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Preckwinkle to appear in Palatine for Earth Day

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    Toni Preckwinkle

Submitted by the Sierra Club — Northwest Cook County

The Northwest Cook County Group of the Sierra Club is offering a number of free events to area residents in celebration of Earth Day 2012.

An Illinois prairie photography presentation by renowned local outdoor photographer Mike MacDonald will be held at Harper College at 7 p.m. April 18.

The presentation, "A Photographic Journey into the Wilds of Chicago," features dozens of photographs sure to inspire photographers, conservationists, and anyone who enjoys the outdoors.

Seating is limited for this free event. Register at

The main event will be Saturday, April 21, at Deer Grove East Forest Preserve, off Dundee Road. Special lunchtime guests include Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Debra Shore, commissioner of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District.

From 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. in Grove 2, volunteers will be doing ecological restoration work. At noon, a free lunch will be served accompanied by a talk by Preckwinkle.

Besides the restoration work, demonstrations, activities, and tours will also be conducted by subject matter experts. No registration is needed, but appropriate clothing is recommended.