By Anna Lothson
Two local groups are joining forces with the Village of River Forest to bring color and diversity to Lake Street.
As part of a program called "Be a Craftist," developed by Little Bits Workshop proprietor Liita Forsyth, the local nonprofit organization Opportunity Knocks and the Village of River Forest will join Little Bits to craft, garden and send a "Heart Message" to the community.
The project will include planting one of the flowerbeds in the Lake Street Planters between Park and Franklin Avenues, creating and hanging banners from the street lamps and starting to knit and crochet 'Yarn-Bombs' for the trees under the banners.
On Monday, the group created banners at Little Bits and on Wednesday, the group delivered flowers for the Lake Street planter box for people from Opportunity Knocks to begin planting. This will be the first installment of Opportunity Knock's "Gardening on the Go" program where the group will venture out into the community to garden.
According to Forsyth, a "Craftivist" is a person who puts a heart message out into the world through something beautiful and creative without being destructive. The "Heart Message" of this effort is acceptance and respect for those with disabilities.
On Friday, June 15, at 4 p.m., the groups will be out again on Lake Street, finishing their planting, hanging the banners and placing the first of seven "Yarn Bombs" on the trees. The banners will tout phrases that capture Forsyth's "Heart Message" about growing opportunities together. Each banner will have a message and an image to symbolize it. The banners will be made by participants in both the Little Bits Workshop and the Opportunity Knocks after school program.