The Westside Black Elected Officials, an organization chaired by 37th Ward Ald. Emma Mitts, will host crime victims and their loved ones on Sunday, Dec. 11 at Greater Little Rock the Lord’s Church, 647 N. Kedzie (entrance on Huron St.). All are welcome.

Children’s coat drive

From now until Dec. 9, 29th Ward Ald. Chris Taliaferro’s office will be holding a children’s coat drive.

Help keep local children warm this winter by dropping off your new or gently used children’s coats — sizes infant through 14 — at Taliaferro’s 29th Ward service office, 2445 N. Harlem Ave., through Friday.

Learn how to craft a sales strategy

Visit the Austin Branch Library, 5615 W. Race Ave., on Saturday, Dec. 10 to hone your sales pitch and practice the best ways to highlight your products and services. You’ll also learn how to create a 30-second commercial with your smartphone to post on YouTube in order to sell your product or service.

This free event is presented by Goodcity Chicago and Starting Up Now. Registration is required. For more information or to register (773) 473-4790 or visit