Exhibit Explores Darwin's Research on Natural Selection

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The following events and programs are offered at Morton Arboretum, 4100 Route 53, Lisle. Arboretum activities are free with admission, unless otherwise noted. Admission is $11 for adults ages 18 to 64; $10 for seniors 65 and older; $8 for children ages 3 to 17; free for kids ages 2 and younger. On Wednesdays, admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for children and free for ages 2 and younger. Members are always free. Info: (630) 968-0074 or mortonarb.org.

Darwin collection: See a collection of Charles Darwin's works that supported his theory of natural selection as the driving force of evolution in "Darwin's Flowers: Unlocking Natural Selection" from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, through January, in the Sterling Morton Library. Delve deeper into Darwin's life, his trip around the world, and his pioneering studies of flowering plants. After returning from his voyage on the Beagle (1831-1836), Charles Darwin renewed his childhood interest in plants. By his death in 1882, he had written seven major books on pollinators and pollinating mechanisms, insectivorous plants, the power of movement in plants, one specifically on climbing plants, and a pioneering work on orchid biology.

Shopping for guys: The second annual "Beer and Baubles" lets guys sample munchies and local beer while picking out jewelry for a special someone from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, in The Arboretum Store. Event includes Patricia Locke jewelry trunk show. Two Brothers Brewing Company in Warrenville is supplying the ale.

Arboretum store: Until Wednesday, Dec. 23, the arboretum offers free admission to any nonmember visitor who arrives at 4 p.m. The store closes daily at 5 p.m.

Model train: The Enchanted Railroad model train travels through the woods of Hansel and Gretel from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Sunday, Jan. 3, in the Special Events Room. Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Along the trail, the poor lost brother and sister encounter the tempting gingerbread house of the wicked witch. …