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Neighborhood News

October 25, 2010

Cortland Preschool To Host Open House
Support West Bucktown Parks!
Halloween Happenings in the 'Hood

Cortland Preschool To Host Open House
Curious to learn more about West Bucktown’s first neighborhood preschool? Here's your perfect chance! The Cortland Preschool is hosting a pre-construction “sneak preview” on Thursday, November 11 at its planned location at 1859 N. Talman (at Cortland). The open house is being billed as “Before: An Event In Two Parts” and will feature both the expected (cocktails, hors d’ouvres, and live music) as well as the unexpected (blueprints, magic, and history). 

Doors will be open from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm, so stop by when you can and stay for as little or as long as you like. Children are welcome, but are asked to please stick close to an adult. A donation of $10/person is gently suggested.
The Cortland Preschool is shaping up to be a wonderful addition to our neighborhood, and this is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for West Bucktowners to look, learn, mingle, sip, taste, enjoy, and contribute! 

Your RSVP is greatly appreciated for planning purposes:

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Support West Bucktown Parks!
Here's a fun and easy way to support our neighborhood parks without getting your hands dirty! Reserve your tickets today for the Maplewood and Lucy Flower Park Advisory Council (MLFPAC) annual fundraiser on Thursday, November 4 at Naveen's Cuisine, 2325 W. North Ave. You'll have a fabulous time hanging out with neighbors and friends, and all money raised will directly benefit West Bucktown parks and programs. Even First Ward Alderman Joe Moreno is planning to attend!

The evening kicks off at 7:00 pm and will feature a mix of delicious food and wine, as well as great raffle prizes donated by area businesses, including Naveen's Cuisine, Life's a Cabernet, Birchwood Kitchen, Solao Fitness and Dance Studio, and Handlebar

This special event is limited to the first 50 people who RSVP to This is one night of mingling, munching and sipping you won't want to miss! The cost is $55/person (tax deductible), with cash or check due at the door. Don't delay, the deadline for reservations is this Friday, October 29!

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Halloween Happenings in the 'Hood
Happy HalloweenThis Sunday, October 31st marks the official night for trick-or-treating in the city of Chicago. West Bucktown residents are encouraged to use their front porch lights to indicate whether they will be handing out treats to neighborhood childlren ("on" is assumed to mean "candy here!").

Make sure to check out these other Halloween happenings this weekend:

WBNA Halloween Party
Saturday, October 30th, 3:30 - 5:00 PM
St. John United Church-Christ
2442 W. Moffat

Children ages 10 and under are encouraged to stop by with their families for games, crafts and candy galore! Wear your best costume and you could win a fabulous prize, including a Razor kick scooter! 

Homer Street Potluck Party
Sunday, October 31st, 2:00 to 6:00 pm
2600 Block of Homer (between Rockwell and Washtenaw)

Grills, hotdogs, and condiments will be provided; guests are asked to bring their own beverages and a side dish or dessert for sharing. Trick-or-treating will begin at 2:30, followed by a variety of games and activities for the kids at 4:00, including hula hoops, jumprope, hopscotch and pinatas.  Stop by and enjoy a Homer Halloweenie with some friendly neighbors!

Drinks with the Meads
Sunday, October 31st
1736 N. Rockwell

Michael and Angela Mead are extending a warm invitation to all West Bucktown parents to stop by their home for an "adult beverage" and some biscotti while trick-or-treating with their children on Sunday. And of course, Halloween treats will be provided for the kiddos, as well!

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Mark Your Calendar!

Wednesday, Oct 27 @ 6:30 pm
Wicker Park Art Center
2215 W. North Ave.
A proposal has been submitted for 1815-19 N. California for the construction of three buildings, each with three units.

(West of Rockwell)
Wednesday, Oct 27 @ 7:00 pm
Salem Good News Bible Church
2038 N. California

Saturday, Oct 30 @ 3:30 pm
St. John United Church-Christ
2442 W. Moffat St.
Spooktacular fun for kids10 and under! 

Sunday, Oct 31 @ 2 - 6:00 pm
Food and fun for all! or

(East of Rockwell)
Monday, Nov 1 @ 6:30
Wicker Park-Bucktown Library
1701 N. Milwaukee

Thursday, Nov 4 @ 7:00 pm
Nuveen's Cuisine
2325 W. North Avenue
Cost: $55/person
Food and wine included

Thursday, Nov 11 @ 6:00 pm
Cortland & Talman
Suggested donation: $10/person
Includes cocktails, lite fare, music,
magic and more

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