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Sept. eNews: Reduce Packaging Waste and Save $$ with Bulk BuyingPreserve the Fall Harvest, Watch Pope Francis Address CongressVolunteer to Plan Film Fest; Events Calendar

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GREEN LIVING

Best Bulk Bin Deals at Local Stores
 

By Lisa Biehle Files
How can we reduce landfill waste while putting money into our own pockets at the same time? The answer is simple. Buy from the bulk bin sections at our local stores. By purchasing staples such as beans, rice, granola, nuts, and even cleaning supplies from bulk sections, we reduce wasteful packaging and conserve resources used in its production. These savings are passed on to us through lower per pound/unit prices.

Continue for best bulk bin deals at Green Home Experts, Sugar Beet, and Whole Foods.

WALKING THE TALK
Peek into Michelle Hickey's Locavore Pantry
 

By Laurie Casey
Tomatoes are popping. Apples are bursting with sunny juiciness. Peppers, string beans, eggplants and raspberries are abundant.  We find the fruits of this harvest everywhere: in our gardens, at the farmer’s market, in the grocery stores or even in our neighbor’s yard or the local forest preserve.

By gathering food when it is abundant, free or cheap, we can preserve it for the upcoming lean months ahead

Read more about Michelle Hickey's efforts to freeze, can, deydrate, and pickle.

CONNECT TO ACTION
Pope Francis' Challenge + Moral Action for Climate Justice

 

By David Holmquist
John Boehner, the Republican Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, is a devout Catholic. He has invited the last three Popes to address a joint session of Congress, and his longstanding wish has now been fulfilled. Pope Francis accepted Speaker Boehner’s invitation, and will visit the Capitol to address a joint session on the morning of September 24th.

That evening, beginning at 7 o’clock, a group of civic, environmental, and faith-based organizations will present â€œPope Francis’ Challenge,” a viewing and speak-out at the Oak Park Public Library, where a video recording of the Pope’s address will be shown and attendees will be invited to share their thoughts on the significance of this historic event and the issues raised in the papal address.

Learn more about opportunities for local and national action.

One Earth Film Festival

Volunteers Needed for Planning Teams!


As creator of the One Earth Film Festival, Green Community Connections believes in the power of film to inform, inspire and transform. Our Keeping It Reel feature curates short videos and feature-length film trailers that focus on a variety of sustainability and environmental issues that affect us all. Click image below to see this month's story from WGN TV.
Beverly Shores, Indiana, tackled light pollution by eliminating 13 street lights and replacing the remaining 48 with lamps that point downward. WGN TV highlighted this starry night story about a community taking action. Click image above.

Upcoming Community and Regional Events


Thursday, September 17, 5:30 to 8 p.m., Forest Jam: Steckman Studio, at Cummings Square, 536 N. Harlem Ave., in River Forest. Jam with musicians and make your own instrument. This monthly series explores nature, art, and more. For more information call 312-415-2970. More here.

Friday, September 18, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. for toddlers and 12:15 to 1 p.m. for preschoolers, Backyard Animals Exploration Time, at the Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St., in Oak Park. Children will learn about plants and nature. Details here.

Saturday, September 19, 10 to 11 a.m., Dog Days Walk, beginning at Trailside Museum, 738 Thatcher Ave., in River Forest. Bring your friendly, leashed dog, or just yourself, on a guided hike through the woods. This is a family program. Register at least two days in advance by calling 708-366-6530. More here.



Saturday, September 19, 10 a.m. to noon, 
Free Leaf Mulching Class, at the Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St., in Oak Park. Learn how to improve the soil in your garden from soil amendment experts. Register here.

Sunday, September 20, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., 
Walker's Wilds Yard Tour, in Downers Grove. Tour this native, double lot garden, flourishing with biodiversity after more than 20 years of tender care. Native plants will be available for sale after the tour. Learn more and register here.

Sunday, September 20, 2 p.m., 
Return of the Large Predators, at the Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St., in Oak Park. Naturalist Jack MacRae will talk about coyotes, bears, and other large predators inhabiting suburban locations. Free to members of the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory. Or join FOPCON to attend by calling 708-725-2460 or email membership@fopcon.org.

