May 13 Events

SWALCO’s annual rain barrel, compost bin and native plant sale will take place from 9 am – 3 pm at Independence Grove Forest Preserve in Libertyville. Details are here.

Help clean up the Chicago River on Saturday morning between 9 am and 12 pm. In Highland Park, there are 2 clean up sites: 1) the northeast end of the Target parking lot or 2) the Golf Dome off the highway north of Park Avenue. Bring gloves and wear rain boots.

Moraine Township is looking for volunteers in the morning to help plant their garden, and in the afternoon to help sort food at the pantry. Details are here. You can also donate to the food pantry by leaving a bag of shelf stable, unexpired food by your mailbox during Saturday’s Postal Food Drive.

Active By Design Summit

Please join me on October 4 at 1 pm at Chicago Botanic Gardens to learn more about the many benefits of designing communities that promote physical activity. Featuring Mark Fenton, nationally renowned walkability expert, and Eric Chehab, MD, of Illinois Bone and Joint Institute, the program will also include a panel of local community leaders who will share their successes with complete street enhancements and strategies for funding healthier places for walking and bicycling. Registration is required for this free event. There will also be a “walk audit” in Highland Park at 8 am on October 5. If you’d like to participate, email me for details.

Bike Walk Fair and Film Fest

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Bike over to the Highland Park Library on Sunday, May 15, 2016 for Highland Park’s second annual Bike/Walk Fair. From 1-3 pm there will be bike and helmet safety checks, information from local bicycle shops and environmental organizations, and even some free stuff. Bring used bikes that you no longer need to donate to Working Bikes. Stay to see the one hour Bicycle Film Fest inside the Library at 2 or 3:15. This event is free and all are welcome. Please share.

Just Eat It Film Showing

Just Eat It posterFood waste is the one of the hot environmental issues of 2016. We throw away over 40% of our food in the US. In addition to the waste of food and the energy used to produce it, organic matter that ends up in  landfills gives off methane, a potent greenhouse gas.

You can learn more on April 18 at 7 pm at the Highland Park Public Library screening of Just Eat It. An entertaining film that explores the issue of waste from farm, through retail, to home. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, the filmmakers pledge to survive only on foods that would otherwise be thrown away. In a nation where one in 10 people is food insecure, the images they capture of squandered groceries are both shocking and strangely compelling.

The film is free and open to the public.  I hope to see you there!

May is Bike Month

Highland Park is hosting a Bicycle Fair on May 16 from 10 am – 12 pm at the Highland Park Metra Station, southeast parking lot. Join me for a pre-fair community bike ride at 9:15 am. The family friendly fair will include a children’s bike rodeo, Biking 101 workshops, maintenance clinics, helmet checks, and more.  Working Bikes will be there to collect bicycles that you want to donate. Other activities happening in celebration of National Bike Month include:

May 4, 10:30-11:30 am: Senior Cycling Presentation hosted by Trek at the Police Department Training Room. This event is free and registration is not required.

May 5: Bike to School Day. Information is here.

May 6, 10 – 11:30 am: Senior Bike Expo at Trek Highland Park, 1925 Skokie Valley Road. Try innovative bikes, including recumbents and 3 wheelers, as well as new accessories to make your ride more comfortable. Register by emailing Laura.

May 12, 9 – 11 am: Bicycle Repair Clinic. Register by May 7. Learn how to handle simple bicycle breakdowns with confidence, including; 1) changing and repairing a flat tire, 2) re-engaging a dropped chain, and 3) creating a survival kit with basic items to keep you rolling. Trek Highland Park, 1925 Skokie Valley Rd. Register by emailing Laura.

May 21, 1 pm: Senior Ride, contact Laura by May 15 for information and to register. This ride is appropriate for people of all abilities ages 50 and up.

May 2 Recycling Event

Go Green Highland Park is collecting eyeglasses, trophies, shoes (paired), keys, pens, crayons, empty toothpaste tubes, toothbrushes and panty hose on May 2 between 7 am and 1 pm at the HP Recycle Center, 1180 Half Day Road. The City will be accepting electronics and styrofoam, as well as clothing and textiles. Please bring items sorted by category, to help keep the drop off running smoothly. If you’d like to help, or want to learn more about Go Green Highland Park, contact them here.

City Dark Film

Please join me on Friday, November 14 at 6 pm at Heller Nature Center to see the film City Dark. The movie explores the implications of a globe glittering with lights — including increased cancer rates, and a generation of kids who can’t see the universe above. The film features stunning astrophotography, and an eclectic cast of scientists, philosophers, historians, and lighting designers. The Highland Park screening is free and open to the public, and is co-sponsored by the Natural Resources Commission and the Park District.