Animals, plants and nature

Daily Herald Staff Report
Published4/24/2009 12:01 AM

Events that involve pets, animals and plants, such as pet washes, adoption days, nature walks, microchipping, nature photography exhibits, nature tours, bird walks, calls for volunteers for nature-related work days, etc. Send items to two weeks before event date.

April 24


Flying Wild educators workshop: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, April 24, Stillman Nature Center, 33 W. Penny Road, Barrington. Learn interactive activities to teach students about migratory birds and their conservation. $20. (847) 428-6957

Arbor Day celebration: 10 a.m. Friday, April 24, Algonquin Middle School, 767 E. Algonquin Road, Des Plaines. The city of Des Plaines observes Arbor Day with a tree planting ceremony. (847) 391-5464.

Arbor Day planting: 9 a.m. Friday, April 24, Kinder House, 781 Pearson St., Des Plaines. The Des Plaines Park District and the Des Plaines Historical Society commemorate the life of Richard Gravesmill, Des Plaines Park District superintendent of finance from 1981-2001, and a Des Plaines History Center volunteer, with the planting of a tree. (847) 391-5708.

Arbor Day celebration: 10 a.m. Friday, April 24, Community Center, 250 W. Wood St., Palatine, east of the tennis courts on Mozart Street. Arbor Day celebration and tree planting. (847) 705-5140.

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Commemorative Tree Planting: 11 a.m. to noon Friday, April 24, Indian Trails Public Library District, 355 S. Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling. Celebrate Arbor Day as the library plants a tree commemorating its 50th Anniversary. Refreshments will be served. Registration required. Call (847) 459-4100 or visit

Arbor Day Celebration: 9:30 a.m. Friday, April 24, Greenbrier park, Raleigh Street and Roanoke Drive, Arlington Heights. The Arlington Heights Park District and the village will plant a tree in celebration of Arbor Day with an Arbor Day presentation by the students of Greenbrier Elementary School. The event is free and open to the public. For information, visit or call (847) 577-3000.

Arbor Day tree planting ceremony: 1:45 p.m. Friday, April 24, Euclid Elementary School, 1211 N. Wheeling Road, Mount Prospect. Village of Mount Prospect Public Works Department will host tree planting ceremony. Public invited. (847) 870-5640.

Barrington Antique and Garden Show: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, April 24; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, April 25; and noon-4 p.m. Sunday April 26, Ice House Mall and Village Shops, 200 Applebee St., Barrington. Local and regional antique dealers, garden-themed items, garden inspired gifts. (847) 381-6661 or


Prospect Height Garden Club tree planting: 10 a.m. Friday, April 24, north end of Tomah, facing the field adjacent to Betsy Ross School. Tree planting and short program. Marlene, (847) 296-7529.

April 25

Midwest Bird Expo 2009: 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 25, main hall, Dupage Country Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton.

Earth and Arbor Day at The Conservatory: 1-3 p.m. Saturday, April 25, Friendship Park Conservatory, 395 Algonquin Road, Des Plaines. Participate in activities centered on environmental stewardship. Help plant a tree, share tips on going green, children's activities, games, contests, more. All ages, admission free. (847) 298-3500.

Earth Day exhibit: Noon-4 p.m. Saturday, April 25, Bartlett Nature Center, Bartlett. Maps and artifacts of Indian villages near Bartlett, memorabilia of Red Knowles, more. Joan or Carol Ann at (630) 289-8592 or

Citizens for Conservation Earth Day Celebration: 9-11 a.m. Saturday, April 25, Spring Creek Forest Preserve, Barrington Hills. Meet at 459 W. Highway 22 in Lake Barrington to carpool to a long-term CFC restoration site in Spring Creek Preserve. Work day, lunch, guest speakers and tours by naturalists. (847) 382-7283.

April 26

Rain garden seminar: 1 p.m. Sunday, April 26, Red's Garden Center, Northbrook. Managing water in your landscape. Register at or (847) 272-1209.

Sunday morning bird walk: 8 a.m. Sunday April 26, Stillman Nature Center, 33 W. Penny Road, Barrington. Mark Spreyer leads walk in search of migratory and resident birds. Bring binoculars and field guides. Register at (847) 428-6957.

