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Karen’s Garden Provides Space to Grow

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On April 2, to mark the beginning of the season, the Oak Park Area Edible Gardening Cooperative will launch a unique community garden project dubbed “Karen’s Garden.” Oak Park resident Allen Green has graciously made his yard available to members of the Cooperative as a shared space for growing food and creating native habitat, at 213 Thomas St., in Oak Park.

The launch event will be an all-day affair and will include:

  • A joy-filled work session to prepare the yard for spring planting from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • A seed-starting workshop and “swap” of seeds and seedlings, beginning at 11 a.m.
  • Introductions and discussions of plans for the operation of Karen’s Garden for the coming year.

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Big Year Birding Competition

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Calling all new and experienced birders! The Big Year Birding Competition, sponsored by the Forest Preserves of Cook County, began March 1, and ends December 31. This is not a competition about stamina or skill, but about getting outside, observing wildlife, and convincing as many friends as possible to get involved.

There are two primary goals:

  1. Join the Thatcher Woods Tanagers Team or create your own team or call your closest preserve to find out about other teams. Whichever teams acquire the most new birders during the year will win prizes.
  2. Observe wildlife at your closest preserve and then enter as many bird species as possible into your preserve’s eBird hotspot. The teams with the most bird species recorded will be rewarded also.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society created eBird in 2002 to collect data on bird counts and distribution. eBird participants will join an international online community of scientists and hobbyists who share their avian observations.

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Tweet or Post during Fashion Revolution Week

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The One Earth Film Festival’s film, “The True Cost,” inspired us to look for ways to act, and we found Fashion Revolution Week (April 1824), a week of activism designed to build awareness about the true costs of fashion, including social injustice and environmental degradation.

Will you join us? Two easy steps:
1. Take a picture of the tag of your favorite clothing.
2. Tweet or post it to the fashion brand or store’s social media account with the hashtag: #WhoMadeMyClothes

Fashion Revolution Week is held each year on the anniversary of the collapse of the Bangladeshi garment factory, Rana Plaza, where more than 1,000 workers were killed. The group’s goal is to “create a fashion industry that values people, the environment, creativity and profit in equal measure.”

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Wild Ones Springtime Native Plant Sale

Silky Aster

Silky Aster

Wild Ginger

Wild Ginger

Showy Black-Eyed Susan

Showy Black-Eyed Susan

Lure birds, bees, and butterflies to your garden by purchasing native plants through West Cook Wild Ones this spring. You may order in advance, from now until April 15. The sale takes place on May 14, at Euclid Avenue United Methodist Church parking lot, on Washington St., one block east of Oak Park Ave., in Oak Park. Please bring boxes and bags to carry home your pre-ordered plants as well as those purchased the day of the sale.

Forbs and grasses are available for this spring sale, and trees and shrubs will be available for the fall sale. West Cook Wild Ones members receive a discount when they order by entering the code MEMSAVE10. Search for the right plants according to your available conditions: sun, shade, dry or wet. Go to:  http://wild-ones-west-cook.myshopify.com/

Young Filmmakers Contest Winners

One Earth Film Festival Announces Young Filmmakers Contest Winners

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Students from Oak Park River Forest High School, Trinity High School, Interlochen Arts Academy (MI), Brooks Middle School, Sandburg Middle School (Elmhurst), and Willard School will win top prizes in the One Earth Our Earth Young Filmmakers Contest during the One Earth Film Festival, March 4-6.

Winning films will premiere and filmmakers will receive cash awards at two ceremonies, one for high school at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at Columbia College, Ferguson Lecture Hall, Room 101, 600 S. Michigan Ave., in Chicago, and the other for elementary and middle school winners (high school winners will also be shown) at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 6, at Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St., in Oak Park.

High School Winner Liam Loughran of Oak Park River Forest High School

Liam Loughran

Liam Loughran

Fifteen-year old Liam Loughran won the high school level for his concise, 3-minute, 42-second film, “Transportation.” In it, he extolls the environmental virtues of public transportation while showing cars, trains and buses from a variety of visual angles: aerial, ground, and even the exterior of a moving train. He intersperses stop motion explanations with colored paper cutouts while he narrates the facts and figures, showing that public transport is cheaper, healthier, and ultimately reduces global warming.

Liam’s film will be shown three times during the One Earth Film Festival, March 4-6. The debut screening will be at the Green Carpet Gala, 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 4, at Fourth Presbyterian Church’s Gratz Center, 126 E. Chestnut St., in Chicago. Saturday, March 5, it will appear at the Young Filmmakers Contest High School Awards at Columbia College. Finally, to inspire younger filmmakers, it will be screened at the elementary and middle school level ceremony, Sunday, at Oak Park Public Library.

Liam’s winnings include a $250 check and an additional $250 matching gift, which he plans to donate to Active Transportation Alliance.

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Thank you to our Presenting Sponsors from the One Earth Film Festival.

    

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