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CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS - LAKEVIEW, WEST LOOP, OLD TOWN, NORWOOD PARK, OAK PARK

LAKEVIEW

Marla Michele Must, photographer and founder of the Detroit-based, Random Acts of Enchantment, brought her movement to Chicago with the participation of some students of Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School this week. The idea is "to encourage self-esteem, inclusiveness and kindness among tween-agers" through use of social media. Participants around the ages of 10 - 14 are encouraged to sign up through Instagram @EnchantedPhotographyMichigan, #RandomActOfEnchantment. These participants will then perform good deeds towards random people in their schools or communities with whom they may otherwise never come into contact. Then their stories can be found on the Random Acts of Enchantment website and Ms. Must will treat the group to an empowering photo session that will give these youngsters a positive presence on the popular social media site, Instagram.

WEST LOOP

Anyone interested in learning more about local childcare providers and schools may attend the 2nd annual West Loop Childcare and School Fair this Saturday, 6/13, at Crowne Plaza Metro Hotel (733 W. Madison St) from 9:00am to 12:00noon. Knowledgeable individuals will be on hand to answer any questions about childcare providers, preschools, public, private, charter, home schooling and alternative schooling options. Organizations that offer summer camps and enrichment in the arts and sports will also be in attendance. Admission is $5 at the door or you can pre-register for free here.

OLD TOWN - 6/13 - 6/14 event

It's time for the 66th annual Old Town Art Fair this weekend, 6/13 - 6/14, from 10:0am to 6:00pm both days, rain or shine. Entrance gates will be located at Lincoln Park West & Wisconsin, Sedgwick & Menomonee, Sedgwick & Wisconsin, Menomonee & Wells, and North Park & Willow. 250 juried artists will be featured plus live music, food for purchase, arts and crafts activities for kids, and a Garden Walk to showcase 60+ home gardens in the neighborhood. Suggested entry donation is $7 for adults to benefit the local community.

NORWOOD PARK

Norwood Park Historical Society's annual Giant Yard Sale and Silent Auction is approaching and now is your chance to donate your unwanted items to benefit this non-profit organization. The Giant Yard Sale will take place at Chicago's oldest house, the Noble-Seymour-Crippen House (5624 N. Newark Ave) which is also headquarters to the Historical Society, on Saturday, 6/20, from 8:00am to 4:00pm. Items that are not accepted are mattresses, clothes, shoes, large appliances, or electronic equipment. All other items may be left at the Noble-Seymour-Crippen House under the canopy by the garage in the back at any time. Also large donations such as furniture can be picked up at your home if you schedule with staff by calling 773-631-4633 or emailing info@norwoodparkhistoricalsociety.org.

OAK PARK

WonderWorks Children's Museum has been occupying the 6,400 sqft building at 6445 W. North Ave. since 2003 but is looking to expand. Last month, Rachel Rettberg was named CEO which is quite the promotion from her former position as board member and secretary. She has noted that the number of visitors and children's parties have grown over the past 5 years and she is heading fundraising plans with the goal of relocating to a larger location. Wonder Works encourages young children from toddler-age to 8 years old to explore and play creatively with the exhibits and other children in the five "experience zones" that include interactive lessons in farming and gardening, art, construction, and performance. The coming year is bound to be an exciting one for this family-oriented Oak Park establishment.

CATHY MALLERS & DEAN’S TEAM CHICAGO

Posted: Thursday, June 11, 2015 12:12 PM by Dean's Team

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