Cavalier Spring Fling Paw-ty: Noon-4 p.m. Sunday, April 26, DuPage County Fairgrounds, Wheaton. Guest speakers, pet items for sale, raffle, food, games. Hosted by the Greater Chicago Cavalier Rescue, all Cavalier King Charles Spaniels welcome.

Poplar Creek Prairie Stewards: 9 a.m.-noon Sunday April 26, Shoe Factory Woods Forest Preserve parking lot, west side of Route 59 between Golf and Shoe Factory roads, Hoffman Estates. Celebrate Earth Day doing prairie restoration. Activities include brush removal, weed control and trash pickup. Call (847) 836-7443 or

April 27

Orphans of the Storm benefit dinner: 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 27, Marriott's Lincolnshire Resort, Lincolnshire.

"Living a Pet Friendly Life."Guest Speakers are Margaret Littman (The Dog Lover's Companion Guide to Chicago) and Jamie Damato (Animal Sense, Dog Behaviorist). Cocktails, silent auction, dinner. $250. (847) 945-0235.

Arlington Heights Garden Club: Monday, April 27, Arlington Heights Memorial Library. Luci Barnas shares her expertise on growing vegetables in the yard. Guests welcome. Kathy, (847) 259-5273 or

April 28

Guiding Your Pet to Good Behavior: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, Mount Prospect Public Library, 10 S. Emerson St. Dog trainer Alex Brooks will shore his secrets for dealing with a variety of behavior-related issues, beginning with teaching commands. To register, (847) 253-5675 or

April 29

Grow your own vegetables: 708:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, Friendship Park Conservatory, 395 Algonquin Road, Des Plaines. Learn how to get started on a summer vegetable and herb garden. Class fee $15-$20. (847) 298-3500.

May 2

Citizens for Conservation native plant sale: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 2, CFC's headquarters, 459 W. Highway 22, Lake Barrington. Native plant, shrub, and tree sale. (847) 382-SAVE or

May 3

Bird Banding: 9 a.m.-noon Sunday May 3, Stillman Nature Center, 33 W. Penny Road, Barrington. Watch Mark Spreyer, a licensed bird bander, measure, weigh and record data about migratory birds. For ages 8 and over. Free. (847) 428-6957.

Wildflower walks: 2 p.m. Sundays May 3 and 10, Stillman Nature Center, 33 W. Penny Road, Barrington. Explore Stillman's woodlands in search of ephemeral beauties such as white trillium, may-apple, Virginia bluebell, and jack-in-the-pulpit. For ages over 10. (847) 428-6957.

Cinco de Meow: 5 p.m. Sunday, May 3, El Sombrero, 1100 S. Elmhurst Road, Mount Prospect. Fundraiser to benefit the animals at Heartland Animal Shelter. Mexican buffet, raffles, music, games, prizes, more. $25 per person. Reservations available at or send check to Heartland Animal Shelter, 2975 Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook, IL 60062.

Native Plant Sale: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, May 3, Spring Valley Nature Center, 1111 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Schaumburg Community Garden Club and Spring Valley Nature Center host. Native prairie plants, woodland wildflowers, grasses, native shrubs and other eco friendly gardening items. Find order forms at (847) 985-2100.

May 4

Chicagoland Shih Tzu Club: 8 p.m. Monday, May 4, Arlington Heights Public Library, 500 N. Dunton Ave., Arlington Heights.

May 5

Four Seasons Garden Club: 9:30 a.m. Barrington Area Library, 505 N. Northwest Highway. Joyce Grattoni, past professor and chairwoman of the horticultural department at Harper College, creates a summer decoration for your front door. $25. Alena, (847) 438-3981.

May 6

Reseda Garden Club: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 6. Caron Wenzel, professional environmental educator, speaks on "Green Living." (847) 358-5825.

May 7

Hoffman Estates Garden Club: 7 p.m. Thursday, May 7, Schaumburg Township District Library, 130 S. Roselle Road. Kay Moats will discuss rhododendroms and azaleas. All welcome.

May 8

Northwest Suburban Astronomers: 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 8, Vogelei Barn, 650 W. Higgins Road, Hoffman Estates. Richard Doctor, Argonne National Laboratory, Energy Systems division, presents "The History and Science of the Greenshoue-Astronomical connections."

