Gavin Coyle brings his annual “A Celtic Christmas” back to the MAC. Sing along with Gavin and his band as they perform traditional holiday favorites from America and Ireland. Ticket proceeds benefit People’s Resource Center. Time: 8 p.m. Tickets: $40.

n Juniors Jingle Dash 5K

Dec. 11

Robbins Park

Seventh and Vine streets, Hinsdale


This second annual event will raise money to provide college scholarships for area high school students. Enjoy post-race snacks and a photo opportunity with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Festive holiday dress is encouraged. Time: 8 a.m. Registration: $40, $20 for kids 18 and younger, strollers are free; $5 more on race day.

n BEDS Plus Adopt a Family

Through Dec. 15

BEDS Plus office

9601 E. Ogden Ave., La Grange


(708) 354-0858

Those looking to make a difference for someone in need can choose from many BEDS Plus programs. The Adopt-A-Family Gift Giving Program matches a donor with clients who cannot afford to celebrate the holidays. The Holiday Gift Sets program asks donor to provide five or more gift bags filled with identical items for adult clients. The third program is a set of client families identified to receive gifts through the Blackberry Market La Grange Giving Tree Program. See the website for more information.

n Jingle Ball

Dec. 16

Hinsdale Humane Society

21 Salt Creek Lane


(630) 323-5630

The Hinsdale Humane Society Junior Board invites the whole family to enjoy pup time, a bake sale, cookie decorating, games, letters to Santa and filling stockings for cats. All guests are encouraged to bring wrapped, stocking-sized gifts for adoptable cats and dogs and wear a favorite ugly sweater. Time: 7 to 9 p.m. Cost: $15, $10 for kids under 12. RR

n Tree of Remembrance

Through Jan. 1

Lincoln and First streets, Hinsdale


Advent Health St. Thomas Hospice’s Tree of Remembrance will stand outside of BMO Harris Bank from Thanksgiving through the new year. Community members are able to make a donation and have a loved one’s name listed on the boards beside the tree. Visit the website listed above for details.

n Hinsdale Humane Society Gift Shop


Find the perfect gift for an animal-lover at the Hinsdale Humane Society Pet Rescue and Resource Center online gift shop and help raise money to care for homeless animals. T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, tote bags and stickers are available for the humans on the gift list.