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June 18, 2013

Last Call for Naveen's Cuisine Fundraiser Tickets!
Third Thursday Moves to June 27
Community Yard Sale July 13
Do a Little Good in the 'Hood!

Last Call for Naveen's Cuisine Fundraiser Tickets!

Only 50 spots are available for what promises to be a fabulous evening of food and fun...and they're going FAST! Don't miss out!  Click here to get your tickets today!

IMAGE: Naveen's Fundraiser

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Third Thursday Moves to June 27
Please note that this month's regularly scheduled Third Thursday at Maplewood Park is being pushed back one week to accommodate the Lucy Flower Fundraiser at Naveen's Cuisine on June 20. So mark your calendars and join us NEXT Thursday, June 27 @ 6 pm for another great neighborhood get-together!

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Community Yard Sale July 13

IMAGE: West Bucktown Yard SaleThe Maplewood and Lucy Flower Park Advisory Council (MLFPAC) will hold its annual West Bucktown Community Yard Sale at Maplewood Park on Saturday, July 13 from 9 am to 3 pm, rain or shine!. This is your chance to clear out the basement or garage and put some extra money in your wallet! You can rent a 10' x 10' spot for only $25, due in cash the day of the event. Set up begins at 8 am, and you'll need to bring your own table and chairs. Email to reserve your space today. 
This year, the WBNA is going to rent a spot at the Yard Sale, and we're looking for donations from the community to sell. If you've got a couple of items you wouldn't mind parting with, but you don't have the time or energy to man a table yourself, let us take care of it for you! All proceeds will be funneled back into the community to fund future WBNA events and initiatives. Email us at and we'll make arrangements to pick up your items from you.
Don't have anything to sell? Then simply make it a point to stop by for a little shopping and to hang out with your neighbors!

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Do a Little Good in the ‘Hood!

Take a walk through West Bucktown and you'll see a fabulous mix of landscapes and gardens. There's clearly no cookie-cutter approach to gardening in our little neck of the woods, and that's a big part of what makes this community so diverse and wonderful. 
IMAGE: Parkway TransformationEveryone wants to live in a neighborhood that looks neat and well cared for, which is why we’re asking everyone to take a few moments to survey their block and identify any areas that could use a little extra TLC. There’s nothing like “neighbor helping neighbor” to help build a sense of camaraderie and pride in our community.
To get you started, here are a few cheap-but-chic ways you can spruce up a parkway, vacant lot, or forlorn little plot on your block:
  • Don't stop at your property line! If you already have the lawnmower out, it only takes an extra 5 minutes to mow your neighbor's parkway or front lawn, too. Elderly residents in particular will appreciate the gesture! If there's a problem property on your block that you can't resolve on your own, you can always call the 1st Ward office at (773) 278-0101 — they'll help track down absentee landlords and remind them of their responsibility to maintain the parkway in front of their property.
  • Plant some seeds! If grass isn't your thing, you can spend $3 on seeds at the local garden center and plant a few perennials (think "permanent") that will come back every year. We also have hearty perennials available for FREE that have been thinned from neighbors' gardens….email us at if you'd like to get your hands on some.
  • Go wild! Vacant lots and parkways don't have to be an eyesore of overgrown grass and weeds — turn them into fields of blooming color with a handful of wildflower seeds. 
  • Get creative! Look around at what your neighbors have planted and try to work within their color palate, share some plants, or extend a plot to meet another one (particularly on the parkways). You’d be amazed at what a difference a little time and love can make! 

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