Redevelopment efforts are topic for Gary club meeting

2013-04-19T00:00:00Z Redevelopment efforts are topic for Gary club meetingBy Times Staff nwitimes.com
April 19, 2013 12:00 am  • 

GARY | The Miller Garden Club will hold its monthly meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday at the historic Aquatorium Bath House in Miller Beach’s Marquette Park, 6918 Oak Ave. A presentation will be given by Lauren Riga, director of Green Urbanism, Storm Water and Environmental Affairs for the City of Gary.

Riga will focus her remarks on the sustainability movement and redevelopment efforts underway in Gary/NWI, specific project recommendations that came from a citizen survey and how they are related to building livable communities.

Riga has an master's degree from Valparaiso University and a certificate in Environmental Affairs from Indiana University Northwest. She also serves on several government committees and has been a delegate at United Nations conferences related to water, energy, sustainable development and climate change

“Our regular monthly garden club meetings are open to the public,” said President Karin Crane. “This is a special place. Most people don’t even know about Miller Beach and certainly don’t realize that it’s a thriving community filled with beautiful homes and gardens right on Lake Michigan and next to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.”

The club works  to beautify the community, tending to gardens along the Lake Street business district and the South Shore train station. Founded in 1998, the club meets from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the third Saturday of the month, March through October. Meetings feature speakers on subjects ranging from gardening to ecology to the stewardship of our natural resources. Refreshments will be served.

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