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Movies on the Plaza celebrates 10th Anniversary

Frances Thompson, Koplar Properties’ Vice President of Marketing, has just released the line-up for 2019’s Movies on the Plaza. Over the years, these screenings have been one of the highlights of the summer season, and this year’s selections—some of 2018’s box-office favorites—are sure to grab your attention.

An enormous thank you to the Koplar family, who for the past 9 years has gifted the community with free movies (and popcorn) alongside the fountain on Maryland Plaza. When the sun goes down, and the lights come up on the big screen, it’s magical.

Save the dates.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings  VP of Marketing Frances Thompson Maryland Plaza Koplar Properties

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings  VP of Marketing Frances Thompson Maryland Plaza Koplar Properties

Vicia hosts Springtime Market & Nurses for Newborns Drive

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings Food and Drink  Vicia Tara and Michael Gallina Nurses for Newborns

Michael and Tara Gallina, the powerhouse couple behind the multi-award-winning restaurant Vicia in the Cortex Innovation Community, are hosting a Springtime Market to celebrate Mother’s Day, Saturday, May 11.

Stop by for lunch or Happy Hour snacks between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and pick up flowers, gifts, farm-fresh produce and milk from Vicia’s favorite farmers and artisans. Those participating include Dirty Girl Farms, Collin Garrity, Yellowtree Farm, Alice Blue Collective, Bohlen Family Farms, Rolling Lawns Farm, and Kaldi’s Coffee. Look for specialty goods from Vicia as well.

The Gallinas—new parents themselves—have added a charity component to the event by partnering with Nurses For Newborns to benefit parents in need. Drop off new & gently used baby equipment, such as pack ‘n plays, high chairs, strollers, and car seats, etc. Necessities such as baby food, diapers, baby toiletries, and new & gently used clothing, sizes preemie, newborn up to size 4T, are a high priority too.

Springtime Market at Vicia, corner of Boyle & Duncan, Saturday, May 11 from 11 to 3.

Snapshots from CWE Families & Friends Easter Egg Hunt 2019

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings  Kennedy Park CWE Friends & Families Central West End

After being postponed and then rescheduled due to inclement weather, the annual CWE Friends & Families Easter Egg Hunt took place last Saturday. The picture-perfect afternoon drew many neighborhood families to Kennedy Park to join in the festivities. The Easter Bunny, who is always the most popular guest, was escorted to the event by one of The City’s Finest.  (There was momentary confusion on the part of Dad Bunny regarding the whereabouts of his daughter when she did not arrive on schedule. It seems the officer assumed she was appearing at the annual 5000-5100 blocks Westminster Place Easter Egg Hunt, which was scheduled at the same time.)

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings  Kennedy Park CWE Friends & Families Central West End

Hats off to CWE Friends & Families’ “Chief Dad Organizer” Dan Boccabella for staging another stellar event for the neighborhood organization. Dan is photographed with his wife, Robyn LeBoeuf, and son, Dominic.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings  Kennedy Park CWE Friends & Families Central West End

Romana Gracanin, Branch Manager of Busey Bank, the event’s sponsor, is shown with her daughter Mayla.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings  Kennedy Park CWE Friends & Families Central West End

One of the joys in photographing these events year-to-year is watching the babies grow up (see photos of last year’s event here).  After I reminded Olivia, below left, that I remembered her from last year, she replied, “Well I was 5 then, now I’m 6.”

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings  Kennedy Park CWE Friends & Families Central West End

Jared Boyd and family, above.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings  Kennedy Park CWE Friends & Families Central West End

Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings  Kennedy Park CWE Friends & Families Central West End

CWEnders Karen and Pat O’Brien and family.
Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings  Kennedy Park CWE Friends & Families Central West End

Thanks to Dan Boccabella and friends, and sponsor Busey Bank, for keeping this great tradition going. It’s a wonderful way to connect young families, and for the kids to build lasting memories of what fun it can be to grow up in an urban neighborhood.

Kennedy Park, which was spearheaded by a group of young families in 2006 has become a popular spot for neighborhood events such as this one. Christ City Church at 3684 Forest Park also held an Easter Egg Hunt in the park earlier on Saturday.

And here are some photos from the 5000-5100 blocks of Westminster Place’s Easter Egg Hunt which I posted in 2014. At the time there were 52 kids and counting on those blocks.

Next up: The origins of Kennedy Park, a repost.