Ten Thousand Villages sale this weekend

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Cornerstone United Methodist Church will host a Ten Thousand Villages sale this weekend, inviting shoppers to "invest in their world by shopping fair trade" and "learn more about skilled artisans in Africa, Asia and Latin America."

Ten Thousand Villages provides "vital, fair income" to artisans in developing countries "by marketing their handicrafts and telling their stories in North America." All Ten Thousand Villages stores are nonprofit.

Cornerstone, 171 N. Cuyler Ave. (on Ontario), partnered with the Ten Thousand Villages store in Evanston for the sale, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Other Illinois stores include ones in Glen Ellyn and Downstate Bloomington and Champaign.

The company plans an Oak Park location in 2007, according to a statement.

"By holding this sale we give people in the Oak Park community a chance to help others feed, clothe and educate themselves and their families," Will Rutt, a volunteer helping with the sale, said in the statement.

The sale of raffia and banana leaf baskets at Cornerstone directly affects one artist and her family, whose woven baskets offer her an opportunity to "earn a livelihood with dignity while sharing her heritage with shoppers."

Let the holidays begin

Tulipa Floral Design, 7616 W. Lake St. in River Forest, will host a holiday open house from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 12. The event also celebrates the shop's first anniversary.

Rock L's snuffs butts

As of Nov. 1, Rock L's Restaurant is smoke-free.

In a statement, the dog-and-burger joint's owner, Peter Liarikos, said he made the decision for economic and social reasons.

"I see more and more people quitting smoking and they want a smoke-free environment," he said, adding that he couldn't carve out a smoking section in the restaurant.

"Even if we expanded or added more seating the smoke would still be in the air. I want to make it completely smoke-free. It not only benefits my customers but my staff, too."

North Ave. biz meet-n-greet

An upcoming informal networking expo will allow North Avenue business owners the chance to speak with representatives of local governments, banks and business assistance organizations.

The third annual event will be held from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17, at Wonder Works: A Children's Museum in Oak Park, 6445 North Ave. Breakfast will be provided by Einstein Bros. Bagels. For more information, call Lori Malinski at 383-3838.

?#34;Drew Carter

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