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Week-Long Autumn Expo Planned for William W. Powers State Recreation Area

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACTS:
Chris Young
217-557-1240
Week-Long Autumn Expo Planned for William W. Powers State Recreation Area
�Fall into Wolf Lake Week� includes a variety of events for all ages September 13-20
CHICAGO � A seven-day Autumn Outdoor Expo showcasing a variety of events will be held Sept. 13-20 at William W. Powers State Recreation Area, 12949 Avenue O in Chicago. Outdoor activities from family bike rides to urban gardening demonstrations will be offered by area organizations.  Events and activities will be based at the new Visitor Center and park grounds.

The Kick-Off Celebration on Saturday, Sept. 13 will be held from 10 a.m. � 2 p.m. and will feature a Family Fun Bike Ride.  Festivities conclude with a dedication of the new Visitor Center on Saturday, Sept. 20 and the unveiling of a new guidebook: �Explore the Millennium Reserve and Greater Calumet Region: A Natural and Cultural Guide to the Region from Bronzeville to the Indiana Dunes.� The guidebook is free, and a limited number of copies will be available Sept. 20. Copies also can be downloaded from www.MillenniumReserveGuide.org.

Millennium Reserve is a transforming region with thriving commerce, communities, and wildlife in the Calumet and southeast Chicago lakefront areas. The Reserve involves dozens of local partners like those involved in �Fall into Wolf Lake Week,� whose projects will help realize the region�s transformation.  Visit: http://www.millenniumreserve.org/   

�Outdoors enthusiasts have a whole week to get outside and enjoy the early fall weather while learning more about the Millennium Reserve initiative and the outdoor opportunities to be found in their own backyard,� said Illinois Department of Natural Resources Deputy Director Michael Howard. �With a great lineup of activities for people of all ages, there is literally something for everyone to enjoy.�

William W. Powers State Recreation Area was acquired by the State of Illinois in 1947 and now encompasses 580 acres, 419 of which are water.  The park is located on Wolf Lake and offers a variety of outdoors recreational opportunities.  For more information on Illinois State Parks, visit: http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/recreation.
 
Schedule of Events:

Saturday, September 13
Time: 10:00 am � 2:00 pm
Event: Fall into Wolf Lake Kickoff and Family Fun Bike Ride
Location: Visitor Center and Outlined Course
 
Sunday, September 14
Time: 10:00 am � 4:00 am
Event: Farmers Market and Urban Gardening Demonstration
Location: Visitor Center and Outlined Park Area
 
Monday, September 15
Time: 6:00 pm � 8:00 pm
Event: Wolf Lake History Night
Location: Visitor Center
 
Tuesday, September 16
Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Event: Stewardship Day
Location: Visitor Center and Outlined Park Area
 
Wednesday, September 17
Time: 6:00 PM � 8:00 pm
Event: Family Fun Movie Night
Location: Visitor Center
 
Thursday, September 18
Time: 6:00 PM � 8:00 PM
Event: CSI - Wolf Lake Ecology-Harrington College Design Photo Exhibit
Location: Visitor Center
 
Friday, September 19
Time: 5:30 pm � 6:00 pm
Event: Family Fun Walk/Run
Location: Visitor Center and Outlined Course

Saturday, September 20
Time: 10:00 � 4:00 pm
Outdoor Expo
Time: 11:30 a.m.
IDNR Ribbon Cutting and Guidebook Release
Location: Visitor Center and Outlined Park Area
 
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