Buena Park Neighbors Association General Meeting Is TONIGHT, Mon., March 30, 7:00 p.m. at The Shift, 4101 N. Broadway

Alderman Cappleman will attend the General Meeting on Mon., March 30, 7:00 p.m. at The Shift, 4101 N. Broadway where residents gather to learn news about Buena Park, hear about upcoming events, recap recent accomplishments and hear from local officials and leaders. Buena Park Neighbors has obtained a limited number of Cubs tickets, and they will be available to residents who attend the meeting.

Upcoming Buena Park Neighbors events for the next three months are:

Thurs., April 2, 7:00 p.m. – CAPS Meeting, Ruth Shriman House at 4040 N Sheridan Rd.

Sat., April 18, 10:00 a.m. Spring Clean and Green – The Fall Clean and Green is an opportunity to meet your fellow residents and clean up the neighborhood after a summer of outdoor activity. We go through the neighborhood to pick up trash and do light gardening in selected areas. We supply the bags, rakes and shovels.

Thurs., May 7, 7:00 p.m. – CAPS Meeting, Ruth Shriman House at 4040 N Sheridan Rd.

Thurs., June 4, 7:00 p.m. – CAPS Meeting, Ruth Shriman House at 4040 N Sheridan Rd.

Thurs. June 18, 7:00 p.m. – Concert in the Park – The Free Concert in the Park is a perfect night for relaxing with family and friends, enjoying the music, tasting from food trucks (or bringing your own)and fun.  Our face painter will be busy all night to delight the children with interesting and unique designs. The bouncy house will be full of kids with parents and grandparents standing by.

Attendees will also be brought up-to-speed on Buena Park Open Day, Sun., July 19, 12:00 p.m. Noon – This is third year for Buena Park Open Day that features tours of historic architectural and St. Mary of the Lake, a bouncy house, face painting, food and more.

At Buena Park CAPS (Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy) meetings you get to talk with the police officers who work in your neighborhood and work together with the police, other neighbors, local businesses and community organizations to improve public safety and work collaboratively and constructively to make Buena Park a safer place.

Attendees who begin a new membership or renew an existing one will receive a complementary copy of Sweet Home Buena Park: A History of Our Unique Chicago Neighborhood and Its Nearby Lakefront by Gene Tenner.

Buena Bunnies
Sunday March 22, 2-4 pm
St. Mary of the Lake school hall

The Buena Park Neighbors Association announces that its annual Buena Bunnies charitable event will be held this Sunday March 22, from 2-4 pm at the St. Mary of the Lake school hall. The school hall is located on Buena Ave. at Kenmore Ave. – parking is available in the lot on that corner and the entrance is from the parking lot.

Buena Bunnies is an annual event where all are welcome to help make Easter baskets and fill plastic Easter eggs for neighborhood children. Approximately 40 baskets filled with toys and candy are needed this year for children of needy families that receive assistance from the St. Mary of the Lake St. Vincent De Paul Society food pantry, a Greater Chicago Food Depository. In addition, plastic Easter eggs are needed to be filled with candy for the St. Mary of the Lake Easter Egg hunts, which are for all young neighborhood children, held on Easter Sunday at 10:30 am and 2 pm, on the St. Mary of the Lake church lawn, on Buena Ave. at Sheridan Rd. Anyone who is interested in helping make baskets and fill eggs, please bring baskets, small toys, plastic Easter eggs, and of course candy, to fill both the baskets and plastic eggs. Buena Park Neighbors will provide recyclable “grass,” cellophane wrap, ribbon, and other supplies for making the baskets. The annual Ellen Feinberg award will be given for the best Easter basket. If you cannot make the event but would like to donate baskets, candy, plastic eggs, or small toys, there is a donation box in the back of the St. Mary of the Lake church.

The Buena Park Neighbors Association will hold its annual Buena Bunnies event on Sun. March 22, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at St. Mary of the Lake, 4200 North Sheridan Rd.

Buena Park residents and Alderman Cappleman will volunteer to hand-craft baskets for the children of low-income families of Saint Mary of the Lake.  The volunteer-made baskets will be presented to Deacon Paul for distribution on Easter Sunday, April 5. Volunteers should follow the signs to enter through the door on the southern side of the western-most building.

Join your neighbors for football fun on Superbowl Sunday, Feb. 1, 5:00 p.m., the Holiday Club, 4000 N. Sheridan.

Your $25 wristband includes: bottomless Pabst Blue Ribbon, Goose Island Green Line and wings. Wristband sales begin at 5:00 p.m. and are valid until 8:30 p.m.

All proceeds benefit Buena Park Neighbors.


Sweet Home Buena Park: A History of Our Unique Chicago Neighborhood and Its Nearby Lakefront by Gene Tenner tells the story of this charming neighborhood through 36 pages of easy-to-read prose and rich and colorful photography.

You will learn how James B. Waller’s purchase of 53 acres in the late 1850s led to the uniqueness of Buena Park. It is distinct from all other Chicago neighborhoods because of its origins, borders, the timing of its architectural growth, proximity to both the lakefront and downtown Chicago and its diverse range of residents. It is unique because of its people, architecture and lakefront.

For only $20 you will also discover what animal is buried under Cricket Hill.

You can pick up your copy today at The Shift, 4101 N Broadway or attend any Buena Park Neighbors General Meeting, Concert in the Park or Buena Park Open Day.

All proceeds benefit the Buena Park Neighbors Association.

All the questions and answers come directly from Smart Love Solutions in Early Childhood-A Handbook for Parents, Teachers and Caregivers by Drs. Martha Heineman Pieper and William J. Pieper.

Q: How can we get our son to stay in bed?

My husband and I are at our wits’ end. We both work and hardly see each other during the day. Our 5-year-old son used to go to bed about 8:00 p.m., and then my husband and I could spend some time together. Recently, our son keeps coming out of his room and saying he needs a drink, his bear fell on the floor or he wants another story, etc. By the time we respond to all of his demands it is 10:00 p.m., and my husband and I are exhausted. We feel utterly irritated and frustrated. If we just tell him, “No, go back to your room,” he refuses and sits on the stairs. A friend of ours suggests locking him in his room. We read your column regularly and have a feeling that you will not agree to this. What do you suggest?

A: We understand your frustration, but you are right; it is not a good idea to lock children in their rooms. It is too frightening, potentially dangerous and sets a bad example for how to respond to disagreements. In reality your son is not acting all that abnormally for his age; he has not seen you all day and wants more of your company. Nonetheless, your son needs to get enough sleep, and you and your husband do need time together.

We recommend that after work you spend as much family time as possible in activities of your son’s choosing. You might consider pushing his bed time back to 8:30 p.m. Then give him books or tapes that he can use in bed. Check to see if he needs a drink or a snack before he brushes his teeth. If he comes downstairs after his bedtime, walk him back to bed and say, “It’s time for sleeping.” If you are consistent, eventually he will realize there is not much to be gained from coming out of his room. You and your husband should soon have your evenings back.

To order your own copy of Smart Love, please visit smartlovepreschool.org.

Time to renew!  Make your January a little warmer by renewing your commitment to Buena Park.   View our donation page for details and pricing.


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