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DuPage Children’s Museum tests new East Asian play exhibit

Children and their families can celebrate East Asian culture through a new pretend play exhibit at the DuPage Children’s Museum in Naperville.

“A Taste of East Asia” is open through Friday, July 26, at the museum, 301 N. Washington St.

As part of the exhibition, children can prepare, cook and serve fantasy food to their families. All items are representations of East Asian ingredients and designed to celebrate East Asian culture, museum officials said. The exhibition also shows scented jars containing real spices that form the basis of East Asian cuisine.

People come into contact with other cultures through food. Incorporating activities around food and the regions where dishes come from can help children expand their worldview, officials said.

The new exhibit also includes a combination of fine motor activities and greater exploration of gross motor skills, according to a news release.

Volunteers tried to remove rusty crayfish

The Kane County Forest Preserve District is looking for volunteers to help remove an invasive species known as the rusty crayfish from area waterways.

On Saturday, August 10 from 10 a.m. to noon, volunteers are invited to participate in the “Rusty Rodeo,” aimed at collecting, identifying and removing crayfish.

Two locations have been designated for the event to receive participants. The first location is North Aurora Island Park at 4 E. State St. in North Aurora. The second location is on the west side of the Fox River, near the historic Piano Factory Pedestrian Bridge, along the Riverside Trail on Indian Street in St. Charles.

Volunteers should expect to get wet as participants will wade into the water with diving nets to catch and remove the rusty crayfish.

The event is co-sponsored by the Forest Preserve District of Kane County, St. Charles Park District, Fox Valley Park District, Friends of the Fox River, Center for Great Lakes Literacy and Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant.

Registration is not required for the event. For more information, visit www.kaneforest.com, email [email protected] or call 630-444-3190.

Historical walking tour in Montgomery

On Saturday, June 22, members of the Montgomery Historic Preservation Commission will host a historic walking tour of the village.

Members of the committee will share information, anecdotes and historic photos of downtown landmarks such as Gray’s Mill, the former Pop Factory, Lyon Metal, Michaels Grocery Store, Montgomery Methodist Church, South Shore Inn and more while walking around the blocks of River , Mill, Main and Webster streets.

The approximate distance of the walk is half a mile, organizers said.

Pre-registration is not required for the free event. Participants should meet the guides outside Montgomery Village Hall at 200 N. River St. just before June 22 at 10 a.m. for the tour, which will last approximately one hour.

For questions about the walking tour, email [email protected] or visit the village’s website at montgomeryil.org.

Water focus of the St. Charles program

The St. Charles Public Library and the Kane-DuPage Soil and Water Conservation District will present a program called “Watersheds and Groundwater” in the Huntley Community Room at the library, 1 S. Sixth Ave., on Tuesday, June 25, at 7 p.m. in St. Charles.

In the presentation, attendees will follow a raindrop as it falls on St. Charles and learn what they can do to make a positive impact on the city’s water supply, event organizers said.

Born out of the American dust storms of the 1930s, Soil and Water Conservation Districts are a locally organized and operated government entity that functions under state law, according to a news release about the event.

The mission of the Kane-DuPage Soil and Water Conservation District is to support residents’ quality of life by leading efforts to ensure healthy soils, clean water, sustainable land development and regenerative agriculture, officials said.

To register for the June 25 program, call 630-584-0076 or visit scpld.libnet.info/event/10666645.