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Updated: June 4, 2013 6:10AM

South Elgin: Critter Camp scheduled at shelter

Enrollment is taking place for Critter Camp 2013, a one-week day camp program for animal-loving kids at Anderson Animal Shelter.

Session I, for children ages 9-12, will be held July 8-12. Session II, for children ages 6-8, will be held July 15-19. Session III, for children ages 9-12, will be held July 22-26. All three sessions will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day.

Campers will spend the week engaged in arts and crafts, games, and activities with an animal welfare theme. There will be plenty of hands-on time with shelter animals as well. This summer camp is an excellent opportunity for children to learn more about the importance of vital animal issues such as proper pet care, spaying and neutering to help with the overpopulation problem, and animal safety while in a fun and engaging environment, the shelter said.

The cost for the weeklong camp is $160, which includes all camp supplies, activities, and end-of-the-week party and prizes. Campers each day need to bring a sack lunch that does not need to be refrigerated. For more information, contact Christin Meyer, director of humane education, at 847-697-2880, ext. 51, or

Hampshire: High school car show set for Tuesday

Hampshire High School, 1600 Big Timber Road, will hold its first car show from noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, in the school’s parking lot. The free event is being sponsored by Operation Click and NAPA Auto Parts. The public is welcome to attend.

About 40 students from the automotive class taught by Joseph Wagner, Hampshire High industrial technology teacher, will bring their cars to compete for trophies, a scholarship, and prizes. The idea for the event came from Janine Steffen, Hampshire High associate principal, and a student committee as a way to promote safer driving, which includes no texting while driving and wearing seat belts.

For more information, call (847) 792-3547.

Kane County: Camping sites in forest preserves

Recreational campers have multiple sites available to them in the Kane County forest preserves this year.

The 105-site Paul Wolff Campground opened for the season on May 1, and the 110-site Big Rock Campground is expected to open July 1. Both campgrounds will remain open through Oct. 31.

Paul Wolff Campground contains 90 improved, vehicle campsites complete with 50-amp electrical service, water access, parking pads and fire rings. There are 10 primitive/tents-only campsites. Primitive campsites do not have electricity. There are also five equestrian campsites.

Paul Wolff Campground is within Burnidge Forest Preserve in Elgin. The preserve contains nearly 600 acres of rolling hills and woodlands along with nine miles of hiking trails, stocked fish ponds, a picnic shelter, and a climbing rock. Paul Wolff Campground is at 38W235 Big Timber Road, Elgin.

In July, the Forest Preserve District of Kane County is scheduled to open Big Rock Campground, within Big Rock Forest Preserve. The campground contains 110 campsites including 96 improved campsites, 10 primitive sites and four equestrian campsites. The surrounding Big Rock Forest Preserve is an 842-acre preserve containing several sandy hills that overlook the valley filled with woodlands and clear streams. Catch-and-release fishing is permitted at the former quarry, Siegler Lake.

Daily fees for the improved or equestrian campsites at either campground are $15 for Kane County residents and $25 for nonresidents. Primitive/non-electric campsites are $10 per day for residents and $15 for nonresidents.

Outside firewood is not permitted to be brought in to forest district campgrounds. Firewood is available for purchase on-site at the campground registration office.

For more information about campsite availability and conditions, call the camping hotline at 630-444-1200.

Aurora: Rover Rescue Dog Show set for May 11

The 10th Annual Rover Rescue Pet Dog Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at Aurora Turners Club, 1335 Mitchell Road. It will feature competition for the Best Trick, the Fastest Eater, Bobbin’ for Dogs, and other categories.

Many Rover Rescue dogs and puppies also will be at the show.

Entry forms for the show are available by calling 630-897-7454 or visiting Each $7 entry includes three categories; additional categories are $1 each before May 9 or $3 each the day of the show. People are admitted free. All show entries must be received by May 9.

Rover Rescue is a not-for-profit, all-volunteer dog rescue group based in the Fox Valley. Using a network of foster homes, the group takes in dogs that have run out of time at high-kill shelters. In less than 10 years, the group has found new homes for more than 5,800 dogs and puppies.

McHenry Co.: Bike club annual ride June 2

The McHenry County Bicycle Club invites bicycle enthusiasts of all ages to join members at the 31st Annual Udder Century on Sunday, June 2, rain or shine. The ride will start and end at Donley’s Wild West Town, 8512 S. Union Road, Union. The ride includes flat to rolling, rural routes of 32, 50, 62, 75 or 100 miles through the dairy region of northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. All routes are clearly marked, but maps and cue sheets will be available and are easy to follow.

A gourmet dinner will be served after the ride from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Donley’s banquet hall. A visit to Donley’s Wild West Town also is provided with the registration fee.

Riders can pre-register and save at or Cost is $22 until May 24; $27 from May 25 to 31; $27 by mail; and $30 on the day of the event. The cost is $10 for children 6-12 and free for children 5 and under. Credit cards are accepted online only. Mail checks or money orders to MCBC/Udder, P.O. Box 917, Crystal Lake, IL 60639-0917. Registration on the day is 6:30 to 10 a.m. Those riding 100 miles must be on the road by 8 a.m. All riders must be off the road by 5 p.m.

Riders must wear helmets and should carry a spare tube, pump and water. Riders under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Riders must obey all traffic laws, ride no more than two abreast and show courtesy to other riders and motorists. SAG (support and gear) drivers will be patrolling all routes for illness, injury and irreparable breakdowns.

Proceeds this year will benefit the League of American Bicyclists, Illinois Trails Conservancy, League of Illinois Bicyclists, Rails to Trails, Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin, and Active Transportation Alliance.

Dundees: Rotary Club to hold Mustache Bash

The Carpentersville Rotary Club will host a Cinco De Mayo Mustache Bash Fundraiser Event from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, May 4, the downtown Dundees.

Registration will take place at 6 p.m. at Diamond Jim’s, 325 Meier Ave., East Dundee for $10. Two raffles tickets are included. By 8:30 p.m., participants will move to Rosie O’hare’s, 702 Water St., East Dundee, with a stop at Triangle Park for a piñata party where “Stache Bashers” will get a chance to take a whack at a mustache piñata filled with treats & surprises. Food and & drink specials will be available at both locations all night in addition to live entertainment. Awards will be given to the best male and female stache.

Proceeds will benefit the charities of the Rotary Club of Carpentersville-Morning. For more information, visit

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