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Published: 2/27/2009 12:05 AM

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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.

Snowshoe Rental at Spring Valley: Experience the beauty of the winter landscape and get in a workout at the same time by snowshoeing through Spring Valley, a 135-acre nature preserve located at 1111 E. Schaumburg Road.

Rentals are available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. (847) 985-2100 or visit for more information.

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

Feb. 28

Agility classes for beginners: 10 a.m. Feb. 28, Agility Junkies, Lake Barringotn. Call (847) 381-2222 or w-mail

This old birdhouse: 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, Crabtree Nature Center, 3 Stover Road, Barrington. Prepare for the upcoming nesting season by construction a bird house for a $5 fee per house. Plans and placement suggestion included. Register at (847) 381-6592.

March 1

"Bartlett Adventurers and Their Dogs": 2 p.m. Sunday, March 1, Bartlett Public Library, 800 S. Bartlett Road. Presented by the Bartlett Historical Society. Bring your dog, refreshments served. (630) 837-2855 or

March 3

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

Four Seasons Garden Club: 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 3, Barrington Area Library, 505 N. Northwest Highway, Barrington. Adele Kleine presents "What's New," a presentation on the latest trends in the horticultural world. Alena, (847) 438-3981.

Obedience classes: Begins Tuesday, March 3 for 12 weeks in Des Plaines. Rand Park Dog Training Club's spring session of obedience classes, puppy through utility as well as rally. Contact the registration chair (847-825-3318).

March 4

Reseda Garden Club: March 4. Winter sowing using milk jugs will be presented by Susan Kronowitz. For information, (847) 358-5825.

Field and Flower Garden Club: 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, Barrington Area Library, 505 N. Northwest Highway. Carolyn Ulrich, editor of Chicagoland Gardening magazine presents, "Great Gardens of Chicago." Free.

March 5

Sustainable lawn care: 7 p.m. Thursday, March 5, St. Mark Lutheran Church, Evergreen and Wille, Mount Prospect. Panel of experts outline a path to a healthy lawn and a healthy environment. Sponsored by the St. Raymond de Penafort ECO committee and the St. Mark Green committee. Sann, (847) 259-9795.

St. Viator Floral Fantasy: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5, Jeuck Auditorium at St. Viator High School, 1213 E. Oakton St., Arlington Heights. St. Viator's 27th Annual Floral Fantasy. Local experts will create floral pieces which will be auctioned off, while discussing ways use floral design in the home. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or at For information, call Pam Sammons, at (847) 253-9447.

Hoffman Estates Garden Club: 7 p.m. March 5, Schaumburg Township District Library, 130 S. Roselle Road. Larry Hartman, designer and teacher for The Growing Place in Naperville, presents, "Amazing Annuals."

Des Plaines Garden Club: 11 a.m. Thursday, March 5, Frisbie Center, 52 E. Northwest Highway, Des Plaines. Bob Nicholson presents, "Starting from Seed"and Nancy Burgess presents "Gardens From the Past, Pioneer Gardens." (847) 299-0412.-

March 7

Anti-Cruelty Society birthday: 1-4 p.m. Saturday, March 7, 610 N. LaSalle St., Chicago. Celebrate the society's 110th birthday.

March 10

Buffalo Grove Garden Club: 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, Alcott Center, 530 Bernard Drive, Buffalo Grove. Patricia Armstrong of Prairie Sun Consultants will present "Saving The Earth with Native Plants." Guests are welcome. For information call Sylvia Ney, at (847) 537-4677.

March 11

Rolling Meadows Garden Club: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, march 11, Rolling Meadows Community Center, 3705 Pheasant Drive. Karen Thompson demonstrates how to make topiaries by stuffing wire frames with moss and planting live plants. Supplies available to purchase. (847) 818-3200, ext. 230.

Hoffman Estates Animal Hospital client seminar: 8-8:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, 1056 W. Golf Road, Hoffman Estates. Dr. Jeff House presents, "Not Using the Litter Box?" Free and open to the public. (847) 310-8668.

March 13

History of the Canary: 1:45 p.m. Friday, March 13, Victory Centre of Bartlett, 1101 W. Bartlett Road. Donald Perez presents, the history of the Canary. Free, register at (630) 213-0100.

March 14

Indoor fishing and flea market: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, March 14, Rolling Meadows High School, 2901 Central Road, Rolling Meadows. Sale of antique, collectible, used fishing tackle, close outs and overstocks, boat and marine merchandise, free seminar at 10:30 a.m. Hosted by the Rolling Meadows Choral Boosters and Chicagoland Muskie Hunters. Raffle and refreshments. Terri, (847) 870-8132.

March 19

Read to Starr: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 19, Bartlett Public Library, 800 S. Bartlett Road. Children in grades one-three can read with a certified therapy dog. Appointments required, call (630) 837-2855 or

Amphibian reintroduction event: 7-9 p.m. Thursday, March 19, Spring Valley Nature Center, 1111 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Allison Sacerdote will speak about her research on flatwoods wetland habitat restoration and the reintroduction of extirpated amphibians and the impact of the European buckthorn invasion on amphibians and mammals in Northern Illinois.

Garden Club of Inverness: 9:30 a.m. Thursday, March 19, All Saints Lutheran Church, 630 S. Quentin Road, Palatine. Spring fresh floral arrangements by Glenn Egeland, owner of the Barrington Flower Shop.

March 30

Composting 101: 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, March 30, Friendship Park Conservatory, 395 Algonquin Road, Des Plaines. Find out how you can compost in your backyard to improve your soil and reap happy plants. $12-$15. (847) 298-3500.

April 4

Composting 101: 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 4, Friendship Park Conservatory, 395 Algonquin Road, Des Plaines. Find out how you can compost in your backyard to improve your soil and reap happy plants. $12-$15. (847) 298-3500.

Hound Egg Hunt: 11 a.m. Saturday, April 4, Towne Square, 150 W. Palatine Road, Palatine. Hosted by the Palatine Park District. Dogs hunt for eggs filled with treats, photos with the bunny. $5 per dog. For requirements and registration, call (847) 991-0333.

April 6

Chicagoland Shih Tzu Club: 8 p.m. Monday, April 6, Arlington Heights Public Library, 500 N. Dunton Ave., Arlington Heights.

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.

May 4

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

June 2

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

Aug. 3

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