Watchdog holds fundraiser

Citizens United in Forest Park will host a rummage sale on Saturday, Oct. 6 to help raise money for the non-profit group. Donors are encouraged to contribute a host of different items, from children’s toys and clothing, to small appliances and jewelry, which will be sold at the annual event.

CUinFP is a watchdog organization for local government and sponsors occasional forums on public policy issues throughout the year.

The rummage sale will begin at 9 a.m. at First United Church of Christ located at 1000 Elgin Ave. The event is scheduled to run until 3 p.m. Donations for the sale can be left at the church on Sunday, Sept. 30 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and on Tuesday, Oct. 2 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

PTA hosts square dancing event

Garfield Elementary School will host its first family night of the school year this week and parents are encouraged to bring their elementary students to the Garfield Hoedown. The square dancing event will be held on Friday, Sept. 28 at 6:30 p.m. on the school’s playground and will feature a square dancing instructor to help guide families through the steps. Snacks will be provided. The Garfield Parent-Teacher Association has organized the activity.

Phone scam targets seniors

Local police are making an effort to alert seniors to a phone scam targeting beneficiaries of the federal Medicare program. According to a press release issued by the Forest Park Police Department, the attorney general’s office has learned of a scam in which the caller tells a victim that their Medicare account has been cancelled or their information has been lost. The con artists then ask for personal information such as social security numbers, birth dates and bank account numbers.

The federal offices that oversee social security and Medicare will not call or visit seniors, according to the department, and residents are encouraged to hang up immediately should they receive a phone call of this nature. Additional concerns and questions should be directed to the attorney general’s hotline for consumer fraud at 1-800-243-0618.