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Two environmental film festivals

Join the One Earth Film Festival as they go ALL IN for our planet at the Midwest's premier environmental film festival. See the nine films conveniently located here in Lake County and more about their times and locations.

March 2-10, 2019 


Also don't miss the Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Evanston! March 9-10, 2019.

  • Friday, February 22, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Friday, March 8, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Saturday, March 9, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm (New in 2019!)


Learn about Chicagoland nature at Wild Things Conferece - Feb. 23, 2019

Local educators, advocates, and stewards will share their love of the flora and fauna of our region at the Wild Things Conference. Explore how you can get involved in preserving our local plants and animals. This event only takes place every two years.

Saturday, February 23, 2019
Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Rd., Rosemont, IL  60018
Register here

Craft Swap 2019: January 25-27

Sunday, January 27, 1:15-3:30pm
Pollak Room

Give new life to craft supplies you no longer need—yarn, fabrics, scrapbooking paper, etc. Drop off your new or slightly used craft supplies during the drop-off times below, and then join us at the Craft Swap on Sunday, January 27. Please note: you do not need to donate any materials to attend the swap. 

Each person at the swap will be given 2 shopping bags. Once your bags are full, please exit the room. You can get back in line for more if you wish. We look forward to seeing you at the fun event!

Where to donate shoes

Thank you for participating in our successful shoe drive. We are no longer accepting shoes, but here are some places where you can drop off your old footwear for reuse or recycling:

  • USagain drop-box:  7-11, 2800 W. Dundee Rd., Northbrook
  • USagain drop-box:  Empire Szechwan, 3580 Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook
  • Goodwill:  4131 E. Dundee Rd., Northbrook

Eco-Friendly Holiday Decorating

  • Approximately 50 million Christmas trees are purchased each year in the US. Consider a tree that can be planted in the yard, or an artificial one to be reused for years to come.
  • The smaller the bulbs on a light strand, the lower the wattage. Low-wattage bulbs use less energy and give off less heat.
  • Make a nature ornament from twigs, bark, pine cones, etc., or laminate a special photo for the tree.
  • Tie old buttons onto a length of string to make old-fashioned looking garland.

Energy Saving Tips

By turning off your computer instead of leaving it in sleep mode, you can save 40 watt-hours per day. That adds up to 4 cents a day, or $14 per year. If you don't want to wait for your computer to start up, set it to turn on automatically a few minutes before you get to work, or boot up while you're pouring your morning coffee.

From 50 Ways to Help the Planet.