Help the homeless

A Safe Haven, state Rep. La Shawn Ford and Veteran One Stop Shop is holding a Facebook and Instagram live fundraiser April 15 from 7 to 10 p.m.

West Siders invited to virtual town hall

More than 20 elected officials – including Congressman Danny Davis, state Reps. La Shawn Ford and Camille Lilly, and state Sen. Kimberly Lightford – will be hosting a “tele” town hall April 7 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on the impact of COVID-19 on black communities.

Churches urge members on ‘Census Sunday’ to be counted

A virtual “all souls count” is being held Sunday, March 29 in an effort to boost participation in the 2020 Census, just days before the April 1st Census Day. This weekend’s campaign is being organized by the Counting on Chicago Coalition (COCC). The coalition – which includes several West Side social services agencies – has been tasked with reaching the most marginalized populations such as African Americans, the young and mobile, people with disabilities and ex-offenders.

Fresh produce pop-up this weekend in Austin

This month’s fresh produce pop-up will be held Friday, March 13 (from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.); Saturday, March 14 (from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.); and Sunday, March 15 (from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Be sure to stop by 5051 W. Chicago Ave. to buy your fruits, vegetables and more.

7th congressional candidates meet for likely the last time before Tuesday’s primary

Hear likely for the last time from the candidates running for the seat that represents Austin in the U.S. House of Representatives. All four candidates – Congressman Danny Davis, and challengers Anthony Clark, Kina Collins and Kristine Schanbacher – have been invited to the March 12 forum, which will be held at 7 p.m. at 4540 W. Washington Blvd. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

Produce pop-up tonight in Austin

Stop by the Westside Health Authority’s Good Neighbor Campaign meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. March 10 at 5437 W. Division. Forty Acres Fresh Market will be selling fresh produce; cash, credit card and SNAP will be accepted.

Prom dress giveaway this week in Austin

A fashion show and prom dress giveaway will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 7 at Michele Clark Academic Prep Magnet High School, 5101 W. Harrison St. For more information or to donate your new or gently used gowns, visit Zeta Phi Beta Sorority’s web site.

Heroin/opioid task force to meet

The West Side Heroin/Opioid Task Force will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. March 6 at Lawndale Christian Health Center, 4750 W. Ogden Ave. State Rep. La Shawn Ford chairs the task force, which will be honoring the memory of those who’ve died from a drug overdose.