Community Briefs

To encourage healthy habits and promote mental well-being, state Rep. Fran Hurley is partnering with state Rep. Kelly Burke to host a tai chi workshop as a continuation of their “Mental Health Monday” series. The tai chi workshop will be on Monday, Sept. 20, at 5 p.m., at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, 3857 W. 111th St. Tai chi instructor Bryant Garrett will present a free one-hour tai chi class, and all ages are welcome. Masks will be required while indoors during the workshop.

The Forest Preserves of Cook County and Impact Grants Chicago will host a foster-care recruitment picnic on Saturday, Sept. 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Dan Ryan Woods Pavilion, 87th Street and Western Avenue, to raise awareness of the foster-care system and recruit potential foster-care families. Foster-care agencies will present information and testimonials to educate attendees about fostering youths and the resources available to foster-care parents. The event is for people of all ages, and it will include games and activities, making creative-reuse kites, archery, nature play, animal costumes and free play. Attendees can win prizes during free raffles and enjoy free food while a DJ plays music. All participants are required to wear masks and practice physical distancing. Register at