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Rain Barrels and Other Water-friendly Landscaping Ideas

Learn about rain barrels -- how to install and maintain them and utilize the water; about rain gardens; and how native plants can solve many water issues and help conserve water in your yard. Also learn how nature can help keep you happy and healthy too.Rainwater is a precious resource! Come learn how to collect and keep it on your property through the use of rain barrels and other means at this free workshop.

Each attendee will receive a native plant guide and learn how they can get a free yard visit to help solve their specific problems. Information on obtaining a rain barrel for your yard will also be shared.

Rain Barrels and Other Water-friendly Landscaping Ideas will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13, at the Oswego Public Works Building, 100 Theodore Drive, Oswego. 

Sponsored by The Conservation Foundation and Village of Oswego, this workshop is FREE to attend, but pre-registration is required.

RSVP by March 11 to jchurch@theconservationfoundation.org or phone 630-553-0687 x204.

 


Order your rain barrel at a steep discount

The Village of Oswego, Upcycle Products and the Illinois Conservation Foundation have partnered to offer Oswego residents the opportunity to buy rain barrels for about half their retail price.

Rain barrels collect rain runoff from roofs and gutters and store it for later use on gardens and lawns. In addition to saving our community’s precious water resources and reducing water bills, rain barrels are often beneficial to gardens because rain water can be softer and have fewer minerals in it than ground water.

A portion of proceeds from rain barrels purchased through the Village’s partnership with Upcycle Products also benefit The Conservation Foundation, which is responsible for conservation projects across Oswego and the region. Local projects have included rain gardens, native plantings, and watershed protection plans.

Rain barrels are available in black, grey, blue and terra cotta red and cost between $55 and $60, about half the price of similar models purchased on Amazon. They are made from food-grade upcycled materials, including former pickling containers, and are specially washed clean for garden use.

Residents may purchase barrels at www.upcycle-products.com/oswegoil.html, for pick-up at the April 13 community recycling event. Online orders for pick up on April 13 must be placed by midnight April 9, 2019. Mail in orders for pick up on April 13, 2019, must be received by April 5, 2019. Home delivery is also available throughout the year for an additional $5.

For more information, visit www.upcycle-products.com/oswegoil.html or call Upcycle Products directly at 815-735-9535.


Learn more about rain barrels on March 13!

Still not sure what a rain barrel does or if it’s right for your home?

Learn about rain barrels -- how to install and maintain them and use the water; about rain gardens; and how native plants can solve many water issues and help conserve water in your yard at “Rain Barrels and Other Water-friendly Landscaping Ideas.”

This workshop will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13, at the Oswego Public Works Building, 100 Theodore Drive, Oswego.

Rainwater is a precious resource! Come learn how to collect and keep it on your property through the use of rain barrels and other means. Each attendee will receive a native plant guide and learn how they can get a free yard visit to help solve their specific problems.

Sponsored by The Conservation Foundation and Village of Oswego, this workshop is free to attend, but pre-registration is required.

RSVP by March 11 to jchurch@theconservationfoundation.org or phone 630-553-0687 x204.


Statement in support of the victims of Friday's tragedy

A statement from Oswego Village President Gail Johnson in support of the victims of Friday afternoon’s tragedy at the Henry Pratt Company:­

Village of Oswego staff and officials are deeply saddened at the loss of life in yesterday’s mass shooting incident, which included the deaths of two of Oswego’s own residents.

This tragedy has not just hit close to home – it has left all of Oswego grieving alongside our neighbors.

Our thoughts are with the victims, and our condolences go out to our Oswego families, as well as to all the families who will be forever changed by yesterday’s events. Know that our support is with you.

Our gratitude also goes out to the first responders, especially our Oswego police officers who assisted at the scene and who will continue to offer their support to their brothers and sisters at the Aurora Police Department, and to all whose heroic actions saved lives yesterday. We wish the Aurora officers injured yesterday a full and speedy recovery.

Many wounds are unseen – for those physically injured, those who witnessed tragedy unfold, those who lost loved ones, and those first responders who rushed toward danger to help. When a brutal act of violence strikes so close, the sudden terror and its lasting ripple effects can affect everyone throughout an entire community. If you or a loved one is feeling distressed in this moment or anytime after, we encourage you to talk to someone who can help. Assistance is available through your medical professional and through the Kendall County Health Department.

In our darkest moments, we remain committed to continually promoting the safety, health and wellness of every person in order to help our community heal.


