By Laura Taylor

I first heard about Growing Home when I learned that our sister station 93XRT’s Lin Brehmer would be at their biggest event of the year: their 12th annual benefit dinner and auction.

Growing Home Executive Director Harry Rhodes was kind enough to chat with me about their mission as well as their upcoming big dinner on May 20th.

This is such a unique organization that operates, promotes, and demonstrates the use of organic agriculture as a vehicle for job training, employment, and community development. They’ve got four urban farms, and have been busily getting ready for their biggest benefit of the year.

Learn more about Growing Home here, and consider buying a ticket to their big spring fundraiser on May 20th at Salvage One, where you’ll enjoy:

  • dinner by Chef Paul Virant of Vie and Perennial Virant, Cicchetti Chefs Mike Sheerin and Sara Jordan, and USDA-certified organic produce grown at the Growing Home farms
  • drinks from Goose Island Brewery and Chicago Distilling Co.
  • a wine tasting with 93XRT’s Lin Brehmer
  • a silent auction featuring items from green companies in Chicago, dinners, getaway packages, and a trip to New York City to see The Daily Show
  • the jazz music stylings of Marqueal Jordan
  • 15th Ward Alderman Toni Foulkes as Master of Ceremonies

They’re also hosting an open house on June 7th from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 5814 S. Wood St. in Chicago.

Then, Dr. Rachel Bishop of the National Eye Institute runs down some statistics about vision problems during Healthy Vision Month. Plus, what other health problems can lead to vision impairment? Dr. Rachel explains how easy it is to care for our eyes and why it’s so important to do so.

The below steps are a good place to start:

1. Get a dilated eye exam once a year.

2. Live a healthy lifestyle. Carrots are good, but fish and leafy greens like spinach are better!

3. Know your family history. Some eye diseases are hereditary.

4. Use protective eyewear such as safety goggles. Construction workers, athletes, and chemists, we’re lookin’ at you.

5. Wear sunglasses. You’ll block out harmful UV rays while looking fashionable!

Later, I take you Around Chicagoland for these great events:

  • The Anti-Cruelty Society‘s kitten shower ends today! Check out what’s left on the registry here. Mail your donations to: 157 W. Grand Ave. in Chicago, IL 60654. Or drop them off in person at: 510 N. LaSalle in Chicago between 9:00 am and 7:00 pm.
  • The Chicago Fire soccer game benefiting the Danny Did Foundation is today! Come out to support the Foundation’s mission of preventing seizure-caused deaths.
  • The Laugh Factory is hosting another Paging Dr. Love event on Tuesday to benefit Project HUGS! Emily Keck checks in with us to give us the scoop.

For more details, listen to this week’s episode below.

NEXT WEEK: We’re cheering on the Blackhawks AND saving lives! Amanda Bickell (you know that name… Bryan Bickell, #29 of the Blackhawks) will come on the show to talk about the organization she and her husband Bryan founded to save pit bulls and help abused children.

She also tells us about Bick’s Pit of the Month who’s looking for a forever home, and two awesome charity events they’re taking part in this July, one of which involves lots of beer– you won’t want to miss it! Tune in next Sunday morning at 6:30 for all the details.

Weekend Journal airs Sunday mornings at 6:30 on US99.5.

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