Monday, February 18, 2013
Empty Bowls, a hugely popular benefit, to be staged Feb. 22 at Oak Park and River Forest High School.
Maeve Bowling heard a lot about Empty Bowls from friends. But after joining the Wheel-Throwing Club in her freshman year at Oak Park and River Forest High School and helping out during her freshman year, she became a big backer of one of the school’s most important charity efforts. “This is all about making an impact,” said Bowling, a sophomore from Oak Park, an avid potter. The larger cause is a series of daunting challenges: helping end hunger and poverty locally and fighting AIDS in Africa. And Bowling and her peers are attempting to do that one bowl at a time. This year’s event is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22 in the South Cafeteria at Oak Park and River Forest High School, 201 Scoville Ave. Here’s how it works. For $15 for adults and $…
Friday, January 11, 2013
Get trained and then help count in Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park to determine level of need and funding.
Volunteers are needed to help determine the scope of suburban homeless in the area. The biennial census will be conducted in the early morning hours of Jan. 24 through Jan. 26 around Cook County, including Oak Park. Teams of volunteers will fan out to shelters and other locations to conduct the count. They also will be looking for people who are living in cars, or riding the El trains to find shelter. Nancy Ford, the development director at West Suburban PADS, which coordinates programs and services for the homless in the Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park area, noted that the latter two means mask the real magnitude of homelessness. The effort, required by the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, also will help determine if …
Monday, December 24, 2012
Three shifts available to help out shelter guests at First United Church of Oak Park.
If you've got some time to spare on Christmas Day here's a way to spread some holiday cheer to the area homeless. Volunteers are needed to help staff three shifts at the West Suburban PADS site at First United Church of Oak Park, 848 Lake St. Here's what needs to be done: For more information or to sign up, call Betsy Boesch, PADS shelter manager, at 708-338-1724, ext. 228 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, September 10, 2012
West Suburban PADS seeking donations for winter season.
It's not quite David Letterman's Top 10 List. And it's sobering. West Suburban PADS has taken account of the winter items they want to stock for the clients they serve. Here are the top five requests: 5. Tee-shirts, medium and large. 4. Razors. 3. New men's and women's underwear, size medium). 2. Socks. And at No. 1, umbrellas. Donations can be dropped off between 8 am and 4 p.m. at the office, 1851 S. 9th Ave., Maywood. For more information, please call 708-338-1724.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Cash, cell phone and laptops taken in three separate incidents.
Oak Park police are continuing their search for suspects who are connected with two unrelated crimes that took place this week and in February. Four people were involved in the March 21 armed robbery of a 29-year-old from Villa Park, who was threatened with a gun after complaining that $580 given to him for an iPhone that he advertised for sale on Craigslist was counterfeit. The victim told police he made arrangements to meet a potential buyer in the lot of Wendy’s, 11 N. Harlem Avenue, and at nearly 10 p.m., the possible buyer arrived in a gold mini-van, which bore a temporary registration permit. The victim got the money after handing over the phone but noticed that the cash did not feel or look real. He complained and a passenger in the…
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Looking to help? Here's how.
In this season of giving, let's not forget about giving back to the community. Here's a look at five agencies or programs that are looking for volunteers to lend a hand. Program volunteers (we've talked with a few) have been hard at work organizing and matching wish lists with donations like grocery gift cards, clothes and toys. Now, those gift baskets need to be moved, sorted and delivered — that's where you can help. Contact: Patty Henek at (708) 771-6159, ext. 244 or emailing email@example.com The OPRF Food Pantry offers plenty of opportunities for those looking to help. You can start by unloading deliveries, stocking shelves, picking up produce and groceries from local stores or prepping the pantry, located at First United …
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Beat that candy hangover with our handpicked weekend events.
Looking for weekend plans? Look no further: THE GLASS MENAGERIE When/Where: Performances 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday; 5 p.m. Sunday at Madison Street Theatre, , 1010 Madison St. in Oak Park. Why Go: Kevin Theis directs Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie, "an endearing, yet heartbreaking, portrait of a family searching for the path to respectability and security after a long and embarrassing detour of hardship." Price: $25; tickets here FREE KIDS MUSIC CLASS When/Where: Classes run Fridays through Dec. 16 at Sugarcup Trading, 110 N. Marion St. in Oak Park. Why Go: Music teacher Clara D'Onofrio of Ms. Clara's Mini Musicians offers free parent-child music classes for kids 6 months old through kindergarten. Price: Free SAY IT OUT…