Oberlin Community News Bulletin

Underground History Tour Highlights Freedom Seekers
The Oberlin Heritage Center will lead two walking tours through town, sharing the stories of some of the over 3,000 African Americans who passed through and hid in Oberlin while escaping enslavement. The two tours are being offered Parents’ Weekend, Friday Nov. 9 and Saturday Nov. 10 at 3 p.m. Tours will last 90 minutes and begin at the First Church in Oberlin, UCC. Tickets are $6.00 per person.

IGA Plastic Bag Swap Encourages Sustainable Shopping
In honor of America Recycles Day, which is Nov. 10, Oberlin IGA Foodliner is repeating its successful bag swap, launched during Earth Week last April. IGA will exchange free reusable bags for three plastic bags Tuesday and Wednesday, beginning at 3 p.m.

Kendal CEO Barbara Thomas Named Lorain County “Difference Maker”
Leadership Lorain County named Kendal at Oberlin CEO Barbara Thomas a 2019 “Difference Maker” this week. Thomas will be honored at the Difference Makers Gala and Excellence in Leadership Awards Feb. 15 and 16, 2019. She served as the executive director of Kendal at Oberlin for 11 years before becoming the nonprofit’s CEO in 2003. Since then, Thomas has worked to expand Kendal’s reach by establishing Kendal at Home and Kendal Community Outreach, LLC, both formed in 2010.