Optimum Raised Bed Gardening Soil
Mar
23
2:00 PM14:00

Optimum Raised Bed Gardening Soil

See Good Food Expo workshops and full day schedule here

Learn about the latest advances in building healthy soil.

Managing for soil health is one key step toward having a successful garden this summer. Some simple tips that will reap great rewards are:

  • Avoiding compaction

  • top dressing with dense leaf mulch

  • promoting soil drainage

  • applying organic material that supports soil microorganisms

  • adding compost

  • adding biochar

Brought to you by Deep Roots Project.

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Seed Starting Workshop & Seed Swap
Mar
24
12:00 PM12:00

Seed Starting Workshop & Seed Swap

Are you growing your own organic food garden this season? Extend your growing season! Learn how to sprout your seeds indoors with grow lights in 2-3 weeks while it’s still too cold to germinate seeds outdoors. Sign up for our workshop co-sponsored by The Sugar Beet Food Co-op and Deep Roots Project.

Following the workshop, will be a Seed Swap so bring your extra seeds to swap. Everyone is welcome to stay and swap seeds & gardening stories afterwards!

The workshop will include:

  • why seed start

  • which seeds to start

  • tips before you start

  • when to start

  • how to start

  • tips to keep in mind during growth

  • hardening and transplant

Brought to you by Deep Roots Project.

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Deep Roots Project Volunteer Gathering and Potluck Dinner
Mar
30
5:30 PM17:30

Deep Roots Project Volunteer Gathering and Potluck Dinner

Bring food to share.
But no need to brings drinks. The Good Earth Greenhouse Café will supply our drinks.
We will continue eating during the presentation.

Everyone is welcome!
It doesn’t matter if you are already a Deep Roots volunteer or this will be your first time at one of our volunteer events. We welcome volunteers with many skill sets and interests. Above all we want all our volunteers to do meaningful work that they enjoy, as well as to learn new skills and have fun. Please bring a friend, your kids and family members.

see our volunteer assistant positions

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Delta Social at Lagunitas Brewing
Apr
9
8:30 PM20:30

Delta Social at Lagunitas Brewing

Four reasons why you should attend: 

  1. All you can eat food! 

  2. Your $10 ticket is the same price as two coffees, and helps Delta’s environmental and economic programs.

  3. $5.44 of your $6 Lagunitas beer purchase goes directly to Delta Institute.

  4. Activities, games, and merriment for you and your friends to enjoy.

For more details contact Sid at sfreitagfey@delta-institute.org. Register early as space is limited, come spend what would otherwise be a “regular” Tuesday evening with us in a fun, fantastic venue!

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Screening 'Anthropocene: The Human Epoch'
Apr
13
1:00 PM13:00

Screening 'Anthropocene: The Human Epoch'

Followed by Q+A with Jennifer Baichwal & Nicholas de Pencier
Directors: Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas De Pencier
97 min, Canada, 2018

As shocking as it is staggeringly beautiful, “Anthropocene: The Human Epoch” provides a visceral chronicle of humanity’s massive reengineering of the planet. From vast reaches of lithium ponds in the Chilean desert to colossal chunks excavated out of Russian mountains, this big-screen cinematic event impresses with the awesome scale of its imagery—and its harrowing implications. Following their previous nonfiction masterworks Manufactured Landscapes (2006) and Watermark (2013), award-winning filmmakers Baichwal and De Pencier, in collaboration with celebrated photographer Edward Burtynsky, go beyond your standard National Geographic environmental doc to create an experiential piece of eco-horror. “Packed with shattering images and astounding ironies” (The Globe and Mail), this “riveting [work] leaves the unmistakable sensation that mankind is busily choreographing its own destruction” (Toronto Star).

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Sacred Wandering
Apr
20
8:30 AM08:30

Sacred Wandering

Join us as we explore meditation-in-nature with Sacred Wandering. Simplicity and reverence will be our guides. Join Terry Kinsey and Krista Mikos as they explore a new way of experiencing nature – the Sacred Wandering Way.

