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On June 15, the Hamilton County Parks Department will host PolkaBoy in concert at the kick-off of the 2012 Cool Creek Concert Series at the park, 2000 E. 151st St. in Carmel/Westfield.

Bring the family to enjoy their traditional polka sound and clever arrangements of pop standards like "I Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You" and many others. Make plans to join in the fun and good times on select Fridays throughout June and July as other great musical artists take the stage including ESB, The Hillbenders, The Late Show and Zanna Doo.

Gates open at 6 p.m.; concerts start at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 for adult and free for children under 12

Schedule Lineup:

June 15th: PolkaBoy

June 22nd: ESB

June 29th: The Hillbenders

July 13th: The Late Show

July 20th: Zanna-Doo

More details at

Morse Beach opens this Weekend

Morse Beach, 19777 Morse Park Lane, opens this weekend with daily hours 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Aug. 5. After that the beach will be open weekends only. The season closes Sept. 3.

Admission is $2 for adults (Hamilton County resident); $1.50 for ages 3-17 (Hamilton County resident); ages 2 and under are free.

Free public swim is 4 to 6 p.m. Weekdays.

Season Passes are $100 for summer pass family of 4 and $10 up to 2 additional members

Beach Bash

Beaches, sunbathing and fun are the perfect combination for summertime and the annual Beach Bash is a fun way to enjoy summer. Activities include great music, games and tons of fun in the sun.

This year's bashes are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 13 and July 18.

The event is free - but limited to the first 200 to arrive.

Family Fun Times at White River Campground

Join in at White River Campground for Family Fun Times when once a month, park staff will entertain you and your family. A variety of entertainment will be offered throughout the season to make your stay more enjoyable. Be sure to check out the SKP (Strawtown Koteewi Park), TCNH (Taylor Center of Natural History) and PBP (Potter's Bridge Park) sections in this leisure guide to learn more about other nearby park programs and events that provide entertainment for the whole family.

For specific details regarding this season's upcoming events, call 984-2705.

This Saturday will campers can party with DJ Sunny Moon

Cool Creek Campfires

Join friends around the Cool Creek campfire ring for songs, presentations, and marshmallows. Cindy Baney, music educator with Moriah Music, will start the evening off with music. Special speakers will then entertain guests each week with topics about snakes, birds, turtles, and more.

Hang out with your family and friends during these special Wednesday evenings and don't forget to bring your lawn chairs or blankets.

Campfires are held on the north side of the park, are free to attend and start at 7 p.m. June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25 and Aug. 1.

Special nights include:

Where the Wild Things Are / June 6

ANIMALIA will be making their debut appearance at the campfire series. Learn about a variety of animals and where they live and make their homes in their natural habitats.

Birds of Prey / June 13

Take Flight Wildlife Education's Mark Booth will be bringing several birds of prey to share with the audience. Hawks, owls, and kestrels are just a few of the amazing birds that prey on small animals and examples of what Booth will have for the audience

The Dino Show / June 20

Amazon John of Silly Safaris says he can show you a living dinosaur! Do you believe him? You won't want to miss his hilarious program.

Snakes Alive with Snakehead Ed / June 27

Ed will be bringing lots of snakes to show the audience.He will dispel many of the myths people have about these fascinating creatures.

Adaptations Abounding / July 11

Welcome ANIMALIA again as we see the strange ways that animals have physically adapted to their environment to find food, protect themselves, hunt and to attract a mate.

Amazing World of Animals / July 18

Animals from all over the world will be at our campfire ring. Larry Battson, wildlife educator and handler, will talk to us about animal lives, conservation, and more.

Nocturnal Creatures with Indiana WILD / July 25

Beth Wood with Indiana WILD will be joining us to talk about nocturnal animals and bringing a live bat. Come learn about what these critters are up to during the nighttime hours.

Really Dangerous Animals / August 1

Amazon John with Silly Safaris is back to close our Campfires with some really dangerous animals. Be sure to make it this exhilarating show.

