Oliver: Good causes past, present and future

It’s hard to believe it’s September already. That means the gardeners among us are getting ready for fall plantings. Inspired by this year’s McHenry County Garden Walk, I just might have to join them.

September also means it’s time once again for the Woodstock Public Library’s Mum’s the Word fall plant sale.

This year, the sale will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 13 and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 14 in the parking lot of the library, 414 W. Judd St.

The event, put on by the Friends of Woodstock Public Library, is one of two fundraisers each year. The other is the Mini-Links Golf Outing, my personal favorite.

For Mum’s the Word, there will be two programs on Saturday in addition to the sale of locally grown fall plants and grasses from Hoffie Nursery in Marengo.

Marlene Frisbie of Hoffie Nursery will present “Container Gardening” at 10 a.m. Attendees can learn how to create containers with fall plants, as well as how to maintain year-round planters. 

“Jump into Fall,” from 11 a.m. to noon, is a hands-on program for children in kindergarten through eighth grade that includes stories, crafts and lessons about nature.

Registration for both programs ends Wednesday.

For information, call the library at 815-338-0542, email or visit

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Gallery in the Garden update: I’m happy to share the results of another of my favorite area events that raises money for a good cause.

The eighth annual Gallery in the Garden, an art show held each year in the gardens of organizers Deb Glaubke and Gale Harris, raised $6,152 for the Court Appointed Special Advocates of McHenry County.

The event, held July 27-28, drew 1,413 people despite the cool weather and a threat of rain.

I’m also told the event will be back again next year for a ninth time. Good thing, too, since I had a scheduling conflict and had to miss this year’s event.

Glaubke also let me know about a particularly heartwarming donation that was made to CASA. 

Ian Perry, who is a young neighbor of Glaubke’s, had been selling lemonade in front of his house. He handed CASA volunteer Bob Horrell a plastic cup with the $17.65 he had earned from the sale.

Way to go, Ian.

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Speaking of good causes: Turning Point, an agency that helps the area’s victims of domestic violence, sent in a note about a recent donation.

This summer, Chico’s Stores have been conducting a “Shop for a Cause” denim drive, collecting gently worn jeans and slacks. Recently, Turning Point received three boxes of donated jeans from the local store.

Turning Point wanted to pass along its gratitude for the generosity.

If you’d like to help, a list of needed clothing, food pantry and office items can be found on the agency’s website at Click on “Donate” on the left-hand side of the homepage.

• Joan Oliver is the assistant news editor for the Northwest Herald. She can be reached at 815-526-4552 or by email at

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