Start the holidays right with LARC

2012-10-10T00:00:00Z Start the holidays right with LARCBy Jennifer Pallay Times Columnist nwitimes.com
October 10, 2012 12:00 am  • 

The latest newsletter from LARC showed up in our mailbox this week so I thought I would share some of the organization’s latest news. With the holidays coming up quickly now, it’s good to make room on the calendar for some time to give back.

If you like to help out and eat, which sounds like a great combo to me, plan on attending a fish fry from 4 p.m. to midnight Nov. 10 in the LARC workshop, 19043 Wentworth Ave. in Lansing.

Guests at the annual fall fundraiser will dine on lake perch, shrimp and chicken strips catered by Glenwood Oaks. Hot dogs are also available. A DJ will provide dance music and a beer garden will feature beer, pop and root beer floats.

It’s sure to be a fun and tasty event, and it’s always great to help out LARC, which is based right in Lansing and serves people with developmental disabilities.

If you have a kid on your Christmas or Halloween shopping list, you might stop by LARC’s public relations office, 19043 Wentworth Ave., and pick up a copy of “Tank the Turtle” for $15. This is a feel-good story designed for children and is based on the LARC walk-a-thon, which takes place every spring.

LARC family member Dawn Pederson wrote the book and her daughter Tanya illustrated it.

For more information on LARC happenings, call (708) 474-1540.

Speaking of marking the calendar today is my sister’s birthday. I hope she celebrates all day. She and my niece are great equestrians so hopefully her day involves a little barn time and some family time with a delicious Italian meal and cake.

With a 14-year age gap, my sister and I didn’t always have a lot in common. As we got older, we became a lot closer and it’s great now to be able to swap stories about being moms and to spoil each other’s kids as aunties.

In her honor, I’ll make my final item about horses. The Illinois Horse Rescue of Will County is a nonprofit organization based in Peotone that helps horses from Cook, Will and Kankakee counties.

It’s a 35-stall, 11-pasture facility, which houses 28 horses. Once rehabilitated, horses who are healthy are able to be adopted. Application forms are available online.

The group’s website, www.illinoishorserescue.org, lists a few ways you can help. You can donate online. You can also become a volunteer and help with the care of the horses and maintaining the barn. There are also volunteers who do administrative and office work and who help with special events and fundraising.

Finally, for as little as $10 a month and up to $500 a month, you can sponsor a horse at the facility in your name or someone else’s honor. The site says that, “Due to physical ailments, health issues, or injuries some of our horses are not immediately ready to be placed for adoption and will need additional specialized care while they are recovering and being rehabilitated. Our goal is to find a sponsor for each one of our horses.”

I think I know what I’m getting my sister for her birthday.

Call (708) 258-3959 for more information.

 

The opinions are solely those of the writer. She can be reached at jpallay14@sbcglobal.net.

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