Feb 25 Sunday
Come to Severson Dells Nature Center for an afternoon of adventure as we listen to Emma Zimmerman, Severson Dells AmeriCorps member, recount trail tales of her time in Washington State in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest!
This workday offers an opportunity for participants to familiarize themselves with Harlem Hills’ unique landscape and history, engage in hands-on conservation work, and collaborate on future stewardship plans for the preserve. Attendees are encouraged to wear work clothes and sturdy boots, and to bring a water bottle to stay hydrated throughout the day. Friends of Illinois Nature Preserves will provide tools, work gloves, and snacks.
Participants should RSVP to Jessie at email@example.com so that they can be notified in the event of any changes.
Parking: the Friends group will be working off of Windsor Rd., not the main parking area for the preserve. Volunteers should park on the grass near the gate at Windsor Rd. or at the end of Harlem Crest Rd. (located off of Forest Hills Road) and enter at Windsor Rd. gate. Paste these coordinates in Google Maps for directions: 42.323654, -89.020065. Watch for the signs.
This stewardship day promises to be an enriching experience for nature enthusiasts, environmentalists, and community members alike. Come and be a part of the collective effort to preserve Harlem Hills Nature Preserve for future generations.
For more information, please contact: Jessie Crow Mermel
Phone: (815) 955-0653
The Whiteside Forum will host a book discussion on Sunday February 25, 2024 at 2:00pm in the Community Room of the Odell Public Library on “I, Human: AI, Automation, and the Quest to Reclaim What Makes Us Unique” by Tomas Chamorro-Premuzik. The author will not be with us, but the topic of Artificial Intelligence is probably on everyone’s mind. Read the book, but don’t let that stop you if you have strong feelings and want to hear what others think about this new technology with great potential benefits, along with possible threats.
The Odell Public Library is located at 307 S. Madison St., Morrison, IL and the discussion begins at 2:00pm, and is open to everyone free of charge. All are welcome including experts in the field and those who haven’t read the book. However, the author’s findings will most likely surprise you.
For more information about the Whiteside Forum, this event, or an update on our season please contact Marc Adami by email firstname.lastname@example.org, or text 815-718-5347, or visit Whiteside Forum on Facebook.
Meg's Daily Grind pop-up coffee shop and live music, located in the Anderson Gardens Visitor Center. Gather with friends and brighten your winter afternoons.
- Light lunch options, coffees, teas, and pastries from Meg’s menu of favorites- Live music by local and Rockford Symphony musicians, 11:30 to 2:30 PM- Fireside views of the winter Garden- Free and open to the community. Coffees and treats for purchase from the coffee vendor, Meg's Daily Grind
Feb 26 Monday
Conservation Crew Restoration Workdays
Jan 8, 24; Feb 12 & 28; Mar 12 & 28; Apr 9 & 25
9 a.m. to Noon
Work alongside fellow nature-lovers in the beauty of the outdoors for a gratifying and invigorating day restoring the forest ecosystem. You’ll learn new things, have fun, meet wonderful people, and help contribute to the health of the forest. No experience necessary; training and tools are supplied. Bring a water bottle and stay hydrated. Dress in layers and expect to get dirty!
D. M. Needom, award-winning author of the "Better to Burn Out" series, will discuss what it takes to turn your dream of writing into the reality of being a published author. She will discuss the tools you need to make your dream a reality, and the pitfalls and things to try and avoid in the process. Free to attend, but advance registration is required. To sign up for a seat at this event, visit www.harvard-diggins.org/events
Feb 27 Tuesday
“In Denmark, winters are especially long, yet Danish people are considered some of the happiest in the world. They embrace the dark winter months with the joyful practice of Hygge (pronounced ‘hooga’) meaning coziness, candlelight, nature, and meeting with friends.” - Emma Mitchell from Making Winter: a Hygge-inspired Guide to Surviving the Winter Months.
Beat the winter blues with relaxing music in an earthly atmosphere. Enjoy a scented craft, folk art painting, meditative drawing, and hot tea selections. Leave with some library books which inspire joy and relaxation.
This program is intended for adults. No registration is required.
For additional information, please contact Susan at email@example.com or (815) 756-9568 ext. 2114.
Feb 28 Wednesday
The Spartan Food Pantry is open every other Wednesday from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM at the school district warehouse located at 520 N. Maple Street, Sycamore, IL. The food pantry is open to families of Sycamore School District students only and Photo ID is required. We are a choice pantry, meaning families can choose what they would like, how much they would like, and can omit certain items.
Feb 29 Thursday