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Pictures and Memories from our Big Block Party/Festival

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September 9, 2016

WOW. What an event. Our largest and best event yet.  We hope this gallery of pictures bring back fond memories as the summer here in Chicago winds down. Our kids are back at school and hopefully relaxed and engaged.    
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CANA Festival Planning Meeting -July 21, 2016 @ 6:30 PM

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July 13, 2016

Title: CANA Festival Planning Meeting Location: 301 N. Mayfield Description: Last Planning Meeting before the Big Block Party! Please come out and let us know how you want to help. We have lots of volunteer jobs to fill. Assignments will be given. We need you! Your neighborhood needs you! Contribute to a better community...
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CANA Big Block Party Coming July 30, 2016 !!!

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June 17, 2016

Ok it’s that time of year again. Yes!!! CANA with support from you and your neighbors will have our Fifth Annual Block Party for our 16+4 blocks and beyond.  We have another fun filled day planned for all.  Come out and join us from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM at the corner of Mason and...
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Another Successful Big Block Party!!!

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July 22, 2015

CANA’s Fourth Annual Big Block Party (16+4 blocks) was a raving success. On Saturday, July 18, 2015, the Central Austin Neighborhood Association celebrated 5 Years of Positive Community Impact.   Pony Rides, CANA Grillmaster BBQ Contest, Petting Zoo, Cake and Ice Cream, Senior Bingo, Watermelon, Face Painting, Rickshaw Rides, Free Raffles and More Fun....
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CANA Neighborhood Big Block Party Kicks Off Saturday July 18, 2015 (Mason & West End)

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July 10, 2015
CANA Neighborhood Big Block Party Kicks Off Saturday July 18, 2015 (Mason & West End)

CANA with support from your neighbors will have our Fourth Annual Block Party for our 16+4 blocks and beyond.  We have a fun filled day planned for all.  Come out and join us from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM at the corner of Mason and West End  (5900 block of West End – near Austin)...
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The BIG BLOCK PARTY is Back !!!! Saturday July 20th 10 AM – 4 PM

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July 18, 2013
The BIG BLOCK PARTY is Back !!!! Saturday July 20th 10 AM – 4 PM

  Remember last year’s party? Want another one? Well we heard you! It’s Back!!!  The 2nd Annual CANA Neighborhood Block Party returns  Saturday July 20th from 10-4 in the 5900 block of West End. That’s West End between Mason and Mayfield.   All of your old favorites will return plus some new ones .. ping...
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Can we throw a party? Yes we CANA!

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July 24, 2012
Can we throw a party?  Yes we CANA!

The first annual CANA Block Party/Festival was a wonderful success!  We had several hundred very happy neighbors that came out for this family friendly event this past Saturday. We had a full day the started with a group Tai Chi demonstration and exercise thanks to Jerry White   Group Tai Chi was followed by...
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Christ the King High School Joins CANA residents for Student, Family and Faculty Service Event

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May 7, 2012
Christ the King High School Joins CANA residents for Student, Family and Faculty Service Event

CANA Welcomed Christ the King High School for their annual family, student and faculty community service event on May 5th.   We also had Leader’s Council Member Eric Kyereme in attendance as well. This is the second year they choose to spend it with us and we are extremely appreciative.  We enjoy all the support we have received...
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2nd Annual Community Holiday Celebration

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December 8, 2011
2nd Annual Community Holiday Celebration

2nd Annual Community Holiday Celebration Saturday, December 10, 2011 4:30pm-6:30pm Third Unitarian Church 301 N. Mayfield Chicago, IL 60644 Presented to you FREE By Third Unitarian Church AND Central Austin Neighborhood Association(CANA) You Are Invited Come out with your family to experience the Celebration of Life program of song and dance. Feel free to...
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CANA Bike Club Goes the Distance

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October 14, 2011
CANA Bike Club Goes the Distance

On Saturday October 8th The CANA bike club rode 24 miles from Austin to Wheaton on the Illinois Prairie Path. This scenic ride used the wonderful Prairie Path which starts in Maywood and goes through several communities between here and Wheaton with additional spurs to points west like Fermi Lab and Fox River. The path...
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Corner Planting Wrap Up With Safer Foundation Volunteers

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June 20, 2011

CANA members were joined by new volunteers from the Safer Foundation thanks to coordination by CANA member and former Aldermanic candidate Roman Morrow. The five volunteers helped us complete the month long planting process for 14 corners in our 16 block area.  The Safer guys were great; they were hard working and genuinely happy to...
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Community Prayer Walk Every Saturday from 9:00 – 10:00 AM starting at Mason & Fulton

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June 7, 2011

Please join the neighborhood each Saturday from 9:00 – 10:00 AM for a Community Prayer Walk. The walk will start at the corner of Mason Ave and Fulton Ave  and go to Central and Fulton and back.   Prayer can change us and our community For Further Information Call Intercessory Prayer Warriors: Evangelist Doretha Stafford...
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Annual Non Violence March to Commmemorate Robert Woods held in our Neighborhood

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May 31, 2011

Robert Woods was a Curie High School Honor student and football player. He was a victim of gun violence in 2002 when he was gunned down in our neighborhood at the corner of Mason and Fulton.  His life and promise is honored every year by his mother JoEthel Brown who with the help of...
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Comprehensive Effort will Keep Young People Safe; Offer Mentoring, Job Opportunities

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November 19, 2010

The Illinois Neighborhood Recovery Initiative is a comprehensive effort to strengthen and revitalize urban communities. It’s goal will be accomplished by: engaging young people; offering job training for adults and small businesses; providing funding for small businesses.  This public-private partnership will reach an estimated 18,000 youth through programs such as: Mentoring Plus-Jobs, which will...
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October 16, 2010

SMART WOMEN, SMART MONEY  On Thursday, October 14,2010, I attended the 10th annual free Smart Women Smart Money conference and luncheon held by the Illinois State Treasurer at the UIC Forum. The keynote speaker was Rosie Rios, the Treasurer of the United States. The honorees were Merri Dee, State President, Illinois AARP and Leticia...
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CANA Neighbors and business owners attend Ahmad Jamal concert at Millennium Park

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September 17, 2010
CANA Neighbors and business owners attend Ahmad Jamal concert at Millennium Park

Neighbors and CANA area business owners attend Ahmad Jamal concert at Millennium Park concert.
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CANA beautifies the block

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August 29, 2010
CANA beautifies the block

CANA members plant flowers around trees at the corner of Madison and Mason. The area around the sidewalk tree had become a dumping area for trash and bottles as well as a haven for weeds. They were replaced by plants and flowers with fresh mulch to retain water. The day care center next door...
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Neighbors enjoy the day sailing on the lake front

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August 29, 2010
Neighbors enjoy the day sailing on the lake front

Neighbors of Austin’s “Sweet 16 blocks”  neighborhood bounded by Madison to the south, Corcoran to the north, Austin to the west and Mendard street to the east enjoy a day on the lake!
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Neighbors enjoy a night out at Ravinia!

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August 29, 2010
Neighbors enjoy a night out at Ravinia!

Several families in our community enjoyed an evening under the stars with family, friends and George Benson at Ravinia
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