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South Chicago Park Hosting Truck-Or-Treat, Fall Festival And Charity Walk Saturday

Schafer Park's advisory council is teaming up with the Urban Growers Collective and the New Prospect MB Church for the free events.

Urban Growers Collective, which works to empower BIPOC farmers, is hosting a fall festival as part of the Saturday programming.
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SOUTH CHICAGO — Schafer Park will host three events Saturday — a charity walk, truck-or-treat and fall festival.

The day kick offs 9 a.m. Saturday at the park, 8900 S. Green Bay Ave. Organizers will lead an opening prayer at 10 a.m., and a guest speaker will address the crowd before an hour-long Breast Cancer Awareness walk. A dance celebration will follow the walk 11:30 a.m.-noon. 

The event is hosted by the park’s advisory council and New Prospect Missionary Baptist Church.

Free registration is open for the walk. In lieu of monetary donations, organizers have asked participants to donate supplies that will go toward care packages for breast cancer patients at local hospitals and treatment facilities. Requested supplies include head scarves, lip balm, wig caps, candles, tea, water bottles, hand sanitizers, blankets and socks.

After the walk, participants can stick around for the Harvest Fest hosted by the Urban Growers Collective at 1 p.m. The Black- and woman-owned nonprofit aims to combat food insecurity and provide economic opportunity for farmers of marginalized identities.

The two-hour festival at the collective’s nearby farm, 9000 S. Green Bay Ave., will feature pumpkin and face painting, apple cider, a farm stand and free farm tours. 

To close out the day, the Bessemer and Schafer Park Advisory Council will host its annual Trunk-or-Treat. Participants can walk the circuit of cars and collect candy 3-5 p.m. Those who want to dole out candy can register their car online.

Anyone wanting to join the circuit of cars should bring enough pre-packaged, store-bought candy for 150 people and must stay the full duration of the event, organizers said.

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