River Trails School District 26 and River Trails Park District are offering 10′ x 5′ plots in El Jardin De Los Sueños (Garden of Dreams) at Euclid School, 1211 N. Wheeling Road in Mount Prospect. Participants must sign and submit a Garden Agreement available at the River Trails School District office at 1900 E. Kensington Road or to be downloaded at www.rtsd26.org. Annual dues are $20.00 and plots will be available starting in May. Gardeners must provide their own tools; composting bins and water will be available. For more information please call 847 297 4120.
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If you have ever considered joining a CSA, now is a great time to sign up and ensure your spot for the 2014 season. CSAs are generally run by local independent farms. Your investment in the farm is paid back in the form of weekly or bi-weekly baskets of locally grown fruits and vegetables. You can expect to prepay a set amount for the season and you will receive a share of the farm’s produce on a set schedule throughout the late Spring, Summer and early Fall. This is a great way to receive an assortment of fruits and vegetables (and some CSAs also offer eggs, dairy products and meat for an additional fee.) There are many websites such as whole living, the Kitchn and Pinterest that are chock full of ideas on how to use your bounty. If you want to ease into joining a CSA, buy a half share, which costs less and will consist of a smaller box once a week or a full size box every two weeks. Local Harvest is a good site to use to find the perfect CSA for you. Simply enter your zip code to find a list of CSA farms, as well as pickup dates and locations. Stop in the library to check out some books on the subject, including The Locavore Way by Amy Colter, The Sustainable Kitchen by Stu Stein, and Gaining Ground : a Story of Farmer’s Markets, Local Food and Saving the Family Farm by Forrest Pritchard.
The Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) will be providing 3 electronics recycling and document destruction events in June.
Saturday, June 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Lincoln Hall School
6950 East Prairie Road (Lincolnwood)
Saturday, June 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Elk Grove Village Fire Station #8
1000 Oakton Street (Elk Grove Village)
Saturday, June 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Niles Public Services Center
6849 Touhy Avenue (Niles)
This year Earth Day is Monday, April 22. Check out these local activities to celebrate Mother Earth:
E-cycle event: On Saturday, April 20, recycle your old computers, digital cameras, cell phones and more at the Friendship Park Conservatory (395 Algonquin Road, Des Plaines) between 9 a.m. and Noon. This free event is sponsored by the Mount Prospect Park District and Com 2 Recycling. For more information, call 847-298-3500.
Earth Day fun for adults and kids: Visit the Friendship Park Conservatory (395 Algonquin Road, Des Plaines) on Saturday, April 20, between 1 and 3 p.m. to attend a tour of their greenhouse and get some gardening and lawn care tips. Kids activities include planting seeds and decorating clay pots. Admission is free. For more information, call 847-298-3500.
Go beyond Earth and check out the stars: Celebrate everything celestial beginning at 5:30 p.m. when Northwest Suburban Astronomers and the Harper College Department of Physical Sciences host Astronomy Day 2013. The even takes place at Harper College (1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine). Indoor and outdoor telescopes will be available, plus a number of displays and programs. For more information, go to the North Suburban Astronomers website.
Rummage sale: Pick up some reasonably priced treasures on Friday and Saturday (April 19 and 20) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Community Presbyterian Church (407 N. Main Street, Mount Prospect). The twenty-eighth annual sale features clothing, household tools, books, CDs, toys and more. A bake sale and hot dog lunch will be available. For more information, call 847-392-3111.
Join the ride: Ditch your car and join the Mt. Prospect Bike Club on Saturday (April 21) at 8:45 a.m. for a 30-35 mile tour of area forest preserves. Participants meet at Lion’s Park (411 S. Maple Street, Mount Prospect). A stop for lunch at Culver’s concludes the ride. For more information, email email@example.com.
Starting April 3, the Mount Prospect Public Works Department will again accept residentially generated electronic waste for recycling every Wednesday between 10 a.m. and Noon. The service will run until October. Accepted items include computers, monitors, DVD players, keyboards, printers, scanners, televisions, VHS players, and zip drives. Unacceptable materials include air conditioners, answering machines, blenders, camcorders, video games, copy machines, digital cameras, home appliances, microwaves, power tools/cords, shredders, stereo equipment and toasters. For more information, call the Public Works Department at 847-870-5640 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Public Works Department (1700 W. Central Rd.) also accepts household batteries, compact fluorescent and fluorescent tube lights, and pharmaceuticals for recycling and/or proper disposal. Those materials can be dropped off at the Public Works Building between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The Solid Waste Agency of North Cook County (SWANCC) and its member communities are offering h0liday string lighting recycling in numerous locations throughout the area. Mount Prospect Public Works is currently accepting lights M-F, 7:30 a.m to 5:00 p.m. through February 28, 2013. For more info and a list of addtional locations: Holiday Light Recycling.
The Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) will hold it’s sixth Trashy Fashion Show on Thursday, November 15 at 7:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Chicago North Shore (5300 W. Touhy Avenue in Skokie). Over 30 designers created a movie themed outfit from items destined for the trash or recycling bin. Reservations are not needed for this event. Doors are scheduled to open at 6:30 p.m. For more information about the show call 847-724-9205 or email email@example.com.
Get your garden started on Saturday (May 12) from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. when a spring plant sale takes place at Friendship Park Conservatory (395 Algonquin Rd. DP). Posies are the featured flower, but plenty of annuals, perennials, vegetables and herbs will be available for sale. Master Gardeners will be on site to answer gardening questions. Admission is free. For more information, call 847/298-3500.
Friendship Park Conservatory will be hosting an Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 21 from 1p.m.-3p.m. Tours will be given in the greenhouse and experts will be on hand to provide tips on gardening and lawn care. Games and activities will be available for kids. Admission and activities are free and all ages are welcome to attend. www.mppd.org