Peace in the Park
Jun
18
7:00 PM19:00

Peace in the Park

Feeling stressed out by the fast pace on your daily routine? What better way to reset your clock than by taking the time to reconnect with the natural world around you. Join us for this relaxing program at Austin Gardens. Each session we will focus on a new way of slowing down and taking time to relax. From yoga and meditation to sketching and journaling you're sure to feel rejuvenated and ready to take on the day. Cost is $15 for residents and $19 for non-residents.

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World's Largest Block Party, Day 1
Jun
21
5:00 PM17:00

World's Largest Block Party, Day 1

Get ready to rock the block for a great weekend of fantastic music, food and fun at the World's Largest Block Party! Entry tickets are $10.  Purchase your tickets by June 10 and the first drink is on us! This is a Zero Waste Event.

Musical Acts

  • FRIDAY, JUNE 21

5:15 pm: Stache

8:00 pm: Hello Weekend

  • SATURDAY, JUNE 22

2:00 pm: Motown Nation

4:00 pm: The Walk-ins

6:00 pm: 7th heaven

8:00 pm: sixteencandlesband

Get those dancing shoes ready!!

Tentative and subject to change; please check back the week of the event to verify schedule! See worldslargestblockparty.com for more information!

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Oak Park Conservatory 90th Birthday
Jun
22
10:00 AM10:00

Oak Park Conservatory 90th Birthday

The Oak Park Conservatory is turning 90 years young! You are invited to the celebration as they cut the birthday cake and flip the switch to mark the completion of many new sustainable features recently installed at the Conservatory. As a result of over 1,000 sustainability pledges from our community, Green Mountain Energy Sun Club donated $100,000 towards solar panels, bee hives, a compost tea system, and 5 cisterns. Join us for kids activities, tours, and fun giveaways as we celebrate 90 years and look forward to 90 more!

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World's Largest Block Party, Day 2
Jun
22
2:00 PM14:00

World's Largest Block Party, Day 2

Get ready to rock the block for a great weekend of fantastic music, food and fun at the World's Largest Block Party! Entry tickets are $10.  Purchase your tickets by June 10 and the first drink is on us! This is a Zero Waste Event.

Musical Acts

  • FRIDAY, JUNE 21

5:15 pm: Stache

8:00 pm: Hello Weekend

  • SATURDAY, JUNE 22

2:00 pm: Motown Nation

4:00 pm: The Walk-ins

6:00 pm: 7th heaven

8:00 pm: sixteencandlesband

Get those dancing shoes ready!!

Tentative and subject to change; please check back the week of the event to verify schedule! See worldslargestblockparty.com for more information!

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26th Annual Garden Walk
Jun
23
10:00 AM10:00

26th Annual Garden Walk

Prepare for an exciting self-guided tour of eight unique private gardens plus a public space. The Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory and The Garden Club of Oak Park and River Forest are happy to co-sponsors the 26th Annual Garden Walk on Sunday, June 23 – rain or shine.  Once again a “plein air” artist will be demonstrating their amazing creativity. Transportation is needed and  bicycles are a good option.   

Purchase tickets at this website, www.gcoprf.org. Or purchase tickets in person starting June 1st at the Oak Park Conservatory (cash/check only) .

Prior to the event tickets are $15.  FOPCON Members receive a discount. 

Day of tickets (regardless of membership) will be $20 and may be purchased at either the Cheney Mansion (220 N. Euclid, Oak Park) OR the Oak Park Conservatory (815 Garfield Street, Oak Park).

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Digital Training to be Volunteer Monarch Monitor
Jun
26
6:00 PM18:00

Digital Training to be Volunteer Monarch Monitor

How successful is milkweed at helping monarch butterflies? The Field Museum needs your help to find out. Volunteer 30 minutes per week monitoring monarchs for the museum's Keller Science Action Center. Digital training will take place 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 26. Sign up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf3J4-LrwRXzMv3mkqgmxTQO1ZpUrdcb-7cRil1RRZH55Yb4A/viewform

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Author Susan Subak of 'The Five-Ton Life'
Jul
10
7:00 PM19:00

Author Susan Subak of 'The Five-Ton Life'

Meet author Susan Subak and hear her presentation about discovering low carbon culture in west suburban Chicago. Her program is based on her book, The Five-Ton Life, a 2018 release from the University of Nebraska Press.

Subak explores important information related to Oak Park's greenhouse gas emissions profile, including fuel mix, the built environment, and mobility patterns, grounded in part by a history that pre-dates the widespread use of the automobile. She will review how Oak Park is considered, along with its neighbors Forest Park, Berwyn, and Maywood. The presentation includes a slide show and a book signing. Her book discusses carbon dioxide emissions from west suburban Chicago and other examples located on the East Coast of the United States.