Thursday, September 24, 7 to 9 p.m., Pope's Challenge: Watch Pope Francis Address Congress, at Oak Park Main Library, Veterans' Room, 834 Lake St., in Oak Park. Listen together to Pope Francis address both houses of Congress (recorded earlier in the day). There will be facilitated dialogue afterward. Details here.

Friday and Saturday, September 25 and 26The League of Women Voters Annual Meeting and Conference, at the Wyndham Suites, 1400 Milwaukee Ave., in Glenview. Speakers include Dr. Abigail Derby Lewis, conservation ecologist at the Field Museum of Natural History and Molly Flanagan, policy director at Alliance for the Great Lakes. Details here.

Friday, September 25, 6 to 8 p.m.The Oak Park Conservatory Uncorked, at the Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield, in Oak Park. See local artists, listen to musicians, and take a tour of the Fern, Tropical and Desert rooms. Admission includes two drinks and food for $15. Adults only. Register here.

Saturday, September 26, 1 to 3 p.m., Trailside History Hikebeginning at Trailside Museum, 738 Thatcher Ave., in River Forest. Learn local history by visiting Native American sites and a "lost village" along this three-mile hike. Fore adults and children 12 and up. Register at least two days in advance by calling 708-366-6530. More here.


Saturday, September 26, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Montalbano Farms Tour in Sandwich, Ill. Tour this working farm and purchase fresh produce for home. Sponsored by Sugar Beet Food Co-op.  Cost is $12 per member and $15 per non-member. Children ages 17 and under are free. Bring a lunch or order one from Sugar Beet. Register here.

Sunday, September 27, 1 p.m., Early Autumn Walkbeginning at Trailside Museum, 738 Thatcher Ave., in River Forest. Enjoy a naturalist-guided walk to learn about our local plants and animals, as summer turns to autumn. Register at least two days in advance by calling 708-366-6530. More here.

Sunday, September 27, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fall Bulb Sale, at the Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St., in Oak Park. Rare to find, naturalizing, and perennial favorites will be on hand while supplies of bulbs last. Details here.

Sunday, September 27, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Free Fall Fest, at Rehm Park (515 Garfield St.) and the Oak Park Conservatory ( 615 Garfield St.) in Oak Park. Free wagon rides, pumpkin patch, hand-crank trains, inflatable games, and arts and crafts. There will be food vendors and live entertainment too. Learn more here.

Tuesday, September 29, 4 to 7 p.m., Open House at Greenline Wheels, 105 S. Marion St., in Oak Park. This will be a celebration of the partnership between the Active Transportation Alliance and Greenline Wheels. For more information and to RSVP, email jalal.williams@activetrans.org or call 708-725-7170. 

Sunday, October 4, 1 p.m., Autumn Walkbeginning at Trailside Museum, 738 Thatcher Ave., in River Forest. Explore the beauty of the changing seasons on a guided walk along trails, through the woods, and near the pond. Register at least two days in advance by calling 708-366-6530. More here.

Sunday, October 11, 1 p.m., Tree Identification Workshop, at Trailside Museum, 738 Thatcher Ave., in River Forest. Learn to identify local trees by bud and leaf shape, habitat and bark. Register at least two days in advance by calling 708-366-6530. More here.



Tuesday, October 13, 9:15 to 11 a.m., League of Women Voters: Cooperation in Local Government, at the Nineteenth Century Charitable Association, 178 Forest Ave., in Oak Park. Matt Baron, president of the Oak Park Library Board of Trustees, will be the resource person. More here.

Thursday, October 15, 5:30 to 8 p.m., Outdoor Art Night at Thatcher Woods Pavilion, 8030 Chicago Ave., in River Forest. Get in touch with nature and your artistic side with a paint night. For ages 21 and older; BYOB (no glass). More information and registration here.

Saturday, October 17, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Midnight Sun Farm Tour in Sandwich, Ill. Tour this working farm and purchase fresh produce for home. Help cut, stack and bind corn shocks. Sponsored by Sugar Beet Food Co-op.  Cost is $12 per member and $15 per non-member. Children ages 17 and under are free. Bring a lunch or order one from Sugar Beet. Register here.

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