Larkin Center to host yard sale
July 31, 2012 2:28PM
Updated: September 2, 2012 6:07AM
Elgin: Larkin Center’s 11th Community Yard Sale
The adult program of the Larkin Center have its annual sale this year on new days — Wednesday and Thursday. The 11th annual Community Yard Sale will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 8 and 9 at 1212 Larkin Ave. This fundraiser will benefit the adult program, providing funding for the summer camping trip and other recreational activities. The agency is collecting donations for the sale. Items can be dropped off on the porch at Larkin Main beginning Aug. 3. For information, call Guy Larson at 847-608-2682, ext. 237.
St. Charles: River Corridor Foundation 5K Run/Walk
St. Charles River Corridor Foundation invites community members to sign up for the sixth annual Bob Leonard 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Turtle Hurdle. The event will be held Saturday, Aug. 11. The run will begin at 8 a.m. and the walk will start at 9:30 a.m. at Pottawatomie Park Pavilion. To sign up online, visit www.signmeup.com/81922 or download registration forms at www.stcrivercorridor.org.
New this year is the Colonial Café Kids’ Turtle Hurdle Obstacle Course that takes place directly across from the pavilion after the walk at 10:30 a.m. Sign-in is at 9:30 a.m. Boys and girls ages 4-11 are challenged in a timed trial on an age-appropriate obstacle course, then sprint back to the finish line. There will be “Fishing for Prizes,” fun activities and games, coloring of a Turtle Hurdle T-Shirt, goody bag and participation ribbon included with registration. Awards given for first, second and third place in each age category.
This event is a fundraiser for the River Corridor Foundation of St. Charles, whose mission is to support projects as outlined in the River Corridor Master Plan and “create a lively downtown riverfront environment.” For more information, visit www.strivercorridor.org.
Kane County: Learn about tallgrass prairie plants
Have you ever wondered why some wildflowers look similar while some are very different? Have you seen odd names such as “umbel” in garden catalogs and wondered what that meant? If so, the “Plant Families in the Tallgrass Prairie” program series is for you. Taught by nature programs manager Valerie Blaine of the Forest Preserve District of Kane County, the series will begin with an indoor session at Tekakwitha Woods Nature Center from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday. This introductory class will cover the basics of plant identification on the family level. Following the class, there will be three weekly field trips to some of the finest prairie preserves in Kane County. Participants will explore the prairie with field guides, hand lenses and sketch pads in hand. The field trips will be Thursday evenings: Aug. 9 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Burnidge Forest Preserve, 38W235 Big Timber Road, Elgin; Aug. 16 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Dick Young Forest Preserve, 39W115 Main St., Batavia; and Thursday, Aug. 23, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Campton Forest Preserve, 4N739 Town Hall Road, Campton Hills. The fee for all four sessions is $25. Participants may attend only the introductory session if they wish, or the introductory session plus any of the field trips. The introductory session is a prerequisite for the field trips. Call 847-741-8350 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.