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FUTURE EVENTS FOR APRIL 2018 AND BEYOND

WILDFLOWER HIKES - Tuesdays in April
As she does every year, Mary Ann Layman will lead 4-5 mile wildflower hikes each Tuesday in April. The hikes will start in the early afternoon to give the flowers a chance to open up. Each week will be at a different location selected for its diversity of wildflowers and you will see different species as the month progresses. These hikes, several of which will include lunch suggestions before the hike, are very popular and informative. Indiana's woods are uniquely beautiful when the spring wildflowers are in bloom, which regrettably lasts only a few weeks.

21st ANNUAL SMOKY MOUNTAINS LONG WEEKEND - April 12-14
Mark your calendar for the annual Club trip to Smoky Mountains National Park. Make your room reservations in Gatlinburg, TN. Some suggestions are Riverhouse at the Park (865-436-2070), Bearskin Lodge on the River (across the street from Riverhouse) (865-430-4330) and Carr's Cottages & Motel (865-436-4836). Jim Shoufler and John Schlecte will lead AM and PM moderate hikes and Jeff Edmondson will lead more challenging all day hikes. Contact Jim Shoufler at 317-697-0744 if you have any questions.

NO FRILLS HALF MARATHON - April 21
The 2nd Annual No Frills Half Marathon (no frills, no tee shirts, no drinks, no police escort, but also no cost) to be held on Saturday, April 21st. See April schedule for details. Contact Tish Brafford if you want to know more at tish34@comcast.net or 317-531-6700 cell.

C&O CANAL ONE DAY HIKE - April 21
Although it requires a lot of conditioning, please consider joining Theresa for the mid-Atlantic region's oldest long-distance day hike - 100K (62.14 miles with shorter options) from Washington DC to Harpers Ferry, WV. The hike is an annual event sponsored by the DC Sierra Club. Check www.onedayhike.org for details on registration, lodging, etc. Registration opens around February 1 and fills very quickly (last year's race filled within 1 hour). Registration must be handled individually; there is no option for a "group registration". Theresa Ray will be coordinating our participation again this year. Contact her at tmrquincy@yahoo.com or by phone at 317-627-1205.

500 FESTIVAL MINI-MARATHON - May 5
Join one of the country's largest half marathons, usually well attended by Club members. Train for the mini on our hikes and get in shape for the summer. Register at www.500festival.com. Look for more details in the April/May schedule.

YORKSHIRE DALES NATIONAL PARK IN NORTH ENGLAND - September 15-22
At the present time this trip is full, but if you think you might still be interested please email Mervyn Cohen at mecohen@iu.edu. We will add your name to a waiting list. Accordingly, this is the last time this trip will appear in Future Events.

LAS VEGAS, NV - late October, 2018
We are planning a 3-4 day hiking trip to Las Vegas, NV, which will include hiking at several scenic locations near the city and an evening hike along the famous strip to see the light displays and fountains. Look for specifics, including dates, planned hikes, travel suggestions and hotel recommendations in the April/May schedule. Leader: Sandy Turner (317-437-4770)