Come to the Green Side

August 30, 2009, 7:00 am
Filed under: Environment, Gardening

Seed collectingSpring Valley Nature Sanctuary will be celebrating National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 26 with a morning of native seed collecting in its restored prairies.  All of the seed collected is dried, cleaned and eventually used to replant additional acres with native wildflowers and grasses in Schaumburg’s parks and nature preserves. 

Participants will be able to learn ways in which people work with nature to heal the land and help restore rare plants and animals.  All participants will receive a free packet of native wildflower seed to take home.  This activity is free and open to all ages. 

Collecting will be done from 9:00 to 1:00 with volunteers asked to meet at the Visitor’s Center.  To RSVP call the Center at 847-985-2100.  Their address is 1111 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg, IL


August 23, 2009, 7:00 am
Filed under: Gardening

balloon flowerWhat:  Both beginners and experienced gardeners will benefit from Gardening Consultant JoAnn Loebel’s slide presentation of the top 10 low maintenance, long blooming perennials for our area.  These easy care favorites will provide a variety of colors from spring to fall. 
Who:  Co-sponsored by the Schaumburg Township District Library and the Hoffman Estates Garden Club
When:  Thursday, Sept. 3  7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Where:  Rasmussen South Room, Schaumburg Township District Library

August 13, 2009, 7:00 am
Filed under: Local Drop-off Sites

RxBox_-_LogoIf you’re looking for a place to get rid of your unused and/or expired medicines, look no further than the RxBOX location at the Schaumburg Police Department.  In conjunction with the DuPage County Sheriff and other police departments, Schaumburg has created a dropoff facility at their headquarters.   Simply look for the box with this logo!

Where:  1000 W. Schaumburg Road
When:  Anytime
What is accepted:  Over-the-counter, prescription, ointments and liquid medications accepted.  Asthma inhalers may be dropped off in a separate zip locked plastic bag.  Medications can be disposed of in their original containers or a zip-locked plastic bag.  Take the label off or cross off personal information on any prescription containers to prevent any concerns about personal identifications.  All medications will be incinerated in collaboration with IEPA.
What is not accepted:  Sharps or needles, radioactive medicines, other medical waste or household chemical waste.

August 9, 2009, 7:00 am
Filed under: Gardening

Gardening HealthilyWhat:  Body Smart Gardening. 
The effects of gardening on our bodies can make it more of a chore than a pleasure.  This lesson will help you garden “smartly” with emphasis on approved methods to reduce stress and strain on the body.
Who:  Presented by DuPage County Master Gardener Pat Miller in affiliation with the University of Illinois’ Extension Services program.  Sponsored by the Elk Grove Garden Club.
When:  August 18, 2009  7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Where:  Elk Grove Public Library at 1001 Wellington Ave.  Elk Grove Village, IL