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There’s so much to do in our region! Here’s a look at upcoming lectures and educational enrichment.

Explore Historic Auto Attractions, in Roscoe, Ill., and find more than 75 historic automobiles and related artifacts, including items related to President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. (Karla Nagy photos)

Explore Historic Auto Attractions, in Roscoe, Ill., and find more than 75 historic automobiles and related artifacts, including items related to President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. (Karla Nagy photos)

June

Savage Ancient Seas!
Through Sept. 7. Explore the world of the Cretaceous period, filled with huge sea turtles, flying reptiles and flesh-eating fish. Burpee Museum of Natural History, 737 N. Main St., Rockford, (815) 965-3433, burpee.org.

Historic Auto Attractions
Through Sept. 7, Tue.-Sat. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. See more than 75 historic autos, including the world’s largest collection of world leaders’ limousines and movie cars such as the Batmobile. $13/$8 students/$25 season pass. 13825 Metric Road, Roscoe, Ill., (815) 389-7917, historicautoattractions.com.

Laurent House Tours
Through Sept. 20, first and third full weekends of each month, Sat.-Sun. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. See Frank Lloyd Wright’s “little gem in Rockford.” Tours begin at the top of the hour, with last tour leaving at 3 p.m. $15. Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Road, Rockford, (815) 877-2952, laurenthouse.com.

Janesville Walking Tours
Through Oct., Sat. 9 a.m. Sixty-minute tours of Janesville’s neighborhoods and downtown. Starting points vary. Rock County Historical Society, 426 N. Jackson St., Janesville. Info: Nathan Fuller, (608) 756-4509 ext. 304, rchs.us.

Banwarth Home Tour
June 6, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Enjoy a guided tour of the Banwarth family home and experience what everyday life was like during America’s centennial year. $5. 408 E. Sycamore St., Elizabeth, Ill., (815) 858-2014, banwarthmuseum.com.

Animal Adventures
June 10, 1-4 p.m. Help to feed and care for animals; explore specimens from the museum’s biology collection; learn about animals in the Permanent Collection. Ages 9 and up. Registration and pre-payment req. $24/$18 members. Burpee Museum, Rockford, (815) 965-3433, burpee.org.

Swinging for the Arts Golf Open
June 12, 12:30 p.m. A benefit for The Next Picture Show. Timber Creek Golf Club, 729 Timber Creek Road, Dixon, Ill., (815) 288-5110, thenextpictureshow.com.

22nd Annual Historic Cemetery Walk
June 13-14, 2-4 p.m. Guided walking tour where costumed re-enactors bring to life some of Galena’s interesting residents. Indoor performance at Grace Episcopal Church in Galena on June 20, 8 p.m. $15. Galena-Jo Daviess Historical Society, (815) 777-9129, galenahistory.org.

A Walk in the Wild Side
June 17-18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Take a natural history walk through Black Hawk State Historic Site. Learn about native Illinois animals and how Native Americans used plants. 1510 46th Ave., Rock Island, (309) 788-0177, blackhawkpark.org.

Mornings at the Museum
June 18-22, 9 a.m.-noon. Camp for kids interested in nature. Hands-on activities, stories, games and take-home projects. Ages 4-6. Registration and pre-payment req. $18/$15 members. Burpee Museum, Rockford, (815) 965-3433, burpee.org.

A Horticulture Perspective at Anderson Japanese Gardens
June 18, 5:30 & 6:45 p.m. Guided tour showcasing plants and light, soil and space requirements. $5 non-members/free for members. Anderson Japanese Gardens, 318 Spring Creek Road, Rockford, (815) 316-3307, andersongardens.org.

Crayfish Dissection
June 18, 7 p.m. Dissect something you’d normally eat and learn about what makes an arthropod unique. $18/$12 members. Midwest Museum of Natural History, 425 W. State St., Sycamore, (815) 895-9777, mmnh.org.

Swedish Midsommer Festivities
June 20, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Celebrate Rockford’s Swedish heritage and learn maypole dances. Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Road, Rockford, (815) 397-9112, midwayvillage.com.

Rockin’ for the Reptiles
June 27, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Food tents, games, crafts, live music and live reptiles. Proceeds support museum’s live animal collection. $6. Midwest Museum of Natural History, Sycamore, (815) 895-9777, mmnh.org.

Hands-On Victorian Crafts
June 28, noon-4 p.m. Meet costumed re-enactors in the Victorian Village and complete 1800s-era craft projects. $8/$5 ages 3-17. Midway Village Museum, Rockford, (815) 397-9112, midwayvillage.com.

July

Young Rembrandts
July 3, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Learn about and improve drawing skills and art techniques while expressing creativity in a positive environment. Register for 7-week session. Ages 7-14. Anderson Japanese Gardens, Rockford, (815) 316-3307, andersongardens.org.

All About Arthropods
July 9, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Students will interact with three live arthropods and see what can be found in the museum’s garden. Ages 7 and up. Midwest Museum of Natural History, Sycamore, (815) 895-9777, mmnh.org.

Family Friday Journey to Mars
July 17, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Become part of the engineering team that designs the wheels for a Mars Rover. Sample astronaut food, attend planetarium show, view NASA presentation, more. $8/free for members. Discovery Center Museum, 711 N. Main St., Rockford, (815) 963-6769, discoverycentermuseum.org.

German Printmaking
July 18, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Create your own work of art using linoleum carving techniques and a Civil War-era press. Explore how German ancestors settled in Rockford. Midway Village Museum, Rockford, (815) 397-9112, midwayvillage.com.

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