Oak Park’s Ascension School’s Lenten Project will collect money this year for the Noel Orphanage in Gisenyi, Rwanda. Eighth-grade language arts teacher Katrina Vainisi has visited the orphanage twice. She was inspired to visit after teaching the Illinois state-mandated 8th grade curriculum on genocide for many years. Part of that curriculum included the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, one hundred days in which 800,000 people were murdered—mostly by their own neighbors—in violence between two ethnic groups, the Hutu and the Tutsi.
The Oak Park Education Foundation's exciting roster of summer B.A.S.E. Camp classes for students entering grades 1-9 is now available for registration at www.opef.org/basecamp/register/. B.A.S.E. Camp (Build A Summer Education) filled up fast last summer, so register soon!
Vanguard West Suburban Medical Center hosted Heart Fest 2012, where their doctors and medical professionals were on hand to inform the community about cardiovascular health. Resources available included lectures, blood pressure checks, cholesterol and glucose screening and more. The overall goal was to inform the public about the cardiovascular health and how to prevent it.
The Annual Empty Bowls Community Dinner will be held on February 24, 2012 from 6-8 p.m at Oak Park River and Forest High School. Bowls made by student and local potters will be sold for $15 ($10 for students) and will be filled with soup donated by local restaurants and businesses. Empty Bowls raises money for Global Alliance for Africa, PADS, and Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry. All funds go directly to support these organizations. Please support this Community effort for hunger relief.
For many years now the last weekend of February has been a time when the extended First Baptist family marks the end of Black History month with a celebration of Black Gospel Music. In the past our Gospel Fest has included artists of local, national and even international renown. We have also enjoyed the contribution of choirs from sister churches, some traveling from as far as Mississippi!
Due to the success of the Champion Grant in 2011, Community Bank is proud to announce that the Champion Grant will again be available throughout 2012. Through the Champion Grant, Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest encourages growth and support in economically challenged communities.
The revered “Ambassador of the Great American Songbook” Michael Feinstein and “BBC Singer of the World” Nicole Cabell will team up for a powerhouse performance at Dominican University’s 32nd Annual Trustees Benefit Concert and Gala on Saturday, March 10, 2012, at 5:00 p.m. in the Lund Auditorium on Dominican’s Main Campus, 7900 Division Street, River Forest.
Rush Oak Park Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for certification as a Primary Stroke Center after undergoing a voluntary on-site evaluation and demonstrating compliance with nationally developed standards for stroke care.
An alliance of three Oak Park middle school teams took first place in the Great Lakes-Midwest-Illinois Vex Robotics Championship held February 11 in Batavia. A total of 36 teams from Illinois and Wisconsin took part in the tournament - mostly high schoolers.
In his new book, management consultant and teambuilding expert, Bruce Hodes shows business owners how to grow despite the tsunami of recent economic events with strategies for execution management, business planning and building a high performance culture.