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The Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens, 7402 Lake Katherine Dr., Palos Heights, will host the following events in August:

Adult Education Series: Native Grass ID, Saturday, August 14, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Hike around the meadows and woods of Lake Katherine with a naturalist.

The cost is $ 10 per person. Register before Friday, August 13 at 5 p.m.

Family fishing day, Saturday, August 21, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Fishing and fun for the whole family. This is a catch-and-release event.

Registrations are underway and people on foot are welcome.

For more information or to register, call (708) 361-1873 or visit the website at

The Wiffle Ball World Championship takes place Saturday and Sunday, August 14 and 15, at 9 a.m., at Memorial Park, 145th Street and Homan Avenue, in Midlothian.

Each team will compete with plastic sticks and Wiffle balls on miniature pitches and compete in four round robin matches on August 14. Qualifying teams will compete in a knockout tournament on August 15.

Profits will be donated to the South Suburban Humane Society of Chicago Heights.

For more information, send an email to michaelbaniak @

The Blue Island Library, 2433 York St., will host Paper Craft 3D Model Templates on August 18 at 6:30 p.m.

Create 3D paper models featuring Pokémon and animals. There will be a new trade every two weeks.

Summer bookmarks, Saturday, August 21, 2 p.m.

Use pressed flowers to create a beautiful summer bookmark with Ms. Jamie.

The Brookfield Zoo, 8400 W. 31st St., in Brookfield, will host the following events:

Dinos everywhere, until September 6.

Visitors will be able to see their favorite animatronic dinosaurs, search for replica artifacts in the dinosaur dig boxes, and go on a dinosaur hunt to find the 12 miniature brachiosaurs named Benita along the dinosaur trail.

The exhibit was created by Don Lessum, advisor to the film “Jurassic Park”, and is on loan from Dino Don, Inc. and the Wildlife Conservation Society. Dinos Everywhere is free with entry to the zoo.

First Responders Day, Sunday August 15.

Show your appreciation for local, county, and state law enforcement at a welcome meeting from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Representatives from Chicago and the surrounding suburbs as well as K9 agents will be stationed around the Roosevelt Fountain and the plaza south of the carousel to interact with guests.

For more information visit