Krista teaches Environmental Justice and Advocacy at DePaul University and is a 25 year practitioner of Qi Gong. Terry has led numerous outdoor retreats and has been a practicing Unitarian Universalist-Buddhist for 2 decades as well.

We will meet at Thatcher Woods Pavilion, 8030 Chicago Ave., in River Forest, on the 3rd Saturday of the month rain or shine from 8:30 to 10 a.m. We are starting a modern-day movement. Join us!

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Sugar Beet Winter Farmers' Market
Apr
20
10:00 AM10:00

Sugar Beet Winter Farmers' Market

Get your Farmers’ Market fix during the off-season. Visit with favorite farmers and producers, and maybe meet a new favorite. These take place monthly from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, Nov. 17, Dec. 15, Jan. 19, Feb. 16, March 16, and April 20. Markets are held in the Sugar Beet Food Co-op entrance on Grove, just north of the store entrance.

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Repair Cafe
Apr
20
10:00 AM10:00

Repair Cafe

Repair Cafes are free meeting places, and they’re all about fixing things, rather than throwing them away. At the Repair Cafe, you’ll find the tools and materials to help you make any repairs you need. You’ll also find repair specialists to help you, such as electricians, seamstresses, jewelry experts, carpenters, and general fix-it folks. We usually meet on the 3rd Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Oak Park Senior Citizens’ Center, 414 S. Oak Park Ave., in Oak Park.

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Earth Day DesPlaines River Cleanup Thatcher Woods
Apr
27
8:00 AM08:00

Earth Day DesPlaines River Cleanup Thatcher Woods

  • Trailside Museum of Natural History (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join the Forest Preserves of Cook County and the River Forest Park District in removing trash. A great Service Project for families, schools and scout groups! All materials provided.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Register at http://rfparks.com/events/desplaines-river-cleanup/.

Photo courtesy of Paige Bollman/flickr.

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Forest Bathing
Apr
28
1:00 PM13:00

Forest Bathing

Join Roberta Jannsen for a forest therapy walk and experience nature in a healthy way that will help you get out of your head, live in our body and reduce stress in your life. For adults and teens. Space is limited.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Call Trailside at 708-366-6530.

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Earth Words: A Nature Writing Workshop
Apr
28
2:30 PM14:30

Earth Words: A Nature Writing Workshop

Learn to write about the nature where you live: in nearby parks and nature preserves; along rivers, lakes, and ponds; and in your own backyard. Whether in a private journal or for publication, you will learn techniques for describing the flora and fauna you encounter, and also recording and reflecting on the meaning they have for you.

All are welcome to attend, no matter your experience in journal writing or writing for others.

Presenter Carol LaChapelle is a writer, teacher, and the author of Finding Your Voice, Telling Your Stories (Marion Street Press, 2008).  Her essays have appeared on the Center for Humans & Nature’s City Creatures blog, Chicago Wilderness Magazine, and Next Avenue.

Brought to you by West Cook Wild Ones.

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Nature Book Club
May
2
7:00 PM19:00

Nature Book Club

Discuss the book “How to Be Good Creature: A Memoir of 13 Animals” by Sy Montgomery along with leaders from the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Call for details. Ages 18 & up.

Photo courtesy of Hougton Mifflin Harcourt.

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Food as Medicine CME Symposium
May
5
9:00 AM09:00

Food as Medicine CME Symposium

Join the fourth annual Food as Medicine Symposium, featuring a day of cutting edge nutritional medicine from expert, nationally renowned specialists. This symposium is perfect for any person desiring a deeper understanding of how to improve mental well-being and brain health. Learn self care practices for improved quality of life. Cooking demonstrations by chef trained doctors, a delicious plant based lunch, and CME credit are offered. Parking included.

