Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Week Past, The Week Ahead

Click here for the Oct. 25 pipeline, loaded with Halloween fun!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Get Your Whale On: Dec. 9th Holiday Show at Tom Robinson Gallery

Whales = art/toy

My SAIC apprentice Soo Kim and I are making Flying Whales for a Christmas show December 9th at the Gallery.

If you would like to have info about reserving a Whale please call 773 477 7913

$600 - $900

tom robinson
2416 W. North Avenue


Jim MacRoberts, Scott Wills & Tom Robinson: Sculpture and Drawings

Opening: Friday, December 9, 2011, 5:00 to 9:00pm.

CHICAGO, Illinois – October XX, 2011 – Three Chicago artists ring in the holiday season on a surrealistic note with a show of mixed-media sculptures and figurative drawings. The sculptural works range in theme from mythical archetypes to wry commentary on the human condition to…flying whales. Recent life drawings, many of which were created at the Studio/Gallery’s Sunday workshop, pay homage to each artist’s grounding in the human form.

The artists will be on hand at the reception to share lively dialog on their inspiration and process.


Opening Reception (public invited) - Friday, December 9, 2011 from 5:00 to 9:00pm.

Exhibition: Through Thursday, January 5, 2012.

Hours: Saturdays: 1:00-4:00pm or by appointment.


Tom Robinson Studio/Gallery

2416 W North Ave., Chicago, IL 60647

Phone 773-227-3144

Three blocks south from the “Western” Blue Line El stop; # 49 Western Ave bus to North Ave.


Tom Robinson -- artist, curator, arts administrator, competition founder and judge, teacher, innovator -- has been a driving force in the Chicago art scene for over 30 years. “I never tire of the ways different artists see and capture the same scene”, says Robinson. “The real difference comes from how the artists direct their attention.”

Monday, October 17, 2011

What, what's that you say for a kid's manicure? $5?

How young is too young to get a manicure? The answer is up to you. Bring your young princesses into Asia Nails, 2051 W. North Ave. and the friendly family focused team will see what they can do about making her hands look super cute. Fun fact: Boo-Palooza is coming, and Shayla just painted a ghost onto a young lady's thumbnail. Check out the ghost, and if you stop by, be sure to check out Asia Nail's newly remodeled digs, too. Having recently painted three rooms myself and having done a horrendous job, I can certainly admire those who get out the paintbrushes and cans to take a break painting walls, especially when they'd otherwise be painting fingernails.

"We did it during the night," Tina said of the remodeling job.

Now until Oct. 31st, get a manicure for your pint-sized little one for just $5, with the mention of "ghost." Then you can explain to your little one what ghosts are, via Wikipedia. Photos courtesy of Shayla, who is quite the shutterbug.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Guided Tree Walk: Sunday. Oct 23rd

As a follow up to the 2011 Bucktown Tree and Garden walk

Bucktown Community Organization member, Naturalist and Tree Keeper –Janet Mrowka will lead the fall walk in a series of year round guided tree walks.

Sunday October 23, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.

Join us at Holstein Park’s west entrance –Oakley approximately 2200 N.Oakley

(Building’s Steps)

Guided walk till 3:30 p.m.

This free event is open to all

For more information (312)927-6618

A limited quantity of the 2010 Bucktown Garden Walk / Self Guided Tree Books will be available for $5.00 each.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

$28 for manicure/pedicure at Asia Nails

Asia Nails, 2051 W. North, is under new ownership as well as newly remodeled, and the vibe inside is more festive than ever before, in large part because an entire family is now involved in making the salon just west of the Milw/Damen/North intersection a success.

Andy, Tina, and their daughter, Shayla all work together at the salon, along with two of Shayla's cousins, Katie and Zenny.

Having been a semi-regular Asia Nail customer since 2005, I noticed the changes as well as some bananas at the front reception area. At first, being the glutton that I am, I incorrectly assumed that perhaps the bananas were for customers. It was not such a far stretch of the imagination, as the salon's previous owner, an elderly woman who always had a rotating staff, put out a dish of candy at the front counter.

Then I looked up and noticed that the bananas were in front of a Buddha statue.

"They [the bananas] are for Buddha," Andy, the salon's owner, informed me. Andy added that the statue is for good luck.

Speaking of good luck, we hope that Asia Nails receives lots of it too. We look forward to including Asia Nail's coupon in the upcoming Celebrate! printed magazine, featuring lots of local businesses and people and more coupons and deals than our first printed effort.

Until then, go get a manicure. You may not be able to afford the time out or the $, but you will feel better, plus you can rub Buddha's belly for your own good luck on the way out.

