OLD TOWN TRIANGLE — The Edgar Miller Legacy will hold its second annual Fall Smash fundraiser this weekend.
Tickets start at $125 for the event, which runs from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday in the Glasner Studio at 1734 N. Wells St. It includes a farm-to-table dinner from chef Emily Kraszyk, craft cocktails from Clint Rogers of the Dogma Group and other drinks from Half Acre Beer, Dark Matter Coffee and Diva Wine.
It also includes a silent auction of prints and other artwork associated with Miller and Sol Kogen, known for their distinctive work on houses in the Old Town area, including the Legacy's studios and Burton Place. The auction items can be previewed online, but of course you have to attend the Fall Smash to actually bid on them.
• The Lincoln Park Conservancy is looking for volunteer docents to help guide visitors through the Lincoln Park Conservatory and Gardens, including the Caldwell Lily Pool. Online registration closes Friday, with training set to take place from 8:30 a.m.-noon over six straight Saturdays starting Oct. 14.
• But online nominations have just opened for the second annual Best of Lincoln Park Awards. Nominations will be accepted by the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce until noon Oct. 23, to be followed by public voting on the finalists Oct. 27 on the way to the award ceremony Nov. 13 at Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets go on sale Monday, with $30 for early bird purchases, $40 in advance and $50 at the door.
• With the shootings in the news this week, Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church, 600 W. Fullerton Parkway, holds a Vigil Against Gun Violence at 5 p.m. Sunday.
"This has been in the works for quite some time, and the recent mass shooting, domestic-terrorism incident in Las Vegas makes it seem all the more necessary,"said the Rev. Beth Brown, the church's pastor.
As part of the vigil, the church is putting up its second annual display of children and youths younger than 19 who were lost to gun violence in Chicago.
"We will have pictures of every child and youth killed by gun violence in the past year," Brown said. "Last year it stretched over three-quarters of our front lawn. This year it will cover the entire length.
"Why do we do our annual display?" Brown added. "Why are we doing our vigil? We do it because we want everyone who lives on the North Side of Chicago to remember that gun violence anywhere in our city is unacceptable. We do it because we want everyone to remember that no child is free until all children are free. We do it because as a church we believe these children are our children."