The Stardust Big Band (is that the perfect name for a big band, or what?) plays Count Basie, bossa nova and even "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch." At the Morton Grove Library's After Dark series, 7 p.m. Friday.
- Want to get artisan-crafted gifts for friends for the holidays? Go to the Morton Grove Farmer's Market Winter Market Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the American Legion Civic Center, 6140 Dempster. Plan on eating, too, there's good food.
- Pay $14 for a handcrafted bowl filled with a simple meal of soup and bread, and you get to keep the artsy bowl--and the proceeds go to help the hungry around the world. It's called the Empty Bowls fundraiser, at 10:30 a.m. at Oakton Community College, 1600 E. Golf Road, Des Plaines. Last year, it raised more than $30,000 to feed the hungry.
- Want to know what Morton Grove used to be like, and learn about personalities and gossip from the old days?Mary Busch, a co-author of the lively "Images of America: Morton Grove" book, tells how they put the book together.Expect a fun discussion. Sunday at 2 p.m., Morton Grove Library.
- Show off your ugly Christmas sweater for a great cause.Regina Dominican High School in Wilmette hosts a 2.5 K Christmas sweater walk; entry is a non-perishable food item. Benefits the Northern Illinois Food Bank.
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