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WHEN: 1 p.m. Jan. 7
WHERE: Fermilab Natural Areas, Batavia Road entrance in Warrenville or main entry off Kirk Road and Pine Street in Batavia
COST AND INFO: Free; fermilabnaturalareas.org
ABOUT: Learn about ecology and the environment. No experience is required, but participants should dress for the weather and outdoor work. In the winter, volunteers are processing native seed mixes and removing invasive woody plants such as honeysuckle, buckthorn, autumn olive and Japanese barberry. All tools and safety equipment are provided. Simply bring a photo ID to show the Fermilab security guard at the entrance, and meet in the Lederman Science Center parking lot.
BONUS ITEM: WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT SPARKLE CONFERENCE
WHEN: 9 a.m. Jan. 6
WHERE: Le Meridien, 2100 Spring Road, Oak Brook
COST AND INFO: $199; shawurl.com/3ank
ABOUT: Ring in the New Year with a group of like-minded, positive women. Attendees should wear comfortable clothing, with yoga pants preferred. Lunch is included, along with a gift bag valued at more than $50. The first 40 to sign up receive a free boudoir or glam photo shoot valued at $600. Special guest speakers include Diane Forester, Kat Sullivan, Tamara Thompson and Ashley Budzik.