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The weather seems to be warming up, just in time for Earth Day and Arbor Day celebrations at the Evanston Ecology Center Saturday.

From 10 a.m. to noon, you can lend a hand in the Ladd Arboretum and help remove all things invasive; from garlic mustard to candy wrappers.

Then from 1 to 4 p.m. there’ll be live music from local musicians. Adults can check out rain barrels and composting bins while kids can learn about local animals and plant some seedlings. The whole family will learn simple techniques to reduce their carbon footprint and become more environmentally friendly.

The Active Transportation Alliance will be on hand to give bike check-ups, helmet adjustments and to give information out about environmentally friendly alternate forms of transportation.

Representatives from the Citizens Utility Board will explain and help residents sign-up for Evanston’s Big 7 Employers Challenge to Save Energy with CUBenergysaver.com. The program challenges ComEd customers to join teams to recruit the most members or save the most energy – members of the two winning teams will be entered into a drawing to win one year of free electricity.

After the celebration, the Garden Council of Evanston and city staff from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. will host “Tea for Trees.” Topics include; parkway trees, the parkway tree replacement program and the Emerald Ash Borer and other invasive species that threaten Evanston’s trees.

Call 847-448-8256 for more information.

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  1. Great Event!

    The weather was perfect, the activities were good and it was all free! There was a great high school jazz band there.

    I love the Ecology Center.

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