Saturday, June 3, 2017
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Corner of Lincoln & Dickens

Dear Neighbors,

Please join us from 1:00-3:00 PM tomorrow, Saturday, June 3, at Spring Zing, the neighborhood's biggest Spring event. Spring Zing is a family-friendly, neighborhood event brought to you by Lincoln Central Association and our generous sponsors .  

You'll have the opportunity to meet your elected officials, watch quality professional entertainment, enjoy tasty food, win great prizes in our raffle and see kids of all ages having fun. Best of all, you will be able to mingle with friends and neighbors and meet new people from the neighborhood.

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Kenneth Dotson
President, Lincoln Central Association


A Real Mad Hatter, the popular husband and wife duo of Anton and Kristina Mackey, will entertain all ages at Spring Zing. 

Anton is a balloon artist, magician, and comedian who has been performing for nearly 40 years. His lightning fast speed and personalized comedy have made him a popular feature at Lincoln Central events for several years. 

Kristina, a master American ballet teacher and variety performer will appear as Queen Elsa to delight the audience with her amazing face painting skills.

Don't miss, A Real Mad Hatter, always one of the most popular attractions at LCA events.
Chef Raul from LCA member Tobacco Road, home to great family friendly breakfasts and
lunches, will whip up something special  for sure from the incredible  new  Tobacco Road menu .

Our friends from Blue Door   Farm Stand  will also be on hand to share samples from their fantastic catering menu. Blue Door is always a favorite at neighborhood events.
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Engine 22
Following their wildly popular appearance at previous, our friends at Fire Station 22 will again bring their engine to Spring ZIng. Children will have the opportunity to meet the firemen, climb aboard the engine and see the equipment up close. 

Don't miss this opportunity to photograph your children, and your dogs, with the firemen from Engine 22. These firemen, are as friendly as they are brave. Please let them know how grateful you are for the protection they provide to our neighborhood!
Nothing says entertainment like Lincoln Central events and warm, freshly popped popcorn. 

Thanks to our friends at Victory Gardens Theatre, the neighborhood will be popping Saturday when Victory Gardens fires up their popcorn machine at Spring Zing for all to enjoy.

Let your imagination fly high, like a kite in the sky! Use crayons, stickers and markers to decorate your own take-home kite  courtesy of Lincoln Central Association!

Illinois 5th District Congressman Mike Quigley, a frequent guest at LCA events, will again be on hand Saturday to meet constituents and individually answer your questions. 

Also scheduled to attend is  43rd Ward Alderman, Michele Smith.

Every year, LCA brings in  the Community Volunteer Corps from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago  to provide  bike and pedestrian safety lessons to attendees and to distribute bike safety related items. 

The  Community Volunteer Corps is made possible through the generosity of 
Kohl's Cares , the philanthropic arm of Kohl's Department Stores .

Please take advantage of the great public service made available by the Community Volunteer Corps from Lurie Children's. 
Spring Zing will again offer a fabulous raffle where you can win event tickets, a big screen TV, unique one of a kind experiences, guided tours, a big screen TV and much, much more.

LCA is a 501(c)(3)not-for-profit community organization. All proceeds from the raffle and silent auction at Spring Zing will be used to fund LCA's on-going initiatives to improve our neighborhood. A ll LCA's raffles are officially licensed by  the City of Chicago's Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection. 

With great give-aways by Emerald City Theatre, Bridgeview Bank,  Oyster BahKiehl's and others, and of course, delicious food, everyone will go home from Spring Zing a winner.
Save the Date Sunday, June 25th
The 3rd Annual Sunday Summer Sipper will return to Fire Station Park & Gardens on Sunday, June 25th from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.

Summer Sipper is a free neighborhood reception style event event featuring  dishes from local restaurants and dishes prepared by neighbors using herbs grown in the garden.

Stars of the show at Sipper 2016
Jeff and Darla from Geja's will return to Summer Sipper with their always delicious and refreshing beverages, a huge hit in 2016.

The Amazing Benjamin Barnes, one of Chicago's most popular magicians and a frequent guest performer at LCA events, will be on hand to astonish you with his unbelievable magic. 