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Sugar Beet Winter Farmers' Market
Mar
16
10:00 AM10:00

Sugar Beet Winter Farmers' Market

Get your Farmers’ Market fix during the off-season. Visit with favorite farmers and producers, and maybe meet a new favorite. These take place monthly from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, Nov. 17, Dec. 15, Jan. 19, Feb. 16, March 16, and April 20. Markets are held in the Sugar Beet Food Co-op entrance on Grove, just north of the store entrance.

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Repair Cafe
Mar
16
10:00 AM10:00

Repair Cafe

Repair Cafes are free meeting places, and they’re all about fixing things, rather than throwing them away. At the Repair Cafe, you’ll find the tools and materials to help you make any repairs you need. You’ll also find repair specialists to help you, such as electricians, seamstresses, jewelry experts, carpenters, and general fix-it folks. We usually meet on the 3rd Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Oak Park Senior Citizens’ Center, 414 S. Oak Park Ave., in Oak Park.

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Sacred Wandering
Mar
16
8:30 AM08:30

Sacred Wandering

Join us as we explore meditation-in-nature with Sacred Wandering. Simplicity and reverence will be our guides. Join Terry Kinsey and Krista Mikos as they explore a new way of experiencing nature – the Sacred Wandering Way.

Krista teaches Environmental Justice and Advocacy at DePaul University and is a 25 year practitioner of Qi Gong. Terry has led numerous outdoor retreats and has been a practicing Unitarian Universalist-Buddhist for 2 decades as well.

We will meet at Thatcher Woods Pavilion, 8030 Chicago Ave., in River Forest, on the 3rd Saturday of the month rain or shine from 8:30 to 10 a.m. We are starting a modern-day movement. Join us!

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'RiverBlue' Film Screening
Mar
9
1:00 PM13:00

'RiverBlue' Film Screening

Following international river conservationist, Mark Angelo, “RiverBlue” spans the globe to infiltrate one of the world’s most pollutive industries, fashion. Narrated by actor and clean water advocate Jason Priestley, this groundbreaking documentary examines the destruction of our rivers, the effects on humanity, and the solutions inspiring hope for a sustainable future. Through harsh chemical manufacturing processes and the irresponsible disposal of toxic chemical waste, one of our favorite iconic clothing items has destroyed rivers and impacted the lives of people who count on these waterways for their survival.

Q&A with film director Roger Williams via Skype following the film.

Teens and young adults encouraged to attend. Doors open 30 minutes before start time. Arrive early to avoid lines and get best seats. ADA compliant accessible venue.

David McIlvride & Roger Williams/2017/52 min/Water

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'RiverBlue' Film Screening
Mar
7
7:00 PM19:00

'RiverBlue' Film Screening

  • University of Chicago Green Line Performing Arts Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Following international river conservationist, Mark Angelo, “RiverBlue” spans the globe to infiltrate one of the world’s most pollutive industries, fashion. Narrated by actor and clean water advocate Jason Priestley, this groundbreaking documentary examines the destruction of our rivers, the effects on humanity, and the solutions inspiring hope for a sustainable future. Through harsh chemical manufacturing processes and the irresponsible disposal of toxic chemical waste, one of our favorite iconic clothing items has destroyed rivers and impacted the lives of people who count on these waterways for their survival.

Q&A with film director Roger Williams via Skype following the film.

Teens and young adults encouraged to attend. Doors open 30 minutes before start time. Arrive early to avoid lines and get best seats.

David McIlvride & Roger Williams/2017/52 min/Water

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'Living the Change' Screening
Mar
6
6:00 PM18:00

'Living the Change' Screening

Living the Change” explores solutions to the global crises we face today—solutions any of us can implement—through the inspiring stories of people pioneering change in their own lives and in their communities in order to live in a sustainable and regenerative way. From forest gardens to composting toilets, community supported agriculture to timebanking, “Living the Change” offers solutions being used now that we can employ to combat climate change today.

Q&A with film directors/writers/producers Jordan Osmond and Antoinette Wilson via Skype following the screening.

Teens and young adults encouraged to attend. Doors open 30 minutes before start time. Arrive early to avoid lines and get best seats. ADA compliant accessible venue.

