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CWEnder Antony John participating in Left Bank Books’ Children’s Book Week

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Hot on the heels of last Saturday’s successful Independent Bookstore Day, the staff at Left Bank Books jumped right into the celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Children’s Book Week which began Monday.

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One of the events on the schedule takes place at 7 p.m. tomorrow (Wednesday) when CWE-based author Antony John, above, and Cole Gibson, another local author writer (not photographed), will host a panel discussion for aspiring teenage writters and authors interested in writing for this age group.

The photo above was taken during last fall’s debut of John’s 8th novel, Mascot, for middle readers. At the signing event the author talked to his mostly young audience about the creation of a book, from story line to getting the book published.

As a testament to John’s skills as a writer, many in his targeted audience were so consumed reading Mascot as he spoke, they missed out on his witty presentation. One of the parents emailed me later to say her 5th grade daughter was consumed by the book and had a hard time putting it down. More favorable reviews can be found on Antony John’s website.

As I look at the photo below showing fans of all ages in line for the author’s signature, I’m struck by the realization that, in this age of on-line games and super heroes, an inscription by a creator of stories remains  valued.

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Other events scheduled for Children’s Book Week include Saturday morning’s Storytime at 10:30 a.m. featuring celebrity author Daniel Wiseman. On Sunday at 4 p.m. there is a mini-comics workshop (with cookies) hosted by artistic LBB staffers. More information can be found here.

Children’s Book Week, which dates to 1919, will be celebrated throughout the year at Left Bank Books, with another weeklong event scheduled for November 4 through 10.

Left Bank Books, 399 N. Euclid, (314) 367-6731.

Snapshots from CWE Families & Friends Easter Egg Hunt 2019

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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.)

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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.

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

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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.”

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Jared Boyd and family, above.

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CWEnders Karen and Pat O’Brien and family.
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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.

Bonobos launches capsule collection to benefit gender equality

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Just in time for warmer weather—and for CWEnders looking for more retail options for women—Bonobos has launched a We’re for Women campaign featuring a collection of breezy shirts, dresses and a great-looking jumpsuit, shown above, $148. The collection includes men’s styles in matching fabrics.

Forty percent of sales from the capsule collection—up to $100,000— benefit Promundo, a global leader in engaging men and boys in promoting gender equality and preventing violence. This campaign is an example of CEO Micky Onvural’s effort to create a purpose-driven brand. To learn more about her efforts, there is an interesting interview by journalist Emma Lord you can find on the Bustle website. To further the company’s mission, 8 Steps Men Can Take to Support Gender Equality is posted on the website.

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The all-cotton collection, which was created by Bonobos’ female designers, features short-sleeve blouses (1 and 4th item above), $88, and two Riviera Shirt Dresses, shown in the middle, $128, sizes XXS to XXL. The entire collection is shown on the website.

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The loose-fitting dresses close with a simple tie.

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I was pleased to learn from Joshua Johnson, the Lead Guide at the CWE location, that women have been snapping up men’s shirts for themselves all along. The button-down shirts from the capsule collection are also $88, and sized from XXS to XXL.

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You better hurry in to take a peek, as the capsule collection is only available through April 30.

Thanks to Bonobos for its contribution to gender equality and the prevention of violence. It would be lovely if this campaign was also a trial balloon of sorts, and that women’s fashion would become an ongoing feature of the Bonobos brand.

Bonobos Flagship, 52 Maryland Plaza, Mon. – Sat. 11 to 7, Sun. 12 to 6 (hours may be shortened on Easter), (314) 365-2366.