Bet Cleaning Others Trash is Eggxactly What You Want to do This Weekend

April 15, 2011

Chicago residents: It’s the weekend, and you know what that means: Events!

We’ve got the lowdown on the places to clean and the bunnies to see this weekend around Chicagoland.

Places to clean? You have your own place to clean, you say! But it’s almost Earth Day. With no Earth, there are no homes, so jump on board.

Saturday, April 16 is Mayor Daley’s Clean & Green, a day to make a difference in your Chicago neighborhood by volunteering your time and cleaning up your community.

All you have to do is sign up and join a group at a location close to you. The city and community organizations will provide the brooms, rakes, shovels and bags, you provide the grunt work.

Maybe bring your own gloves.

For more information or to register, simply dial 3-1-1.

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The Chicago Park District is hosting a bevvy of Earth Day Clean Up and Celebration events at parks around the city on Saturday, including:

*9 a.m.: Horner Park, 2741 W. Montrose Avenue

*9 a.m.: Humbert Park, 3050 South Lowe Avenue

*9 a.m.: Humboldt Park, 1400 N. Sacramento Avenue

*10 a.m.: Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph Street

*10 a.m.: Marquette Park, 6734 S. Kedzie Avenue

*10 a.m.: Washington Park, 5531 S. Martin Luther King Drive

For more information, visit chicagoparkdistrict.com.

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Friends of the Park believes every day should be Earth Day and is hosting its annual Earth Day Parks & Preserves Clean-Up. At this event, t-shirts will be given away to volunteers.

Three parks the group will attack on Saturday at 9 a.m.:

*Eugene Field Park, 5100 N. Ridgeway

*Kiwanis Park, 3315 W. Carmen Ave.

*Gompers Park, 4222 W. Foster Ave.

There are a ton of locations to join in around Chicago and its suburbs for a clean-up.

For a complete list, visit earthdaychicago.com/events.

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When you’re done cleaning, why not take advantage of a free health fair?

Friends of the Park, the Chicago Park District and the Rainbow Beach Park Advisory Council are sponsoring the Rainbow Beach Health and Fitness Fair on Saturday, April 16 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Rainbow Beach & Park on the lake between 75th and 79th Streets.

The day will include a nature walk, fitness classes, cooking and nutrition classes, self-defense workshops and bike safety information.

For more information, visit fotp.org or chicagoparkdistrict.com.

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easter eggs in grassBack to the bunnies.

It’s almost Easter, and that means egg hunts and Easter bunny greetings.

The 8th annual Spring Egg-Stravaganza at Soldier Field is set for Sunday, April 17 at 9 a.m.

The free event will offer fun for the kids, like face painters, inflatables, balloon artists and a Radio Disney Show.

At 10 a.m., kids will be let loose on the field to collect all the goodies that can grab. The first 2,000 kids to participate will receive a commemorative wooden egg designed by Chicago students that participated in a recent art contest.

For more information, visit soldierfield.net.

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The Chicago Park District is also hosting a ton of Easter Egg Hunts and Lunches with the Easter Bunny. Some are free, some cost money. Most are for kids, one’s for dogs.

To find an event and location that interests you, visit chicagoparkdistrict.com.

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Finally this weekend, the Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, is home to the 11th annual Antiques & Garden Fair. The event will feature home and garden designs from more than 100 exhibitors from the United States and Europe. This year’s theme is: “Landscapes Transformed: Gardens of a New Era.”

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, April 15-17. There is a fee for this activity. For more information and to get tickets, visit chicagobotanic.org.

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Have a fantastic weekend!

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