Free Halloween events Friday & Saturday

The 25th Police District will host a truck or treat event Friday, Oct. 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. at 5555 W. Grand Ave. The 15th Police District will host a pumpkin carving and decorating event Saturday, Oct. 23 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for youth ages 3 to 13.

Watch free screening of film about urban gardening

The screening of “Can You Dig This” will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Kehrein Center for the Arts, 5628 W. Washington Blvd. After the film, there will be a discussion, and there will also be free snacks and a mini-farmers marekt.

Help Chicago heal

The suicide of Illinois State Police Trooper Gerald Mason is a tragedy for his family, his co-workers and for all of us, writes state Rep. La Shawn Ford. How can we make sense of this? How can we prevent suicide?

Austin Harvest looks forward to next season

The youth-led fresh market at 423 N. Laramie Ave. recently hosted a fall family festival. They hope to have a permanent structure after raising over $660,000 with the help of former Bears linebacker Sam Acho. Visit the market Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 2 to 6 p.m.