State Rep. Fran Hurley, state Sen. Bill Cunningham and 19th Ward Ald. Matt O’Shea will host a property tax appeal workshop on Thursday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m., at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, 3857 W. 111th St. Local homeowners should bring a copy of their latest tax bill to meet with staff from the Board of Review for assistance in filling out tax appeal paperwork and to ask any questions or share concerns. For more information or to register, call (773) 445-8128 or email

The NAACP Chicago Southside will host an information forum on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 11107 S. Vincennes Ave. “Getting High vs. Getting High Scores” will discuss the effect of legalization of recreational cannabis on adolescent education and will include a panel of experts in the medical, educational, legal and law-enforcement fields. They will discuss how cannabis legislation may impact adolescent development. For more information, call (312) 751-6584.

Attorneys with the Chicago Bar Association (CBA) Call-A-Lawyer Program will be available to take calls from the public and offer brief legal advice on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 9 a.m. to noon, as part of an ongoing legal public service program offered by the CBA. The CBA also offers an after-hours service that provides callers with access to attorneys in three areas of law at any time after normal business hours. To reach a lawyer for help with criminal defense, personal injury and family law matters, call (312) 554-2001.

The League of Women Voters of Chicago-Far Southwest Side will hold a meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m., at Beverly Unitarian Church, 10244 S. Longwood Dr., to discuss the Clean Energy Jobs Act. The league is a non-partisan organization that provides informal discussion of current political, social and economic issues. For more information about the meeting, call (312) 939-5949, (773) 233-1420 or email

The U of I Extension will host its first Pumpkin Smash on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Chicago High School For Agricultural Sciences, 3857 W. 111th St. Residents can drop off their jack-o-lanterns at the one-day-only composting collection. Gourds, corn stalks and straw bales will also be collected. Natural materials only will be accepted. For more information, call Sarah at (773) 233-2900 or email