Millions held by state treasurer waiting to be claimed

The state treasurer’s office recommends that Illinois residents check the unclaimed property database twice each year to make sure they’re not owed any money. In fiscal year 2019, $239 million was returned. The state holds lost or unclaimed funds until they are claimed by either the original owner or their heirs. Property is returned at no cost with the proper identification.

Produce pop up this weekend in Austin

Forty Acres Fresh Market will hold its monthly produce pop up in Austin on Jan. 10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; on Jan. 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and on Jan. 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The featured local chef will be Nubian Catering.

Holiday tree recycling begins Saturday

Residents will be able to drop off live holiday trees through Jan. 18th inside tree corrals set up at 25 designated Chicago Park District sites, including Garfield Park, 100 N. Central Park Ave., and Riis Park, 6201 W. Wrightwood Ave.

Work out for free this week at Chicago park facilities

The Chicago Park District will offer free access to 69 fitness centers located in parks citywide, including Austin, and a free preview of over 25 fitness classes being offered during winter session. Free lap swim is also available at many citywide pools. Register online or sign in onsite.

Kwanzaa celebration Friday

The Austin African American Business Networking Association will holds its annual Kwanzaa celebration Dec. 27 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Malcolm X College, 1900 W. Jackson Blvd. Coleman’s BBQ will be honored as business of the year, and Darnell Shields of Austin Coming Together is the community service recipient; Marseil Jackson will receive the Delores McCain Community Award. Tickets are $50.

BUILD Chicago holding open house today

Join BUILD staff and state Rep. La Shawn Ford to learn about work being done in Austin and plans for the future. Building tours will be given, at 5100 W. Harrison St., and refreshments will be served at the 5:30 p.m. event on Dec. 17.