Jordan Osmond & Antoinette Wilson/2018/85min/Conservation

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'Youth Unstoppable ' Screening
Mar
6
6:00 PM18:00

'Youth Unstoppable ' Screening

Youth Unstoppable: The Rise of the Global Youth Climate Movement (formerly “An Inconvenient Youth”) captures the vibrant untold story of the global youth climate movement. Decisions made today are shaping the world they will live in, and they are no longer willing to sit idly as the planet is degraded for the short term gain of the older generations. Director Slater Jewell-Kemker has been interviewing celebrities and politicians about the environment since the age of ten, now she is telling the stories of these remarkable young people on the front lines of climate change. This is the story of the youth of today fighting for their planet, their future.

Teens and young adults encouraged to attend. "PG-13" May contain heavy themes, graphic images or language.

Doors open 30 minutes before start time. Arrive early to avoid lines and get best seats. ADA compliant accessible venue.

Slater Jewell-Kemker/2018/86 min/Climate Change

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'RiverBlue' Film Screening
Mar
2
3:00 PM15:00

'RiverBlue' Film Screening

Following international river conservationist, Mark Angelo, “RiverBlue” spans the globe to infiltrate one of the world’s most pollutive industries, fashion. Narrated by actor and clean water advocate Jason Priestley, this groundbreaking documentary examines the destruction of our rivers, the effects on humanity, and the solutions inspiring hope for a sustainable future. Through harsh chemical manufacturing processes and the irresponsible disposal of toxic chemical waste, one of our favorite iconic clothing items has destroyed rivers and impacted the lives of people who count on these waterways for their survival.

Teens and young adults encouraged to attend. Doors open 30 minutes before start time. Arrive early to avoid lines and get best seats. ADA compliant accessible venue.

David McIlvride & Roger Williams/2017/52 min/Water

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'Youth Unstoppable' Screening
Mar
2
10:00 AM10:00

'Youth Unstoppable' Screening

Youth Unstoppable: The Rise of the Global Youth Climate Movement (formerly “An Inconvenient Youth”) captures the vibrant untold story of the global youth climate movement. Decisions made today are shaping the world they will live in, and they are no longer willing to sit idly as the planet is degraded for the short term gain of the older generations. Director Slater Jewell-Kemker has been interviewing celebrities and politicians about the environment since the age of ten, now she is telling the stories of these remarkable young people on the front lines of climate change. This is the story of the youth of today fighting for their planet, their future.

Teens and young adults encouraged to attend. "PG-13" May contain heavy themes, graphic images or language.

Post-film Q&A with Director Slater Jewell-Kemker. Learn about action opportunities through Sunrise Chicago, Park Ridge Community Health Commission, and Go Green Park Ridge. Uncle Dan's will be offering spots for its free Youth Unstoppable Leave no Trace Eco-Clinic for Youth 12 - 18 (includes pizza & giveaways). The Eco-Clinic is at 5 p.m. at Uncle Dan's in Park Ridge on the day of the screening. Facilitator: Kyrsten Jovita, Sunrise Chicago.

Doors open 30 minutes before start time. Arrive early to avoid lines and get best seats. ADA compliant accessible venue. Concessions available for purchase.

Slater Jewell-Kemker/2018/86 min/Climate Change

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'Living the Change' Film Screening
Feb
28
7:00 PM19:00

'Living the Change' Film Screening

Living the Change” explores solutions to the global crises we face today—solutions any of us can implement—through the inspiring stories of people pioneering change in their own lives and in their communities in order to live in a sustainable and regenerative way. From forest gardens to composting toilets, community supported agriculture to timebanking, “Living the Change” offers solutions being used now that we can employ to combat climate change today.

Admission $7
Free with university I.D.

Teens and young adults encouraged to attend. Doors open 30 minutes before start time. Arrive early to avoid lines and get best seats. ADA compliant accessible venue.

