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Outdoors Glance: Oct. 11, 2018

October 12, 2018

Sleepy Hollow

“A Night in Sleepy Hollow,” presented by the Bourbonnais Township Park District and Acting Out Theatre Co., is scheduled for this Friday and Saturday and Oct. 19 and 20 at Perry Farm Park, off Kennedy Drive at Bradley.

Admission is free. Free village activities include egg hunts, campfires and photo ops around the village.

Games and activities require tickets, which will be on sale at events for $1, with value packs on sale through Friday during normal hours at the Perry Farm House, the Exploration Station and the Recreation Station — 25 tickets for $20 and good for village activities, including haunted trail hayrides — a mile-long ride featuring frights and awful sights from 8 to 11 p.m.

Also offered are family-friendly hay rides, harvest maze, Sleepy Hollow re-enactment play and much more.

More information is available online at btpd.org.

Haunted Planetarium

If goblins in the solar system and fireballs in the night skies aren’t creepy enough, the Haunted Planetarium is back.

A community favorite returns to the planetarium this month, with showings of “The Ooky Spooky Light Show” every Saturday at 6, 7 and 8 p.m.

“This is a thrilling light show that features fun and spooky visualizations on the dome to accompany your favorite Halloween-themed music,” Strickler director Steve Case said.

The show is suitable for all ages, runs 25 minutes and is $2 per person. Children in costume will be admitted for $1.

“We’re especially excited to be hosting the Bourbonnais premier of this show, as it was created by an Olivet alumnus — science education major Buddy Stark, who is now the director of the Longway Planetarium in Flint, Mich.,” Case said.

Birds of the night

Tara Beveroth, avian ecologist with the Illinois Natural History, will present a program on “Cryptic Birds of the Night’’ at the next Green Drinks Kankakee meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Bourbonnais Township Park District’s Willowhaven Park and Nature Center.

The public meeting was proposed by Willowhaven director Nocole Jenkins.

Beveroth will focus on some of Illinois’ nocturnal birds, their importance and the challenges to monitoring trends in their populations. She works for the state’s critical trends assessment program. She also coordinates the statewide spring bird count and the Monitoring of Owls and Nightjars program.

Willowhaven is at 1451 N. 4000E Road (Skyline Road) east of Kankakee and north of Grinnell Road.

The free, public meeting starts with networking at 6 p.m., with the program to begin at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call Julie Larsen at 708-828-4325.

Trout fishing

Fishing for stocked rainbow trout starts Oct. 20 at Bird Park quarry in Kankakee, Rock Creek in Kankakee River State Park and 57 other locations in Illinois where trout have been stocked this fall.

Catch and release fly fishing for trout started in Rock Creek on Oct. 6. No trout can be taken from any of the stocked sites before Oct. 20, after which anglers can keep five trout per day each.

For more information on trout seasons and other Illinois fishing opportunities, check the website at ifishillinois.org.

Wildflower hike

A wildflower hike celebrating A Year of Grace — Part III will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at The Nature Conservancy’s Kankakee Sands area between Lake Village and Morocco, Ind., along U.S. Route 41.

The hike will be the last this year along the Grace Teninga Discovery Trail. Volunteers Tom and Susan Vanes will lead the dune trail hike to observe how plans have changed since earlier outings.

Meet at the Grace Teninga Discovery Trail parking on Newton County Road 600 North, off U.S. Route 41, located on CR 600 North, a half mile east of the intersection of CR 600 North and 200 West, Lake Village Road. Contact Tom and Susan at vanes720@yahoo.com for more information.

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