Hephzibah’s Bring-A-Gift Party

Wednesday, Dec. 6, 6 to 10 p.m., Healy’s Westside:

Help make the holidays merry for children. Donate a gift for any age child, gift card or cash. Enjoy drink specials and raffles. 21+. 7321 Madison St., Forest Park. Or, donate directly to Hephzibah Children’s Association. Wish List items include remote control toys, Transformer- and Frozen-themed items, LEGOs and craft kits. More: hephzibahhome.org, 708-649-7100. Drop off by Dec 16 at 946 North Blvd., Oak Park.

Talk and Sign

Author Bill Rapp will visit Centuries and Sleuth’s bookstore at 7419 W. Madison St. at 7 p.m. on Dec. 1 to talk about his new book “The Hapsburg Variation,” his second mystery thriller novel that explores the Cold War. 

Michael Teolis Singers “Christmas Is Coming”

Saturday, Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church: 

Hear new Christmas sounds, new takes on old favorites, reprises from past seasons and the Chicago premiere of John Gardner’s “Cantata For Christmas” for chorus and chamber orchestra. Local musicians include Oak Park singers Chris Bohlander, Barb Etchingham, and Laura Juliano. Forest Parkers include Louise Brueggemann, Nancy Greco, Erik Johnson, and accompanist David Richards. In it’s 11th season, MTS is partially funded by the Oak Park Area Arts Council, the Village of Oak Park and the National Endowment for the Arts. Physically accessible. $20; $15.00, seniors/students; cash only at the door. More: 708-366-2889, info@MTSingers.org. 324 N. Oak Park Ave. Oak Park

Proviso East Theater presents…

Proviso East Theater program presents comedy “Last Day of School” by Ian McWethy, at 7 p.m. on Dec. 1 at the Proviso East High School Auditorium. It’s the final day of classes at Rochester High School and a renegade student takes over morning announcements and proposes the entire school do something bold, stupid or somewhere in between. Tickets $10.

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