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Holiday sitting service

A babysitting service offered last year through the Howard Mohr Community Center will again be available to holiday shoppers this month. Santa’s Free Sitting Service is being offered in conjunction with local retailers between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. Daycare services will be provided free to those parents who show $50 in local receipts for each child. For those parents without receipts from local stores, the service is $5 per hour for each child.

Parents interested in the services can contact the Community Center, 7640 Jackson Blvd., at (708) 771-7737.

Young artists get PTA nudge

A group of nine students from Garfield Elementary will have their art projects judged as part of a national competition intended to spur creative expression. The theme of this year’s annual contest, sponsored by the National Parent-Teacher Association, is “I can make a difference by….” Out of a potential six categories, local kids completed projects in the genres of literature, photography and visual arts.

Tatum Bruno, second-grade; Kristen Hofman, third-grade; Maeve Roach, third-grade; and Kaluki Musau, Helen Roach, Rachel Stahlke, Leonard Gist, Jimmy Turek and Madeline Witt, all students in the fifth-grade, were chosen to advance.

An announcement on the regional judging is expected by mid-December, according to the local PTA.

Village’s holiday hours

The December holidays will impact business hours at village hall and limit the council to only one meeting this month. The village council will meet Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. at village hall. Typically, elected officials gather twice a month on the second and fourth Monday.

Village hall will close early on Dec. 24, Christmas Eve, and Dec. 31, in observance of New Year’s Eve. On both days municipal offices will close at 3 p.m. The offices will not open for business on Dec. 25 or Jan. 1.