Pajama Rama

Put on your cutest pair of pajamas, grab your favorite teddy bear, pack up an old blanket, and join us for Pajama-Rama, Families looking for a fun program to enjoy with their toddlers and preschoolers will love the Music Educator from Moriah Music who will lead us in songs and stories about some of our favorite animals.

Pajama Rama is 7 to 8 p.m. June 1 at Cool Creek Nature Center. The program is best for families with children ages 1-7

Pre-register at 774-2500 or

National Trails Day

Bring your bicycle and join the park staff for a leisurely ride on the "North Loop" at Strawtown Koteewi Park for National Trails Day, 10 a.m. to noon June 2. The Loop is approximately 2 miles long and is a flat, easy ride perfect for beginners. This is a fun, healthy way to see the park.

Ride leaders will make stops as they ride to admire the prairie and other natural features. A water bottle and sunscreen are highly recommended. You must provide your own bike.

Group will meet in the Taylor Center of Natural History parking lot., 12308 E. Strawtown Ave. in Noblesville.

Rookery Preserve Program

Join a Naturalist on site at the newest Hamilton County Park which hosts the largest Great Blue Heron rookery in Hamilton County at 11 a.m. June 16, at the Rookery Preserve, 25440 Scherer Ave. in Arcadia. Group will meet and stay at the observation deck and discuss details about the park. Participants will spend the majority of the time watching and talking about the Great Blue Herons who should be busily tending their nests.

Attendees are encouraged to bring binoculars, spotting scopes, and photography equipment if you'd like. Some equipment will be available to borrow.

Pre-registration requested at 774-2500 or

Turtle Tales Program

Join park interpretive staff as they look at turtle shell artifacts and learn Native American mythology at 11 a.m. June 15 at Strawtown Koteewi Park. Meet the department's resident box turtle and explore a turtle habitat. The program includes a turtle inspired craft..

Pre-registration required at 984-5556 or

Bird Banding Demonstration

Join Dr. Ronald Weiss, Assistant Professor of Biology in the School of Mathematics and Science at Marian University and Executive Director of the Chipper Woods Bird Observatory of Indianapolis, from 1 to 3 p.m. June 16 at Cool Creek Nature Center, for a fascinating journey into the world of wild birds. Learn techniques that field scientists use to safely capture, handle, and release wild birds, as well as how to examine them. Scientists around the world employ these techniques to generate useful data for conservation.

All birds are safely captured, banded, and released unharmed.

The program is best for school aged children and adults.

Star and Satellite Tour

Join Dr. Ronald Weiss, Assistant Professor of Biology in the School of Mathematics and Science at Marian University, for an evening of star and satellite gazing at 9:15 p.m. June 16 at Strawtown Koteewi Park. Amateur astronomer Dan Malone of the Wabash Valley Astronomical Society will be assisting Weiss as the group learns about and attempts to view the stars, planets, constellations, satellites, and deep sky objects that are visible each month.

In the event that the sky is cloudy, an indoor astronomy program is planned. Program attendees are welcome to bring your own telescope or binoculars, but organizers ask that pets be left at home. This program will meet near the Taylor Center of Natural History.

Program is best for adults and families with school aged children

Naturalist-led tour at

Children's Garden

Take a tour of the Children's Garden located at Coxhall Gardens, 2000 W. 116th St. in Carmel, at 11 a.m. June 21, with a Naturalist and discover the inspiration behind this magical little spot. All sorts of ideas went into designing this play area and the Naturalist will let you in on the story as they walk around and "play" in the area. This program will meet at the entrance of the Children's Garden.

Program is best for parents and their children.

Morse Park Triathlon

This annual event attracts some of the area's most competitive athletes to Morse Park and Beach. This year the triathlon starts at 8 a.m. June 19 and is open tho those age 13 and up.

Cost is $50. For details call 317-733-3300 or visit