May 9

Spring plant sale: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 9, Friendship Park Conservatory, 395 Algonquin Road, Des Plaines. Selection of annuals and perennials, containers, assorted vegetables, herbs, hanging baskets, more. (847) 298-3500.

Spring plant and flower sale: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 9, Trinity United Methodist Church, 605 W. Golf Road, Mount Prospect. Variety of hanging baskets, garden flowers, vegetables, ground cover. Master gardeners on hand to answer questions, bake sale. Benefits United Methodist Women's Missions. (847) 439-0950 or

Reseda Garden Club perennial sale: 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 9, entrance to the Reseda Housing area on Hicks Road. (847) 358-5825.

May 10

Wildflower walks: 2 p.m. Sunday May 10, Stillman Nature Center, 33 W. Penny Road, Barrington. Explore Stillman's woodlands in search of ephemeral beauties such as white trillium, may-apple, Virginia bluebell, and jack-in-the-pulpit. For ages over 10. (847) 428-6957.

May 13

Rolling Meadows Garden Club: 6:30 p.m. May 13, Community Center, 3705 Pheasant Drive, Rolling Meadows. Designing with Victoria presents "Principles of Four Season Design," will be presented. Learn how to design a mixed border of evergreens, shrubs, perennials, annuals and vegetables. Bring a picture of your garden.

May 14

Buffalo Grove Garden Club plant sale: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, May, 16, Alcott Center, Buffalo Grove. Variety of bedding plants, perennials, baskets, planters, accent plants, savory herbs, grasses and tomato plants. Pre-order at before Tuesday, April 14. For information,

May 15

Our House of Hope K-9 Rescue garage sale: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday May 15 and Saturday, May 16, 1816 St. Andrews Drive, Vernon Hills. Small furniture, household items, children's clothing, baby items, toys, games, books, more.

Benefits rescued dogs. or (773) 552-4673.

May 16

Long Grove-Kildeer Garden Club Plant sale: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 16; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, May 17, Reed-Turner Woodland Nature Center, 3849 Old McHenry Rd., Long Grove. Perennial and native plants contributed from members' gardens, heirloom tomato plants, assortment of herbs. Penny, (847) 540-8212.

Buffalo Grove Garden Club Plant Sale: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 16, Alcott Center, 530 Bernard Drive Buffalo Grove. The sale will feature a variety of annual bedding plants, perennials, baskets, planters, accent plants, savory herbs, grasses and popular varieties of tomato plants. Master Gardeners will be available to answer questions and assist in selecting plant material. For information, e-mail

Four Paws Animal Foundation pet contest, bake sale: Registration from 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 16, Banbury Fair, 211 Railroad Ave., Bartlett. Judging begins at 12:30 p.m. National Pet Week celebrations includes contests, bake sale, pet photos. For entry categories, to donate baked goods, or for information, call (630) 289-0478

Park Ridge Garden Club plant sale: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, May 16, Hodges Park, Courtland and Vine, Park Ridge. Perennials, annuals, vegetables and herbs. Cash and checks only. (847) 692-2229.

Rolling Meadows Hometown Plant and Craft Sale: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 16, 3200 Central Road, Rolling Meadows. Perennials, annuals, hanging baskets, fresh compost and leaf mulch. Crafters with outdoor and nature themed creations, kid's corner. Free admission. Carol, (847) 818-3200, ext. 230.

May 17

Bird Day: Noon-4 p.m. Sunday, May 17, Crabtree Nature Center, on Palatine Road, west of Barrington Road, Barrington. Spot migrating birds with the experts from Prairie Woods Audubon Society, view art work, survive the bird obstacle course, bird Bingo, more. (847) 381-6592.

Raptor Sunday: 1-3 p.m. Sunday, May 17, Stillman Nature Center, 33 W. Penny Road, Barrington. Meet the great horned barn and screech owl, peregrine falcon and broad-winged hawk. $5 per car. (847) 428-6957.

All Breed Lurecoursing Fun Day: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, May 17, DuPage County Fairgrounds, Wheaton. Two runs $15-additional runs $7 if preregistered; two runs $20- additional runs $7 walk-ins. Lunch available for purchase. to register.