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New Programs from the Forest Preserves of Cook County
Jul
14
2:30 PM14:30

New Programs from the Forest Preserves of Cook County

The Forest Preserves of Cook County may surprise you with its new programming. Conservation@Home, Bird the Preserves, and the Greater Maywood Paddling Programs are just a few new offerings. Join West Cook Wild Ones as they explore the programming that goes beyond Forest Preserves’ borders to target new audiences and tap into community support.

Presenter Nina Baki is the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Over the past 15 years, Nina has worked in the field of conservation connecting people to the outdoors through interpretive programs and activities. Currently, Nina works on outreach and engagement opportunities to promote the Forest Preserves and its resources, exposing people to nature and sharing how to live more sustainable and healthy life for themselves and the environment.

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Kayak the Pond #3
Jul
17
2:00 PM14:00

Kayak the Pond #3

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

Learn to kayak on Trailside’s pond. All materials and instruction are provided. $5/person or $10/family. Please sign up in advance for one session only. No groups.

Session 1: 2pm
Session 2: 6pm

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

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Kayak the Pond #4
Jul
17
6:00 PM18:00

Kayak the Pond #4

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

Learn to kayak on Trailside’s pond. All materials and instruction are provided. $5/person or $10/family. Please sign up in advance for one session only. No groups.

Session 1: 2pm
Session 2: 6pm

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

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Repair Cafe
Jul
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. They 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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Peace in the Park #2
Jul
23
7:00 PM19:00

Peace in the Park #2

Feeling stressed out by the fast pace on your daily routine? What better way to reset your clock than by taking the time to reconnect with the natural world around you. Join us for this relaxing program at Austin Gardens. Each session we will focus on a new way of slowing down and taking time to relax. From yoga and meditation to sketching and journaling you're sure to feel rejuvenated and ready to take on the day. Cost is $15 for residents and $19 for non-residents.

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Kayak the Pond #5
Aug
14
2:00 PM14:00

Kayak the Pond #5

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

Learn to kayak on Trailside’s pond. All materials and instruction are provided. $5/person or $10/family. Please sign up in advance for one session only. No groups.

Session 1: 2pm
Session 2: 6pm

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

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Kayak the Pond #6
Aug
14
6:00 PM18:00

Kayak the Pond #6

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

Learn to kayak on Trailside’s pond. All materials and instruction are provided. $5/person or $10/family. Please sign up in advance for one session only. No groups.

Session 1: 2pm
Session 2: 6pm

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

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Repair Cafe
Aug
17
10:00 AM10:00

Repair Cafe

  • Oak Park 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. They 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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Peace in the Park #3
Aug
20
7:00 PM19:00

Peace in the Park #3

Feeling stressed out by the fast pace on your daily routine? What better way to reset your clock than by taking the time to reconnect with the natural world around you. Join us for this relaxing program at Austin Gardens. Each session we will focus on a new way of slowing down and taking time to relax. From yoga and meditation to sketching and journaling you're sure to feel rejuvenated and ready to take on the day. Cost is $15 for residents and $19 for non-residents.

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River Kayaking 101
Aug
23
1:00 PM13:00

River Kayaking 101

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

Introductory class for new river kayakers. Technique and instruction provided prior to a short hands-on paddle along the Des Plaines River to Maywood Grove. Shuttle provided back to Trailside Museum.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Call 312-533-5751.

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River Kayaking 101
Aug
23
5:30 PM17:30

River Kayaking 101

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

Introductory class for new river kayakers. Technique and instruction provided prior to a short hands-on paddle along the Des Plaines River to Maywood Grove. Shuttle provided back to Trailside Museum.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Call 312-533-5751.

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Migrating Monarchs Celebration
Sep
8
12:00 PM12:00

Migrating Monarchs Celebration

Journey with the monarch butterflies as they begin their migration to Mexico. Watch live monarch butterflies being tagged and released, enjoy music, crafts, and activities. Get gardening information and learn how you can help save this butterfly. Food available for purchase. Sponsored by the Forest Preserves of Cook County.

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Repair Cafe
Sep
21
10:00 AM10:00

Repair Cafe

  • Oak Park 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. They 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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Tour of Wolf Road Prairie
Jun
16
10:00 AM10:00

Tour of Wolf Road Prairie

Designated an Illinois Nature Preserve, Wolf Road Prairie contains several native communities, including mesic prairie, mesic savanna and wetland. It is home to more than 360 native plant species. The resident migratory birds, amphibians, insects, butterflies and mammals are too numerous to count. In combination, the ecosystem features of the site make for a one-of-a-kind natural area, unlike any in the world. The prairie remnant at Wolf Road Prairie is considered the largest and best quality black soil or mesic prairie east of the Mississippi River. The wetland on site is considered of high aquatic quality.

