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Event quick links:  1. Festival on Prairie Ave. Sat, Sept 12   2.  Community Meeting Recap, Mon, Feb 16    3.  BookSpeak Reading Group last Wed of the month  

Saturday September 12th from 12 - 6PM
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Also at this year's fest will be the Clarke House Family Day and Glessner House Historic Crafts for Children
CLARKE HOUSE - Step back in time and experience a beautiful fall day in pre-Civil War Chicago.  Learn about 1850s family life as you converse with authentically costumed interpreters and explore the restored interiors of Clarke House Enjoy a variety of historic activities and demonstrations taking place throughout the day. Don't miss our annual celebration of history and family fun!  GLESSNER HOUSE - Participate in historically-based craft projects, specifically designed for children ages 3 through 13.  The first project will be to create a small journal with a decorative cover, inspired by Frances Glessner, who kept a journal for over 40 years.  The second project will be to
design and create a a  
"stained glass windowlike the beautiful Tiffany windows at Second Presbyterian Church.  Tours of Glessner House will be offered throughout the day.
Don't miss our annual celebration of history and family fun!

Thank you to our generous festival sponsors

This year for your convenience, we have added 
a fast track entrance option for the Festival.  

Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance
Monday, February 16th at 7pm
Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 S. Michigan
What's in Store for the South Loop in 2015? More New Developments, Improved Schools, Safety? 
With real estate development and crime incidents heating up, It is critical that community members have the opportunity to ask questions and provide valuable feedback to our Alderman, 1st District/CAPS, CPS, City Officials and Developers. Learn about construction timelines and updates to development site plans, education initiatives and more.


Meeting Date: Monday, February 16, 2015
Meeting Time: 7:00pm
Meeting Location: Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 S. Michigan Ave. Limited parking in lot NE corner of Michigan and Cullerton
Meeting Agenda: PDNA Organization and Community Update, South Loop Business Spotlight, Education Spotlight, 1st District Police Update, Proposed Development Updates on Town homes, Arena, Hotel, Retail, Data Center, Park/Open Space and more.
Invited Guests: Alderman Pat Dowell, CPS, 1st District Police, Jack George-Golub and Sandz Prairie & 18th Townhomes, Calumet Townhomes, Principal of NTA, Jones and South Loop School, among others.
For more info on development projects email:
PDNA BookSpeak
Current Book Selection

All The Light We Can See
by Anthony Doerr
 Book Discussion Details
Next Meeting Date: 
Wed, May 27th

Meeting Location: 
Historic Keith House, 1900 S. Prairie Avenue
Next Book Selection
Deak Wake
By Eric Larson
 June 24, 2015
Upcoming Book Selections
All I Love and Know
By Judith Frank
July 29, 2015
Join BookSpeak

 Email Rosemary Garrett to join BookSpeak or for more information on our monthly book
discussion group

PDNA Monthly BookSpeak Reading Selection

All The Light We Can See by Anthony Doerr  

I’m not sure I will read a better novel this year than Anthony ­Doerr’s “All the Light We Cannot See.” Enthrallingly told, beautifully written and so emotionally plangent that some passages bring tears, it is completely unsentimental — no mean trick when you consider that Doerr’s two protagonists are children who have been engulfed in the horror of World War II. Not martyred emblems, like Anne Frank or the British evacuees on the torpedoed City of Benares, just ordinary children, two of thousands swallowed up in a conflict they had nothing to do with.

One is Marie-Laure LeBlanc, the blind daughter of the widowed master locksmith at the Museum of Natural History in Paris. Shy but courageous and resourceful, Marie-Laure has learned to navigate the streets of her quartier with the help of a wooden scale-model made by her father. He also sharpens her mind by hiding birthday gifts in intricate puzzle boxes that he carves. (Pay attention to all such details. Each strikes answering echoes throughout the book.) She’s fascinated by the marine specimens she’s allowed to handle in the museum, such as the blind snail “that lives its whole life on the surface of the sea,” floating on a raft made of foam without which “it will sink and die.” And she’s entranced by the imagined world she explores in her Braille edition of Jules Verne’s “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.”

But she’s filled with uneasiness by another of the museum’s treasures, a priceless blue diamond called the Sea of Flames, which allegedly endows its keeper with the gift of eternal life and curses all he loves with unending misfortune. “I want to believe that Papa hasn’t been anywhere near it,” says Marie-Laure.

About BookSpeak

BookSpeak is the PDNA's Free monthly book discussion forum and reading group dedicated to quality books, good people and great conversations.  Our members read and discuss fiction books, non fiction books, short stories and poetry. 

We feature discussion forums for talking about religion, politics, science, philosophy, current events and more and whenever possible we host live author chats.




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