Spirit of giving

n Blanket drive

Through Nov. 26

Hinsdale Covenant Church

412 S. Garfield Ave.

(630) 323-2318

The church is holding its annual drive, collecting new or gently used blankets of any type — lap throws, baby blankets, spreads, sheets and towels. Donations may be left inside the church’s main entrance. Pickups also can be scheduled. The items will be passed on to needy families in the inner city on Christmas Eve. Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays.

n Gavin Coyle: A Celtic Christmas

Dec. 1

McAninch Arts Center

College of DuPage

421 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn


(630) 942-4000

Revel in the holiday spirit with award-winning recording artist Gavin Coyle as he brings his annual “A Celtic Christmas” back to the MAC. Sing along with Gavin and his band, pianist Paul Burgess, harpist Karen Fernandez and flautist Joanne Diebold, as they perform traditional holiday favorites from America and Ireland. Ticket proceeds benefit People’s Resource Center, a local nonprofit serving DuPage County since 1975. Donations of food, books and board games also will be collected at the performance. Time: 8 p.m. Tickets: $40.

n Photos with Santa Paws

Dec. 2

Pet Rescue and Resource Center

21 Salt Creek Lane, Hinsdale


(630) 323-5630

Hinsdale Humane Society will take family photos with Santa and friendly pet(s), complete with holiday vendors, activities for the kids and more. Pictures will be available for download after the event. Time: noon to 4 p.m. Cost: $25 each. RR

*** n Holly Jolly Gingerbread Party

Dec. 3

Brookfield Zoo

3300 Golf Road


The Chicago Zoological Society’s Women’s Board is hosting this fundraiser to support the zoo. Families will be given pre-assembled gingerbread houses to decorate. Professional gingerbread house builders and decorators will be on hand to lend their advice. Children can also decorate ornaments to take home. Families also will enjoy a mouthwatering holiday brunch buffet with all the trimmings. Youngsters can also sip on hot chocolate topped with marshmallows and Bloody Mary’s and mimosas will be offered to adults. Santa will make a special appearance to hear all the children’s wish lists and to pose for holiday family photos and several of the zoo’s animal ambassadors will attend. Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets: $250, $150 for children, $2,000 for private table.

n Happy Pawlidays

Dec. 9


101 S. Washington St.

Get your pet’s picture taken with Santa Paws, enjoy raffles, drinks and light bites, and go home with a goodie bag at this event, with 10 percent of all sales benefiting Hinsdale Humane Society. Hours: noon to 3 p.m.

n Juniors Jingle Dash 5K

Dec. 10

Robbins Park

Seventh and Vine streets, Hinsdale


This third annual event will raise money to support the grants the Hinsdale Junior Woman’s Club makes to local nonprofits. Enjoy post-race snacks and a photo opportunity with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Festive holiday dress is encouraged. T-shirts are guaranteed for everyone who registers by Nov. 24. Registration closes Dec. 9. Time: 8 a.m. Registration: $40, $20 for kids 18 and younger, strollers are free; $5 more on race day.

n Secret Santa


The Rotary Club of La Grange and Pillars Community Health are once again asking for families for gift cards or monetary donations for their annual Secret Santa program, which serves children up to age 17 in need in Hinsdale and several neighboring communities. The most-needed items are Legos, board games, blankets, sports balls, children’s books, toys for ages 1-3, art supplies and batteries (AA, AAA, C and D). Gifts also can be purchased on Amazon through a link at the website listed above. A list of drop-off locations also is posted there.

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 invited 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. Purchases help the organization care for the animals at the shelter.

n Sponsor a Homeless Animal


Animal sponsorships are a great way to support homeless animals and a great gift idea. For a minimum sponsorship of $50, recipients will help provide care for an animal of their choosing, receive a personalized gift sponsorship certificate with the pet’s photo and an optional listing on the society’s website, if desired. Sponsorships can be purchased online. Questions? Call (630) 323-5630 or send an email to [email protected].

n Brookfield Zoo Adopt an Animal



(708) 688-8341

The Chicago Zoological Society’s Animal Adoption program is highlighting two species this holiday season: Kinda, the giraffe calf born Aug. 19 and the meerkat mob that arrived over the summer. Donations to the program are gifts that give twice — helping to provide expert care and feeding of an animal for one year as well as giving a thoughtful and unique present to a loved one. Other animals also are available. The basic package includes a photo, certificate, fact sheet and more. Price: $35 basic package, $165 for plush package (includes stuffed animal).