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Chillfest at The Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co.

November 13th—

Mark your calendars for this Saturday, November 15— Chillfest (in conjunction with the Wicker Park-Bucktown Chamber of Commerce) at The Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co!

Get started on your holiday shopping while Honey & the 45s, The Midnight Kicks, Hazel and The Grimms, and The Lifeline perform all-acoustic sets, all day long.

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#INTERNviews: Kayla and Laura

November 11th—

In the fourth installment of #INTERNviews, Kayla and Laura discuss their goals working with young writers, their epic living room concerts, and (literally) climbing mountains.

Name: Kayla Schwalbe
Code Name: Sylvana Cahoots
Intern track and goals: Publications! I'm excited to learn more about desktop publishing and its impact on young writers! Specifically, I'm interested in getting more comfortable with InDesign and learning about curriculum development.

You get to have a personal concert in your living room. Who is the opening act? Who headlines?
The Civil Wars would be magically reunited to open, Bon Iver would headline. It would be the definition of epic.

If you could paint a picture of any scenery you’ve seen or place you’ve been before, what would you paint?
There's a ruined ancient city called Termessos just outside Antalya, Turkey. On part of the trail, you walk up a hill, and at the top you can see the theater, the valley thousands of feet below, and the mountains. The theater is amazingly well preserved, and it's perched on a cliff. On clear days, you can sit there and see all the way to the sea. I'd want to paint that, and capture the vast sense of time and space there.

Write the truest sentence that you know.
Happiness is a choice made over and over in dark hours and low places.

6-word memoir:
Gut over heart; mind over matter

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Name: Laura Myers
Code Name: Spiderman
Intern track and goals: Programming intern.  I participate in the In-School project at Mitchell Elementary School, in After-School Tutoring & Writing, and Wednesday morning Field Trips.  My future goals are to understand what motivates young students to write, and how our society can encourage those reasons beyond school, as well as how creative writing skills strengthen other aspects of schooling. Another goal is to have a student like working with me so much, they ask to be put with me again and again.

You get to have a personal concert in your living room. Who is the opening act? Who headlines?
The opening act would be Bowling For Soup, because I loved listening to them when I was younger and they seem awesome, and then Yellowcard, who I've loved since sixth grade.

If you could paint a picture of any scenery you’ve seen or place you’ve been before, what would you paint?
This past summer, my boyfriend and I hiked to the top of the Estes Cone, a mountain in Rocky Mountain National Park.  I loved being there with him. We were over 11,000 feet up, and the view was absolutely amazing, you could see the Rocky Mountains stretching ahead of you in every direction.  It took us six hours and the Clif Bars and peanut butter sandwiches we ate at the top was some of the best food I've ever had.  I'd paint that.

Write the truest sentence that you know.
"In three words, I can sum up everything I know about life: it goes on." ~Robert Frost

6-word memoir:
Shy people have the loudest minds.

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Save the Date for Scrabble for Cheaters 2015

November 6th—

Calling all rogues! Scrabble for Cheaters is a Scrabble tournament with a dishonest twist for an honest cause, and early registration is open now through Tuesday, November 11—sign up by emailing cheaters@826chi.org, and your team's $30 registration fee will be waived.

Teams of two compete in a fierce Scrabbletournament in which the traditional use of brain power is mixed with the alluring use of officially-sanctioned cheats. The more money a team fundraises for 826CHI's student programming before the tournament date, the more that team can cheat during the match.

When: Saturday, January 31, noon
Where: 826CHI; 1276 N Milwaukee Ave
How: www.826chi.org/cheaters

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#INTERNviews: Drew and Kayla

November 5th—

In our third installment of #INTERNviews, Drew and Kayla share what's on their bucket list, give a brief message to all humans on earth, and tell us some things they'll never do again. (The chocolate thing has to be a lie. And what happened with that giraffe?)

Name: Drew Weaver
Code Name: Small Spoon
Intern track and future goals: Programming - I currently help with our Power and Place Curriculum Build at Curie High School and Chicago Public Library's One Book, One Chicago Workshop.

Something on your bucket list: Learn Spanish

Two things you'll never do. Two things you'll never do again. I will never attempt to read all of Infinite Jest or play a full 18 holes of golf. I will never again eat chocolate or get my hopes up for Big 12 football.

You have one opportunity to send a single, 20-words-or-less message to 1 million humans on earth. It is 100% guaranteed that they will read and understand your message. What do you say? Go see Boyhood, best movie I've seen this fall.

6-word memoir: This question is making me nervous.

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Name: Kayla Hammersmith
Code Name: Myrtle Quagmire
Intern track and future goals: Programming Intern. My future goals are TBD as of this very minute, 7:49 PM CST on a cold October Sunday evening. I'm not sure what I'll do when I graduate from Northwestern, but I do know that I want to be happy, live near my family, have a home filled with trinkets, learn French and the violin, and do good in my work.

Something on your bucket list: Go to Amsterdam and read passages from The Diary of Anne Frank by the canal in front of the Anne Frank House.

Three things you'll never do. Three things you'll never do again: I will never befriend a spider, drive a monster truck, or obey my lactose intolerance and stop eating goat cheese. I will never again eat a whole chicken pot pie, go on a ski lift, or feed a giraffe.

You have one opportunity to send a single, 20-words-or-less message to 1 million humans on earth. It is 100% guaranteed that they will read and understand your message. What do you say? "Hello, babies. Enjoy nice, warm things like velvet and stew, and love as often as you can. Also, be kind."

6-word memoir: And A Bee Never Stung Me.

826CHI’s Associate Board Open House

November 3rd—

Interested in joining 826CHI's Associate Board? This Wednesday at 6:30pm, join us for an open house to learn more!

The new Associate Board at 826CHI offers a ground-floor opportunity to rally for a great cause while meeting other enthusiastic, career-minded people. Are you looking to network and socialize outside your typical 9-to-5? Want to support a well-respected, creative organization? Join us for wine and cheese at our open house to learn about the 826CHI Associate Board and all the exciting work happening behind The Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply So.

When: November 5th, 6:30-8pm
Where: 1276 N Milwaukee Ave
RSVP: AB@826chi.org

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