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Children will have chance hold live bugs ganew appreciaticreepy crawlies when Tony GustakThe Bug Whisperer visits Indian Trails Public Library

Children will have a chance to hold live bugs and gain a new appreciation of the creepy crawlies when the Tony Gustin, aka The Bug Whisperer, visits the Indian Trails Public Library in Wheeling Sept. 8.

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Updated: October 31, 2012 1:15AM

You can learn a lot from a little bug. That’s the contention of Tony Gustin, aka The Bug Whisperer.

Gustin plans to change minds about those creatures when he brings his Creepy Crawly Zoo to Indian Trails Public Library, 355 S. Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling, 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 8. Registration is required.

“I’m actually kind of a children’s entertainer,” Gustin admitted. “The point is to get them very excited and then bring out live animals that they get to hold.”

However, Gustin insisted that his show is “not about the bugs. It’s more about a respect for life. I take animals that these kids would have normally stepped on and squished without a second thought and turn this into something where they are now responsible for the safety and welfare of these animals.”

He hopes kids will learn from this, “to question what they don’t understand rather than treat things with fear and malice.”

For details, call (847) 459-4100 or visit

Armed — but not dangerous

Re-enactors will tell the history of Taylor’s Battery, a Civil War light artillery unit, 1 to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1 outside the Vernon Area Public Library, 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire. They will also discuss the use of the 10 pound Parrott Rifle, a cannon which will be on display until 3:30 p.m.

For details, call (224) 543-1485 or visit

‘Grammer’ lessons

There are important messages in Red Grammer’s original songs and he delivers them in a creative way. Grammer will perform at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1 at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. His lyrics emphasize the importance of caring, excellence and diversity. Tickets are $18, $15 for ages 12 and younger.

For details, call (847) 577-2121 or visit

Group project

You and your children can explore your creativity together at Family Drop-In Craft, 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 1 at Fremont Public Library, 1170 N. Midlothian Road, Mundelein. A variety of materials will be available at the library’s craft tables.

For details, call (847) 566-8702 or visit

Changed Neighborhood

Your kids will love seeing what’s new at the Children’s Neighborhood Museum’s Grand Re-Opening Party, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 8 at 814 Hart Road, Round Lake. Refreshments will be served and there will be free raffles. Special membership discounts will be offered that day.

For details, call (847) 546-8558 or visit

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