LWV OPRF April 25 Week in Preview

Final Reminder for Garden Sale Fundraiser

The date for presale orders and plant curbside pickup has passed. But that doesn't mean you can't visit the Good Earth Greenhouse in person for our Plant Sale Fundraiser. So many plants to choose from and the weather may even cooperate for your in-person shopping. Stop by Good Earth, 7900 Madison in River Forest, from April 29-May 1. Please print the flyer here and take it with you when you shop so we can get our percentage of your purchase. This is our last fundraiser for the year. Support a local business and beautify your garden at the same time! Our League will receive 15% on your plant purchases.

Congressional District 7 Forum
On Wednesday, May 4, from 7:00-8:00pm, LWV OPRF is partnering with LWV La Grange Area and LWV Chicago to hold a virtual candidate forum for the 7th Illinois Congressional District Democratic Primary Candidates. At this time the three candidates are Kina Collins, Danny Davis, and Denarvis Mendenhall (objection pending). You can send questions for the candidates to the La Grange League by putting CD7 in the subject line. You can register for the candidate forum here. Please contact Peggy Kell with any questions.
What if we sat down face-to-face and learned to Listen. Connect. Grow. 
Mothers and Others For Peace invite you to experience The Circle Process:
Creating Deep Conversations on Friday, May 6, 2:30-4:00pm, at the Oak Park Public Library. Doors open at 2:30pm, welcome at 2:45pm, and circles begin at 3:00pm. Stephen Jackson, Restorative Justice Practitioner and Oak Park Public Library Director of Equity and Anti-Racism, will facilitate this interactive introduction to how circles can become part of our families, schools, workplaces, and communities. Everyone will be able to take part in a circle. Register here for this free program. All ages are welcome.
Mothers and Others For Peace ascribe to Julia Ward Howe’s proclamation of a Mothers Day For Peace dedicated to stopping war. They are a local group of activists who work to support this message of peace in this 21st Century.

Voter Service

Our Voter Service Committee has been working on registering voters and disseminating information to the public. We have visited all senior living facilities to register 45 voters in addition to filling out mail ballots forms for these voters. Thanks go out to Kathy Perry, Elan Long, Wendy Epstein, Carol Gulyas, and Peggy Kell for their efforts.

We now are in the process of distributing flyers to businesses, restaurants, and public places in our communities. We could use your help. Can you visit a few blocks in our villages to see if they will put up a voter registration flyer? Just a few per block will get the information out to citizens. Check out the spreadsheet with the areas still available. Sign up for one or multiple areas. Just put your name in a space and then pick up copies of the flyers from Peggy Kell's front porch. Here is an example of the flyer. Contact Peggy Kell with any questions.

News Snips

On Saturday, April 30, you can safely dispose of old or unused medicines at the following DEA approved locations.

Help restore the canopy with free trees! Visit our water reclamation plants (WRPs) every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to Noon (April - October) to pick up your free saplings. 

On Wednesday, May 18, from 10:30-11:30am, there will be a guided wildflower walk at the Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, 9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs, sponsored by the Cook County League. To sign up, go here to leave your name and phone number with LWV Cook County.

Important Avian Flu Update

Effective today, IDNR is recommending a halt to the use of bird feeders and bird baths through May 31, or until avian flu infections in the Midwest subside, especially those that waterfowl may visit. During spring, wild birds will have ample food sources while bird feeders are removed.

HPAI has not been detected in songbird species (passerines) at this time.

Further recommendations from the agency:

1.Clean and rinse bird feeders and baths with a diluted bleach solution (nine parts water to one part bleach) and put away or clean weekly if they can’t be moved away from birds.

2.Remove any bird seed at the base of bird feeders to discourage large gatherings of birds or other wildlife.

3.Avoid feeding wild birds in close proximity to domestic flocks.

If five or more deceased wild birds are observed in one location, an IDNR district wildlife biologist should be contacted. Contact information for district wildlife biologists can be found here. USDA Wildlife Services also may be contacted at 1-866-487-3297.

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