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  • Aubree Reichel | The Journal Gazette Pokagon State Park near Angola is hosting a sketching program in July. Even without events, Lake James, the trails and beaches at the park provide a perfect summer outing.

Sunday, June 03, 2018 1:00 am

Calendar full of summer events

Races, interpretive programs among many offerings

AUBREE REICHEL | The Journal Gazette

In a Monty Pythonesque fashion, Indiana seemingly skipped spring and will go straight from winter to summer.

For the outdoorsy folks, it makes up for the never-ending winter, but regardless of feelings on hot- or cold-weather preferences, Mother Nature doesn't care. and events will happen regardless (unless there's lightning).


Salamonie Senior Lunch, noon Monday. The guest speaker will be Jennifer Amstutz, a seasonal naturalist, presenting about the Ouabache State Park bison. Guests should bring a side dish to share, a beverage and their own table service. A $1 donation will be accepted. For more information, call 260-468-2127.

Trek the Trails, 6 p.m. Tuesday. The 9-mile route will begin at Rockhill Park Trailhead near 1400 Catalpa St. The program continues throughout the summer with rides every Tuesday. For a full schedule, go to

21st annual Beefcake Racing Series, the three-race series kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the DeKalb High School cross country course. The remaining two races are June 11 and 18. More information and a flyer is available at

3rd annual Germanfest 5K. 7 p.m. Wednesday. The race will begin at Lawton Park and end by the Old Fort. The bib will grant free access to Germanfest at Headwaters Park. Go to for more information.

Rag Rugs, 3 p.m. Wednesday, Chain O' Lakes Stanley Schoolhouse. The 45-minute program will teach attendees how to make mini rag rugs out of old T-shirts. For more information, contact Kaitlyn Sproles at

Chain O' Lakes events, Friday. The black rat snake will be fed in the Nature Center at noon; Ricky Raccoon storytime at the schoolhouse is at 2 p.m.; Fantastic Furs at the interpretive area in the campground begins at 7 p.m.; and a Night Hike begins from the interpretive area at the campground at 9:15 p.m. For information about these events, contact Sproles.

Summer Dash 1 Miler and 1/2-mile run. 8:45 p.m. Saturday in Ligonier. The run will go up the Main Street hill and back down. For more information, go to Ligonier Track Club's page on Facebook.

38th annual JP Jones Just Plain 10K & 3.3K Run/Walk. 2 p.m. June 10 at Foster Park. All finishers receive a honey bear from JP Jones' family with a picnic following the race. Go to for more information and to sign up.

Poker Paddle at Chain O' Lakes, 10 a.m. June 16. Participants will pick cards from five stations placed around Sand Lake or on the channels to try and create the best hand possible. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. at the boat rental.

Amphibian/Reptiles at Ouabache State Park, 7 p.m. June 16. The group will meet with Teresa Rody at the Campview West Shelter in the Campground.

Cattails Beauty All Around Us at Chain O' Lakes, 2 p.m. June 23. Miami Tribal member and plant tradition bearer Dani Tippmann will focus on cattails and the plant's usage at the Stanley Schoolhouse.


Crooked Lake Freedom 5-K and 5-Mile Race, 8:30 a.m. July 4 at Steuben County 4H Park, Angola. The course circles Crooked Lake. Go to to register and for more information.

Patriotic Tie-Dye at Chain O' Lakes, 2 p.m. July 7 at the Nature Center. Patriotic dyes and rubber bands will be provided. Attendees should bring their own shirt or bandanna.

24th annual Runners on Parade 5K, 8 a.m. July 14. The fast, flat downtown course provides the perfect opportunity to PR before celebrating with the Three Rivers Festival Parade. For more information and to sign up, go to

A visit with an 18th-century fur trader, 2 p.m. July 14 at the Stanley Schoolhouse. Kevin Stonerock is an interactive theatrical performer and will teach attendees about the vital role the fur trade had in European and Native American relations.

Veterans Shooting Sports Range Day at Roush Fish & Wildlife Area. 10 a.m. July 15. The event provides veterans and their families with a safe and friendly shooting opportunity. Participants can participate in the Military Weapon Marksmanship Challenge using 1903 Springfield, M-1 and M-16 rifles. Preregistration is encouraged by calling the Veterans Service Office at 260-358-4863.

KPC Sprint Triathlon, Duathlon & 5K Trail Run, 7:30 a.m. July 21 at the Kendallville Outdoor Recreation Complex, 524 S. Allen Chapel Road, Kendallville. The sprint distance is a 500-meter lake swim, 12.75-mile bike ride and 5K trail run. Go to to register and for more information.

Drawing on the Seasons, 2 p.m. July 21 at Pokagon. Local en plein air artist Tammeron Jonesfrancis will offer resources, guidance and opportunities for all ages and skill levels to join in sketching at Pokagon. July's sketching will be at Lake Lonidaw on Trail 3. The materials are provided for free through the Indiana Arts Commission. For more information, contact Nicky Ball at

New Haven 10K, 7:30 a.m. July 28 at Jury Park & Pool, New Haven. The race begins and ends at the pool with runners and family having the opportunity for pool time after the race until 11:30 a.m. Go to for more information and to register.


11th annual United Way of Huntington County Sprint Triathlon, 7:15 a.m. Aug. 11 at Parkview Huntington Family YMCA. Swimming will take place in the YMCA's indoor pool in heats, biking and running portions will begin and end in the rear parking lot. For more information, go to

Indiana Owls, 7 p.m. Aug. 18 at Ouabache State Park. Teresa Rody will present facts about Indiana's most common owls at the Campview West Shelter. The event is free with park admission.