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Altgeld Holiday Family Celebration goes green

November 29, 2012

Photo of a snow-covered evergreen outside Altgeld HallHow green are you?

Discover what conservation is and what simple things you can do to help the environment during the annual Altgeld Holiday Family Celebration, scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7.

This fun, interactive event inside NIU’s castle will allow members of the community to celebrate the holiday season and gain greater appreciation for the world we call home.

NIU President John and Mrs. Barbara Peters and the university host this complimentary event, which is open to the public.

Visitors can help to decorate the bird feeder tree, make crafts out of common recyclable products, learn what the words “environmentally friendly” and “sustainability” mean and take home pictures of themselves “being green.”

Meanwhile, the castle will become a drop-off center for items to help local wildlife rehab centers as well as recyclables to benefit the environment.

To help wildlife rehab centers, bring 40- and 60-watt UV light bulbs, wild bird seed, chicken baby food, bleach, liquid laundry detergent, unscented Dawn, unscented hand soap, 9-volt batteries, 30- and 55-gallon and garbage bags, Kleenex, paper towels, sponges, storage bins, Velcro, WD-40 and non-latex gloves.

Recyclable requested include:

  • Electronics
  • Batteries
  • Pens, pencils, markers
  • Cell phones and chargers
  • Ink cartridges
  • Newspapers, magazines, books
  • Glass, plastics, metals

For more information on the Altgeld Holiday Family Celebration, contact the NIU Office of Special Events at (815) 753-1999 or [email protected].