Unitarians hold green fundraiser

By Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul
Assistant to the Editor

A holiday season fundraiser sale will take place at First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave., between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, and from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9. Dubbed the “Green Holidayze Bazaar,” it features such items as books, art by locals and vintage jewelry and china.
Organizers decided to hold the sale “with an orientation towards reusing, recycling [and] repurposing,” said Fair Trader co-owner Cindy Pardo, who planned the event with fellow First Unitarian congregation members Catherine Harth-Stern and Linn Orear. She noted that church members and a customer at The Fair Trader, 1623 E. 55th St., have donated items to this weekend’s sale, which she hopes will become an annual event.

The Bazaar will feature a mix of brand-new, hand-made and vintage wares, as well as a bake sale and tea room. Pardo, also the chair for her church’s fundraising committee, said kids will have a chance to create their own gift cards and wrapping paper, and be invited to purchase goods from “Santa’s Workshop,” a section consisting of Fair Trader items worth $5 or less.

For more information, call 773-324-4100 or visit firstuchicago.org. First Unitarian Church will end accepting sale donations at its office today.