America Recycles Day
November 15th is America Recycles Day! Find out how to safely dispose of some of the items you've had in your house for way too long.
- Recycling @ CLPL
- AmericaRecyclesDay.org - Find recycling centers in your area and attend a recycling event, or create your own!
- The McHenry County Green Guide is an excellent resource for discovering where to recycle everything from aerosol cans to yoga mats.
- Are you the crafty type? Try some of these books for ways to turn your trash into artistic treasures.
Local Thanksgiving Activities
The warmth of the holiday spreads throughout the community when residents gather for service or good times. Here are some ways to get involved.
- Pay down your Crystal Lake Library fines with a donation to the Crystal Lake Food Pantry during the "Pay it Forward--Forgiving Fines to Feed Families" promotion from November 1-15.
- Help the Crystal Lake Food Pantry and the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce with the community's largest food drive.
- Warm up for your Thanksgiving feast by running a 5K with the Hillstriders on Thanksgiving morning to support the Crystal Lake Food Pantry.
- Celebrate the season by gathering in Downtown Crystal Lake for the 2015 Festival of Lights Parade
Gather around the table with family, friends, and delicious dishes.
- Shopping local? Find a nearby farm with SlowFoodChicago.org.
- Get help prepping and cooking your bird from the University of Illinois Extension Service or Butterball's Turkey Talk Line.
- Recreate your favorite recipes with TasteOfHome.com, or try Epicurious.com for something new.
- Do Thanksgiving the Martha Stewart way - MarthaStewart.com
One way to give thanks is to volunteer time, money, or supplies to a local charity. McHenry County is full of people in need and organizations who could use a helping hand.
- Volunteering Resources @ CLPL
- Don't know where to begin? The McHenry County Volunteer Center is your one-stop shop for all the information you need to get started.
- CharityWatch.org Not sure about that charity you're considering donating to? This watchdog organization will tell you exactly how your money is used.
- Do you like working with your hands? Consider volunteering to build and repair homes with Habitat for Humanity McHenry County.