Earth Day is Sunday, and there are a number of opportunities this week for you and your family to mark the occasion. These are in chronological order and note that some do require pre-registration.
WEST CHICAGO: The West Chicago Public Library is offering an Earth-friendly craft, using recycled materials, on Friday, April 20, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. This does require advance registration; if you're not a West Chicago Public Library cardholder, then call the Youth Services Department at 630-231-1552 to register over the phone.
AURORA AREA: The Fox Valley Park District is hosting a "Spring Spruce-Up" on the morning of Saturday, April 21. Scout groups, church groups, friends and families are invited to help spruce up local parks including Blackberry Farm, Montgomery Park, North Aurora Island Park, O'Donnell Park/Prairie Path, South Broadway Park and Waubonsie Creek Park. Call Debbie Smith at 630-966-4555 to sign up.
GENEVA: The Geneva Park District is helping to organize an "Earth Day 2012" event on Saturday, April 21, at Peck Farm Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is a free event and will feature bicycle tune-ups, free paper shredding, rain barrels for sale, green education, electronic recycling and more. For more info, call Jay Womack at 630-262-8244.
NORTH AURORA: Red Oak Nature Center is hosting a free open house on Saturday, April 21, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. There will be fun, games and crafts in honor of Mother Earth. If you bike or carpool, you'll be entered in a drawing to win a Fox Valley Park District gift card. For more info, call 630-897-1808.
OSWEGO: As part of its Earth Day celebrations, the Oswegoland Park District is hosting a "Kite Fly" on Saturday, April 21, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at PrairieFest Park in Oswego. Check out the kites in the sky, bring your own to fly or use supplies to make one yourself. It's a free event, and all ages are welcome.
OSWEGO-STORYTIME: The Oswego Public Library is hosting "Plant a Seed" storytimes on Sunday, April 22, at 1 p.m. at both its Oswego and Montgomery branches. Your child will learn about the importance of plants and how they grow. Afterward, you can plant a seed and take it home to grow! This is a free event, best for children in preschool, kindergarten or elementary school. No registration required.
OSWEGO-BOOK SWAP: The Oswego Public Library will also be sponsoring a "Book Swap" in honor of Earth Day all week, from Sunday, April 22, through Sunday, April 29. Your kids can bring books (up to five) into Youth Services, then choose the same amount of books from the book swap shelf. Books should be for children and in good condition. This will be offered at both the Oswego and Montgomery campuses.