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FUTURE EVENTS FOR AUGUST 2017 AND BEYOND

STARVED ROCK STATE PARK, IL - September 2-4
Join us at this lovely state park in Illinois for three days of hiking over Labor Day weekend. We last visited this park in September 2008. The park is one of Illinois most visited attractions and includes more than 2,700 acres with 18 major canyons and 13 miles of hiking trails. The park is best known for its fascinating rock formations.

The Starved Rock Lodge has a full service restaurant, cafe, swimming pool, whirlpool and sauna. Learn more about the park and lodge at www.starvedrocklodge.com. Be sure to view the video under the History section. We have reserved 10 hotel rooms, 10 lodge king rooms and 5 lodge double rooms so if you need a particular room type, make your reservations early. All rooms are non-smoking and require a two night stay - Saturday 9/3 and Sunday 9/4. Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-868-7625. Tell them you are making reservations in the IHC block of rooms. Make sure you request the senior discount if you are over 60, which is 10% off Saturday and 20% off Sunday's rates. Reservations must be guaranteed by a credit card for first night's lodging and there is a 72 hour cancellation policy. Following are the prices, not including taxes: Hotel Wing (newer) w/2 Queen Beds is $145 for single/double occupancy; $155 for triple occupancy and $165 for 4 people on Saturday and $120, $130 and $140 respectively for Sunday night. Lodge Wing King Bed is $135 Saturday night and $110 for Sunday night. Lodge Wing w/ 2 full beds is $135 for single/double occupancy, $145 triple and $155 quad on Saturday and $110, $120, & $130 respectively for Sunday night. Our block of rooms will be released August 1.

Hikes are planned for Saturday at 2:30 PM CDT (3:30 PM Indy time); Sunday 9:30 AM and Monday 9:00 AM. We could also do a Sunday afternoon hike at nearby Matthiessen SP if there is interest. Check out is 11:00 CDT so Monday's hike will be the shortest hike. Mary Ann Layman is coordinating this event. Contact her at malayman@earthlink.net or 317-346-1802 home or 317-412-5190 cell for further information.

GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS - Friday, September 15

CHRISTMAS PARTY - December 3
Always a fun and well attended event, reserve the date for this year's Christmas party on Sunday afternoon. Same location in southeast Indy as the last few years.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - March 7-9, 2018
This trip is being planned in conjunction with the Philadelphia Flower Show which runs March 3-11. Join us for three days of hiking; two days at downtown Philadelphia sites and possibly one day hiking at Valley Forge. A block of twenty rooms have been reserved at the Residence Inn Marriott Center City, One East Penn Square, Philadelphia 19107. They are all studio suites: 1 queen bed + 1 sofa bed, kitchenette, breakfast is included. The rate is $169 p/day plus tax. Valet parking fee is $53.90 p/day. Another option is ABM Parking (parking lot is behind hotel) - $36 p/day, located at 1301 Market St, Philadelphia 19107. For those people making their own lodging, there are many options. Most hikes will begin at the Residence Inn Marriott which is located near a metro station. If you do make your own lodging, keep in mind that hotels are filling up quickly due to the flower show. Guests may call 800-331-3131 and reference the Indianapolis Hiking Club Room Block at the Philadelphia Center City Residence Inn by Marriott to make their reservations at the group rate. They may also book directly online with the link below: Book your group rate for Indianapolis Hiking Club. Please note that if your guests are looking to book their reservations online, if they attempt to make their reservation to check in prior to March 7th or if they choose to stay beyond March 10th, the system will respond that there are no rooms available. Leaders: Stephen Tarr (317-733-1622) and Susan Sievers (317-513-5239)