A runner’s journey

Austin resident Vanessa Stokes reflects on life while on the road as she trains to run the Chicago Marathon in 2020.

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.

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.

Austin’s monthly fresh produce market held this weekend

This month’s fresh produce market will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 13; from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 14; and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m Dec. 15 at 5051 W. Chicago Ave. There will be a large selection of affordable fresh produce, recipe demonstrations, free sampling and giveaways.

Loretto Hospital jumps in patient safety rating after new report

The hospital – which remains the largest private employer in Austin, with 624 people on staff – received an A rating for its fall report, after receiving average ratings of C’s and D’s. The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit based in Washington, grades hospitals across the country on factors like in-patient care, infections and practices to prevent error. Hospitals voluntarily participate, and Leapfrog releases reports twice a year.

Fresh produce market in Austin this weekend

The monthly farmers market will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8; from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9; and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10 at 5051 W. Chicago Ave. There will be a large selection of fresh produce, recipe demonstrations, free samples, giveaways and more.