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Published: 3/6/2009 12:02 AM

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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 nbrcalendar@dailyherald.com two weeks before event date.

March 7

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

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.

Flower Power: 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, Indian Trails Public Library District, 355 S. Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling. Slide presentation covering the best perennials and annuals. For information or to register, call (847) 459-4100 or visit www.indiantrailslibrary.org.

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.

Wheeling Garden Club: 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, Pavilion Senior Center, 199 N. First St., Wheeling. The Wheeling Garden Club will hold its first meeting of the season. Meetings and programs are open to the public. New members are welcome. For information, call Chris, at (847) 537-8642.

March 12

Read to Rover: 6:15-7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 12, Indian Trails Public Library District, 355 S. Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling. Grades 1-5 can read to certified therapy dogs. Sign up in person at the "Ask Here" desk on the first floor, for a 15-minute, one-on-one reading with a dog. No parents or siblings allowed in the room during the session. For information or to register, call (847) 459-4100 or visit www.indiantrailslibrary.org.

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.

Puppy class: Classes begin Friday, March 13, German Shepherd Dog Training Club of Chicago Inc., training facility, 4925 County Farm Road, Hanover Park. Nine week puppy class for all breeds under 6 months old. To register, call Arlene, (630) 852-6129 or lucini@comcast.net.

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.

Northern Illinois Gesneriad Society plant show: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15, Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe. Non-judged show to educate the public about gesneriads. Susan, (847) 740-7801 or asusan.bradford@abbott.com.

March 17

Arlington Anglers Fishing Club: 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, Dick's Sporting Goods, 601 N. Martingale Road, Schaumburg. Gary Drew, veteran muskie professional, shares information on tackle, techniques and local muskie fishing opportunities. Tom, (847) 639-7858 or Bob, (630) 688-0995.

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 bartlett.lib.il.us.

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. cjbass@comcast.net.

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. midwestbirdexpo.com.

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.

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.

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.