In a world trying to understand the issues surrounding polar vortexes and ice cap melts; super-storms, raging forest fires and severe droughts; bee colony collapse disorder; and GMOs, setting aside an hour or two to "educate" one's self by viewing a few flicks during Green Community Connection's 3rd Annual One Earth Film Festival, March 7-9, offers an entertaining way to gain a leg up on what to do next for the planet.
Several minutes prior to Principal Nate Rouse's opening remarks at the15th annual Black Professionals Day at Oak Park and River Forest High School, Drew Swope, a junior well dressed in a tan vest, dress pants and polished shoes, was saying he knows he wants to work in the hospitality services field some day.
There's good news for owners of rental property in the Austin community. In early March a grant-funding opportunity will provide much-needed funds to assist in improving the state of multi-unit rental buildings (2-4) that are vacant and in disrepair, thanks to a $100,000-plus grant recently awarded to the Oak Park Regional Housing Center (OPRHC) by HOPE Fair Housing Center in West Chicago.
As their first-year numbers rolled in, Ana Garcia Doyle, and her spouse Jim Doyle, say they are starting to enjoy the energy savings related to the "greening up" of their 94-year-old American Four Square home in Oak Park.
Already most people would think of Oak Park's Buzz Café as eco-focused, green-leaning and pleasantly hip. That's what 16 years of organic foods, homey welcomes and having Laura Maychruk as your heart and voice will accomplish.
Understanding the state of human relations in the model community of Oak Park isn't easy. So says Cedric Melton, Oak Park's director of Community Relations, who as a staff person at village hall, is in a position to try to improve social and cultural interaction between residents.
Forty years old is fairly young for a house, particularly in Oak Park where many of our homes hit 100-plus. However, in terms of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home (& Studio), 40 is significant. That's the age of the Wright Preservation Trust.