Please register for this free program presented by West Cook Wild Ones.

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Repair Cafe
Jun
15
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. They 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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Organic Pest Control Workshop
Jun
9
2:00 PM14:00

Organic Pest Control Workshop

Join Deep Roots Project to learn many tips on how to prevent pest in your edible garden. Preventing garden pests is far easier (and more fun!) than dealing with pest outbreaks after they show up. Even some natural sprays can harm your soil and your plants. So creative, vigilant and knowledgeable prevention is best. If you fail at preventing pests, then learn from them.

One of the keys to natural pest management is patience. In a new edible garden healthy soil organisms need to mature and gain dominance over pests. The beneficial soil microbes help feed plants, keeping them healthy and well-protected against pests. If you spray, it could disrupt their maturing process and delayed the balance needed.

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Kayak the Pond #2
Jun
5
6:00 PM18:00

Kayak the Pond #2

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

Learn to kayak on Trailside’s pond. All materials and instruction are provided. $5/person or $10/family. Please sign up in advance for one session only. No groups.

Session 1: 2pm
Session 2: 6pm

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

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Kayak the Pond
Jun
5
2:00 PM14:00

Kayak the Pond

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

Learn to kayak on Trailside’s pond. All materials and instruction are provided. $5/person or $10/family. Please sign up in advance for one session only. No groups.

Session 1: 2pm
Session 2: 6pm

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

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Healthy Diet, Healthy Life Workshop
May
30
7:00 PM19:00

Healthy Diet, Healthy Life Workshop

A whole-foods, plant-based diet is a way of eating that celebrates plant foods and cuts out unhealthy items like added sugars and refined grains. Plant-based diets have been linked to a number of health benefits, including reducing your risk of heart disease, certain cancers, obesity, diabetes and cognitive decline.

These diets are rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals that help lower blood pressure and LDL (bad) cholesterol, reduce the risk of diabetes, and help maintain a healthy weight, all of which can lower your risk of heart disease. Yet, the types of plant foods and their sources are also important.

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Adult Archery
May
30
12:00 PM12:00

Adult Archery

Stay active and try your hand at a new or old pastime. Enjoy a brief nature hike on the trails while you wait for your next turn. Ages 18 & up. Brought to you by the Forest Preserves of Cook County.

Registration required for groups of 10 or more. Call 708-386-4042.

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The Monarch and Its Migration
May
26
2:30 PM14:30

The Monarch and Its Migration

The life cycle of the monarch, the best known butterfly species in the world, is closely tied to its amazing migration. Doug Taron will explore both the life cycle and the migration, discussing:

  • the butterfly’s behavior on its wintering grounds in Mexico,

  • efforts both in Mexico and Illinois to track population fluctuations,

  • conservation issues surrounding the monarch.

Learn what you can do from your own home to aid in conserving this iconic insect.

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Edible Garden Design
May
26
2:00 PM14:00

Edible Garden Design

Have you been thinking about gardening with native plants? Whether you have experience gardening with native plants, or are looking to learn the basics join the Deep Roots Project at the Oak Park Main Library on from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 26. Native plants provide food, water, and shelter for native fauna, creating and reconnecting fragmented habitat areas without sacrificing functionality and aesthetics! You can garden with native plants, and the Deep Roots Project wants to teach you how!

Kurt Hansen, an environmental resource specialist with Christopher B. Burke Engineering Ltd., can teach or assist with classes and presentations for any age group covering a range of environmental: native plant/tree identification, restoration, controlled burns, stormwater, topography, birds, insects, small mammals, nutrient cycles, and sustainability.

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Migration Walk
May
19
8:00 AM08:00

Migration Walk

Enjoy a spring walk that will focus on identifying birds as well as the phenomenon of migration. Led by John Elliott of Chicago Audubon. We have some pairs of binoculars to lend. brought to you by the Forest Preserves of Cook County.

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Wild Ones Native Plant Sale--Last Day to Order
May
19
8:00 AM08:00

Wild Ones Native Plant Sale--Last Day to Order

May 19 is the last day to place your order for the native plant sale. Choose from over 100 species of native flowering plants, ferns, grasses, and sedges. They will provide beauty, habitat, and food for wildlife, as well as absorbing storm water and carbon.

