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Smash that old pumpkin into the ground — and let the soil benefit from its life-giving nutrients. Last year’s post-Halloween Pumpkin Smash at Ron Ory Community Garden Plots in Naperville brought in 464 pumpkins, weighing 5,684 pounds! This year’s composting event is on Saturday, Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. to noon.
$15 for 2020
Woodie the Wonder Pup is just one of the miraculous pets featured in the 2020 Dog Park Calendar from the Forest Preserve of Will County. As well as showcasing 40-plus dogs that frequent the district’s six dog parks, the calendar puts special focus on rescue dogs like Woodie. The blue nose American Staffordshire terrier (below) was found as a badly injured five-week-old puppy — both back paws missing, possibly from an animal encounter. Volunteers at Will County Humane Society nursed him back to health, making Woodie the happy-go-lucky pup he is today.
For each sale of the $15 calendar, $10 will be spent on finding new homes for hundreds of dogs each year. For more information and to help other pups in need, visit www.willcountydogs.org.
Elmhurst College is newly ranked #6 in the Midwest for undergraduate teaching by U.S. News & World Report — a jump of five places over last year for the school that offers 60 undergraduate majors. Nearby North Central College came in at #10, with Dominican University at #14. Elmhurst College, which also ranked as the 13th most innovative school in the region, will officially change its name to Elmhurst University in 2020.
Photo by Al Benson
3,421 boxes of Girl Scout cookies = a trip to Disney World for 10-year-old Brooklyn Czenk of Aurora. Her closest competitor sold 3,209 boxes. The intrepid fifth grader at Freeman Elementary School set up shop at the home of her grandparents, who were on vacation. The Girl Scouts program teaches five skills — goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. This smart cookie is part way along the journey
to female entrepreneurship!
It’s the season for Fall galas in the suburbs — and what complicated affairs they can be! Take the Joie de Vivre ball, to be held on October 5 at Chicago’s Ritz Carlton by Wellness House in Hinsdale, for instance. The event requires 3,050 pieces of flatware, 624 rental chairs, 1850 stemware pieces, 1,850 dinner plates, 800 votive candles, and 650 dinner napkins! Nineteen committee members have been hard at work for more than a year and will be joined on the night by 85 servers, 30 volunteers, 18 band performers and 15 professional vendors. All with the goal of raising funds to improve the lives of those living with cancer and their families.Edit Module