Earth Day and garden event calendar
Be green – help keep the earth healthy.
Oversized Items Disposal
City homeowners can schedule a free home pickup of items such as mattresses, furniture or appliances. Call Allied Waste, 522-7797. Residents limited to one free pickup of up to three large items per 12-month period. Other options (fees involved): Sangamon Valley Landfill, 2565 Sandhill Rd., 528-9256. F & W Resources, 3327 Terminal Ave., 525-1206. Waste Management of Illinois transfer station, 3000 E. Ash St. and Mervis Iron, 1100 S. Ninth St.
Registered IL-EPA residential e-waste collection sites: Computer Banc, 1023 E. Washington Street, 528-9606; Mervis Industries, 1100 S. Ninth Street, 477-9233; Land of Lincoln Goodwill Industries, Inc. 2001 Wabash Avenue, 816 N. 11th Street, 2531 N. Dirksen Parkway, 789-0400; Vintage Tech Recyclers, 211 N. 11th Street, 630-305-0922; BLH Computers, 1832 Stevenson, 585-1580. More info at www.epa.state.il.us.
May through November, Springfield residents can place fallen branches curbside in front of their homes. No need to phone. Residents can also drop off branches free of cost at the Public Works facility, Martin Luther King and Clearlake.
Dirt, rock and sand are not accepted by waste haulers in residential trash. Call any area Township Road Commissioner to see if they have an area of erosion or construction to use this clean fill material. Landscape timbers, railroad ties should be disposed of at a household hazardous water collection event.
Used motor oil, paints, paint thinners, unwanted medications, insecticides, pool chemicals, cleaning products, household batteries, antifreeze, hobby chemicals and fluorescent lamp bulbs are recycled in the spring and fall. See www.epa.state.il.us.
Old tires can be brought to several service stations, including Johnson & Johnson Auto Service Center, 1325 Stevenson Drive and Midtown Tire and Auto Service, 2110 Clear Lake Ave. Each store charges between $2 and $5 to get rid of one standard-sized tire. 789-2327. Call for details and requirements.
Springfield Curbside Recycling
Springfield residents can sign up by calling their private waste haulers as recycling is included in your garbage pickup fee. Accepted are: clean and dry newspapers, junk mail and chip board; all plastic containers except for No. 6; food cans, aluminum beverage cans, pie tins, clean aluminum foil; glass bottles and jars that food and drink came in. Twenty-four hour drop-off recycling facility is Lake Area Recycling Services, 2742 S. Sixth Street. They do not accept glass, but do accept corrugated cardboard.
Join Project BudBurst
Register to become a Citizen Scientist and collect important climate change data on the timing of leafing and flowering where you live, targeting native tree and flower species. For info visit www.neoninc.org/budburst.
The Great Sunflower Project/The Backyard Bee Count
Watch and record bees at sunflowers in your garden. No knowledge of bees required and they provide the seeds. For info visit greatsunflower.org.
Springfield Residential Tree Program
Residents can share cost of up to two trees to be planted by Public Works in a public right of way or parkway area of a property. Requirements apply. For more info, phone 789-2428. Also, if you’re thinking of planting a tree on your property, see a recommended tree list by the City Arborist on the city’s website under the link, neighborhoods.
Springfield in Bloom
Community-wide beautification effort April through July to encourage street-side landscape improvements to residential, business, neighborhood associations or nonprofit organization property. Projects involve existing gardens, new gardens or makeover projects. www.springfieldinbloom.org.
Illinois Products Farmers Market
May 10-Oct 18, 4-7pm, Every Thursday (except during the IL State Fair), Fresh local food and entertainment. Commodity Pavilion. 217-785-4873. Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave.
Old Capitol Farmers Market
May 16-Oct 27, 8am-12:30pm Wednesdays and Saturdays, Fresh fruits, vegetables and more. (Chef demonstrations, artisans, live music on Saturdays.) Adams St. at Fifth and Second. 217-544-1723.
Jacksonville Earth Day Celebration
Apr 20, 8am-2pm, Bring your recyclables to Lincoln Square, Salvation Army on hand to take reusables. Plants and trees available for sale. 245-6121. Jacksonville.
Apr 20, various times, Also, Walks are Sat. Apr. 14 and 21, 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Reservations, elkharthistoricalsociety.org. Elkhart.
Celebrate Spring - Plant Sale
Apr 21, 10am-4pm, Celebrate the season. Vegetable seedlings for purchase. Jubilee Farm, 6760 Old Jacksonville Rd, 787-6927.
Beginning Bonsai Presentation
Apr 21, 10am-3pm, Bring brown bag lunch. $50, tree, pot and materials included. 243-9390. David Strawn Art Gallery, 331 W. College Ave, Jacksonville.
Community Shred Event
Apr 21, 10am-12pm, Case of non-perishable food or money donations for five boxes shredded free. localfirstspringfield.com. Salvation Army Parking Lot, Ninth and Washington.
