'Vacant to Vibrant' for the City of Gary

2013-04-08T13:45:00Z 'Vacant to Vibrant' for the City of GaryCorya Channing | Miller Garden Club nwitimes.com
April 08, 2013 1:45 pm  • 

GARY | On April 20, the Miller Garden Club will hold their monthly meeting at 10 a.m. followed by a presentation by Lauren Riga, Director of Green Urbanism, Storm Water and Environmental Affairs for the City of Gary, Indiana. Riga will focus her remarks on the sustainability movement and redevelopment efforts underway in Gary/NWI, specific project recommendations that came from the citizen survey and how they are related to building livable communities.

Riga has an honors M.S. from Valparaiso University and a Graduate 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,” President Karin Crane stated. “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 Miller Garden Club works tirelessly to beautify the community, tending to gardens along the Lake Street business district and the South Shore train station.

The Garden Club was founded in 1998 and meets on the third Saturday of the month, March through October, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.. The meetings are open to all and feature speakers of interest on subjects ranging from gardening to the ecology to stewardship of our natural resources. Refreshments will be served.

This meeting takes place at the historic Aquatorium Bath House in Miller Beach’s Marquette Park, 6918 Oak Ave., Gary, where visitors can see the Chicago skyline. The Aquatorium is part of the current $28-million renovation of Marquette Park.

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