Eventful: From Block Parties to Golf Outings

My block party morphed from the traditional potluck into a paid affair.  For the two plus decades I’ve lived here, we alternated one side of the street bringing appetizers and the other bringing entrees.  I’ll admit it was always a gamble, usually resulting in an overabundance of pasta salads. Still, I was shaken when the…

B2C-2B: Events Serve Consumers and Businesses Alike

Our Fourth Annual Community Health and Wellness Fair is this weekend.  We are looking forward to a fabulous event for residents – but we are even more excited about what we created for the business community. On Sunday, April 29 from 11am – 3pm at the West Cook YMCA in Oak Park, the public is…

Building Healthy Networks

This month we have been highlighting our Affinity Groups – the member-driven teams organized around a particular industries or interests.  Our Health and Wellness Group is the largest among our four. Health and Wellness meets only three times a year, other than subcommittee work focused on organizing our annual Community Health and Wellness Fair.  Two…

How to Make an Oak Parker Crazy

Three Oak Park women tentatively pivoted before the zero-waste station, studying the signs, sheepishly conferring with each other, plates of garbage in their unsteady grips.  Compost? Recycle? Landfill?  Which fork goes in which?  Do I have to scrape the remains of my pudding into compost before the plastic cup goes into recycling?  Is it even…

Had I Known…

Scrolling through Facebook on a Sunday morning, I first learn about so many around-town happenings that happened last week.  Events I wish I had known about before; events I wish I had attended.  Or at least helped to promote. We suffer from an abundance of riches in Oak Park and River Forest, with no lack…