Lots of Ways to Improve Your Home This Weekend

October 21, 2011

You have the opportunity this weekend to bring a homeless living being into your Chicago real estate.

The Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave., Chicago, is hosting a rescue sale for its homeless plants, trees and flowers this Saturday, October 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., or until everything finds a home.

Hail caused considerable damage to rooftops at the Garfield Park Conservatory, and its plants need homes.

The plants have been living outside since June 30, when a hailstorm blew out glass panels around the 103-year-old Conservatory.

The weather is changing, and these plants, which have been conserved for years, need homes.

Adopt a plant, take home a piece of history and help rebuild the damaged facility all at the same time. All proceeds from the Plant Rescue Sale will go toward the Garfield Park Conservatory renovation.

Master gardeners will be on hand to provide plant-care advice at the sale, which is located at Garfield Market Place just north of the Conservatory entrance. For more information, visit garfield-conservatory.org.

Here are some other events going on around Chicagoland this weekend, some plant-oriented and some otherwise.

Gardening Workshop: This class, “Growing Organic Vegetables in Your Own Backyard,” will teach everyone from the novice to experienced gardener on organic gardening techniques, soil improvement and growing your own food. This workshop, for ages 18 and over, costs $20 and will take place at Kilbourn Park, 3501 N. Kilbourn Ave., Chicago, on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Highwood Pumpkin Fest: We wrote about this story. The town will attempt to light 32,000 pumpkins and break the world record of most jack-o’-lanters lit in one location at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22 outside City Hall Park, 17 Highwood Ave., Highwood. The day will also include a Pumpkin Fest Parade and a party from 3 to 9 p.m.

Antiques + Modernism Winnetka: This combines two nationally recognized shows, the Winnetka Antiques Show and the Modernism Show, into one big two-day event, where you can find furniture, architectural artifacts, garden antiques, art, lighting and more. The sale is on for Friday, Oct. 21 from noon to 8 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 23 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka. Tickets are $15 for the three days; proceeds benefit the Community House.

Home Improvement Showcase Expo: Take steps towards creating your dream home at the area’s largest home show this Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 22-23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Arlington Park Racecourse, 2200 W. Euclid Ave., Arlington Heights. This free show will offer hundreds of home products, services and experts under one roof. There will also be giveaways, drawings, live cooking shows and more.

Mall Home Home: This free show will also provide hundreds of exhibits that will help you remodel or improve your home, plus do-it-yourself education and interactive exhibits, celebrity appearances and children activities. The show will take place at the Orland Square Mall, 288 Orland Square Dr., Orland Park, on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Shred-A-Thon: Since last summer, the Midway Document Destruction company has hosted 50 of these free events, including three over the next several days. Bring your personal and unwanted documents to be shredded and protect your identity. Times and locations: Saturday, Oct. 22 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Chicago’s Ward 16 Alderman’s office, on W. 63rd between Halsted and Morgan; Monday, Oct. 24 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Chicago’s Ward 18 office, 8146 S. Kedzie; and Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Chicago’s Ward 14 office, 4808 S. Archer.

Have a great weekend, Chicagoans!

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