The end of the school year is just about here. It will soon be time for locker clean-out in many area schools. You can help to prevent a lot of waste and make this ritual an eco-friendly project. Here are some tips from the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County along with a PDF you can download to help you and your schools with this process. According to SWANCC this can be the biggest waste day of the entire school year.
Drop by Euclid Elementary School, 1211 N. Wheeling Rd on Saturday, May 10 between 9:00a.m. and 12:00p.m. to celebrate the opening of El Jardin de los Suenos Community Garden. Come ready to work in the garden! There will be gardening experts available for advice and fun family activities. Bring food to share. For more info: Community Garden Open House.
Mount Prospect and Des Plaines residents who need help with their energy bill costs are invited to a fair on Saturday (April 19) from 9 a.m. -1 p.m. at Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.) Participants can apply for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and other programs sponsored by the Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County, ComEd, and Nicor Gas. Mount Prospect residents can register by calling 847/870-5680 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Des Plaines residents should call 847/391-5480 or email HHS@desplaines.org.
Learn how to prepare your garden for planting at Euclid School, 1211 N. Wheeling Road in Mount Prospect Thursday, April 24, 6:00pm to 8:30pm. Topics will include how to eliminate weeds, prepare and amend the soil and figure out what will grow best in your garden location. Even if you do not have a community garden plot you are welcome to attend. Healthy snacks will be served. For more info: Green Schools Committee
Join in the Earth Day celebration at the Friendship Park Conservatory on Saturday, April 12, from 1 to 3 p.m. Learn some recycling tips and how to go green at home, or tour the Friendship Park Conservatory greenhouse. There will also be hands on activities for children. Click here for more information about this event.
If you’re looking for a more hands on way to celebrate Earth Day, why not volunteer to help clean up local parks? You can work to clean up a park in your neighborhood or at another location. Please call the Friendship Park Conservatory at 847-298-3500 to register for this event (registration is required). For more information, check out the Clean Up The Parks event on the Friendship Conservatory website.
Do you have old electronics around your house that you don’t know what to do with? You can drop them off for recycling at the Friendship Park Conservatory on Friday, April 11, or Saturday, April 12. Drop off times for both days are from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. For more information, call 847-298-3500 or check out this detailed list of what is and is not accepted.
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.
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)