KWANZAA COMMENCES: The 14th-annual Kwanzaa Observance Program at Malcom X Community College on the near West Side kicks off today. The weeklong celebration, entitled "Kwanzaa 2008: A Celebration of Youth Leadership," features traditional rituals and principles, plus live dance, music, spoken word and other performances. An African marketplace offers art, clothing and gifts. 10AM-5PM, free.
IT'S A WRAP: Bring your leftover holiday wrapping paper to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum today for "Trash to Treasure." Your garbage will be used to create a mural that will be displayed in the museum. Or, use it to make your own creation. 11AM-3PM, free.
WORK IT OUT: Blow off some holiday steam at Sound-Bar tonight for "The Day After X-Mas" party. Chicago house music legend Bad Boy Bill will spin the soundtrack. 10PM-4AM, $10, RSVP for no cover before 11PM at www.exactevents.com.