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Green Dates and Deadlines

Make spring cleaning more sustainable with the Forest Preserve District of Cook County's 2nd Annual Trash Bash from 10am-2pm at Miller Meadow Forest Preserve on Saturday, 6th. Event partners will be collecting electronics, prescription drugs, books, musical instruments, bikes, clothing and more. The first 50 donors receive free “Don’t be Trashy” t-shirt. For more information, click here

The next Repair Cafe event will be on Saturday, April 6th. The Repair Cafe offers an opportunity for your broken electronic items to be repaired by a crew of skilled volunteers free of chart. Located at 624 S. Oak Park Ave in the Fox Center in Oak Park, Repair Cafe is open the first Saturday of every month from 10am-1:30pm. For more information, click here.

Participate in the 4th Annual River Forest Bike Exchange on Saturday, April 13, organized by District 90 Green4Good. Between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Roosevelt Middle School playground, you can bring bikes you have outgrown and look for ones that may suit your current needs.

Foam products with the #6 symbol are not accepted as part of the Village's single stream recycling program with our waste hauler, LRS. To help keep polystyrene (styrofoam) out of our landfills, D90's Green4Good Team together with the Village of River Forest will host a foam collection event on Saturday, April 20 from 9-12 am in the West Thatcher Metra Commuter Lot.

The One Earth Film Festival will return for its 13th year on April 17-21, 2024, with films being shown virtually or at several venues in and around Chicago. One Earth Film Festival is a Chicago area film festival that creates opportunities for understanding climate change, sustainability and the power of human involvement through sustainability-themed films and facilitated discussion. It showcases top-issue, thought-provoking environmental films, leads audiences in interactive post-film discussions focused on solutions, and offers concrete actions people can take. Information on the festival and this year’s films can be found here.

On Saturday April 27th and Sunday April 28th Oak Park and River Forest High School’s environmental club will be holding their second annual thrift store. The event will be from 2-5 pm at the 1 east gym. After spending weeks of planning the group has started collecting clothes on April 1st and plan on continuing to collect through April 26th. Profit from the event will go to the Alliance For The Great Lakes and all extra clothes will be donated to other thrift stores and church organizations directly benefiting the local migrants. We invite all local residents to donate in the bin in the welcome center and enjoy the event.

From April 14 to April 27, Target stores will be accepting old car seats. Materials from the old car seats will be recycled by Target’s partners to create new products such as pallets, plastic buckets and construction materials such as steel beams and carpet padding. Guests who trade in their old car seats will receive a 20% off coupon toward a new car seat, car seat base, travel system, stroller or select baby home gear. More information is available here.

The Forest Preserve District of Cook County and the Trailside Museum have a number of upcoming events. Please click here for more information.