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LCA's Mission: To Inspire People to Join Together for the Social, Cultural, and Physical Enrichment of Our Neighborhood.
June 4, 2018

Dear Neighbors:
The safety and security of our neighborhood and surrounding ones is of paramount importance to Lincoln Central Association and we know the same is true of the other neighborhood organizations in Lincoln Park. Ultimately, safety is about understanding, being alert to and managing risk. For that reason, Lincoln Central is working with leading partners to bring more safety programs and education into the community.  

Much like our neighborhood itself, safety has many dimensions and there is something for everyone. Just last weekend at Spring Zing, Lakeshore Sport & Fitness, Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago,   ADT Home Custom Home Services, as well as the neighborhood heroes from the Armitage Firehouse, provided valuable information on keeping our neighborhood and its residents safe. It was clear from  lines that formed at these stations that learning more about safety and security is a priority for neighborhood families.

With safety on everyone's mind, the most important thing we can do is work together. After all, we are blessed to live in an amazing neighborhood. Each one of us can help keep it that way. We are committed to working together with you and our partners to help keep our neighborhood as safe as it can be. It starts with communication. Please share your concerns on public safety at any time by contacting me directly (775.531.5515 or kenneth@chicago.com) or by emailing us at communityaffairs@lincolncentral.orgWe'll keep you informed and share information with you as it comes available.

From the heart,
Kenneth Dotson, LCA President 

P. S. Support from Geja's Cafe helps LCA continue our work in the neighborhood including events, like Saturday's, that provide both entertainment and education to the neighborhood families. And we hope you will support the businesses, like Geja's, that support LCA. If you head over to Geja's tonight for its Taste of the French countryside Wine Maker Dinner, you can take advantage of a special offer for friends of LCA.  You do not have to be a member of LCA to obtain tonight's special offer. When you call to make your reservation (773.281.9101), simply say you are a friend of LCA.
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Our friends from the Armitage station
are always honored guests at LCA events. And, the  arrival of Engine #22 is one of the highlights each year at Spring  Zing and Howler at Bauler.

LCA member and Station 22 Engineer Ben Hosek helps deboard a visitor to Engine 22
When #22 rolled up at this past Saturday's 5th Annual Spring Zing with  lights flashing, the firefighters families immediately surrounded the engine  bringing their excited children to climb aboard for photo opportunities and to learn about the equipment.

This  firefighters also provided  valuable
Lieutenant Kevin O'Malley orients the crowd to fire safety.
fire safety information geared toward children with  Lieutenant Kevin O'Malley explaining how fires are managed and controlled and the various equipment used.  
LCA Partners With ADT Custom Home Services

Working with ADT representative Nicole Whiteurst, Lincoln Central has partnered with ADT Custom Home Services to provide home safety advice and guidance to our readers. Nicole brings expertise to the topic whether you live in a condo, townhome, apartment or single-family home.

On Saturday , Nicole was at Spring Zing engaging with parents and kids alike. Among other things, the ADT team advises getting to know your neighbors as a key to safety. That is an approach near and dear to our heart. 

Nicole is available to our readership at nwhiteurst@adt.com and is happy to advise on specific security questions and options.

LCA members can now take advantage of a special offer from ADT Custom Home Services. Members will can receive a free home security assessment and a $100 savings on any activation reactivation of services through Nicole's team. This member benefit requires a code which you can obtain my emailing values@lincolncentral.org

Learn more about other exclusive benefits available to LCA members.
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LCA has served as the fiscal agent for Bauler Park since 1999. Recently the Chicago Park District has asked LCA to assume responsibility for forming a new Bauler Park Advisory Council. (Read more about Park Advisory Councils.)

 If you are an LCA member living near Bauler Park, have children who play there, and/or are interested more generally in our neighborhood parks and would be interested in serving on the Bauler Park Advisory Council, email parks@lincolncentral.org.
Wednesday Evening, June 13 
6:00 - 9:00 PM

Enjoy one of Chicago's favorite neighborhood food events as you dine, crawl, and shop along Clark Street and Diversey Parkway in Lincoln Park. 

Indulge in delicious bites from over a dozen Lincoln Park restaurants, eateries, and pubs while enjoying specials and deals at some of Clark Street's unique shops along the way.

A portion of every ticket sold at this year's Cravings on Clark will benefit Lincoln Park Community Services. Get your tickets now. Remember, LCA members receive a special value on Chamber events. Members may email us at values@lincolncentral.org to receive their discount code for this event.

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LCA Can Help

Lakeshore's Troy Stephens
teaching self-defense at Spring Zing.
With the increasing concern about safety and security, LCA partnered with our friends at  LCA member  Lakeshore Sport & Fitness to bring a children's self-defense class to Spring Zing for the first time. Lakeshore's defense instructor, Troy Stephens, was instructional, inspiring and connected to the kids. 

Lakeshore's advice to kids is direct: if a stranger approaches you 1) run away and 2) if you can't run away, kick, push and yell for help. Lakeshore provides hands-on, supervised opportunities for kids to experiment with techniques - all in an upbeat music environment that makes it accessible and fun. 
Troy had the children's full attention.
If there is sufficient interest, Lincoln Central will partner again with Lakeshore Sports & Fitness to bring additional safety classes into our  neighborhood here in our area parks. 

Please follow this link to our survey to provide your feedback"

Sponsored by the Community Volunteer Corps from  Lurie Children's Hospital

The Community Volunteer Corps from Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
returned to Spring Zing for the fourth consecutive year to provide bike and pedestrian safety lessons for children and families.

The Community Volunteer Corps is a partnership between Lurie Children's Hospital and Kohl's Cares for Kids, the philanthropic arm of Kohl's Department Stores.

Kids were lined up to speak to Lurie Children's Community Volunteer Corps about bike safety at Spring Zing. Lurie's had bike helmets on hand but more importantly they had no nonsense advice: helmets only work if you wear them. They also shared Lurie's 2-V-1 guide to the perfect fit which you can read about here if you missed it. 
Lurie's, together with Kohl's Cares, gave out flexible reflectors for both the wrist and ankles that residents can use to increase visibility. 

Learn more about the Community Volunteer Corps and how they can help keep your community's safer and healthier.
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Sunday, June 24th | 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Fire Station Park

Sipper 2017
Celebrate summer by joining us for LCA's 4th annual Summer Sipper,   a neighborhood reception beginning at   5:00 pm   on Sunday,   June 24th. 

The event will be held at LCA's award-winning Fire Station Park & Gardens  (Larrabee and Armitage, behind Engine 22's station). 

Food and beverages, including delicious offerings from our friends at Geja's Cafe and J9 Wine Bar as well as other popular neighborhood establishments, will be served along with many other delicious treats prepared by our members using ingredients grown in our gardens at Fire Station Park.

Don't miss the Amazing Benjamin Barnes
Benjamin Barnes , one of Chicago's premier magicians and a frequent performer at the Magic Castle in Hollywood, will again entertain and delight the crowd. Benjamin is in his fourth year performing at LCA events and if you've seen him before, you know why he's invited back time and again.

The   Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum offers a variety of summer camp programs for children. Learn more about these programs and a special offer for LCA members only.

Learn more about other exclusive benefits available to LCA members.
$10 Off for Every Person in Your Party Tonight 

Remember also that LCA members (with valid membership card) receive $19.71 off of every  Premier Dinner  at Geja's on an on-going basis. Members must present their LCA membership card at the time the order is place. (This offer cannot be combined with any other offers.) Learn more about other exclusive benefits available to LCA members.

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