By Anna Lothson
Making its second appearance in the neighborhoods of Oak Park and River Forest, the Green Living and Learning Tour will be held this weekend.
Running Saturday, Sept. 29, from 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m., the event put on by Green Community Connections will offer 28 different stops throughout Oak Park, featuring everything from solar power, water conservation, composting programs, and geothermal heating and cooling to residents offering tips on homemade jam, beekeeping and home brewing. One home will showcase Oak Park's first residential "grey water" recycling system.
The tour will give people the chance to learn about sustainable living from neighbors who have actual experience with the projects. Guests will tour green sites and be able to ask questions in a casual setting and participate in websites. The family-friendly event will feature music, games and learning for all ages.
"It's an intimate opportunity to visit people's homes, visit with neighbors in the community and see where the interest came from," said Sally Stovall, co-founder of Green Community Connections. "It's just a great, comfortable opportunity. The people are not trying to convince you of something; it's people who've actually done it."
Stovall said the event will show people various options on simplifying their lives by consuming less. Guests are encouraged to bike, walk or carpool during the tour.
Registration for the event is available online at greencommunityconnections.org. On-site registration the day of the event is permitted if space is available. Passes for the tour are $10 and are free for children under 12. Some of the workshops are free, but all participants must register.
A solar house from the Illinois Solar Energy Association will also be on site during the tour at the corner of Lake Street and Forest Avenue. The solar house is a tiny house on a trailer that provides a miniature example of a life-size, solar-powered home.
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