Jordan Osmond & Antoinette Wilson/2018/85min/Conservation

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 'Living the Change' Film Screening
Feb
21
7:00 PM19:00

'Living the Change' Film Screening

Living the Change” explores solutions to the global crises we face today—solutions any of us can implement—through the inspiring stories of people pioneering change in their own lives and in their communities in order to live in a sustainable and regenerative way. From forest gardens to composting toilets, community supported agriculture to timebanking, “Living the Change” offers solutions being used now that we can employ to combat climate change today.

Teens and young adults encouraged to attend. Doors open 30 minutes before start time. Arrive early to avoid lines and get best seats. ADA compliant accessible venue.

Jordan Osmond & Antoinette Wilson/2018/85min/Conservation

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'RiverBlue' Film Screening
Feb
20
7:00 PM19:00

'RiverBlue' Film Screening

CHICAGO PREMIERE. Following international river conservationist, Mark Angelo, “RiverBlue” spans the globe to infiltrate one of the world’s most pollutive industries, fashion. Narrated by actor and clean water advocate Jason Priestley, this groundbreaking documentary examines the destruction of our rivers, the effects on humanity, and the solutions inspiring hope for a sustainable future. Through harsh chemical manufacturing processes and the irresponsible disposal of toxic chemical waste, one of our favorite iconic clothing items has destroyed rivers and impacted the lives of people who count on these waterways for their survival.

Q&A with film director Roger Williams via Skype following the film.

Teens and young adults encouraged to attend. Doors open 30 minutes before start time. Arrive early to avoid lines and get best seats. ADA compliant accessible venue. Refreshments available.

David McIlvride & Roger Williams/2017/52 min/Water

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Winter Photography
Feb
17
9:00 AM09:00

Winter Photography

  • Trailside Museum of Natural History (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

While morning light offers dramatic photo opportunities, winter light combined with snow and shadow presents particular photographic challenges. Learn how to compose and meter for these unique light levels to capture inspiring images on both land and water with Jack Carlson, certified professional photographer. A map will be sent with your registration.

Brought to you by the Chicago Botanic Garden and the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Cost is $47.20 for Botanic Garden members and $59 for non-members. Register in advance.

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The Naturally Beautiful Garden Conference
Feb
16
12:00 PM12:00

The Naturally Beautiful Garden Conference

Learn practical strategies to get the garden of your dreams while saving the planet.

Learn from visionary landscape architect Claudia West, author of Planting in a Post-Wild World, and award-winning garden designer Ben Vogt, author of A New Garden Ethic: Cultivating Defiant Compassion for an Uncertain Future.

West and Vogt will lead a half-day conference on how to design stunning home landscapes that inspire human happiness, provide critical habitat for wildlife and fight climate change.

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Repair Cafe
Feb
16
10:00 AM10:00

Repair Cafe

  • Oak POark Senior Citizens' Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Repair Cafes are free meeting places, and they’re all about fixing things, rather than throwing them away. At the Repair Cafe, you’ll find the tools and materials to help you make any repairs you need. You’ll also find repair specialists to help you, such as electricians, seamstresses, jewelry experts, carpenters, and general fix-it folks. We usually meet on the 3rd Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Oak Park Senior Citizens’ Center, 414 S. Oak Park Ave., in Oak Park.

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Sugar Beet Winter Farmers' Market
Feb
16
10:00 AM10:00

Sugar Beet Winter Farmers' Market

Get your Farmers’ Market fix during the off-season. Visit with favorite farmers and producers, and maybe meet a new favorite. These take place monthly from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, Nov. 17, Dec. 15, Jan. 19, Feb. 16, March 16, and April 20. Markets are held in the Sugar Beet Food Co-op entrance on Grove, just north of the store entrance.

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Sacred Wandering
Feb
16
8:30 AM08:30

Sacred Wandering

Join us as we explore meditation-in-nature with Sacred Wandering. Simplicity and reverence will be our guides. Join Terry Kinsey and Krista Mikos as they explore a new way of experiencing nature – the Sacred Wandering Way.