Order on our shopify site. Pickup is Saturday, June 1, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at the Euclid Avenue United Methodist Church parking lot, 405 S. Euclid Ave. in Oak Park.

Members save 10 percent. Your purchase supports West Cook Wild Ones programs.

Too many choices? Try one of our easy-gardening kits of 10 pants:

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Spring Perennial & Tool Exchange
May
18
9:30 AM09:30

Spring Perennial & Tool Exchange

Have too much monarda? Way too much vinca? How about too many hosta? If so, then come to the perennial plant, houseplant, and garden tool exchange. Drop off potted and labeled perennial plants at the Conservatory from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Return between noon and 12:30 p.m. to pick from the perennials donated by others.

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Made from Bees
May
15
7:00 PM19:00

Made from Bees

Bees are all the buzz these days. From pollinating many of the plants that we eat to making the honey that we enjoy, bees are an important part of our lives! Learn all about these buzz worthy creatures and beeee inspired to make candles, lip balm and more out of honey and wax! Register here: https://www.pdop.org/events/264337/

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Healthy Soil, Healthy Plants Workshop
May
5
2:00 PM14:00

Healthy Soil, Healthy Plants Workshop

Healthy soil is dark, well-drained and loose. Once you’ve established your perfect garden, it is important that you maintain the health of your garden’s soil. The Natural Resource Conservation Service defines soil health as a soil’s capacity to function as an ecosystem that supports plants, animals, and humans. Indicators of healthy soil include loose granular structure, well-drained but moist soil, and a relatively dark soil color (influenced by organic matter).

Managing for soil health is one key step toward having a successful garden this summer. Avoiding compaction, covering with dense leaf mulch, applying organic matter, adding biochar, and keeping the soil covered are simple tips that will reap great rewards.

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Spring Festival
May
5
11:00 AM11:00

Spring Festival

Celebrate spring with a fun day of activities for all ages, including animal encounters, kids’ tree climb, guided spring wildflower walks, bird banding, dip netting, seed planting, a kid’s craft, building a bird house to take home and much more! Brought to you by the Forest Preserves of Cook County.

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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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Promise to Protect Activism Training
May
5
9:00 AM09:00

Promise to Protect Activism Training

The Promise to Protect is a commitment to resist fossil fuels where you live and prepare to take creative action along the Keystone XL pipeline route or along Enbridge pipeline when called upon by indigenous leaders. With millions of dollars being poured into fossil fuel projects each year and TransCanada planning to begin pipeline construction this June, people are preparing to mobilize and fight back to protect the land, air, and water.

This training tour is supported by: Brave Heart Society, Dakota Rural Action, Wiconi Un Tipi, Native Organizers Alliance, Indigenous Environmental Network, and 350.org

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Promise to Protect Activism Training
May
4
9:00 AM09:00

Promise to Protect Activism Training

The Promise to Protect is a commitment to resist fossil fuels where you live and prepare to take creative action along the Keystone XL pipeline route or along Enbridge pipeline when called upon by indigenous leaders. With millions of dollars being poured into fossil fuel projects each year and TransCanada planning to begin pipeline construction this June, people are preparing to mobilize and fight back to protect the land, air, and water.

This training tour is supported by: Brave Heart Society, Dakota Rural Action, Wiconi Un Tipi, Native Organizers Alliance, Indigenous Environmental Network, and 350.org

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Recycling Extravaganza
May
4
8:00 AM08:00

Recycling Extravaganza

The Village of River Forest will collect a wide assortment of items from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at River Forest United Methodist Church, 7970 Lake St. Electronics, scrap metal, housewares, batteries, light bulbs, school supplies, working bikes, medical equipment, pet supplies, and many other items will be accepted.

To see the full list, go here: https://www.vrf.us/uploads/cms/documents/events/recycling_extravaganza_flyer_2019.pdf

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Nature Book Club
May
2
7:00 PM19:00

Nature Book Club

Discuss the book “How to Be a 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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Healthy Diet, Healthy Long Life Workshop
Apr
28
4:00 PM16:00

Healthy Diet, Healthy Long Life Workshop

A whole-foods, plant-based diet is a way of eating that celebrates plant foods and cuts out unhealthy items like added sugars and refined grains. Plant-based diets have been linked to a number of health benefits, including reducing your risk of heart disease, certain cancers, obesity, diabetes and cognitive decline.

These diets are rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals that help lower blood pressure and LDL (bad) cholesterol, reduce the risk of diabetes, and help maintain a healthy weight, all of which can lower your risk of heart disease. Yet, the types of plant foods and their sources are also important.

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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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