First Unitarian holds holiday event

Assistant to the Editor

First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave., will host its second annual Green Holidayze Bazaar this weekend.

The holiday fundraiser sale, featuring donations to the church ranging from clothes to decorations, baked goods and a tea room cafe, will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Items for sale will include greeting cards, yarn and fabrics, as well as knitwear and Christmas ornaments from the now-closed Fair Trader, once located at 1623 E. 55th St. Japanese collectibles from the estate of Ken Schug, a First Unitarian member who passed away last May, will also be on sale.

Event organizer Cindy Pardo, onetime owner of the Fair Trader and chair of the church’s fundraising committee, estimates items on sale will range between $1 and $50.

According to Pardo, the sale dovetails with the church’s application to become an accredited Green Sanctuary, a Unitarian Universalist designation for environmentally sustainable congregations.

“Doing something like this, where you’re repurposing things, is a part of that effort,” Pardo said.

First Unitarian Church is accepting donations through this Thursday. To arrange a donation, send an e-mail to Pardo at