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FLG 2011 CALENDAR

January 10
Board Mtng.

March 5
16th Annual Quiet Water Symposium, MSU Pavilion: FLG Booth

March
Impromptu river kayak floats

March 8
Board Mtng.

April & May Weekends
Install Bridge Signs

May 14
FLG Spring Float on the "lower third" of The Looking Glass River: Drop your kayaks/canoes/airboats @ Watertown Twp's Heritage Park launch, behind the township office bldg in beautiful downtown Wacousta (12803 S. Wacousta Rd., Grand Ledge MI 48837, for your Google Earth nuts). Or, www.mapquest.com/?le=t&hk=10-8s6JmfTI&vs=h Use the zoom feature sparingly – it's not an Xbox. When you arrive in Wacousta, no jay-walking. Park gate opens @ 8am. Then head west to spot your cars/SUVs/Winnebagos @ Community Lake Park
www.portland-michigan.org/Maps/Trail%20Map%20Sept%202010.JPG
in Portland, the "City of Two Rivers". Located just north of the east Portland exit of I-96. (Name both rivers and your name goes in a previously owned Tilley for a free macaroon cookie drawing.) Then high-tail it (or drive) back to Heritage Park for an 9:30am launch. Given the half-fast water, expect an approx 4 – 4.5 hr trip. If you prefer a shorter float, dust off your Looking Glass RiverTrail Guide (see insert on our home page), go to your connecting bridge of choice and when the FLG flotilla passes, jump in the river. BYOLB (bring your own lunch buddy) for a shore lunch halfway, your PFD, your camera, your water-skiing squirrel and your sense of adventure! No charge, no checks, no stamps. Open to the public / invite your friends. Mild rain or shine. In case of very inclement weather (hail, snow, tornado, locust pestilence, flocks of flying Asian carp, flotilla of lost Bin Laden groupies, etc.), the alternate date is the following Sat., May 21. See you and your Friends there!

PS: When you land and load in Portland, take a few minutes to drive to the west side of town (don't blink) to Thompson Field (see the above link again and vow to work on those detail retention skills), home of the very impressive Verlen Kruger Memorial. Even if you've been living in a cave, you'll be very, very impressed. Take a look around town and visit a Portland business or two. Tell them who you are and what you're doing there. Say hello from the Friends of the Looking Glass. It's a very neat town. Just ask Lt. Governor Calley.

May 21
Alt. Date (inclement weather, etc.), for Spring Float. 

August 19 – 21
Portland River Fest 2011, Portland MI:  FLG Booth, kid kayak races, educational program: aquatic bug collecting, etc.

September 16
Board Mtng.

September 24
LogJamBee
The Friends of the Looking Glass (FLG) are in need of a couple dozen volunteer lumberjacks and wannabees for LogJamBee 2011. Meet @ 8:30am  Sat. 9.24.11 @ DeWitt's McGuire Park @ 1001 W. Main St. , on the west side of the fire station.

October 8
Fall Float: Babcock Landing (6 miles N. of East Lansing on Babcock Rd), downstream to DeWitt' Riverside Park. Have car spotted and ready to launch @ Babcock @ 10:30am. 3-3.5hr float. Bring lunch or walk 1-2 blocks and lunch at any of DeWitt's fine eateries.

November 17
MUSSELS IN OUR RIVER?
Fresh water mussels. What do they look like? Where do they live? Why are they important?

Presentation on: Biodiversity of the Looking Glass River

Peter J. Badra
Aquatic Ecology Scientist
Michigan Natural Features Inventory
MSU Extension

When: Thursday November 17, 2011 at 7:00 P.M.
Where: DeWitt Junior High School
Media Center/Library
2957 W. Herbison Road

Free admission – Rated "GFE" (Great Family Entertainment)
Sponsored by: Friends of the Looking Glass River