An adult learning community is meeting regularly to study water as a defining feature not only of local geography but also of social, economic, political, cultural, and spiritual lives. 

Evanston’s location on the south-west shore of Lake Michigan, one of the five Great Lakes in the Great Lakes Watershed, means local citizens are some of the major beneficiaries and caretakers of the largest system of freshwater on the surface of earth, said Clare Tallon Ruen, of LakeDance, who conceived the series of workshops.

“On three Saturdays this spring, from 10 a.m. to noon,  we invite you to pour yourself a cup of tea and settle in at the quaint Lagoon Building, steps from Lake Michigan, to listen to local and regional water experts, many of whom live in Evanston,” said Ms. Tallon Ruen.

The initial workshop, held on Feb. 4, was an appreciation of Lake Michigan with word and images.

The next workshop, “Advocacy: From our Neighbors to the North, Water Commons Model,” is scheduled for 10 a.m. – noon on March 4. The April 8 meeting will be devoted to “Lakefront History: Lighthouse & Wildflower Garden.” The final session, on May 6 will be “Our Town: The City Talks About Water.”

The Lagoon Building, where all workshops will be held, is at the foot of Church Street, near the boat ramp, Clark Street Beach, and the dog beach – behind the summertime Krave ice-cream stand. Parking in the Northwestern University lot just north of the lagoon building is free on weekends. The building is handicap-accessible, but anyone needing additional assistance can contact Ms. Tallon Ruen at