Growing Home’s 10th Birthday and Screening of The Interrupters – Support Urban Agriculture and Job Training

It’s less than a month until our biggest event of the year! In honor of our job training program’s 10th year we are throwing ourselves a birthday party!

When: May 1st, cocktail hour starts at 6pm

Where: The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum – 2430 N. Cannon Drive in Lincoln Park

Dinner: Hors d’oeuvres by Majani Catering, appetizer by Sunday Dinner, entrées by Bistro Campagne, and cupcakes by Emma’s Kitchen.

Tickets: Available now through our partner Eventbrite.

Who: Keynote address by Steve James, Producer and Director of the award winning movies, Hoopdreams and The Interrupters. Remarks by Wendy C., Growing Home Job Training Graduate, 2011

The event will also feature an exciting silent auction, with certificates and gifts from the Laugh Factory, Organic Valley, August Hill Winery, Big Jones, and more. 100% of proceeds from the event, which is sponsored by Healthy Dining Chicago, Goodness Greeness, Boeing, Laurus Strategies, Organic Valley, Goose Island, Doug and Jesse MacDonald, Richard and Judith Rhodes, Candid Wines, Big Bowl, Builders Bank, and Dana Hirt, will go to support our job training and outreach programs.

Free screening of the award winning film, The Interrupters: April 18th, 4pm at the Wood Street Urban Farm (5814 S. Wood St.)

We are very happy to have Steve James joining us for our birthday event. The Interrupters landed on many “Ten Best” lists for 2011 including Time, The New Yorker, The Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, LA Times and Slate, which called it “the most essential film of the year.” As a lead up to our Birthday Party we are excited to screen The Interrupters at our Wood Street Urban Farm on April 18th. The movie tells the story of three “violence interrupters” in Chicago, all of whom are former gang members working to protect their communities by breaking the cycle of violence.

Join us from 1-4pm for farm tours, garden workshops, an organic farm stand and more. The screening will start at 4pm. Following the film, violence interrupters, Li’l Mikey and Hot Rod, will start a community discussion. For more information, or to reserve your spot at the April 18th screening, please email our outreach department.

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