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Updated: May 1, 2013 2:21PM

Elburn: Wildlife Center’s annual baby shower set

The Fox Valley Wildlife Center will be receiving thousands of baby wild animals this spring, and people can help them by attending the center’s annual baby shower from noon to 4 p.m. April 7.

It’s free to attend and people are just asked to bring an item from the center’s wish list. New this year will be a mini zoo with baby farm animals. Games, crafts, a bake sale, music from Steve Keefe with the ukulele, and a toy sale also will take place.

The center is located at 45W061 Route 38, a mile west of Route 47, inside the Elburn Woods Forest Preserve.

Wish list items include:

Syringes size 1cc and 3cc without needle (to feed babies).

Dry puppy chow (for raccoons), dry kitten chow (for birds and opossums), EVO cat chow (for songbird formula).

Tissues such as Kleenex (no lotion or scent) — to wipe baby bottoms.

Timothy Hay, rabbit chow, sweet potato baby food (for baby cottontails).

Lab Rodent Blocks, unshelled and shelled nuts (for baby squirrels, woodchucks, mice).

Unflavored Pedialyte (rehydration for babies).

Chicken and broth or chicken in gravy (not mixed with anything else) baby food (for dove formula).

Dawn dish soap, laundry detergent, hand soap, bleach (all unscented) to clean babies.

Kane County: Story time scheduled at center

The Forest Preserve District of Kane County’s popular “Story Time at the Nature Center” series is back for spring.

During the program, staff from the St. Charles Public Library bring books, finger plays, songs and more for children, infants through age 5, to enjoy, along with their parents or caregivers.

Spring “Story Times” are on Fridays — April 12 and 19 and May 3 and 17 — from 10:30 to 11 a.m. The programs are at Creek Bend Nature Center within LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, located at 37W700 Dean St., St. Charles.

Following each program, all are welcome to enjoy the interactive exhibits in the Nature Center.

“Story Time at the Nature Center” programs are free, however, advance registration is required. Call 847-741-8350 or e-mail to register. Please sign-up for only one story time per month, so that as many families as possible can participate. For more information or to view the full roster of Forest Preserve District spring nature programs, visit

Hanover Twp.: Senior panel seeks new member

The township is looking for interested seniors, 55 and older, to serve on the township’s Senior Citizens’ Service Committee. Membership is open to seniors who reside in the township. The senior committee is a volunteer committee which serves in an advisory capacity to the Hanover Township Board of Trustees.

Applicants will be interviewed by the board. The committee has one vacancy that will expire in March 2014.

“This is a great opportunity for senior residents that are not only interested in taking a more active role in the township, but also in the community,” said Hanover Township Trustee Howard Krick. “The Township Board regularly relies on input from the Senior Committee in regards to the direction of senior related services.”

The Senior Committee works with the officials and staff to plan programs and events for township seniors at the Senior Center and throughout the community.

Those interested in serving can pick up an application at the Township offices at 250 S. Route 59 in Bartlett or visit Completed applications are due April 15.

For more information, contact Katie Delaney at 630-837-0301 or at

Kane County: Senior strolls set for preserves

Seniors are invited to join the county Forest Preserve District naturalists each month, on a pleasant stroll in district natural areas.

A different forest preserve is visited each month as part of the “Senior Stroll” program series. Along the walk, attendees learn about the natural and cultural history of the area. The programs begin at 10 a.m. and last about an hour, with social time and refreshments following the walks. “Senior Stroll” is free and registration is not required.

On April 4, participants will walk through Rutland Forest Preserve, 41W230 Big Timber Road, Hampshire.

On May 2, the stroll will be in the Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve at 35W003 Route 31, South Elgin.

On June 6, it will take place at Bowes Creek Woods Forest Preserve, 9N420 Crawford Road, Elgin.

For more information or to view the full roster of Forest Preserve District spring nature programs, visit

Kane County:

Illinois may be known as ‘The Prairie State,’ but it’s got some awesome trees, according to the Kane County Forest Preserve District.

People can help discover and document the giants as part of the Illinois Big Tree Registry. This statewide program encourages residents to appreciate, record and report the largest native trees. People can learn how to get involved during a workshop led by Jay Hayek, extension specialist forester with the University of Illinois. The workshop will be from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 30, at Creek Bend Nature Center. Creek Bend is located at 37W700 Dean St., St. Charles, within LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve.

The workshop will begin with an hour of classroom instruction covering tree identification, the history of the Big Tree program, and citizen involvement. Hayek will then lead an outdoor training on tree measurement and protocols for nominating big trees.

Registration for this “Learn from the Experts” program is $15 per person and is for adults ages 16 and older. To register, call 847-741-8350 or e-mail

“Learn from the Experts” programs are co-presented by the Forest Preserve District of Kane County along with the St. Charles and Geneva Park Districts. Programs are taught by experts in their respective fields and offer in-depth information and learning opportunities about our local ecology.

For more information or view the full roster of Forest Preserve District spring nature programs, visit

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