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Outdoor films are shown in Elgin on Wednesdays and Thursdays; Pollinatorpallooza at Randall Oaks Zoo celebrates pollen dispersers; historic program planned on the rise and fall of Spring Hill Mall – Chicago Tribune

Outdoor films are shown in Elgin on Wednesdays and Thursdays;  Pollinatorpallooza at Randall Oaks Zoo celebrates pollen dispersers;  historic program planned on the rise and fall of Spring Hill Mall – Chicago Tribune

Outdoor movies are shown in Elgin on Wednesdays and Thursdays

Elgin’s free outdoor film series kicks off this week with a screening of “Trolls” on Wednesday, June 19, at Festival Park, 132 S. Grove Ave., and “Zombieland” on Thursday evening, June 20, on the south lawn of The Hemmens Cultural Center, Symfonieweg 45 .

Programming starts at 6pm and the films start in the dark. There will be food trucks available.

For a list of the seven films showing in the Elgin parks this summer, visit elginil.gov/1775/Summer-Movies-in-the-Park. For information about the four screenings outside Hemmens, visit elginil.gov/2620/Movies-on-the-Lawn.

A family program on butterflies and bees will be held on August 4 at the Knoch Knolls Nature Center.

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A Pollinatorpallooza, featuring programs, games, parades and native flower seed giveaways, will be held Saturday at the Randall Oaks Zoo in West Dundee.

Pollinatorpallooza at Randall Oaks Zoo celebrates pollen dispersers

Randall Oaks Zoo in West Dundee will host its first Pollinatorpallooza on Saturday, June 22 from 9am to 5pm.

According to the zoo’s Facebook page, the event will include information about bees and other pollinators, honey tastings and pollinator games. Native wildflower seeds are distributed free of charge.

There will also be pollinator parades at 11am and 2pm, with participants making their own bee and butterfly antennas from pipe cleaners to wear during the march.

The zoo is located at 1180 N. Randall Road, West Dundee. Regular daily admission rates apply. For more information, call 847-551-4312.

Spring Hill Mall, located in both West Dundee and Carpentersville, will officially close to the public on March 22, when the Village of West Dundee completes the purchase of the property.  (Mike Danahey/The Courier-News)
A free program on “The Rise and Fall of Spring Hill Mall” will be presented Sunday by the Dundee Township Historical Society at the West Dundee VFW Post 2298. (Mike Danahey/The Courier-News)

Program on the history of the rise and fall of Spring Hill Mall planned

The Dundee Township Historical Society will present a free program on “The Rise and Fall of Spring Hill Mall” at the West Dundee VFW Post 2298, 117 S. First St. on Sunday, June 23, at 2 p.m.

The presentation will look at the five years of conflict between Carpentersville, West Dundee and the mall’s developer that ultimately led to the opening of the mall in both cities in 1980, according to the historical society’s web page. It will also chronicle the shopping centre’s boom and decline and what the future could hold for the property, most of which is now owned by West Dundee.

For more information, call 847-428-6996 or email [email protected].

Elgin Heritage Commission unveils historic interpretation board

The Elgin Heritage Commission, in partnership with the Elgin History Museum, will unveil a new historical interpretation sign outside New Hope Baptist Church, 1405 Wing St, on Sunday, June 23, at 12:30 p.m.

The sign documents the church’s beginnings as the Illinois Park Chapel, built in the 1890s, according to a news release.

The presentation will be followed by free tours of the church, which is hosted by the committee, New Hope Baptist Church Pastor Barry Jones and Elgin City Councilman Corey Dixon.

For more information, visit www.elginhistory.org, call 847-742-4248 or email [email protected].