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Arbor Day, scavenger hunt among anniversary activities

MOUNT CARROLL – A tree planting for Arbor Day is part of upcoming 150th anniversary activities in the city.

The sesquicentennial committee will join the Arboretum Committee at 4 p.m. April 28 at the International Preservation Studies Center, on the former Shimer College campus. A swamp white oak tree will be planted to mark the anniversary. Attendees can bring their own trowel or small shovel to help place dirt on the tree.

In May, the anniversary committee will sponsor a “Where’s Nathan” scavenger hunt to honor Nathaniel Halderman, who helped lay out the city and was Mount Carroll’s first mayor. Entry forms will be available from May 1 to 24 at the Mirror-Democrat, 308 N. Main St.; Triumph Community Bank, 309 N. Clay St.; Mount Carroll Public Library, 208 N. Main St.; and City Hall, 302 N. Main St.

Participants who fill out the forms correctly, pick up coupons from participating businesses, and e-mail pictures of themselves at various locations to the Mount Carroll Community Development Corporation will be entered into a prize drawing from local businesses.

The grand prize is a $900 certificate from Kunes Country Auto, with $500 toward a new vehicle and a $400 maintenance package. Some other prizes are an overnight stay at Red Ruby Inn in Mount Carroll, a $40 gift certificate from Molly’s Kitchen and Bar, and tickets to a show at Timber Lake Playhouse. The hunt will continue until May 24, with the drawing on May 28 during the annual Mayfest celebration.

On May 7, the library will sponsor a tea party with Laura Ingalls Wilder at the Mount Carroll Community House, 101 N. Main St. Doors open at 1:30 p.m., with the tea at 2. Tickets cost $10, while table sponsorships for four people are $40. Both are available at the library.

From 1 to 5 p.m. the same day, Camp Benson will offer a community day, with rock climbing, archery, candlemaking, and other activities. Sesquicentennial committee members will be present with information on the anniversary.

The annual Mayfest celebration will be May 26-28. The committee will have a booth with commemorative giveaway items, and information for a self-guided walking tour of the Shimer campus.

Search for Mount Carroll Sesquicentennial 2017 on Facebook for more information.

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