Apr 22, 12-5pm, Changes: Dynamic Illinois Environments exhibit. Pick up your search activities at front desk. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St, 782-5993.
Blossom Time Hikes
Apr 22, 29, 2pm, Three Sundays through Apr. 29, join one of garden’s naturalists and discover spring wildflowers. Free. Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 E. Lake Shore Dr.
Start Your Own School Garden Workshop
Apr 24, 4-6pm, Lincoln land Community College’s Green Center offers a free seminar for K-12 teachers, administrators or any individuals involved with local school who wish to start a school garden. LLCC Workforce Careers Center, 5250 Shepherd Road. 786-2434. llcc.edu/greencenter.
ECCE Speakers Series
Apr 25, 7pm, “Off Oil: Pioneering a Sustainable Business Model.” John Bradford, innovations director for Interface America. UIS Brookens Auditorium, One University Plaza, 217-206-6073.
Land of Lincoln Water Gardening Society
Apr 26, 6:30pm, “Birds at the Pond,” Wade Kammin of Wild Birds Unlimited. www.llwgs.org. Douglas United Methodist Church, 501 S. Douglas Avenue.
RSVP Recycling Bin Wheels
Apr 27, Free service available for seniors by appointment. RSVP. Springfield Senior Center, 701 W. Mason St, 528-4035.
Save the Frogs Day
Apr 28, 9:30am-5pm, Learn about Illinois amphibians as you search for froggy facts and earn a Save the Frogs sticker. Free. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St, 782-5993.
Earth Awareness Fair
Apr 28, 10am-2pm, Free all-ages event includes activities, information and music. 789-2327. Erin’s Pavilion, Southwind Park, 4965 S. Second St, 217-753-0702.
Celebrate Spring - Plant Sale
Apr 28, 10am-4pm, Celebrate the season. Vegetable seedlings for purchase. Jubilee Farm, 6760 Old Jacksonville Rd, 787-6927.
IL Native Plant Society Plant Sale
Apr 28, 9am-2pm, Diverse selection of native plants, trees and shrubs. Commodity Pavilion. 243-6055. Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave, 782-8886.
Celebrate Spring - Plant Sale
May 05, 10am-4pm, Celebrate the season. Vegetable seedlings for purchase. Jubilee Farm, 6760 Old Jacksonville Rd, 787-6927.
High Tunnel Workshop Series
May 12 and June 11, 9am-4:30pm, LLCC Green Center seminar for local food producers and others interested in building high tunnels, or hoophouses, unheated greenhouses that help market gardeners extend their growing season so they can improve the profitability of their farms. $30, $50 both. LLCC Workforce Careers Center, 5250 Shepherd Road. 786-2434. llcc.edu/greencenter.
Sangamon Valley Iris Society Iris Show
May 12, 12-4pm, View different varieties of iris. Washington Park Botanical Garden Exhibit Hall, Fayette Ave. For more information, phone 753-6228.
Super Saturdays at the Museum
May 12, 11am-3pm, “Hummingbirds: Tiny Travelers.” Recommended for ages 4-8. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St, 782-6044.
Curb Your Car During Bike to Work Week
May 14-18, Springfield-Sangamon County Regional Planning Commission, Springfield Bicycle Advisory Council, area organizations and businesses are sponsoring an employer challenge to get employees to bike, walk, run or take the bus to work. Register to participate by May 11. sscrpc.com or 535-3110.
Pond Spring Sale
May 19, 10am-12:30pm, Water and landscaping plants, pond decorations, supplies and more. Benefits community projects such as Dana-Thomas House water feature. Washington Park Botanical Garden, 1740 W. Fayette Ave, 217-546-4116.
Prairie Wildflower Sale
May 19-20, 9am-4pm Sat, 1-4pm Sun, Over two dozen varieties of your favorite garden wildflowers. Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 E. Lake Shore Dr.
Illinois Herb Association SummerFest 2012
Jun 09, 9am-3:30pm, Come to a fun-filled day devoted to herbs. Washington Park Botanical Garden Exhibit Hall and Roman Cultural Garden. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Admission. For more information, phone 546-4116.
World Ocean Day
Jun 11, 10am-3pm, Learn all about the ocean and how what we do in the Midwest effects it, and vice-a-versa. Zoo admission. Henson Robinson Zoo. 1100 E. Lake Dr., 585-1821.
Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest
Jun 12-13, 10-10:30am and 2-2:30pm, “Life Cycle of the Honey Bee.” Free and open to public. Recommended for ages 3-8. 782-5993. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St, 217-782-5993.
Insects After Dark
Jun 22, 8:30-11pm, Visit and compare several insect habitats on the grounds of the Sanctuary. Local entomologists attract and identify the insects with you. Free. Adams Wildlife Sanctuary, 2315 East Clear Lake Ave, 217-544-2473.
Parade of Ponds
Jul 14, 9am-3pm, Land of Lincoln Water Gardening Society invites you on self-guided tour of eight residents’ pond and water features. $15. llwgs.org. Various locations.