Lake County parks welcome artists, hikers and hunters

2013-08-14T00:00:00Z Lake County parks welcome artists, hikers and huntersBy Times Staff nwitimes.com
August 14, 2013 12:00 am  • 

The Lake County Parks and Recreation Department has several special activities planned this week:

The Lake County Parks Photography Club, open to adults of all skill levels meets, at 7 p.m. today in the Visitors Center at Deep River County Park, 9410 Old Lincoln Hwy., Hobart.

This month, members are invited to show prints or digital images on the topic "Blue Light Photography."

Call (219) 942-1958 for more information.

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Deep River Artists meet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays through November to socialize, paint, draw and create together, also at Deep River County Park.

There is no charge, just bring art supplies, a sack lunch and a beverage. Tables and chairs are provided.

Artists are encouraged to display their works in the gift shop on consignment. Members' works are also featured in an annual exhibit each fall in Wood's Mill at the park.

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A Tall Grass Prairie Hike will be guided by a Lake County Parks naturalist at 9 a.m. Friday at Oak Ridge Prairie, 301 S. Colfax St., Griffith.

Appropriate for ages 18 and older, individuals (no groups) are welcome to register at (219) 844-3188. A gate fee will be charged if the gatekeeper is on duty.

Learn how preservation and restoration have worked together to make Oak Ridge Prairie a prime example of tall grass prairie flora and fauna.

Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring insect repellant. Meet in the parking lot by the kiosk.

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Lake County Parks and Recreation Department will conduct a Hunter's Education Safety Course from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Cedar Creek Family Golf Center, 10483 W.109th Ave., Cedar Lake.

Online registration is required by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Visit www.in.gov/dnr/lawenfor/4812.htm.

Registration is required, and classes fill quickly. Indiana Department of Natural Resources requires all hunters born after 1986 to take this class. All hunters, regardless of age, need this class to hunt out of state or participate in state-sponsored hunts. Participants will learn about firearms safety, survival, first-aid, wildlife identification and management, hunter responsibility and ethics. It is required that participants take all 10 hours of the class and pass a written exam. Children 12 and younger must have an adult present.

Call the DNR at (219) 879-5710 with any questions.

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