Homer Glen's 7th annual Earth Day-Arbor Day is scheduled to feature about 80 exhibits and activities, including beekeeping, blacksmithing, gardening advice, crafts, antique and electric car displays, bird and reptile exhibits and "mining" for natural resources.
"We have something for everybody," said Sue Steilen, co-chair of the event committee.
The goal of the celebration, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 17 at Konow Farm at 16849 S. Cedar Rd., is to educate people about natural resources and encourage their protection and preservation, Steilen said. Admission and parking are free, as are many of the activities, although "mining" for natural resources and face painting have a fee. The Village of Homer Glen and several businesses are sponsoring the event.
The "mining," which is new this year, involves sifting through a screened pan for fossils, seashells and gems. Activities are indoors in a historic barn or outdoors.
A beekeeper is scheduled to demonstrate beekeeping, and a blacksmith will show how iron is reused, Steilen said. There also will be gardening and energy-saving advice.
The display of cars "shows the importance of preserving and taking care of what you have," Steilen said, in part because of their connection to the past.
Animals also will make an appearance. Among them are therapy dogs, Illinois Horse Rescue with miniature ponies, Jim Nesci's Cold Blooded Creatures (1:30-2:30 p.m.), Incredible Bats (11 a.m. – 4 p.m.) and Northern Illinois Raptor Rehab (11 a.m. -4 p.m.).
For children, in addition to face painting, there will be pony rides, a petting zoo, a tractor-pulled train, a jumping pillow and craft projects..
New exhibitors will include Tower Garden with a vertical aeroponic growing system, Instant Shade demonstrating the planting of a large tree, and Working Bikes, which collects bicycles among some other items to help those in need, Steilen said.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun