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Events that involve pets, animals and plants, such as pet washes, adoption days, nature walks, microchipping, nature photography exhibits, nature tours, bird walks, calls for volunteers for nature-related work days, etc. Deadline is two weeks before event date.

Rain Barrels: As part of its Stormwater management program, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago is offering rain barrels for $51 each to all municipalities within Cook County. The program was initiated to encourage resident to capture and reuse stormwater. Rain barrels are an inexpensive way to promote the use of green technology. Added benefit is providing relief to sewer systems during rain storms. Place an order at the MWRD webiste, www.wrd.org/irj/portal/anonymous/rainbarrel.

Twilight hike: 6:30-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, Spring Valley Nature Center, 111 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Participants will hike, explore and look for animals that are active at dusk. Night ends at Merkle Cabin with crafts. Cost is $8 for residents, $12 for others. Additional family members $3-$4. Call (847) 985-2100.

Volunteer at Stillman: Friday, Sept. 23, Stillman Nature Center, Penny Road, between routes 59 and 62, South Barrington. Volunteer duties include clearing buckthorn, collecting seeds, planting trees, burning brush, cleaning raptor enclosures, and spreading chips on trails. Stillman has the tools; volunteers are needed. Bring work gloves and wear clothes you don't mind getting muddy. For information, call (847) 428-6957 or visit stillnc@wildblue.net.

Fishing Derby: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, Plum Grove Reservoir by Harper College, 1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine. Palatine Park District holds its annual Fishing Derby. Awards are given for catching the largest fish and a fishing trip for four from Lucky Dog Charters will be raffled. Fee is $3 per person, all ages are welcome. A fishing license is required for participants ages 16 and older. Licenses can be purchased at the Salmon Shop, 111 S. Northwest Hwy., Palatine. Call (847) 991-0333.

Fun with Spring Blooming Bulbs: 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, Knupper Nursery, 1801 N. …