Krista teaches Environmental Justice and Advocacy at DePaul University and is a 25 year practitioner of Qi Gong. Terry has led numerous outdoor retreats and has been a practicing Unitarian Universalist-Buddhist for 2 decades as well.

We will meet at Thatcher Woods Pavilion, 8030 Chicago Ave., in River Forest, on the 3rd Saturday of the month rain or shine from 8:30 to 10 a.m. We are starting a modern-day movement. Join us!

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Food Waste Workshop
Feb
12
6:30 PM18:30

Food Waste Workshop

Come to the FOOD WASTE WORKSHOP to learn from representatives in our community who can help you make practical changes to reduce food waste.

Admission: FREE; All ages welcome. This program is presented by the Interfaith Green Network, Green Community Connections and Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry.

Registration required at the link below.

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Bird n' Bagel
Feb
9
10:00 AM10:00

Bird n' Bagel

  • Trailside Museum of Natural History (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Enjoy and learn about birds at the feeder with Annette Prince of Chicago Audubon, while sipping hot drinks and noshing on bagels. Optional bird walk to follow. Sponsored by the Forest Preserves of Cook County.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Call Trailside at 708-366-6530.

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Winter Sowing Workshop
Jan
27
2:30 PM14:30

Winter Sowing Workshop

A fun way to “garden” in winter! Come and learn how to use winter to grow many of your favorite native plants at this hands-on workshop held at Seguin Garden Center. There will be seeds available if you do not have any of your own native seeds yet. 

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Free film screening of WASTED!
Jan
22
6:30 PM18:30

Free film screening of WASTED!

Those who didn’t catch the documentary WASTED! at last year’s One Earth Film Festival have another chance next month at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at Oak Park Library. Doors open at 6 p.m. for this free screening. All ages welcome. Please register here.

The Interfaith Green Network (IGN), a group of faith communities on the near-West side, will show the film, which highlights food waste and the ways that Bourdain’s famous chef friends, food companies and citizens can reduce the amount of food that’s thrown away. Bourdain, who recently passed away, was a passionate supporter of zero waste efforts. This film screening will be free and open to the public. Watch the 1-minute trailer here.

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Repair Cafe
Jan
19
10:00 AM10:00

Repair Cafe

  • Oak Park Senior Citizen's Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Repair Cafes are free meeting places, and they’re all about fixing things, rather than throwing them away. At the Repair Cafe, you’ll find the tools and materials to help you make any repairs you need. You’ll also find repair specialists to help you, such as electricians, seamstresses, jewelry experts, carpenters, and general fix-it folks. We usually meet on the 3rd Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Oak Park Senior Citizens’ Center, 414 S. Oak Park Ave., in Oak Park.

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Sugar Beet Winter Farmers' Market
Jan
19
10:00 AM10:00

Sugar Beet Winter Farmers' Market

Get your Farmers’ Market fix during the off-season. Visit with favorite farmers and producers, and maybe meet a new favorite. These take place monthly from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, Nov. 17, Dec. 15, Jan. 19, Feb. 16, March 16, and April 20. Markets are held in the Sugar Beet Food Co-op entrance on Grove, just north of the store entrance.

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Sacred Wandering
Jan
19
8:30 AM08:30

Sacred Wandering

Join us as we explore meditation-in-nature with Sacred Wandering. Simplicity and reverence will be our guides. Join Terry Kinsey and Krista Mikos as they explore a new way of experiencing nature – the Sacred Wandering Way.

Krista teaches Environmental Justice and Advocacy at DePaul University and is a 25 year practitioner of Qi Gong. Terry has led numerous outdoor retreats and has been a practicing Unitarian Universalist-Buddhist for 2 decades as well.

We will meet at Thatcher Woods Pavilion, 8030 Chicago Ave., in River Forest, on the 3rd Saturday of the month rain or shine from 8:30 to 10 a.m. We are starting a modern-day movement. Join us!

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