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Spring Into These Free Events This Weekend Around Chicagoland

April 08, 2011

It might actually feel like Spring in the Chicago area this weekend, so here are some events that can help you enjoy the season.

*Learn how to make your garden grow greener through Sustainable Landscaping on Saturday, April 9 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, Riverside. This free event will teach homeowners about rain gardens, rain barrels and permeable pavers. For more information, call (708) 442-6366.

*Why not get outside, enjoy the weather and search for some feathered friends? The Chicago Park District is hosting Lakefront Birding Walks on Saturday, April 9 from 8 to 10 a.m. at Northerly Island, 1400 S. Lynn White Dr., Chicago. Check out portions of the Chicago Region Birding Trail and see what species use Chicago as a migration route for the winter. Registration is required by calling (312) 742-4914.

*Earth Day is April 22, but the Chicago Park District is celebrating it all month long. Come to a free Earth Day Clean Up, sponsored by Mt. Greenwood Advisory Council and the 19th Ward, on Saturday, April 9 from 9 a.m. to noon at Mt. Greenwood Park, 3724 W. 111th St., Chicago.

*Saturday is family day at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago, where admission is free for families with children ages 12 and under from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Family Day: Spring Greening celebrates Earth Day by exploring sustainable ways of living, creating hands-on projects, making pledges and more. For more information, visit mcachicago.org.

*Want to hear how your garden grows in song? The Wicker Park Choral Singers will welcome Spring with two free performances entitled, How Does Your Garden Grow? The Wicker Park Garden Club will be on hand to provide seed packages after the performance and will encourage audience members to plant the seeds at their homes, to read about green technologies like recycling and water conservation and to attend a spring gardening session in Wicker Park. Performances are Saturday, April 9 at 3 p.m. at Wicker Park Lutheran Church, 1502 N. Hoyne Ave., Chicago; and Sunday, April 10 at 3:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 306 South Prospect Ave., Park Ridge. For more information, visit wickerparksings.org.

*With Spring comes Spring cleaning, so here is an opportunity to get rid of all those paper documents the safe way. Liberty Bank for Savings is hosting free Shredding Days in Chicago on specific Saturdays this Spring. Protect yourself from identity theft by shredding any unnecessary documents for free. The first free Shredding Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 9 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Liberty Bank in Lincolnwood, 6666 N. Lincoln Ave. The next one is set for May 21 at 1018 W. Touhy Ave., Park Ridge. For more information, visit libertybank.com or call (773) 489-4471.

*For the kids, all Chicago area Lowe’s stores are hosting free Build and Grow Clinics on Saturday, April 9 at 10 a.m. Spring sports are just starting up, and at the clinic, kids can build their own Sports Pinball game. All participants will receive a free apron, a project-themed patch, a certificate of merit and the satisfaction of building something on their own. On Saturday, April 23, the project will be a birdhouse, so keep that in mind as well. To register your child for an upcoming Build and Grow Clinic, visit lowesbuildandgrow.com.

*Skokie’s Spring Greening is a community expo set for Sunday, April 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Niles North High School, 9800 North Lawler, Skokie. Skokie’s first annual community-wide green living event will feature a trade show of green and sustainable products and services, workshops and demonstrations on green lifestyles, green entertainment for all ages, information on natural lawn care and an opportunity to recycle household items. For more information, visit skokiespringgreening.org or call (847) 674-1500 ext. 2500.

running shamrock*The weather will be warm when the 32nd annual Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K welcomes its largest field in event history on Sunday, April 10. There are 40,000 participants registered for the world’s largest 8K race, which will begin and end in Grant Park. It’s too late to register, but you can certainly cheer on the runners and attend the Post-Race Party from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Buckingham Fountain. In honor of the race, Navy Pier is hosting a free Shamrock Shuffle Health and Fitness Expo on Saturday, April 9 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

*Want a house? What could be more cost-effective than buying one through an auction? Hudson & Marshall are auctioning off hundreds of Chicago-area homes next weekend, but they are all open for viewing this weekend. Check out that story here.

Have a great weekend, and enjoy the Spring-like weather!

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