May 18

Arlington Heights Garden Club: Monday, May 18, Arlington Heights Memorial Library. Colleen Graudins and Toby Koch discuss why our soil is the way it is and what we can do to make it better. Kathy, (847) 259-5273 or

June 2

Chicagoland Shih Tzu Club: 8 p.m. Monday, June 2, Arlington Heights Public Library, 500 N. Dunton Ave., Arlington Heights.

June 20

Bike Path Kickoff: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, June 20 at Crabtree Nature Center, on Palatine Road, one mile west of Barrington Road, Barrington. Pedal by ponds and through woods as you try out the new 10-mile bike path. Whole Foods has a fueling station; REI has a Bike Safety Rodeo for kids a basic bike safety check for adults. (847) 381-6592.

June 28

Park Ridge Garden Club Garden Walk: 2-6 p.m. Sunday, June 28, 408 S. Lincoln, Park Ridge. Featurine six gardens plus a raffle and light refreshments. $15. (847) 208-7269.

July 19

Arlington Heights Garden Club Garden Walk and Unique Boutique: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, July 19. View six residential gardens of varying styles. $10, benefits scholarships and conservation programs. Free admission to the Unique Boutique, which features distinctive garden ornaments, crafts and perennials at the Arlington Heights Historical Museum, 110 W Fremont, Arlington Heights. Kathy, (847) 259-5273 or

Aug. 3

Chicagoland Shih Tzu Club: 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3, Arlington Heights Public Library, 500 N. Dunton Ave., Arlington Heights.

Sept. 18

Prairie Woods Audubon Society: 5:30 p.m. bird walk; 7 p.m. meeting/presentation Thursday, Sept. 18, Spring Valley Nature Center, Schaumburg. Pat Winkelman, president of the Vehe Farm Foundation will speak about the farm in Deer Park.

Sept. 21.

Prairie Woods Audubon Society field trip: 3-5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21, Illinois Beach State Park, Zion. Meet at the North Unit parking lot or at 2 p.m. at the Bank of Palatine, Northwest Highway and Plum Grove Road, to carpool. Cyndi, (847) 776-8713.

Sept. 26

South Barrington Park District Pet Fair: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, Arboretum Mall, routes 72 and 59 in South Barrington. Various pet businesses, local pet shops, veterinarians, animal communicator, animal massage therapy, adoption agencies, contests, training demonstrations, photos, prizes, more. For event information or to participate as a vendor, call (847) 381-7515.

Oct. 11

Prairie Woods Audubon Society: 3 p.m.-dusk, Sunday, Oct. 11, Stillman Nature Center, South Barrington. "The Big Sit." Bring a folding chair, munchies and beverage and sit and count the bird species. Meet at the dock/picnic area. Cyndi, (847) 776-8713.

Midwest Bass Busters: Bass fishing club is looking for new members at any experience level. No boat is necessary. Monthly meetings are held at The Where Else Lounge, Higgins Road and Lively Blvd., in Elk Grove Village. The club fishes one weekend a month from April-October. Call Len (847) 870-7070.

Garden Club of Inverness scholarships: Students who live in the area serviced by District 211 and Barrington High School and who plan to major in horticulture or environmentally related studies in college are invited to apply. Applications available at the guidance officers in District 211 and Barrington High School.

Nippersink Garden Club: A new garden club is forming to serve northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. Members of the Nippersink Garden Club are coming together because of the love of gardening and the love of the Nippersink Creek area and waterways. Membership is open to all interested men, women and their children. Membership will be free and 2009 meetings are yet to be determined. Visit or contact Stacy at (262) 279-5992 for details.

Stillman Nature Center: Volunteers are being sought to help in a variety of areas including, landscape maintenance, birds of prey and more. (847) 428-6957 or

Be Citizens for Conservation volunteer: Citizens for Conservation restoration volunteers work from 9-11 a.m. every Thursday and Saturday. Jobs include: sowing legume seed, cutting brush, rescuing native plants and planting sedges. Meet at 459 West Highway 22 in Lake Barrington. Look for the white farmhouse with a silo across from Good Shepherd Hospital. Bring work gloves, dress for the weather, tools provided. For information, call (847) 382-7283.

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