Friday, October 7, 2011

The Week Past, The Week Ahead

click here for a link to our website, where we host each weekly issue.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Call for Volunteers: Bucktown Apple Pie Contest

(following is a note from Michelle Pennington, president of the Bucktown Apple Pie Contest. Please share with others and volunteer if you can)


The Friends of Holstein Park are proud to be hosting the 7th Annual Bucktown Apple Pie Contest on October 16th.

This is an all volunteer run event. Please let me know if you would like to help in one (or more) of the following areas.

October 10 - 5:00-6:30 postcard distribution at L stops (Western and Damen)

October 11 - 5:00-6:30 postcard distribution at L stops (Western and Damen)

October 12 - 5:00-6:30 postcard distribution at L stops (Western and Damen)

October 12 - 6:30 - 8:30 set-up of gyms

October 14 - 6:30 - 8:30 set-up of gyms and auditorium, tentative should we need it

October 15 - 9-3 set-up of gyms and auditorium, lunch provided

October 16 - Bucktown Apple Pie Contest, lunch provided

8:30 - 11:30 - Pie check-in

11:30 - 2:00 - Inside Set-up

9:00 - 2:00 - Outside Set-up

1:30 - 5:30 - Stroller valet - outside

1:30 - 5:30 - Ponies

1:30 - 5:30 - Bag toss

1-6 Beverage sales - inside

1-6 Beverage sales - outside

1-6 Ice Cream & Cupcake sales - outside

1-6 Hot Dogs - Selling Vienna Chicago dogs out of classic hot dog cart.

5-7 Clean-up - We need lots of new bodies to help at the end of the day.

Thank you for your help!

Michelle Pennington

P: 773-353-5003

F: 312-698-8668

7th Annual Bucktown Apple Pie Contest

You are the Apple of My Pie

Sunday, October 16, 2011, 2pm-5pm

BAPC on Facebook

Friends of Holstein Park


Sunday, October 2, 2011

October Edition of Holstein Happenings

(Note: All content below by Friends of Holstein Park. Click here to sign up for their newsletter).

Holstein Happenings
October 1, 2011

May I interest you in some pie, maam?

Columbus Day - Mon, October 10 9 AM to 5 PM

Holstein Park will be open on Columbus Day for regular kids programming from 9 AM to 5 PM but close early that day. No night activity sports.

Hip Hop Dance Workshop - Fri, October 14 4-5:30 PM
Teenagers ages 11 to 16 are invited to a FREE Hip Hop Dance workshop sponsored by Zephyr Dance. Bust your best moves, impress your friends, and learn how to control the dance floor.
"13 Terrors" - October 14-15, 21-22 and 27-30

Halloween is just around the corner so it's time for the Park District's annual Haunted House extravaganza. The venue this year has shifted to the Theatre on The Lake (Fullerton & Lake Shore Drive). The show will be open from 6:30 to 9:30 PM and costs $10. It is so scary that children under 6 must be accompanied by an adult.

The opening on Friday and Saturday, October 14 and 15, is a special teen night. Teenagers are admitted for $5. To purchase tickets in advance (or get group discounts) call Warren Park at 773-262-8658 or learn more at

7th Annual Bucktown Apple Pie Contest - Sun, October 16 2 - 5 PM
It's that time of year again. Time to choose the best baker in Bucktown. Over 100 contestants have already signed up. But there are still slots for 50 more. Go to to read the rules and sign up. The deadline is Wednesday, October 12.

This year, there is also a brand new professional division for people in the restaurant industry. The Grand Prize winner will win the coveted Brass Rolling Pin and four others will receive cash prizes, gift certificates and really, really big ribbons. gifts, ribbons and other considerations worth hundreds of dollars. So don't do it for the money, do it for the fun!

You say you'd rather eat than bake? This one is for you. Pie and ice cream, two bands, pony rides and kids activities make this Bucktown's favorite ice cream social. Follow us on Facebook, or just show up. Activities are both inside the field house and on the ball field. You won't leave unsatisfied.

PUSH: The Zephyr Dance Series - Thurs, Fri, Sat, October 20 - 22

Zephyr Dance presents new works and old Thursday and Friday nights at 7:30 PM with a 2 PM matinee performance Saturday in the Holstein Park fieldhouse. Zephyr Dance has been Holstein Park's arts partner teaching dance and movement to kids for over a decade, but it is also recognized nationally as an innovative dance company.

This is your chance to see what they do in real life. Tickets are $15 ($12 for seniors and students). Learn more and buy tickets in advance at

Now is the time to sign up your kids (ages 6 to 12) for the December Sports Camp over the school vacation holidays. Lots of activities are planned for the school down time. Stop by the field house to find out more, or call Victor Cardona at 312-742-7554.

Holstein Happenings is a monthly newsletter from Friends of Holstein Park to keep you informed of what's happening in our park. If you would like to add more names to the Holstein Happenings mailing list, send new addresses to