June 8, 2012 1:10PM
Updated: July 11, 2012 6:02AM
Families invited to solve caper
LOCKPORT — Celebrate Old Canal Days at the Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery by helping to solve the mystery of the Great Canal Caper from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and June 17.
Participants will aid Nancy DRAW and the ARTy Boys in uncovering clues and decoding secret messages to help solve the crime.
Each family will be given a printed guide which will lead them around the gallery to discover clues through the artworks of the Focus 4 exhibition. “Art detectives” who successfully solve the crime will be awarded a participation packet and a balloon, and their names will be entered in daily drawings for art detective kits.
The free activity is open to the public and is designed for families with children of all ages.
The gallery will be open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 16-17 during the Lockport Old Canal Days.
The current exhibition, Focus 4: Four Solo Exhibitions (through Oct. 5) features the work of four Illinois artists: Steven Robnett, Don Seiden, Mario Trejo and Rebecca Wolfram.
Fundraiser aids Tom’s Dogs
PLAINFIELD — Lifelong Plainfield resident Tom Marciniec lost his four-year battle with cancer in March 2010, but his 24 years of life have left a lasting imprint on the area.
The Thomas Marciniec Memorial Foundation is one way his name lives on to help those that continue the struggle with cancer.
The group will raise funds for one of its pet projects — Tom’s Dogs, which provides therapy dogs to brain tumor patients.
The event will be at 9 a.m. June 23 at the Settler’s Park Picnic Pavilion. There will be goody bags for the first 50 walkers, prizes for the best-dressed pet, best pet/owner look-alike, most unusual pet, and the best fundraiser.
There is also a coloring contest, which is sponsored by Southern Belle’s Pancake House.
For information, visit www.thomasm.org.