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Fostering Dance From Within
In September, Foster Dance Studios will celebrate its sixth anniversary with the launch of a new fall dance program. The Studios’ approach to education offers youth a nurturing environment to explore their artistic interests. The studio’s fall program will feature diverse dance programs taught by award-winning instructors for youth of all ages and ability levels.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Carolyn Shapiro: A Lawyer's Path
Evanston resident Carolyn Shapiro says she did not think she would become a law professor, much less practice law. “I thought I was going to do policy work, but I really loved law and law school,” she said. “When I go to reunions with my classmates, they always tease me when I say that I didn’t know I was going to be a law professor. They roll their eyes and say ’Well, we did!’”
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Block Exhibit Inspires 'Black Lives Matter' Quilt
Evanston artist Melissa Blount said she was long drawn to the work of Gee’s Bend Quiltmakers, African American women who, dating back to the early 20th century, have been making quilt masterpieces in a small, remote black community in Alabama, where most residents are descendants of slaves.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Literary news you can use from Evanston Public Library's blog The Book Bird Readalikes for the Discerning Reader
How many times has this happened to you? You hear about a pretty awesome sounding book. You go to the library to see if it is in. It’s not (naturally). You decide to place a hold on the item.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
'True Colors: Evanston Through Our Eyes'
Written as an Evanston Township Hight School Senior Studies project, “True Colors: Evanston Through Our Eyes” by Shama Kipfer-Tessler, pro-vides a window into the disparities that seniors in high school experience here.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
At the Summer Showcase, The Star Was Y.O.U.
Eight weeks of summer learning by more than 600 middle-school students were distilled in performances, demonstrations and descriptions at Y.O.U.’s annual Summer Showcase, held this year on July 27 at the Levy Center.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Partnership in Education & Service 10th Anniversary
Partnerships In Education & Service (PIE’s) is a national not-for-profit group whose volunteers help open schools the hardest hit by economic or natural disasters. PIEs, many of whose members are from Evanston, has been working in New Orleans, La. (NOLA) schools since first coming in August 2007 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Parent Day Out Closes After 22 Years
On Aug. 4, Karen Cohen Dinelli loaded up a truck and closed the door to Parent Day Out (PDO) for the final time. For more than 22 years, Ms. Dinelli served as the director of the parent-run, cooperative playschool for children ages 2 to 5.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Cricket Club Celebrates Jamaican Independence
More than 700 people gathered at James Park on Aug. 6 to celebrate Jamaica’s independence at the annual Friends & Family Day event hosted by the Evanston Cricket Club.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Homeless in Evanston: Getting Through This Thing Called Life
He admits that he smells of alcohol all day, and if he stopped drinking, he would get the shakes. At night, when he sleeps outside, he is afraid when he hears the sound of gun shots or people arguing.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
End of an Era for Evanston Cotillion Dance
After 63 years, the long white gloves have been put away for good: Cotillion has come to an end. This long-standing Evanston tradition – an invitation-only formal dance enjoyed by a select group of Evanston Township High School students – was cancelled permanently by its current Board earlier this summer.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Moran Center Staff Take Comprehensive Approach to Helping Evanston Youth
 “About one in every 35 African American men, one in every 88 Latino men is serving time right now. Among white men, that number is one in 214,” said President Barack Obama in a speech before the NAACP in July of 2015.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Jim Craig Keeps the Hogeye Tradition Going Strong

It may not be clear what a hog-eye is. Some say it is a flat-bottomed riverboat; others, the harpoon man on a whaling vessel. One thing is clear: It is a spirited sea chanty, sometimes enlivened by suggestive lyrics, such as “Oh Sally’s in the garden sifting sand/her hogeye man sitting hand in hand.”


Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Free Architectural Consultations at Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse
This summer and as long as weather permits, the Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse, 2101 Dempster St., is offering free architectural consultations from 10 a.m. till noon on Saturday mornings.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Dwelling Spaces + Places Goes Brick + Mortar
After nearly two years of running a business that provides “move management and design” out of her home, Drina Nikola, founder of Dwelling Spaces + Places, relocated to a storefront at 2930 Central St., in March and celebrated the transition with a ribbon cutting on June 29.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
The Fun of the Find at Secret Treasures
Surprise is one of the reasons customers love Secret Treasures and keep coming back to the antiques and collectibles store at 605 Dempster St.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
The Happy Palate
Greetings from the picnic table. Summer has finally settled in and, as my friend Deb succinctly put it when we met at Union Squared a few weeks back, “I’m eating outside as much as I can this summer. And drinking rosé!” Like Deb, I lean toward the mosquito-free beer garden, ivy-draped patio, or sunny rooftop aerie.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Shakespeare Returns to the Ridge With an All-Female 'The Taming of the Shrew'
In the hands of a theater group as bold and willing to take chances as the Arc Theater, the production, edited and cut to fit within about 80 minutes and nine characters, highlights the farce and turns some of the controversial nature of the play on its head by using an all-female cast.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
'God of Isaac' Still Funny After All These Years
Laughter has always been a hallmark of Jewish creativity, and playwright James Sherman’s 1985 play The God of Isaac, revived this summer by Grippo Stage Company, makes full use of it to tackle serious questions about Jewish American identity.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Dancing for Safe Water Worldwide
On the evening of June 23, dancers gathered at Greenwood Beach to honor the Great Lakes. The event was hosted by Lake Dance founder Clare Tallon Ruen. The performances, by adults, teens, and elementary-school-age children, were part of Global Water Dances, held the following day around the world to raise awareness of global water issues.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Taste of Evanston Is a Delicious Sell-Out
Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club’s third annual “Taste of Evanston” raised record funds for the community, thanks to the generosity of sponsors, participating restaurants, and the 350 people who purchased tickets to the sold-out food festival.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Tony Delciello, the Knife Grinder
With his picturesque red-wheeled cart and hand-rung bell, knife grinder Tony Delciello is a familiar if fleeting presence on the streets of Evanston. Since 1980 he has been plying the byways of suburban Chicago, practicing an Old-World trade he learned from a friend.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
83 Years of Gardening
On July 16, Morgan and Mary Simmons hosted a Garden Party with many friends and neighbors to celebrate 83 years of gardening.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Workmen pose outside the newly restored exterior of Sojourner Covenant Church at 1101 Church St. The recent renovation enhanced the appearance of the structure, which was originally built in 1910. The church was founded in Evanston in 1891.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
ETHS Alum's Book Examines Native Nation Identity Issue
“The Great Vanishing Act: Blood Quantum and the Future of Native Nations,” edited by Norbert Hill and Evanston Township High School alum Kathleen Ratteree, plays on the myth of the “vanishing Indian,” a concept that reached its height in the late 19th century, when most Native peoples in North America had been “contained” on reservations or reserves and were facing physical threats of removal, genocide, forced assimilation, and boarding schools.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
'Funny Girl'
The writers in “Funny Girl,” a collection of humorous essay edited by Betsy Bird, are well past those few excruciating pre-teen and early teen years, but they remember that time well. In prose, letters, and graphic-novella form, the women recall the humorous side of their adventures or mishaps when they were girls bravely facing the unknown, uncomfortable, and complicated adult world.   
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Artruck: For the Love of Conversation, Art, and Community
The idea also stemmed from Ms. Cowan’s desire for a space to show art non-commercially to simply ignite community conversations about art.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Pop Up Gallery Opens on Sherman
The past few weeks have seen much activity at 1627 Sherman Ave.; contractors coming and going, deliveries arriving and a string of talented, amazing, and interesting artists coming to look around the new Pop Up Gallery.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Lending, Not Vending: New Book-Lending Machine at Robert Crown
At first, it looks like a machine dispensing candy or chips. But a closer look shows an array of the latest books and DVDs suitable for all ages. This is a book-lending machine in the vestibule at Robert Crown Community Center, 1701 Main St.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Brookfield Zoo Animal Ambassadors Visit Family Focus
This program allowed an excited audience of almost 100 school-aged children and staff to enjoy up-close and personal experiences with both common and unusual mammals, birds, and reptiles.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

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