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February 20, 2012
IMAGE: Maplewood Park
It's that time again -- time to think spring! Online registration for Chicago Parks District spring programs opens TOMORROW, Tuesday, February 21 at 9:00 am. In-person registration at the Maplewood Park field house begins Saturday, February 25. 
A full line-up of classes will be offered at Maplewood during the spring session, which begins Monday, April 1 and runs through Friday, June 1:
  • Flag Football (ages 8-13)
  • Kickball (ages 13-17)
  • Kids Fitness (ages 3-6)
  • Outdoor Soccer (ages 6-9)
  • Recreational Tumbling (ages 5-6)
  • T-Ball (ages 6-9)
Please note, you will need an account to register for these classes  -- click here to sign up.
West Bucktown is fortunate to be able to offer these fun (and inexpensive!) activities at Maplewood, but we need everyone's help to ensure we take full advantage of the programs. If we can't drum up enough interest in these classes, we run the real risk of losing our Parks District funding — which means the field house at Maplewood would no longer be staffed. The more of an organized presence we can maintain at Maplewood, the better position we'll be in to keep it safe and clean for our children and families to enjoy.

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IMAGE: Lucy Flower ParkThe Maplewood and Lucy Flower Parks Advisory Council (MLFPAC) is very interested in hearing what types of activities and programs West Bucktowners would like to have and/or take part in at our parks. It will take just a few minutes of your time to answer two short surveys -- please click here and here to complete our brief questionnaires. Your input is greatly appreciated and will help shape the future of our green spaces. We also encourage everyone to share any additional thoughts they may have at
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IMAGE: Anti-Crime LogoThese days, you’d be hard-pressed to follow any Chicago media outlet and NOT hear about the apparent uptick in crime that’s occurring in and around our West Bucktown neighborhood. Strong-arm robberies, shootings, stabbings, smash-and-grabs at local businesses, home invasions, an attempted child luring – the list is not only scary, but frighteningly long as well.
Residents are understandably concerned about how to protect themselves, their families, and their property from this kind of reckless violence. To avoid becoming the victim of a crime, vigilance and common sense are crucial. This means steer clear of walking in alleys (darkened or otherwise), don’t use your phone or listen to music during your commute, cross the street if you see a suspicious-looking person (or even walk IN the street if you feel your safety is in jeopardy), have someone meet you at the El or transit stop to escort you home, walk in pairs as much as possible, etc. Above all, stay alert at all times and listen to your instincts. If something doesn’t look or feel right, call 911 first and ask questions later.
The Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) program is sponsoring two upcoming “Safe & Sound” seminars in our area:
Thursday, February 23 @ 6 pm
Haas Park Field House
2402 N. Washtenaw (at Fullerton, just west of Western)
Presented by the 14th District CAPS office
Wednesday, February 29 @ 6 pm
Smith Park Field House
2526 W. Grand  (just west of Western)
Presented by the 13th District CAPS office
These informational forums are open to all and will be led by experienced law enforcement officers. Please consider attending to learn more about preventive measures you can take to keep you and your loved ones safe.
In addition, the Chicago Police Department's CLEARpath website is a valuable online resource to help community members stay up-to-date on crime and safety events and initiatives in their District. Click here to learn more.
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WHAT:     Annual WBNA Easter Egg Hunt
WHEN:     Saturday, March 31 @ 11 am
WHERE:  Maplewood Park

Grab your Easter basket and join in the fun! Neighborhood kids ages 10 and under can hunt for candy-filled eggs, win prizes, meet the Easter Bunny, and more! 

This event is a perennial favorite with our littlest West Bucktowners. To pull it off properly, we're asking for donations of bagged candy (individually wrapped pieces like Starbursts, Milky Ways and Smarties), as well as small prizes appropriate for the 10-and-under crowd, such as jump ropes, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, and Silly Bandz. (The Dollar Store is always a great resource for these kinds of trinkets.) We'd also appreciate Target gift cards in amounts of $10, $15 and $20.

If it's your time you'd rather give, we'll gladly take that too! We need volunteers to help us stuff more than 1,000 plastic eggs with candy -- a "stuffing party" will be held on Thursday, March 29 beginning at 6:00 p.m. We also need volunteers to help out at the actual event on the 31st. Although the egg hunt itself takes only 10 minutes, we need a few folks to assist with crowd control and egg hiding.

A big thank you in advance to everyone for pitching in to make this egg hunt our biggest and best yet! Please email us at if we can count on you to donate candy or prizes, or if you'd like to help out at the stuffing party and/or the hunt.

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Mark Your Calendar!

Tuesday, February 21 @ 9:00 am (online)
Saturday, February 25 (in person)

Saturday, March 31 @ 11:00 am
Maplewood Park


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