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Daniel Howard of Lake Zurich checks out art made for the Trash Transformed Art Contest at a previous year's Earth Day Festival at Prairieview Education Center in Crystal Lake. This piece was made by Mary Merle.


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Published: 4/18/2008 12:22 AM

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Here are some Earth Day events scheduled in Kane and McHenry counties:


You can celebrate Earth Day at the Hawthorne Hill Nature Center's Garlic Mustard Earth Day Festival.

Families are invited to the nature center to enjoy a day of Earth appreciation themed activities for adults and children. Events include presentations about environmental issues, hands-on learning activities, and the chance to win or buy rain barrels and compost bins.

Participants will also have the opportunity to take part in the traditional garlic mustard pull, and learn how to use garlic mustard for spreads and dips.

Activities begin at 10 a.m. The first 100 children to arrive will receive a key that may open the Earth Day Box, which contains special prizes. All children will receive a free tree to plant and other Earth Day goodies.

The free event is sponsored by the Elgin Parks and Recreation Department and co-sponsored by Hawthorne Hill Nature Center. Visit for details.

McHenry County Conservation District

McHenry County Conservation District and the McHenry County Defenders invite the public to join them in a celebration of Earth Day from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road in Crystal Lake.

This year's theme, "Bring it On Home," is meant to focus on the green practices we can implement in our own homes, as well as to highlight the environmental gems that are in our own backyards.

"We want to encourage people to think about translating the messages about global and environmental issues into actions they can take at home," said Deb Chapman, education services manager for McHenry County Conservation District.

The celebration will kick off with a performance by a drumming circle at noon, followed by music from Chris Strong of Hartland Express and the Cary-Grove High School world music ensemble.

Other entertainment includes a recycling fashion show, at which McHenry County Defenders volunteers will show off clothes bought at resale shops.

Don Parker, editor of Chicago Wilderness Magazine, will speak at 1 p.m. about the variety of natural areas to explore near our homes.

Activities throughout the afternoon will include paper-making, storytelling, creating recycled crafts and playing games.

The celebration will take place both outdoors and indoors, and will go on rain or shine.

The public is encouraged to join in the spirit of Earth Day by bringing materials for recycling. A variety of items will be accepted, including athletic shoes, batteries, eyeglasses, cell phones, CFLs (light bulbs), computers, CDs, videos and televisions. Some drop-off fees apply.

In addition to the Earth Day Celebration, McHenry County Conservation District is hosting two separate Earth Day programs for youth and adult audiences.

Earth Day Kids will be held for youth ages 10 to 14 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Monday at Living Land Farm, 716 E. Crystal Lake Ave. in Cary.

Earth Day for Adults will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Pleasant Valley (Shelter 1), off Route 176 just west of Route 47 in Woodstock.

Call (815) 338-6223 or visit to register for either program.


Woodstock Folk Festival will have its second annual Earth Day Celebration Spring Benefit Open Stage Performance featuring special guest Lil' Rev.

The festival presents the best in local music from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, as they celebrate Earth Day at the Stage Left Café in Woodstock, on the square.

Admission to this special benefit event is a suggested donation of $5.

Funds raised through this special event will be used to fund the 23rd annual Woodstock Folk Festival which takes place July 20 on the Woodstock Square.

Lil' Rev is the featured performer at this event. He'll take the stage at 4 p.m.

Lil' Rev, aptly dubbed a "ukulele and harmonica wizard" by Elderly Instruments, performs original and traditional music from the Midwest, which spans the styles of blues, rags, Tin Pan Alley, folk songs, old time country and novelty numbers.

For more information, visit www.woodstockfolkmusic. com.

Kane County Forest Preserve District

From 6 to 7 p.m. on official Earth Day, Tuesday, join district naturalists for a guided hike through Tekakwitha Woods Forest Preserve in St. Charles. The group will explore the woods and fields and learn about our connections to the natural world.

The event is free, and all ages are welcome.

Call (847) 741-8350 to RSVP.

Tekakwitha Woods is off Route 25, one mile north of Army Trail Road. The address is 35W076 Villa Maria Road, St. Charles.