Masks, hand sanitizer to be distributed Saturday

Ald. Chris Taliaferro (29th) will be handing out masks and hand sanitizer 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 10 at two locations, George Rogers Elementary School, 1045 S. Monitor Ave., and Sayre Elementary Language Academy, 1850 N. Newland Ave. State Reps. La Shawn Ford and Camille Lilly also will be at Saturdays’ events.

Chicago Bears community tailgate Thursday in Austin

Austin residents are invited to attend a Chicago Bears game tailgate tonight starting at 6 p.m. in the parking lot of the Chicago Police Department’s 15th District, 5701 W. Madison Ave. The event is sponsored by Encompass AV, 33 Realty/Cubed Construction and Walking With a Warrior.

Free flu shots available throughout Chicago

Find the nearest flu clinic near you. West Side locations include La Follette Park (Oct. 19), Riis Park (Oct. 27) and Columbus Park (Nov. 2). Getting vaccinated this fall is especially important to prevent a convergence of flu and COVID-19, experts say. The Centers for Disease and Prevention recommends everyone – with a few exceptions – who is 6 months of age or older get the annual flu vaccine.

Food giveaway Saturday

Groceries will be distributed – while supplies last – from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept 26 at Helping Hand M.B. Church, 538 N. Lavergne Ave. PPE also will be available. Walk or drive up.

Free COVID-19 testing this weekend in Austin

Stop by the 29th Ward Veteran’s Peace Garden at 5413 W. Madison St. from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. to get tested.Seasonal flu shots and blood pressure checks also will be available, and fresh produce, bottled water, toilet paper, soap and face masks will be distributed.

Bike ride for peace this weekend in Austin

Ride for peace Friday night and Sunday morning in two separate events. Friday’s ride begins at 8 p.m. at 819 N. Leamington, while Sunday’s ride starts at 9 a.m. at Columbus Park, 500 S. Central Ave.

Sign up for next weekend’s community bike ride

Registrations are still being accepted for the Sept. 27th bike ride, which begins at Columbus Park. Riders will travel 13 miles through Chicago, Oak Park, Forest Park and Maywood. The Chicago Police Department will ride along and provide vehicle escort.

Ride your bike for peace

The Austin peace ride will take place Sept. 19. Meet at the BUILD Chicago office at 5100 W. Harrison St. at 9 a.m.; the ride begins at 10 a.m. Water and light snacks will be provided. Bring your bike; a limited number of Divvy bikes will be available.