Barnes is the co-founder and producer of Magic Chicago, the premier showcase for magic, mystery and wonder. Drawing from unique magical talent each month, Magic Chicago is the showplace for Chicago magicians as well as those visiting from around the world. Don't miss the magic of Benjamin Barnes on June 25th. For a preview, see below.

Barnes at a 2015 LCA Event
Benjamin Barnes at a 2015 LCA Event

Native Gardens cast
Magic isn't the only entertainment for this year's Summer Sipper. Actors from Victory Gardens Theatre will will perform vignettes from their new hit play, Native Gardens. Read more about Native Gardens in the upcoming issue of  From the Heart , the award winning LCA newsletter.
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Noted family friendly magician, Sean Masterson, returns for a second year to dazzle the crowd with mind bending magical tricks!

Television journalist Bill Kurtis says of Masterson, "His magic does more than puzzle the mind, it creates a sense of wonder and excitement." A   profile of Masterson  in North Shore Magazine called him "Chicago's most thought provoking wizard." Masterson's performance is being sponsored by our friends at Bridgeview Bank.
Find Out Tomorrow!

How fast can you throw a baseball? Find out and challenge your friends at Spring Zing with Fastball Speed Pitch. Throw three baseballs at the bullseye target and see an instant digital read out of your speed in mph.  So get on the mound, wind up and let it rip. 
Great for all ages! Fastball Speed Pitch is sponsored and will be professionally and safely staffed by our friends at Lakeshore Sport & FitnessBatter up!

Geja's Belgian Chocolate
Have a sweet tooth? Then you don't want to miss tomorrow's 4th Annual S pring Zing. The event will feature delicious Belgian chocolate fondue from Geja's Cafe  served by Geja's owner and LCA member , Jeff Lawler. 

Geja's was a big hit at Howler!
Geja's fondue was so popular at last October's Howler at  Bauler that Jeff had to call  in reinforcements mid-event. When we asked if he would serve at Spring Zing, Jeff replied "I wouldn't miss it." Geja's Cafe and LCA events aren't the only place you can enjoy Geja's offerings. With their take out menu, you can now enjoy anywhere.
Vanille Macarons

If Belgian chocolate isn't enough, you'll also be able to enjoy delicio us macarons from Vanille and the insanely delectable cookies from Insomnia Cookies

If that's still not enough to satisfy your sweet tooth, you can munch on the insanely delectable cookies from Insomnia Cookies and brownie bites from Blue Door Farm Stand. 

Wash it all down and quench your thirst between activities with refreshing beverages courtesy of neighborhood favorite David's Tea.

Can you be king of the mountain? Prove your skills in  9 Square in the Air  , the youth ball game that is sweeping the country. Square is a fast paced game that keeps everyone moving! Object of the game is to remain the longest active player in the squares. 

The center square serves the ball by striking it into any other square. If the ball goes out of bounds the last player to touch it is out, leaves their square and the remaining players move up a square. A new player enters the square for the last position. Players are "out" by not returning the ball, hitting the ball out of bounds, making a double hit or touching any of the structure.

If bouncing the ball isn't your thing, then you can jump for joy in the always popular Bouncy House!

Both 9 Square in the Air and the Bouncy House are sponsored and will be professionally and safely staffed by our friends at Lakeshore Sport & Fitness.
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Baseballs aren't the only things you can throw at Spring Zing. Thanks to our friends at the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce, an LCA member, kids and adults alike can compete with each other in the always popular bean bag toss. Pick your team and toss away. If you're good enough, you might walk away with a prize.

Are a fan of Bozo the Clown, and be honest; who among us isn't? Then you'll want to line up for Bozo Buckets also provided courtesy of our friends at the Chamber.
LCA is a 501(c)(3) volunteer not-for-profit neighborhood organization. Our events are only made possible by the extraordinary generosity of our sponsors. Please let these establishments know you appreciate their generosity. 

Most importantly, we hope you will support these establishments whenever you have the opportunity because they support our neighborhood.



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