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Wolf Lake Wetlands Festival – Hammond Indiana

     The 18th annual Wolf Lake Bi-State Wetlands, Wind and Water festival will be held on Memorial Weekend on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Festivities begin in the morning at the Environmental Education Center, 2405 Calumet Avenue, Hammond.
     And, from 7 a.m. to noon on Sunday May 26th, 2019 at the William Powers State Fish & Wildlife Area, Shelter #2, Avenue O & 126th Place, Chicago.

       The fishing clinic, with instructors Joe Kruczek, Jim Buiter and other members of the Izaak Walton League. The Clinic begins at 10 a.m. at Wolf Lake’s old beach area in Hammond. Accordingly, Vanessa Villarreal of the US Army Corps of Engineers will provide information on water safety.
       Activities move outdoors to the old beach with canoeing and fishing events and a hike to view spring flowers.

     At 11:30 a.m., Joan Crist, coach of the Calumet College (CCSJ) rowing crew, will give a rowing demonstration. She is associate professor of theology at the school.

     The morning session of AWLI’s festival begins at 9 a.m. with the honoring of poster winners at the Environmental Education Center. At 10 a.m., a hike led by Dr. Young Choi  leaves to view migrating birds and spring wildflowers along the lake’s north shoreline.

     A presentation on Two Decades of AWLI by Michael Boos begins at 10 a.m. Lunch for participants will follow.
     Saturday, Afternoon activities begin at 1 p.m. with kite flying at William W. Powers State Recreation Area, 12949 S. Avenue O, Chicago. It will be held near the Visitors Center.

     Finally, Michael Boos will give a presentation on Two Decades of AWLI. At 2 p.m, there will be a a nature hike to view spring wildflowers

      Sunday begins at 7 a.m on the Chicago side of Wolf Lake with a Sunrise Worship service. Moreover, the service includes an ecumenical choir directed by Mary Kuzniar and a color guard formed by Cub Scout Pack 733 of Annunciata Church.
Breakfast for participants follows.
     A brief history of Wolf Lake by Michael Boos of AWLI. Lastly, he will lead a bike ride through the Wolf Lake watershed to conclude the festival.
     AWLI is a bi-state, not-for-profit organization and land trust seeking to improve and protect the Wolf Lake watershed.

     For updates, call 312 220-0120 or 219 933-7149 or e-mail: mailto:michael@wolflakeinitiative.org. More info and exact times and schedule can be found at http://www.wolflakeinitiative.org/

(Sponsored by the Association for the Wolf Lake Initiative in collaboration with Chicago’s 10th Ward Office, Lake County Solid Waste Management District, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, American Legion Illiana Post 220, Hegewisch and Vodak/East Side branches of the Chicago Public Library)

Sue Baxter