News in brief: flower flash, school supply drive until August 31, special branch pick-up on September 1, call for volunteers for the Wilmette block party

Local organizations joined forces to surprise essential workers with a “lightning flash” in early June.

A large heart-shaped flower arrangement awaited guests on opening day of the Winnetka Farmers Market.

The Winnetka Garden Guild was behind the arrangement, consisting of 3,000 flowers, and received assistance from the Village of Winnetka, the Winnetka Park District and the local Chamber of Commerce.

The guild’s Margaret Herrmann said the organization honors police officers, firefighters, teachers, healthcare workers, postal workers and ‘others who have served the community throughout the pandemic ” from the city.


School supply collection at Berkshire Hathaway until August 31

New school supplies are picked up between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, August 31, at the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices office in Winnetka, 839 Elm St.

The company partners with Cradles to Crayons, which packages and distributes donated items to underprivileged children in Chicago. The initiative is part of Berkshire Hathaway’s annual Community Kindness event.

“In the hustle and bustle of getting ready for the new school year, it can be easy for parents to lose sight of the fact that not all children have the essentials they need to start school,” said said Kevin Rynes, head broker at Winnetka’s office, in a statement. “Officers in our Winnetka office wanted to help Cradles to Crayons collect as many school supplies as possible to help get kids off to a good start. Thank you in advance for your help, and special thanks to Stacy Burgoon, our Kindness Foundation Ambassador, for coordinating this event.

For more information about the Cradles to Crayons campaign, contact Stacy Burgoon, Ambassador for the BHHS Chicago Kindness Foundation, at (773) 559-5100 or [email protected]


Kenilworth is setting up a special collection of brushes after the storm has passed

A powerful storm left a mess in its wake as it rolled through the North Shore on Monday August 29th.

The Village of Kenilworth has announced a special brush collection day on Thursday September 1st. According to a statement from the village, the tree branches should be placed in the promenade before 8 a.m. Thursday. The village asks residents to try to group the brush so that it does not end up on the street.

For more information, contact the Village at (847) 251-1666 or [email protected]


The Village of Wilmette is looking for volunteers for the 150th anniversary celebration

Volunteers are needed for the next Wilmette Block Party from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, September 10.

The celebration is in honor of the city’s 150th anniversary, or sesquicentennial, and will include everything from a kids’ area and activities to live music and drinks.

The Village of Wilmette is looking for volunteers to help out that day and a number of slots remain unfilled. Depending on the village, volunteers receive a commemorative t-shirt, parking, drink tickets and other gifts. You can register as an individual(s) or as a group.

To register, go to volunteer registration page or contact Volunteer Coordinator Lindsey Thomas at [email protected] or (847) 920-3925.


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