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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
On Friday, April 20 and Saturday April 21 Friendship Park Conservatory (395 Algonquin Road, Des Plaines) will be hosting an electronic recycling event from 9a.m. to noon both days. Cell phones, digital cameras, fax machings, tv’s, video game units etc. will be accepted at no charge. For a complete list of acceptable items, please visit www.mppd.org. For more info call 847-298-3500.
Donate your unwanted cell phones to “Hope Phones,” an organization that responsibly recycles or refurbishes cell phones and sends them to isolated and developing areas. This organization assists with setting up communication networks for health workers that serve millions of people. For more information: www.hopephones.org where you can print a free shipping label.
The Mount Prospect Park District is sponsoring a “Clean Up the Parks” Day on Saturday, April 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Anyone wishing to pitch in is welcome to participate. This would be a great community project for scout troops, ball teams, church groups etc. and others looking to make a difference. Registration is required: Friendship Park Conservatory, (847) 298-3500. A certificate of appreciation will be issued to all participants. For more info: Clean Up the Parks Day.
Many of us routinely use screen savers thinking we are doing a good thing not only to save energy but to save the life of our computer monitors as well. According to energystar.gov this is not necessarily true. Screen savers are often filled with graphics which may cause your computer to burn twice the energy. The screen saver also can prevent the computer from going into “sleep” mode. Initially, screen savers were developed to prevent permanent etching of patterns on monitors but are no longer necessary due to technological advances and now are for entertainment only.
A website called techsoup.org offers an alternative. They suggest that you turn on the power management feature that is already an option in most computers. This will enable your monitor to turn off automatically, or, after a period of inactivity it will put it into a sleep mode. For a PDF with step-by-step instructions go to: http://www.climatesaverscomputing.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Power_management_instructions.pdf
The Village of Mount Prospect plans to participate in the Earth Hour campaign on Saturday (March 31) by turning off all non-essential lighting from 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. (All essential lighting such as street lights, traffic signals, and public safety lights will remain on.) The aim of Earth Hour is to express that individual action on a mass scale can help change the planet for the better. Last year, many world famous sites including the Eiffel Tower, the Pyramids of Egypt, and even Wrigley Field remained dark as a symbol of environmental action. Residents are encouraged to particpate as well and the Village encourages people to think beyond the one hour timeframe and think about ways to conserve energy. For more info on Earth Hour, go to www.earthhour.org .
The Mount Prospect Public Works Facility will begin to accept electronic recyling on Wednesday, April 4 from 10 a.m to 12 p.m. This program is being established via a partnership between the village, SWANCC and Supply-Chain Services, Inc. Starting on April 4 and continuing through October 31, Public Works, at 1700 W. Central, will accept these items on Wednesdays only from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more info: http://www.mountprospect.org/index.aspx?recordid=1062&page=27