Why not add a little adventure to your errands? Through September, an unusual fundraising venture has taken over Arlington, in the form of two very adorable geckos. The pair, Arthur and Artemis, are papier mache lizards turned into gecko banks, and can be found at the Cambridge Savings Bank and ArtBeat. Donate some pocket change or a few dollars, and in return you'll get a gecko game card. Then, search for hidden geckos at a number of businesses throughout Arlington (the full list can be seen on the ArtBeat website). If you spot one, you'll get another gecko game card. Players who have five different cards can redeem them at ArtBeat for a wooden gecko you can decorate. Players who collect all twelve cards will be entered in a special drawing for prizes. You can enter your decorated gecko into a contest -- the entries will be on display until September, and also featured at the annual Town Day. The adventure hopes to raise awareness for public art, and all money collected will donated to rlington Public Art (APA), which is currently raising funds for a mural at Spy Pond designed by students from Arlington High. And, adults, don't be shy -- you can search for geckos too! Daily, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Free. All ages. Locations vary; see website for complete list. www.artbeatonline.com
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Kristi Palma, Boston.com Moms producer, is the mom of a kindergartner and a preschooler. She is a writer who enjoys cooking her grandmother's Italian recipes (when her son isn't launching paper airplanes into them). Follow her on Twitter @kristipalma.