DIXON, Iowa — A volunteer stewardship workday will be held at the Wapsi River Environmental Education Center in Dixon on April 21.

The event will be from 9 a.m. to noon. Join the Friends of the Wapsi River Center and staff in celebrating Earth Day. The workday will include sprucing up the grounds and facilities for the upcoming season, including landscaping and mulching, garden preparation, garlic mustard removal and installing new “insect hotels” made by Friends member Tom Schwake.

After the event, the Friends of the Wapsi Center is hosting a light lunch. Please dress accordingly, and bring gloves and a water bottle. Registration is required. Call (563) 328-3286 to register for this event.

Sister Theresa Judge will give book review at Odell

MORRISON, Ill. — The Friends of Odell Public Library will welcome Sister Theresa Judge on April 30 at 6:30 p.m. in a book review program, “The Secret History of Jane Eyre.”

Sister TJ, as she is affectionately called, has been a Clinton Franciscan for 55 years and taught at Mount St. Clare College and Ashford University.

A life-long learner and an avid reader, Sister TJ belongs to two book clubs and is quick to tell everyone that her very favorite book is “Jane Eyre.” This book by Charlotte Bronte tells the story of Jane Eyre, a determined governess, and the dark, brooding Edward Rochester, the master of the house hiding a shadowy secret. The impassioned dynamic between these two has crowned them as one of the most powerful fictional couples in English literature.

But how did Charlotte Bronte, a single woman living in Haworth on the remote Yorkshire moors, imagine such a fervent relationship? In her book review of “The Secret Life of Jane Eyre” by John Pfordresher, Sister Theresa will help us discover the treasure map of Bronte’s life through her letters and life experiences. Charlotte Bronte hid herself in Jane Eyre’s story.

Pressed flowers course is April 19

THOMSON, Ill. — "Pressed Flowers" will be presented by Master Gardener Nancy Gmitro at the York Township Public Library in Thomson on April 19 at 10:30 a.m.

Learn how to preserve flowers with the art of pressing, methods of pressing, and best flowers to grow for pressing. A bookmark and notecard will be made to take home. Register by calling the library at (815) 259-2480.

Wildflower presentation set

MOUNT CARROLL, Ill. — Spring wildflowers will be presented by Master Gardener Nancy Gmitro at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at the Mount Carroll Public Library.

You won’t want to miss out on this colorful presentation about spring wildflowers in your backyard. To register contact the library at (815) 244-1751.

Also, the Mount Carroll library will host a Let’s Live Well Series on April 23 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Join the University of Illinois Extension for Let’s Live Well, a series featuring timely, researched informed information on relevant topics to help you live well. The series will continue with Money Smart for Older Adults on April 23.

Pre-registration is required online at go.illinois.edu/MCwellness or by calling the library at (815) 244-1751.

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