It’s local election season. Do you care what the candidates who want to represent us think of older people? If they even think of us at all? Do you want to educate the candidates about what is important to older people, about what is important to you?

Arbor West Neighbors is hosting three “Meet The Candidates” discussions, online, during February. The topic is “issues important to older people in our neighborhood.” The format will be Q&A discussions as the candidates respond one-by-one. 

  • Oak Park Village President and Trustee Candidates – Thursday, Feb. 11, 7-8:30 p.m.
  • River Forest Village President and Trustee Candidates – Thursday, Feb. 18, 7-8:30 p.m.
  • OP Township and RF Township Trustee Candidates – Thursday, Feb. 25, 7-8:30 p.m.

For more information or to submit candidate questions, contact Ed Solan at or call 708-870-9420. You can participate by using Zoom Meeting ID: 816 5335 5209. Passcode: AWN. (Audio only: 1-312-626-6799 – Passcode: 410601)

Another topic of current interest is how to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The Oak Park Department of Public Health has issued the following statement:

“The Oak Park Department of Public Health has launched an online vaccine pre-registration form for individuals who live or work here and may be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine as part of Phase 1b of the state’s vaccine distribution plan.

“The pre-registration form is available at and is intended to be completed only by people who are eligible as part of Phase 1b, a group that includes individuals age 65 and older and frontline essential workers such as K-12 teachers, licensed daycare staff, grocery store clerks, pharmacy workers, transit employees, mail carriers and delivery drivers …

“Should you need help completing this online form, please call Oak Park Township Senior Services at 708-434-4298 for assistance. All other vaccine allocation inquiries should be addressed to the Health Department via email at

“Due to the currently limited amount of vaccine supply, if you qualify to be in Phase 1b, you still may not be able to get vaccinated for several months.”

Finally, the next Wabi Sabi Film Festival will screen the movie Duty Free on Friday, Feb. 12 at 10 a.m. This movie is the strong and heartfelt gift of director Sian-Pierre Regis to his mother, Rebecca. 

Ageism and financial insecurity in America are pervasive. Older people are invisible in our communities, workplaces, and, sometimes, within our own families. 

Rebecca worked every day of her life as a hotel housekeeper/supervisor to give her two sons, Sian-Pierre and Gabriel, every opportunity life could afford. When it was time for Sian-Pierre to go to college, she even cashed out her 401K to give him the best education possible. But when she was suddenly fired from her job at age 75, Rebecca was left with nothing: no savings, no safety net, and no future job prospects.

Director Sian-Pierre Regis will join us following the movie for a Q&A discussion. 

Register for free here.

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