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Petzel: Trinity to host annual ChristKindle Market in November

Updated: November 15, 2012 6:16AM



Greetings fellow Oak Lawnians!

Trinity Lutheran Church, 9701 S. Brandt Ave., Oak Lawn, invites the community to come to its second annual ChristKindl Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 10. The market features crafters and vendors; fall and Christmas items and gifts; a raffle and a bake sale featuring European homemade items.

After hosting fall and spring craft fairs for 25 years, Trinity wanted to try something different for its fall craft fair.

“We were looking for something new and refreshing,” said Linda Bensen, one of the event organizers. “We came up with the European idea and developed a new lunch menu that’s different and very European.”

A lot of thought and planning went into selecting not only crafters, but European menu items that were in theme with the ChristKindl Market.

“We’ll have 25 tables with jewelry, greeting cards, wood and knit items, Christmas decorations, accessories and baby baskets,’ Bensen said. “We also have a lady who does quilts and throws. She is a beautiful seamstress.”

Bensen said last year’s inaugural holiday market was a big success.

“We expect there will be a couple hundred more people attending this year than in past years,” she said.

Visitors can enjoy shopping for gifts while holiday music plays in the background. The holiday market also will feature an assortment of goodies and treats.

“This year we’re having a European bake sale, and all the items will be homemade by our members,” Bensen said. “We’ll also have prepackaged candy and nuts, and we’ll have bratwurst, potato pancakes and other food items.”

It’s great to have a ChristKindl Market right here in Oak Lawn and not have to travel to downtown Chicago or other communities to enjoy this unique holiday experience.

All proceeds raised benefit the church for various projects that need to be done, as well as repairs and replacements.

Trinity still has a few spaces open for crafters and vendors at the show. Table rental is $25.

For more information, contact Bensen at (708) 422-0193.

Celebrity announcements

Lukas Makuch’s parents and family send him their love on his very first birthday. Happy eighth birthday to Dean Nusko from his “yia yia.” Happy birthday to Dolores and Louise Ehrhardt, who are turning 14, with love, from their parents and grandparents.

Happy 14th birthday to Michelle Sasala, with love from her parents and brother, John. Patti and Larry Sharon wish their son, Zachary, a happy 14th birthday. Happy 15th birthday to Tara Carson, from her parents, Moleigh and Liam.

Clarissa Ackermann’s parents send her their love on her 17th birthday. Happy birthday to Emily Mathis, who’s turning 17, from her mom. Dave and Juanita West send birthday wishes to their grandchildren, Dimitra Konstantopolis, who’s turning 21, and to Zachary West, who’s turning 30.

Elizabeth Ksiazek’s family wishes her a happy 23rd birthday. Mark Russo’s parents wish him a happy 26th birthday. Birthday wishes go out to Lisa Kohlstedt from her husband, Pat, and Jonathan, Grace and Jillian.

Happy birthday to Dr. Sandra Bury. Birthday wishes go out to Shirley Mis and to Sandra Allen. Special birthday wishes go out to Maryanna Petzel (yes, we’re related) from her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, granddogs, grandcats and great-grandlizards.

Happy birthday to John Vitiritti from his daughter, Joy. Jimmy Brown also is celebrating his birthday. Birthday wishes go out to Rick Weston, from Debbie, Porter, Sterling, Emma, Cocoa and family. Happy birthday to Eugene Mark from his wife, Aggie, and daughters.

Wedding anniversary wishes go out to Adam and Angie Arend on their eighth anniversary; Gary and Kim Krupa on their 11th anniversary; Jim and Laura Noble on their 27th anniversary; and Andy and Bonnie Paciga on their 42nd anniversary; and Mike and Barb Owsianiak on their 49th anniversary.

Keep your fellow Oak Lawnians informed about birthdays, special events or special “stuff” going on with your family or within the community. Call me at (708) 899-9544.

Until next time ...



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