Couple donates $1 million to support Austin

The $1 million gift from Rick and Cate Waddell, given to United Way of Metro Chicago, will be used to support economic development over the next five years in Austin through the Neighborhood Network Initiative. Austin Coming Together will play a key role in the initiative.

Don’t miss this month’s fresh produce market

Stop by 5051 W. Chicago Ave. on Friday, Sept. 13 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; on Saturday, Sept. 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and on Sunday, Sept. 15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be free samples, recipe cards, giveaways and more. The featured chefs will be Chemistry Catering on Friday, Egg Rolls Etc. on Saturday and Two Sisters Catering on Sunday.

Westside Health Authority gets $1 million grant

State Rep. La Shawn Ford helped secure the $1 million grant in the new state budget, which took effect July 1. The money will help fund the Westside Health Authority’s ongoing “Good Neighbor Campaign.” Last year, the campaign received a $250,000 state grant.

Bike ride, parade and more this weekend on the West Side

BUILD will hold a bike ride for peace from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Aug. 24th. Participants are encouraged to register in advance for the event, which begins at 5100 W. Harrison St. The Chicago Community Alliance will hold “Summer Fest West” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Marshall High School, 3300 W. Jackson Blvd. City Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin and 28th Ward Ald. Jason Ervin will host the event.