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January 5, 2012

Beat the Post-Holiday Blues with Us!
Make a Real Difference in a Child's Life
Park It!
¿Quieres Aprender Español?

Beat the Post-Holiday Blues with Us!

IMAGE: Post-Holiday Blues Invitation

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Make a Real Difference in a Child's Life
IMAGE: Holding handsFor the past several weeks, we've been talking about the valuable services provided by the Maryville Crisis Nursery, a Chicago-area nonprofit that offers free emergency childcare to families under extreme stress from domestic violence, homelessness, medical emergencies, etc. There are many struggling 1st Ward families that could -- and do -- benefit from this kind of lifeline, which is why we've made the Crisis Nursery the beneficiary of our annual WBNA holiday giving campaign.

Please visit our website to join us in raising funds for this very worthwhile cause. Your contribution of ANY amount is hugely appreciated -- because together, we can make a real difference in these children's lives. For example:  
$50 purchases baby formula and diapers
$100 provides toys and activities for the children
$250 buys a book for every child to take home
$500 keeps a child safe overnight 

Thank you for recognizing that many area families don't have the same trusted support systems in place as the rest of us do. With your donation, the Crisis Nursery can give them the help and resources they so desperately need to navigate the challenges life throws their way.

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Park It!
 IMAGE: Maplewood Park
If your list of New Year's Resolutions included something along the lines of "get more involved in the community," please consider joining the Maplewood and Lucy Flower Parks Advisory Council (MLFPAC) at its monthly meeting on Wednesday, January 18 at 6:30 pm in the Maplewood Park field house. MLFPAC is actively recruiting new blood and green thumbs, so bring your fresh ideas and help us brainstorm ways to keep West Bucktown's parks thriving. It might be the dead of Winter, but it's never too early to start thinking Spring! On behalf of our green spaces and all who enjoy them -- thank you for stepping up and helping out. 

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¿Quieres Aprender Español?
If you've ever thought about learning Spanish, elenachicago has a deal for you! Beginning January 24, an 8-week beginner session will be held at nearby Club Lucky for a special introductory rate of $200. Led by Elaine Winer, an award-winning Illinois educator and veteran high school teacher, these small-group sessions offer participants a chance to learn Spanish in a relaxed local setting, not a stuffy classroom. Class size is limited -- to reserve your spot, email or call (773) 750-9960.

IMAGE: Elena Chicago

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Visit Us At:


Mark Your Calendar!

Saturday, January 14, 5 - 8pm
West On North
2509 W. North Ave.
Please RSVP to:


(Click here to donate!)

The Maryville Crisis Nursery depends largely on donations and grants to support the children and families it serves.Please plan to bring something from this list with you to the WBNA Post-Holiday Blues Party on January 14. It’s a small gesture that will make a huge difference in the lives of children and families in need!

Gerber Graduate Meals
Gerber Graduate Snacks
Gerber Stage 1 & 2 Fruits
Gerber Stage 1 & 2 Vegetables
Gerber Stage 3 Fruits and Vegetables

Boys Underwear, 2T - 5T
Girls Underwear, 2T - 4T
Onesies, 12 - 24 months
Baby & Toddler Socks
Shoes (New), Boys & Girls Sizes 2 - 10
Girls Outfits, Sizes 2T - 5T
Girls Outfits, Sizes 8 – 12

Disposable Diapers, Sizes 3 and 4
Pullups, Boys 2T - 5T
Luster’s Pink Lotion
Johnson’s Baby Wash
Johnson’s Baby Shampoo
Suave Detangler
Unscented Lotion
Unscented Baby Wipes
Ivory Bar Soap
Children’s Toothbrushes
Large-Tooth Combs

Dryer Sheets (Unscented)
Lysol Disinfecting Spray
Glue Sticks
Clorox Disinfecting Wipes
Shout Stain Remover
Dish Washing Liquid
Kmart Gift Card
Target Gift Card

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