Anixter Center Helps Chicago Provide a Spring Lift

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Families suffering from both cabin and spring fever will shout May Day and have the answer to their call - Mayor Daley's Kids & Kites Festival on May 1, in Lincoln Park, presented by the City of Chicago and Harris Bank, in partnership with Anixter Center.

Kids of all ages are encouraged to come out and join the fun at the annual Kids and Kites Festival in Lincoln Park on May 1st.

Families suffering from both cabin and spring fever will shout May Day and have the answer to their call - Mayor Daley's Kids & Kites Festival on May 1, in Lincoln Park, presented by the City of Chicago and Harris Bank, in partnership with Anixter Center.

Anixter Center http://www.anixter.org - a local not-for profit organization that offers services and supports for individuals living with physical, cognitive, developmental, sensory, psychiatric or HIV/AIDS related disabilities for over 90 years in the Chicagoland area - is teaming up with Harris Bank to help sponsor the Kids and Kites Festival.

"The ability to soar" is part of Anixter Center's new brand based on a kite, which can fly but needs support to keep rising higher and higher and to continue to grow stronger to reach its full potential. The Anixter Center http://www.anixter.org kite is built using colored triangles representing areas of support: employment, health, community, education and residential services. A star emerges from the center of the kite symbolizing each person reaching for their potential.

This annual festival celebrates a return to the outdoors in a fun and often big way as professional kite flyers demonstrate a "how to" as they maneuver the giant cat and octopus kites in the sky.

Children are encouraged to stop by the Anixter Center booths where they can pick up a coloring book and crayons (while supplies last), stay and color in their books and also paint a kite-shaped magnet.

Kids can also join in the fun by making, decorating and flying their own kites made from free kits provided by the City of Chicago and Walgreens (while supplies last.) Kites will also be available for purchase at the Kite Harbor booth.

Big Kite Candy Drop Returns!

The Big Kite Candy Drop will once again happen during the festival. This children's favorite feels like candy is dropping from the sky when it's released from the specially filled kite.

The 12th Annual Kids & Kites Festival is May 1 in Lincoln Park at Cricket Hill (Montrose and Lake Shore Drive). Event hours are 10a.m. - 4p.m. and the festival includes strolling entertainment as well.

About Anixter Center

Anixter Center provides an array of effective, innovative services and supports to more than 5,500 adults and children per year through over 70 programs at 30 locations across greater Chicago. For over 90 years, Anixter Center (and its divisions of CALOR, Chicago Hearing Society, and National Lekotek Center) has offered supports for individuals living with physical, cognitive, developmental, sensory, psychiatric or HIV/AIDS related disabilities. Services include life skills, communication, health care, counseling, education, employment and recreation. At Anixter Center, everyone has "The ability to soar". Visit us online at http://www.anixter.org.

For more information on Mayor Daley's Kids and Kites, visit http://www.chicagokidsandkites.us or call 312.744.3370. Kids and Kites is sponsored by Harris Bank, in partnership with Anixter Center, and participating sponsors include Walgreens and Whole Foods. The 12th Annual Mayor Daley's Kids and Kites is presented by the Mayor's Office of Special Events in conjunction with the Chicago Park District.

Media Contact: Brian Lepacek, VP Development, 773-973-7900 x226

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