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Lots of outdoors fun to be had in the area

2013-08-28T00:00:00Z Lots of outdoors fun to be had in the areaJennifer Pallay Times Columnist
August 28, 2013 12:00 am  • 

When you have a kid, you spend a lot of time outdoors whether you like it or not. It seems like not event bugs, heat, rain or barking dogs can deter little people from wanting to explore the outside world on a daily basis. I’m not much of an outdoors girl but thanks to my son, my arms are sporting a great tan this summer.

We are always looking for new outdoor adventures to entertain us and are lucky to have found many coming up here in Chicago’s Hegewisch neighborhood and nearby.

Bargain shopping beneath the shady trees at Mann Park sounds like a great time. A flea market will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 7 at Mann Park on Exchange Avenue, 130th Street and Carondolet Avenue in Chicago’s Hegewisch neighborhood. This is a fundraiser for the park. It costs $20 for a seller’s spot and there is a maximum of two banquet tables per space. Sellers must bring their own tables. No food or beverage vending will be allowed.

Registration is now in progress. For questions, call the park at (773) 646-0210.

For more information, visit 10th Ward Alderman John Pope’s website,

Hegewisch Little League’s Fall Ball will start Sept. 7 with most games on Saturdays. The league will partner with Whiting and games will be played at both locations. Registration is still being accepted but should be done promptly to order uniforms. Call (773) 575-9209. Coaches are also needed.

If you’re interested in protecting the environment, the Association for the Wolf Lake Initiative is sponsoring a series of public meetings to discuss stormwater discharge of petroleum waste water into Wolf Lake. Meetings are the second Saturday of each month. The association is a nonprofit organization and land trust that seeks to protect and enhance the Wolf Lake watershed. It sponsors annual events that promote the recreational and educational aspects of the watershed.

For more information, call (219) 933-7149 or (312) 220-0120.

Spend the morning outside when you bring your lawn chairs and candy bags to Calumet Memorial Park District’s Labor Day parade. The parade kicks off at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 2 and runs along Wentworth Avenue from Michigan City Road to Memorial Park.

An event for business owners will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 16 at the Chicago Ford Assembly Plant, 126th Street and Torrence Avenue in Chicago’s Hegewisch neighborhood.

This free half-day event is aimed to connect minority and women business owners, major rail suppliers, prime construction, design and engineering firms and rail industry contract and procurement executives. For event updates and registration information, visit

CREATE, a partnership between U.S. DOT, the state of Illinois, city of Chicago, Metra, Amtrak and the nation's freight railroads, is organizing the event.

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