Vote early at Oswego Village Hall

Registered voters in Kendall County can vote early from March 18 through March 28 at Oswego Village Hall for the April 2, 2019, Consolidated Election. Other early voting locations are also open. For a complete list of early voting dates, times and locations, click here


LUNAFEST features award-winning films on Feb. 9

OSWEGO, ILL. – It may be awards season for Hollywood blockbusters, but this year some of the best films hitting the indie circuit are coming straight to Oswego.

The Oswego Cultural Arts Commission celebrates women in the arts with the return of LUNAFEST, a fundraising film festival of shorts by and about women on Saturday, Feb. 9, in Oswego. This year’s lineup includes the unique opportunity to watch films that have won awards over the past year at AFI Fest, Sundance, SxSW and other prestigious festivals, plus undiscovered gems.

This year’s films cover topics such as health, body image, racism, immigration, death and the pursuit of your passion. Films include:

 

  • Flip the Record (2017). Dir. Marie Jamora. Using her older brother’s turntable on the sly, a Fililpino-American teen discovers her own identity. Winner of the Urban World Film Festival and St. Louis International Film Festival.
  • The Final Show (2016). Dir. Dana Nachman. A woman who has lived a long life full of love and loss has to decide based on all that she’s learned who to take along to eternity.
  • My Immigrant Story (2017). Dir. Yuriko Gamo Romer. The hot-button issue of immigration inspired the director to reflect on her own path to American citizenship, narrating over selections from her family’s home movies.
  • War Paint (2018). Dir. Katrelle N. Kindred. A young black girl in South Los Angeles experiences a series of events that intersects racism and sexism during the 4th of July holiday. Winner of the AFI Fest and Nominee at Sundance Film Festival.
  • Drummer Girl (2017). Dir. Sophie Hexter. Losing her eyesight does not stop a prodigious rock n’ rock drummer from pursuing her passion.
  • Are We Good Parents? (2018). Dir. Bola Ogun. When a couple’s 14-year-old daughter says she’s going to her first dance with her classmate, they question their preconceived notions of her sexuality and their openness as parents. Screened at SxSW Film Festival.
  • Today, Tomorrow, Yesterday (2018). Dir. Jackie Files. A young woman finds her old diaries while moving out of her childhood bedroom and learns to make peace with herself.
  • Ur Dead to Me (2017). Dir. Yonoko Li. A dried-flower delivery woman gets a glimpse into the cycles of love and loss. 

Films featured in LUNAFEST are not rated, however, organizers suggest that this year’s lineup will be most suited to viewers ages 13 and up.

Advanced tickets to this year’s LUNAFEST are $20 and can be purchased at www.lunafest.org/screenings/oswego-il-020919 or from the Facebook event page. Search “Lunafest 2019.”

Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $25, subject to availability. In addition to the films, the festival offers artisan vendors, light snacks and live music courtesy of Fox River Academy.

All proceeds from LUNAFEST will benefit Mutual Ground in its mission to create a community free of domestic and sexual violence through its shelter and education programs, as well as Chicken & Egg Pictures, a national nonprofit organization that supports women nonfiction filmmakers whose artful and innovative storytelling catalyzes social change.

Event information is also available at www.GoOswego.org.

For more information, contact Julie Hoffman, Community Engagement Coordinator, at 630-551-2344 or email jhoffman@oswegoil.org.             

 

About LUNAFEST

LUNAFEST is a fundraising film festival dedicated to promoting awareness about women's issues, highlighting women filmmakers, and bringing women together in their communities. This unique film festival highlights women as leaders in society, illustrated through nine short films by women filmmakers.

To date, LUNAFEST, which is created and funded by LUNA, The Whole Nutrition Bar for Women, has raised more than $4.7 million for nonprofit organizations across the US and Canada.

 

Go downtown and make it a full day with friends!

There’s so much happening in downtown Oswego – and all for some great causes! Make plans for a full day of fun on Saturday, Feb. 9, with the Chocolate Walk for Charity from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in downtown Oswego, just before LUNAFEST.  

The Chocolate Walk benefits Celebrate Differences, an Oswego-based organization providing opportunities to children of all abilities, and invites chocolate lovers to stroll through downtown Oswego shops to sample handcrafted chocolatey treats. Chocolate Walk tickets are $15 and must be purchased in advance. For more information, visit celebratedifferences.org.

           

IF YOU GO

WHAT: LUNAFEST Film Festival

WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, Doors open at 3 p.m. Films start at 4 p.m.                                  

WHERE: Oswego Village Hall, 100 Parkers Mill, Oswego IL 60543                      

TICKETS: $20 pre-sale at www.lunafest.org/screenings/oswego-il-020919, $25 at the door


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