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Published: 5/27/2008 12:04 AM

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The Tri-Village Garden Club will sponsor its fourth annual benefit Garden Walk from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 21, rain or shine. Six gardens in Bartlett, Hanover Park, Streamwood and West Chicago will be showcased. Advance tickets are $10 and are available at American Chartered Bank, 338 Main St., Bartlett, or from 2 to 6 p.m. Fridays at the Bartlett farmers market at its new location on Main Street across from village hall. Advanced tickets can be exchanged for the required admission brochure, which includes the location and direction information, on June 20 at the bank, farmers market or the morning of the walk at the bank. Day of tickets are $12 and also available at the bank. Proceeds benefit horticultural scholarships at College of DuPage. Further details are available at (630) 372-6342 or

National soccer tourney

Schaumburg will host the Kohl's U.S. Youth Soccer American Cup, billed as the largest recreational youth soccer festival in the United States, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 7 and 8. The Schaumburg Athletic Association will bring together 120 teams on six fields for Schaumburg's third annual tournament. The Kohl's program started in 2000 to highlight recreational soccer players and promote fair play with an emphasis on participation rather than competition. The event is one of more than 60 Kohl's American Cup tournaments being held through next February. It's open to players registered with a U.S. Youth Soccer State Association recreational league. Admission is free. For more information, go to

Learn about rain gardens

The Upper Des Plaines River Ecosystem Partnership will host a free workshop on rain gardens from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Forest Lake Community Center, 23489 N. East Road, Lake Zurich. A rain garden is a shallow, landscaped depression planted with native flowers and grasses that are naturally adapted to variable wetness conditions. They absorb storm water and reduce runoff. Volunteers will plant a rain garden following a brief presentation. Experts will be available to answer questions and provide information on site planning, native plant selection and maintenance of rain gardens. For more information, call Jill Hughes (847) 561-2294.