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October 3, 2012

Dog Park Meeting TONIGHT
Beer Tasting to Benefit Lucy Flower
Fall Planting Day Saturday
1st Ward School Expo

Dog Park Meeting TONIGHT
IMAGE: Dogs on sliding boardJust a reminder that he Maplewood and Lucy Flower Parks Advisory Council has organized a meeting with representatives from the Chicago Park District to review the city’s requirements for establishing a Dog Friendly Area (DFA) in our community.  Please join us TONIGHT, Wednesday, October 3 at 6:00 pm at the Maplewood Park Fieldhouse. This is your opportunity to hear firsthand what we can and can’t do about bringing a DFA to West Bucktown.
The Park District has established detailed guidelines to help communities organize, plan, fundraise, construct, and maintain a dog park.  It’s understandably a big commitment, but one that has potential to add real value to our neighborhood if we can gather together enough people with the time and energy to devote to the cause.
If you are unable to attend this meeting but would like to be included in any further dog park discussions, please email  

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Beer Tasting to Benefit Lucy Flower
IMAGE: Craft beerDid you know that the course of American history has been altered by — of all things — beer?  That's right. Without beer, the United States Constitution as we know it today would not have been written. The American Revolution would not have occurred. Even Benjamin Franklin has professed that "beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."

To honor the great tradition of beer drinking, the 1st Ward First Independent Democratic Organization is sponsoring an October Fest beer-tasting event on Thursday, October 18 from 6:30 - 9:00 pm at Revolution Brewing, 2323 N. Milwaukee. The event will feature local brews from the 1st Ward and surrounding areas, and a large portion of the proceeds have been earmarked for our very own Lucy Flower Park renovation project.  

So...bottoms up! We hope you'll join us for what promises to be a fun evening of eating, drinking, making merry, and engaging in  spirited debate with neighbors and friends over which brew is best. Tickets are $40 in advance ($45 at the door) and include 5 beer vouchers and appetizers. But best of all, you'll enjoy that warm and fuzzy feeling that comes not only from drinking beer, but also supporting your local neighborhood park.

Click here to purchase your tickets online today!  

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Fall Planting Day Saturday
IMAGE: Fall plantingPlease join us at Lucy Flower Park this Saturday, October 6 at 9:00 am to help get our little playlot ready for the colder weather that's coming our way. We need folks to help us plant, mulch, dig, haul, install, repair -- you name it, there's plenty to do. So grab a neighbor and bring the kids -- together we'll make short work of the tasks at hand!
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1st Ward School Expo
IMAGE: School Expo Flyer

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