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Green Community Connections provides a place to tap into conversations about sustainability issues and to identify concrete steps you can take. We believe change is both necessary and possible and the best way to get there is together. Learn more About Us.

Sugar Beet Gets Sweet in July


After several years of very hard work, the Sugar Beet Co-op is ready to host its Grand Opening on Friday, July 31. The Sugar Beet is a cooperatively owned, full-service grocery store at 812 Madison St., in Oak Park.  The store will be open to everyone for shopping and special tastings from local vendors and farmers on July 31, starting at 8 a.m.  Sugar Beet Co-op owners can also participate in behind-the-scenes tours and take advantage of special offers and give-aways from Friday, July 31, to Sunday, August 2.

The mission of the co-op is to support locally grown foods–by area farmers or residents in their own backyards. Why is it so important to eat local? Fresher taste, better nutrition and less packaging are just a few reasons.

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Green Volunteers Needed Thursday Nights

WasteDowntown Oak Park’s Thursday Night Out is going green. Instead of depositing garbage in the usual receptacles, three new waste stations will be set up at Lake and Marion. Volunteers are needed to help patrons discard their waste into the correct receptacle: landfill, compost, or recycle.

Dates and times are every Thursday night from 5 to 9 p.m. July 30 to August 27. Compensation will consist of two Thursday Night Out dine-around booklets each week ($32 value). Please contact Anna Wilson at anna@downtownoakpark.net or call at 708-383-4145.

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Pope Francis Challenges Us to “Care for Our Common Home”

Pope_Francis_Photo_2In June, Pope Francis released an almost 200-page encyclical, or circulated letter, with a decidedly green focus titled Laudato Si’ or Be Praised. For all those fighting climate change, this was cause for celebration as well as time for reflection. Below, local sustainability leaders of faith—Catholic, Jewish, and Protestant—express how this encyclical will impact their lives, practically and spiritually.

Pamela Todd, member of Grace Lutheran Church in River Forest
Gina Orlando, member of Ascension Catholic Parish in Oak Park
Margot McMahon, member of St. Giles Catholic Parish in Oak Park
Cynthia Klein-Banai, member of West Suburban Temple Har Zion in River Forest
Richard Alton, member of Euclid Avenue Methodist Church in Oak Park

A community discussion about the encyclical called, “Pertinent Passages”  will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 22, at Ascension Parish, 808 S. East Ave., in Oak Park. All are welcome.

Read on for personal reflections from Pamela, Gina, Margot, Cynthia, and Richard.

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Join with neighbors for Green ProAction Cafe #3

Thursday, August 27, 2015, 6:30 to 9:00 pm, at Thatcher Pavilion, Thatcher Woods Forest Preserve
8030 Chicago Ave., River Forest, IL  (Enter on the north side of Chicago Ave, west of Thatcher Ave.)

Photo courtesy of Cassandra West

Photo courtesy of Cassandra West

Green ProAction Café #3 is the final in a series of three gatherings intended to grow the number and diversity of residents engaged in dialogue and action focused on building a healthy, sustainable and resilient community.

Everyone is welcome!  Make sure your block, your school, your building, your congregation is represented!  No need to have participated in previous Green ProAction Cafes.  Join the conversation and let’s keep the ideas and creativity flowing!

Let’s shine a spotlight on good things happening in OPRF: Join with neighbors to celebrate resilience-building endeavors and accomplishments of 2015.  We’ll also learn about what’s new and what’s next!

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