Craftivist Week on Lake Street

by Kim Meares

Opportunity Knocks joins forces with Little Bits Workshop to bring color and diversity to Lake Street. The project will include planting one of the flowerbeds in the Lake Street Planters between Park and Franklin Avenues, creating and hanging banners from the street lamps and starting to knit and crochet “Yarn- Bombs” for the trees under the banners.

On Monday, June 11th a few Warriors visited the Little Bits Workshop to kick off Craftivist week. Little Bits Workshop proprietor, Liita Forsyth, lead the Warriors in crafting handmade banners that would send a “Heart Message” to the community of River Forest.

On Wednesday, June 13th the Village of River Forest will deliver the flowers for the village of River Forest will deliver the flowers for the Lake Street Planter box where OK’s participants will begin planting. This will be OK’s first installment of the OK “Gardening on the Go” program where the group will venture out into the community to garden.

On Friday, June 15th at 4:00 pm the groups will be out on Lake Street, finishing their planting, hanging the banners and placing the first of the seven “Yarn Bombs” on the trees. The banners will illustrate phrases that capture Forsyth’s “Heart Message of acceptance and respect for those with disabilities” by listing words on the banners, such as “Growing Opportunities Together”.

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