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Two weekend-on-the-water events on tap

The City of Evanston is offering two water-themed events this weekend.

Learn the art of fishing this evening just off the shore of Lake Michigan in a catch-and-release kayak fishing program.

Evanston recreation department staff will teach cast and retrieve techniques, as well as lure/bait choice to best maximize your Great Lake fishing adventure.

The class starts at 6 p.m.at the Dempster Street Beach Office with a quick on-shore demo, followed by 90 minutes on the water.\

The city supplies all of the necessary equipment except a fishing license.

The fee for residents is $50. Bring your own kayak and pay $15 less. The class is designed for folks 14 years and older. Youths 10 to 14 can enroll if they have an adult who’ll ride in the same kayak.

For more information call 847-866-4167. To check beach weather conditions call 847-859-7822. If you can’t make it tonight, there’ll be three more sessions later in the summer.

Then on Saturday there’ll be a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the North Shore Channel from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd.

There’s be a channel trivia game at this family event as well as opportunities to make your own mini-canoe, learn basic bird identification, go on a wildlife scavenger hunt and take a short canoe ride on the Channel. (Canoe space is limited, so arrive early and sign up for a 1, 2, or 3 p.m. time slot).

Members of the City of Evanston’s Water Utility staff will be on hand with tips on how to conserve water as well as give away free reusable water bottles. For more information, call 847-448-8256. Admission is free.
 

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