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posted: 1/25/2010 12:01 AM

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Bees, beetles and butterflies:

Bees, beetles and butterflies will be the focus of discussion at the Lake County Audubon Society meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1 at Libertyville Village Hall, 118 W. Cook St. Cyndi Duda, an environmental education specialist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will make a presentation on these pollinators and why we should care about them. Duda also will discuss the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign and will include handouts to help you attract and protect pollinators in your yard. The 90-minute program is free and open to the public. Call (847) 362-5134 for more information.

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Job workshops:

Sue Komers of Elite Resources LLC, an executive search firm, will discuss concerns of job seekers at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26. The workshop, sponsored by Fresh Start of Illinois, a not-for-profit employment center, will include answers to concerns such as how a job seeker can get onto recruiters' radar. Fresh Start is at 1512 Artaius Parkway, Libertyville. Life coaching workshops are held the first and third Wednesdays of the month, and surviving a layoff is the topic on the second and fourth Wednesdays. Call (847) 521-3910 or visit freshstartofillinois.org.

Ski jumping competition:

Ski jumpers from around the world will gather in Fox River Grove Saturday, Jan. 30 and Sunday, Jan. 31 as the Norge Ski Club hosts the third leg of a "Super Tour" ski jumping competition. A Junior Olympic qualifier, followed by a jumping competition, begins at noon Saturday. The Super Tour senior meet begins at noon Sunday. Tickets are $10 if you buy advance purchase buttons from local merchants or $15 at the gate. Buttons are good for both days. Norge is at 100 Ski Hill Road, three blocks north of Routes 22 and 14. Parking is free. Call (847) 639-9718 for more information.

Antioch Rotary to purchase shelter boxes:

The Rotary Club of Antioch has a goal to send three shelter boxes to Haiti in the next three weeks. Each box holds a 10-person tent, thermal blankets, fuel stove, cooking utensils, water container and water purification tablets, tool kit and a range of other equipment. They cost $1,000 each. Rotary District 6440 will match dollar for dollar up to $50,000 for this effort. Donations can be sent to Rotary Club of Antioch, P.O. Box 35, Antioch, IL 60002. For more information, visit shelterbox.org or email Scott Thompson at sthompson@antioch34.com.

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