Single-family rehab loans and more From the Village
Not too late for a flu shot
Getting vaccinated against the flu in November or even December is still not too late. Public health officials recommend that everyone older than 6 months get vaccinated every year. Flu vaccine is offered at numerous commercial pharmacies, grocery stores and other retail sites in the Oak Park area. Most of these sites accept private insurances and Medicare Part B to help cover the cost of the flu shot. Many sites will vaccinate children as young as 18 months. Help finding a flu shot provider is available at flushot.healthmap.org. Residents also can email health@oak-park.us or call 708.358.5483 with questions about access to an affordable flu shot.
 
Fall leaf collection continues
The annual fall leaf collection program will continue through Dec. 3. Leaves should be raked into the street at least 18 inches from the curb the day before the scheduled pickup dates indicated on the map. For traffic safety, residents who miss a scheduled pickup date should keep leaves on the parkway until the night before the next scheduled pickup. Residents are urged to consider composting or using the leaves as garden mulch as an alternative to raking. For more information call708.358.5700 or email publicworks@oak-park.us.
 
Single-family rehab loans can help correct safety issues
Single-family homeowners who need help paying for work to correct health and safety issues and building code violations may be eligible for no-interest loans of up to $25,000. No monthly payments are required. Loans are repayable after 20 years or when the property is transferred. The federally funded, income-based rehabilitation home loans are designed to ensure public safety and improve the Village’s housing stock by bringing structures into compliance with key housing and building codes. More information on the program is posted at www.oak-park.us/housing. For application information, call 708.358.5410 or emailhousing@oak-park.us.
 
Special night at the Trailside Museum
A special night of family oriented activities is scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m., tomorrownight (Nov. 6) at the Trailside Museum of Natural History, 738 Thatcher Ave. in River Forest. Visitors can listen to fireside stories and eat s’mores, stargaze with the museum’s telescope or go on a scavenger hunt with flashlights. Information on a variety of programs and children’s crafts offered throughout the year also will be available. The Trailside is one of six nature centers operated by the Forest Preserves of Cook County that offer a variety of educational events and festivals throughout the year. For a complete listing of all programs – including downloadable seasonal brochures – visit www.fpdcc.com.
 
Military job fair scheduled
A job fair for veterans, active-duty military and their families is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tues., Nov. 10 in the B Building Cafeteria at Triton College, 2000 Fifth Ave. in River Grove. In addition to potential employers, the event also will offer information on enrolling in credit or non-credit classes to increase marketability. For information, email freidaspilleriverson@triton.edu or williamlesus@triton.edu.

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