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Recycling Extravaganza

1,000 Bikers Wanted to Ride on Earth Day Weekend


Area congregations raise awareness, encourage residents to leave cars behind Earth Day Weekend.

In celebration of Earth Day Weekend on April 21-22, Interfaith Green Network Congregations are encouraging residents to leave the cars home and to bike or walk from place to place. The goal is to get 1,000 people to participate in biking and walking around town to raise awareness of efforts we can all take to improve the environment in our community.  Residents can indicate their intent to walk or ride here: tinyurl.com/y7ytr8tz

Why bikes? Bikes are a safe, healthy, affordable and environmentally-friendly way to get around town. Biking with family and friends to congregation is a great way to connect in our community and be connected to nature on an early spring day.

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Prom Goes Green: Glass Slipper Project


Recycle your prom and bridesmaids dresses, jewelry, formal shoes and accessories in order to help Chicago juniors and seniors attend prom in style via the Glass Slipper project.

“Every girl should be able to attend prom and feel like a princess without letting the expense hold her back,” says Glass Slipper founder Dorian Carter.

Bag up your unused glittery goods and label them “Glass Slipper Project” with a permanent marker. Then leave them at one of Zengelers Cleaners’ eight suburban Chicago locations.  Click here for locations. If you’re in Chicago, leave dresses at Smitten Boutique (West Loop) or Alderman Ameya Pawar’s office (North Center).

You can also bring dresses and accessories directly to the Glass Slipper Project’s 2018 Boutiques on April 14 and 21 at Price Elementary School, any time between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Or you may ship items by labeling “Prom Goes Green” and sending to USAgain, 1555 W. Hawthorne Lane, 4W, West Chicago, IL 60185.

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Resilient Communities Forum Offers Climate Action Options

From left, Jason Funk, Amy Rosenthal, Gary Cuneen, Catherine Adduci, Cathy Yen, and Anan Abu-Taleb (not pictured) were some of the speakers at the Resilient Communities Forum. Photo by Cassandra West.

The Resilient Communities Forum on Jan. 31 at the Nineteenth Century Club drew 175 residents from Oak Park and River Forest. They heard from municipal and environmental leaders on ways nations and communities are addressing the challenges of climate change.

Cathy Yen, executive director of the Oak Park-River Forest Chamber of Commerce, emceed the program that included Village of River Forest President Catherine Adduci and Oak Park Mayor Anan Abu-Taleb, who both participated in the North American Mayors’ Climate Summit in December. They shared their takeaways from the conference and its meaning for local communities.

Oak Park resident Jason Funk, who attended the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, was the evening’s first speaker.

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House Plants 101 Seminar


House Plants 101 Seminar will take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 24, at the Good Earth Greenhouse, 7900 Madison St., in River Forest.

1. Why have houseplants? Indoor gardening, interior decoration, clean the air (why NASA cares – and you should too).

2. Different types of houseplants. Shape, size, light requirements, longevity.

3. Containers: Pots,  trays, terrariums.

4. Most common problems: Wrong light, overwatering, temperature/humidity, pests, diseases, corrective measures.

5. Recommended plants: “Bulletproof,” unusual, spectacular, seasonal/short term.

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